Saltus River Grill
Saltus River Grill

Saltus River Grill

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.saltusrivergrill.com/
  • Phone: 8433793474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - Until...Reservations are for the dining room only. Reservations are not taken for our Patio. The Patio is on a first-come basis due to availability.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brian Waters
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant can be closed for private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Otero 8433793474

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scott Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public parking available on Bay Street.
A word from Saltus River Grill
Saltus River Grill is a unique, and exciting restaurant in historic downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. With a grand view of the Intracoastal Waterway from its Sonoma-style patio or from the expansive full-service bar and dining room, this sizzling contemporary seafood grill combines the atmosphere of a chic Manhattan eatery with the historic charm found only in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Saltus River Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (98)great for outdoor dining (84)special occasion (81)fit for foodies (74)romantic (60)neighborhood gem (53)notable wine list (32)good for groups (31)vibrant bar scene (29)hot spot (23)late-night find (9)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Fabulous Filet Mignon!
    wade6974
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I had dinner recently w/ a few friends at Saltus. I frequent Saltus at least once a month. I have always ordered the shrimp or sushi but this time the entire table ordered red meat so I thought I would indulge. My filet was the best piece of meat that I have eaten in a long time. It was perfectly cooked--medium, the way I ordered it & the accompanying side dish of twice baked potato was also excellent. The table agreed that the meal was excellent. The quality of the meat & tenderness were the two factors that put it at outstanding. We all basically ordered either the filet or rib eye with the same side. Our server was attentive & professional. When she heard that we were celebrating a birthday, she brought a free dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • impecable service with great views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was great but that was not the best part of our dining experience. It was the service. We sat outside near the fire pit and had a beautiful view of the water and the sunset.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Beaufort
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We are frequent diners at Saltus. We prefer sitting at the bar or at booths in the bar area. On a recent visit on a beautiful fall night, many diners were outside enjoying the view and sunset. Our food was excellent and service very friendly although there was a long wait between the starters and the dinner. An unusual lapse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    After a rocky start (confusion as to who would be the server for our table), the service was excellent with 2 servers and a manager stopping by to see how things were going. Food (CA roll sushi with lump crabmeat appetizer, wood-grilled dorado and tofu entrees, and pumpkin cheesecake) was exceptional and went well with the South African white wine that we selected. The live jazz music made the evening all the more enjoyable. My husband and I agreed that this was the best overall dining experience that we had in our 4-day getaway to Savannah, Charleston, and Beaufort (and we ate at some highly rated places!!!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    Jake
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Plan to spend $150 for the date, but well worth it. The food and service were great, especially for the area. Not quite on par with fine dining in larger areas, but still very nice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My mother and I celebrated her birthday on 10/10/2014. The food was outstanding. Our server Justin made our first time experience one we would not forget. Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The ambiance and food was wonderful. The service was friendly and extremely knowledgeable with the menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our waitress, Sunny (Sonnie?) put us in excellent spirits right off, and we never looked back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Celebrated my anniversary there, they made the event special. Very customer oriented.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service was not impressive
    Southerners
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This place is a bit of a crap shoot, sometimes great, sometimes bad. I suppose it depends on the chef. I don't think he was there on that night Food was tasteless and service slow.The sushi was pitiful and wrong. It had to be taken back and be "dressed" up. Our friend's salmon was over cooked to the point that it had no flavor. Her husband's steamed shrimp looked more like an appetizer than an entree.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining highlight in Beaufort
    Dine4fun
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Outstanding food and service. Fish special and scallop dish we're amazing. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No sugar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The restaurant is nice, right along the river. Service was good. Food was OK; however our dessert (creme brûlée) literally lacked any sugar. The manager did come by to apologize and our cork fee was removed as a courtesy.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Recommended
    FoodSnob
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was recommended by the place we stayed, and we were very pleased. Decor excellent, food excellent, service excellent. Only concern was we tried to get a reservation @ 7pm on Saturday night, but were blocked out, so we got the 6:15pm slot. However, as we were still there @ 7:30, we noticed many empty tables. Looks like you don't really need a reservation. That being said, the scallops were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saltus River Grill is upscale.
    rivergal
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice location on the Beaufort River. The 4 piece Jazz ensemble on Sunday night was an unexpected and nice touch, although it made conversation a bit difficult. After dinner, we sat on the patio, which faces the river, and the busboy, Carl, was so attentive. He asked if we would like some water on the patio. That was above and beyond the call of duty, as he had served us water at dinner, and knew that we had finished. Accolades to him for being so watchful and polite. Food was decoratively presented, and the waiter was very professional. My sister is difficult to please, and the waiter did everything he could to accommodate her. Wine list is fine. This place is best described as urban chic in style and has a nice menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yippee!
    AuntBossyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Saltus was great tonight. The food is always good, and I sit outside so the noisy interior doesn't bother me. However, what really put it over the top tonight was the service. Long live Deanna Bowdish, a true professional. Thank you for a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Birthdayfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second time dining at Saltus. The basic menu stays the same but there are also amazing specials that are not listed because they change at the whim of the chef based on the season's freshest ingredients. The ravioli appetizer in the creamy mushroom sauce won over my meat and potatoes husband, as he really ventured out of his comfort zone for this culinary delight. His filet mignon was perfection, my mom's lobster tails were delicious ( but a little difficult to free from their shells), and the remaining 2 beef tenderloin specials with crabmeat and asparagus were beyond description. We topped the evening off with a chocolate lava type cake that simply melts in your mouth. Everything was perfect from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tuesdays Sushi Half-Off
    Southerners
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I love this special for the month of September. It runs until 6:30 pm. However, make sure you order all the sushi you want because the couple who dined with us wanted to order an additional sushi dish at 6:32 pm and the waiter did not give them the half off price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • jrw10
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    somewhat expensive, but worth the occasional effort
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetarian, Beef and Sushi lovers
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The four of us had a delightful and delicious dinner with you earlier this week. Two vegetarians thoroughly enjoyed the grilled dorado and the halibut. The carnivore loved the rib eye steak and the sushi aficionado devoured the crispy mahi and the special salmon rolls. Service was terrific as were the wines. It was just a lovely evening and we can't wait for a return trip to Beaufort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • billeddi
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    A superb dinner, sophisticated presentation, surprisingly urbane setting in a small town. We'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best after 5pm dining
    lindasplaying
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is the best after 5pm dining. Waiter and waiteress went above their service for us. I will highly recommend this restaurant to any one coming to Beaufort. The atmosphere. Was very pleasant, very friendly. The food was highly exceptional, and very tasty. I give everything a 5 star rating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful on Sunday
    Maizy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a nice place any day of the week, but the Jazz music on Sunday evening make it even a more remarkable experience. The prices are a little on the expensive side but the food is good and service is great! Music is fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saltus Splendor
    Food4me
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The splendor of Saltus never disappoints. This restaurant is beautiful, the food is always wonderful and the service is excellent. I always try to make one reservation at Saltus anytime I'm in Beaufort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Saltus very positive experience
    Joseph
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have eaten here a good number of times and the service and food is consistently very good. The wine list is special, the wait staff is well informed and the menu is very broad with something for everyone. And a fine selection of oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KJackson
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great outdoor seating area and view! Food was good and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired of poor service
    traveler1900
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've been coming here for years having also lived in the neighborhood for about a year. I like the food but there is a consistent service problem. I have overlooked it the last couple of visits but no more. I prefer to sit outside, the view is wonderful! But, the service out there is slow. When I am paying top dollar I should not have to get the attention of the waiter to get bread to the table, water, or wait 20 minutes for the check. Add more outside staff. I saw a couple sit down with a drink, drink it, and they still had not seem a service person to take there order. Ridiculous!!
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  • Average
    megsgram
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Too many loud children. The 34.00 steak was ordered medium rare, came out VERY rare. Wait staff did not return for over 15-20 minutes so I went ahead and ate it as it was. Never offered a second glass of very good wine. On a positive note, wait staff was very well informed of the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    DisappointeddinerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We're frequent customers, however the restaurant was Very Overbooked and service was terribly slow. Manager admitted he'd over booked when he brought the bill to the table, after a several hour three course meal it was too late. Great food,but poor service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic food, view and service!
    pupl0verLAVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food... Bravo to the chef. Gorgeous scenic outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but not a good value.
    Foodie5
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The atmosphere is lovely and the service was excellent. HOWEVER, I ordered the lobster tails. I was told they were 4 ounces each, however, I think they included the shell in their measurement. I have never had such small tails. It was really pathetic. The cost for the tails and one side was $28 and believe me, there was maybe 4 ounces of meat in all. The flavor was good, but, I was very disappointed. My husband got the steak and enjoyed it and my son got the scallops. Their portions were generous. So, don't get the lobster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitty
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As usual everything was wonderful, the service and food was excellant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's been about 6 years...
    AKP4706
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The staff were very friendly and fairly attentive at our table but the bar service was slow. The cocktails we ordered were so strong we couldn't taste the flavors. I eventually had to ask for tall glasses with more mixers & even then they were strong. The sushi was pretty good, we would definitely reorder that again. The fried shrimp roll was wonderful. My husband ordered steak medium rare which nearly walked off his plate it was so blue. The salad was just ok. I was surprised to see lots of people in shorts, round neck tees and sandals which just brought the occasion down. It didn't used to be that way. What's the point of dressing up when anyone dressed anyway can get a table? Not our best experience but not our worst either.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic Food
    frenchfoodie1234
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was fantastic. The weather was hot, so I had grilled lobster tail and the cold cucumber and avocado soup. The lobster was perfectly cooked and the soup smooth and delicious. The service is always great and the bar "scene" is fun, but controlled!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overdone
    frankfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lot of great ideas. Just too much stuff going on in the food. Too much stuff trying to come together. We like our food cleaner, and fresher. And don't serve a bourbon old fashion in a regular glass without enough bourbon to taste.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful views, delicious food
    ang1278VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    would have enjoyed sitting outside if it hadn't been 95 degrees and extremely humid! The patio overlooks the water and was beautiful. The interior was comfortable and sleek, and the meal (creamed corn grits and scallops) was to die for! This was our "nice dinner out" on our vacation to South Carolina--we are from NJ. Family had told us about the place and we took a trip to Beaufort from Hilton Head to enjoy the restaurant. Worth the trip, and the town was adorable too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Welcome to Beaufort
    love2eat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Saltus was a somewhat surprising contemporary find in this quiet historic town. The atmosphere was upscale but comfortable. Everything we ordered, from cocktails to dessert was excellent. Our server, Joseph, was efficient, knowledgeable and accommodating. Definitely the best meal of our trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We truly enjoyed ourselves at Saltus. Glad we went there for dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very enjoyable experience
    JohnNC
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service and atmosphere was very pleasing. The menu showcased local and southern classics with several unique dishes. Had the browned in butter scallops with cheese grits, excellent. Tried their Devil's Kiss bourbon cocktail and took home the recipe. It was too hot and muggy to sit outside when we were there, but the outdoor patio overlooks the river park and the river and has a wonderful view. We sat & swinged in one of the many riverside porch swings after dinner, what a way to relax after a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saltus Beaufort SC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great nautical atmosphere. Really good, generous drinks. We had the salmon and blackened catfish which were excellent. The wait staff were very attentive. We chose to sit inside but you can sit on the patio and enjoy a great water view. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy by the bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was great and very nice menu. Seating is crowded with a lot of noise from the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.