Fresh Salt

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730 reviews
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Our tables overlook the waters of the Connecticut River where the fresh river meets the salt of the sound. It’s a treasured and historic spot. In nature the most vibrant life happens where systems meet. These places are rich in life, and our restaurant reflects that lively diversity. We have a raw bar, a seasonally varied menu, and offer as much as we can from the farms, brewers, cheese makes and other food enterprises that are springing up around our region.

Fresh Salt delivers a dining experience that’s comfortable and relaxed. Our staff is here to be of service to you, our kitchen stands ready with fresh ingredients, a deep wine cellar and carefully crafted fusions of foods and beverages that bring tastes together in delicious and new ways.

We have tables by the fire, at the bar, and in season offer seating outdoors on the Fresh Salt Terrace.
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MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Outrageously expensive for what it was! STAY AWAY on holidays!

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything on a foggy, dreary day (for lunch) was enjoyable and tasty, except the Fresh Salt calamari appetizer: just bland and rubbery. Seemed like it was a quick serve was out of a bag. Friendly and attentive staff. A very attractive physical setting on the water. We’ll go again, of course but obviously will skip the calamari.

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My 15 year old and I went there to celebrate my belated birthday. The atmosphere is great, water front, and one of the few restaurants in the area that offer a water view. Unfortunately, a perferred favorite restaurant next door was detroyed in Hurricane Sandy/Irene.

The dining room on a Wednesday evening dinner was full. It appears they were short witnesses, because we had to wait a long time for service after the meal. We also did not get any water refills. We finally ordered desert and tea and it was very kind of the waitress to comp us for them on the bill. The witness was very pleasant and understood the wait. Others who came in after us also had an unusually long wait for service.

I had the local Stonington scallops (promote local) and they were superb! My son had the salmon and that was excellent too. There was the usual Mexican twitch to the cuisine, eg black beans under the salmon, and cheese in the risotto like so many of our American restaurants today. Fortunatley, though this shift from "tradtion" was done well, eg the cheese did not over power the taste of the seafood and the beans were mild. I was always taught never to mix cheese and seafood...?

I would highly recommend this resturant in the hope that the service issue was just a one time glitch., keeping in mind you pay for the view.

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Responded 6 days ago

Sandy, Thank you for your honest and kind review! We have had some unexpected busy nights as the weather has warmed up, and since we have planned accordingly. We are so glad you celebrated your birthday with us, and hope you visit again so we can provide you excellent service and another delicious meal. Warmly, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and atmosphere, will definitely be going again.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

Anonymous, Thank you for your review! We appreciate the kind words and look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun experience, great staff and food is delicious.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

DonnaB, Thank you for such kind words! We look forward to serving you again very soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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TE
New York Area
106 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time back in over 3 years and it is better than ever. We sat at a nice comfy table with a beautiful view of the marina. The food is outstanding and the crème brulee was to die for. The service was great with Deana and even the management came over a few times to check on us. 5 stars all the way!

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Responded on April 10, 2019

Terry, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so happy you came to see us and were able to enjoy all that we have to offer - the Creme Brulee is a new spring dessert that has been a fan favorite so far. Now that the weather is warming up, be sure to try and sit on the patio for the outstanding views overlooking the marina. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to Fresh Salt for breakfast once before and loved it. When my friends and I decided to do some shopping in Old Saybrook, I suggested Fresh Salt for lunch. It was the first time there for my friends and they were delighted with everything. We all had a difficult time choosing our meal because everything sounded delicious. My friends are all good cooks and fussy about what they eat. The chef at Fresh Salt mingled some wonderful seasonings together that worked and that we plan to try at home. We will all be back - with spouses next time so that they can also enjoy the excellent dining experience.

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Responded on April 8, 2019

CynthiaB, Thank you so much for recommending us to your friends, and also for writing such a positive review! We look forward to the opportunity to show your spouses what we have to offer here at Fresh Salt. Hopefully your next visit is a sunny spring day to sit on our patio overlooking the marina. Thank you again, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here and had a great experience. Great food, staff and view.

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance! We were seated right by a large window with a great view. The restaurant itself is very bright. The food was also delicious!

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Samantha, We strive to provide an ambiance like no other - our floor to ceiling windows certainly help with that! We are pleased to hear you had a wonderful experience at Fresh Salt. Please visit us again soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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AR
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The U-10 scallop entree was spectacular. I ordered the slightly smaller portion and got three large scallops, which was plenty. The accompanying risotto was cooked to perfection and included small pieces of asparagus and large chunks of lobster. The risotto-to-scallop ratio was perfect, with neither overwhelming the other. I am looking forward to ordering it again the next time I visit Fresh Salt.

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Hello AnnR, Thank you for such kind words! Our scallop dish is a newer dish to the menu that has quickly become a favorite. We can't wait to have you back again soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.

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Responded on March 27, 2019

Philr, Thank you for celebrating with us, what a milestone! We hope it was a night to remember. Please come visit again soon, we look forward to having you. Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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AC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner and found the waiter serving us exceptionally enthusiastic and professional (blue nails!). The food was very tasty and we enjoyed our seat looking over the marina. It was a tad bit expensive but the hotel's gift certificate convinced us to go and considering the area, we understand the prices. We would definitely visit this venue again when in the area and recommend it to friends.

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were well pleased with the scallion encrusted cod and the pork chop. Both dishes were well seasoned with good portions. The ambience was very cozy yet classy. The service was terrific...water glasses kept filled. Our server brought out wine samples to tase beforehand so we could choose the best one. We chose Fresh Salt for our anniversary dinner because we always have a memorable dining experience there!

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Responded on March 2, 2019

NancyAW, Thank you for your kind review! We are pleased you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us - thank you for your continued patronage. We hope to welcome you back again soon! -Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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j
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

To start they were out of our first choice of wine so we had to move on to choice #2. We ordered the raw oysters as an appetizer and they were very good. The presentation was nice and each oyster was labeled with the area it was harvested from which made comparing the differences fun. Everything went bad from here. After a long wait we were served the entrees. I had the Cioppino- the sauce was bland and the seafood was rubbery. My wife had the white bean and basil ravioli- lacked flavor and salt. One of our children had a cheeseburger which was burnt and tasted like cooking gas. The other ordered spaghetti and meatballs, we were then told they were out of meatballs so he opted for grilled chicken on the side instead. The chicken like the burger was burnt and tasted like cooking gas. It was really disappointing to have such bad food served at the prices they charge. After we complained they did comp our meal. Sadly we left hungry with 4 plates of mostly uneaten food. The couple sitting next to us had a similar experience and commented on how disappointing their ravioli and tuna dish were. We were guests at the hotel and this was a return visit. I would recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a nice getaway however, steer clear from the restaurant.

Fresh Salt
Responded on March 2, 2019

Hi joec, I apologize for the experience you had here at Fresh Salt. It is our goal to provide great food and service in an inviting atmosphere and unfortunately we missed the mark during your visit. We acknowledge each review so we can correct our mistakes in hopes to avoid making them again in the future. Please give us another try during your next stay so we can show our true colors with a fresh delicious meal. Thank you, -Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Used to be one of my favorites for food and ambience. Second time I’ve been sorely disappointed with the food, though the water views are great. Ordered a petite seafood cioppino over spinach instead of pasta. Got exactly 3 shrimp, 2 scallops and a 1” square piece of swordfish in a dish of marinara sauce. $8 upcharge for spinach, making the dish nearly $40. To manager’s credit, he did remove the spinach charge and say there were new chefs interning in the kitchen. The Inn accommodations were outstanding!

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Responded on March 2, 2019

Hi Rosie, I apologize for your last experience here at Fresh Salt and thank you for your candid review. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves and make each guest experience one to remember for the right reasons. We would love to be your favorite place to go for a delicious meal in an inviting atmosphere. If there is anything I can do to be of service, please contact me directly. We appreciate your repeat patronage and hope to see you again. Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. Food was amazing and service was wonderful. Will go back again :)

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Responded on March 2, 2019

KaylaB, Thank you for your five star review! We pride ourselves on our service, food and friendly yet professional atmosphere and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Can't wait to welcome you back again! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great always great service and food

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Responded on March 2, 2019

Anonymous, Thank you for your great review and continued business, we hope to welcome you back again soon! Warmly, -Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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RM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality ingredients are paired with interesting menu choices. There is a mix of North Eastern seafood classic dishes mixed with other choices including steak, pork chops, and chicken. We enjoyed a delicious bowl of chowder that is somewhere in between creamy and broth-based, a hybrid that is flavorful and lighter than the standard NE clam chowder. We also had an asparagus and Burrata salad that was absolutely delicious. It came with argula and prosciutto and a few shavings of Parmesan. Combined with a tasty vinaigrette -- it was both light and creamy. For dinner, we chose meatloaf with mashed potatoes and the ciopinno -- opting for the smaller plate size. Both were excellent and we took home enough for lunch. We finished with a fried pie filled with chocolate ganache. Delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A little different with the remodeling going to start. Buffet area a little rite as it was set up in the bar area

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little chilly in the back fireplaces room but a wonderful evening! Food was excellent and our server Michael was delightful and and allowed us a very slow paced evening as we wanted it to be.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went to Fresh Salt for my sisters birthday. Had reservation for restaurant at 8pm. They sat us in bar area where I had to ask twice to turn tv off of boxing (not appetizing to watch punching and blood while eating). I ordered fried seafood platter which was awful. 2 shrimp, 2 scallops, 0 oysters and the rest of the plate was overcooked calamari, potatoes were underdone. Then they forgot to bring requested birthday dessert with candle. Very disappointed in entire experience given the prices.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Poor service and timelines of food delivery to table. Took 20 minutes for appetizers to arrive after ordering and 30 minutes for meal to arrive after appetizers. Frustrating experience. Site beautifully decorated and warm. Will not return for a Holiday meal.

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R
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great lunch outside! Good food and very nice service.

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b
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fresh salt is a great attractive restaurant on the water- can watch the boats and have a great lunch, etc

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We met with our friends and we were all guests of Old Saybrook. Dinner was very good and so was breakfast. The servers and staff were very pleasant. However, one morning we had put in our order and over a 1/2 hour passed and we were told that they lost our order...

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! The food was amazing and the servers were excellent. I was very impressed and looking forward to another dinner.

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BR
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Fresh Salt on several occasions and it is always good. We both had the lobster roll and it was excellent.
The entree choices are few, but all that we have had were wonderful. The shrimp (sold by piece) are also a great choice.
We have been back and we will do so again

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Views of the marina was the best part of the dining experience. The service right from the hostess to the waitress was below satisfactory. Waitress never asked how our dinner was, never filled our glasses of water after asking numerous times. The hostess cleared wrong side of table after clearly telling her which table settings to clear. We started with the calamari, it was delicious. I had the salmon, my wife had the cioppino both lacked flavor. I guess you pay the high price for the view, because the food and service wasn't worth it.

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RG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, food and service. Our waiter was very professional and the wine list was great. Chowder and sword fish were great. Price a little steep.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our party of six enjoyed the experience.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ocean view and comfortable seating was just the beginning. We ended up eating every single meal here while in Old Saybrook not just our 20th anniversary dinner. They offered a clear broth clam chowder which was amazing and the tuna avocado burger was award winning. I would recommend this restaurant for a casual lunch or a romantic amd or special occasion dinner. We are major foodies and it is rare to have every meal this exceptional.

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TC
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was so amazing, we returned the next day for lunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fresh Salt is a very comfortable and pretty place and in the warm weather, there is outdoor dining overlooking the marina - very nice.

The food in my experience is always good, and the service generally good also (it can get a bit slow when the place is crowded).

My only complaint is that the menu is somewhat small, and there have been times when I don't find anything there that jumps out at me.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I love brunch. We are always on the lookout for a new place to try. Fresh Salt did not disappoint. The food was fresh and delicious; the service was attentive and friendly. And the setting on the water was wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Service was fine. Decor is nautical theme with great woodwork since located on the water with a nice park nearby. The place offers spa, lodging, ball rooms, etc.

The food was a disappointment. Lobster roll was drowning in butter to the point that the bread disintegrated. My uncle had a shrimp dish, but the shrimp was tough and over cooked. Fiance had the brunch which was good but at $40 not including alcohol, equates to poor value.

Too bad, I wanted to like the place.

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d
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was the first time we've experienced an inconsistent meal at Fresh Salt. Our meals were not at the level we have experienced several times before. Perhaps it had something to do with the limited menu and busyness of Valentines Day.

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RA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived ready to order the lobster rolls for lunch (had them last fall, among the best on the coast). Walking through the Sunday morning brunch buffet room to get to the dining room, the spread was so impressive, it almost made us go for the buffet. This was our second time there - we'll be back again!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for the v-day brunch 12:30 pm resv. was seated at 12:33pm very nice table set up with a beautiful view of there marina and ct. river.The server was there to me all your needs and the brunch foods were all top shelf !Thanks for the great time.

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We recommend Fresh Salt as an above average restaurant with very good food, good service and a nice atmosphere. The meal was a bit expensive but was better than most of the places we have eaten on the shoreline.

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