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7:00 PM

Fresh Salt

708 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(860) 388-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
We have several private function rooms including the Waterfront Ballroom, Riverside Room, Fenwick Hall, and Fireside Wine Room which are available for parties of 12 or more.
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Private party contact
Sales Office: (860) 388-0000
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Cross street
Route 154
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Parking details
There is no charge for on-site parking.
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We offer live entertainment on our outdoor patio on weeknights during the summer season. Also enjoy our walk-up Marina Bar which is located on our waterfront public access boardwalk for a casual experience.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 708 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Ronaldo (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Great lunch outside! Good food and very nice service.

vipbabs (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

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...

KevinC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

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

vipBobR (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on June 22, 2016

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.

RayG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 21, 2016

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.

JohnM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2016

Everyone in our party of six enjoyed the experience.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 7, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 6, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 28, 2016

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.

vipdrmikemaroon (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

vipRAM25 (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

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.

vipTonyDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

vipDandF (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

We enjoyed dinner out on Valentine's weekend. We had salmon which was very moist and melted in the mouth, seafood stew which was seasoned nicely and had great flavor. Overall we were not rushed and enjoyed our dinner in a nice setting.

vipComestiblock (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

We came here on a Saturday night while on an overnight at the inn and spa. At 7:30 it was packed. We were seated very close to the next table. The food was good, but the staff was overstretched. We found ourselves looking for our server several times during the evening. I would not go here again for dinner on a busy night. We had a drink at the bar earlier and that was fun and cozy. I could see having a bar menu meal. We also returned the next day for breakfast and were well taken care of.