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Fresh Salt

4.2
708 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • 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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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Saturday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
Brunch:
Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner:
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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.
Additional
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
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Great lunch outside! Good food and very nice service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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...

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2016

Everyone in our party of six enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2016

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2016

Dinner with friends on a Saturday night for the first time at Fresh Salt. The location is great. If the weather had been better, would have opted to sit outside. Inside the bar and dining area is cramped, especially with a Saturday night crowd. Our table was right outside the bar area and it was really quite noisy. Very difficult to carry on a normal conversation. Service was attentive but we were not hurried at all which was greatly appreciated. Great conversation is just as important as great food for an enjoyable experience. While the noisy environment made conversation challenging, our server did not did not hover and urged us to take our time. Most at our table enjoyed their appetizer but I found my duck taco quite dry. Our entres were good but not anything special. Everyone really enjoyed their desserts and specialty cappuccinos. The apple crisp was great.

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2016

The food wasn't as great as I expected. The lobster wontons app was so good as well as Siracha calamari but the actual dinner food wasn't as good as I thought for the price. I have had better meals.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2016

Stayed at resort during blizzard and thus enjoyed Fresh Salt for all meals. Lunch, dinner and breakfast were all awesome. Service was great and you can't beat the views even during a blizzard.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2016

Nice spot, great view of the harbor was just too high r service was very good. Just thought the price point was high

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

The sinner - steak, truffle fries (yum) was beyond delicious, and the service (Sean) was fantastic!.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Wonderful experience. Service was on target and very friendly. Dinning experience could not have been better!

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2016

The food was just ok. Two of us had steak. It was tender but not that tasty.
The lasagna was not that warm.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2015

Dining on the water with a view of the lighthouse is fun and romantic.
The food is great, original and abundant. We will be back...

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

This has become ne of my go to restaurants for lunching with ladies. Great view.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2015

We went here for Sunday brunch. The views are beautiful, as the restaurant sits on the water. However, we cannot justify $40 a plate for a buffet brunch. The brunch selections were fair, at best. A few tables of assorted items, dessert section left something to be desired. Lack of choices. You had to travel through the dining room, through the bar area, down a hallway and through a set of double doors in order to reach the brunch selections. We found that constant walking with full plates unacceptable, as the floor was wet and there were people hanging around the bar area. This setup where there is a constant flow of children and adults walking back and forth with full plates through crowded areas is inconvenient, dangerous and just unacceptable, especially for the price of $40 a plate. We gathered that the $40 a plate was to either pay this restaurant's mortgage or pay for the scenery. The food itself was lukewarm and could be found at any other lower-cost restaurant offering brunch. As mentioned above, there was definitely a lack of available food choices. Would NOT recommend this restaurant for the brunch, based on food, price and the location of the tables to the brunch area itself.
Management should really take into consideration where this brunch is located in proximity to the tables, as this is an accident waiting to happen.
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5.0Dined on December 3, 2015

Both my husband and I requested modifications to our orders, and the chef was very accommodating. The food was outstanding! The servers were also great, and willing to please.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2015

It was our first time dining here as we live a fair distance. The food was outstanding. Our service was excellent (thank you Michael for being very helpful and attentive). And it was a very pleasant (and classy) surprise that Chef Cortesi came out to speak with customers. He was delightfully friendly and warm and shared wonderfully interesting tidbits about his cooking and the menu. This also included saying that we are welcome to contact him a few days in advance to let him know if we have special requests as he is happy to prepare those. We found this to be incredibly charming and quite frankly, a big wow. It really topped off what was a great dinner. And the place is really gorgeous. Thank you for everything!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

We enjoyed a terrific supper on Friday, November 18th. The bar and restaurant was busy, but not crowded. The wine list offered strong American, Italian and French choices at all price points. Brilliant oyster selection and lovely main courses. I thoroughly enjoyed the pork osso bucco, my table mates equally enjoyed their fish stews. A lovely pear dessert topped the meal off. I live in NYC during the week and am delighted that Fresh Salt set a high bar for us in the lower Connecticut River.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2015

My husband and I went out for dinner for our 30th Anniversary. We've been to Fresh Salt a few times in the past and remembered how wonderful the food was. The waitstaff was fantastic! They went above and beyond to make us feel special. Everyone wished us a Happy Anniversary. The atmosphere is very romantic, with the fire blazing and the lights on the sound sparkling . My husband LOVED everything about his meal of Calamari, Rack of Lamb and really enjoyed his after dinner drink, Cafe Royal. I had the New England Clam Chowder (a little sandy), Harvest Salad, which was wonderful, Osso Bucco- was tender, but lacking a "Wow" flavor. For dessert, we shared Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Gelato . I, again, thought it lacked a bit of something.
I think I need to add that I'm not a picky eater, I was hoping for something amazing and I didn't get it. Not the fault of anyone. Just my opinion. Would I recommend Fresh Salt to a friend? Sure! It's beautiful, the staff is wonderful and the food is good.

~As a side note, My husband said that the he would have enjoyed a scotch for his after dinner drink, but it was way over priced and opted for the Cafe Royal and wasn't disappointed.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

We had a lovely lunch at about 2:00pm on a Saturday. The restaurant was quiet since it was the end of the lunch service. We sat at a round table in the corner with a nice view of the marina outside. All our meals were excellent. The crab cake was delicious as was the New England clam chowder. We got the sampler dessert which was a great end to the meal.

I would highly recommend this for any occasion. Very nice for couples or a family

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2.0Dined on November 13, 2015

The food was mediocre and expensive. The bar area has a much nicer atmosphere than the main restaurant area.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

I have now eaten at Fresh Salt for dinner twice, for breakfast once and for brunch twice. The food is fresh and inventive. The service is terrific - friendly and welcoming. A beautiful location and view is the icing on the cake.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Yummy and creative menu items, romantic atmosphere, not rushed, extremely friendly and helpful staff

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2015

We had a delicious Sunday brunch. Service was terrific too!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

One of the best meals I've had in Ct. And the waitress was lovely. I would go back anytime I want a great meal.

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