We came on graduation day, so there was a $55/person required 3-course set menu, but you can add on oysters. Before we ordered our set menu, a member of my party order a half dozen oysters. We then ordered. The appetizers came out and were good. No oysters. The entrées came out, still no oysters. Entrées were all very bland and underseasoned. We were also promised the oysters were being shucked “right now”. Eventually, we cancelled the oysters because we were almost done eating, and the waitress was very surprised. This is the second time we have been here, and both times the food has been bland and mediocre.
We cannot provide feedback on the experience because we did not stay to eat. Only upon arrival did we learn that the only menu offered that evening was a $55 pre fixed for graduation. Limited options and a family member with a nut allergy significantly limited the choices enough that we elected to go elsewhere. This information should have been provided ahead of time at the time of the reservation.
In the first place, paying $55 per person for a 3 course meal is really not too bad for a sophisticated restaurant, but...… this place is a sports bar on bad steroids.
Now mind you, you are paying for service as well as food. The reservations were made online after an attempt to call was fruitless. We figured the place was busy, but when we arrived, there were approx. 20 guest. Our server finally arrived about 15-20 minutes after we did, a group of five. A young lady did take our drink order prior to our servers arrival thank goodness and when he did show up, he made some comment about talking in the back. He took our order then returned to tell us that one of the items, which four of us wanted was not available. After changing our order he discovered that it was available now, but we just stayed with what we had. When our order arrived it was anywhere between lukewarm to cold. We never saw our server again for at least an hour when it was time for desert. Again, one of the items was not available so an alternate was chosen. A higher end restaurant on a Friday night, runs out of food and hardly any customers.
Ordinarily I would say bad night, but for some reason, I think it may just be like this. Too bad, great location, but high priced for low service. The night cost almost $400 for 5 people an not a one had anything good to say about the night.
I never leave bad reviews but I cannot express how horrible the experience was ! I originally booked it for my son’s graduation dinner and at that time no mention of a pre-fix menu . When we arrived we saw that it was $55 per person with no children’s menu . The waitress was actually very nice person . There were hardly any people serving . We had a table of 8 . My scallops were raw and I complained which I never do and they came back worth another plate that was completely cold !!! My husbands meal was so bad he couldn’t eat it and my sons 55 dollar steak was raw ! So my bill was over 400 dollars for the worst possible food / experience you can imagine . I reel robbed
Made a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch. About 7 tables occupied with 2 servers when we arrived 10 minutes early. Slow to take drink order and getting refills was ridiculous. After an hour and no food we left. With 6 people in the open kitchen you would think the food would be flowing out. Server was inattentive at best. We weren’t the only ones to leave.
Well...didn’t actually have the chance to experience...I made a reservation days ago for 8 people at 11am for Mother’s Day brunch. Confirmed my reservation 2 times. We had family coming in from from Richmond to meet us. When we arrived at 10:45am we were told that they wouldn’t probably be opening until 12. I said I made a reservation days ago...apparently there was miscommunication and there was no one there with a key to open the restaurant. The waitstaff and cooks were just hanging around outside. 😳 there was a very nice young lady at the front who was telling the same story over and over again to everyone who was trying to go in. I realize it was not her fault and felt really sorry that she had to stand there giving bad news to everyone...thank gosh Burtons came to the rescue!! And it was fabulous!! Pretty crummy experience, we were really looking forward Rocksalt, none of us had ever been and sadly probably won’t waste our time again. 🤷🏻♀️
Our waitress was either impaired in someway or drunk, she fell down, I thought she was going to spill every plate or glass she brought out. It was very strange and having to explain to my 8 year old children was not cool, the whole meal was stressful.
Anxious to visit again when they've back in full force. Very limited menu but everything we ordered was excellent. Serve needs a bit of attention. Ordered their fish special meant to be share - a whole red snapper but had to ask for utensils to divide it, an extra plate and serving utensils for the side vegetables. The fish was perfectly grilled with a fabulous pesto. Happy hour oysters were good but small size. We wondered if they served larger oysters when paying full price. Again delicious and great value at half price. Our server was good about offering a small sample of wine to help decide on a very nice muscadet.
Wonderful experience! Brought relatives from New Orleans and they loved the food, service and restaurant atmosphere! Jo-Ellen our server was friendly, professional and very experienced. We’ll definitely return!
Although our daughter's tuna was good, as were her vegetables, but the swordfish (2 dinners) was criminally overcooked. I loathe brussels sprouts, the menu accompaniment for swordfish, and got cauliflower and broccoli instead, which were okay. No bread appeared. I considered the restaurant to be badly overpriced for the food offered. My husband's clams were good, but pricey. The restaurant was 2/3 empty, still managed to be quite noisy, and I can't see how it will succeed. I'm sorry to say that because C'ville badly needs a moderately-priced, GOOD seafood restaurant. The service and managerial attendance were excellent; the manager refunded our price for the swordfish.
We were visiting Charlottesville from out of town and our hotel concierge recommended ROCKSALT. They were able to take our open table reservation, so we booked it. Upon arrival there was no wait and we were able to sit outside. Our waitress brought water out and we asked for a kids menu. After that, the service became extremely slow. We weren't all that bothered because we were there for pleasure, but we were also hungry. We were there for 50 minutes before our dinner came out. I had ordered Swordfish because I had never tried it before. All through dinner, I kept asking my husband if swordfish is just like tuna and even had him try it. It wasn't until I had finished dinner that our waitress came out and confirmed that I actually did get the tuna and she hadn't realized it. She was very nice and brought out the swordfish (which was actually really good) and obviously we were only charged for one dinner, but no manager ever came out. Nothing was taken off of our bill. Overall, it was a mediocre experience and the food was ok.
Do not bother to eat here.
Pros: Our server was friendly and did the best he could with the terrible restaurant conditions.
The fried oysters were ok.
Oysters were improperly cleaned - very grimy and gritty (sandy).
Shrimp was clearly frozen.
The restaurant is DIRTY.
A huge space but almost nobody came in on a warm Saturday evening.
Weird blue mood lights - is this a club or oyster restaurant?
It is clear that this restaurant is on the decline.
The chef left recently, and the replacement chef decided to leave a severely modified menu in place. Missing are wanted items that are still posted on their website menu like catfish, grits, and baked oysters.
We were in Charlottesville visiting the University of Virginia with our granddaughter and we wanted to celebrate. We loved the Rocksalt - the fish was fresh and delicious and our waiter was terrific.
Rocksalt's bartender Al is the BEST!!!! I love this place!
Very slow service and bland, unimaginative food. I had swordfish and other diners had burgers. Vegetables-Brussels sprouts were bland too. Nothing was even tasty except for the seafood tower but they didn’t have enough mini forks to go around. The newly very limited menu is very different than what is posted on Open Table which is inexcusable in that it misrepresents the reality. Sloppily run restaurant and so I’ll never go back. WTH!
There was a chef transition and the menu was extremely limited until bed chef arrived. My Open Table reservation was not registered with the restaurant because of this change for some reason. We left after sitting down at table and being told about limited menu.
The wine on the menu for happy hour ‘had not been delivered that day; we ordered a Pinot Grigio that was absolutely terrible. We ordered appetizers and they took 30 minutes to get out to us. Fried oysters and mozzarella/bread ??? It was not that crowded at 6:00 PM; how long could it take for those two appetizers to get ready? They were good though, and our server, bless his heart, offered us a glass of wine on him because he knew it was just ridiculous. We ate our appetizers and left and went somewhere for dinner. This was our first visit and and we won’t be back
Our server was excellent, but other than that, it was a rather lousy experience. The rest of the serving and restaurant staff were inattentive (and there were many of them there, and the restaurant was rather dead, and they were still inattentive) and the food was mediocre, particularly for its price (the oysters were definitely overpriced). Most notably, the menu was limited because they are in transition/waiting for the new executive chef to arrive. That information did not seem to be on their website, or at least not on the yelp page for the restaurant, so it was a disappointment to find that out upon arriving there for our reservation.
Make sure you don’t confuse this with the large chain called rocksalt cross the country. This is a locally owned restaurant with some locally sourced shellfish that is farm raised. They have a great selection of shellfish as well as ceviche and I he tuna, along with other great main dishes, inventive salads and a selection of other appetizers. Plus they have a great happy hour during the week until 7 PM or you can sample some of their oysters at half price.
My wife and I dined at Rocksalt on a Saturday night. The first impression we had was that we had just entered a busy train station - huge open room with high ceiling. No sound deadening and extremely loud. Aside from the inability to hear or talk to one another the rest of the dining experience was fine - oysters on the half shell were excellent, main courses were very good, and wait service was excellent. Prices, overall were on the high side but fair for this area. If we do go back we will try to find a time when there is less of a crowd and less of the cacophony we experienced.
Great food and service. Good to see a nice restaurant with a family environment. Fried oysters were outstanding - some of the best I’ve ever had! Stuffed Trout and Parmesan Scallops also excellent! We’ll definitely be back!
The noise level was very comfortable. I’m not overly happy with places with booming music or talking so loud you can’t hear your companions. This was NOT a problem here.
Also the comfort in general was good. I’ve been to a few places recently where we had to keep our coats on because they were so cold - not sure if the others were saving money or what - but we won’t be back to a place where we’re that uncomfortable. ROCKSALT was very comfortable - seating, temperature, relaxed friendly ambiance...
Oysters and seafood were great. Steak and chicken were over cooked. I would stick to the seafood on the menu. Wait staff was great. Ambiance was good. We enjoyed our dinner. Manager took care of us when we said something about the steak being over cooked.
Food was worse than a public pool. For Valentine’s Day dinner we got the seared chicken option. It basically was just chicken tenders- but not even good ones! The oysters were good but the meal was not. We also got the tilefish which didn’t really have much a taste. The French fries were not special either. We should have paid tops $30 for this meal which cost $76. Would not recommend this place. The waiter was nice and that’s about it.
We went to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We have been here before and love this place. True farm to table seafood, at least 4 types of oysters come directly from their oyster beds. They are the freshest you will ever eat! The crab cake was ALL crab meat, not what the binder was. The soup and husbands shrimp were delectable too! Love the waitress we get regularly, she is always kind and attentive. Best seafood around.
Louisiana native, and this was my first time in Charlottesville. I was craving fresh seafood and had dinner here. It was amazing! The seafood is locally grown/sourced by the owner’s family. They have a variety of raw oysters that were absolutely delicious. I also had the gulf shrimp cocktail, crab cake, and steak, and it was all delicious. The only thing I did not like about this meal was the reduction sauce on the steak dish. I thought it was too sweet. Also, I don’t like sauces on steak in general. But the steak was perfectly cooked, well seasoned, and otherwise delicious. The service was amazing and the cocktails are southern-inspired, sophisticated, and stiff! If you’re in Charlottesville, give this place a try.
This was our second visit to Rocksalt. Unfortunately, the food did not impress us once again. Both times the food arrived prepared differently than described on the menu. Tuna tartare was supposed to be mixed with scallions and served with fried wonton crisps - none of each. Waiter noted they changed the dish but had not updated the menu. It has since been updated online. Braised short ribs were tasty but had large pieces of fat. In a small plate serving that should have been caught. Oyster chowder was good. Server seemed new and unfamiliar with the menu.
While the oysters both fried and on the half shell were excellent the rest of the meal was of poor quality. The crabmeat benedict came with a hard poached egg and almost no hollandaise sauce. The hanger steak made one of our party ill and was totally unappealing. Spinach was tough and overdone. The drinks were half price because the are only worth that. If they were crowded, I could excuse the poor service, but the place was empty except for three other tables. Overall, I won't be back.
We had trout and baked oysters. Farly minimal pesentation effort, but quality seafood. Also, creative artisinal cocktails! Wine, however, was mediocre. A bare bones restaurant and raw bar, Rock Salt has an edg ambiance that makes for an interesting if not plush evening. Service was terrific.
Rocksalt is one of our "go to" restaurants in Charlottesville! Always great food and service!
The oysters are delicious with a good variety. We've always had excellent food here and good service. It's becoming one of our faves!
Service was horrible. Wait staff were rude. Seemed completely uninterested. Food was undercooked had to send back. Fries were cold when they came to us. Overall it was not a good experience.
Good choice for seafood. Oysters were the best. Very fresh Virginia oysters served with freshly grated horseradish. The crab stuffed flounder entree tasted a little fishy. Swordfish was good, but the bed of rice it was served on lacked flavor.
We visited for Restaurant Week. When the entree came out, it sat on a bed of cold rice. We told the waiter, who quickly replaced it with another plate, but the rice on that plate was cold too. Finally got some hot rice when they brought it in a bowl. They made good, but disappointing experience.
We went to Rocksalt for Restaurant Week. We had been before, but had been underwhelmed by the food. But the Restaurant Week menu looked good, so we thought we’d give it another try.
My starter was sautéed scallops - they were very good, far and away the best part of the meal. The crab stuffed flounder was very disappointing. Flounder seemed a little undercooked, the plate was cool, as if it had been sitting a while. Presentation was lackluster. Didn’t finish it. Dessert was a key lime tart. Good flavor, but the presentation in a small aluminum tin was not attractive. It definitely had the look of something mass produced, and was an ungenerous size.
Although there were few people in the restaurant, service was slow. We won’t be back.
We visited for the first time during Restaurant Week. The food and service were excellent and I’m not a big fish eater. It was a frigid night outside so the draft from the front door was a bit uncomfortable. The restaurant is sparsely furnished and not eye appealing to me. Who cares, the food made up for it.
We went for restaurant week. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent!
Best seafood in town. Great service. Terrific place to meet up with friends for a casual meal. Only complaint is the decor. Would love it if the floors were hardwood. The look and feel (poured concrete floors) is cold and sterile.
Very pleasantly surprised. Went because of the restaurant week specials. Great eggplant parm for my wife and swordfish for me. Excellent. Great appetizer and dessert included. Outstanding service! Environment pretty simple, nice, but not special. Will definitely go back and recommend to others.
Oysters fresh and delicious. Scallops good but only two for $15 -disappointing. Rest of the menu uninspiring. Service excellent. Wouldn't go back except for the oysters.