Salt Craft

4.5
288 reviews
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Salt Craft is an ingredient-driven casual American restaurant in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, California. With seasonal menus and a focus on products of the Tri Valley region, Salt Craft’s team of chefs offer elevated takes on classic dishes and the everyday meal.

Award-winning chef and Pleasanton resident, owner Matt Greco blends modern and home cooking in an open kitchen he designed set in a renovated historic California style home.

Our guest can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with full-service in our outdoor arbor seating (heated in cooler months), or get breakfast and lunch to-go.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've visited a few times prior to this particular visit and they never fail to impress. It's a great gem with a unique ambiance: outdoor seating only. I love that they allow dogs and even offer to bring them water. They serve Verve coffee - a really nice roast out of Santa Cruz.
It would be great to see the menu change a little from time to time, but they definitely offer a nice selection.
The staff is always appreciative and super accommodating. For example, on this visit, I wanted a breakfast item I saw online, apparently, from their M-F breakfast menu - they were more than willing to make that instead of what was on the weekend menu.

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San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with how delicious the food was at Salt Craft. We loved the appetizer (pastrami) and the main course (ragu). Also, the salad was out of this world and the fresh baked bread was soooo good. We love to go to top restaurants and we are super excited that this little gem is now in Pleasanton!

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BM
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was second time and we loved it again. The food is interesting and great variety. The service was the best I’ve had in town.

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MK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

This was a brunch experience. I wanted to like this place but did not. Food was good. Service was very slow. Ambience was not good. It was noisy in the tent and the inexpensive garden furniture was disappointing. I hope the negatives could be improved.

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G
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Salad course used quality ingredients, was a generous portion with a lovely presentation. Then all of that was ruined with overly acidic dressing. It was as if someone poured a cheap wine vinegar over an otherwise great salad.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally good food. Have told multiple friends already about this gem!

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AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and very nice staff, owner comes around and greets customers

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D
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Matt puts his heart into every dish - his pastas are not just cooked perfectly but the textures and flavors are the perfect match to his original and memorable sauces.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find! Don't come out to Pleasanton often but if you do, make sure to have a meal here. Everything was cooked to perfection. Rustic, comfort food was my take. All outdoor seating with heating, as kitchen only part of restaurant indoors, was unique. Staff was great! I highly recommend!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch and mimosas

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Salt Craft! So happy that there is a great restaurant in downtown Pleasanton. Every time we have been here, the food is amazing. The menu is somewhat rotating, so usually when you come back you’ll notice that some menu items have been swapped out. The always have a number of apps, salads, pastas and mains. Their pasta and bread is all home made. I’ve literally never had anything bad here and have been for breakfast, brunch and dinner. The service is prompt and friendly.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The waitress was really friendly and helpful. I wasn’t impressed with the food at all, considering the price point. I ordered the duck with dirty rice, and while the duck tasted very good and was nicely prepared I didn’t enjoy the rice or the greens on the plate- my friend liked the rice though, so maybe it was just me. If I went there again I wouldn’t mind having the duck, but I’d hope to have it come with a different side. The dessert we ordered (the brownie) didn’t seem super fresh. It was tasty enough, but I wish it were more gooey/fudgy/warm than it was.

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NL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond to accommodate 6 of us, weather was cold and rainy outside but inside temporary closure, inside was cozy and warm. Food was delicious

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VA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, tasty brunch options - it was hard to choose what to eat. The portion was large and filling. Can't wait to go back again!

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V
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and really nice people working there. High quality - you can call it “farm to table” - it’s a great spot downtown Pleasanton and enjoyable to sit and enjoy a meal... my personal and professional go to spot.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Salt Craft has the most seasonal delicious dishes in Pleasanton! The atmosphere was warm and friendly.

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KL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal! My friends had never been and they loved brunch.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As expected, enjoyed by all.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, amazing food and great service. The cold weather outside was not felt at all as the heaters were doing their job!

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s
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was nice and the service was good but it was quite overpriced (about 30% more than a comparable dinner at other downtown restaurants) and the "atmosphere" was non-existent. I'd been once before for a brunch in the summer but was hesitant to go for dinner as the weather got cold. I was right to be skeptical that they could create a comfortable environment. They've covered the patio in a plastic tent and have a portable gas heater. The heater seemed not to be functioning properly as it put off a significant amount of fumes. We chose not to sit near the heater for fear of getting headaches or sick. Instead, we were up against one of the plastic walls lined with sandbags to keep out water from the recent rains. The seating was all patio tables and chairs (of course) so they were cold plastic and metal (maybe some pillows or throw blankets would have helped?).
For apps, we had rosemary bread and burrata cheese and a sunchoke dish. Both were quite nice but at $13 each seemed overpriced. The pasta and rice dishes were $19 each, which seemed reasonable although the walu spaghetti seemed to only have small flakes of fish. The other entree was a beef braise, which was good, but again, at $28 seemed a bit overpriced for what was served.
We might try again in better weather but can't see this being part of our regular rotation.

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The experience was great overall. The service was really wonderful for being short staffed. Our server answered all of our questions. The coffee rye and Myer’s Lemon pie rocked.

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k
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with some friends for breakfast and the food is so delicious! Everything is fresh homemade and exceptional

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

Super delcious and unique options for brunch! I may be addicted to their in house made cinnamon rolls.

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

Salt Craft is a real gem of a place. I’ve enjoyed breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner here and have NEVER been disappointed. Flavors are inventive and you can literally taste the freshness of their food in every bite. I’m a breast cancer survivor so eating well is always top of mind for me. I love that I have a place to enjoy amazing food that I know is good for me too!! Two thumbs up Salt!!

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JH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The meals was good I want to say great but there was a definite lack of proteins. I think I might have counted four fish flakes. My parents dish had two chickens.

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KA
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food; wonderful, attentive, friendly service. Don't let the outdoor seating deter you. We met for breakfast on a chilly morning and it was perfectly cozy inside the "tent" with heatlamps -- and I'm a wimp about being cold. It was a bit noisy because there was a noisy table next to us and some repairs on the street, but wouldn't keep us from coming back.

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CI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a weekday breakfast. Food was delicious and mimosas were generous. Service (Terry) was very personable. Definitely want to try dinner!

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K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A perfect place to celebrate a friends birthday. The outdoor setting was very comfortable on a sunny winter day. The food was excellent and the waitstaff was attentive without being intrusive. This is my 4th visit and I'll be back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Slow and inattentive service (15+ min to get coffee, 15 min to get the check) overshadowed the food. Food was good but wasn’t hot.

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NB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Server was friendly, but not very attentive. Food was disappointing. Ambiance just ok. Won't be back.

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CD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been here twice and both visits have impressed me. The food is consistently delicious and the service is great. Particularly noteworthy is that both times I have gone with a friend and split our orders. Usually you just get the two entrees and an extra plate for each person but Salt Craft goes to the trouble to actually plate the two dishes for you. It's the little things that make lasting impressions.

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g
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

came for Saturday brunch had reservation but would not have needed it. food and service were both excellent. creative dish and well prepared, I will be going back to try the dinner menu next.

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m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad we found this unique little place. Everything is outdoor (enclosed) seating, and the kitchen was originally part of a house. Food is top notch as well as the service

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places in Pleasanton downtown

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Y
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

All seating is outdoors, but well insulated - be aware of that when making reservations. That said, our table was available when we checked in. The food was delicious - I had the cassoulet, which was quite good with a depth of flavors. My hubby had the pork schnitzel, which looked massive, but was thin, so not so massive! The only things were the potato and radish ends, which were not trimmed off, and were therefore "buggy." The wine was perfect - a pinot noir, which gave the meal a feeling of sophistication! And the dessert was very good - an apple and oatmeal crumble, which came to the table flame-licking hot! All in all, a very good meal.

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AB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last-minute decision to come here, and I’m glad we did.

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IH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful breakfast with friends with the brunch menu and OMG it was delicious!
I had the toast with eggs and turkey sausage gravy...I can’t stop raving and thinking about it every time I hit brunch time. So good! Service was great! Love the new heated tent area and it was quiet and peaceful while we all had brunch. Love it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Server ignored us for a long time. Had to ask for water. Had to ask for salt (!) which he never brought.
Service was super slow but parties around us came and went while we sat... a little bland.

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LK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing experience at Salt Craft! It was a rainy day and we sat in the side tent with the cozy heaters and had such a great time. Loved the ambience of being outside, but still warm and dry. The food always hits the spot and appreciate that it's all made in house from locally sourced ingredients. Yum!

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice breakfast. Lots of choices and great coffee. The patio heaters kept the space cozy and comfortable. Will be coming more often.

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