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SALT Restaurant

84 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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We're a small place - 30 seats, 10 bar stools - and we occupy what used to be the town's 19th Century apothecary. The space is intimate and comfortable.

We're classically French-trained and we do things the old way, from scratch, with love. Many of our ingredients are brought in through our back door by our friends - Vinalhaven lobstermen, fishermen, and farmers. What we can't get on-island comes mostly from other local Maine sources. We aim not to get in the way of the products we serve - we try to make it simple, delicious, and beautiful.

We offer a wide selection of interesting and carefully selected wines - at very comfortable prices - and our inventive cocktail list is always evolving. Our focused beer selection features Maine's best beers and ales.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary French / American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
We're in post-season mode: Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner.
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Phone number
(207) 863-4444
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Feingold
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Cross street
Water Street
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Parking details
Public lot adjacent to restaurant.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 84 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was awesome. Lobster bisque was outstanding. Service was good, very busy due to a wedding in town. Seemed short staffed.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

We felt the food made the experience!!! Our waitress Annie was very attentive but not intrusive. So nice! The oysters were creative and delicious. I don't often eat fish, but the Monk Fish was fabulous. The Hanger Steak was top of the line exceptional. The hamburger was perfectly cooked, quality beef. The S'more adaptation was out of sight!!!!!! We are still smacking our lips. Although the noise level was very intrusive, the food was excellently prepared. We'll be back again.

vipFlippytheClown (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 31, 2017

Sooo, like most seasonal places, this place hires new cooks every year. Salt's been lucky to have had three good consistent years, but this season was a miss - the food that was too salty, over seasoned, and covered with gooey sweet sauces. But a cool surprise this year was some cajun influence (really!), and thank goodness their bisque, hanger, and burger remain unchanged from previous years. The waitresses were better than ever, and the bar remains the best! Let's hope they get the kitchen back on track next season.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

The food is excellent. The room is very attractive. The high noise/decibel level, particularly when the bar is full, is disturbing and needs to be dealt with. A normal conversation is really difficult. Strategic use of materials such as sound deadening board could help.

Lulu (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Salt was a cosy spot on a rainy evening
The french fries are super and my son, age 12, and I had great burgers.
Love the size and energy of Salt!

Happy6 (London)
5.0  Dined on August 17, 2017

Salt is a boon to vinalhaven The menu changes weekly and its possible to try so many new dishes ,but always have a tini best cocktail ever 🎈

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

Very good, but loud, worth it though!

DCAt (Fayetteville)
3.0  Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was very good, but the bar is in the restaurant and it was extremely loud, I could not hear the other people I was eating with. I would recommend for a fun evening out, but not for a romantic evening or a quiet conversation.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

Love the food, service and the historic space. Incredibly loud bat noise.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

Without going into too much detail. The food is very salty. Hence the name. Great drink specials. Prices are too high for what they serve. They could have potential, this was our third try. We would have to be convinced to try it again.

Honestcolor (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

As always I enjoyed a great meal and good company at Salt. Vinalhaven is lucky to have such a hopping fun restaurant with good food and a great bar scene

ForbiddenPlanet (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

This was another excellent meal at Salt. They are in their 4th year this summer, and continue to deliver a quality dining experience.

Shasha (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

Totally fantastic in every way. Thanks for the tastiest meal and drinks we've had in a good long time! I'm tempted to make our reservation now for when we visit the island NEXT summer!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

Great meal!

Honestcolor (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Great food and service in Vinalhaven, Maine. So fortunate to have such a terrific restaurant on our little island. Fun small space makes for a noisy but party-like atmosphere. Excellent innovative drinks menu also.