Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We are excited to bring our dream to a reality along with friends and family. We plan to share our love and knowledge of an industry that we are so passionate about and proud to be a part of in our hometown of New Brunswick. Here at Salt, we are creating a modern oyster bar with a hip vibe serving up a large variety of fresh local oysters, as well as oysters from around the US. We will offer a seafood inspired seasonal menu both in our casual bar and our elegant dining room. We will also offer many innovative dishes including a variety of local meats along with plenty of vegetarian options. We aim to create an inviting atmosphere for everyone with our warm décor and friendly staff. Our full bar will feature a variety of signature cocktails and revolving creative small plates. Chef Chris’ passion for food promises consistent exceptional quality and to awaken the palate with bold, fresh flavors in every bite!
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vipRyan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great seafood restaurant. Cocktail list has good variance and lots to offer. Calamari and crab dip were both solid. Seafood pappardelle was delicious. Definitely would recommend and will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experience of late. The food was incredible, and the service was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What awesome place!! Can’t beat the service.

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JordanM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is great. Manager is very attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and wonderful meal.

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vipSarahB
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely experience.... food was outstanding! Drinks perfect! Wine selection excellent! Server was a little slow with service but very friendly and nice.

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vipCathyD
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! The service was excellent! Our server Mariano was wonderful!
There was a drink I loved and asked the bartender about the shrub used and Michael was so sweet and told me everything about how to make it!
For apps we had the grilled octopus, ahi tuna tartare and the crab dip. All were delicious! Especially the crab dip! For entrees I had a special of panko crusted grouper topped with crabmeat and some coconut in a key lime butter sauce! Absolutely fabulous and I am not even a huge fish person. My husband had a sea bass special over sweet potato hash and my son had an everything bagel salmon over pasta with an Alfredo sauce. We all enjoyed it immensely. We finished with a coconut cake and the bruleed cheesecake.
It was a wonderful meal!

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happymom
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Salt for our anniversary. We sat indoors with good spacing between the tables. The waiter Mike was excellent, the food was great and the environment was warm and inviting. The bathrooms were clean and a nice touch with the salt scrub for your hands. This was our second visit and we would highly recommend Salt to anyone. We will go back as our new hot local place to dine.

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vipdiningdeb
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday. Given the pandemic, we are only comfortable eating outside. Salt is our go-to restaurant for special occasions, so we were happy to get an outside table. Even though the tables during the week are right out front on the sidewalk, it was still quiet and felt relatively private. The food was delicious as always, and the service was excellent. They even took our temperature on arrival, and when we needed to enter the restaurant to use the restrooms. So glad they are surviving this time! We need great restaurants like this in the area.

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LaraN
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! I can't wait to go back. This is the spot to go to before you go across the street to the Stress Factory.

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DarleneW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was again awesome! The daily specials are always great there! Great staff! Given Covid 19 and being able to finally dine inside again We felt safe and comfortable with the precautions taken. Exceptional service and experience as always!

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KeithB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Salt at least a dozen times. Great oyster selection along with other raw bar favorites. The mostly seafood menu offers expertly prepared appetizers and entrees. Salt also has a bar serving well crafted cocktails.

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Torodeleste
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Against all odds(COVID-19, torrential rains), Salt delivered.
Took awhile to warm up in the outdoor tent, but our server made everything special.
Great cocktails, oysters aplenty, perfect halibut and a great dinner with the Core Four.
Loved it and will recommend.

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StephenF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great prep on grouper. Server was terrific. Would definitely come back

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vipJONATHANP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They maintain their exceptionally high quality. The wait staff are attentive but not intrusive. Their wines by the glass are excellent. The COVID safety protocols are adhered to rigorously. The blackened seabass was outstanding. The tuna was good, although maybe it had sat a bit. Fries could have been crisper. Cobb lobster salad and the oysters were outstanding.

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KenG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reserved an outside table and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service was very good. Large selection of oysters and many different seafood choices for the main course. The tables are spaced properly and the staff appeared to be very aware of the all safety requirements.

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vipSeafoodFave
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent restaurant , with good food and excellent service ! Nice selection of oysters !

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Kdog
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service - can’t go wrong here if you like seafood!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The pasta with the seafood in it the sauce completely ruined it

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Chris
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, terrific service, knowledgeable wait staff. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably THE BEST seafood restaurant in NJ. The oyster selection is outstanding and all of the fish was fresh and beautifully cooked.

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DDykstra
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of a few times we’ve been to Salt. Every time has been great...driven by a commitment to excellent service in a casual fine dining environment and probably the best raw bar selections in Jersey.

They took extra special care of us on this visit when they heard us discussing that it was our wedding anniversary.

We’ll be back...again and again.

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vipLauraF
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT both food and service!!!!!

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vipDenac
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with steamed clams, Ahi tuna and avocado as well as the roasted jersey tomato and burrata salad, which all were absolutely delicious. For main entrees we had the potato crusted halibut and the grouper special, both were outstanding! Our server Javier was great, chef/owner Chris is amazing.I highly recommend Salt Seafood and Oyster bar!

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vipJustus
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome, I ask waiter if they can make Oyster Rockefeller’s, the chef did, they where awesome. Live Oysters always nice choice ,I inhale a dozen of 4 from west cost ,California,Oregon,Washington. Nova Sco Specials was very good I had the black fish ,grouper was yummy also. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Quality & Freshness. Outstanding service from entire staff!! The Best in New Brunswick area.!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good good good

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vipcrd120
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always EXCELLENT here; top quality and cooked perfectly. My date’s go to order is always the seafood parpadelle, with a booming variety of seafood, perfectly al dente pasta, and a great, tomato-ey sauce. We always get the crab cakes, either as an appetizer or an entre as well. Service was excellent. Used my 25$ open table reward and management was very helpful in redeeming it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I went out for a dinner date. I was impressed with the COVID-19 protocols! The scallops were delicious and my husband said the halibut was very good too. Lots of masks, hand sanitizers and cleaning....

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vipMuck
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite restaurants. Haven’t been back since Covid. Happy to report that Salt still never disappoints. Opted to sit outside which was a very relaxing and welcoming experience. Inside looks airy and socially distanced. Temperatures even taken to go inside. But back to the important part. Food was amazing, as was the service. Nothing has changed since we were last there in terms of food quality and deliciousness. Started with oysters and tasty stuffed figs with blue cheese. Had the lobster ravioli special which was beyond phenomenal with large pieces of lobster with the ravioli in a light sun-dried tomato creme sauce. Can’t recommend this restaurant enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere even with Covid

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ValR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for date night and we really enjoyed ourselves!

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Naik
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently dined at Salt to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Everything was amazing!! Safety at it’s best.. No contact temps were taken, everyone mobile wore mask and social distancing!’ The Service was great! And the food was amazing!! We had cocktails, appetizers, an entree, and desert! We wanted to try it all! The lobster Cobb salad was the best!!! Everything was so great that the birthday girl took her husband the next day!

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Martin
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife and my 16th Wedding Anniversary and this was an excellent choice to celebrate. The food and ambiance was fantastic!

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Wendalinaaa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, excellent. My only complaint was the lobster bisque needed more chunks of lobster! I had the red snapper by waiters recommendation and that did not disappoint. Was plentiful, charred with a nice butter sauce. My man had the Cajun lobster and it was divine. Drinks done really well a tad pricey. We spent $100 on 7 cocktails. The outside dining was splendid. Fresh flowers, cute place settings and warm lighting set the mood. The service was outstanding. Sam was our waiter and he was excellent. I’d definitely go back ASAP.

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vipRoman
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing . Good service.and good food.

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vipneverhome
New York Area
840 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one if the best restaurants in New Brunswick and we were thrilled to be dining inside again. We shared a crabmeat cocktail to start and it was delicious. Entrees were chosen from the specials, seared tuna and swordfish chop, the most unusual piece of fish I have ever seen. The fish were prepared perfectly and very fresh. The sides were thoughtfully chosen and enhanced the main dish flavors. We washed it all done with a reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc. Service is excellent.

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vipMichelesnow29
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience EVER!! My favorite restaurant, food insanely delicious, service impeccable and ambiance beautiful. The manager Keneal gave great recommendations and was warm and friendly. LOVE SALT!!

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WillS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious ! Our favorite spot in town. It is must have

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Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 822 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.