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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

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628 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Now Accepting Reservations for Outdoor Dining and To-Go Orders
New Business Hours : Wednesdays through Sundays 4pm to 9pm
Please be advised that we have a 2 bottles Wine (750 ml) Max Policy to be allowed to bring per Reservation
There is a $25.00 Corkage Fee per Bottle

Welcome to Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette– the culinary destination in the Monterey area. Salt Wood features three distinct dining environments - a full-service dining room, lively bar and lounge and al fresco dining patio - its experiential oyster bar and central live-fire kitchen act as the heart and hearth of the restaurant.
With an emphasis on raw, cured and wood-fired cooking styles, shareable dishes highlight locally-sourced seafood and produce.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 628 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DonovanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and we had great service. The menu was smaller than previous visits, but still had great offerings.

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SusyM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was good, bread was burned though and table was too small for the 4 of us. Food is overall ok but meat is overpriced. It was a birthday occasion.

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BettyH
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but not outstanding like the prices you charge! I am quite sure the business would have more guests if the prices were just slightly lower. I can buy a bottle of wine for the same brand as your lower glass charge. Your bottle charges are truly more than Carmel's fancy restaurants. My brother owns a restaurant and I do know my wines and prices. We had two salads and a couple of oysters, one beer and one cider and it was over $70. Too much money and it takes away the joy of enjoying.
We were there for a bday for my husband and he was disappointed.

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BrendaM
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate our 37th Wedding Anniversary. Outdoor seating due to Covid but we felt very safe and comfortable.
Our server Mariah was very friendly, and did an excellent job.
Food was delicious. And we enjoyed a beautiful sunset while eating.

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MicheleS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wish they had blankets a bit chilly.

But always good...

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LarryB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place food is good price a bit pricey but for the times it’s understandable

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great service, want to say that up front.

We've been here in the Before Times and the food was really good. I'm sure they're dealing with a lot of adjustments when it comes to cooking during covid, so it was fine, just not matching our previous meal. But, still a great place for a date night.

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LarryB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was ok a few mess ups by the Chef the salad was way to spicy as there was pepper added ... the Shrimp Scampi was a surprise as it was not the traditional garlic style as it was a Cajun Spice so was a disappointment as well the limited menu was another low mark the price was extreme compared to the quality I do understand the environment of today with the fluishness hindering the Establishment with limitations

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Travis
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was fantastic. The food was exceptional, I tried oysters which I don't normally like but their grilled oysters were amazing! Best part was the staff, who did such a great job making a special night even more special (we got engaged while there - it was a perfect moment, thanks to everyone who works @ Salt Wood's help). Couldn't recommend more highly, we will be coming back!

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shannont
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back after COVID when Brunch is back

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vipNancyA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The first time we went was for brunch and the food was fabulous. We decided to go for dinner and we were happy again. It was interesting to go during the pandemic. We sat outdoors but they had heaters to keep you warm. Wonderful experience with great food and drinks.

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frankO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service looking forward to going back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Had a reservation, but walked in and waited a while to be seated. Our server was very nice. Seemed like there were not enough servers for the amount of patrons. Our meal came out in a strange order: mains, then drinks then oysters. Didn’t have place settings. Had to go find cutlery since our server was overwhelmed. Quality of seafood was fantastic. Food and drinks were good. BOH: A, FOH: C-

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Haven’t been here since Covid. Felt safe outside and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.

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vipMichaelL
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ribs were precooked, dry and were Luke warm, smoked salmon and artichoke dip was very heavy, cioppino was good.

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vipbchechel
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was exquisite. The service was fine. All in all, good experience. We will come back for sure.

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DianaF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good staff. And good wine. Can’t ask for more.

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KathiE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Beautiful spot and delicious food however, because this spot it is outdoors on the coast in Marina, we assumed there would be heaters available for evening dining. We asked on arrival and we were informed that they have heaters but because “there is a shortage of propane gas due to Covid” their heaters were not available for use. We fortunately had blankets in our car to wrap in while we had our dinner but we feel that a restaurant , especially one with the price point and caliber of this one, should offer heaters for the comfort of their patrons. We have been to several other restaurants recently and their patios all had functional heaters running on propane. This is why we have given this restaurant a 4 star instead of a 5 star rating. The service and food were excellent so why detract from your customer’s experience because they are cold?! Come on, no propane..that’s weak.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff especially Mariah made our experience Exceptional. Her personality was witty, fun and attentive. I loved the ambiance and hope to come back after COVID restrictions are lifted to experience the inside as well.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, would recommend patio heaters, because it was very chilly.

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MartinC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I was cold and they run out of LPG bottles for the heaters

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BrandonB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. ............................

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was phenomenal! They did a great job distancing the parties.

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Maya
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Table was not ready when we were taken to it. Had to wait for table to be wiped quickly right in front of us. Requested a high chair before hand and also waited for host to deliver it. Host staff seemed inexperienced. Had to ask for coloring crayons for toddler and also a plate and utensils. Oysters were made well and delicious. Shrimp scampi and mussels were made well and delicious too. Ordered medium well ribeye steak but received a very fatty over cooked piece of meat along with salad that consisted of dry arugula leafs with barely any dressing. Subbed out the fries for a veggie medley and the veggies consisted of bean sprouts, cut up green beans and a couple pieces of eggplant. First time I've ever seen that and it looked and tasted aweful. Beautifully remodeled restaurant but the service was a bit lacking. Made a few requests ahead of time that completely got ignored even when we were right in front of the staff.

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WayneK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great our server was excellent however the food was overpriced. I would of like to have seen an oyster package vs buying each 1 individually.

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RhondaR
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and the service was great. We had the olive bread, Caesar salad, grilled oysters, and a burger. It was perfect! It was our 4th time here and we will absolutely be back.

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WorldmarkGuest
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great service and ambience but our food was less than expected. Grilled eggplant was burnt & pork ribs tasted very gamey. Very windy and chilly.

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JoleneM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good, flavorful and well presented. Oysters were severely lacking in size. Had they been even small they would have tasted better but canned oysters were bigger. Hopefully it was just because of off season?! Even with a smaller menu there is still plenty of selection. Grilled Ad Astra Olive bread yummy, Fish and Chips was great, Angus Ribeye Steak Frites small/thin but cooked perfectly, Saltwood Burger well seasoned and juicy, Grilled Eggplant good. Not sure about returning for the cost but would return for the location, service and ambiance.

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Lees
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt so safe dining here. Staff were all wearing masks, used paper menus so that they can throw them away after each party, tables were more than socially distances.

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LizR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, amazing! Service, top notch! Ambiance, perfect!

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Jacoby1
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is incredible

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were delicious. I got the grilled eggplant with curry sauce and veggies. Delicious! The ribs were amazing and drinks 🍹 were great.

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AdeleL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get reservations upon our arrival. The outdoor setting where we had dinner had a lovely view of the ocean. Dinner (fish and chips) was excellent; service was prompt, solicitous, and cordial. We had dessert (warm bread pudding) and coffee in the sheltered area below the outdoor dining area. It was a very pleasant seating area around the fire. Dessert was also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just perfect.... People there was so nice and cooperating

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frankr
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Crab cake was overcooked but came out cold. The chicken was charred but bloody in the middle. Other than that everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious!!!

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Julia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was very windy where they initially seated us. We were fortunate that the waiters had reassigned us to another table.

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Jean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful outdoor setting. The artichoke dip was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, perfect food, delicious drinks. The best fish and chips I have ever had anywhere, and I have high standards. We will be coming back most definitely!

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LuisC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service

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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette is rated 4.5 stars by 628 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.

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