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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette, Marina, CA

Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

4.2
4.2
1199 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette is an award-winning upscale seafood restaurant in Marina, CA. Indulge in a culinary experience like no other with a live show kitchen, tantalizing oyster bar, and perfectly cooked steaks. Join us for daily happy hour and enjoy our carefully crafted cocktail and wine program. Savor weekend brunch while relaxing on our pet-friendly patio. Whether you're planning a wedding, memorial, or business dinner, our private dining spaces are available to create a memorable event. Come and discover why our seafood restaurant is a top choice for those seeking exceptional cuisine and unforgettable dining experiences in Marina, CA. Open Monday - Friday from 2 PM- 9:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10AM - 9:30PM.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 883-5535
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jonathan Rodriguez
  • Catering
    Our catering menu features locally-sourced seafood and produce that is refined yet approachable. Our expert culinary team will create a custom menu, certain to make your next meeting or event deliciously memorable.
  • Private party facilities
    With the natural beauty of the California coastline, Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette at The Sanctuary Beach Resort is the destination to host your next special event. Our team of talented event specialists provide natural inspiration by creating unique indoor and outdoor events year-round.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (831) 665-9519
  • Neighborhood
    Marina
  • Cross street
    Reservation Road
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,199 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Innovative

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

1,199 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was awesome! Tried a variety of options for dinner, stand outs were the rib eye and the salmon. Desserts were also very good, the Pavlova was a bit chewy but the flavors were on point. Service was attentive and professional. The hand scrub in the restroom was a great touch.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience. Thank you for having us last weekend!

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  3. cruisermax

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, cozy decor, wonderful place that we’re considering again while staying at the hotel next door. The only problem is that food service is slow. Very slow. The wait staff knows and tries to compensate with better service.

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  4. DebbieD

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten here before in the past and the food was delicious. We each ordered different entrees and no one really liked their food. Overall conscience was bland, no flavor. Very disappointing but our server Cheyenne was very accommodating.

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  5. IzzyC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was poor quality and over price, the server was outstanding servings us on every thing we requested, we were also charge 20 percent on tips it’s was never mentioned when I made the reservation.

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  6. BrianM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always too noisy, but food was delicious and server (Andrew) was first rate. Otto bread, blistered peppers are must have. Menu could rotate a bit more. Wine list needs work.

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  7. AmandaP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had reservations. It wasn’t a busy night but still waited so long for service, drinks, foot and our tab. Food was overpriced and service was terrible.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiting over 45 after appetizers for food then we were served raw under cooked chicken because “our order ticket got lost” overall bad experience. When I asked the speak to the manager because I wanted to show him the blood still on the chicken from the chicken being under cooked he cut me off mid sentence interrupted me and didn’t let me finish speaking he then offered a free dessert to compensate for the horrible experience I declined the offer and won’t be returning there.

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  9. Phoodie

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the staff were professional and friendly. We had oysters, the grilled fish for two, a side of potatoes and wild mushrooms, and split the chocolate cake for dessert. The fish was cooked perfectly and looked beautiful. It had a fresh sauce made with herbs and peppers, and crispy granola sprinkled over the top. The potatoes and wild mushrooms were flavorful and melt in your mouth delicious. The oysters were fresh. The chocolate cake was flavorful and was the perfect ending to a perfectly cooked meal and wonderful evening.

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  10. PennyPoo

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place to go .. especially when staying at the resort

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  11. Sasho

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Much better experience this time around. The new manager has really turned this place around.

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  12. cjm1

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing service, Eileen is a gem. Food was spectacular, jazz musician was stellar. :)

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  13. FourDiners

    Central Coast

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We found the starters and shared plates to be tasty and creative. One of the party had the Monterey Bay fried fish with the side of garlic fries. While good we felt the plate price of $36 for the combined was too high compared to fish and chips entrees at nearby Monterey restaurants. The lemon olive oil cake for dessert was good. Overall good food in a relaxed environment.

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  14. laura

    Portland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fine but not excellent. It felt like the kitchen was in a rut and just pushing it out. The restaurant is lovely, but the hard surfaces make it noisy even though it wasn’t very full. Staff was friendly and helpful and served us well. Prices are high for the size and quality of the food.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My go to in Northern Monterey County for years, always great food, ambience,& fabulous service. I could eat there dailyand never get tired of dining there. The oysters are beyond wonderful and everything is so fresh and perfectly executed. Take all my out-of-town guests there, and just love it so much …

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  16. Mtry

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff and food was delicious. The fresh oysters excellent quality and freshness.

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  17. AnnetteC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second year celebrating out anniversary at Salt Wood! We stayed at Sanctuary Beach resort last year and this year we stayed nearby but made sure to come back! We ordered the lobster pasta (excellent), their burger and the grilled vegetables, which were an all time favorite! Can't wait to come back next year!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a last-minute spontaneous reservation so we didn't know what to expect. As we entered the facility we could hear the pleasant sound of live music and happy customers enjoying their dining experience. We were promptly greeted and seated at a table perfectly positioned to be able to enjoy the live music and the ambiance of the decor. We were extremely satisfied with the diversity and the quality of the menu, each item was plated professionally, artistically, and with great emphasis on originality and flavor. After our meal members of the management team took the time to approach us to ensure our meals and experience were enjoyable, we learned that each menu item is locally sourced and carefully hand-selected to ensure freshness and quality. We had an amazing dining experience and we are excitedly looking forward to our next visit. Thank you Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette staff for being so courteous and professional and demonstrating such pride in what you do.

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  19. GoodForTheArea

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere. Service was a bit spotty. Ironically, our meals packed salt

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  20. DavidW

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The front of the house was very disorganized, but the server went above and beyond to make up for the inconvenience, so we left feeling happy and cared for. There was no view of the ocean where we were seated outside, only a high fence, which was disappointing. But other tables may have had a view, it was impossible to tell from where we were. The food was tasty and the portions were huge, so no complaints there :)

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  21. Laurel

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family really enjoyed their dining experience at Salt Wood Kitchen. Food was unique and delicious and the ambiance exquisite situated adjacent to a protected natural environment. Overall it was a memorable evening. We will be coming back again.

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  22. OpenTableMabel

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Walking in and seeing fresh oysters over a fire pit was uplifting. The staff, the fare and the libations are wonderful. The dinner and weekend brunch menus are both varied and delicious. Meat, seafood and California inspired cuisine. We come back again to this local favorite hang-out.

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  23. MarcelleH

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, drinks and service were very good. The sea salt scrub in the restroom was nice. Live guitar music was enjoyable. My only complaint would be that the chairs were could be a little more spacious. We had to ask for a larger chair for one member of our party which was provided but they really should consider that not everyone has a small physique. Otherwise we had a positive experience and will dine here again.

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  24. MarkM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner and service! Looking forward to coming back.

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  25. SharelF

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious meal! The oysters were great!!

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  26. Ernest

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The decor and layout are excellent. The service was good and the staff was friendly. However, the food quality was poor—the meat was a cheap cut and had no flavor, the carrots were cold, and the fish was bland. Too bad because the restaurant was so appealing.

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  27. KatherineC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location to watch a sunset, fun place for a treat, lovely decor, but I can no longer recommend since the amount of food for the main course has shrunk. We received a half size tiny piece of salmon - and there were no vegetables or even rice or potatoes, but the "squash" was 2 tsp creamed puddle - shockingly small - almost laughable. Hostess pleasant. Waitress was outstanding. The food is delicious. Only two other tables seated, place was empty. Last time we had the burgers & fries which are great - but the fries have to be ordered separately. Eat before you go and you can sit at the bar. Sad the portions have shrunk.

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  28. JennS

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful except for the grouchy older gentleman at the hostess stand. We had a reservation but decided to eat at the bar. When my husband went to tell the hostess another couple had walked in wanting to have dinner but there weren’t any reservations left so my husband offered ours to the couple by letting the hostess know but the hostess got upset and said he other things to deal with so the couple left the restaurant. He was very rude and unprofessional and allowed that poor couple to walk out of the restaurant when they could have had our table or even sat at the bar (plenty of open seats).

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  29. DavidF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting menu with lots of small plate options.

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  30. BestLocalStop

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance, great service and tasteful food!

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  31. KimberlyF

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for brunch and the experience was fabulous! If we are in the area again, will definitely return!

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  32. Sean

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is excellent and the server was kind enough to bring a brithday cake and candle to my dinner with my daughter. will remember this and come here again!

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  33. LisaH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    My husband and I visited Saltwood last Friday evening for date night. Background - This was my first time back since my initial visit shortly after the establishment’s opening. I had not been back because the ambiance was loud, the service was poor, the drinks partially filled and the food was meh; not worth the expense. My husband wanted to give the place another try, so I agreed. It was rainy, so my husband dropped me at the door and I stepped into the r restaurant to a very rude Asian guy! Strike #1. I asked him to check for our reservation, but he kept staring at me as if I didn’t belong, so again I asked if he checked for our reservation. My husband came in and again, I asked about our reservation and suddenly he could speak! That was strike #2! We were shown to our table and a young lady seemed irritated that I wasn’t interested in having water, I stated that I wanted to see a drink menu. A very nice waiter, Andrew showed up and made some drink recommendations and I went with a lemon drop. When the drink was brought to the table the glass was 3/4 filled, so I asked if I could have a whole drink. The waitress carried that drink all around the restaurant seeking management to I guess accomodate a full drink? Strike #3, I was ready to go! The manager, Taylor came to the table to explain to me how it was against the law for the establishment to provide more than 6ozs of alcohol which made no sense to me. I advised her that we were giving Saltwood another try after boycotting for many years and I see that nothing has changed. Their hostess is rude, the ambiance was very loud and I was simply ready to just leave. Ultimately, the food was tasty and Andrew and Taylor provided awesome service and turned my experience around, but I would still think twice about returning.

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  34. Visitors

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent. The staff were friendly and professional. The olive bread was the best I have ever eaten. The oysters were beautifully briny. The food was mostly delicious. The issue concerned those dishes dressed with minced garlic. The interior green leaves that were sprouting had not been removed causing some unpleasant bitter flavors. The beans in the cassoulet and accompanying duck leg were perfect as was the vanilla bean gelato. We would go there again.

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  35. ReneP

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy, warm, romantic atmosphere for dinner. Food was excellent just wished there more entree options, nevertheless the food and wine list was really good. If your close to Marina, Castroville, Prunedale area and want a higher end restaurant with ambiance for anniversary date or??? This is the place to go to. Oyster bar dishes paired with the different variety of sauces were amazing. Im from the islands and pride myself for being a top notch cook when it comes to seafood. More trench experience for me than actual chef school. Not a whole lot of chefs out there can cook even though they went to chef school. Not a whole lot of places that will excite me, their oyster selection and sauce selections were outstanding. I tried them all and liked all, pair it with the Barnardus Cab 18 and you'll cream your undies!! Enjoy!!

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  36. Christy

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Henry was an outstanding representative of Salt Wood. He was gracious, welcoming, personable and very knowledgeable.

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  37. charm41

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were very disappointed in our Sunday brunch today. Everything we were served, from the cappuccino to the main dishes (Dungeness Crab Benedict and Chicken and Waffles) was lukewarm. Even worse, the food (especially the crab) did not taste fresh - it definitely tasted “off” and I only ate about half of what I was served. The restaurant was almost empty when we were there at 11:00, but the noise level from the blaring music made conversation very difficult. On the positive side, our servers were very gracious and helpful. However, that was not enough to want us to ever visit this establishment again.

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  38. Motereylover

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was amazing and glad not a chaotic as it has been latley

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  39. PamS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very special evening - wandering minstrel, delicious food choices and a beautiful atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Fantastic!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The meal took forever to be presented. By time the main course came we were there two hours. Plates were never cleared between courses and I had to ask three times to get my water glass filled. I will never go back here again.

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FAQs

Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 883-5535.

Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette is rated 4.2 stars by 1199 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

3295 Dunes Road, Marina, CA 93933

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Reservation Road
  • Neighborhood
    Marina
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jonathan Rodriguez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 883-5535
  • Catering
    Our catering menu features locally-sourced seafood and produce that is refined yet approachable. Our expert culinary team will create a custom menu, certain to make your next meeting or event deliciously memorable.
  • Private party facilities
    With the natural beauty of the California coastline, Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette at The Sanctuary Beach Resort is the destination to host your next special event. Our team of talented event specialists provide natural inspiration by creating unique indoor and outdoor events year-round.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (831) 665-9519
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