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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette, Marina, CA
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Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

4.4
4.4
906 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

Thank you for joining the Salt Wood family for your next dining experience! We strive to provide excellent service while you sit and enjoy a spectacular meal with your loved ones prepared by Executive Chef Christopher Watts and his team. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit with us a little more special!

Our business hours (Updated 10/27/2021) are Monday through Sunday, 4:30pm-9:00pm.

For a table we do recommend a reservation. If you would like a more casual dining experience we also take Walk-Ins to our lovely Steinbeck Bar.

Now featuring Weekend Brunch with live entertainment, on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am - 2pm!

If you would like to enjoy our menu items from the comfort of your home or hotel room, we offer takeout seven days a week from 4:30pm-10:00pm!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 883-5531

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chris Watts

  • 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: (844) 374-8068

  • 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

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What 906 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Seafood

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for Brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Fit for Foodies

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Seafood

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  1. JC

    JillC

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second night in a row we ate there and really love the vibe, and the food is varied and all excellent. Our server was really great last night, but a shout out to Henry who we met the first night, then he recognized us and chatted with us the second night as well. He followed up both nights to see if we were happy, which we were. We both wish this restaurant was closer to our home!

  2. JC

    JillC

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Our server was lovely, but when she brought our bottle of wine, she opened the bottle and poured a very large glass without having us taste it. Servers were super attentive but they may need a bit of training. Nevertheless the food was great and we are going back tonight.

  3. L

    Laina

    Central Coast

    103 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    103 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    We realize that all restaurants are struggling with the aftermath of Covid: understaffing, the need to increase prices, and the uncertainty of how many people may show up for any seating. Regretfully, this once terrific restaurant is just barely hanging on. Even eggs benedict, a staple in breakfasts, were poor. The eggs were very small and the sauce that makes this dish special was bland and nearly tasteless. The English Muffins were soggy (not crisp), despite the long wait for the dish. We do not mind paying for a terrific meal, but the one we received was certainly not worth the money. We hope this situation gets remedied in the future, and hope the seafood bar will return.

  4. MF

    MilunaF

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was our first time dining at Salt Wood Kitchen, and we were celebrating my husband's birthday. The hostess was amazing - she listened, she was accommodating, she was funny, and put our comfort and desires for dining first. Bear in mind that here you are on the sand dunes in Marina, and it is usually very chilly. The servers brought us big, fluffy blankets and a propane heater. I like the fact that this restaurant uses local growers and food providers, so that the local community, along with organic, sustainable farming is supported. My husband selected the smoked salmon plate and Gilroy garlic fries. The salmon plate was garnished with fried capers - yum! Excellent garlic fries. I chose the Baker's Back Bacon Benedict (say that fast five times) and it was perfect. We also enjoyed adult beverages. Our waitress was the best (we saw others who need additional training) because she was all about courtesy and professionalism. She knew her menu and brought us luscious vanilla bean gelato with candy sprinkles to celebrate the birthday! We will return soon to Salt Wood Kitchen - a local gem!

  5. MT

    MonicaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was quick and nice. They gave us free glasses of champagne to celebrate our wedding anniversary which was so sweet of them. Ambiance was also nice and family friendly.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, drinks, and service was amazing!

  7. KT

    KateT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great early Father's Day celebration Saturday night. The food was wonderful, as always. What made the night very special was the attentive service from Jess. She made the evening memorable, and we will be sure to request her next time we dine at Salt Wood Kitchen.

  8. AS

    AnthonyS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful place to have Dinner with Friends & Family…

  9. C

    Cassandra

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We were met at the door by a lovely receptioness and proceeded to have an excellent dinner, including black cod, the best fish and chips, excellent steak and mussels in a very yummy broth. Their bread is very good, and excellent for dipping in the various sauces. The noise level is a bit high, put I applaud them for NOT adding music to create the cacophony that many restaurants in the US favor today. This is definitely a place that I would recommend to friends and, to which I look forward to returning.

  10. T

    Taylor

    Wilmington

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You will not regret trying this restaurant! It is fantastic, everything from the ambiance, service and to the food. This will be a place we continue going back to. Highly recommend!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Staff was super friendly and attentive . Nice choices to choose from on the menu . Received our food quickly

  12. J

    Jesse

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    My husband and I had a reservation for dinner on his birthday. He was wished a happy birthday by the woman who greeted and seated us. We asked to change tables and then waited an overly long time before we caught the attention of a waitperson helping a table near us. She took our order, and shortly thereafter our waiter approached us and confirmed our order. He was pleasant and helpful. However, our food (hamburger for each of us) was not up to par. Although we should have, we did not complain at the time. Each of our burgers was overcooked, which has never happened before. Nor was my husband's birthday acknowledged in any way beyond the initial greeting. We have eaten at Salt Wood many times over the last 4 years, and this was the first disappointing experience we've had.

  13. V

    Vera

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1

    Birthday! Overpriced! Food was average! Service was ok

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Hostess has attitude.

  15. J

    Joan

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    The host did not even say Hi or greet us, seemed stressed out that we were even there and we had a reservation. The restaurant was not very busy but it took over an hour to get our food. The food was honestly not very good and extremely overpriced. Our waiter was very nice and the place is beautiful, but overall just not a good experience at all. We’ve eaten there before and had a much better experience and better food.

  16. MG

    MaryanG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Beautiful ambiance, nice vibe, sweet and spicy California Fare.

  17. m

    marginwalker

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Wonderful service. Brunch dishes were a little underwhelming in flavor, but a nice place to sit and enjoy a Sunday!

  18. MB

    MBBT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the menu offerings but didn’t appreciate that there really wasn’t much by way of vegetarian hot entree options. The food was delicious, though, and the service was impeccable.

  19. SV

    StaceyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our server and other staff were so attentive and went out of their way to make sure we were warm outside and cared for in every other way. We loved our experience and appreciated the great care. The banana bread pudding was to die for! Get it!

  20. WT

    WendyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you have never before tried it, try the appetizer, coffee encrusted scallops - you can order them with or without bacon. We had the scallops without the bacon and they were delicious. Everything we ordered was delicious. We started with cocktails and appetizers all of which were remarkably tasty. Try the Rosarita - a tequila drink with prosecco etc. The oysters both chilled and grilled were amazing - we had them with garlic. Our entrees were also a crave I will return to satisfy. I had the blackened cod, the others enjoyed the 1/2 smoked chicken, and the salmon. We had a relaxing and enjoyable meal, not overwhelmingly weighty but a feast in flavor-ville. This one stays on the list of good ideas for when I am hungry.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were amazing! Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    We have been to Saltwood several times before (pre-covid) and each time we completely enjoyed the restaurant. Great food, great service and great ambiance. Unfortunately, this time our dining experience was so disappointing. The restaurant was understaffed, and the staff that was there seemed very undertrained. Our wait time from seating, to ordering drinks, to ordering food was quite unexceptionable. It was just a very disappointing experience.

  23. RB

    RBin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server Nick made the dining experience worthwhile. We were a bit late to our 1:30 pm reservation but he was able to tell us to put our order before the kitchen is going to close at 2:30 pm. The food taste great.

  24. A

    Abby

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Food completely overpriced and overrated. Do not order tuna poke, the taste is just ok but the amount is a joke. The waiter was nice at first but then forgot all about us, even though the place was pretty empty. We had to ask someone else for our check as we sat and waited for our guy for quite some time. He did make sure to catch us at the door as we were walking out and very condescendingly shoved a bill into my face, which had already been paid. Wish I had left him no tip at all with that treatment. Disappointed.

  25. Y

    Yolanda

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Good food, slow service

  26. BN

    BNEW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Miso Black Cod was fabulous, melts in my mouth! They even have a gluten free dedicated fryer and their french fries are awesome!! Mind blown! Will definitely be back for more!!

  27. S

    Sizzle

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    We were disappointed in the reception and service. The team felt disconnected, even at their most attentive. The food was good, but rather expensive. There is not an ocean view, despite being on the dunes and near the bay.

  28. L

    Lindsey

    Minneapolis

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So where do I begin to tell you how wonderful this experience was?? First of all the food and drinks are delicious and amazing! The location is stunning - so close to the ocean and gorgeous views. But honestly the most spectacular part of our dinner experience was the service. The staff were incredible. We wanted to sit outside (covid issues and high risk folks) and first they called to let us know that it was very windy and ask if we still wanted to be outside. We did, so when we arrived they brought us blankets and the heater to keep us comfy. They were very solicitous and thoughtful. We will definitely eat here again next time we are in the area.

  29. BV

    BarbaraV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food was delicious. We have to go back to try all the other things we didn't order! The Bloody Mary's are like an appetizer, so plan for that if you order them. Everyone was nice, service was good and there was a musician during brunch, which was nice. The room wasn't nearly full but the hostess kept seating people right next to each other. That's my only complaint.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    First impressions were great. The restaurant looked great, a nice vibe and we had a nice greeting from front of house. That, unfortunately was the highlight. The service was abysmal. The restaurant had a private event which probably took most of their service staff, but still no excuse for poor service. The waiter didn’t introduce himself, he was too fixated on what was going on around him. He didn’t talk about the restaurant, gave no recommendations for an aperitif, or anything from the menu. After we chose, the appetiser came (pork belly), which was just delivered to the table, no comments, no “bon-appetit”, he just walked off. The pork itself was nice, but not the best, however it was in a vinegary sauce which was quite over powering. As soon as the plates were removed, we immediately were given our entrées; literally hadn’t had chance to digest or take a breather. The waiter never came back to top up water or even see if we wanted anything to drink (we ended up just drinking water throughout). I had the blackened cod, which was ok, but had quite a few bones in, not the most attractive trait, pulling bones out of your mouth. My husband had the chicken, which was quite pink - although they did say the mac & cheese was tasty. We finished and waited for 30 minutes for the waiter to either take the plates away and offer the dessert menu or the bill. As it happened neither happened. We had to go to the front of house to ask can someone give us the bill! It was a very disappointing visit, we had looked forward to dining here given the reviews and, as mentioned, the decor and ambience really set a good first impression, but was really a case of style over substance.

  31. KH

    KevinH

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    College Graduation!

  32. CA

    CAtoNYC

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We were a party of six, so four of us had to wait for the other 2 to show up (traffic problems). The hostess went ahead and seated the 4, which was very much appreciated. Many restaurants make you wait for your entire party to arrive. The foursome ordered wine and the octopus appetizer, which was delicious. Each of us loved the food, Cioppino, black cod, and the half-chicken dish. Our server was great, just a bit over taxed with the amount of tables he was covering. Otherwise, he was very responsive when we requested anything.

  33. CE

    CynthiaE

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Being our first time herer, this was an odd dining experience. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant and the food served. The food was good (Cioppino, and Fish and Chips) with problems. Too much fennel cooked with the broth and sliced on top the Cioppino. The Fish and Chips had massive amount of doughy coating and the potatoes were not fully cooked through. Also, one of the diners found an inch square piece of plastic in her tartar sauce ... the waiter comped our gelatos. The bussers were odd .. whereas, they would take two dishes away at a time, so they came and went too often for our liking. Also, we had a clear view of the bar which provided uncomfortable side show. The older male bartender was, from our point of view, invading the younger female bartender's space by standing too close and reaching around her. From out point of view she had an uncomfortable look on her face ... definitely not encouraging and enjoying it. Not sure we'd come again.

  34. KJ

    KathleenJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my best friend to Sanctuary and dinner at Saltwood for her birthday. All was great fun. Liked the accommodations, loved the personal attention given by your employees ( Jess at the restaurant was outstanding), the diner was fab, and doing the fire ring/ watching the sun go down was beautiful- we even got to see the lunar eclipse/ blood moon! We’ll be back.

  35. s

    sabrinas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it so much we can back twice within the weekend !

  36. QN

    QuyN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The location was perfect, the food was good and servers were wonderful. TY

  37. LG

    LucieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    The grilled oysters were very good. I had the black cod which was very good. It just had too much sauce, the rice was literally swimming in it!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Thankful Saltwood allows you to patio dine with your pet. We travel with our dog and it is always a nice plus to find places that are dog friendly.

  39. TL

    TomL

    Sacramento

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and ingenuity in presentation. Superb service!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Graduation dinner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 883-5531.

Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette is rated 4.4 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

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

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3295 Dunes Road Marina, CA 93933

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Reservation Road

  • Neighborhood

    Marina

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Watts

  • 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) 883-5531

  • 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: (844) 374-8068

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