Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette

4.2
332 reviews
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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. From cocktails on the patio to large group parties held in our multi-functional meeting space and private dining rooms, Salt Wood offers an experience like no other.
Inspired by unique natural surroundings, Salt Wood's menu and aesthetic celebrates the Salinas Valley and its rich, agricultural bounty.
With an emphasis on raw, cured and wood-fired cooking styles, shareable dishes highlight locally-sourced seafood and produce.
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1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

There are a few dishes that are authentic, best thing on the menu is the fish for two and most economical. It is very good. Sides are average. Burgers are frozen pattys, not good over cooked, I don't recommend the burger ever. Oysters are clean and very good but a little pricey at $3.25. I would not rate this restaurant in the fine dining category, I would rate it in the category of an average hotel dining experience with a great wine and spirit menu.

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DO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delightful place.
The service was great! Everything we ate was very good. The fish was very fresh, but the seasoning and dipping sauce left us wanting. Fresh lemon helped. The mushrooms and polenta were the highlight for me! My husband had their “top shelf” bourbon and almost spit it out. He would have been better with Makers Mark. Nice place in Marina, one of my favorite beach destinations!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was our first time at Salt wood, my husband works in the field and is a finicky eater, he loved it! The cocktail drinks were great, had unique mixed flavors, the oysters very fresh, scallops were cooked right and the dinner entrees were fantastic. The swordfish and the prime rib were cooked perfectly, the sauces had developed flavors and the veggies were great too. Well worth it, everything was delicious! The atmosphere is not too stuffy, smart casual and comfortable. We will definitely be back.

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was unexpectedly closed due to power outage. It would have been nice if we had be notified to save us the drive!

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F
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall good restaurant...oyster selection was very limited that evening. The grilled fish for two is a great deal (comes with 2 side dishes). Menu could use a few more items.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a double Birthday at Salt Wood on a Saturday night. We had such a great time! The food was amazing but the service was really outstanding. We can't wait to go back.

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HG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I would recommend Salt Wood Kitchen to a friend because of the location and ambiance of the restaurant, but the food was just so so. I ordered the steak, which came with grilled veggies and potatoes. The steak as just ok, and the veggies and potatoes would have been better if there was no balsamic dressing on them. I feel like that ruined it. The entire meal tasted like balsamic vinagrette. My daughter had the swordfish which she liked, but also did not like the balsamic vinagrette sauce over her veggies and potatoes. However, the dessert and cappuccino were excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from start tho finish, the manager Chris remember us from a prior visit and our waiter Michael was exceptional we wanted for nothing. We ordered the dungeons appetizer, and the fish for two which was a perfectly roasted whole fresh rockfish, polenta, and Brussel sprouts, the dessert was a blue/blackberry componenda. We eat very well all the time and have a number of excellent chefs in my family. I am not often impressed. However, back to back great quality meals and service and my other pet peeve was meet the restroom was as clean and fresh as the rest of the establishment! My complements to the entire restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful venue, nice brunch offerings. Perfect for oyster lovers, great cocktail selection.

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D
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It wasn't worth the drive from Monterey - very loud, lots of kids and families which is great for them but no so much for a couple wanting to have a nice dinner. Menu was limited unless you want beef and all of our dishes were bland - lack of enthusiasm from the kitchen offerings. Not bad, just not really good. Our waitress was energetic and friendly.

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LL
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Saturday afternoon around 12:30 PM is a great time to go – not very crowded, the fireplace was going, the server was very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back.

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JC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food is surprisingly bland. I had the risotto, the pickled vegetable in it did not blend well with the risotto, it's an odd flavor to have something with so much vinegar. The risotto felt lacking in any real flavour, felt very underseasoned. The blondie desert was pretty boring and my husband didnt think much of his meal either.

Nothing was bad, but nothing stood out either, just average.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service in a bright, sophisticated atmosphere. This is an expensive restaurant but is worth it.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It's very nice inside, a couple of tvs, a great smell from the grill as soon as you walk in. We had cheese plate and grilled oysters. The cheese was 16 bucks for only 2 kinds on cheese and very small portion. Grilled oysters were 25 bucks and change for 6 because of the kimchi butter put on top of them, definitely not worth it, we felt ripped off. The meals we got were good portions , so that saved the experience for us. Food was well prerpared and different, definitely can tell they use fresh ingredients. I'd go back again , just wouldn't bother with the grilled oysters or cheese

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L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had avocado toast which was delicious but for $11.00 I expected two pieces. Only got one. They were very accommodating in doing poached eggs instead of sunnyside up. The service was great and they really wanted to please. I would suggest they ask more questions like white bread or wheat. Great atmosphere. Given that we stayed at the resort, it would have been great to have the restaurant open earlier than 10:30 for brunch.

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L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful as is the location. The food was excellent. My husband's salmon was too well done but they were very accommodating and brought him free soup while he waited for a new piece which was done just right! My swordfish was delicious. The roasted carrots excellent. A delightful dinner!

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LH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at The Beach Sanctuary from Friday to Sunday. We never left and ate at Salt Wood three times. Two dinners and One Brunch. We had 3 kids and 4 adults at Brunch. They book up quick, so we made reservations a month out. The staff was amazing and so welcoming. Loved this place. The fried chicken was absolutely delicious. The raw oysters were fresh and they had a great variety. They had a word of mouth kid’s menu that was simple and portioned right. My daughter loved her pasta and my son loved his burger.

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f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant- austere modern decor. Some seafood not available with already limited menu. Food conception good but execution mediocre- salty beef-flavored broth for seafood dish, hamburger ok- would recommend new chef. Service very good

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GZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My son said the ribeye was the best steak he had ever had. I had the fried chicken, which was out of this world! We sat on the back patio, with heat lamps that worked really well. They were dog friendly, as well. The kids had a great time, too. So I guess you can say, this is a very family-friendly place.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and ambiance were great. I wish Silicon Valley had places like this. Looking forward to the next time we are in town.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family had Christmas Eve dinner here. Buffet was delicious, fresh and clean. 2 managers greeted us and shook my hand. Server was perfect and drinks were top notch. I’m coming back during jazz festival and bringing a date.

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ES
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Too expensive....good food but not worth the price.

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JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Christmas brunch, and enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Service was great, and it was a fine experience.

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OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed oysters and delicious seafood for our Christmas dinner.

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LE
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

$7 at Happy Hour for two shrimp is a poor value. Halibut was dull/thick cuts of meat or fish do not have the flavor. Prices were too high for mediocre flavored food.

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DA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday dinner a couple days ago. Crab special we ordered was undercooked to the point it was raw. When I told the server she took it away and didn’t bring it back till the end of the meal. We didn’t eat it since everyone was done eating at that point. They never offered to take it off the bill either. So that was bad I thought.

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LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a family holiday dinner at Salt Wood Kitchen and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our food was delicious - the short ribs were falling off the bone; the halibut beautifully prepared, and carrot side dish was possibly the best carrots we ever had. The service was patient and helpful if a tad uneven (though it might have been a kitchen issue rather than a service issue). Our server was friendly and responsive. Beautifully decorated, we expected the noise level to be challenging due to all the hard surfaces but it was easy to carry on a conversation at our table of five. Highly recommend it to others.

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great presentation is beautiful and it’s priced right. Great service from staff relaxed atmosphere. Love this place.

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SD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cranky staff and deplorable food, (watered-down Happy Hour wine?) finished by an expensive bill

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Oysters very good but........
Service very slow. Never did get the bread we ordered.
Waiter very personable, but he was hard to find.
Not sure we shall come again...........

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Good food, very slow service.

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LG
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth time at this wonderful place. I was extremely happy with all my previous experiences but time the waiter didn’t ask me how I wanted my burger cooked ($18) so what I got was way less amazing compared to the previous time I’d had it. It was over cooked, not perfect and juicy like the last, so that was a big letdown. I was told the executive chef is leaving which is really disappointing unless they find someone who matches his skill. Let’s hope!

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MD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrate our December birthdays. Price was high for what we received. Not a good selection of meatless meals to bring me back. Loud group of people there but then it was a Friday night.

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It would be nice to see more vegetarian entree options. The Risotto was bland in flavor with minimal vegie additions. It could benefit from more asparagus, radishes and ....?

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OT
San Francisco
92 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We have been three time. The first time, food was exceptional. Second time was good. Last night food was really off. Waiter touted fresh live crab. I had the crab remoulade. If they had over dressed it, or dressed it at all, you would not have been able to tell that the crab was poor quality. Zero chance that crab had been alive this year. I then ordered the sandabs as an entree. My wife has them on our first visit and they had been excellent. This time they tasted sour and soggy.
Waiter was clueless. A cocktail and side only appeared after repeated requests.
It’s a lovely room and the menu sees promising but the kitchen and management are seriously broken.
Too bad.

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TP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. I love the decor and the ambiance. Our waiter was very tentative and always there to answer any questions. He knew the menu very well and knew his food.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Food and atmosphere are great.

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JS
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've heard a lot about this restaurant and finally made the trip. A beautiful venue, excellent staff, and very creative offerings. I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Weekend away/ thanksgiving

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d
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Thanksgiving on the deck with the dogs. Attentive service without being obtrusive. Nice.

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