Salt & Ash

4.3
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136 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Modern American food prepared from scratch, using local, seasonal, fresh, unprocessed ingredients. We make EVERYTHING. Our mission is to welcome all our guest with a warm and inviting smile, atmosphere, while striving to provide upscale quality food and service in a laid back, casual environment. We "wow" our guest with our genuine attention to true hospitality, love for our craft, warmth in our hearts, and passion for greatness. It is our pleasure to bring the quality people want, at a price they can afford, and the hospitality of "being in one"s home"
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday; 10:00am to 2:00pm;
Lunch/Dinner: Daily; 11:00am to 10:00pm;
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Phone number
(657) 444-2701
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Mickelson & Jennifer Mickelson
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Cross street
Morse Ave
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Parking details
Our parking lot is on Morse St. and N. Angelina Dr. Just off of N. Kraemer Blvd. our back patio faces N. Kraemer Blvd.
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Entertainment
Thank you for considering Salt & Ash for you next dinning experience. We are glad you chose us, and are excited to see your smiling face, and deliver a memorable experience for you. If you decide to change your mind, we understand, please notify us of your changes so that we can best serve you and all our guest.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our book club met here for brunch and had a great time. The service was so friendly. The chilaquiles and french toast were delicious. Although the eggs and bacon came out late and the potatoes were a little greasy. Overall good though and we will definitely go back.

JH
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Local eatery with good food. It was Valentine's Day so server was a bit rushed. Food is always good. Only complaint was a warm plate with room temperature Caesar salad. Fresh mozzarella was amazing as was the pasta of the day.

CS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were great. I would recommend this restaurant for casual nights out.

RS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Salt & Ash. We went for brunch on Sunday. Will definitely be back. Food and service were excellent.

DT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Finally got a chance to visit Salt & Ash, after reading Yelp reviews for months! We will definitely be going back. Our waitress was a sweetie. Great sense of humor, helpful, but not intrusive. We loved the food too. The "Duck-quitos" were a big hit with all four of us. One small request, though: It might be better to serve four per order. An even number would work better for most couples or groups. Three is hard to split! The Carnitas tacos were delicious, and I loved the addition of pepitas. My friends had the salmon, which was absolutely great! Perfectly cooked and served on a "johnny cake," which was very creative. We had the awesome bread pudding for dessert. Fantastic! All in all, a great experience!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, nice casual atmosphere, good service. Makes for a nice evening out.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Way too noisy, bare walls and floor so every sound bounces everywhere. Also pricey... $18 for 2 tacos , really ??

f
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was very creative. Service was excellent. Great experience. 3rd or 4th time there and never disappointed.

S
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was very attentive. I have a Kearny Asada tacos and a plate was quite flavorful and filling.

A
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They are having issues in the kitchen
Good not as good as prior visits

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really love this neighborhood spot for good food. The menu is varied and delightful, always cooked well, very tasty and original. This is an out of the ordinary eating experience we love. The service is superb.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had a party of 9 which I know can be challenging sometimes, however it shouldn't have been that hard. To start we had to wait a good amount of time for help, then the drinks didn't come out together, one was almost cancelled because it was at least 30 minutes for a beer. We had to ask for water to be refilled. The food was brought to the table not all together but at 3 separate times so 2 people could eat, then 3 more about 10-15 minutes later than the last meal about 10 more minutes later. Luckily the kids food was ordered right away. It took so long 15 minutes after ordering dessert and it not coming out we cancelled it.
It's too bad because the food wasn't bad and could probably be a fun decent place but our experience was not something that makes me want to return or recommend.
I hope they can get enough staff to solve the problem. Wishing them success.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 8 of us and we all enjoyed our food and the service

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice, recently established neighborhood restaurant with a young crew trying to make a go of locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Good, varied menu. Seems to be drawing a varied crowd .

s
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Salt and Ash is a hidden Gem!!!! The food and the atmosphere is great. Please go here if you haven't tried it. What a value and the food is way above the price listed on the menu. Best Deviled eggs, sweet potato fries, and the pork loin. WOW!!!!!

MK
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My husband and I visited here for the first time Saturday night. We shared a Ceasar salad and the Duck-itos. My husband had the Hanger Steak and I had the Pork tenderloin. The salad was nothing to write home about but the Duck-itos were delicious. Our entrees were both really good and perfectly cooked. We both decided we would go back again. The dining room was a little on the noisy side but we were still able to converse.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Go there fur delicious brunch and all you can drink mimosas. I love how accommodating they are. We were able to substitute and make our own. Coming back here for sure. Love the service too!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! The food is always fantastic and the setting is cozy and inviting!

S
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Hostess was not friendly. Took awhile for the waitress to serve our table, even when they had lots of empty tables. Our waitress was friendly though. It also took awhile for our food to be ready. Ordered quinoa salad, nothing special about it kinda blend. The burrito was mediocre, I had better somewhere else. We ordered the bread pudding early just because they said it take 15 minutes to prepare it. But since our food came late, the bread pudding for some reasons came at the same time as the rest of our food. So by the time we are ready to eat our dessert, it was cold! And not so crispy anymore. Most likely won't go back! I do like the decor.

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I hate to leave a bad review but we got our menus & wanted a bottle of Prosecco. The waitress came back & told us they didn't have one chilled & would put it in the freezer. (If you don't have a cold bottle, don't put it on the menu) My husband & I decided we would just go for the Champagne instead so we told another waiter to tell her, since she was no where in site, (this is not a large restaurant). A little bit later she came out w/Prosecco & an ice bucket (Communication?)She said the ice bucket wouldn't fit on the table so she took the bottle & would be back. Ok so now we've been there a good 25-30 minutes & finally got to order our food. Our Prosecco still not on the table. We start to tell her what we want & before we could get a word out, she tells us they're out of Eggs benny, which is what we wanted & ended up ordering something else. We get our food & still no Prosecco. We had to ask someone for silverware because they brought us our plates but nothing to eat with. The waitress who brought us our food asked if we would like Tabasco or Cholula, I said both. She brings us an empty bottle of Cholula & then our actual waitress brings the bottle back without an ice bucket? It wasn't very cold so we had to ask another waitress to bring us a bucket. Our waitress comes back with it & tells us it won't fit? I asked if we could have some Cholula & she tells me they ran out. What? I really couldn't eat it, it was horrible. My husband wants to order desert, asks for the menu, she said, only thing we have is this, bread pudding & bread pudding w/berries. He didn't hear about regular bread pudding so he wanted to change. Now I have to grab another waitress to immediately change our order & now we get another story, they're out it. The only bread pudding they have is w/strawberries & basil whipped cream, at this point we were sooo frustrated we just said fine. THAT was the only good thing about the restaurant. I'm sorry but it was the worst experience we've ever had.

TN
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Salt & Ash is worth a visit, although a year after opening, the restaurant still struggles from time to time with basics, including marking an "Open Table" reservation as showing that you actually showed up! Or not having their computer system go down. Or being able to deliver dessert in under 30 minutes...

Good selection of craft beers and wines. They have a local emphasis (who doesn't, now?), and although it's a small menu, it's got enough variety that you can come back pretty regularly and still find good things. THe recent visit had a server who got a lot mixed up: spouse ordered Casesar salad, got a dinner salad with Caesar dressing. He vanished for a while, but we got another staff member to bring wine. I always get the burger, which is served on a pretzel bun with house-made pickles and ketchup. The flavor is good, though underseasoned. The chocolate cake is a winner dessert, and because they've been known to run out I order it early!

For some reason, the bread pudding took as long (or longer) than a souffle would have - close to 30 minutes on a recent Saturday night. It was served oven hot in a mini-pan, with macerated strawberries & a basil whipped cream. Fine presentation, but desserts that are going to take 20 to 30 minutes to arrive should get a notice to guests. I was ready to go long before husband's dessert came - my cake had come and been eaten long ago!

Tables are a mix of high tables and low. It adds visual interest, but the hard metal chairs aren't comfy, particularly if you're sitting for 2 hours through a dinner rush. Paper towels instead of napkins add to the casual atmosphere & keep fingers clean. I want this place to succeed - hope the kitchen eventually can do a simple dinner for 2 of burger, pasta, salads, and desserts in < 2 hours though! Server was apologetic about the pacing.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We had 7 people for our special event. It was a very busy Saturday at lunch time. The hostess was warm and friendly. Unfortunately, the very busy waiter was obviously feeling quite stressed. When asked to bring some cream for a coffee, and glasses of water, he was rather short with his reply. He later apologized. The food was average fancy diner food with average prices. No one in our party was impressed with the food either negatively or positively.

EU
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience3

So we have been to salt & ash a significant number of times be brought friends. Apparently there is a change. The menu has stripped out anything adventurous. Our dinner was marginal at best and worse I brought a foodie friend with a promise of. " chefs playing with food". When my husbands fresh catch came out (requested grilled vs blackened" the chef actually argued with him "see, grill marks" and second time still over cooked. It pains me that we cannot go back. Horrible.

P
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We have been to this restaurant before and had an excellent experience. The service, ambiance and food were nearly identical. My only negative comment is that my wife's main course (blackened yellowtail) was not to her liking. I tasted it and the seasoning was very salty, and was overpowering. We brought it to the attention of our waiter and he made sure we did not pay for something we did not enjoy. We were not expecting that so it was a nice gesture, and par for the course for this restaurant. Customer satisfaction seems to be a high priority to everyone who attended us.

The rest of the meal was excellent. Deviled egg appetizer and flatbread were an excellent combination of sweet and savory. My burger was as good as advertised. I love the fact that they include house made pickles and ketchup to add to the overall quality of the meal. We didn't stay for dessert this time, but it is certainly worth it if you don't fill up on the main course.

We will be back, but I hope the blackened yellowtail is cut from an otherwise excellent menu.

J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hip hidden gem in an unlikely location on Kramer in Placentia. Service was attentive and server helped design a creative menu and brought beer samples. We had the ver good yellowtail and the burger with a perfect egg and bacon on top (um, insanely good) on a pretzel bun. Deviled egg appetizers also a must-try. Order the banana chocolate chip bread pudding when you order dinner - it is made to order.
Decor of reclaimed wood and Edison bulbs, lighted rustic signs, etc. Nice to have an option from chain restaurants

OT
Los Angeles
740 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the hamburger and the BLT. Both were good. My dining companion liked the french fries more than I did. I found them to be a little dry. I would like to come back and have dinner here. Lunch menu seemed limited.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and service. Highly recommend this place!

GM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience2

We go to Salt & Ash on a regular basis. There was a noticeable difference this time. The staff seemed confused & stressed. The food was different...there was less of it & my pasta was dried out.

Jason our server was great! Thank you.

M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had been wanting to try out this restaurant for a while, sad to say I was a little disappointed. The menu sounds wonderful and price seems reasonable until you see the portion size. The food was just ok, nothing I would order again.
Over priced dinner for two.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We shared a number of small plates and split an order of the skirt steak. All great! And the bread pudding is recommended if you saved room.

DK
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good but limited menu selection. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Very friendly and accommodating service. Somewhat difficult to locate parking lot/entrance (i.e., it's in the back). Overall, a great neighborhood restaurant.

j
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Enjoyed the food. Service was absolutely excellent!

l
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food and service was good. Waitress was very helpful in steering us to what would appeal to us. Deviled eggs, burrata and flatbread to start. Entrees we tried were the special fish, pork and meatloaf. All were good. There was a large group that left shortly after we were seated which could have made to be hard to hear as they were very loud and it was very early. Luckily they were just finishing up. Acoustics could be better however food and service were very good. Good price for corkage fee too! We will go back.

SD
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good. Nice flavors and most items had some spice to them . It was noisy and the server had a hard time hearing us. Food took a while to come out and when it did it was very widely dispersed timing for our table of 6. One entree, tacos, was served more than five minutes after the last item was served.

LC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was much better last time

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious. While not large, the menu has something for everyone. Our server was wonderful - very attentive and helpful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the unique meal choices and creative taste combinations. I highly recommend their catch of the day, which is served with a delicious broth. You simply must also order the bread to dip in it. Totally cool vibe. Definitely not for the boring eater. One of my new favorites.

US
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience2

After reading other reviews we were disappointed in our food. It lacked seasonings and most of it was bland. Maybe we ordered the wrong things, but we expected more. Probably will not return. And it was very loud, making it difficult to carry on conversations.

EJ
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and friendly service. The trout (one of the specials) was perfectly prepared. Everyone in our party enjoyed dinner - from the fries to the quinoa salad to the barbecue chicken sandwich and meatloaf. Everyone was pleased. We'll be back!