Salt & Time

4.2
163 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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We are no longer taking reservations on Open Table. Please visit our website to make a reservation.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Steak, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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(512) 524-1383
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Raul Chavarria
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Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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Austin
1 review
Reviewed on March 25, 2017
Overall 1food service ambience

They showed on tv that they feed their beef a bunch of beer to make them have more fat. That should be illegal! If anyone caught you feeding your pets beer, you'd be up on charges for obvious reasons. Cows are animals. DON'T EAT HERE!

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you live in or are visiting Austin, you really shouldn't miss this place. To start, the concept of a butcher shop restaurant is just really cool and Salt & Time pulls it off so, so well. The decor is just great--very casual environment. The menu is very carefully thought out and reflects some serious talent. Local ingredients--including Texas charcuterie (yes, it's a thing), "bits" and fresh greens are a great warmup for the true stars--every cut of beef you can imagine prepped and cooked to absolute perfection by a chef who very clearly LOVES HIS JOB. There are some solid choices for herbivores, too. And don't get me started on the beer menu. This place is more fun than humans should be allowed. Run, don't walk, to Salt & Time.

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BK
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I were celebrating our first anniversary and had an amazing evening at Salt & Time. The salumi board was outstanding and highlighted what the restaurant does best for a totally reasonable price, and both of our entrees were excellent and served quickly and just as we finished our first course. Impressive beer list. We were surprised to hear that the kitchen sent over a complimentary dessert and two glasses of champagne to help us celebrate, which was a great touch. Our server was perfect: came around for the essentials and to answer questions or provide recommendations, but otherwise let us enjoy our evening. Overall, this place is a great value, and we will totally be back.

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OY
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our experience at Salt + Time was exciting. The restaurant truly pays attention to the quality of the ingredients they use to construct their dishes. A couple of things to mention was the overuse of salt in many of the dishes, the pasta dishes of the week for Feb. 13th was extremely salty, which took away from the amazing mushroom sauce that was made for the handmade pasta. The pasta itself was well prepared except for the clumping of some vermicelli stands probably could try dusting with a bit more semolina flour. The seasoning on the burger was also excessive, and simply overwhelmed the palate. The best dish of the meal was the chicken mousse which was divinely silky and smooth. The pickle place was heavy on vinegar and could be more interesting if diversified with other types of fermentation techniques. The waiting staff could spend a little bit more of time explaining what's on the dishes especially the season plates with rotating options such as the pickle plate.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Not as good as it use to be. Used a great deal of salt and fat in the food to cover something up.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best steak in Austin because the onsite butcher shop can serve the best cuts. The local produce, tapas and cheeses are a fun taste treat. The restaurant is small so using Open Table is a good idea to ensure you'll have a seat. A good date place but not for large parties.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Its great if you like over paying for terrible service and mediocre food.

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If meat is your "thing" you have found your haven. I mean, come on, it's a freakin' butcher shop. The restaurant is attached to the shop and all of the meat comes straight from local Texas ranchers. It comes in as a whole animal and they use their amazing butcher skills to create amazing cuts of meat and age, cure, dry and smoke it themselves. The restaurant itself doesn't have a lot of seating so you can either make a reservation ahead of time or show up at 6pm and have no wait--that's what we did and within 30 min it was packed. Service was excellent. Our waiter was nice, attentive and new the menu up and down so he could explain and recommend items for us AND tell us what beer and wine would go well. We started with a cheese plate which is really only enough for 2 people. It was on the sweeter side with sweet raisin bread, honey roasted pecans and an orange basil marmalade. It was very tasty but almost seemed like an after dinner cheese plate. We also went for the large meat dish to share. It happened to be a very large beef rib that night and it was awesome. It bit more fat on the cut than desired but still really good and definitely enough for the both of us. All-in-all a great experience!

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k
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were expecting to have sandwiches when we went here but realized the dinner menu did not include their sandwiches as an option. Our entire party ordered the burger. While the meat was juicy it felt like it was missing something as it was only meat and cheese. Their fries were just okay and the homemade ketchup tasted more like marinera sauce. Service was fine and ambiance was super casual. I might come back here for lunch but probably not for dinner anytime soon.

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m
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had to switch gears when wait at another restaurant was 2 hours long - so we went to Salt & Time - which I've heard good things about. The menu looked promising, and the impressive butchery area we waited in prior to being seated was impressive. The food, however, was not. A nice cheese and salami board started the meal off well, offering house-cured meats and a nice selection of cheeses. For mains, a friend ordered "Cassoulet" which we were both excited about only to find it was a very non-traditional version with Chinese 5 spice duck confit (which was prepared well) and pinto beans where the cumin flavor was overwhelming. Taking a French comfort-food, complex dish like Cassoulet and putting a southern/asian spin on it didn't do it for me - and my chef-trained friend thought it didn't work as well. I ordered the 16oz Bavette Akaushi beef filet - which was cooked well (medium) but served with a miniscule amount of the veggie accompaniments buried underneath the large filet - I almost didn't notice them. I also ordered a side of the candied baby carrots with lardo, which were still hard and crunchy when they came out - although the flavor on them was nice. It was a very underwhelming performance overall. To top it off, my partner ordered the market salad which she was asked if she wanted first (as she was sharing the steak with me) and she said she would. It never arrived and it was taken off the bill. The server was chatty and engaged, but didn't really check in or attend to the table as needed. Another off-note was the server offering a "last glass" of a bottle of wine we just finished as there were no more bottles to purchase. Two friends split the glass, but when it got to the table it was clear from the mildew-y nose and taste that it was a completely different wine. When it was pointed out to the waiter, he agreed and removed it from the bill, but it was just an odd situation of offering one wine and getting another.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was great. We had a large bone-in roast for two and it was fantastic. The service was a bit, shall we say, lackadaisical? Our server didn't really care about our experience, seemed sort of annoyed and distracted, and at the end another server picked up where our first one left off and brought our check.

I'd go again for the good but wouldn't hold out a lot of expectations for the service.

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Central Texas
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The worst service my husband and I have ever received. I read the previous reviews about the service being slow but we decided to give it a try. We where seated promptly and once our waiter finally arrived, who had been chatting with tables around us, we ordered drinks, an a appetizer and hamburgers. 30 minutes later we had not received the appetizer nor our meal and I had to remind the waiter about the ice tea ordered. Another waiter dropped off our food and our waiter didn't check on us. The most frustrating part was that the restaurant was not busy and our waiter checked on all the tables around us. Once we finished our meals, we had to flag down the waiter and ask for our ticket. The waiter did not provide an itemized receipt for us to find out if we had been charged for the ordered appetizer that we did not receive. We asked the waiter about the appetizer and waiter said no you where not charged...it would of been nice to see the ticket. Food was decent but I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Awesome place- awesome music by Dave and great food! Will go back for sure

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A
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and great, friendly service. The salumi plate is excellent!

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G
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 6 and we sat at the community table - which was great. Could have had 8 or more at that table. So if you have a big group it's worth a call to see if you can get that table. We had the hanger steak and it was amazing. We asked for rare and it WAS. Others at our table asked for med-rare and it was too rare for them so they sent it back and it came back perfect. I have to say we ordered a chocolate dessert that was terrible - tasteless basically. We told the manager and he removed it, apologized and told us we wouldn't be charged. Later he came back and apologized again and said he tasted it and it was indeed terrible!! It was more of a laugh than a problem. I guess it was made earlier in the day by someone else and no one tasted it on the evening shift. Good wine too. Overall a good experience and good food. And good service.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salt and Time was excellent. The butcher shop had many unique items. I was introduced to the underblade cut or the "poor man's" ribeye. It was one of the best steaks I have ever had and will not soon be forgotten.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 4

Our group had quite a late reservation, so it was no great surprise that many of the items on the menu were missing (Friday night). Our table was delayed by about 15 minutes. The waiter got our drink orders completely wrong - none of us got the correct drinks. And when we said we were all there to try the burgers, the waiter said there were just enough for everyone at the table. Only to come back 5 minutes later to tell us that they only had one more. Overall disappointed in the service. And not over wowed by the food. Burger was good, a little salty, and most definitely NOT medium rare (medium well more like).

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was great but service was slow and even though restaurant had an hour to be open still, they were loud cleaning up for the night, slamming dishes, stocking, etc. it ruined the ambiance. Servers rarely came to check on us.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent. Perhaps our server was having a bad day, but she responded to inquiries about the menu in a dismissive tone. Very strange and off putting. I hear that other servers are great, so I'll be back.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Salt&Time for an early (6pm) New Year's Eve dinner for two. As always, it did not disappoint. My boyfriend has several food allergies, the primary one being cow's milk/cheese, and butter. In the past, we've found it easy to navigate his allergens here since meat is usually the star of the show, thankfully. When making our NYE reservation, I noted the dairy allergies so the kitchen has a heads up before service. Ben called me after seeing our reservation come through to confirm our entree preference (for the prix fixe menu) and allergy notes, which was fantastic.

Ambiance was lively but not too loud; just right. We typically sit at the bar, but this time had a table. Both are lovely. Great beer list, we love being able to try new brews from awesome brewers like Mikkeller and Jolly Pumpkin. Always a treat.

The food was magnificent! We split a dry-aged cowboy steak as the main entree -- best steak I've eaten in years. Phenomenal flavor, and no cheating with cheese or butter. A rare thing! We also had to adjust a few of the courses to eliminate apples (another allergen) during service; the kitchen took it in stride and made delicious adjustments without making us feel like jerks. Yes, that's happened before (often). The waiter checked on us throughout service without being pushy and was so helpful. It was so refreshing as far as a dining experience in Austin goes; I can't say enough good things. We were already big fans of S&T before; now, after seeing the waiter and the kitchen work so well together to accommodate us as guests in addition to the dietary restrictions (for a prix fixe, no less!), and the level of courtesy and kindness before and during service ... let's just say that after this latest experience we are true Salt&Time devotees. THANK YOU!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're a meat lover there's no better place in Austin.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The quality of the food is top notch. The preparation is average. Book early, as they sell out of items. Meat cooking Temps are on the rare side.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very different and somewhat unique approach. Interesting selection of food. Did not have dessert but would prefer some options. Service very good and attentive. Was a little turned off by the mixed sausage platter when we asked for the add-on cheese and got one slice for $5.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The $50 ribeye was very thin. They peppered the steak while it was raw instead of peppering it after it cooked. Vegetables served were bland. Porketta - massive piece of inedible fat was served on plate. Elk barbacoa was ok, braised green stems were tough and unable to chew.

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RB
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, the charcuterie/salumi board was top notch. Service seemed a little off tonight (new wait staff?), but it wasn't bad -- just not as good as usual.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent! Service was a bit slow at the start, but it picked up and matched our tempo for the rest of the meal. Overall a good dining experience.

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TT
Austin
57 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times and consistently good. We shared the tuna tartare, market salad, and 16-oz Akaushi Ribeye ($74). Though the steak was cooked perfectly & absolutely delicious, not sure if it was worth $14 more than the Angus version. Guess next time we will have to order both and compare side by side!

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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

good burger but not consistent quality even though they are a butcher shop also. They keep changing the fries also but not for the better.

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KS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were visiting from out of town and were excited to try out Salt and Time. We were there at 6:30 and when the waitress finally acknowledged us we ordered some wine. Our first 2 choices were gone so we just asked "what do you have?" Maybe our server was just having a bad night, but she set the stage for a poor experience.

The butcher menu of steaks was recommended. Many of the steaks were gone (we are in a butcher shop too...right?). We ordered KC strip, filet and a burger. 5 minutes later we were told the kitchen miscounted and no more filet. How about a hanger steak? No thank you. Had pasta which turned out to be the best dish. Steaks were just okay and the burger was sent back. Go somewhere else and save your money.

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FS
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the coolest places in Austin for any occasion. Really enjoy their steaks and wine list.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our fourth visit. We brought two friends along after telling them how great the food was. The evening had a few bumps. Our entrees were delicious but they took a long time to arrive -- about an hour. It would have been nice if the server had come by to let at least us know that the kitchen was running behind. We ordered a salumi board and added cheese for $5 extra before our main dishes. It arrived with one small slice of cheese. In the past I seem to remember three or at least two cheese selections. That was a total rip off. Our entrees were delicious -- the saving grace for the evening.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great! the Odd Bits were ODD no doubt . the quail was delightful and so was the lamb curry. The service was okay, but overall the food and the atmosphere was great.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

They have a nice indoor dining space. The food was fine. The menu is limited. The service was quite slow. I would not recommend it. I've been to much better butcher/restaurants.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere. I was warned service was spotty, and was disappointed it was true. Took 20 minutes to get someone to start waiting on us, and the place wasn't full. Service remained slow and disinterested the rest of the night. Pickled plate and pasta were delicious and I would recommend it. Short rib was good, but lamb overcooked. Overall the food was ok, but wouldn't put this high on the return list.

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SK
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hamburger in town. We love this place. People are friendly and food is excellent.

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Rare is a bit too raw so be sure to watch for that.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pricier than I would have anticipated. But very good

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Austin
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Most of the entree items on the regular menu were sold out - so, it was a choice between the specials (much more expensive) or hamburgers. We chose hamburgers and they were very good. There were five in our party. The noise level was such that we could barely hear one another. Service was great. Wine was good. Don't know if I would return. Appetizers were also good.

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Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was pretty spotty. 3 other tables were seated and checked on and we had to flag our waitress (rachel) down.

Told that the ribs would fall off the bone-nope.

The guy that brought our food was very nice.

Left empty glasses and empty cheese board plate and had to stack stuff to the side to make room for my salad and friends ribs.

Shame-finally made it to their place and it was not up to expectations.

Made some new friends with the next table though, we were all headed to the same concert after dinner and we ended up having drinks and dessert later on.

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