SALT Kitchen and Bar

4.3
941 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
SALT Kitchen & Bar features creatively crafted regional favorites using fresh local ingredients to update traditions without losing its classical heritage. Savor filet mignon, lobster, or fish aside a warm fire or beneath the original frescoed ceiling of the Wentworth by the Sea. SALT Kitchen & Bar is the crown jewel of the seacoast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 941 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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3.9
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DevonH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we’ll definitely be back! The food was amazing. The waitress was very friendly and polite. She was excellent with customer service! The restaurant was absolutely beautiful. Once again this place is absolutely amazing. Definitely worth every penny! I recommend to everyone!

JG
vipJoaniG
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our dinner was absolutely delicious - the PEI mussels were the best I've ever tasted! I wish the broth had been soup!

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serialyelper
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Wish we didn’t get seated near loud children. Otherwise food was decent.

PD
vipPeteD25
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't think Salt is just a "hotel restaurant" just because it's in a hotel (btw the absolute best hotel within 100 miles of Portsmouth!); this place could hold its own anywhere. Service is over the top as is the food, all in an elegant casual atmosphere. Our party ordered a pasta dish, the swordfish, a ribeye and mussels, all outstanding. Highly recommended!!

KB
KathyB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I did not like my entree, but my husband really liked his food selections. The restaurant and service was very good.

BE
BELlll
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I don't feel I got the best food for the money I spent.

GF
vipGlutenFreeEater
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very nice evening for the three of us. I had the lobster bisque, which was really delicious and had some nice chunks of lobster in it. I also had the salmon, which was delicious and came with a very nice risotto. My mother had the risotto which they modified for her dietary needs. My guest had the gluten free pasta which she very much enjoyed. All-in-all, it was a lovely dining experience and I’d be happy to go again.

GW
GoodWineGoodFood
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Server was inexperienced, did not understand basics of available products at the bar and could not produce a list for choosing. Never considered asking the bartender for help, thus we were told a requested scotch was not avail but it was at the bar. Ordered a Caesar salad, which was scrumptious, but we were only half way through eating it and our dinners arrived. Again poor training of the staff who should not have dropped our meals until we were finished or asked if we were ready. Swordfish was prepared perfectly, unfortunately my Med Rare steak was purple in the middle. The manager had the kitchen cook a new steak (could have just put this one back on the grill), it took 15 minutes to return my meal (my date was done eating by then) , and the steak was fully Well Done in temperature and completely edible. They took the steak off the bill.

This place seems to have such promise but clearly there are serious issues with training in both the front and back of the house

ML
MarciaL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

In the past, Salt was on my favorite list to do a special celebration lunch. I was so very disappointed this time. It was my first visit to the restaurant since Covid restrictions. The menu choices were limited. The entrees we had that day were alright, but not special. They offered three desserts on the menu, one of which was not available. The other two we ordered were not very good and not fresh. Equally important to me is the ambience. The once beautiful upholstered chairs are soiled and missing decorative elements. If you’re looking for a special place to celebrate with family or friends this is not the choice I would make. While I understand the restaurant industry is having struggles with staffing at this time it is hard to justify the prices on this menu for value received both in food and ambience.

K
vipKathy
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dining area is beautifully appointed and has a big comfortable bar. The flatbread pizza we shared was delicious. Romaine salad was average. Our waitress was very nice. My Cosmo did not seem to have any Cointreau or Triple Sec in it. And while Salt is an upscale eatery, charging $16 for a glass of Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc is out of line. I can buy a bottle of this wine for $12 or less at the NH state liquor store. There were no other sauvignon choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Best lobster bisque I have EVER had and I order that whenever it’s on a menu. I will be returning as often as I can for that soup.

ST
ScottT
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful dining room. Appetizers were great. The Swordfish entree was very dry. The creme brûlée was good, but the flourless chocolate cake was bland. Our server Ali and her timing was excellent.

JO
vipJamesO
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Salt two nights in a row,
Beautiful Room, Great Service and delicious Food
I love the atmosphere and the Ambiance😋👏

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Everything was great, except the food was, no pun intended, extremely over salted. The chef was very heavy-handed with the salt. They do put salt and pepper on the tables, so next time I go I will ask them to not salt it… if at all possible. Cocktails are great. Wine list is great. Servers were really nice.

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vipsailnski
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Ordered English pea Tagliatelle with lobster. Two tiny pieces of lobster on top of gummy pasta with a microwaved sauce. I’ve never paid so much for such a subpar dish. I mentioned to the server that the dish was not good and the attitude was cavalier. No apology, no attempt to make it right. Will not be returning.

RM
vipRobertM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calm and great food.

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vipnormH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service was excellent. recommended for special occasions.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful 25th anniversary dinner. The staff and food were both amazing at making our night special!

LS
vipLesleeS
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great setting and comfortable seating. Food delicious! Only downfall was the service, which seems to be exhibiting untrained staff.

JM
JuneM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect distancing between table which made the dinner enjoyable because you didn’t hear other conversations

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion of old friends

LH
LynnH
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We were disappointed in the menu...we wished they offered a sirloin steak or chicken Marsala or porkchops or haddock or seared scallops or shrimp scampi but there was none of it so...we ended up with a delicious but very very pricey burger...we sat outside and waited 15 or 20 minutes for a drink to start with ...then an additional 10 minutes for a straw for my water...idk...when we left the inside main dining room was full and people were smiling and enjoying themselves...I guess inside was the place to be...

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nikm
Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last day of Kindergarten. We all greatly enjoyed our experience. Thanks for making our evening so pleasurable.

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Peter
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We have been here many times, and have never had such a poor experience. We waited half an hour for a server with no luck. I went to the front desk to ask for help and got things moving. We placed drink orders, except they were out of one of their featured wines. We placed our food orders, then waiting another 3/4 of an hour for a cheese plate. once that finally arrived, the next course was there literally 3 minutes later. We cant do both at once, folks! All of the food was excellent as always, but this service! We ordered dessert and waiting another half hour for that to arrive. I asked for the check when dessert arrived, so that was there in time, but did not even receive a pen to sign the slip. The folks next to use had a very similar overall experience. While the food was very good as expected, the service was so poor that we dont know if we will be back. There are many high end choices in this area, without the horrendous service received last night.

LW
LulaW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and the service was excellent. It was a great date night.

JS
vipJoelS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant spot for lunch, especially when you can eat outside. Great food and great drinks!

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christieS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed in dining at Salt!! Not only was our food fresh and delicious, the service attentive, but we truly enjoyed the music of our era they had playing at just the right volume

LR
LindaRSB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were meeting friends who had traveled up from RI for a short getaway. 3 of us are hard of hearing so we definitely needed to find a quiet restaurant. Since it was a Wednesday night, SALT was fairly empty and we were given a corner table away from the main seating area. It was perfect! We ordered appetizers, salads(which were divided for 2 people) and some side dishes. Everything was wonderful! Only my husband ordered a full entree(scallops) which was also delicious. We were very happy with the service and attention. When we opted for no dessert, our server brought chocolate truffles to top off the meal. This is a very elegant venue and great for celebrations and special meetings. Food was exceptional

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Loveygourmet
New England
25 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was so lovely we are returning for Easter brunch. The lobster roll was huge with chunks of claws on a homemade hotdog roll with fries. My husband had half portion of fresh mushroom ravioli with pork belly on the side. Ended with sharing a chocolate budini for dessert that was delish. Nice wines by the glass and cocktails. Our server, Lauren, was great. Loved our lunch so much we booked for Easter brunch which also is my husband's birthday. A very extensive menu. Looking forward to it.

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Scott
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner Was Amazing, Worth going back for a second round.

C
vipCarole
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. There were 5 of us at dinner and all meals were excellent. The service was equally top shelf. And the place is stunning. Fire in lobby and dimmed lights in dining room were elegant . We will be back!

RP
RosemaryP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked into the restaurant we knew this would be a special experience. Beautiful decor, historic ceiling painting, nice scenery out the windows.
Our server, Luiz, was very attentive and informative.
The food was great. My chicken spaghetti dish was delicious. Pasta perfectly cooked, good mix of spinach mushrooms and chicken. My husband had chicken saltim6on mashed potatoes. He loved it!.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haley made for memorable evening for my daughter and I. Not to be ever forgotten, tremendous meal, service and I will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I wanted to treat my husband to lunch at Salt on his day off. We arrived on time and the restaurant wasn’t busy. We were placed at a tiny table in a dark area without service. We waited 20 minutes and finally just left. Staff didn’t seem to care or notice. There appeared to be no management of the restaurant whatsoever. We live locally and absolutely will not return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hailey (our waitress) was wonderful! Great personality. Food was amazing and the atmosphere was romantic. A wonderful night.

DD
vipDonnaD
New England
61 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night. Pleasant staff.

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Riles
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

2.5 hours slow

JC
vipJamesC1953
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great. The waiter was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. We had a great time. Highly recommended.

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vipbentleyjrt
New England
63 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food and ambiance are generally quite good, but the service always seems to be lacking.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Food was meh. Service was horrible. Seated 15 minutes late. Waitress was not friendly or personable. The entire restaurant was a cluster while we were there. Should’ve just eaten in the bar.

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SALT Kitchen and Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 941 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.