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SALT Kitchen and Bar

4.6
726 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:30am; Saturday and Sunday 6:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(603) 373-6566
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Lingle
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Parking details
on-site valet or self parking available
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Entertainment
Jazz duo: Sunday - Tuesday; piano/vocal: Wednesday - Saturday
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 726 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Foood was excellent, service too. Will go back.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Salt is one of our favorite spots on the seacoast. Located in the historic, elegant Wentworth-by-the-Sea, Salt has never disappointed. A creative menu coupled with the graceful ambiance gave us another wonderful escape-mini-vacation. A big shout-out to Courtney, our server! She confessed to being new, but she was a real pro to us.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Noise level was unexpectedly loud, would not have chosen to be seated in that area. Our server was lovely and the food was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, everything was wonderful. The service was great and the food was exceptional. One of our favorite restaurants for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The waitress service was excellent and very personable. We cant afford to eat out at an excellent restaurant much, but the effort and friendliness here prompts me to visit again in the future for another special occasion. The menu is limited, but I understand it changes to suit the season. Its not for the steak and potato person, which I normally am, but with the flatbread pizzas as a fallback, even they are excellent. I must put in a good word for Mr Richie of housekeeping for his personal attention when we arrived.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Loved the setup of all the different types of seating from high top benches, to a couch around the fire, and seats with a partial water view! The butternut squash gnocchi was amazing. My husband got the lobster bisque which was also great! Our main courses were also delicious, but we loved our starter courses the most!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Outstanding service - food and portion size are a bit overpriced though. Also, the dessert menu is a stretch even for the most adventurous (which I pride myself in being). I will say one final thing... our waiter was top 5 "best waiters I've ever had". He made the night memorable for sure.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Best salmon I have ever had! Incredible food, well worth the visit.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Sad to say my husband and I did not have a great experience at Salt. We have been many times in the past and have been very pleased. Unfortunately we feel Salt has forgotten to continue to provide exceptional service when patrons are paying top prices for a dining experience. The menu has not changed (at all) in years but they used to have specials to add a bit of variety. We were told on February 22 that there were no specials! That was only the start...our server was overly perky yet failed to provide good service. My husband spilled an entire beverage on the floor...no one came to help for 5 minutes and then replied..".thats what rugs are for!" Another 10-15 minutes passed until we had to request the beverage be replaced ( which never crossed the servers mind)...we were told she was very busy despite the fact that the restaurant was not full. The final annoyance was when our entre was served. I ordered a half serving of pasta and it was served in what appeared to be a cereal bowl...seriously. The pasta was very good but the presentation was hard to accept...at home I would not serve myself in that manner.
We also observed other patrons having issues, with one couple needing to escalate to the manager.
While the food was good, we will no longer consider Salt when planning a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

A nice evening with a dear friend ...not only was the food good but the fireplace with a fire was close by and that was nice. Small table felt crowded with the plant on it--would have preferred a single flower vase taking up less room. Salmon and lamb cheeks were very ample and very good. Dessert was expensive and not anything special. Our servicer was pleasant . Lot's of families with children eating dinner and they were very very well behaved...even the 2 babies never made a peep!!!
All in all a nice dining experience. Have been there before and will probably go again.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went to the Salt for a Valentine's Day dinner. I chose a pre-fix menu and my husband chose a la carte. We both love our food. I also ordered one of the Valentine's cocktails, which was excellent. The only weakness was a dessert but I wasn't interested in that anyway. The bread was good, the risotto I ordered for appetizer was very delicious and halibut I ordered for main course was great too. Service was excellent. We came in 30 min ahead of our reservation time and, although they were very busy, they had a table ready for us in 10 min. And, when I asked for a different table (by the window), they could have said No but they didn't. They set the table quickly. At the end of the dinner, each table got a beautiful rose. Thank you for making our Valentine's so special.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, great service (although upon observation of the other tables we seemed to get lucky with a great waitress so service may vary!). The veal cheeks lacked salt but my tenderloin and our octopus appetizer were both wonderful!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for Valentines Day. The food was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The gnocchi are some of the best you will have. For over 10 years I have been seeking out the best gnocchi and have tried hundreds of different gnocchi dishes. This by far is in the top 5 I have ever had. They literally melt in your mouth, good size and not heavy. The sauce is rich but compliments nicely leaving you wanting more!
I am also a passionate mushroom lover and I saw that they had a entree of just mushrooms. I am intrigued. The dish arrived at the table and I was curious on how this will go. Mushroom served 3 ways, there was 1st way sliced up exotic mushroom that tasted meaty and delicious. 2nd way, was mushrooms stuffed in pastry with crispy thin mushrooms on top. Wow this is good. 3rd way was a drinkable mushroom bisque! On top was a sweet foamy sugary broth that quickly brought in the saltiness of the bisque, it was a very cool experience. I need more originality like this on my dinners. Thank you to the chef's on allowing me to enjoy your amazing creation.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The atmosphere is great, classy, and not pretentious. The Salad was fresh and tasty. The steak was tender and cooked just as we asked, and the Fish was equally as good. Our waitress wasn't exactly warm until we broke the ice with her. Great night out.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Lobster roll was outstanding and the fries were prepared to perfection!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Some friends and I recently had lunch at Salt. It was an excellent experience. The dining room is very attractive, comfortable and pleasant. All of the personnel at Salt were very helpful, friendly and accommodating. The menu is very varied and would cover every taste. All in all it was a great experience and we all agreed that we looked forward to returning again.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Danielle was our waitress 3 times during our stay. She is wonderful and very attentive

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

$18 for a small, unremarkable Manhattan and not enough food for a 12 year old...

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent, as always. Please try to not run out of gluten-free flatbread crusts, though.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

SALT was a lovely setting on a cold Saturday afternoon. We had a reservation for 1:00 and were seated right away. The seating was comfortable, the waitress was attentive, friendly and all of our food arrived together. There was a nice variety of dishes offered and we all liked what we had. We had time to visit and did not feel rushed. We look forward to our next visit, perhaps when we can sit on the beautiful deck and take in the view.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2017

While the restaurant is gorgeous, great spot for special occasion dining, the service for both dinner and breakfast was slow. Wait staff seemed particularly inexperienced given the fact that the price and selection of entrees and brunch indicate "upscale" dining. Fortunately, my husband and I enjoy conversation and architectural ambience.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Comfortable atmosphere, classy staff, relaxing bar, contemporary menu. Went on a busy night but our waitress didn't rush us. Was worried by some negative reviews but took the chance rather than leave this beautiful hotel, so glad we did! Had a five star experience, we'll be back.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Food is very good especially the entrees. If you are staying at The Wentworth by the Sea you have to go. It’s great for a drink and dinner for two.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Worth every dime

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2017

The food and service were both good, my only complaint is with Open Table's search. I did a search for brunch in the Portsmouth area, which Salt/Wentworth does offer. However when we arrived at Salt we were told we had booked lunch not brunch. Reserving for brunch requires a call to the restaurant to book directly. This was not clear on the Open Table website. It was a good experience at Salt, but it was not the "special birthday brunch" that we thought we had booked.

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2.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Disappointing:
Reservations made on Saturday, 12/16/17. Service was extraordinarily slow for all drink orders (beer and wine only were ordered). After requesting a second round for a beer we were informed after a 15 minute wait that it was no longer available. Food service was prompt, however all food was cold or lukewarm AND a signature dish was missing two key ingredients that were clearly outlined on the menu. All items on the wine list were grossly overpriced compared to other restaurants in the area. No value. We will ensure that we continue to provide our business to the locally owned restaurants in the Portsmouth area vs. a large conglomerate.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Lovely dinner en route to Mid-Coast Maine - our first visit to Wentworth By The Sea

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

We had Chris for a waiter and he was not only professional but very accommodating. He is an asset to your establishment for sure.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

We have eaten at Salt many times, and we have always been beyond pleased! This visit was no exception. Attentive service, delicious food, and a beautiful setting. And the convenience if you are a hotel guest is wonderful, especially on a very brisk autumn evening. Can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was tremendous and the service was better than the food. Location is lovely and seating was comfortable. No issues aNd I look forward to going back. We were there for dinner and breakfast. We didn't have any issues.

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2.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Found that presentation of our meals was nice, however my Caesar looked good but the dressing had no taste to it and the croutons looked like they came out of box. my main course was the Haddock/ pasta, it looked good but the sauce on the pasta had no real taste to it. My wife got the pork chop and said she could only taste the salty sauce. It was my daughters 18th birthday and it was a big let down, and way over priced for the quality and amount of food that you were served. On a positive note, the server was very nice and did a great job.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Appetizers were great but main course seafood was way overcooked.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday. It was wonderful we definitely will be back decided this is our favorite restaurant

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellence all around! The food and service was excellent. Had the halibut and it was a cooked perfectly. Corey was an excellent server. Her timing and communications were well done.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We went on Portsmouth restaurant week and were impressed with the food and quantity. I would skip the wine pick that was on the promotion and pick a better quality. Nice dinner overall.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Cherry, spot for dinner. Light, airy. Fun to watch cook toss pizza dough.
It was Restaurant week- creamy lobster bisque with chunks lobster & bacon wrapped scallops for our appetizers.
Entree fettucine with crab. Offered in 2 portion sizes. Yummy. Husband had pork chop. Dessert was brown sugared molasses cake-spicy.
Delightful restaurant within Wentworth by the Sea resort. It has been remodeled since our last visit.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

great food and atmosphere for anniversary dinner with my babe.

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