About Salt Tasting Room
Salt Tasting Room in Blood Alley showcases the finest meats, cheese, and condiments in all the land. Our chalk-board menu changes daily: J.N.&Z. smoked beef tenderloin, Mike Vitow's corned beef, Agassiz Farm House Cheddar, Cashel Blue Irish Blue Cheese, Neal's Yard Lincolnshire Poacher, Fireweed Honey, Marcona Almonds and Ambrosia apples may be on. Create a tasting plate and pair with a flight of rare wines, beers or sherries. Dine at our 18ft. communal table deep in the heart of Historic Gastown.
Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4
Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close.
Abbott or Carrall
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Salt Tasting Room offers fine catering for parties from 5 to 500. We offer a range of options using the artisanal products we serve at the restaurant.
The entrance to Salt Tasting Room is in Blood Alley between Abbott and Carrall streets. There is ample street parking around Blood Alley (on Abbott, Carrall, Cordova or Water Streets). Alternatively, there is a large EasyPark Lot located between Cambie and Carrall Street on Cordova. Note: you must have a commercial permit to park in Blood Alley.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Salt Tasting Room Ratings and Reviews
Average. Fairly inexpensive and something different than the usual options in Vancouver. Be aware that they have a communal table which you can end up at with reservations which I am not a fan of especially when you’re just a couple. Lots of by the glass wines which is nice for a quick dinner, but limited mainly to B.C. options. Service was slow to start and then too quick after as the table space is super tight.
It was our anniversary night, my wife and I had a below average experience last night. We’ve had better experience(s) in the past at Salt Tasting Room. We were served complimentary glasses of champagne due to our special occasion which was great, but it went downhill from there. The table next to us had completely intoxicated guests when we walked in; they were extremely loud and completely impossible to be around and I was shocked we were seated next to them to begin with. The even bigger surprise was that they were served another bottle of wine when it was obvious to everybody on the upper floor they needed to be sent home. Any other night we definitely would’ve walked out of there.
The server was great, you could tell he was new, but he took his time to explain the menu and offered great suggestions.
Went to celebrate a birthday and everything was absolutely delicious. We were little out of our element with all the choices so we got the set menu and let them choose the wine pairings for our flights. It's a pretty reasonably price for what feels like a fancy date.
We had a table for two. We ordered 1 butcher plate, 1 cheese plate and 2 wine flight. When everything came, we hardly had any space to put our plates on the table. The table was way too small! Uncomfortable! We almost knocked over our wine glasses. Also the place is very noisy.
Every time I have guests from Brazil that like wine, I bring to Salt. This time, I was quite disappointed. We arrived at 7:30 (I made reservation beforehand), we were quickly seated; however, it took more than 15 minutes to have someone to take our order! never happened before. In addition, it also took a long time to have our wines and food. My guests were clearly upset. I don't know if that happened because it was a Tuesday, but i believe that the quality of services has to stand regardless of the day.
Don't necessairly come here for a large meal, but come to enjoy some great wine, mead, meat & cheese with the company of some friends or with that special someone. If you are overwhelmed by their menu just let your server know what you like and let them decide!
For the high price point and small size of the wine flights and cheese plate I expected more education/participation from the servers in explaining the flavours and pairings. The way they were dropped off and left with little to no explanation left me feeling underwhelmed. Eg. where are the cheeses from? What would be good condiments/why?
The service was really prompt, friendly and professional but for a “tasting room” and the price I expected more.
Definitely a fun experience and will maybe try it again on a slower night to see if they can deliver a more interactive experience.
Great wine, great snack pairings and helpful staff. Sort of cold feel to the room tho that night, was dark and rainy outside but there doesn’t seem a place to hang your jackets.. so put them on the floor? As mentioned the staff were helpful with making pairings for you but they were not particularly friendly or welcoming, maybe once you were on the way out. Overall would go again, hopefully the couple arguing loudly behind us won’t be there!
Always a treat! Have been going here for years now. Think our first time was almost 8 or 9 years ago now. We were able to introduce some colleagues to the experience on Salt. Every one of them enjoyed their experience and took away some additional knowledge of food pairing/wine pairing etc. Definitely recommend Salt to anyone looking for a great culinary experience!
I booked a reservation for 4 on open table 2 days in advance. Restaurant called to confirm my reservation on the day of.
When I arrived at the restaurant with my party, I was informed that were seating us at the bar.
In what universe does a restaurant put a party of 4 on bar stools? Seems there were multiple opportunities for the restaurant to communicate this info in advance.
When I asked the host if seating group reservations at the bar was a common practice for their restaurant, he stated that they were very busy and implied that my rediculous seats were my fault for reserving "so late on open table" and not specifying that I did not want to sit at the bar.
We decided to find a table around the corner at Six Acres. I don't think anyone at Salt cared that we left.
This was my first time dining at Salt and it was a great experience! I booked a table for 7 for my best friend's birthday and we all had fun trying different wines and tasting plates. It's a fun concept for those who like charcuteries. I would recommend eating a light meal before as you don't get very full from a tasting plate and tapas. Looking forward to coming back!
Really wanted to like this place however, it didn't quite hit the mark. We ordered the meat/cheese board as well as the wine flights. They chose the pairings for the wine and they were perfect as was the service. The portions were very small though, expected a bit more on the charcuterie board.
Fantastic tasting experience with great wine pairings. Helpful and very friendly service. Really enjoyed our night here. As it is small bites, I would advise you will not feel full after. It is more for a tapas tasting experience. Would highly recommend. Enojoy!
Everything was amazing, the servers are insanely knowledgeable about both the food and wine menus. The only thing was that the service was very slow, otherwise than that everything was beautiful-they were extremely accommodating for my group and set it up beautifully for my birthday. I would definitely go back!
The service was great. I and my friends ordered a wine flight, but not sure what we exactly wanted. We asked our server what we were looking for. All wine flavours that he selected were fantastic! I and my friends all liked the selected wines. If you are wine lovers, this place is the one for you. But if you are hungry, this place is not a place to fill your appetite...
A simple concept done perfectly -- pairings of meats, cheese, condiments and wine. A lot of the menu is locally sourced, with wines and cheese that you can only get in the region. The general manager and staff are fabulous guides, making excellent recommendations for pairings. I haven't had that much fun at a restaurant in a long while!
Highly recommended by a Rocky Mountaineer manager who used to do culinary tours. She was right! You will never accidentally stumble upon this place; you have to seek it out, but it's well worth it. Charcuterie extraordinaire! Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable and adorable sever, Eddie, guided both of us to labeled and paired flights of 3 meats, cheeses, condiments and wines plus a beautiful salad. Sharing made for double the experience.
Been to this restaurant off and on for over 5 years now and never been disappointed by the experience Kama food and the ambience.
Mixing and matching meat, cheese, condiments and wine what could possibly be wrong,
This place is incredible for a date or just with a group of friends the way the food is served the fact that you can share everything leads to a leisurely pace and great conversation
Interesting concept for this restaurant. Was very quiet on the mid week evening that I went between 6 and 7pm with only one other table occupied. Staff helpful and friendly. I was a little surprised about how long it took for my tables' order to arrive bearing in mind the restaurant was quiet and that cold cuts and cheeses need little preparation.
Good selection of both local and not local meats and cheeses, good wine and beer selections.
Worth checking out and I hope they are busier normally.
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