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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.

45 Blood Alley
Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close.

Cross Street:
Abbott or Carrall

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 633-1912

Website:
http://www.salttastingroom.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Additional:
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

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Pre/post Theatre (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Groups (6)
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Neighborhood Gem (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (4)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Had to stop at Tacofina after because I was still hungry.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

The cheeses were some of the best I've had in Vancouver, and the wine was very good as well. I had a Cabernet, but there were many other good wine options. I might come back just for the Camembert though!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 7 days ago

It was good experience, lots of choices. Nice wine.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had fun trying new things!! Food was really tasty and the wine pairing was spot on!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Client dinner

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

A great spot to go for a nice outing with coworkers after work. Also a lovely restaurant for dates. Loved that the waitress knew all about the offerings and was able to guide my boyfriend and me through the selections to pick items we would really enjoy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very slow service. Good food. But slow.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The concept is great and fun, but we found that the Portions were too small for the price and We were both hungry afterwards
However the food is very good quality and they offer a wide range of local products as well as local wines

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had an amazing experience at Salt. The service was amazing and the food tasted great! Staff are very knowledgeable on food and wine pairings, so can comfortably leave it all up to them. Will definitely be back!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

Thank you,

Clint Letain

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great spot if the dark alley doesn't scare you off! Cheese, meat and wine flights make for a great sharing date. We let them decide for us and it was all good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was enjoyable but I did not appreciate the lack of tact from the male server. I will not be returning.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Salt Tasting room was a great find. The food and pairings were great, the waitress was extremely knowledgeable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a group of 7 girls and it was a bit chaotic. I believe it works much better for smaller groups. Chocolate pudding for dessert was a major disappointment. Overall I love this place for an intimate get together. The wine selection is great!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were not welcomed in the same way as in previous visits.
Staff seemed grumpy and keen for us to leave.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent service and fabulous food and wine!! Would definitely recommend and return.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Casual, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Salt is GREAT! amazing selection of food and wine. wonderful service. We were in the basement and it got a little bit loud... but we enjoyed the whole experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Lovely charcuterie restaurant! Really enjoyed the Canada menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The best food experience I had so far in vancouver. I'll definitely come back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Server (not sure his name) was awesome, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Cheese and meats were fantastic.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Second time here with my girlfriend and we love it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Organized a last minute large birthday party. Staff and owner were extremely helpful. Our main waiter was a patient and helpful human being who also made great suggestions to guide us through the menu.

Food and wine was excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Organic, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas, Quiet Conversation
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