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About Saltus River Grill

Saltus River Grill is a unique, and exciting restaurant in historic downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. With a grand view of the Intracoastal Waterway from its Sonoma-style patio or from the expansive full-service bar and dining room, this sizzling contemporary seafood grill combines the atmosphere of a chic Manhattan eatery with the historic charm found only in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

802 Bay Street, Suite C
Beaufort, SC 29902
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Open for dinner seven days a week, 5p.m. – until. Reservations are not taken for our Patio. The Patio is on a first-come basis due to availability.

Cross Street:
Scott Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(843) 379-3474

Website:
http://www.saltusrivergrill.com/

Parking Details:
Public parking available on Bay Street.

Executive Chef:
Brian Waters

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Saltus River Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (68)
Scenic View (52)
Great for Outdoor Dining (48)
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Good for a Date (47)
Creative Cuisine (45)
Special Occasion (43)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Bar Seating (34)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Local Ingredients (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Romantic (31)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Worth the Drive (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Notable Wine List (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Authentic (16)
Business Meals (16)
Casual (16)
Fun (16)
People Watching (15)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Healthy (10)
Cozy (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Tapas (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great Beer (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Saltus is generally a good restaurant to dine at. Lately our visits just haven't been memorable. Tonight the fish special was somewhat dry. Did not have bernaise sauce which was in the description by our waitress. CrabLouie salad was chopped, what I asked for, rather than as a wedge, and just didn't have a good presentation. Might give saltus a break for a bit. Staff seems to have an attitude lately. I just don't feel the price value relation is there.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Variety of delicious entrees, comfortable surrounding, attentive service. Definitely would highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Love everything about this place. The sushi is lovely.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and wonderful outdoor seating. All dishes were delicious.

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Early for happy hour, but accommodated us on the outdoor patio on a beautiful day with a beautiful view. Waiter Nicholas was the best. After our drinks, went inside to a fantastic meal! Oysters were wonderful! Trigger fish special was terrific. Spicy scallops were great too. Will return, of course!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Had friends visiting from New York. Completely enjoyed many of the specials of the day. Continues to be the best overall restaurant in Beaufort.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were very disappointed in the menu. I was e-mailed the menu the evening before dinner. WE were pleased with the selections. Friday night though the menu handed to us was different. I asked if an entree was spicy and was told no. It was and most of entree not eaten.
Overall, very disappointed.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a Wonderful waiter young Man! He was so willingly to any thing we needed. We would really look for him to be our waiter the next time we are in Beaufort. His name is Collin.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We loved our waitress, the food was very good and it was a perfect atmosphere of nice but not too fancy. Wonderful evening with our friends!

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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Saltus is the upscale restaurant in Beaufort. Been several times. Service is always good. A little pricey. Always enjoy the Crab Louie. Ask for it chopped. In downtown.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

excellent dinner, food was outstanding, waiter was excellent, would go again

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always good. Sushi is outstanding. Good craft beer selection, fun to see whats on tap.
Its nice to see the same wait staff; not a lot of turnover; shows a well run restaurant.

A locals favorite.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was one of the best places to eat in Beaufort. It is a little pricier, but worth every penny! I think everyone should go there at least once.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Lovely evening and we were able to sit outside, and the outside dining is beautiful. I have NO idea what the mood was inside. We live in Houston, where there are many choices of restaurants, but we rated our experience at Saltus and top notch. Wonderful server, great food, fun evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food. Very good service. Reliably good place to go in our opinion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always am surprised that each visit makes me wonder why we don't return more frequently.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 16, 2017

With reservations we were seated immediately. Atmosphere is on the quiet side, lights are low and very near but not on the water. The menu is expensive but worth it. Portions are a la carte. Save room for dessert as they’re are almost better than the meal!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

As part time residents of Beaufort County we visit Saltus River Grill regularly. Always fresh seafood and their sushi rolls are beautifully prepared and delicious. The main menu Scallops are outstanding and both the Steakhouse salad and the Arugula and Beet Salad as well.

One of the top 3 restaurants in Beaufort in my opinion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have always loved Saltus as a special place for special occasions. My only complaint is when I pay $15.00 for a glass of wine I expect more than half a glass. Very poor pour.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We ate here three years ago on our way South for the winter and loved it. The food, the service, the location, everything about it. We’ve not been able to come back through Beaufort for the past two years due to floods and Matthew so loved being back this year the the Grill did not disappoint. It’s so good we dined there both nights we were in town.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything about Saltus was amazing. The staff was quick and friendly. The oysters were the best I've ever tasted. The food was extremely fresh, creative and tasty! Portion size was perfect. We will return every time we visit Beaufort.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

A get together with friends at our favorite restaurant

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service, wonderful food, beautiful location!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

We had reserved a table for 6 pm but when we arrived we had to wait 30 minutes. There were many empty tables . this was april 2017. Meal was terrible. we could not eat it. Service was poor. But we came back for another try oct.12, 2017. We had sushi and 4 drinks. It was happy hour. We paid 100 dollars. It was a ripoff. Drinks were very small, mostly ice. Never again. There are other better restaurants on the waterfront, we will go there from now on. Also the DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT is the best all around in Beaufort. They specialize in seafood. It is across the bridge on the left. On the water.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Saltus was recommended to us as the best restaurant in Beaufort. I would say that the best thing about it was the location - right on the city park facing the water. Lovely when it is not too hot out which it wasn't in October. The food was mediocre. And expensive. Not special. Service was ok not great although they were extremely apologetic when we expressed our disappointments. Eleven dollars for an arugula -beet salad with 5 tiny pieces of beets I had to search for and over sugared pecans. A pea soup which had a lovely color but no flavor. A tartar that tasted like ground hamburger. I'm sorry but at those prices I expect a lot more.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I chose Saltus for our anniversary dinner. From our sushi appetizer to our crème brulee dessert, everything was delicious. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We love to sit outdoors and enjoy the fire pit ( in appropriate weather) and the lights of the bridge always. The food is wonderful and the service very professional and friendly. It's a great place for an evening out with family and friends, the best place in Beaufort.

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have eaten here several times over the past 6 years. Although I was disappointed on one occasion, overall, you are not likely to find a place better in Beaufort. The last two times I have dined there, both the service and food have been excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

My go to restaurant for fab cocktails and scrumptious food!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great place to take out of town guests for dinner. Service & food were excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

très agréable restaurant avec une cuisine de qualité. Les plats de poisson étaient impeccables et nous les avons accompagné d'un très correct Chardonnay Ramey 2013 choisi dans une carte des vins courte mais avec des choix intéressants. Ambiance agréable et excellent service ! Recommandé en fin de repas : un extraordinaire Bourbon, Angel's envy carribean cask finished !

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent steak and scallops and lobster!
Very nice on river out back!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I dropped the better part of $100 and left hungry. I was served a 5 oz piece of salmon. No vegetable, no rice, no nothing. Incredible.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Awesome food and great service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Best restaurant in the low country Never, ever disappointed. Great food, exceptional service and the million dollar view is spectacular.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service! The cocktail list is great and the specials were wonderful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Best meal we've had in a long time! We were in Beaufort for two days and went to Saltus our first night - and we loved it so much, we went back again the next night, something we've never done. I would put Saltus up against the best restaurants in Charleston (and New York, for that matter). We had a shrimp and grits dish both nights that was hands-down the best low-country cuisine we've tasted. On the other end of the richness spectrum, we had simple grilled fish with plain rice and beans one night, creamed corn the other, which were outstanding. We also loved their delicious, creative cocktails (I had a grapefruit old-fashioned, and my husband had a cucumber gin gimlet). Finally, we loved the space and its warm ambiance, and the service was impeccable. We had the same waiter, Nicholas, both nights, and he was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, expertly navigating us through the menu and our meal choices. (He also introduced us to a new sipping bourbon that will become part of our regular line-up.) All and all, a wonderful and memorable experience!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Everything as usual, was wonderful. Perfect martinis. Great shrimp & grits. Very good service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

As always a fabulous meal and service! Enjoy the southern gourmet, presentation and selection.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant in every respect. Great and original dishes that were outstanding from appetizer to dessert. It was our first time eating here and it certainly will not be our last. Wish it were closer than 3 hours from where we live!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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