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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

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (31)
Romantic (28)
Good for a Date (27)
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Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Local Ingredients (23)
Worth the Drive (20)
Bar Seating (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Business Meals (12)
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Cozy (11)
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Notable Wine List (11)
Casual (10)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Another great experience at Saltus. We love it! Love the “twist” on steak tartare.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 3 days ago

We had very good service. Great table by the window. My meal was good but the 1/2 dozen oyster appetizer was very salty. Overall, a nice dinner out.

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 (Savannah)·Dined 4 days ago

Made a date with my fiancé for Valentine’s Day for 8:45. We got there at 8:30 and were told that it would be a 15 minute wait (as expected) but we were welcome to get a drink at the bar while we waited. Not a whole lot of people at the bar but still took 5 minutes for anyone to come over to take our order. She also offered us a menu and said that they were out of salmon but the other sushi and oysters were great if we were interested. We told her we had a table and would order them there. She said ok and we went on our way to be seated. When we were sat, we were told that the menu items were not available an that only the pre-prepared 4 course menu was available. It was $75 per person which is fine but I didn’t want that much food and for $75, I expected better selections. We ended up finishing our wine and left. Would not recommend for any night they have a predetermined menu. Also, ask if the menu is available other than that the bar. I’ve been here before for everyday dining and never had a problem. But I will never go back for a date now.

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 (Savannah)·Dined 4 days ago

Special menu for Valentine's Day was excellent!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines date with the wife. Everything was great. Went with the special Valentines menu.
4 courses with 3-4 items to chose from in each course.
Price was a little pricey but it is Saltus. Upscale and top shelf. Place to go to impress.
Would definitely return for any special occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Forgot to serve the second course; went directly to the main course after salad.

The check was incorrectly tallied...to my favor, but wrong nonetheless. (We corrected the mistake. For the many mistakes of the night, they did "comp" a glass of wine.

The fish (stuffed flounder) was over-cooked and and the crab meat stuffing was blah.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Solid food preparation, interesting menu, thoutful and varied wine list, attentive but not intrusive service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Waterfront, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent dining experience with a couple of exceptions.
The steaks were cooked perfectly, but did not arrive very warm. The kitchen uses sous vide technique, which makes for delicious and perfectly cooked steaks. However, the process requires that the steak be served on warm or hot plates. Three at our table commented that the steak was great, but being too cool, made them less satisfactory.
The wine prices were very high, in our opinion, more than 3 times what the normal retail price is, for the wines we knew. We most often see 2 times the retail price, to sometimes 2.5 times. We usually have wine with dinner, but we passed this time.
The crab cake appetizers were the best we and our guests have had...they were perfect.
We shared a dessert among 4 of us and it was excellent as well.
We had a great time and would recommend it to our friends, with the above comments as exceptions.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, service great location!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had family in town and all seemed very pleased with their entrees, starters, sides and desserts. Our service was exceptional; very personable without being intrusive and intimate knowledge of menu and preparation of dishes. My individual meal was the shrimp and grits which I was unable to eat but a few bites due to excessive salt. I didn't mention it because I'm not certain it just wasn't my sensitivity to salt. It was no big deal and everyone else really enjoyed the food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

As always our go-to special night out restaurant did not disappoint. Oysters, sushi/sashimi and steak tartar were outstanding. Hats off to the pastry chef too. We could tell our server enjoyed waiting on us. Best spot in Beaufort hands down

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was excellent, and the service matched the quality of the food. The waterfront view was very nice

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 2, 2018

WE HAD FRIENDS VISTING FROM OUT OF TOWN, THEY LOVED IT! WE ALL HAD A EXCEPTIONAL DINING EXPERIENCE. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. BEAUTIFUL WATER VIEW OF DOWNTOWN BEAUFORT.
LOCAL

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was excellent but the service was poor. Our appetizers were served in a timely manner. However, they seemed to forget our main courses. It took over an hour for the main course to arrive and by the time it came I was tired and ready to leave. Really too bad because the grouper special was excellent. The restaurant was not very busy when we first arrived. We have had similar service issues in the past with large gaps between courses and inability to get the attendtion of our waiter. Because of the uneven service, Saltus is not our first or second choice for local dining.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We often go to Saltus when we are having a special occasion or are entertaining out of town guests. The wait staff is always professional and personable. The food never disappoints and the restaurant itself is very classy. We love going!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful Staff from the moment we walked in! There was someone there to literally open the door for us and the staff continued to impress through the whole meal. Food was WOW and no doubt some of the best Sushi in the area....... period! Not our first time dinning here and definitely not our last!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food! Service was fine, but not as prompt or frequent as we would have liked.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great Crab Bisque and Caesar salad! Server Garner and his helper were very attentive, prompt, professional and polite! Salmon with Bernadine sauce had great flavor and good but a bit overcooked than medium; but still enjoyable! Chocolate dessert was
Divine!! Nice evening and look forward to another time.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Always wonderful.....food excellent and the staff is the best!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Lovely meal! Three courses were all well done. Great friendly service. Extremely attentive and happy waiters. Perfect evening. Also was able to enjoy outside firepit, nice surprise. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great Beer, Casual, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The wife and I had a great experience! The meal was delicious and the Service superb!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great all round. Visiting Beaufort for our anniversary and Saltus was highly recommended. We happened to be there during restaurant week and it was great.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great meal as always. Brianna was a jewel! Friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, excellent service.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was good for Restaurant Week. However, the Caesar Salad consisted of lettuce and a tablespoon of watered down dressing. Definitely not up to their standards.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our meal during restaurant week. What a great value! We especially loved the she crab soup!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Everything was very nice. We really enjoyed a night out with a upscale setting.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I misread menu thinking fried oysters and was step above raw. They gave me friend oysters even though not on menu. Also gave me a free dessert. Can't believe how accommodating they were. Had the most outstanding gal who served us. Thanks for going above and beyond to serve me.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 16, 2018

One of our favorites, but tonight was a disappointment. Restaurant Week in Beaufort, but not busy at all. Server was not involved with her clients. We had a drink, ordered meals and wine. Food was room temperature and sent back. Not much warmer when returned. Never asked if we wanted more wine. Never asked if we wanted
D an after dinner drink. Just an off night at one of our favorite restaurants. We'll be back, but only because we've had so many excellent meals here.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Had visitors from out-of-state and took them to Saltus for dinner. As always, impeccable table service but was disappointed with the food itself. the bisque was watery; the salad had very little crab in it; and one dessert was actually returned as it was not at all good. Disappointing considering the relatively high prices. Have had very positive experiences in the past, but this one was a bummer and I was somewhat embarrassed that my guests were dissatisfied.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful meal and service, lovely atmosphere . Welcoming staff

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This was our second visit (in two nights)!

I just wanted to see if Saltus Grill was as good as my first impression. It was better!

Ordered lthe market fish whi ch was Carolina sole steamed with scallion and fennel in parchment over rice. I have enjoyed sole in many fine resturants, but I must say this was the very best hands down.

My thanks to Kathie the night before with her description and especially to Devon for confirming my choice.

This is a fine resturant for the discerning gourmet..

Jeanne & Gil. The Grey Gourmets

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We decided to give it a try, the waiter was great actually the best part. We had a table of people even older than us and they were extremely loud. The food was good, but I hoped for great. I would still recommend trying it for yourself.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We live on Fripp and have been coming here for as long as it has been open. Each and every time has been great. One of our favorite restaurants. You cannot go wrong with Saltus!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Our first visit was delightful. Tried the restaurant week menu and it was delightful. I love that they have a changing seasonal menu along with a few lowcountry standards. The soup du jour and crab bisque were outstanding. My favorite part of the meal was the country pate appetizer that I shared with my husband. House made to perfection and served with toast made from an artisanal bread also baked in house. The service was impeccable. The menu was creative, I look forward to returning. It is a bit pricey most entrees in the $35 range,

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, People Watching, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food and service were very good although the restaurant is getting a bit tired esthetically. Bathrooms need a serious uplift with holes in wall in mens bathroom and stalls that are dirty. Would expect more from this establishment.

Management should walk around with staff and look for areas to improve, be it cleaning, carpets, walls...

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This place is amazing! Food is as good or better than many in downtown Charleston, Hall's Management Group!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent service and cuisine choices. Staff was friendly

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great service. Excellent food, and at a reasonable cost. Quite.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Saltus River Grill several times in the past and were always extremely pleased with the food and the service. However, our visit on New Year's Eve was a disaster. A cocktail was served while being splashed all over the table, they ran out of certain items at 9 pm (on New Year's Eve), each time a plate was brought to the table it was presented to the wrong person, our wine glasses were refilled once with only one glass being filled, leaving the other two completely empty, the fish was fairly bland, the chicken was delicious, but the accompanying items in the dish were practically nonexistent ... and it was incredibly expensive. Having gone there in the past and having lovely experiences, this was a huge disappointment, especially considering the expense and the fact that we were celebrating New Year's Eve.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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