Read both really good & bad internet reviews about this place but Baltimore Mag 11 ranking convinced me to give it a try.
My wife and I both thought it was one of the best restaurants we have eaten at in a long time.
If you like innovative cuisine done well this is a place to try.
I thought the wine list should have had a couple of less expensive options
It appears the bad reviews might be from a group with an agenda
The staff could not have been friendlier nor more efficient
too rushed. Very rushed service, with no time between courses. At these prices, a party of 8 should not be told to leave after less than 2 hours
Great date spot. I would eat at salt again. Great atmosphere however parking was a bit difficult. Meal was great. Was about 75 dollars per couple.
A totally wonderful restaurant with great food and terrific wine.. The duck fat fries are to die for. The menu changes frequently and is full of creative ideas. Last Friday I had the Cuban pork with goat cheese/sweet potato mashed potatoes and it was truly yummy. And the wine list is the best. My husband and I have been eating at this restaurant in our neighborhood twice a month for the past two years and have always been greeted warmly, had great service and really enjoyed the meals. Last winter they were picketed by foie gras protestors for a long time. Maybe some of the negativity in the previous review came from those folks. Otherwise, it's a mystery. They must have gone to a different restaurant...
Butcher's Hill Best. Reading some of the recent reviews on here, it seems like people have mistaken Salt for some other spot. I've never been disappointed with any of the menu choices ordered and I've done everything from an app and drinks, to some of the fancier entrees, to sharing a dessert or some fries at the bar. There is one thing I've noticed, some of the people coming in to Salt have a certain sense of entitlement as soon as they walk through the door. Salt is not a very big space. With maybe ten seats at the bar, five tables in the bar area and maybe another ten in the dining area - there's not much room to "hang out". But Salt is not a lounge, and people coming to Salt ARE coming for the food. That's why the barstools are usually taken up by singles or couples actually ordering more than drinks. I've been one of those people waiting to order some food at the bar while someone waiting for a table takes up space there, nursing one drink. I understand that they paid for that drink, but obviously they don't get that this is no longer a sports bar where you can write your name on a stool and call it your own for the evening. And as for their being disgruntled, you have to wonder why they have come back again and again and the one time they are "reprimanded" for taking too long at a table, they act like spiteful children. Salt is not your dining room people. I know you brought your out-of-towners to the Hill to show them your favorite spot, but unlike the Sopranos who always get a table right away and anything they want including staying as long as they want, you are one of many other people who enjoy eating at Salt. So do us a favor, finish your lovely meal and go home or to a lounge to keep socializing. People are waiting at the bar for your table and taking up my bar space, and I'm hungry!
Trying to be something it never will. I have been to Salt no less than a dozen times over the last year and have been consistently disappointed with the end result of dishes that seem so promising in menu form. Why do I keep going back, you ask? Well, Baltimore is a bit of a culinary back water and it's in my 'hood. Though, after last night I will be less lazy, as I am never returning there. The food is usually of high quality, yet the dishes are without fail bland, lackluster and amateurish. BBQ pork cheeks with coleslaw of foie gras and sweet potato? Could have been amazing, but the meat was dry and tasteless and covered in clearly bottled BBQ sauce. Octopus salad? Very little octopus and certainly no pieces to sink your teeth into and the flavor was mediocre, at best. Even the cocktails disappoint: on a recent evening my dining companion ordered a "Painkiller," which was meant to be a concoction of Jamaican rum and fresh squeezed juice. It came in a pint glass and tasted like a sub par pina colada, causing us to remember things that we even tried to avoid in college. Furthermore, the hostess/owner is a witch, something that other writers have noted. I've often waited over an hour at the bar, sometimes standing, only to be told that, no, she won't have a table for me, as she thought that I intended to just stay in the bar area. It is a dance we've done numerous times and is not ameliorated by my explaining upon entering that I will wait at the bar, but I would like a table. Like the food, it is simply stupid, annoying and faux-haughty. She knows me and yet still treats me like a complete fool. This restaurant is to be avoided at all costs.
The owner is rude. The hostess who we later found out to be the owner was extremely rude. A group of us had ordered food and drinks at the bar. After we had finished our food, couple of our other friends joined us later and ordered more drinks and food. The hostess basically told me (after I conveniently already paid them) that if I wasn't going to order anything else then I had to give up my bar stool even though I was with my friends who weren't finished with their drinks. This is not a way to treat paying customers. It totally ruined my dining experience and I will never go back there again.
Unique for the neighborhood. I finally tried SALT and I'm glad I did. The food was excellent! We had the duck fat fries (the truffle dip is to die for!), the cheese artichoke risotto cake which was so creamy and amazing and for our entrees we had the seared tuna and the mushroom ravioli. The tuna was perfect, we got it rare and it was super tender. The ravioli was good, but not my favorite out of everything we had. It could have had a little more flavor. We also got the creme brulee which was a perfect ending to the meal. Not too sweet and the crust on top tasted like marshmallows cooked over the fire. I must also recommend the pomegranate margarita martini. SO yummy! There was a bit of a wait, but not too bad and I'd probably say the parking sucks...but I live 2 blocks down and it was great to walk!
Order Fries!. I went to SALT last week, around 8 o'clock or so. I was greeted by a nice and beautiful person at the door who took my coat and led me to a free area of the bar. My friend and I had several rounds of drinks (mojitos and champagne coctail were great!) and then HAD to order the fried with multiple dipping sauces b/c the people at a table behind us ordered them and they smelled SO good! Tasted even better. the bartender was very friendly as well. the presentation was great - they came out in a big cone. I love that this place is on the smaller side and you have to "work" to get a table or at least have a reservation and show up on time. It makes the dining out experience that much more fun and gives it a trendy feel!
Great Service and Food!. I went to salt because I read the great review in the Baltimore Magazine. I am glad I went because the food was amazing. Our server was excellent and told us about the duck fat fries and the Tuna. Both were good choices. There was a little bit of wait but that is to be expected when you are eating in the Canton/Fells Point neighborhood. I would go back again and would reccomend everyone to try the hidden gem.
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