Fresh Salt

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Our tables overlook the waters of the Connecticut River where the fresh river meets the salt of the sound. It’s a treasured and historic spot. In nature the most vibrant life happens where systems meet. These places are rich in life, and our restaurant reflects that lively diversity. We have a raw bar, a seasonally varied menu, and offer as much as we can from the farms, brewers, cheese makes and other food enterprises that are springing up around our region.

Fresh Salt delivers a dining experience that’s comfortable and relaxed. Our staff is here to be of service to you, our kitchen stands ready with fresh ingredients, a deep wine cellar and carefully crafted fusions of foods and beverages that bring tastes together in delicious and new ways.

We have tables by the fire, at the bar, and in season offer seating outdoors on the Fresh Salt Terrace.
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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Place is special, Anna is great!

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Responded on 24 September 2019

Jaym, Thank you for your 5-star review! Anna certainly has a way of making Fresh Salt a special place to visit. Please come back and see us soon! Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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CM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting outside= Erica a wonderful waitress
Menu choices very good

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Responded on 24 September 2019

CarolM, Thank you for your great review! I will pass your kind words off to Erica. Our outdoor dining is definitely a reason to make a visit along with our wonderful staff. Thank you for joining us and we hope to welcome you again soon. Warmly, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've come to Fresh Salt several times over the past few years and we always have fabulous meals. The salad and chowder starts were excellent and the salad was large enough to share. The sea scallops with risotto was especially tasty and the risotto had plenty of large chunks of lobster! The filet mignon was cooked to perfection, the accompanying smashed potatoes and asparagus were both delicious. The pumpkin-brown sugar cheesecake was the best! The meal was enhanced by our server, Michael. He was professional, engaging and attentive.

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Responded on 24 September 2019

Bsquared, Thank you for your descriptive review! It sounds like you had a truly wonderful experience with great service and delicious menu items. An experience such as yours is one we hope each of our guests' have when visiting our restaurant. We hope to get the pleasure of serving you again soon! All the best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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JH
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner at a special table overlooking the harbor. Delicious food, attentive service, leisurely timing. The only negative was a loudly talkative diner at the next table, I'm sure we could have moved but didn't want to.

MS
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent! I look forward to coming back for another delicious dinner!

BR
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall everything was okay. I had fish & chips and my wife had a fried fish platter. Both were alright but a bit bland. The platter was just average and my fish was bland. The chips were not worth the calories. I had to ask for malt vinegar which is usually served with this dish. Our waitress was very good but overworked. She covered a rather large room by herself which slowed down the service.

J
New England
35 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal, overlooking the water without the scorching heat. The oysters were amazing and was the chowder. The meals were also very good and the key lime pie dessert was yummy and a great ending to a lovely date

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Responded on 25 July 2019

Jxrodrig, We appreciate the wonderful comments and would love to hear how we can make your next experience with us 5-star worthy! Thank you for choosing us and we hope to see you again very soon. Regards, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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J
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing ! I would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch or dinner !

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Responded on 25 July 2019

Jessica1, Thank you for such kind words and we hope to see you again very soon for your next meal by the water! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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MN
17 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious halibut and swordfish, attentive, knowledgeable server. A great location along the water.

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Responded on 25 July 2019

MadNap, Thank you so much for your review. We take pride in our service and the fresh, local seafood we have access to. We are so delighted you enjoyed all we have to offer, please visit us again soon! Regards, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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NT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef is excellent and portion sizes are generous. Much if not all of the food is localy sourced. Seafood is wonderful and vegan meals are available. I had a very good lobster roll and on another day an outstanding Cobb salad. Key lime ice cream and a very tasty fresh fruit dish were worthy meal-finishers. Many of the tables have water views AND happily,
the sound level generally allows for quiet conversations.

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Responded on 25 July 2019

NancyT, Than you for your kind and candid review. We do our best to offer variety on our menu for every palate, and we are pleased you found many dishes that you enjoyed! We would love to hear how we can make your next visit 5-star worthy and hope to see you again soon! Kindly, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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SB
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

When we visit at Old Saybrook we have always had dinner at Fresh Salt - this was our third time and it was incredibly awful - they were in such a rush that about five minutes after we were served our appetizers our main course arrived - we sent it back - it had apparently been sitting under a heat lamp the whole time our french fries were luke warm and soggy- my steak was barely warm my husband's scallops were luke warm as was my daughter's chicken - the food was awful and cold - for the prices they charge the service and the food should be excellent and the meal should be paced not rushed! I know it was father's day and it was a busy evening but if you don;t want to allow people to enjoy a leisurely dinner then you should not take reservations at a later time.

We will not be going back there for quite a while- very disappointing!!!!

K
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love coming here rain or shine. Food / drinks are always spot on and the service is wonderful.

MK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, high quality food and drink. Beautifully appointed. Highly recommend.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for our 35th wedding anniversary and sat in the bar area. We had a nice corner table next to a window and was not on top of other tables.

The service was prompt and very friendly. We had multiple staff congratulating us on our anniversary as they serviced us and they provide a complimentary dessert.

We shared an asparagus salad which was very good and our entrees (scallops / clams over pasta) were beautifully presented, ample in portion and quite tasty.

All in all a very nice romantic evening

TE
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite table was not available tonight but the manager was nice to accommodate us with the next best table. It was a beautiful night and we had a great dinner. Thank you

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Outrageously expensive for what it was! STAY AWAY on holidays!

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything on a foggy, dreary day (for lunch) was enjoyable and tasty, except the Fresh Salt calamari appetizer: just bland and rubbery. Seemed like it was a quick serve was out of a bag. Friendly and attentive staff. A very attractive physical setting on the water. We’ll go again, of course but obviously will skip the calamari.

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My 15 year old and I went there to celebrate my belated birthday. The atmosphere is great, water front, and one of the few restaurants in the area that offer a water view. Unfortunately, a perferred favorite restaurant next door was detroyed in Hurricane Sandy/Irene.

The dining room on a Wednesday evening dinner was full. It appears they were short witnesses, because we had to wait a long time for service after the meal. We also did not get any water refills. We finally ordered desert and tea and it was very kind of the waitress to comp us for them on the bill. The witness was very pleasant and understood the wait. Others who came in after us also had an unusually long wait for service.

I had the local Stonington scallops (promote local) and they were superb! My son had the salmon and that was excellent too. There was the usual Mexican twitch to the cuisine, eg black beans under the salmon, and cheese in the risotto like so many of our American restaurants today. Fortunatley, though this shift from "tradtion" was done well, eg the cheese did not over power the taste of the seafood and the beans were mild. I was always taught never to mix cheese and seafood...?

I would highly recommend this resturant in the hope that the service issue was just a one time glitch., keeping in mind you pay for the view.

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Responded on 18 April 2019

Sandy, Thank you for your honest and kind review! We have had some unexpected busy nights as the weather has warmed up, and since we have planned accordingly. We are so glad you celebrated your birthday with us, and hope you visit again so we can provide you excellent service and another delicious meal. Warmly, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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TE
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful again, our new favorite place. The beautiful view of the marina on a bright sunny day who could ask for more. The food and service is petfect, thanks for a great night

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Responded on 25 April 2019

Terry, Thank you for your kind words and 5-star review! We are truly elated to become your favorite place. We look forward to serving you again - next time we hope you can enjoy our outdoor patio; the views at sunset overlooking the marina are breathtaking! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and atmosphere, will definitely be going again.

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Responded on 8 April 2019

Anonymous, Thank you for your review! We appreciate the kind words and look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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DB
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun experience, great staff and food is delicious.

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Responded on 8 April 2019

DonnaB, Thank you for such kind words! We look forward to serving you again very soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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TE
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time back in over 3 years and it is better than ever. We sat at a nice comfy table with a beautiful view of the marina. The food is outstanding and the crème brulee was to die for. The service was great with Deana and even the management came over a few times to check on us. 5 stars all the way!

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Responded on 10 April 2019

Terry, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so happy you came to see us and were able to enjoy all that we have to offer - the Creme Brulee is a new spring dessert that has been a fan favorite so far. Now that the weather is warming up, be sure to try and sit on the patio for the outstanding views overlooking the marina. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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CB
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to Fresh Salt for breakfast once before and loved it. When my friends and I decided to do some shopping in Old Saybrook, I suggested Fresh Salt for lunch. It was the first time there for my friends and they were delighted with everything. We all had a difficult time choosing our meal because everything sounded delicious. My friends are all good cooks and fussy about what they eat. The chef at Fresh Salt mingled some wonderful seasonings together that worked and that we plan to try at home. We will all be back - with spouses next time so that they can also enjoy the excellent dining experience.

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Responded on 8 April 2019

CynthiaB, Thank you so much for recommending us to your friends, and also for writing such a positive review! We look forward to the opportunity to show your spouses what we have to offer here at Fresh Salt. Hopefully your next visit is a sunny spring day to sit on our patio overlooking the marina. Thank you again, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary here and had a great experience. Great food, staff and view.

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance! We were seated right by a large window with a great view. The restaurant itself is very bright. The food was also delicious!

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Samantha, We strive to provide an ambiance like no other - our floor to ceiling windows certainly help with that! We are pleased to hear you had a wonderful experience at Fresh Salt. Please visit us again soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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AR
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The U-10 scallop entree was spectacular. I ordered the slightly smaller portion and got three large scallops, which was plenty. The accompanying risotto was cooked to perfection and included small pieces of asparagus and large chunks of lobster. The risotto-to-scallop ratio was perfect, with neither overwhelming the other. I am looking forward to ordering it again the next time I visit Fresh Salt.

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Hello AnnR, Thank you for such kind words! Our scallop dish is a newer dish to the menu that has quickly become a favorite. We can't wait to have you back again soon! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary.

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Responded on 27 March 2019

Philr, Thank you for celebrating with us, what a milestone! We hope it was a night to remember. Please come visit again soon, we look forward to having you. Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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AC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner and found the waiter serving us exceptionally enthusiastic and professional (blue nails!). The food was very tasty and we enjoyed our seat looking over the marina. It was a tad bit expensive but the hotel's gift certificate convinced us to go and considering the area, we understand the prices. We would definitely visit this venue again when in the area and recommend it to friends.

NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were well pleased with the scallion encrusted cod and the pork chop. Both dishes were well seasoned with good portions. The ambience was very cozy yet classy. The service was terrific...water glasses kept filled. Our server brought out wine samples to tase beforehand so we could choose the best one. We chose Fresh Salt for our anniversary dinner because we always have a memorable dining experience there!

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Responded on 2 March 2019

NancyAW, Thank you for your kind review! We are pleased you enjoyed your anniversary dinner with us - thank you for your continued patronage. We hope to welcome you back again soon! -Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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j
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

To start they were out of our first choice of wine so we had to move on to choice #2. We ordered the raw oysters as an appetizer and they were very good. The presentation was nice and each oyster was labeled with the area it was harvested from which made comparing the differences fun. Everything went bad from here. After a long wait we were served the entrees. I had the Cioppino- the sauce was bland and the seafood was rubbery. My wife had the white bean and basil ravioli- lacked flavor and salt. One of our children had a cheeseburger which was burnt and tasted like cooking gas. The other ordered spaghetti and meatballs, we were then told they were out of meatballs so he opted for grilled chicken on the side instead. The chicken like the burger was burnt and tasted like cooking gas. It was really disappointing to have such bad food served at the prices they charge. After we complained they did comp our meal. Sadly we left hungry with 4 plates of mostly uneaten food. The couple sitting next to us had a similar experience and commented on how disappointing their ravioli and tuna dish were. We were guests at the hotel and this was a return visit. I would recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a nice getaway however, steer clear from the restaurant.

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Responded on 2 March 2019

Hi joec, I apologize for the experience you had here at Fresh Salt. It is our goal to provide great food and service in an inviting atmosphere and unfortunately we missed the mark during your visit. We acknowledge each review so we can correct our mistakes in hopes to avoid making them again in the future. Please give us another try during your next stay so we can show our true colors with a fresh delicious meal. Thank you, -Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Used to be one of my favorites for food and ambience. Second time I’ve been sorely disappointed with the food, though the water views are great. Ordered a petite seafood cioppino over spinach instead of pasta. Got exactly 3 shrimp, 2 scallops and a 1” square piece of swordfish in a dish of marinara sauce. $8 upcharge for spinach, making the dish nearly $40. To manager’s credit, he did remove the spinach charge and say there were new chefs interning in the kitchen. The Inn accommodations were outstanding!

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Responded on 2 March 2019

Hi Rosie, I apologize for your last experience here at Fresh Salt and thank you for your candid review. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves and make each guest experience one to remember for the right reasons. We would love to be your favorite place to go for a delicious meal in an inviting atmosphere. If there is anything I can do to be of service, please contact me directly. We appreciate your repeat patronage and hope to see you again. Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining experience. Food was amazing and service was wonderful. Will go back again :)

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Responded on 2 March 2019

KaylaB, Thank you for your five star review! We pride ourselves on our service, food and friendly yet professional atmosphere and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Can't wait to welcome you back again! Best, Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great always great service and food

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Responded on 2 March 2019

Anonymous, Thank you for your great review and continued business, we hope to welcome you back again soon! Warmly, -Kristi Lochowski Asst. Restaurant Manager

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RM
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality ingredients are paired with interesting menu choices. There is a mix of North Eastern seafood classic dishes mixed with other choices including steak, pork chops, and chicken. We enjoyed a delicious bowl of chowder that is somewhere in between creamy and broth-based, a hybrid that is flavorful and lighter than the standard NE clam chowder. We also had an asparagus and Burrata salad that was absolutely delicious. It came with argula and prosciutto and a few shavings of Parmesan. Combined with a tasty vinaigrette -- it was both light and creamy. For dinner, we chose meatloaf with mashed potatoes and the ciopinno -- opting for the smaller plate size. Both were excellent and we took home enough for lunch. We finished with a fried pie filled with chocolate ganache. Delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A little different with the remodeling going to start. Buffet area a little rite as it was set up in the bar area

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little chilly in the back fireplaces room but a wonderful evening! Food was excellent and our server Michael was delightful and and allowed us a very slow paced evening as we wanted it to be.

D
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went to Fresh Salt for my sisters birthday. Had reservation for restaurant at 8pm. They sat us in bar area where I had to ask twice to turn tv off of boxing (not appetizing to watch punching and blood while eating). I ordered fried seafood platter which was awful. 2 shrimp, 2 scallops, 0 oysters and the rest of the plate was overcooked calamari, potatoes were underdone. Then they forgot to bring requested birthday dessert with candle. Very disappointed in entire experience given the prices.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Poor service and timelines of food delivery to table. Took 20 minutes for appetizers to arrive after ordering and 30 minutes for meal to arrive after appetizers. Frustrating experience. Site beautifully decorated and warm. Will not return for a Holiday meal.

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