Avoca Salt Restaurant

4.3
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75 reviews
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€30 and under
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Bright and airy, with a vintage retro style and featuring distressed wooden tables topped in white marble, salvage greenhouse window frames and comfy linen banquettes, Salt continues Avoca’s emphasis on serving delicious, seasonal dishes with largely locally sourced ingredients.

Salt's name comes its Salthill locale - which itself was derived from salt works that were once here - plus the nearby sea and, of course, the seasoning. Our Head Chef is Mark McGillycuddy who previously worked in Michelin-starred Mint in Ranelagh. Menus are fresh and interesting (see below), with plenty of appetizing salads and lighter lunch dishes, reasonably priced for the casual mid-week crowd.
What 75 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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Sophi123
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always even in this current climate! Always a warm welcome

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elainec
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Lovely venue and usually great quality of food and service but unfortunately on Sunday morning this was not the case. We had coffees, toast and scrambled eggs for three people. Half the food arrived before the rest, two people had no cutlery, the toast came with no butter or marmalade and one of the party began eating her toast from a napkin on the table. For the price you pay i was not impressed.

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Carrie
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We waited 40 minutes for our food, other than that all was good

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EveK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great service, delicious food and cosy environment.
Would recommend, it was quite busy so best to reserve.

Service was great overall, however one member of staff was somewhat impolite whenever I asked any questions to them. Otherwise a lovely, friendly experience.

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Anon1
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very overpriced but also delicious. Busy and loud, which is a good sign as it’s popular but you should definitely Book a table

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Daisy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious for breakfast, good size menu and nice coffee

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GavinB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere - we were very well looked after - thanks!

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LiamM
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were a group of seven post Ireland v Wales Six Nations game last Saturday. We ( Irish) had Welsch visitors and all were very satisfied with wine , food and service.
Top favourites were the beef cheeks and venison main courses. The wine Malbec from Argentina also got good mention.
We had pre booked and we had a great corner position and staff were excellent and craic was good.

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annem
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music too loud.everything else very good. Good staff and delicious food .beer would be great?

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Daisy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great service by staff, poor service by manager. Food was very good though, as was coffee

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MaryLou
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Had a lovely lunch here last Sun. Really enjoyed it. The food was lovely, service excellent but its@a very noisy restaurant so be prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really nice waiting staff and very tasty breakfast. Also and very importantly- great coffee!

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TeresaD
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This was an after Christmas get together with a friend. While the staff were efficient and friendly, the food was at best only fair and we were both dissappointed. The level of uncleanliness in the ladies toilet was also unacceptable with waste bins overflowing. There was no excuse for this, the restaurant was not busy and this could easily have been sorted. It left a bad impression and we both agreed we would be hesitant to return to Salt. Such a shame as this used to be a good place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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Mutti321
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good brunch, service was a little slow but did not distract from our brunch, we experienced an incident between two waiters and a cup of coffee which resulted in one of my guests being slightly splashed, it was handled very well by staff members involved and again did not distract from our brunch,

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and we’re regulars

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Jennifer
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are outstanding - attentive, polite, helpful and so friendly, makes the whole meal and time being in avoca so enjoyable. The food was fantastic , didn’t take long and even if it had of, it would have been worth the wait. Cannot fault any part of our time there. Will return soon.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Very hard to choose as we just wanted a light lunch. My trout gravadlax was very disappointing, no pickled grapes but diced cucumber instead with no flavour and no explanation! My friend had the goats cheese pannacotta dish which was also disappointing, the heirloom veg were tasteless and very hard, also the pannacotta diluted the flavour of the cheese too much! We have been to salt many times and have always enjoyed but the new menu leaves a lot to be desired. Our waiter dealt with the situation very well but kitchen needs to know!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2019

Hi Mary, Thank you for dining at Salt and for taking the time to leave your review. We hugely value all of our customer feedback and are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your meal. Please rest assured your feedback will be communicated to the team at Salt in an effort to make any improvements we can. Thanks again for your valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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Labomo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We brought our Mum for lunch. The white chardonnay by the glass was superb. Food was delicious- duck pate, vegetable fritters, and haddock. Our server was great, but slow to greet us and take drink orders. We were seated at a table near where the orders are dropped off to the kitchen by the servers ,and I felt in the way of traffic somewhat. Would have liked a quieter and less traffic-y location.
Food is superlative and very consistent. Every morsel was delicious. Next time I will insist on better seating,

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2019

Hi there, Thank for choosing to dine with us at Salt and for your review. We hugely appreciate all of our customer feedback, and take on board your comments around the traffic area and the service. Please rest assured your comments will be communicated to the team there in an effort to make any improvements we can to the experience. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your food, and the wine. Thanks again for your valued feedback! Kind Regards, Avoca

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simonap
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff of Avoca is simply amazing! They make you feel at home and they are extra careful in making sure everything is great! Franck had been absolutely fenomenal, really lovely man to speak with and alleys made sure all was perfect for us. The value is also amazing... Will go back soon for sure! Love Avoca. Thank you all!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2019

Hi Simon Thank you so much for dining at Salt and for taking the time to leave your lovely review. We are so happy to hear you found the service to be excellent and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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siobhanm
Dublin
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely family feel, very pleasant staff. Beautiful food. What more could you ask for. Thanks Salt

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi Siobhan Thank you very much for visiting Salt, and for your kind review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and we look forward to seeing you again next time! Kind Regards, Avoca

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Martin
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A very popular brunch spot, with a nice simple menu based on good quality fresh ingredients. Staff were pleasant and attentive.
The only feedback I would offer is that it is quite noisy ( there is a lot of hard surfacing) and the table we had felt quite squashed in - it is along side the ramp down to the main dining area, so we were constantly being passed by customer and staff legs!
Overall however it was a nice place to have a catch up.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 17 December 2019

Hi Martin, Thank you for dining with us at Salt, and for your review. We hugely value all of our customer feedback. We are pleased to hear you enjoy the food and the service at Salt, and we take on board your comments around the noise levels and space. Your comments will be communicated to the team there so we can work to make any improvements we can. Many thanks Avoca

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AislingO
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable food and atmosphere.Would definitely recommend to a friend. Food was on time- coffees were good. The only comment was we had a baby with us and there were not enough baby chairs so we had to have the baby on each of our laps which disrupted eating a little bit

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi Aisling, Thank you for dining with us at Salt, and for your kind review. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope you'll be back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice brunch - avocado on sourdough however €3.65 for a white flat and €3.90 are overpriced!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for dining with us at Salt. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch! Regarding pricing, it's our priority to use the best quality food&ingredients. Our bakers do all our fresh baking from 4am each day so that our customers have delicious, fresh scones, breads&cakes. We're dedicated to quality Irish ingredients,&this premium quality is reflected in some of our pricing. I hope this explains a little! Thank you so much for your review&custom. Kind Regards, Avoca

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Alinpk
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very accommodating to add two more guests to our table. Very friendly, fresh food, great tastes.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for dining with us at Salt, and for your lovely review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the food and the service, and we we hope to welcome you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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SFraser
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avoca is a firm favourite for us. Always delivers top-quality delicious food, a wonderful atmosphere and really friendly and welcoming staff. You even get to take home the baked goods from the cafe after dinner! Highly recommended

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wiresandmore
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner for four on Saturday - all courses excellent; the lamb main was a particular highlight. Great attentive service too!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi there, thank you so much for visiting Salt, and for your lovely review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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KieranB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu was short but interesting.
Tge fish I chose-Cod was delicious with a nice Romesco sauce plus garden peas.
My wife had lamb which looked excellent and just the right pinkish colour.
We chose an outstanding rose from Puglia which complemented the food.
Finally we shared a dark chocolate mousse with a praline and pistachio addition.
It was really good but light as well.
The service was very good and the servers attentive and most helpful.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Kieran, Thank you so much for visiting Salt, and for taking the time to leave your kind review - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope you will come back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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luker
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall good food and nice place. Senior staff efficient. Younger ones ok. I had to keep asking for bits. Also. first time to see €9 for a glass of average wine - felt out of kilter for the establishment.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for dining with us at Salt and for taking the time to leave your valued feedback. We very much appreciate your comments and will pass them onto our team. Thank you very much and we do hope you will return to Salt. Kind Regards, Avoca

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Simon
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Salt is perfect and is of the highest standards. You always know a place is spectacular when you see the same staff still working there!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Simon, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback - we hugely appreciate it! We hope you return again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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RobertS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my mums birthday and she’s celiac. The manager and server took very good care of us and helped guide her through the menu choices suitable for her. We felt very well looked after and combined with great food, we had a memorable birthday dinner.
Well done to all the team, we will be returning!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Robert, Thank you very much for choosing to dine with us at Salt, and for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience, and hope to welcome you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

For a lunchtime booking made well ahead of time for 1300 , it would have been nice ( and expected ) that the table would have been already set prior to our arrival...

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 14 August 2019

Hi Mark, Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Salt, and for taking the time to leave your review. We apologise that your table wasn't ready when you arrived, and will do our best to ensure this doesn't happen in future. Once again, thanks so much for your valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I am a vegetarian who has had lunch about 5 times over recent months in Salt.
I am really surprised and disappointed that your menu remains the same.
The soup on each occasion has been onion & the veggie main course has not changed & is
not as tasty & interesting as it should be.
I say this as someone who has enjoyed numbers of fine veggie lunches in Mt Usher. We have brought friends there on occasions & everyone ate very good vegetarian dishes.

You need to review your menu & make your veggie main course more delicious.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 13 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for choosing to dine with us at Salt, and for your valued feedback. I have been in contact with our Executive Head Chef and he has assured me that this is something that he is currently working on, and hopes to rectify very soon. We are very sorry that the options were lacking for you, and we do hope you will enjoy the new options once they are added to the menu! Thank you again for your much valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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DeclanH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant on the crescent in Monkstown. Lovely relaxed seaside town feel and décor, great friendly staff and delicious food. Our kids love the breakfast menu. We nearly always complement our visit to the restaurant with a visit to the deli to bring some items home also. Popular spot so worth booking during busy times even though the staff are excellent in accommodating as many people as they can.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 14 August 2019

Hi Declan, Thank you very much for visiting Salt, and for leaving your lovely review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and that you liked the service, food and decor! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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GilesD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch for my wife's birthday, with our four girls in tow. food was great - every morsel disappeared quickly, which is not always the case with young children. and they brought extra bread and dips for the girls without us asking or charging us anything extra. and finally, all the staff appeared and sang happy birthday whilst presenting my wife with a Pastel de nata with a candle in it. brilliant!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Giles, Thank you very much for visiting us at Salt, and for leaving your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your family's birthday celebration with us, and are very happy you enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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Skinner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Over-priced, underwhelming food with bad side orders. Flavours were too strong which is never a good sign. Avoca is obviously trading on its reputation at this stage.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 18 June 2019

Hi Skinner. Thank you for visiting Salt, and for taking the time to leave us your valued feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us, and that you found the flavours of our food to be too strong. Please be assured your comments will be communicated to the team, and we take your feedback on board. Kind Regards, Avoca

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely breakfast here on a Saturday morning. The service was excellent and the food both delicious and beautifully presented. I especially recommend the pancakes !

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Jane, Thank you so much for visiting Fodder, and for your very kind review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your breakfast with us, and that you found the service to be very good. We hope you will come back and see us again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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PhilipW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience as always, staff are incredible and the food was delicious. Perfect spot for a celebration or just for a treat.
Highly recommend!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Hi Philip, Thank you so much for your kind words about Fodder. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit, and that you like the staff and the food! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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JulieF
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Lovely family relaxed restaurant. Foods great especially children's menu, fresh good quality. Only down side was other patrons browsing shelves full of interesting produce all around us.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 28 May 2019

Hi Julie, Thank you for your kind review - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere of Salt. We take your comments regarding customers browsing the shelves into consideration, and are grateful for your feedback. We do hope you will come back to visit us again at Salt in future. Thank you again for your valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. We love this restaurant - we went recently for breakfast for my husband’s birthday and the staff was so kind and absolutely made his day!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 31 May 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your husband's birthday breakfast with us. Thanks for choosing Salt for your celebration! We hope to welcome you both back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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Avoca Salt Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

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