The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI

4.1
232 reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
At The Salty Dog we believe that our great local produce gives a unique twist to some of the world’s classic bistro and pub dishes. We also have one area of our restaurant that is dog friendly. To book the dog friendly area select a "BAR" table. If you want to be away from dogs select a "STANDARD" table.

We pride ourselves on using Irish ingredients to create traditional dishes with a difference. From breakfasts & bar snacks, to classic pub and restaurant dishes ... we work with local producers to bring the best of Ireland to the plate.

Support The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 232 People Are Saying
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Steak
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Staff very friendly we were assisted and seated to our table very quickly.

Seafood chowder starter generous portion. Bit disappointed with rib eye steak and flat iron steak, meat very hard and doesn’t seem to be a good quality meat.

HM
HazelM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Good food, shambolic service. The dinner wine arrived before the pre-dinner drinks, which we had to chase. When the food arrived, we then had to chase to get the wine back. We ordered sides which didn't arrive until we had practically finished the meal. The waitstaff seemed willing but totally inexperienced, and clearly liaison with the kitchen was all over the place.

WM
WendyM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Highs and lows (weighted in no particular order):

Highs
- Needed to change booking from 4 to 5 at short notice, Mandy was brilliant at accommodating us
- Great for dogs,
- Convivial ambiance with people chatting across tables
- Everywhere was clean and tables well spaced
- Staff apologetic for any shortcomings and very patient
- Our waitress was a dog lover and very engaging with our wee Yorkie puppy, as well as telling us about her own dogs
- Some if the group arrived early and were immediately brought to the table

Lows
- Staff were all wearing masks but very few customers when not sitting at tables
- Very slow service, we expected this due to challenges in hospitality industry but waited around 40 mins between asking for a wine menu and getting the wine (why not give the wine menu at the same time as the food menu?)
- The wine was eventually was served, initially a glass rather than the bottle we’d ordered, then the bottle with 1 glass, had to specify how many we needed & the additional 2 glasses were warm
- Food was mediocre at best and didn’t live up to descriptions on menu
- Very overpriced for the quality & quantity of the dishes eg £9 for cheeseboard with only 2 small pieces of cheese, bland chutney & poppadum-style crackers, £10 for 3 tiny scallops
- One of the group ordered a Diet Coke (not as a mixer) and the can was brought down with no glass
- The main courses were served with no cutlery which was slow to arrive

Would we return? I simply don’t know - heart says yes for the dog-friendly aspect and we had a lovely evening, but head says no for everything else. In addition, it wasn’t particularly busy so I dread to imagine how much worse it could have been.

GB
GayleB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, super table and service in a lovely atmosphere

HM
HeatherM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely staff and food. Def be back with my new puppy who also felt at home. Thanks!

AW
AlisonW
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Not great, lots of flies! Two meals were wrong, then overcharged for a child’s meal. Food was fine but overnight 3 out of the 7 of the party were unwell. We won’t be going back.

KW
KennethW
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch very well presented. Good friendly and pleasant service.

JH
JacqueH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked our table online, seated quickly with no hanging around & the food was absolutely delicious! Even the kids loved it! Highly recommended.

SM
SharonM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu, delicious food, attentive and friendly serving staff, a lovely ambience, and views of the marina - what’s not to love?!

MH
MikeH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Unable to have either the starter or main course that I wished from the menu.

Had to leave my meal as the beef was impregnable

RB
RossB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent place, love coming here when in Belfast

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Fred
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter/waitress need to be more turned on / tuned in. Drinks order pre meal just about arrived before the food. Had to ask twice where it was.

CO
ClaireO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty breakfast options and a lovely pot of tea.

JG
JulieG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in a pleasant atmosphere. Friendly staff too!

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Laneway
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had to re arrange our booking due to our bad timing issues and the hotel was most accommodating. The food was delicious, extremely fresh, very nice cod chops and peas. My gripe is the small glass of wine was £6.50. !!!! Really ??
It was good to have our dog with us as he badly needed a rest after his long walk from Holywood. Would return no problem. New staff and this could be seen at times, getting their attention for small things proved a bit diff.

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lesleyd
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We called in (with our greyhound) for lunch in the bar area where dogs are welcome. Food was lovely as usual - we shared a selection of dishes from the starter/nibbles menu and I particularly liked the spicy cauliflower ‘wings’ and my other half loved the chowder which he got all to himself because I don’t like fish. The staff are friendly and helpful and genuinely like the visiting dogs. It’s great to be able to have a drink and good food in relaxing surroundings after a dog walk. We’ll be back again soon.

RH
RussellH
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and ambience, would highly recommend the squid and fish and chips and the brownie was something else!

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Ginger
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The experience was fine. Food was ok, but we have had better.

LM
LornaM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Children’s menu allowed smaller versions of main dishes, which is excellent!

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Alice
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In Salty Dog, I had possibly the best curry I've ever had ever in my life. It was the chickpea vegan one and it was so delicious.
We also had the breads to share to start. They were amazing too but I think after that and the curry I was too full to try the deserts....should I go again, I'll be eating the hot lemon cake.

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SeanG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Hotel is lovely and the rooms are nice. Unfortunately its let down by poor dinner service. The staff are nice. Meals brought out and left waiting for cutlery. Drinks order placed and forgotten about. Condiments requested but not brought to table and all the time a member of staff and duty manager standing behind us. Had breakfast the next morning and while the service was better. No spoon or sugar was provided for the coffee unless requested. Also the Sunday dinner menu is different to what is advertised outside and on website and had we of known this before booking a table we would probably have went elsewhere. Personally the lack of service in the restaurant would prevent me from visiting again which is a shame as the hotel is beautiful.

JH
JoanneH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely setting, great food. Good value and very relaxed.

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely view from window seat for dinner for 2. Had a lovely starter each: Cauliflower wings and chicken wings which were quite hot but very tasty and included a generous helping. Good range of starters and mains but both decided to go for burgers... beef and chicken which were very nice and the chips were tasty as well. Good, friendly service and would definitely recommend. Good value for money, nice food and a nice atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was very warm and another diner asked for a window to be opened. There were seats by the window and we asked if we might have one but we’re told they were booked. This was fair enough but one of the tables remained empty throughout our stay only to be taken by a single diner as we left. The menu was very scant and the mains were occupied by 3 burger options. That’s ok if you are a burger joint and that’s where I’d dine if I preferred a burger. The short rib meals we ordered were of sizeable differences and our plates were mainly taken up with rocket lettuce. The portion of chips was quite scant. The starters were delicious and the part of the meal we enjoyed the most. Service was adequate.

LE
LeeE
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails ,vegetarian food choice was great and the flavours outstanding. We had a lovely evening and the staff were superb

KC
KarenC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and lovely helpful staff. Enjoyed our evening!

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Lanty
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great table by the window. Server was helpful and polite. Food was fabulous as ever. Managed to leave my phone behind and when I returned it was exactly where I’d left it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I got a burger and the cheese looked orange and a funny taste of it didn’t taste like proper cheese my husband got a chicken burger and said it tasted quite processed . Just ok staff where very pleasant but don’t think I would go back . S

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just have a lovely meal. service was great and the food was the best i have had in a long time. such a lovely atmosphere will definitely go back

HB
HollyB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We were not acknowledged when we came in. Waiters were not friendly or welcoming. It was awkward and the menu was basic at best. Very dated. A surprise from the lunch menu that has been advertised on the website. Very sorry we didn't go for lunch and maybe would have had a better experience. The waiters maybe more awake, atmosphere maybe more present and the food hopefully better.
Ended up going next door for coffee and buns to perk up the day!
I'd doubt I'll be back. But if so, maybe lunch.

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Lilbet
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very very raw Fish
well done pink steak
Hard inside triple cooked chips
Asked for wipes for fingers after eating starter of wings. Never arrived

AM
AshleighM
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Ordered a bottle of wine 6 times. It took 45 mins to arrive. Starters arrived at different times. Main courses ?? My hubby is gf and was brought a non gf meal. Waitress told us it was gf when ordering. Apart from above the food we did get was tasty

MC
MandyC
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was fantastic as always.
Good choice for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
Could do with more staff as service was slow, especially for drinks.

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LindaE
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a beautiful Sunday lunch here yesterday. We went for the two course option, food was awesome, service quick and friendly. Overall a lovely visit and will definitely be back very soon

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1234
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

1. We were over charged for our daughter's 3 courses.
2. Clueless / rude waiting staff, we must of had 4 different people.
3. Website said 'On a Sunday we will be offering our Carve@Home as a carvery on a plate for those eating in', this was NOT available to us yesterday, Sunday 11th July.
4. Tables that arrived after us got served Much quicker than us.

All in all an extremely disappointing visit.

FF
FrostFoodies
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, excellent food and friendly and attentive staff. We will definitely go back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad service

AM
AndyM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely, service was excellent and the food was delicious

KM
KrisM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Very safe Covid measures in place too. Will be back.

OF
OliverF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place food was excellent and I would recommend

FAQs

The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9127 0696.

The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI is rated 4.1 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://saltydogbangor.com/gift-vouchers/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.