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The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI

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£25 and under
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Bistro

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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.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 147 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
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vipgarfield44
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was quiet when we visited which is a shame as the food here is always great.
Staff were quick, friendly and attentive.
Food was tasty and all presented with a little "twist" - my steak came with a small cottage pie - absolutely delicious.
Seating area so well spaced for Covid, staff efficiently remind of necessary rules and ensure they are followed, lots of sanitiser and all in all current issues are very well managed.
Would recommend.

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Gillian
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here with our dogs. Such a friendly welcome, great food, adhering to covid guidance

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great breakfast for both of us, served by a very pleasant staff member. The restaurant is reassuringly clean and Covid compliant.

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RichardC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bit quieter than I would expect, but then so was the town. Really enjoyed the pork and my partner enjoyed the coley. Desserts to die for and a good selection of craft beers.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good cocktails, great burger and fish and chips. Excellent service, relaxed and knowledgeable.

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catherinej
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff great, friendly and helpful. Good food. Warm atmosphere.

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JeanJ
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was terrible. Ordered roast beef for Sunday lunch couldn’t get my knife through the meat. Asked for a steak knife and couldn’t get it through the meat. They didn’t charge for the meal but that wasn’t the point. I was looking forward to a nice Sunday dinner out. It didn’t happen 😔

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

1st family meal out in ages had vouchers. Had a fantastic enjoyable meal food was great and staff as well

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was vile from start to finish. If there was an option for 0 I would have done it.

First we ordered coke and it was served in a dirty glass with lipstick all over it. Sent it back

Then my daughter ordered chowder - had bones in it!

I ordered medium-rare steak - came out burnt - went back.

My son had fish and chips and the batter was old and burnt.

We complained 3 times and not once were we offered a solution. Loads of staff around but didn’t come near us.

Have never complained before anyway but this was expensive dirt and so disappointing. Do not go here and waste your money like we did. Never again!

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MaryC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience1

We love to dine at the Salty Dog every time we visit Bangor as the food and service are always excellent and we can bring our dog with us , however on this occasion the food was not up to the usual standard and was in fact very poor, cutting back on the quality and quantity of the food served is not a way for a business to survive in these difficult times.

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AmandaF
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Restaurant was not very busy but tables were back to back in one section instead of using other sections to be spaced out. We did not feel comfortable sitting this close to others ,so we chose to sit outside.Temperatures were taken upon entering but tables were less then a metre apart.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, Really good meal, Comfortable surroundings, what more could you ask for.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We chose to go here because you’re able to bring dogs.
Food was ok, nothing special and a little expensive for what it was. Staff were friendly and dogs welcomed, would go back for this reason.

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RDCB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing friendly staff, great food and super welcoming to our two puppies!

Can’t wait to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early evening dinner. Good menu choice, friendly staff and close to harbour.

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LorraineS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience2

The staff ignored us for ages. We had booked, were there on time. Diners arrivimg after us got drinks long before us. The staff were all glum but half way through the evening they warned up.

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AaronT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The salty dog was located in a great area. It had a stunning view of the sea. The food was enjoyable and would love to go back again sometime

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Average food which I wouldn’t have been happy paying full price for. We went for the half price eat out but we were initially only given £20 discount from £57 bill with no alcohol so couldn’t understand the maths but I decided to ask and another waiter gave us the difference back. We enjoyed being able to take our dog (who didn’t get offered water which was strange for a dog friendly restaurant) but I felt the service wasn’t great so wouldn’t be rushing back.

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JjjM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Food was nice, decent pub food. Social distancing was handled well and service was really great from all the staff.

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EmerH
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Very poor social distancing arrangements. Tables too close together. Staff not wearing masks.

The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI
Responded on 31 August 2020

Tables are all over a meter apart. Furthermore we take guests and staff temeperatures on arrival, and have changed procedures and trained the staff to socially distance when taking orders and serving guests.

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Shirl
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had main meal and dessert. Scampi and fish were too salty. Lemon tart was lovely and wine was also great.

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TerribleExperience
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I will never be back. Upon entry we were told we could not order drinks before our food due to covid guidance. I have no idea where this has come from as I manage a restaurant myself and I know for a fact this is not the case.
We then ordered drinks a pint of d.coke and a fanta lemon. The drinks arrived and the d.coke was not a pint and the fanta lemon was flat. We informed the waitress we ordered a pint not a glass and she told us we didn't. I told her I heard my boyfriend order a pint so it is not our fault she miss heard him. Then I complained about the fanta lemon being flat and asked for water instead. I was brought another fanta lemon and assured this time it was not flat, which was not the case so I informed another waiter I did not want it and was given water instead.
The menu was extremely reduced to what they advertise online which was frustrating at the get go. I had the misto fritto which was lovely and my boyfriend had the sausage rolls which were extremely overcooked. I then had the hake which was beautiful and my boyfriend the burger which was disgusting. The restaurant I run specialises in burgers and we would not dream of charging 15 pound for a burger and chips and the portion sizes we serve are double what we received here. Furthermore the quality of product we serve it triple what the salty dog provides. He was given a side of chips which was in a cup which was frustrating when we seen other customers receiving larger portions of chips.
The service was hit or miss depending on what server came to your table. The staff were drinking beverages in front of customers and had chemicals sitting on counter tops both visible and within the reach of customers which is unacceptable.
We were given a tea towel as a napkin which blew my mind! Are these cleaned after every use? Who knows? During these times you would appreciate disposable napkins.
I will not be recommending here to anyone I know I will be telling them to avoid at all cost.

The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI
Responded on 31 August 2020

I am sorry to see this review. I can only imagine it was coloured by the fact that half your party decided not to eat with us after refusing to have their temperature taken on arrival. I can only apologise if there was a misunderstanding as it is alcoholic drinks that Hospitality Ulster guidance says shouldn't be ordered before ood. I would note that our Napkins are in our control at all times & are washed after every use at 90 degrees. This makes them probably more hygenic than paper.

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Eddyb1
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, food was delicious, menu a bit limited but in these times that’s understandable.

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LYNDSAYW
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Menu was very limited, this was due to the eat out to help out offer but no chicken or vegan option available which I thought was poor. They also appeared to be sold out of lots of things including spirits and certain wines and beers. Overall it was a nice meal but I was expecting it to be much better.

The Salty Dog, Bangor, NI
Responded on 31 August 2020

We have a full vegan menu available and I can only apologise if this was not brought to your attention.

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Matthew
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Room lay out great for social distancing

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JoyceH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I went here because it had such good reviews and was looking forward to it. I’m gutted to be saying this as I promise it’s probably only the second poor review I’ve ever given. The food was awful! We had the flat iron steak which was in a “jus” Which tasted of five spice very strange. The steak was over cooked and the chips looked the part but some of them were hard. Despite that we tried a dessert of pineapple fritter with a cardamom cream. Lots of grease and a teaspoon of cream that definitely didn’t taste of cardamom. Paid and left ! The staff were lovely and as such they received a tip but the standard of the meal was definitely sub standard and at a cost of £18 per steak I’d expect better sorry guys

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PaulC
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and comfortable, excellent attentive staff and excellent food with a decent vegan menu

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NormanS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant overlooking Bangor bay. Very helpful staff and lovely food. Perfect for a quiet meal

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CharlesM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food with limited menu, great service and overall great experience. However, the ambience could do with a little improvement it was looking a little tired in places and the lighting was more cafe like than a restaurant experience. But wouldn't put me off as the food and service is of excellent quality.

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CarolT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I was looking forward to dining at the salty dog but was very disappointed that the menu choice was so limited and there were no specials. The food was the level of fast food and there was no garnish on the plate. I have enjoyed many Groupon vouchers before and the food was stunning. £15 for a burger and chips felt like they had also hiked their prices for this event.

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Delboy
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was delicious.
Unfortunately we were told after just finishing our main course that we only had 10 minutes left. We had only had one course and had only been there about an hour.

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susieWong
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been in other restaurant, during this pandemic and I felt very comfortable in the Salty Dog restaurant, unlike restaurant in Donaghadee, which had scant regard for the Covid19 regulation.

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JosephineJ
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Whilst the food was lovely when it did arrive service was slow, no ambience at all.... Not welcoming. Shown to table, given menu, orders taken.. No interaction between customer and server whatsoever.

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Gary
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I reserved outdoor seating but it was windy and rainy. Indoors was full. A phone call in advance would have been good. Still we were able to sit outdoors and sheltered which was a good compromise. Our waiter was pleasant and courteous, still was young and might have lacked some training. Because we were the onlz guests sitting outside and the Restaurant inside was full we seemed to get forgotten about. The drinks were forgotten and I had to request them well after the starters arrived. I was disappointed with the chowder but all in all the meal was good, tasty and well presented. Recommendations would be, bad weather call to guests with outdoor reservation, some outdoor cushions and an improved service to outdoor guests - even a simple timer as a reminder would help staff. I would visit again.

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DaireT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was brilliant, best steak I've had anywhere. Service left a bit to be desired though, had to ask a twice for a few things (drinks, dessert menu, bill). My partner's coat was taken at beginning of meal and when we asked for it back we were pointed in the vague direction of the other side of the restaurant and had to ask another member of staff. Nothing incredibly off putting but the service didn't seem to match the standard of the food. I still thoroughly recommend eating here

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved our first meal out since lockdown. Felt very comfortable as they had lots in place for social distancing. Amazing food - plenty of choice for vegetarians/vegans and meat eaters. The service was wonderful - very friendly and helpful staff served us. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night at the salty dog. Place was buzzing & the food was great & of course you are right by the sea 🌊 👍

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Rlb2000
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food and excellent value. Relaxed atmosphere and good service.

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StephanieM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were seated immediately with minimal fuss. Got a lovely little booth where Sky (the dog) was able to sit with us and look out. Order was taken quickly and the food arrived promptly. Salted chilli squid starters were lovely as were the mains of steak, burger and roast dinner (although the roast beef was well done rather than medium rare as requested.) Portion sizes were good and the food was reasonably priced. Lovely that Sky was able to join us. We’ll visit again soon!

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JulieA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely Saturday lunch in the Salty Dog Bistro - the food was lovely (big portions of fish and chips!) And we had a window seat to a lovely view over the water. The servers couldnt have been nicer - will definitely be visiting again.

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 stars by 147 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.