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Salt Tasting Room

46 Water Street - Blood Alley, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #153 of 2,810 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $20
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Contemporary, Organic, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Abbott or Carrall
Description: Salt Tasting Room in Blood Alley showcases the finest meats, cheese, and condiments in all the land. Our chalk-board menu changes daily: J.N.&Z. smoked beef tenderloin, Mike Vitow's corned beef, Agassiz Farm House Cheddar, Cashel Blue Irish Blue Cheese, Neal's Yard Lincolnshire Poacher, Fireweed Honey, Marcona Almonds and Ambrosia apples may be on. Create a tasting plate and pair with a flight of rare wines, beers or sherries. Dine at our 18ft. communal table deep in the heart of Historic Gastown.
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Vancouver, Bc
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I'm from Vancouver and I still had trouble finding Salt - it's tucked down Blood Alley, parallel to Cordova and Water Street, so be patient. There is no signage - you just come upon the space. But it's a fun concept - diners can choose a selection of cheeses, a selection of meats and condiments that will best compliment their... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We came upon this tasting room by accident and are so pleased that we did. You can each choose from three meats or cheeses, three condiments and three wines. From a long list of alternatives, we chose spicy fennel salami (sourced locally), bresaola and tartufo salami for our meats; a beemster (from the Netherlands), oka (from Uraguay) and a chevre... More

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Falmouth, MA
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391 reviews 391 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Salt Tasting is a small minimalist restaurant in Gastown. You pick three meats or cheeses and several condiments. We ordered different things so we could get a taste of each; all very good. We added a kale salad that was excellent. A fun and relaxing lunch.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This place was awesome! We sat at the bar and watched them prep the plates. We did a meat plate, cheese plate, and two wine tastings for two people. We did the option to let them pick all of our options and it was great!! This is our style place, but realize it isn't for everyone. Highly recommended though!

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Puyallup, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

The menu is simple; you assemble a Tasting Plate from the chalkboard’s selection of 10 cheeses, 10 meats, and 10 condiments. The selections change constantly, making it almost impossible to have the same Salt experience twice. You may also choose to leave the decision making entirely up to the staff and they will build a perfect Salt pairing experience for... More

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Rockwall, Tx
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a great place to check out and not the usual bar thing. Great service, great food, great wine, great place to socialize with friends or a date. I'd definitely go again!

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

In the middle of a seemingly ratty alley in Gastown, Salt Tasting Room gets it right. You choices are charcuterie, cheeses, and condiments. Although you have the option to select an interesting combination, you'll probably be better off letting your server put the pieces together for you. We did and it worked out very well. It's not exactly a dinner,... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It is worth braving a venture down Blood Alley for this tucked away restaurant. Great concept of choosing cheeses, charcuterie, and condiments to mix and match. Then staff selects a flight of wine to complement your food. Small portions make it better for late night nibbles or after work snack. Minimalist decor is great with exposed brick and polished concrete,... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. Would fill this line with little emoticon hearts if we could.... Pick three. Cheeses or meats. From the chalkboard. Add three condiments. That is the deal. Condiments were amazing. our favorites were the Pipparas peppers from Analucia. The cornichons, dried cherries and BC hazelnuts were right up there however along with the cipollini onions. We... More

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Know before you go that, even after you find your way to this place in Blood Alley, you still have a unique experience ahead of you in this quirky little restaurant-without-a-kitchen. You will be asked to choose a combination of as many as three cheeses, three meats, and three condiments. We were fortunate that the host himself reviewed our selections,... More

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