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Salt Tasting Room

46 Water Street - Blood Alley, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #182 of 2,804 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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165 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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English first
Fairfax, Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 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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L'Ile-Perrot, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A new concept for me. The wine selection and suggestions by the staff were spot on. The service was quick and the server was knowledgeable. The taste pairings were perfect.

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Maple Ridge BC Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This restaurant has a very simple concept and has managed to keep focused on this for a number of years. They serve small plates of carefully selected cheese or meat, paired with appropriate condiments. At its simplest, you choose three proteins (cheese, meat or a mix) and three condiments (ranging from pickles to honey). There are about 10 cheeses, ten... More

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Seattle, Washington
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85 reviews 85 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

The noise and choices were initially a little overwhelming. We picked a meat platter and a cheese platter plus condiments and the chicken liver pâté. We let the staff match red wines. Of the meats corned beef was great and unusual. Holstein sausage and fig Toscana were too similar --- our mistake --- but we preferred the Toscana. Similar problem... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Don't be put off by the social realism in Blood Alley: the Salt Tasting Room is a very excellent place and concept. Out of four nights in Vancouver we dined here twice. We let the waiter decide the menu and pairing the wine both times and it was great. Saturday the restaurant was pretty crowded, we got two seats at... More

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Victorville, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My friends and I saw the ad for Salt in a map/flyer. We were on the "hop on/hop off" trolley and hopped off in Gastown specifically to go to Salt. After getting directions from some very handsome men in a barber shop, we ventured down Blood Alley to Salt. It is a Foodie's Dream of a place. We chose our... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A really good find, samples of wine and sherry to compliment cheese and house cured meats. Very relaxed and chilled, although the street itself seemed to be a regular haunt for drug users but this did not impact on a very enjoyable time here. Would recommend a visit.

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Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Had a great time in this small, unassuming spot on famous Blood Alley. Great service, wine & cheese. If you love wine& cheese like we do, this place will be a hit! Don't be afraid on the venue.

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Cypress, Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My husband and I visited after being referred by our waitress at the Alibi Room. I was certain we were lost as my husband guided me down Blood Alley. Just as I was ready to turn back we saw the entrance. Once seated we were given a sheet that explained the concept, options, and pricing. Essentially you choose 3 items... More

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