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“A new integral part of our beach trips!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old Salt

Old Salt
133 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC
(252) 728-2002
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Ranked #5 of 38 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located directly across from the Historical Society. Previous owners called it the Net House.
Maiden, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A new integral part of our beach trips!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Initially we were passing through Beaufort on our way from Atlantic Beach to get home as we'd decided to head over to the NC Maritime Museum. We happened to get there about lunchtime and Old Salt was convenient so we decided to pop in. The exterior gave the impression of a little bistro by the sea that we'd probably get a couple of good sandwiches and be on our way.

First of all; to the people who gave a review that the decor was "dingy and old" they obviously have no sense of atmosphere. The entire place is designed to look and feel like an old fish house with distressed wood, floors and mirrors. The ambiance was perfect and I loved that they used old crab pots as candelabra cages. The brown paper tablecloths also came with crayons so my wife, daughter and I were able to entertain ourselves while waiting for our meal and create a fun memory/souvenir of our visit.

Our server was polite and fun and the owner was a gracious host, passing by each table to make sure everyone was taken care of. They made casual conversation and elevated the experience for us.

NOW, let's get to the food.
The Old Salt fries are described as having been rested in a brine solution for 24 hours before being cooked. Now, I'll admit that it didn't sound appetizing at all when it was described but I still was interested in tasting it. Holy smokes! What a great flavor! Their homemade ketchup was the perfect compliment to the delicious shoestring fries. They were not salty, they were flavorful and properly seasoned!
My wife had a grilled chicken sandwich with Old Salt Fries, my daughter had a chicken fingers basket and I enjoyed a fish basket (both with fries).
My wife HATES flounder... however, after giving her a bite of the flounder from my basket she responded with big eyes "OH WOW! That's really good!" so her faith in flounder has been restored!
The breading was perfect, it slid off a bit as I cut each bite with my fork but that's normal; the seasoning of the breading and the cook of the fish could not be more perfect. They have a house made Old Salt Sauce which is a twist on tartar sauce (I imagine) the Old Salt Sauce pairs up perfectly with the seasoning on the fish and the grilled chicken.
Another thing that impressed me was my daughter's chicken basket. I have a finicky 3 year old who loves chicken but is really picky about how it's cooked. Usually she'll eat half of one piece and we'll take the rest home. At Old Salt she devoured the first and went on to the second while we were still in the restaurant! Children's meals are often overlooked and are frequently pre-prepared food that's frozen, tossed in a fryer and then handed out to the kid; Old Salt clearly realizes that this is a poor way to treat kids as these chicken tenders were flavorful and juicy.
My wife's grilled chicken sandwich was sublime, the seasoning paired perfectly with the Old Salt sauce but was also excellent on its own. Everything worked in harmony and she's agreed that it's probably the best grilled chicken sandwich that she's ever had.

The food, the ambiance, the community and the people all combine to make Old Salt a MUST VISIT place for any time our vacation brings us within the vicinity of Beafort. It's worth the drive from anywhere in the area to enjoy great food and great memories.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Quaint & delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We came in & were instantly greeted very warmly & with a smile. The restaurant is very clean & the atmosphere is calming (perfect music & lighting) & nicely decorated. Our server, I believe his name was John, was friendly & knowledgeable about the menu. Our food arrived quickly & was absolutely delicious! I ordered the prime rib & it was perfectly cooked & flavorful. Others seemed completely satisfied & happy with what they ordered (scallops, firecracker shrimp, fish basket). We were checked on enough but without feeling harassed & our glasses stayed full. We are from upstate SC & will definitely come back to Old Salt! If it is the best keep secret, it won't stay that way. Thanks guys for a wonderful dining experience!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Morehead City, North Carolina
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58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A nice meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Mike and I went to Old Salt for the first time last night. We sat on the restaurant side, not the oyster bar side. They weren't very busy but the service was a little slow but our waitress was very personable. We had the shrimp stuffed with crab meat app and it was really good. I had the firecracker shrimp for my meal and it was also very good. Mike enjoyed his Caesar salad and peel and eat shrimp. My wine was good but a little pricey @ $10.00 per glass. Mike enjoyed his margaritas. We will probably go back some time.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Roanoke, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great, friendly service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Not sure about eatting here since from the outside it doesn't look that great, but looks can be deceiving. They have a great seafood menu. I had the crab cake and it was great. The service is fast, friendly and efficient. One of the few places I've been lately that I felt my business was appreciated. Reasonable prices, large portions.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marlton, NJ
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Very good!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a new place to try in Beaufort and decided upon Old Salt. We stopped in on a Frdat around noon. We ordered adult beverages -- tasty and reasonably priced. We ordered the house made beer battered onion rings for an appetizer-- to die for!! We both had shrimp burgers -- very flavorful, cooked perfectly and a huge portion. The sea salt brined French fries were crispy, hot and yummy! We enjoyed our lunch here. Did not have dessert, but the next table over did and the desserts looked amazing. Give it a try!

Visited September 2013
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