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“What a happening for lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fresh Salt

Fresh Salt
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Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Old Saybrook
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $38
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 154
Description: Named Best Waterfront Dining and Best Seafood by Connecticut Magazine in 2016, Fresh Salt serves seasonal and locally inspired meals. Our tables overlook the waters of the Connecticut River where the fresh river meets the salt of the Long Island Sound. It's a treasured and historic spot with a natural environment that is rich in life. Fresh Salt restaurant reflects that lively diversity: We have a raw bar, a seasonally varied menu, and offer as much as we can from the farms, brewers, cheese makers and other food enterprises that are springing up around our region. Fresh Salt delivers a dining experience that's comfortable and relaxed. Our staff is here to be of service to you, our kitchen stands ready with fresh ingredients, a deep wine cellar and carefully crafted fusions of foods and beverages that bring tastes together in delicious and new ways. We have tables by the fire, at the bar, and in season offer seating outdoors on the Fresh Salt Terrace. Awards include: - Best Brunch, Best Waterfront Dining, Best Seafood, and Best Hotel Dining from Connecticut Magazine, January 2016 - Named Upscale Restaurant of the Year by Connecticut Restaurant Association, December 2015
Palm City, Florida
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“What a happening for lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I brought a friend here for lunch who hadn't been around the area for the last few years. Made a reservation and glad I did as it was a happening. People were walking the marina, a wedding was going on next door and the only way I knew it was the photographers were on the adjacent terrace taking pictures of the beautiful bridal bouquet. We were seated at a table along the edge of the outdoor patio and we had a front row seat to the beautiful view, the people walking (and a watchful glimpse of the bridal party). We enjoyed glasses of a house chard while looking at an interesting menu.
We both decided on the Fresh Salt chopped salad with chicken, avocado, bacon, egg, blue cheese with a light dressing. It was excellent, fresh, and a healthy portion (there were two sizes to choose from, small and the size we had). Service was right on and our server was very attentive. My friend was so pleased, we're planning another lunch and will invite more friends.
If you want a beautiful view, people watching and a delightful, comfortable setting, this is the happening.

  • Visited August 2014
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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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“Gorgeous View & Wonderful Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

We hadn't been here in years, and returned on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in July. The view is spectacular, right on the water. Given it was a Saturday, we figured there would be a wait for dinner. After putting our name in with the hostess, we walked around the marina and took in the view of the beautiful boats, birds, and water. The 45 minute wait flew by, and we were seated outside at a perfect table right by the water. Service was very good, timely, and efficient. Drink and food prices were reasonable, and the food was excellent. We'll definitely be coming back. It's perfect for a mini getaway on the water, even for just a few hours!

  • Visited July 2014
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Armonk, New York
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“The very best clam chowder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

We recently ate at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook, Ct and had a wonderful dinner. Their clam chowder was to die for - it was absolutely delicious. The best I ever tasted! Can't say enough!

My husband had the whole lobster with warmed butter; he did not have to even tell me he loved it as it was so easy to tell how much he enjoyed his meal. I had the lobster roll with the freshest lobster - it too was delicious.

The service too was excellent; Lindsey refilled my water glass at least 3x and everyone had a smile and provided suggestions to us. We dud not have to ask for anything.

  • Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Lasting Impressions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Was last at the Saybrook Point Inn 18 years on the first date with my now wife. Although the restaurant has changed, the food remained as top notch as it ever was. The salads were sourced local as was the seafood we had which was perfect. The view on the patio was nice even if a storm was brewing . Now we are close we will be back!

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“Great location, enjoyable trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

Stayed in the newly renovated Three Stories, across the street from the main location. Very nicely done but the parking lot between the building and the water was unfortunate.
Dinner was very good with a large selection of tempting dishes. Brandade cake was superb as were the lobster rolls at lunch. Reservations are recommended.
There is a nice, smallish spa and indoor and outdoor pools. Very welcoming staff. Bikes are available for exploring the area.
There is a free hotel shuttle that will pick up/drop off in town, which they should definitely advise guests about, since it is a nice touch.

  • Visited August 2014
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