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“Very Po sh Very Nice”

Salt Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 56 Restaurants in Whitianga
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Waters edge dining in beautiful Whitianga serving European style food using only the best local ingredients. Whether it's a quiet cocktail on the deck accompanied by a bar snack, or a full dining experience, Salt will cater for your needs. Call us today for a booking. OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 11.30AM
Whitianga, New Zealand
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very Po sh Very Nice”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

A very grand restaurant on a pa with Antions in Parnell Auckland, the food is just gorgeous and the atmosphere is great too with a view over the Whitianga Marina.

Visited March 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great Food and fantsatsic service”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went here with friends and were really amazed by the quality of food and the great service, will come again next time were in town

Visited July 2014
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One special place”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

From the view, to the service, to the meals, I highly rate it. I have dined here a number of times and also choose it as our wedding reception venue in 2013. I can not say enough how helpful they were, Kelly is a star!! They are very accommodating and nothing is too hard. I will return again and again :)

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Kerryn P
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Feilding, New Zealand
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Home away from Home”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Salt is a top quality restaurant. Lovely ambience and very good service. One was made to feel special! Excellent menu with lovely choices. Steak was cooked to perfection as was the fish - faultless. Presentation superb of Master Chef top quality. Wine list excellent also. Lovely by the fire creating a lovely cosy atmosphere on a cold wet rainy July night, actually quite romantic!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank ROBYN H
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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Poor service”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

We have been regular visitors to Whitianga and Salt for several years. We have enjoyed many meals here, but….

Earlier this year we booked to go to Salt and as vegetarians checked their website for their current menus. We found they had the same dishes we enjoyed in an earlier visit so did not feel we had to check in with them and advise our dietary requirements.

Sadly, we arrived to find the place very full and that the menu had changed 3 weeks earlier, but they had not changed the website.

The only vegetarian options included mushrooms and my wife is sensitive to them and they do not agree with her. We asked the waiting staff if they could arrange another dish and after they had discussion with the kitchen we were told that they were too busy to do anything special but did suggest they could do something with the sides. My wife chose two sides that had some semblance of protein in them and asked them to make something up with them.

When the meal arrived all they had managed to do was slap a pile of broccoli on one side of the plate and a pile of carrots on the other. There was a basic sprinkling of cheese over one and nuts over the other, a very basic sprinkling. And that was all.

Any chef worth his "salt" would be ashamed to present such a dish. Complaining to the head waitress/maitre d' brought no result.

We should have left earlier but at that time could not believe a restaurant of such standing would serve such a poor quality meal. If the menu had been changed on the website we would have checked in with them when booking earlier in the week.

The rest of the meals were of their usual standard but tainted by the slack and uncaring attitude that prevailed from the kitchen and head waitress/maitre d'.

The main lesson for us here is that you can never trust a website to have up to date menus and should always check with the restaurant.

We have been back to Whitianga again and have discovered another restaurant, Motu. This offers a nicer environment and the food is excellent .

I doubt I will ever consider eating at Salt again.

  • Visited October 2013
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