Salts Restaurant

(617) 876-8444 | View Website

798 Main St, Cambridge, MA | Directions   02139

42.362981 -71.097070

Open Hours

Mon., Sun. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 6pm - 10pm

 
Restaurants, Bistros, New American  more

More Cuisine: French

Price: $$$$

Tags: Business Dining, Date Spot, Fine Dining, Hidden Find, Local Favorite, Notable Wine List, Online Reservations, Romantic Dining, Special Occasion Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Travelers Check, Visa

Neighborhoods: Area IV

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Salts Restaurant
Menu
Pear & Mache Salad, Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad, Wild Japanese Hamachi, Bergamot Cured Ocean Trout, Soft Cooked Farm Egg, "French Onion Soup", Mushrooms "Pot Pie", Wild Black Bass, Roasted Halibut, Free Range Chicken Ballotine... more

Reviews for Salts Restaurant

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best meal in Boston – I went here on a date and this was seriously the best meal I've had in all my years in Boston. The farm egg appetizer dish was extremely creative and delicious, and the free range chicken ballotine entree was absolutely the most tender chicken I have ever tasted. The lemon souffle tart dessert was rich and gave you a little bit of everything. I highly recommend it. I thought the portion sizes were reasonable.

The restaurant itself is small, but you still have enough privacy for an intimate conversation. The waitstaff are attentive without being oppressive, and are quite knowledgeable about the wines and menu.

The location leaves a bit to be desired. It's certainly not dangerous, but it's not in a romantic or quaint neighborhood where you'd stroll around for kicks. You could, however, take a short half-mile walk over to the Charles River for a nice night time stroll.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Chef's tasting is the way to go & the VALUE is >100% – Ordered chef's tasting menu for 2 people: Excellent balance of flavors, attention to detail, presentation, timing, quantity, description by waiter, accustomed to your likes/dislikes.

We are considered foodies by friends and family and try not to go to the same places too much, so we have been to many. This was "our best meal in Boston" and that says a TON!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Come here if you want a mouth full of dirt! – I went to Salts for my anniversary, and I was very disappointed. I had heard so many good things about the restaurant and I really wanted to like it. The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice and romantic, but when it comes down to it, the most important thing is the food. We started with the hamachi was alright and then I ordered the beef and by boyfriend ordered the chicken. The portions of the food were a bit small, but were managable. Ironically, the thing that most of the food (and even the butter with the bread) was missing was, well, salt! I feel like if you're going to name your restaurant after salt, your food should be pretty damn well seasoned. Otherwise, you're silly. What was even more hilarious was that the restaurant was so pretentious about their food that they didn't even have salt/pepper on the table-- isn't that crazy? But that wasn't even the worst part of the meal. It was probably when I bit into an organic oyster mushroom and found a lovely amount of dirt in my mouth..yum.. It was actually kinda funny when the waiter didn't believe that I had dirt in my mouth, because after he had cleared our plates and returned to our table, I put out my clean, white napkin on the table with a huge spot of dirt on it.. that he had to touch and clear away. Overall, Salts did not live up to my expectations of having a night of delicious food. I would avoid this place at all costs.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Excellent, excellent, excellent – This is one of the best meals in Boston. The atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired, but Boston is generally lacking everywhere in that respect. I highly recommend it.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Simply amazing!!! – Amazing food, and this means a lot coming from a picky eater like me. Absolutely loved it! I am looking forward to a next visit.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Disappointed. – I really feel badly by saying it was a disappointment. The service was excellent and the ambiance was great. However, I felt that the food was not as great as its reputation. My clams were over-cooked. The steak lacked taste and salt (and I am not the salty type). Both my husband and I thought the steak was chewy, as well. Nevertheless, the desserts were amazing. I knew from previous reviews that the portions were small, so please keep that in mind if you do visit the restaurant. At the end of the day, the food wasn't horrible but it wasn't outrageous either. I think there are other places that do a better job. My sister worked at Craigie Street, and to the defense of this restaurant, she suggested that perhaps the chef wasn't there that night. I guess we will never know, but I don't think I will return.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Moneyed couples and highbrow academics in search of French-accented, modern American cuisine head to Cambridge, off Central Square. – The Scene
Cambridge gourmands have never been known to back down from a culinary challenge, and Salts' menu provides a breathtaking number of terms ("pithivier," "mirepoix") that catch unprepared patrons off guard. Less challenging is the simple dining room, which is dominated by an imposing table of cheeses that sits dead center. Pleasant servers help navigate a challenging wine list that includes a surprising number of half bottles. Fresh flowers and flickering candles add to the atmosphere.

The Food
The ever-changing menu--best described as French-tinged, modern American cuisine--incorporates a notable amount of local, organic ingredients. Citrus-marinated hamachi with slices of blood orange is typical of the exceptionally light starters. Those who don't splurge on a whole roasted duck--boneless and prepared for two--enjoy a ballantine of free-range chicken with rich foie gras stuffing and pomme puree. Lemon souffle tart with creamy lemon curd provides a tangy finishing note.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A lovely tranquil meal – I was extremely impressed - the staff were lovely and helpful, but not obtrusive, each dish, though small (which I like) was delicious. The spring vegetables were perfectly done, matched amazingly with my wine, and the black bass special was so good I ate the skin. I had the lemon souffle tart with meyer lemon curd - also fabulous. I walked out pleasantly full, not in pain, despite nearly licking my various plates.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

great experience, great food – I don't think my review can do the food at Salts justice. our biggest mistake was filling up on appetizers and the signature duck for two, leaving not enough room for the amazing dessert menu. a pear and mache salad was beautifully presented, and the duck was phenomenal, perfectly cooked and served with a delicious sauce. the vegetable accompaniment was great too, however there were too few vegetables for the amount of meat and stuffing. the mango tart, with thai basil sorbet was one of the best desserts I've had. highly recommended, this restaurant is a great find, even if the prices make it a special occasion experience.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

feel like a giant! – I don't know why the other reviewers gave this place such great reviews. The portions are so small they would be appetizers at any other restaurant - think 80s pretentious cuisine. We were very disappointed and so hungry when we left that we went to another restaurant. The taste of the food was ok, not very remarkable - and definitely not worth the cost! Do not go here unless you want to pay a lot of money for a little bit of unremarkable food.

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