About Salt Tasting Room
Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4
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.
Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close.
Abbott or Carrall
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Salt Tasting Room offers fine catering for parties from 5 to 500. We offer a range of options using the artisanal products we serve at the restaurant.
The entrance to Salt Tasting Room is in Blood Alley between Abbott and Carrall streets. There is ample street parking around Blood Alley (on Abbott, Carrall, Cordova or Water Streets). Alternatively, there is a large EasyPark Lot located between Cambie and Carrall Street on Cordova. Note: you must have a commercial permit to park in Blood Alley.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
A 50 seat cellar space that can accommodate stand up or sit down functions. Get in touch with us to arrange a function uniquely suited to you.
Salt Tasting Room Ratings and Reviews
We enjoyed this place, the space was unique. We loved the idea of the flights and platters. The selection of meat and cheese was great. We felt the portions were very small. We intended to go here for dinner, but after ordering two platters we were still starving, so went somewhere for another meal. It was a fun and delicious starter, but definitely wouldn't go for a meal.
Went here on a double date to celebrate Valentine's Day. The wine flights were nice, but the " tasting boards " were physically a taste. Looking online at the menu cheese and meat boards sounded more substantial, and delicious, however you get 2 slices of either meat or cheese and 1 slice of the other. So do not come here for a meal or an appetizer. Come here for a drink and a literal bite of cheese.
Went to Salt on a cold, rainy Saturday evening after a concert. As the concert was going late I managed to contact the restaurant and change our reservation to a later time slot. Management thanked me for calling as they were in the process of closing down - the weather was miserable and there were few customers around. Once we arrived we managed to share some interesting cheeses, meats, and condiments, most of BC origin. This was accompanied by glasses of seldom-found BC wines. In spite of the late hour and sparseness of business the staff were very friendly and helpful - and the staff-made selections were superb! We'll definitely go again under less trying circumstances.
My only complaint would be about signage on the outside of the restaurant - situated in a poorly-lit alley it proved difficult to find for our first visit.
For a good part of this evening it was an enjoyable experience, sharing with 4 other friends. Well chosen cheeses, meats, wine and beers. We all enjoyed our plates and drinks. We were also able to talk to each other quite comfortably until a group of about 20 extremely loud people were seated beside us in the downstairs room. The noise was intolerable. It actually hurt our ears. A couple of us mentioned the problem to the manager who more or less shrugged it off. I recognize that the staff was hard-working and somewhat stressed on a Saturday night, but the defensiveness and basic dismissal were unwarranted. If I return here (which is unlikely) it will be early and I will ask to be seated upstairs where the noise abatement seems better.
The waitress was amazing and the ambiance was wonderful. The only disappointing thing that happened was that we made a reservation and were told upon arrival that the only seats that they had available were at the bar. We made it work, but it kind of took away from the experience, especially considering the fact that there was an empty table behind us for the majority of our stay. However, we would definitely return...and hopefully we'll get a table next time.
The food was very good though several small plate choices are not familiar to the average diner. I am a committed foodie so I think I could safely say even most choices are unfamiliar. It would be helpful if there was a sheet or something explaining the type of cheeses and meats. One of those table iPads like in airports could do a great job.
We enjoyed the cheese and charcuterie and believe the restaurant is well-named as a tasting room. However, customers should know that it is really not a full meal though the price is very high. We left feeling quite hungry as if we had only whet our appetite for the next course...
Fantastic venue set back in an alleyway between the main roads. Seating is a mixture of individual tables and shared benches. While initially tentative to sit between two other couples the benches give you an opportunity to engage with your neighbour and get their take on the menu. Irrespective of their recommendations all the food was great (subject to individual palates), and the service was exceptional. Our waitress was on hand to provide recommendations for food and wine, matching food choices with their range of wines. Overall a great random pick and would recommend this restaurant to anyone fancying a drink with tasty food.
Honestly, the portions are so miserly that it's quite difficult to award anything more than a passing grade, despite the quality of the food being reasonable. We actually thought for a second that the plate the server brought out was a sampler, and the "real" plate was to follow! Couldn't recommend going here as the value is non existent.
Overall the experience at Salt was amazing. Our server was so knowledgeable about every single wine (including white, rose, red, mead, dessert wine, bubbles) that was on the menu. You can either choose from a pre-set wine and charcuterie board that has already been paired, or you can work through the menu with the server to pick your favourite wines and have them paired with what's on the board. The restaurant has a fun feel to it - not too big so it feels intimate without having music that's too loud or lights that are too dim. The only downside I would say is that it's a little pricey for the amount of food you get. Best to have dinner beforehand so you're not forced to order three cheese plates to make up for it.
Honestly, I wasn't really blown away with Salt. You pick 3 meats or cheese (i.e., 2 meats, 1 cheese or all meat or 1 cheese, 2 meat, etc) from the list along with 3 condiments (onions, olives, mustard, etc)
Myself and my partner each had a plate - I ordered 3 meats and he ordered 3 cheeses (plus condiments) and we essentially split everything. You get about 30g of the meats and cheeses each, so pretty small and you get even less with the condiments. Some of the meats and cheese were really good, but definitely not enough for a meal.
You should plan to go to Salt before or after other dinner plans - I didn't really realize this until we got there.
Went to meet some friends from out of town and we all loved it. Only complaint is the location. It's in a back alley in a not -so-good part of the neighbourhood and I didn't like walking down the alley alone to meet my friends. But if you're in a group, you'll be ok and worth the walk.
The food and the the wine were very good, no question about that. Everything else? Not great. We had three different servers during the meal. The second course came before the first course had been cleared and there was not enough room for all the plates. There was confusion about which wines accompanied which dish because the server that brought it was not the one that took the order. Then there was a twenty-five minute gap before dessert showed up and another long wait for the bill. The individual servers were great, informative and friendly, but the place seemed very disorganized, topped off with an e-mail the next day wanting to know why we had missed our reservation, which of course we hadn't.
Contemporary loft with high ceilings and brick walls, which we love. Complete with European style meat and cheese platter and excellent wine selections. A bit loud when it fills up but you forgive it for all the other reasons this place is great. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Service is leisurely but I believe meant to be part of the experience. Take your time, talk with friends, share some food, drink good wine share some more. Love it. We'll be back.
The food was good. The service was good. Portions were tiny for what we paid. Very helpful and friendly staff. The portions were something left to be desired, especially when we saw the huge bill. Pricey, and we left hungry. the meats tastes too similar, as do the cheeses, but maybe my taste buds arent dignified. After, we actually walked down to the pourhouse and had the burger with fried egg and fois gras. THAT was great.
Went for the 3 course menu for $29pp with the wine pairing at $25pp. Really great value, and between two of us we were able to try lots of items, which have been specially paired with accompaniments, delicious! Our server was amazing and picked specific wines for each of us and our selected items, 5 glasses for $25, so good!
We were there on a Monday night so the atmosphere was pretty chill, but I'm sure on a busier night it would be much more upbeat and noisy.
All in all, a fantastic night out!
I loved the design and the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the wine that was paired together with the platter.
The service was great. The lady was very polite and friendly. She wrote down the name of the wine I really liked.
The only thing was that I expected the server to explain more about the wine and the food we were having. I thought the Salt Tasting Room experience would entail the server telling us in detail about the wine and food, or any "stories" involved with the dish. I really wanted to know more, but the server just named the wines and walked away.
I didn't really know where the wine was from, or what it was best paired with. I was hoping the server would go into further details but she never did.
Overall I enjoyed it, but I would say I just had food and wine there, instead of I had a dining experience.
Being a lover of wine & charcuterie, I was so excited to try out the Salt Tasting Room and was really dissapointed with the experience we had. Once we sat down, it took between 10-15 minutes for a server to even come to our table to take an order and offer us a glass of water. We asked for wine/food pairings and the server was quite new, so he didn't have too much info, but we still went with his recommendations - the food & wine was awesome, but it took another 10 minutes to get the flight of wine & 15 minutes after that to get our food (so we really couldn't even do a wine/food pairing). We had finished our wine & food and I would have loved another glass of wine (some of the wines in the flight were so good!), but we never had another server come by again. Not even to ask how our food/beverages were. Other tables were served right beside us and no servers even acknowledged our empty glasses/plates until we asked for the bill.
I'd love to give this place another shot, but I think the service definitely needs to step it up - it wasn't too busy and there were quite a few servers standing behind the bar doing nothing.
Been here before, and always enjoy it. The pairings weren't as good as usual this time, and the service wasn't as attentive as normal, which was strange as it wasn't busy at all. We had a cheese pairing with wine flight, and a meat pairing as well. All the food was good and presented well; Salt has just set a very high standard the last few times I've been and the service let it down a bit this time.
Been here two other times and really had a nice time. This time our server wasn't interested in helping us make selections off of the current menu selections. The vibe in the place wasn't very happening, and we left with a meh feeling. We won't be back...we were really disappointed.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.