About Salt Tasting Room
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.
Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4
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
Salt Tasting Room Ratings and Reviews
Been to this restaurant off and on for over 5 years now and never been disappointed by the experience Kama food and the ambience.
Mixing and matching meat, cheese, condiments and wine what could possibly be wrong,
This place is incredible for a date or just with a group of friends the way the food is served the fact that you can share everything leads to a leisurely pace and great conversation
Interesting concept for this restaurant. Was very quiet on the mid week evening that I went between 6 and 7pm with only one other table occupied. Staff helpful and friendly. I was a little surprised about how long it took for my tables' order to arrive bearing in mind the restaurant was quiet and that cold cuts and cheeses need little preparation.
Good selection of both local and not local meats and cheeses, good wine and beer selections.
Worth checking out and I hope they are busier normally.
Wonderful concept tapas/tasting room using locally and internationally sourced cheeses and meats. The quality was unsurpassed, the ambiance ubër cool, in this tiny tucked away space. Patient service as the tasting menu was explained and recommendations for wine passed on.
I was very disappointed to be sat in the basement. I had made a resveration to take friends and we where sat alone in the basement, it smelled and felt like a dungeon.
I made the most of it but would have liked on the beautiful night we chose to be sat in the nearly empty upstairs room. I actually wondered if we where sat there because I had used open table app to book.
An interesting concept that is perfect for diners who will share and like to talk about their food. Very knowledgeable wait staff. Portions are satisfyingly small; those with a generous appetite may need salad and dessert. The sherry tasting flight is a must. On my short list for return visits.
Nice place for ambiance and customer service. Great wine list. Tmhad a few cheese and meat platters. Very pricey for what you get. The meat was so thinly sliced you could barely taste it. Cheese taste was also underwhelming. Not from Van so don't know how it compares in taste with other venues.
The restaurant was nearly empty, but we were seated beside the only other two people in the restaurant. The quality and quantity of the food for the price we paid was not good. We last went to Salt about 2 years ago and loved it ... the quality and value has gone down significantly. The tables were too small to enjoy charcuterie and a bottle of wine. Two stars overall is probably more generous than is deserved. We paid our bill, went down the street, and salvaged our date night at another restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive, but we will not be back.
Loved finding this creative tasting room with different cured meats, cheese and wines. The flexibility of the menu was great and allowed us to try different things we hadn't experienced before.
We were a little lost at first because we weren't familiar with the styles/ flavours of some of the offerings but a server was able to guide us through.
Better to allow more time than less here so you can actually appreciate it!
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...
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