Salt Tasting Room

4.1
823 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates, European
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - close.
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Phone number
(604) 633-1912
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Private Party Facilities
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.
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Private Party Contact
Stephanie: (888) 419-5866
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Catering
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.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Abbott or Carrall
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Parking Details
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.
Additional
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
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4.1
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4.0
Ambience
3.8
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SP
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Was almost empty on a warm summer Sunday night at 7PM. Kind of hard to find if you're unfamiliar with Blood Alley. Friendly staff, great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and the service was beautiful, we were just sat at the front in the window which didn’t have any ambient lighting, just a very bright spotlight over your head which killed the mood a little. Lovely tables down the other end though.

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I like that Salt is off the beaten path a bit, and that it's a great place to have a conversation with a friend.

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KL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favouite places in the city. My boyfriend and I loved chacuterie so this place was absolutely perfect!! You can't go wrong at this place. If you're indecisive like me you'll be happy to know they have carefully selected charcuterie boards. Seating is not the most comfortable but it's really not the biggest deal.

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BC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Knowledgeable friendly staff. Trendy fun restaurant in unique location

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Definitely a fun experience. I wish they showed you the products they were serving or had photos since it is such a guessing game on whether or not you will like the meet or cheese you pick. They do however do a fantastic job at pairing the wines to your picks.

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c
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

It was a great experience! The toasts were too hard though :(. But everything else was GREAT.

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c
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food, wine, atmosphere and staff were amazing. loved it, can’t wait to do it again

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s
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time to Salt and the experience was great. The staff working were very accommodating to my girlfriends celiac needs, and the wine was absolutely phenomenal. Looking forward to another visit!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The server Raul had amazing customer service skills, and kept our table laughing all night!

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MN
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Was fun, food and server were great. Only complaint was that even though we had made a reservation and the restaurant wasn't very full, we were sat at the very back against a post.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitstaff helpful, knowledgeable about different meats, cheeses,’wine pairings. they were nice enough to pack up our food when someone did not feel well.
Overall very enjoyable

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K
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting place and options for dinner & paired wines. Experienced staff make the most of your choices

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EG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful place to get together for a girls night and enjoy wine flights with a paired cheese and condiment platter. They have a diverse selection of wine to choose from and a smaller more intimate dining location.

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LF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We went for my husband's birthday and really enjoyed the unique and delicious food and wine, our service was very good and we let our waiter choose our wine pairing for us, which was great. We sat at the front by the window at two tiny round tables, which were too crowded with the plates we ordered: a meat platter, cheese platter, olives, meatballs, plus a white wine selection. My husband knocked off a glass of wine and the waiter promptly replaced it. Had the table been a larger rectangle it would have improved the dining experience. Next time we would choose to sit at the long table at the back. Otherwise a really enjoyable dinner!

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Service was impeccable and the ambiance was nice. It's a little loud for chatting but that's fine.
Waiters would so incredible and just took care of everything so my friend and I could connect. Terrific experience.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charcuterie lovers, this spot is for you! Fantastic as always. Absolutely love the variety of selection. The pairings never disappoint, however I always wish the portions were larger! Great spot to start or end your night, but don’t go here hungry!

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CH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Nice space and they accommodated my large group quickly. Great service.

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit. Staff friendly and attentive. Restaurant clean and good maintained with lovely ambience. Fun to assemble your own plate with advice close by. Good and fresh products and it all tasted wonderful. We will definitely visit salt again.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great and our server was very knowledgeable with his wine. Slightly loud and difficult to talk.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service were great. Loved the wine recommendations made by our waiter.

However seating was very odd. We were put in the downstairs room where it was only myself and a friend at a single table set aside and the rest of the space was a private party. It really felt like we were intruding on their party and quite awkward.

Understand that they were busy but it put a damper on our night.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food and wine pairings were really tasty! The atmosphere was great. Our server was great, and super knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. The manage was a complete jerk though. He double booked our table, and as soon as I had paid the bill he abruptly grabbed the remaining napkins and papers from the table and sternly said "you have to leave now"

Other than that experience right at the end to put a sour taste in our mouths, it was a lovely time.

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OT
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wine selection was fantastic, and the food pairings were incredible!

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CL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Staff always helpful in making good wine decisions and food pairings. Portions could be bigger but I knew that going in so didn't go for a buffet type experience.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Average. Fairly inexpensive and something different than the usual options in Vancouver. Be aware that they have a communal table which you can end up at with reservations which I am not a fan of especially when you’re just a couple. Lots of by the glass wines which is nice for a quick dinner, but limited mainly to B.C. options. Service was slow to start and then too quick after as the table space is super tight.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It was our anniversary night, my wife and I had a below average experience last night. We’ve had better experience(s) in the past at Salt Tasting Room. We were served complimentary glasses of champagne due to our special occasion which was great, but it went downhill from there. The table next to us had completely intoxicated guests when we walked in; they were extremely loud and completely impossible to be around and I was shocked we were seated next to them to begin with. The even bigger surprise was that they were served another bottle of wine when it was obvious to everybody on the upper floor they needed to be sent home. Any other night we definitely would’ve walked out of there.

The server was great, you could tell he was new, but he took his time to explain the menu and offered great suggestions.

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DA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had to stop at Tacofina after because I was still hungry.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went to celebrate a birthday and everything was absolutely delicious. We were little out of our element with all the choices so we got the set menu and let them choose the wine pairings for our flights. It's a pretty reasonably price for what feels like a fancy date.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The cheeses were some of the best I've had in Vancouver, and the wine was very good as well. I had a Cabernet, but there were many other good wine options. I might come back just for the Camembert though!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

It was good experience, lots of choices. Nice wine.

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V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a table for two. We ordered 1 butcher plate, 1 cheese plate and 2 wine flight. When everything came, we hardly had any space to put our plates on the table. The table was way too small! Uncomfortable! We almost knocked over our wine glasses. Also the place is very noisy.

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K
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Every time I have guests from Brazil that like wine, I bring to Salt. This time, I was quite disappointed. We arrived at 7:30 (I made reservation beforehand), we were quickly seated; however, it took more than 15 minutes to have someone to take our order! never happened before. In addition, it also took a long time to have our wines and food. My guests were clearly upset. I don't know if that happened because it was a Tuesday, but i believe that the quality of services has to stand regardless of the day.

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L
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Don't necessairly come here for a large meal, but come to enjoy some great wine, mead, meat & cheese with the company of some friends or with that special someone. If you are overwhelmed by their menu just let your server know what you like and let them decide!

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JF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had fun trying new things!! Food was really tasty and the wine pairing was spot on!!!

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JJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

For the high price point and small size of the wine flights and cheese plate I expected more education/participation from the servers in explaining the flavours and pairings. The way they were dropped off and left with little to no explanation left me feeling underwhelmed. Eg. where are the cheeses from? What would be good condiments/why?

The service was really prompt, friendly and professional but for a “tasting room” and the price I expected more.

Definitely a fun experience and will maybe try it again on a slower night to see if they can deliver a more interactive experience.

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DW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great wine, great snack pairings and helpful staff. Sort of cold feel to the room tho that night, was dark and rainy outside but there doesn’t seem a place to hang your jackets.. so put them on the floor? As mentioned the staff were helpful with making pairings for you but they were not particularly friendly or welcoming, maybe once you were on the way out. Overall would go again, hopefully the couple arguing loudly behind us won’t be there!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Client dinner

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great spot to go for a nice outing with coworkers after work. Also a lovely restaurant for dates. Loved that the waitress knew all about the offerings and was able to guide my boyfriend and me through the selections to pick items we would really enjoy.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Very slow service. Good food. But slow.

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L
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

The concept is great and fun, but we found that the Portions were too small for the price and We were both hungry afterwards
However the food is very good quality and they offer a wide range of local products as well as local wines

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