Avoca Salt Restaurant

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57 reviews
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€30 and under
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Bright and airy, with a vintage retro style and featuring distressed wooden tables topped in white marble, salvage greenhouse window frames and comfy linen banquettes, Salt continues Avoca’s emphasis on serving delicious, seasonal dishes with largely locally sourced ingredients.

Salt's name comes its Salthill locale - which itself was derived from salt works that were once here - plus the nearby sea and, of course, the seasoning. Our Head Chef is Mark McGillycuddy who previously worked in Michelin-starred Mint in Ranelagh. Menus are fresh and interesting (see below), with plenty of appetizing salads and lighter lunch dishes, reasonably priced for the casual mid-week crowd.
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4.3
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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Very hard to choose as we just wanted a light lunch. My trout gravadlax was very disappointing, no pickled grapes but diced cucumber instead with no flavour and no explanation! My friend had the goats cheese pannacotta dish which was also disappointing, the heirloom veg were tasteless and very hard, also the pannacotta diluted the flavour of the cheese too much! We have been to salt many times and have always enjoyed but the new menu leaves a lot to be desired. Our waiter dealt with the situation very well but kitchen needs to know!

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We brought our Mum for lunch. The white chardonnay by the glass was superb. Food was delicious- duck pate, vegetable fritters, and haddock. Our server was great, but slow to greet us and take drink orders. We were seated at a table near where the orders are dropped off to the kitchen by the servers ,and I felt in the way of traffic somewhat. Would have liked a quieter and less traffic-y location.
Food is superlative and very consistent. Every morsel was delicious. Next time I will insist on better seating,

s
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff of Avoca is simply amazing! They make you feel at home and they are extra careful in making sure everything is great! Franck had been absolutely fenomenal, really lovely man to speak with and alleys made sure all was perfect for us. The value is also amazing... Will go back soon for sure! Love Avoca. Thank you all!

s
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely family feel, very pleasant staff. Beautiful food. What more could you ask for. Thanks Salt

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi Siobhan Thank you very much for visiting Salt, and for your kind review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and we look forward to seeing you again next time! Kind Regards, Avoca

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M
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

A very popular brunch spot, with a nice simple menu based on good quality fresh ingredients. Staff were pleasant and attentive.
The only feedback I would offer is that it is quite noisy ( there is a lot of hard surfacing) and the table we had felt quite squashed in - it is along side the ramp down to the main dining area, so we were constantly being passed by customer and staff legs!
Overall however it was a nice place to have a catch up.

AO
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyable food and atmosphere.Would definitely recommend to a friend. Food was on time- coffees were good. The only comment was we had a baby with us and there were not enough baby chairs so we had to have the baby on each of our laps which disrupted eating a little bit

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi Aisling, Thank you for dining with us at Salt, and for your kind review. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience with us, and we hope you'll be back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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OT
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Nice brunch - avocado on sourdough however €3.65 for a white flat and €3.90 are overpriced!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for dining with us at Salt. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch! Regarding pricing, it's our priority to use the best quality food&ingredients. Our bakers do all our fresh baking from 4am each day so that our customers have delicious, fresh scones, breads&cakes. We're dedicated to quality Irish ingredients,&this premium quality is reflected in some of our pricing. I hope this explains a little! Thank you so much for your review&custom. Kind Regards, Avoca

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A
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Staff was very accommodating to add two more guests to our table. Very friendly, fresh food, great tastes.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 November 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for dining with us at Salt, and for your lovely review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the food and the service, and we we hope to welcome you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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SF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Avoca is a firm favourite for us. Always delivers top-quality delicious food, a wonderful atmosphere and really friendly and welcoming staff. You even get to take home the baked goods from the cafe after dinner! Highly recommended

w
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful dinner for four on Saturday - all courses excellent; the lamb main was a particular highlight. Great attentive service too!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi there, thank you so much for visiting Salt, and for your lovely review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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KB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The menu was short but interesting.
Tge fish I chose-Cod was delicious with a nice Romesco sauce plus garden peas.
My wife had lamb which looked excellent and just the right pinkish colour.
We chose an outstanding rose from Puglia which complemented the food.
Finally we shared a dark chocolate mousse with a praline and pistachio addition.
It was really good but light as well.
The service was very good and the servers attentive and most helpful.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Kieran, Thank you so much for visiting Salt, and for taking the time to leave your kind review - we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. We hope you will come back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Overall good food and nice place. Senior staff efficient. Younger ones ok. I had to keep asking for bits. Also. first time to see €9 for a glass of average wine - felt out of kilter for the establishment.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for dining with us at Salt and for taking the time to leave your valued feedback. We very much appreciate your comments and will pass them onto our team. Thank you very much and we do hope you will return to Salt. Kind Regards, Avoca

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S
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Salt is perfect and is of the highest standards. You always know a place is spectacular when you see the same staff still working there!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Simon, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback - we hugely appreciate it! We hope you return again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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RS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was my mums birthday and she’s celiac. The manager and server took very good care of us and helped guide her through the menu choices suitable for her. We felt very well looked after and combined with great food, we had a memorable birthday dinner.
Well done to all the team, we will be returning!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hi Robert, Thank you very much for choosing to dine with us at Salt, and for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience, and hope to welcome you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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MR
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

For a lunchtime booking made well ahead of time for 1300 , it would have been nice ( and expected ) that the table would have been already set prior to our arrival...

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 14 August 2019

Hi Mark, Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Salt, and for taking the time to leave your review. We apologise that your table wasn't ready when you arrived, and will do our best to ensure this doesn't happen in future. Once again, thanks so much for your valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

I am a vegetarian who has had lunch about 5 times over recent months in Salt.
I am really surprised and disappointed that your menu remains the same.
The soup on each occasion has been onion & the veggie main course has not changed & is
not as tasty & interesting as it should be.
I say this as someone who has enjoyed numbers of fine veggie lunches in Mt Usher. We have brought friends there on occasions & everyone ate very good vegetarian dishes.

You need to review your menu & make your veggie main course more delicious.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 13 September 2019

Hi there, Thank you very much for choosing to dine with us at Salt, and for your valued feedback. I have been in contact with our Executive Head Chef and he has assured me that this is something that he is currently working on, and hopes to rectify very soon. We are very sorry that the options were lacking for you, and we do hope you will enjoy the new options once they are added to the menu! Thank you again for your much valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant on the crescent in Monkstown. Lovely relaxed seaside town feel and décor, great friendly staff and delicious food. Our kids love the breakfast menu. We nearly always complement our visit to the restaurant with a visit to the deli to bring some items home also. Popular spot so worth booking during busy times even though the staff are excellent in accommodating as many people as they can.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 14 August 2019

Hi Declan, Thank you very much for visiting Salt, and for leaving your lovely review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us, and that you liked the service, food and decor! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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GD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic lunch for my wife's birthday, with our four girls in tow. food was great - every morsel disappeared quickly, which is not always the case with young children. and they brought extra bread and dips for the girls without us asking or charging us anything extra. and finally, all the staff appeared and sang happy birthday whilst presenting my wife with a Pastel de nata with a candle in it. brilliant!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Giles, Thank you very much for visiting us at Salt, and for leaving your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your family's birthday celebration with us, and are very happy you enjoyed the food and the service. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience2

Over-priced, underwhelming food with bad side orders. Flavours were too strong which is never a good sign. Avoca is obviously trading on its reputation at this stage.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 18 June 2019

Hi Skinner. Thank you for visiting Salt, and for taking the time to leave us your valued feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us, and that you found the flavours of our food to be too strong. Please be assured your comments will be communicated to the team, and we take your feedback on board. Kind Regards, Avoca

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JS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely breakfast here on a Saturday morning. The service was excellent and the food both delicious and beautifully presented. I especially recommend the pancakes !

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 13 June 2019

Hi Jane, Thank you so much for visiting Fodder, and for your very kind review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your breakfast with us, and that you found the service to be very good. We hope you will come back and see us again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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PW
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience as always, staff are incredible and the food was delicious. Perfect spot for a celebration or just for a treat.
Highly recommend!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Hi Philip, Thank you so much for your kind words about Fodder. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit, and that you like the staff and the food! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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JF
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely family relaxed restaurant. Foods great especially children's menu, fresh good quality. Only down side was other patrons browsing shelves full of interesting produce all around us.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 28 May 2019

Hi Julie, Thank you for your kind review - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and the relaxed atmosphere of Salt. We take your comments regarding customers browsing the shelves into consideration, and are grateful for your feedback. We do hope you will come back to visit us again at Salt in future. Thank you again for your valued feedback. Kind Regards, Avoca

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. We love this restaurant - we went recently for breakfast for my husband’s birthday and the staff was so kind and absolutely made his day!

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 31 May 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your husband's birthday breakfast with us. Thanks for choosing Salt for your celebration! We hope to welcome you both back again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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LS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food with excellent ingredients and very good friendly service.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 5 June 2019

Hi Lynn, Thank you very much for visiting Fodder, and for taking the time to leave your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the food and service with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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SF
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great quality spot. Perfect on a Saturday or Sunday with or without the kids.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 21 May 2019

Hi Stuart, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoy visiting Salt, and hope to welcome you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Salt is a quality restaurant for casual dining or a treat. The food is consistent and reliable. Service is friendly, efficient and attentive. I wish I lived closer, so I can go more often than I do, but the other Avoca’s (Fern Tree and Mount Usher) will do perfectly! A+++ as usual.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 23 April 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're delighted to hear that you enjoy visiting Salt (and Mount Usher and Kilmac!) and look forward to welcoming you back next time! Thank you so much. Kind Regards, Avoca

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great staff! Decor is really colourful and inviting. A real gem in south Dublin.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2019

Hi Sean, Thank you so much for your kind review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us at Salt! We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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AF
Dublin
5 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly efficient & professional service. Food was tasty and delicious. Will definitely be back.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 15 April 2019

Hi Alanna, Thank you so much for visiting Salt, and for your kind review. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience, and look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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MA
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

This is a nice cafe but I found it a little bit noisy and difficult to hear my dining companion across the table. The food was nice but very expensive and few dishes below 15 euro which for a lunchtime was expensive. My companion had soup, I had a haloumi dish and we each had a coffee which came to thirty euros. Very expensive. Having said that there were a lot of people in the restaurant so obviously the expense is not an issue for some people.

TS
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Staff are great.. Atmosphere great.. Food tends to be on the cold side when it gets to the table.. I've been there three times over the last two weeks and that's been a recurring theme. Mean on the tea pots for two as well.

Overall though, food is good and staff are delightful and efficient.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 4 April 2019

Hi Tara, Thank you so much for visiting Salt, and for your review. We apologise you have experienced cold food being served, and take all of your comments on board. Please reset assured your feedback will be communicated to the team at Salt in an effort to improve our offering across the board. Again, thank you so much for your valued feedback and for visiting Salt. Kind Regards, Avoca

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l
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I’d normally give 5 stars all the way as we’ve been coming here a long time BUT my 16 year old is a coeliac and looks forwRd to the gf pancakes every time and you’ve pulled them so that’s the end of our trips .... you’re the same as everyone else now in that you serve a good brunch but no gf = find anew place. You also ran out of gf bread on sat. Very disappointed to be honest. Even your sausages aren’t gf but the pancakes and bacon made up for that.

TO
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant surrounds, great speedy service, good food and moderately priced.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 4 April 2019

Hi Tony, Thank you so much for your review. Your feedback is hugely appreciated and we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience at Salt! Kind Regards, Avoca

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EQ
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely brunch with our two children. The kids menu was very good. Staff were very nice and friendly. Will go back again soon

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 4 April 2019

Hi Emma, Thank you so much for your kind review, and for visiting Salt. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope to welcome you back soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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S
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Meeting a friend for lunch. We both ordered the poached eggs,avocado dish. It came really quickly but wasn’t very hot. It tasted good but would have been nicer if it was hot. When I tried to pay my bill I was told the bill was gone from the computer. I told the lady I hadn’t paid and I had to tell her what o had. Strange.
I was upset to then get an email from Opentable telling me that Salt had told them I never turned up for my reservation. I would NEVER not turn up for a reservation as I am in the service industry myself.
Something amiss in Salt I’m sorry to say.

MT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sabi is the best! A warm, entertaining host that makes everyone feel welcome and appreciated. Highly recommend Salt Avoca particularly because of him.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 4 April 2019

Hi Muriel, thanks so much for your kind review. We will make sure your feedback is passed on, and are so happy to hear you enjoy visiting Salt! We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards, Avoca

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MD
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

I mentioned To the waiter that the fish was not fresh I was some what surprised that there was no. Response

BM
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

The lunch I received was way below par for this Restaurant. It felt and tasted as if it was reheated.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 28 February 2019

Hi Bruce, Thank you so much for your review - we hugely value all of our customer feedback. We are very sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience with us at Salt. Please accept our sincere apologies for this, and rest assured your feedback has been communicated to the team there in an effort to continually improve our offering and service. Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Kind Regards, Avoca

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R
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The slightly quirky retro style of the decor adds to the novelty of the food which in itself is somewhat exotic but based on fresh ingredients often in unexpected combinations.

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 7 February 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Kind Regards, Avoca

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely breakfast! Great quality food and super service!

NW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious breakfast and will definitely be returning

Avoca Salt Restaurant
Responded on 9 January 2019

Hi Norah, Thanks so much for your review - we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit! Kind Regards, Avoca

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