This place may be a bit hard to find, but the seafood here is hard to beat. Look for the skylight protruding from the grass at the corner of Hayden ... More
Salt Cellar Restaurant
This place may be a bit hard to find, but the seafood here is hard to beat. Look for the skylight protruding from the grass at the corner of Hayden and McKellips and go on in for some of the finest fish in the area. Be sure to stop by for the 4pm-7pm Happy Hour. A handwritten menu of fresh fish of the day, plus king crab, lobster, shrimp, clams, crabcakes and oysters is offered. Entrees run from $15-30.
We had a very bad experience at this place. We had ordered three sodas and we're given refills only to find that they charge for them, which is fine but there was nothing that stated they charged for refills and the server never mentioned it. We would've been more than happy to pay for the refills if someone had either told us or if it was posted on the menu. We spoke to a manager to see if he would work with us to get some of the sodas taken off. We weren't asking much we still would've payed for half or 3/4 of the soda bill but the manager was very disinterested and not helpful at all.
The Salt Cellar was an average experience. First, it's freezing in there so dress warmly. The decor looks like it hasn't been changed since the 70's and like it originally came from a yard sale. The wine prices were reasonable. The food was okay, nothing special. Kevin was an excellent server and made the whole experience much better. Overall, not worth the money.
This place rocks! Just the fact that it is a former "Speak-Easy" is enough to warrant my 5Star ambiance vote. The food is amzaing, though! I went there while on a golf bender with a client and we arrived about an hour before our reservation. We sat a the bar and powered back mussles, oysters, escargot, and martinis. Not a bad way to get it started. Each appetizer was incredible. The only knock was that the mussles were not as good as one's I've had at 240 Union at home in Lakewood.
The meal was also incredible. I had an Ahi Tuna Steak and my partner in crime went for the lobster. Both cooked to perfection and did not disappoint. I did think that the AC was cranked up a bit too high, but being 20' underground might be the reason the air must flow so much...just a bit less condensing would have been ideal.
In all...a complete success. I am going back with my boss and I'm sure it will be just as good.
With prices for the “best in Arizona” seafood at this subterranean hideaway pushing 35 dollars, a diner expects something more than turnpike quality food served in a cramped dining room by indifferent staff. Sorry, but that was the final result, and we are never, ever going back.
The experience starts with the hike down poorly lighted stairs to a cold, indifferently decorated dining area. No elevators--let those pesky ADA folks find another way in! Even the staff commented that the steps were poorly lighted and steep.
Tables are set for maximum closeness, and considering the strong wind coming from the a/c, that's OK. We sat near folks who had been at the beer fest and were feeling no pain, a state that I began to envy as our meal started.
Our first course, the mixed salads were served frosty, and contained only a hint of the dressing that we’d been told we’d get. Maybe it is the distance from real ocean water, but only one of our four dinners was considered "good" and the sides were absolutely pedestrian. The other three seafood dinners were only a tad above those at Long John Silver's, yet cost 10 times as much! Sliced zucchini is hardly a vegetable medley. Baked potatoes should be fluffy not stiff. Butter in small cups is tacky. Bread was large but stale.
The waitress was in such a hurry that we felt like dousing her with water to cool her off, but that would have meant getting a word in edgewise as she spouted her memorized litany. Her manners were awful: my 85 year old mother was not finished with her salad when the waiter announced that she was taking her salad plate “since the dinner was now here.” Obviously the kitchen was on the same fast track she was. All through the meal she was interested in turning tables quickly, but we seemed to be impeding the flow by taking our time.
I recommend that you avoid this restaurant unless it gets a reality check on prices, a more qualified wait staff, an elevator, and most of all a focus on customer service. None of these factors seem to have been considered in designing and executing this meal and this place.
We live on Maui home of fresh fish. We went to the Salt cellar for my birthday and enjoyed every minute. The location and the food and the service was excellent. We vist Arizona often and we will definately be back.
made dinner reservations a week in advance and the table we sat at was in the door way to the bar. It was alittle cramped for 4 people.I had heard nothing but good about this place but i have to say for the price the food and service were horrible. The baked potatoes were cold and the lobster was no better than red lobster, not to mention that everytime the waitress or drink girl walked by they kicked the back of my wifes chair. What a rip this place turned out to be!
The service was terrible and the food was even worse. I would never go back! The shrimp smelled and tasted like amonia and the steak was quite bad. Not impressed with the mussel's as an appetizer. Just very shocked because I've heard nothing but great things about the place.
Salt Cellar is not easy for the unknowing to find. Even though it is tucked away, underground, you find a treasure of ambiance, making you feel as though you are in one of the finest eating establishments of your life. The servers are friendly and very helpful as to what is at the top of the current list of favorites. Even though seafood is touted as wonderful, many other choices are available and are just as excellent.
The Salt Cellar is also one of those places to eat that you don't want to skip dessert. So many tasty choices may make you look twice but, no matter what you choose, you will enjoy it.
After you have enjoyed your meal, you will walk out with a smile and a comfortably full tummy.