Salt Cafe @ Avoca restaurant
The Crescent, MonkstownSouth Co Dublin
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.
With a name that neatly draws together its Salthill locale - named from the salt works that were once there - the nearby sea and of course, the seasoning, Salt Café's Head Chef is Mark McGillycuddy who previously worked in Michelin-starred Mint in Ranelagh. Menus are fresh and interesting, with plenty of appetizing salads and lighter lunch dishes, reasonably priced for the casual mid-week crowd. Mark's kitchen supplies our foodhall too, of course.
Open all day with different menus at different times, including Mornings and Kids menus, and late opening for Dinner several evenings a week.
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Reviewed 08th November 2015 (visited 7 November 2015 )
First time in Monkstown avoca Salt cafe for starter i had scallops and for main hake with black quinoa,food was excellent,very tasty. Atmosphere relaxed and professional. Good value food!!
Reviewed 19th August 2015 (visited 10 August 2015 )
Excellent food, atmosphere and service making a special night even better! We will definitely be back!
Reviewed 26th January 2015 (visited 17 December 2014 )
I've been to this restaurant a few times for lunch. First few times was good, service was average and food was delicious. I especially love the Caesar Salad with Rotisserie Chicken plus a glass of their Lemonade just completes it. But the last time we went there left a bad taste in my mouth. We went on a weekday for breakfast. It was a group of 2 adults and 2 kids under 8. The service was absolutely appalling this time around. The host seated us in a rush and did not give us the menu, while we watched as he sits people around us and hands them menus. We were ignored constantly, the Host was too busy keeping us appearances on other tables - I honestly was starting to think he was picking who to serve. Orders took a while to be taken too, as I had to stand up and ask for our orders to be taken. When you have hungry kids, things can get more stressful. Anyways, it ends with my child not getting his scone (ordered Pancakes first which they told us they had none left, 5 minutes after we've ordered) - us not enjoying our breakfast. I am not sure if I'll be going back there again anytime soon again, actually NO - not going back there again.
Reviewed 21st December 2014 (visited 6 December 2014 )
Avoca was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday in December. However we enjoyed our meal the Rotisserie chicken for 2 was gorgeous. The food here is consistently good and is prepared by foodies who are passionate foodies. A great spot for lunch or dinner on the Dart line!
Reviewed 25th October 2014 (visited 12 September 2014 )
Another visit, another review only because this time was better. Went with a group of friends for breakfast after school drop offs - had a great time. Good service, yummy breakfasts, good coffee. We had booked, and were given a large table at the back of the cafe which was perfect for laughter and chatter.
Reviewed 03rd July 2014 (visited 2 July 2014 )
Service a bit slow but food very good as usual. Lovely spot on a summer's day
Reviewed 16th May 2014 (visited 15 May 2014 )
i always love coming to Avoca in monkstown . The whole atmosphere and the food and the service always spot on.The only thing i found was the cod was a tit salty . But over all very enjoyable
Reviewed 12th March 2014 (visited 8 March 2014 )
Family of 3 went there on a Saturday afternoon for the first time. Food was delicious, even my daughter a picky eater enjoyed everything on her plate. If the staff could put a smile on their faces that would be even better!
Reviewed 08th March 2014 (visited 7 March 2014 )
A really enjoyable experience. All 4 of us were impressed with the excellent food and friendly service.
Reviewed 03rd February 2014 (visited 23 January 2014 )
Didn't really enjoy the breakfast here ... and wasn't expecting much at lunch time but have to say, Lunch was very enjoyable. Lovely selection of food, a good vibe in the place (it was full), and good service. Felt I needed to balance my last review :)
Reviewed 15th January 2014 (visited 4 January 2014 )
Sorry everyone, not sure about this one. I LOVE Avoca, and their food and Fern Tree Cafe but Salt wasn't up to the same standard in my humble opinion. We went for breakfast and sadly, had better food in many other places around town. The coffee's were very very milky and weak; sausages'n'eggs gluggy. I'll give it another go with a gal pal for lunch, but doubt I'll get hubby back. LOVED Avoca foods ... the butcher was great!
Reviewed 07th December 2013 (visited 5 December 2013 )
Had a wonderful meal with three friends. Scallops and pork belly, both cooked to perfection, monkfish with truffled beans, was superb. No room for dessert but the shared cheeseboard was very tasty - except I would have liked the cheese to have been out of the fridge a little longer. Love the house selection of wines - a full page to choose from where you can have a glass, 50cl or a bottle and they will bring you a taste of any of them. Service could really not have been more attentive.
Reviewed 14th November 2013 (visited 13 November 2013 )
Food and service were great, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, will definitely recommend to friends
Reviewed 24th July 2013 (visited 21 July 2013 )
The food is absolutely beautiful. Portions are a bit too large though, as with all Avoca cafes. If they could reduce the portions then they could reduce the price a bit! Expensive meal but worth it for a real treat. The rotisserie chicken is gorgeous and succulent. Cooked to perfection! The lamb dish served with the humous and pitta breads is also worth a taste as it is wonderful. The atmosphere fell down because it was a bit too busy overall. This meant that interaction with servers was minimal and therefore not great. However the food trumps the lot and it's a place well worth going!
Reviewed 10th June 2013 (visited 8 June 2013 )
I went here for lunch with my boyfriend last Saturday as I had a gift voucher for Avoca. I had the smoked haddock gratin, my boyfriend went for the poached salmon with salad. While my dish was tasty, my boyfriend was very disappointed with his. He was presented with a very mean portion of salmon that tasted as if it had just come straight out of the fridge- it was far too cold to be enjoyable. While the accompanying salad was fairly acceptable, some of the tomatoes in it were unripe. This really is not good enough for the prices charged. We won't be back.