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Seafood, British, Wine Bar
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Second time I've been to this restaurant. Pleasant staff, very nice decor and atmosphere.Food nice but small portions for the price and extra for vegetables.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Totally amazing ! Went today for a party/ get together. Food was delicious, the staff were very nice, courteous and welcoming. Just off the main square shouldn't put you off visiting. The ambience of the restaurant is totally remarkable, warm and relaxing. I really wish...there was a gaff like this in our city, Liverpool .!!!!! Well done all !!!! Fantastic!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Saltfish with two friends for lunch and cocktails. I'd previously visited for a quick dinner so knew the food was amazing. This time I got the chance to really appreciate the food,drinks, and customer service. We enjoyed 3 courses and a few cocktails. The...cocktails are so tasty, the best Aperol Spritz I've had outside of Italy. If you're a seafood fan, then this place is definitely for you, so fresh and everything was delicious.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a high scoring review. We are glad to hear you decided to visit our lovely restaurant again and had a great 3 course lunch with fantastic cocktails to go with it. Its good to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place!! Fancied an early evening meal at the end of the week with really lovely, freshly prepared food so booked ahead for 5pm. Outstanding food!! Always impressed. The baked Alaska was a lovely treat.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are pleased to hear you are still enjoying our delicious food in our restaurant with warm hospitality from our friendly team. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in for lunch, tried the sweet chilli and garlic king prawns from the specials and as usual did not disappoint, came with a wedge of sourdough which was great for sopping up the sauce. I have eaten here quite a few times and have...always had some amazing meals (squid, moules mariniere, lobster, saltcod fritters). Staff as always were attentive without being intrusive,. Just a shame about the weather today as they have a courtyard out the back of the hotel which I am looking forward to trying. The menus and specials have a lot of variety so there is always something to suit for my picky family. Will be back soon to try the set menu. Highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. Its good to hear you had a tasty lunch in our restaurant and have had some amazing meals with us. We like to vary our menus so that we can cater for all...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose from the a la carte menu.... I love oysters ...... 3 served on a plate... 2 of them looked more like shrivelled peas! A recent visit to Skye with large sweet oysters at £2 each... beats this place hands down... disappointed in Darlington....Potentially, an indifferent supplier or cut price choice. Admittedly, I did not express my thoughts appropriately at the time... unlike the lady customer on the table next to us... who asked for her meal to be heated up as she did not appreciate a cold plate .... We just will not return. ps. When you shuck an oyster....and it's smaller than expected...keep it in the kitchen .. and offer the customer one which is more acceptable .....More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Karin Adams We find it odd that you decide to write another false review after the last one was deleted by yourself, not only is it demoralising for our hard working staff but you are also trying to damage the reputation of family run...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had the £25 3 course Al a Carte option. (Available 5-7pm Mon-Sat) Excellent value and really delicious food. I could be fooled into thinking it had cost a lot more. The surrounds were really beautiful and the staff were attentive and friendly. It also...had a good selection of alcohol free options if you’d prefer not to drink. We were celebrating my birthday on this occasion and it felt really special. Definitely will be revisiting.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a high scoring review. We are pleased you had an excellent 3 course meal in our restaurant and enjoyed warm hospitality from our friendly team. We always like to have a great drinks menu including alcohol...More

Reviewed 10 May 2024

Went for the lunchtime 3 course menu. Food nicely presented. The courses ere quite small but adequate for a lunch and the quality was very good. Staff very pleasant, helpful and welcoming. The lunchtime menu seems to change once a month which is useful if...visiting on a regular basis.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. We are glad you had a lovely meal and enjoyed our fantastic value £20 set menu in our restaurant with warm hospitality from our friendly team. We pride ourselves on making sure our...More

Reviewed 9 May 2024 via mobile

This was a great find and definitely worth a visit if you are in Darlington. Firstly, the staff were friendly and inviting making sure we had a table in a full restaurant. The food was all beautifully cooked and presented. I had moules followed by...swordfish. For a great quality restaurant the prices were also pretty good too.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so pleased to hear you had a deliciious meal in our restaurant and enjoyed our warm hospitality from our friendly team. We hope to see you again in the coming months.

Reviewed 7 May 2024

We absolutely love it here and visit at least twice a month. The food is excellent and the staff are amazing (thank you Erika, Kira and Kevin). The atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly. This Saturday we opted for oysters, both had the sweet chilli...tomato and garlic king prawns from the specials (Ellie please don’t take this off the menu!), I had the salmon, smoked haddock and cod fishcake and my partner had the chorizo crusted cod loin from the main menu. We can also recommend the hotel - beautiful and very well appointed rooms and an amazing breakfast the next morning.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review we appreciate it so much. We are so pleased you love coming to stay with us and enjoy dining in our restaurant regularly. We love seeing guests return time and time again. We will...More

Reviewed 4 May 2024 via mobile

We had seen the 3 course menu online and thought it would be ideal for us as a pre theatre meal. The food was lovely and an absolute bargain for £25. The wine list is pretty decent and reasonably priced. We shared a 500 ml...carafe of Picpoul de Pinet, one of our favourites. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff and we will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2024

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are pleased to hear you saw our 3 course menu pre theatre meal advertised online and decided to come along to our restaurant to try it out. Its good to know...More

Reviewed 27 April 2024

As always, Saltfish always delivers. Superb food, served as requested, with attention to detail. Fabulous presentation and excellent taste. Good wine list and wine menu. The staff are all knowledgeable, helpful, and very attentive, but never overbearing. By far, the best restaurant in DarlingtonMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to hear you had a delicious meal with drinks and warm hospitality from our friendly staff. We will pass on your kind words to our team. We look forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 20 April 2024

Pleasant space, pleasant staff, pleasant food. We had the crab fondue starter with sourdough. It was very nicely presented in a little copper pot, and there was plenty of crab, though it wasn’t really a fondue; wrong consistency for that. Perfectly nice though. We don’t...have big appetites so for our main course we shared a bowl of Shetland mussels with tomato and chorizo. Again perfectly nice, though the pieces of chorizo weren’t cooked out enough and were hard. Consequently they hadn’t melded in the sauce; Nduja would have been a better choice. Desserts sounded lovely but by then we’d had enough to eat so had to pass. All in all a perfectly nice experience and no reason why we wouldn’t go again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 April 2024

Arrived at 6pm on a Saturday to a lovely atmosphere - busy, upbeat - welcomed and taken to our table. I had pre-ordered the seafood platter, which was fabulous. My husband gad one of the specials, pan fried hake - again lovely. Service and ambience...great. Thoroughly recommend it.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a high scoring review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed a lovely meal in our restaurant with warm hospitality from our friendly team. We hope you will come and visit us again in the future.

Reviewed 12 April 2024

The best seafood we’ve eaten in a long time, reasonably priced and served by friendly and helpful staff in a lovely setting. Dinner and breakfast were both fantastic. Excellent and varied flavours. I could eat there every day and have something different.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Bookings Houndgate Townhouse, Other at Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2024

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. We are so pleased you had a lovely stay with us with some delicious seafood in our restaurant along with warm hospitality from our friendly staff. We do hope you will come and...More

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Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5