We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve a table

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$10 - $35
CUISINES
Seafood, Cafe, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (270)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
264 results
Traveller rating
60
72
47
50
35
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveller rating
60
72
47
50
35
See what travellers are saying:
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 18 January 2024

Although this restaurant appears very tired with dirty sea spray windows, not a great entrance/foyer area which is off putting, the service was great and the food was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed everything we ate!

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 18 August 2023 via mobile

I’ll start by saying the food wasn't terrible, we liked the chowder to start. The fish and chips, although lots of fish, was more batter than fish and the lamb shank had very little meat and no flavour. Salad was fresh. However there was no...tap beer as gas had run out, my husband was given Coke Zero not regular, the wine glass was dirty, my chair had crumbs on it. There wasn’t even any background music playing so it wasn’t a very pleasant place to be. We were only part way through our starter when the server arrived at the table with our mains! The toilets are also dirty which isn’t very pleasant in a restaurant. No, we won’t return, such a shame for a local restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2023
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 3 April 2023

Used a grabone voucher which implies two fish and chip meals for 20 dollars instead of 35 dollars. It actually means that you pay the rest of what the meals cost on top of the voucher which turned out to be 11 dollars extra as...the meals are 46 dollars. There is also a 2 percentage charge for paywave etc unless you have the cash with you. You can get much better fish and chips from a good chippy which is probably a better option. There was plenty on the plate but poor quality. The grabone voucher was truly misleading and the experience disappointing. Give both grabone and the Salt on the pier a miss.More

Date of visit: April 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 5 February 2023

For a restaurant in this location with such an amazing view, I was disappointed with the overall. While the veggie risotto was great, The seafood 'chowder' was watery, with the look, taste and texture of frozen veggies and seafood - not the 'fresh selection of...New Zealand seafood' as written on the menu. Seafood chowder is a distinctly Kiwi dish, and this was a total letdown. Suggest a menu change to 'seafood soup' or 'something fishy' The waiter / bar person didn't acknowledge us as we arrived as he was on the phone so we seated / menu'd ourselves. He was rude / arrogant to the waitress throughout our meal. There's a saying that the restaurants with the best views have the worst food, and that is the case here - alongside the decor and general ambience. This place could and should be so much better!More

Date of visit: February 2023
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 13 January 2023

We went to Salt on the Pier for my Mothers 70th birthday. I had been with friends a few months earlier and had a great experience. Our experience at the weekend was pitiful. Three staff members. Little attention paid to customers. We watched the female...staff member dust the lights over the bar while we waited for staff to take our drink order. The female staff member clearly didn't want to be at work that day. One male staff member did the lion's share of work. He took our order and food was quick to the table. However one meal was not correct and on trying to get staff attention we found them both in the kitchen sitting on the bench! Another staff member kept arriving from outside the restaurant (from the lift) came in and cleared a table aggressively and then left again. Happened several times. After our meals half of the plates were cleared, but the other half were left on the table. We piled them up on the table next to us. Desserts were ordered and the plates were left there until the mysterious staff member from outside appeared again. It appeared meals were prepared and then reheated. Will not ever be back. Such a shame. When we went last time we had a very attentive Indian man looking after us and the food was delicious! With such a great view available it would be great to be able to see out the really dirty windows!!More

Date of visit: January 2023
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 14 October 2022 via mobile

Food was very nice and fries are very crispy. However would have expected 'SALT' on the pier to have salt shakers on the tables but was greeted with two pepper shakers instead

Date of visit: October 2022
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 6 August 2022 via mobile

The meals were presented well, really tasty and full of flavour. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Great views.

Date of visit: August 2022
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 21 February 2022

Went for dinner having booked, only one other couple in the restaurant who were already eating so basically just the two of us to serve. Ordered two entrees (Spicy Cauliflower and Crispy Pork Belly). The warning signs were there immediately. The cauliflower was crispy but...bizarrely came with a curry sauce, not spicy just curried. The pork belly was somehow tasteless. More disturbing was the sauce that came with it had dried on the plate and 'bubbled'. This is the result of either having sat under a hot light for a while (unlikely - service was quick), or more likely, the plate has been microwaved. 2 x Surf and Turf were ordered for main. 1 x Rare and 1 x Medium Rare. These came out Well Done and Medium - Well Done. Both were sent back. Two different steaks then came back, again both overcooked. The risotto which accompanied them was awful, mine was grainy and my wife's a soggy mush. We've dined here before, even ordered the same food and it's been great but this was awful. How can you cook 4 x steaks badly when you've no other customers??? FOH didn't bother to ask how the meal was - he knew - still charged full price for everything despite the fact we both left half our meals. Such a shame :-(More

Date of visit: February 2022
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 9 February 2022 via mobile

Lovely meals. Friendly service. I had the “catch of the day” which was pan fried dory. Cooked perfectly and went very well with the roasted vegetables.

Date of visit: February 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 January 2022

Stopped in here for lunch as restaurant is in great location with great views. Nothing else was great from there on in. I had seafood chowder which was luke warm with stale garlic bread & my partner had a roast meal that consisted of over...cooked meat with under cooked vegetables. Thank god that the beer was coldMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 30 December 2021 via mobile

Great value and good service. We ate here for lunch on 30th Dec, not sure why others have complained about pricing as the lunch mains are all around $20 which is very reasonable. Our meals were very nice and all came out in around 20...minutes. The fish n chips in particular were fantastic with two huge fillets of fish in nice crispy batter. Definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 4 December 2021

Cabinet food sits in the cabinet for over a week and still served it regardless of state of it and half the time food came back because it was either stale or old but still it was served would not go there again as food...is not as fresh as they stateMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 23 October 2021 via mobile

Highly reccomend this restuarant ... best views of the ocean. Bookings are needed and we had a starter to share mains and a dessert to share. Service is great and the food is delicious

Date of visit: October 2021
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 17 October 2021 via mobile

Very average food but not worth the visit. Menu does not reflect the food eg. roast vege salad and garden greens basically lettuce salad and 2 roasted potatoes. Go figure Meals out very lukewarm warm

Date of visit: October 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 13 September 2021

It has been a few years since we last visited and as the last time was not the best we were a bit apprehensive but it was really good. Great location, good selection on the menu and the food was really nice!!!. Would recommend this...place if you haven't been or perhaps like me were not that happy when you visted a few years ago. We went as a First table option which makes it a really reasonable deal and we will be backMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Garden Hotel
107 reviews
5.57 km away
Arcadia Motel
75 reviews
6.19 km away
Ferry Motel
56 reviews
6.76 km away
Adorian Motel
40 reviews
6.79 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
South Of India
77 reviews
.08 km away
Phad Thai
52 reviews
.18 km away
Switch New Brighton
49 reviews
.24 km away
Adam's Malaysian Noodles (New Brighton)
10 reviews
.09 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
New Brighton Beach
270 reviews
.91 km away
Travis Wetland
26 reviews
3.36 km away
The Palms Shopping Centre
31 reviews
5.38 km away
Waimairi Beach
21 reviews
3.00 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Salt On The Pier staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

SALT ON THE PIER, Christchurch - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

Frequently Asked Questions about Salt On The Pier

Yes, Salt On The Pier offers takeaway services.

Salt On The Pier is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5