3100 Whaleneck Drive, Merrick, NY 11566
(516) 442 - 7470
Salt is located at 3100 Whaleneck Drive, Merrick, in the Whaleneck Marine Center. The large parking lot is gravel. Valet parking is available, as well as self-parking.
There is a large, covered lounge area to the left of the entrance, if you are waiting for others, or for your table.
There is indoor dining with a full-height bar, as well as a large outdoor dining area on a wooden deck. Tables throughout are well-spaced.
There are three restrooms, none of which is accessible, lacking handrails and a "comfort height" toilet.
- Attraction Type: dining
Number of handicapped spaces: *
Location of handicapped spaces: **
Surface of lot: gravel
Distance to venue: valet parking is available, otherwise you must walk to the back of the lot
Transportation to venue offered: na
Terrain: fairly flat gravel
Places to rest: there is a lounge area to the left of the entrance, with couches
Paths and walkways: concrete at entrance
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Doors: there are none, it is open
Number of floors: 1
Steps and staircases: no
Width of aisles: ample space between tables
Places to sit: tables and chairs, full-height bar
Location of restrooms: off the "lobby" area
Type of restroom: There are three restrooms - one multi-stall designated for women, one for men and one designated for men/women - none of them are accessible
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: no
Friendliness of staff: extremely pleasant and attentive
Notes: *There are no "designated" accessible spaces in the lot
There is no better way to spend a gorgeous, summer, Sunday afternoon than at a lovely restaurant on the water. Salt, in the Whaleneck Marine Center in Merrick, describes itself as a “casual waterfront escape.” We think that is a perfect description.
Valet parking is available. If you prefer not to valet your car you can drop passengers just in front of the entrance and park yourself, a bit further back in the large gravel lot. A lovely, covered, lounge area is available to the left of the entrance, if you need to wait for others to arrive, or while waiting for your table. We had made a reservation, which was honored as soon as we entered. There is indoor dining, with a full-height bar, as well as lots of outdoor dining on their large, wooden deck. We had a wonderful table that made us feel like we were on the water. It was delightful to look at the boats in the marina as well as those entering the Great South Bay. Almost forgot to mention the engaging, live, steel drum music that made us feel like we were in the Caribbean.
Our server couldn’t have been nicer. She was very attentive to our needs and wants, checking to make sure that everything was to our liking. Being that it was Sunday, their brunch menu was available. Although it looked very nice, after seeing lobster rolls pass by, three of us ordered cold ones. Absolutely delicious, with large chunks of lobster and very little mayo, just the way I like them. The fourth order at our table was the fish tacos. Also excellent, according to the person who ate them. After seeing a Hot Fudge Sundae being served to the table next to us, my “better half” couldn’t pass it up. Certainly big enough to share, but a bit deceiving. Based on the size of the serving glass, it should have had more ice cream and less whipped cream. All in all, we had good food with good service in a lovely setting on a beautiful afternoon!
The only disappointment was the restroom. When I had called, I was told that everything was wheelchair accessible, from the parking to the seating, to the restrooms. The parking was accessible, even with the gravel, because you can pull up close to the entrance. The seating was definitely accessible, with the tables well spaced for easy navigation. None of the restrooms, , however, are accessible. There are three restrooms; one multi-stall, designated for women, which has no accessible stall; one designated for men, which is not accessible; and one single-occupancy restroom, designated for both men/women. Although not large, it is a decent size. There are no handrails and the toilet is not “comfort height,” which makes life easier for those with mobility challenges. It is quite disappointing that their Google listing states that the restrooms are accessible and their website makes no mention of accessibility at all. If you use a walker or wheelchair, this may present a problem.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, when planning a visit, to “know before you go,” to have the best experience possible.