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US$5 - US$18
Fusion, Seafood
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Reviewed 17 January 2020

This place is a gem. I spent a week next door at the Tres Volcanes Ocean Villa. During my stay I opted to eat breakfast and lunch at the villa, while splitting my dinners between the restaurant and the Villa. Every meal served out of...the restaurant was a home run. Chef Mark and his cook Vicenta work with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients to make varied and delicious plates. Taco boards, traditional Nica plates, falafel platters, you name it. The freshest and tastiest mackerel and snapper, juicy and delicious chicken, and hand made flat breads of all sorts. They work wonders in their little kitchen. Had some of the best chicken wings here too. Mark is a ninja. Matt and Rachel are wonderful and accommodating hosts. They take excellent care of their guests and run an establishment their staff are clearly happy to work at. The restaurant is located steps from the finest sunset one could ever wish to take in before tucking into a platter of grilled fish and chicken tacos. The beer and rum are cheap, and the Chef will even mix you up a frozen beverage if that's your style. You'll find me right here next time I'm down in Nicaragua.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 2 January 2020 via mobile

Salt Lodge is the restaurant at the Pacific Ocean beach oasis known as Salt Escapes. Chef Mark Ota works brilliant wonders with local ingredients. Nicaraguan takes on all kinds of cuisine, brilliantly done. I honestly can’t remember a time I ate three times a day...in the same restaurant for a week and loved each and every bite. This place is a true wonder in a beautifully out of the way spot.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 5 August 2019 via mobile

If you are looking for a charming restaurant experience far off the beaten path you must visit Salt Lodge. Menu depends on local ingredients in season. I have eaten here a few times and it is never disappointing whether it is the pizza, fish plate,...or any one of the delicious appetizers. It is worth the effort to find this restaurant located right on the beach. If you happen to stop in the right part of the year you will get to witness baby sea turtles being released as Salt Lodge is right next to a turtle nursery.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 20 March 2019

We had the extreme pleasure to vacation at Salt Lodge Escapes in February 2019! From the time of booking our trip to our last day the whole adventure was simply amazing! After selecting our accommodation in the Villa, we decided to do a combination meal...plan….whereby we would cook our own breakfasts and lunches but had dinners at the Salt Escapes Restaurant. Our incredible hosts, Rachel and Matt, provided us with a suggested shopping list in advance of our trip and we chose what we thought we’d need….and everything was there upon our arrival! We chose to have all dinners at the Salt Escape Restaurant….and what amazing meals we had!!! Matt’s culinary skills are incredible…..the food he prepared was so delicious!! Rachel was also involved in the prep work and was our hostess throughout the meals. Rachel was magnificent throughout our time there…..she went above and beyond to ensure that we were happy and content. In addition, we thoroughly enjoyed Rachel’s expertise as a massage therapist….she first gathered health information about us then applied her skilled hands to address any issues…..the experience was amazing! Salt Escape has a menagerie of animals to keep you entertained…..3 dogs, 1 cat and a cute little bunny! Often our walks on the beach were accompanied by “Poochie”! We even witnessed a turtle laying eggs! And of course it was amazing to see the wild horses walking the beach! We enjoyed sharing this vacation experience with our cousin! If we were up early, we would join him for a sunrise viewing….then breakfast…..a walk on the beach….some reading…..lunch……swimming…..a couple of trips into Salinas Grandes…. then some wonderful relaxing social time around the pool. We truly enjoyed the solitude of the area….the beach seemed to be our very own! And then there were the amazing sunsets…spectacular every night! Dinner was always a special event and then the day was over. The Villa was amazing….right on the beach with fabulous views. Our room was on the main floor with air conditioning and our cousin had an upper room with a balcony overlooking the ocean. The place is very nicely furnished, well equipped and very spacious….you immediately felt at home! The staff at Salt Escapes were fabulous and friendly….they truly enjoyed meeting the needs of their guests…..and it was a pleasure to get to know them. It’s quite obvious that Rachel and Matt absolutely love what they’re doing….their passion, energy and enthusiasm are visible in everything they do for their guests and for the Salt Escapes program. They are very knowledgeable in guest accommodation….everything from maintaining the various lodgings to ensuring that guests have a wonderful experience! We would highly recommend the Salt Escapes experience to everyone! We were so impressed that we want to return in the near future!More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 24 February 2019

My cousin, his wife and I found this gem of a remote restaurant adjacent to the Tres Volcanes villa we had rented for a week in early February, to escape the bone-chilling winter of Southern Ontario, Canada. Driven, expertly, by our English-speaking driver Steven; we...meandered our way through Managua out to a major highway heading towards Leon. Steven stopped to allow us to view two volcanoes, one smoking from its crater, and to take amazing pictures of the lake in the foreground. The drive to Tres Volcanes is not for the faint-hearted, but the final destination is equivalent to Paradise, or Eden, take your pick. Check out Salt Escapes on Facebook for a better description. Salt Lodge Restaurant is not to be missed. Rachel, our hostess, allowed us to make our own meals at the villa we rented; or to have her husband Matt prepare all our meals, or some. We opted to have only our dinners at the restaurant. It was a wise decision. Each evening began with the ritual of watching the brilliant fireball of a sun melt and disappear into the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Every night was a different re-enactment of the night before, pictures cannot do the vista justice. But it awed us into hunger and a few short steps from the beach is a rustic, open-air concept restaurant that was newly constructed in November of 2017. It is open usually four days a week, but as I stated, we opted for 7 nights of meals. And they were fabulous. From the freshly caught Red Snappers to mackerel, we were not wanting for taste. Matt roasted the snappers to perfection and showed the landlubbers how to filet the fish without a mouthful of sharp bones. The cabbage salad and roasted potatoes complimented the meal perfectly. Not too full, just the correct size. Local beers and wines are available, or you can bring your own from your grocery list when you book your stay. Our meals were $10 USD, a real bargain this season! Over the course of our week we had Fish and Chips, pizza, roasted chicken, pork curry, hamburgers, chicken parmagiana, and even fish tacos! Matt makes one meal only per evening, this enables him to feed everyone in a reasonable manner. As word of Salt Lodge Restaurant spreads, he will have to hire staff and maybe add to the menu, but you will receive astounding table service from his wife Rachel, who also is a registered RMT and can be booked during your stay to give amazing massage! But it is the food, it is the Pacific ambiance, it is the friendly and attentive service that makes Salt Lodge Restaurant so unique. "If you build it, they will come" were prophetic words indeed. Come to western Nicaragua and see and taste for yourselves. You will want to come back again and again.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed 23 September 2018

I want on a yoga/physio retreat here in March 2018 and it was wonderful and extremely relaxing . The house was spacious and beautiful. My room had a balcony that looked out to the ocean. Meals were healthy and delicious. Rachel and Matt were wonderful...hosts. I highly recommend visiting Salt Lodge and Nicaragua!More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed 30 August 2018

I want on a yoga retreat here and it was incredible. Rachel and Matt were beyond welcoming and accommodating. My room looked out right over the ocean, we went swimming, got massages every day and ate like royalty! I highly recommend visiting Salt Lodge!

Date of visit: January 2018
Reviewed 12 February 2018

For a chap not used to straying too far from his North American roots, spending a birthday in Central America was not high on my ‘bucket’ list. As my daughter tells me “Dad, you have to try new things at least once”, and so on...a recommendation I booked myself into Salt Escapes, on a remote island beach a few kilometres south of Salinas Grandes. The remarkable aspect of renting a modern villa just steps from the Pacific Ocean is the proximity of the classic beachside restaurant known to the locals as Salt Lodge Restaurant. Built in November, 2017 with local manpower and materials, Salt Lodge Restaurant affords the vacationing tourists, families and ex-pats the opportunity to allow resident chef Mark Ota to feed them Thursday through Sundays from noon to 8 pm. Reservations are highly recommended because of the remoteness of the restaurant Mark received his culinary training in Italy and has worked at many 5-star resorts, but he and his partners in this endeavour Rachel and Matt and making their dreams come true with Salt Lodge Restaurant. With enough forewarning, I arrived at the open-air restaurant right on schedule at 5:30 pm. My table faced the Pacific Ocean, I heard the roar of the surf and watched seven children playing in water and on beach. An orange sun quickly sank into to ocean surrounding the restaurant in a ebony blackness. But the lights of the restaurant, and the music from the playlist kept the mood jovial. A stone floor houses the sturdy wooden dining tables and chairs that were also crafted locally. The three young entrepreneurs believe in employing as many local residents as possible, because a thriving restaurant is a boon to the local economy in many ways. A party of five adults and their children, ranging from 14-7, have also come this evening to try out the tapas menu that Mark has created for the week. He tries to vary his menu weekly, offering a number of different plates. Alcohol and soft drinks are also available. Each of the tapas selections are $5USD; for a plated meal, $18. When I was seated, my drink order arrived quickly and within minutes my birthday meal arrived: a very large plate of chicken parmigiana and pasta! I was concerned that my meal might cool off in the evening breeze, but I was pleasantly surprised. Right up to the last morsel, my food temperature was consistently hot! And tasty. Judging from the ohhs and ahhs coming from my dining companions, I would say that Salt Lodge Restaurant is a major addition to this little gem of a holiday hideaway. To have meals and tapas this savory, and inexpensive, was a huge discovery. As Rachel and Matt uttered often during our meal: "O.M.G and Perfecto!" I couldn’t have said it any better!More

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

We only have great things to say for @saltescapesnicaragua and the crew. Rachel and Matt made us feel at home the moment we got there. The house is beautifully kept. Great views and fantastic beds. Chef Mark outdid himself with our private dinner. The antipasto...board and the pasta Carbonara were amazing. We had Christmas dinner in a packed dining room. Chef Mark put out a spread of chicken , fish , veggies and potatoes rivaled by none. A little bit of heaven on earth. We will return some day soon.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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