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Saltbox Seafood Joint


608 N Mangum St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 908-8970
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Photo of Macy M Macy M
Jun 20, 2020 5

The seafood was very fresh, house made sauces were delicious. Not too impressed with the house drinks, I got the Goodie and it's unlikely that I'd order it again.

Photo of Mack Littleton Mack Littleton
Jun 20, 2020 5

Love this place. Simply amazing every time. Thank you!!

Photo of Marsha Adkins Marsha Adkins
Jun 20, 2020 4

Charming ambiance! Everything was delicious/well prepared & seasoned. Well, the potatoes were too heavy for me.Coleslaw very fresh and very tasty. Service excellent with personality!

Photo of Evan Halley Evan Halley
Feb 13, 2019 5

Saltbox Saltbox Saltbox ♥️🙏. The food here is really good. Definitely get the Hush-Honeys with whatever else you get. The food is made fresh, so the wait may be a bit longer than you expect, but absolutely worth it.

Photo of Nicole Stout Nicole Stout
Apr 13, 2019 4

When we pulled up to the Saltbox Seafood Joint, I was thrilled. The place was adorable. And the food was even better! Highly recommend for atmosphere and deliciousness!

Photo of Anna Strick Anna Strick
Feb 26, 2020 5

This is the best meal that I've had in Durham, one of my all time favorites. So fresh, the seasoning is incredibly delicious, and the seafood is sourced with concern for the fisherfolk and the environment.

Photo of garrett brantley garrett brantley
Jan 27, 2020 5

Is there any way to give a 10 of 5? We were floored when we tried the shrimp roll! I can not get over this place. I've had many lobster rolls, but you can tell the shrimp was fresh. They take pride I their food and staying local which I love! It's very close to our new place so I see myself here a lot in the near future.

Photo of Alton Rogers Alton Rogers
Jan 22, 2020 4

Great food but tell the lady in front to smile have a little humor life is great

Photo of Tara E Tara E
Nov 2, 2019 5

Phenomenal food! I am extremely picky about seafood and this is the only place ill go that i don't care what it is I'm trying it! New plate everytime I go and i have yet to be disappointed!!!!! Boyfriend doesn't eat seafood at all and he was in love first bite!! 🙌🙌🙌

Photo of V Jones V Jones
Sep 21, 2019 5

OMG!!! I am so satisfied with my food. I thought the pics on their website was fake or just a picture from a magazine.....but it’s not. The owner make his own sauces. I never had grilled catfish that taste that good.

Photo of Karla Jimenez Karla Jimenez
Nov 14, 2019 5

To think that some of the best fish sandwich is in the heart of North Carolina is counterintuitive, but it is! I first visited Saltbox several years ago and it served as my introduction to the now properly appreciated food scene in the Triangle. Go! And I’d recommend eating your fish grilled to better savor the flavors. Be sure to order a side of hush honeys.

Photo of Zayne Taber Zayne Taber
Sep 3, 2019 5

This was the best flounder I've ever had. Such a great place. I'll definitely be back!

Photo of Sarah Aurelia Chang Sarah Aurelia Chang
Oct 17, 2019 5

Fried broccoli was AMAZING! I thought it was a huge amount of food for $17. Wait for food was a little long, tho.

Photo of Patti Behzad Patti Behzad
Oct 19, 2019 5

Very good! Casual & you sit outside,but very well cooked & unexpected flavors... everything was fresh including all fresh herbs in the sauces. I highly recommend.

Photo of Reggie Strange Reggie Strange
Sep 21, 2019 5

Really good fried fish sandwiches! They're always fried to order, well seasoned and fried. The wait is always a little long but the seating areas both in and out are nice. Unbelievably delicious! I had catfish on a roll and a side of fried broccoli. The broccoli wasn't heavy or battered, it was light and crispy.

Photo of Marty Sloane Marty Sloane
Jul 6, 2019 5

What an amazing “seafood shack” restaurant! All the fish is fresh caught and from NC. They serve food until they run out. Fish was all fried and seasoned to perfection!

Photo of Matthew Clayton Matthew Clayton
Mar 3, 2019 4

Great food. I mean like the best seafood. But it's expensive, especially for eating outside. I'll go again, but can't go as often as I'd like die to price.High recommend just to try it, though. Great sides as well.

Photo of Christina Stevenson Christina Stevenson
Jun 6, 2019 5

Pleasantly surprised . I love seafood and not everyone knows how to prepare it well. This place exceeded my expectations!!! The food was good , the proportions were large and the meal preparation time was quick, as it was cooked to order. I will be back!

Photo of Sa'Mecia Hobbs Sa'Mecia Hobbs
Apr 6, 2019 3

The customer service is great, but those prices were through the roof. I ordered a fried flounder plate that comes with fried potatoes and slaw. For $20, I expected the flavoring to be a lil better. My food desperately needed salt and pepper; and The slaw had a strange smokiness that I'm not used to. It wasn't awful, just not worth $20. I'm comparison to Mayflower, which is half the price, and better tasting, I'd choose Mayflower.

Photo of Lily Yang Lily Yang
May 16, 2019 5

I love soft shell crabs and it’s season now, my boyfriend and I have been driving around to find them, we found this place, which the third restaurant we have had soft shell crab at, this one is the best! We also ordered fried black sea bass, it’s also delicious! If you like fried seafood this is the place to go!

Photo of Angeline Giffin Angeline Giffin
Jun 12, 2019 5

I am a seafood lover and this place was fantastic. Daily fresh seafood (when they are out they are out). It’s a cute little shack with the best tasting food. You can choose from seafood plates or seafood rolls. Plates come with slaw (not mayonnaise based) and sliced potatoes. Seafood is lightly breaded and seasoned. Hush puppies lay in honey. They are to die for! Super yummy place. We are from Ohio but have family here. We will certainly return. Thank you Saltbox for the delicious experience. Ps the lemon punch is delightful.

Photo of Gerald Richardson Gerald Richardson
Jul 11, 2020 5

Delicious. Definitely recommend the flounder and honey hush puppies

Photo of Tony P Tony P
Dec 8, 2020 5

Had the shrimp roll and fried potatoes. The best shrimp style po boy I think I've had. Will try again

Photo of Jea Kim Jea Kim
Jan 21, 2021 5

Nicely seasoned fish and chips. Really enjoyed my fried trout and the chips were also fantastic. Chips were closer to oven-baked & thinly-cut potato chips, but I really liked them. Everything was light on the seasoning and a touch of cajun powder on the trout was also well-executed. Portions were not huge and it wasn't necessarily a very filling meal, but it was perfect for lunch.

Photo of Ari Jiang Ari Jiang
Dec 30, 2020 4

Cute little Cajun joint:) the food is a bit too salty for me but hey it’s called salt box 😊 try their scallop, so soft

Photo of Ashley Gross Ashley Gross
Jan 1, 2021 5

Best seafood in NC and possibly on the east coast. The seafood is always fresh, always prepared carefully and the staff is extremely diligent. Even during COVID all the workers in the kitchen and out front always wear masks which is great!!!

Photo of Jocelyn Dennis Jocelyn Dennis
Dec 15, 2020 3

Food was excellent but service was not good. Tried to order the hush honies but the online website did properly substitute our sides. The only worker wouldn’t allow us to get the other side because “people keep messing up these orders.” Food tasted good just wasn’t the mostly friendly experience.

Photo of katrice perry katrice perry
Nov 24, 2020 5

Everytime eat at Saltbox the food is always made to order and delicious. High quality, fresh seafood and sides. The favors are consistent and the presentation is Instagram worthy. Well worth the trip and the coin!

Photo of Ankit Agarwal Ankit Agarwal
Nov 10, 2020 5

Some of the best seafood I’ve had in a long while! I got the shrimp and flounder dish and it was pretty amazing. Perfectly cooked

Photo of Bill Bay Bill Bay
Oct 9, 2020 5

Outstanding oysters!!! Loved the slaw and potatoes. I enjoy paprika but probably would ask to leave it off as the oyster is outstanding on its own! A little pricey. It is takeout or picnic table / car dining.

Photo of Dan Coroian Dan Coroian
Sep 18, 2020 5

Best seafood in town! Go for the grilled preparation over fried if available (catfish is always a favorite) -- the flavor and juiciness of the fresh fish is really hard to beat! Oh and also do yourself (and a local Black-owned business!) a favor and get the full platter...both the "fries" -- thin half-crispy half tender little roasted slices -- and the coleslaw (which is very unique, nontraditional, and has strong lime notes) make excellent sides to complement the fish. And definitely don't sleep on the hush honeys! Again, you'll thank yourself (and me!) later, trust me.

Photo of Marty Sloane Marty Sloane
Jul 6, 2019 5

What an amazing “seafood shack” restaurant! All the fish is fresh caught and from NC. They serve food until they run out.Fish was all fried and seasoned to perfection!

Photo of Alonso Rodriguez Alonso Rodriguez
Sep 21, 2020 5

I can't stay away from their oysters! They have the perfect seasoning. Going at least once a week.

Photo of Matthew Perry Matthew Perry
Sep 13, 2020 5

Original, delicious fish dishes and sides. We couldn't stop saying, "Mmmm," the whole meal. We'll go back the instant we get to Durham on our next visit!

Photo of Carolyn Frost Carolyn Frost
Aug 20, 2020 5

Delicious lunch here today. We preordered online and then ate at their outdoor tables in the shade. Mahi Mahi roll and a Catfish roll. Both with coleslaw. Plus potato slices on the side and yum red dill sauce I think it was. Efficient service and food was so good. Fresh fish. Can’t wait to come back

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 4, 2020 5

My brother and I decided to enjoy outdoor dining at the Saltbox Seafood restaurant on Chapel Hill Road. Chef Ricky went out of his way to meet with my brother and me. Linda, the manager personally cooked our dinner, which was delicious! I highly recommended this place.

Photo of T Haugabrook T Haugabrook
Jul 29, 2020 3

Great food, but beware of the person taking money from multiple people in gloves and not changing them before prepping your food....covid or not, that is no good.

Photo of نوني و حلومي نوني و حلومي
Jul 31, 2021 5

Delicious food, casual area. Despite near to closing-time, the staff here welcomed and served us (without rushing).

Photo of mouse253 mouse253
Aug 23, 2021 5

The shrimp burgers and hush puppies where amazing!! Would definitely visit again.

Photo of Ronald Baxter Ronald Baxter
Aug 23, 2021 5

This was a wonderful addition to this community. Now closed. Yesterday was the last day😔 Another downtown staple becomes condos crammed into a small lot. You can still visit their other location across town.

Photo of Emma King Emma King
Aug 17, 2018 5

Sat outside for a quiet lunch today. Loved the vibe and the food was amazing as expected. Was a little let down that the hush honeys weren’t more “homemade” tasting but didn’t stop me from devouring them covered in honey! Shared a oyster roll with my husband and by far the best fried oysters I’ve ever had. Slaw was unique but loved it too. The quaintness of this place makes it even more charming and unassuming that something that delicious can come out of any kind of establishment. That’s a big compliment!