By Staff Writer Madison Kenn.
Are you tired of the cold weather, and need something to remind you of summer? The Sail Loft, located on 246 Elm Street in South Dartmouth, is a casual, beach themed restaurant that overlooks the water.
If you’re a fan of seafood, you’re taste buds will appreciate the various appetizers to pick from, such as the freshly made New England clam chowder, their award-winning quahog, homemade crab cakes, and fried calimari.
Not a fan of seafood? The Sail Loft also serves classic mouthwatering appetizers from boneless wings, to parmesan truffle fries.
If you are in the mood for something light, the Loft’s menu gives customers the option of ordering from four different types of salads, one of those being their famous cranberry and goat cheese salad.
Those who are searching for lunch-type serving sizes may be intrigued by their various burgers, fish tacos, sandwiches, and wraps featuring chicken, fried haddock, fried clams or lobster.
This family-friendly restaurant also offers unique flatbread pizzas, varying in topping combinations such as scallops and bacon, roasted vegetables with goat cheese over a homemade plum tomato sauce known as “The Sarah T,” and “The Funky Chicken” which is a white cheese sauce flatbread pizza topped with grilled chicken, bacon, mushrooms, and roasted garlic.
Those who are willing to pay a little more for their entrees won’t regret it as they dive into a mixture of scallops, shrimp, and cod topped with basil pesto, grape tomatoes, and white wine on top of considerate amounts of white rice and asparagus on the side.
For the customers who aren’t interested in trying the pan seared salmon, shrimp mozambique, haddock, or clams strip plate, have the opportunity to choose from three steak entrees, or the creamy three-cheese baked Mac n’ Cheese.
This American style restaurant earned an outstanding four and a half stars from Google reviews, and about 200 positive comments from customers who were even given a response from the owner, giving feedback on the reasonably priced, hand selected dishes, and delicately decorated venue.
Events are also available to book, for any parties or special events, and can be booked on their official website.
A new feature recently added to the website that is now available for purchase is The Sail Loft gift cards−perfect for a gift or for a nice evening with friends!
This particular venue is also popular during the summer season, as it has beautiful outdoor seating overlooking the ocean and the boats passing by.
Live music is also a customer favorite, performing as customers dine and chat. Sit at the bar, outside (although it may be too cold for that as of right now), or in a booth and enjoy the atmosphere, open until 12am on the weekends and 11pm on weekdays, only fifteen minutes away from our University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus!
If this still did not lure you in, or convince you to try something new, about six months ago, a customer by the name of Brian, commented on The Sail Loft’s review page, giving a great, four star review: “Local color and flavor by the water….It’s a cozy village pub with decent food filled with both in town people and tourists. A favorite hangout of local sailors and visiting yachtsmen as well. Located right at South Wharf Yacht Yard. Nice spot for a burger and a beer.”
The restaurant owner replied, thanking him for his kind words and great experience, hoping he will return and bring in new faces.
Another customer even mentioned how their waitress, Racheal, was “absolutely phenomenal” and how all of the staff members were working hard, and even thanked them for coming as they left.
A majority of the reviews were positive, and those that weren’t, were moderately critiquing either the lack of food or available seating, and the owner responded to them as well, apologizing for what had happened and explaining the situation from his perspective.
Just from doing some brief research online, The Sail Loft sounds like an amazing tourist pub, and popular restaurant for the locals.
Stop in and give it a try! Don’t forget to mention where you heard about them, and mention that Maddie sent you!