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The summer menu at Saltys is probably the best it's ever been! With so many fresh fish, it's hard to choose just one! The staff is very helpful and attentive! Laura the general manager is just wonderful, and always has a smile! Make sure you sit on the deck! It's the best view in town!
This place was AMAZING! Seeing as my fiance were visiting from Denver, we were very excited to have some REAL seafood! And we thought the seafood was FABULOUS! Some people on here complained enough that we were questioning whether we should go or not, but I am so glad we did. Waitstaff was super friendly, and live music was awesome. We told the hostess we wanted to wait for a waterfront view and she chatted me up while we waited, which I appreciated. She told me about the brunch they have Saturdays and Sundays, and I wish we'd had enough time to come back for that! The crab legs were HUGE and the Lobster was delicious too! It's not cheap, but we did have two big entrees, drinks and shared 2 appetizers. Everything was so romantic and perfect! I also want to give a special shoutout to Holly. She was so sweet and kind and after she saw me and my fiance waiting for our cab (over an hour and a half), she offered to give us a ride back to our hotel. Thank you so much Holly - you are a wonderful person, and we truly appreciate the help!
I had the Chilean Sea Bass and a Green Salad it was top notch the fish had plenty of flavor and the right amount of moisture. The salad had a great house made Bleu Cheese and and crumbles of goat cheese. They also make some great non-alcoholic beverages and have sweeping views of the Columbia River.
Went here for my 65th birthday. Had a window seat on the upper level with a great view. My wife had 1/2 lbs. fresh crab legs and clam chowder and my son had the calamari and clam chowder. I ordered the Cioppino and a bowl of clam chowder. We brought our on CA. wine and had great service. It was a top notch seafood meal.
This is probably my favorite brunch place. It is pricey at $53 for adults with bottomless mimosa's, but for the selection, amount of seafood and champagne you can consume it isn't bad. Of course I can't make it a weekly event. I have celebrated many birthdays here (mine and friends), and they always make sure to recognize the occasion. I had my family down for Thanksgiving, and everyone was really impressed and left fully satisfied. The manager is super friendly and always makes a point to stop by the table and say hello. I don't think they have an actual pastry chef, which is surprising considering how large the restaurant is, and the price point. Sometimes they are pretty good, other times just so-so.
We have eaten here several times and loved the service and food; also the view in the summertime outside on the deck is spectacular:) Tonight we went for dinner and the Mel a Brown Trio jazz music. We shared the dinner of the filet mignon and lobster tale. I was Disappointed in the lobster tale size and half of it was tough... $70.00 for this combo was a bit disappointing although the perfectly cooked green slightly made up for it. Luckily we split our meal and ate most of it, so we didn't waste any of what we could eat. We will give it another try soon,
This is an amazing Portland restaurant that has been around 1978 and is definitely a landmark brunch, lunch, and dinner restaurant. When you first drive up you can the classy service right from the start. Valet parking? yes please! Walk in and you will find an large tank full of live crabs and lobsters and a happy hostess ready to find you a nice spot (go for the window seat!). This place has some of the best views. It is right on the Columbia river. If you are lucky enough to show up on a sunny day I highly recommend eating on the balcony. The drinks here are an attempt at fancy but they just don't seem to hold much booze. I ordered the lemon drop but had to return it because it was too small and way too sweet. Especially for $11. No thanks. The vodka soda was just fine. The seafood here is amazing. I always order the oysters on a half shell to start. The crab cakes are good, as well as the shrimp cocktail. They offer some great tasting options for appetizers if you just can't decide. Main courses such as steelhead, salmon, lobster, steak, and many more! You can get clam chowder in a cup or a bowl. They sometimes have lobster bisque. It is amazing!! Not too rich. Just right. This place has a ton of events throughout the year. They offer fixed priced menus at some of the events. I went to an event here with about 7 different beer tasting stations and all you can eat seafood buffet. This also included a dessert table with a chocolate fountain. It was great. This place is also well known for their amazing brunch! The buffet has every kind of yummy seafood, and breakfast options you can imagine. The fresh crab is amazing. You can get prime rib, omeletes, eggs benedict, oysters, desserts. They have it all! The regular brunch is $44. If you want all you can drink champagne then it is $54. This place is great to bring out of town friends, large groups, and fancy date nights. Love love love Salty's. Will be back soon!
Came by for brunch on Sunday. 40 minute wait but overall a overall a good time. Our server made the experience pleasant. Nice view and a big variety of foods to choose from. Call ahead and reserve!!
Had a fantastic meal here last night, the fresh Vancouver, BC oysters were amazing. I would have to say the best I have ever had anywhere. Had the halibut, pan seared and pretty good nothing special, but the view was great. I was here for a business dinner and my clients enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
I still love Salty's, but 5 stars is totally not justified in this food-centric town. I've had a number if things here and the only thing that I still love is the seafood chowder. The service is still great and so is the view. I enjoy coming here occasionally and having a quiet drink at the bar.
Glad I went. For the $$$$, I will definitely not go on a Sunday morning for brunch again. I run by Salty's every Saturday and Sunday with my dogs when we run the Marine Drive Multi Use Path! It always smells so good. We pass it as we're finishing up. We both raise our noses and sniff hungrily at the air as we run by. I did a little research and knew it would be pricey. Saturdays are cheaper than Sundays. Both days have an unlimited Mimosas option! I knew the view would be fabulous since I see it on the runs! I figured, for the price the brunch should be legendary! So not legendary! It's only partially their bad! It is physically impossible for me to eat $44 dollars worth of breakfast buffet food! I'd throw up for lack of space! I hate fish! I'm weird! Who eats fish at 9am??!! There's a huge variety of other food to choose from! All kinds of seafood, a carving station, a crepe station, an omelet station, all kinds of breakfast sides and carbs! A chocolate fondue fountain! I was way exited to see what looked like amazing biscuits with gravy!!! Sadly all of it was BLAH! No flavor no seasoning and all of it needed salt and pepper! Biscuits were still dry and crunchy after sitting in gravy while I drank my first mimosa! Thank goodness for the $10 unlimited mimosas! That made me a little happier! The service was fab! The place was dead when we got there at 9am and was packed and jamming when we left at 11am! I heard the happy hour is good! I'll come back for that! It's really too bad that the buffet is the only option for breakfast!
Amazing views, great food and service. I thoroughly enjoyed this place.
Good view, good food. I hear they do a great brunch on the weekends but have not tried it. Expensive but had a nice meal for a special occasion here.
This place had very good food and the fish was very fresh. I'm from out of town so I'll definitely come back and visit them again. Good salad and appetizers as well.
I've only been here a couple times, but I found the atmosphere to be excellent, the location to great, and the food was extremely good as well. Each time the service has been fairly prompt. The real treat here is the location on the river.
Came here for the first time ever with my boyfriend of (almost) 3 years, because he surprised me and took me here for my birthday dinner. Beautiful restaurant and beautiful location right on the Columbia river. Perfect in summertime and you need to get a window seat for the full experience. Definitely upscale, definitely expensive. However, the food was very good. Started with an appetizer of a crab cake. Although it only comes with one, it is large and good for two people and is filled with so much crab meat. The sauce was tangy and delicious. My boyfriend ordered the crab, and I ordered the lobster. Same price to get the entire lobster as it is for just the tail, so I got the whole thing. Comes with really delicious risotto too (cheesy and rich). Both portions were HUGE and they will detail the lobster for you if you wish. Both were cooked to perfection and were worth splurging to get it once and try. They also gave us a free slice of white chocolate mousse cake for my birthday. Waitress was so helpful and even took pictures for us! Only thing is it took quite a while for dinner to come and is out of our normal price range. However, wonderful! Would recommend.
The food was good, but the portions small. It's also a bit dated, but I could deal with that as its a well established place that's pretty busy. Service was good, but it was Expensive!!
What a food factory. Went for a special dinner on a Tuesday night and waited almost an hour for 4 dinners. After the long wait, my ciappino was lukewarm. All for $36! Our complaints about the wait time were met with very insincere apologies. In the ultimate irony, there was a pre-programmed discount printed on our bill for "long wait time". Obviously this "long wait time" must happen frequently if there is a pre-programmed note on the bill. On the plus side is the beautiful setting on the Columbia River .
Suuuper expensive... but the food is good. I liked the appetizer crackers a lot! a nice change from bread. Service was great, seafood is fresh and I would go back again for a special occasion. They don't give you a whole lot for the price but quality is the most important thing anyway. Would recommend.
The first word that comes to mind is amazing! From beginning to end, the service to the flavor everything was outstanding. My friend and I both got the filet mignon with asparagus with the seafood trio appetizer. We also got the famous white chocolate moose cake which was to die for! This place was hands down one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. So if you haven't gone yet, go!
The food was absolutely amazing. The chowder really was world famous quality and the calamari was so delicious. I will definitely be back.
Great view, wonderful service, and excellent food!
Fabulous for a special weekend brunch event location. Nice and quiet in the early morning hours 10am, but picks up a lot more customers toward noon. Come hungry and you will not be disappointed.
It has been over 7 years since I've been to saltys brunch our waiter Jonathan was absolutely a tute to our needs down to knowing when to bring out hot wet napkins, the champagne was plentiful, background music brought back memories, the selection of foods were wonderful down to their desserts, you can tell by their attentiveness from the staff to the managers that they hire for quality of service not just experience. I would definitely bring my clients in for a business meeting here again. Cheers!!!
Amazingly bad experience. We went there in the afternoon for drinks and after asking thrice, i got the damn menu. Server was rude and hygiene of the place was questionable. Never gonna come back!
We went out for dinner, and ordered appetizers, a bottle of wine, main dishes, and desserts. Hawaiian Yellow Fin Tuna - came with rice that wasn't cooked right (bullet.) It tasted like they just poured some cheap commercial soy sauce and oil over the rice. My rice cooker at home can make it better. They ruined fresh tuna grilling surface just like Japanese chef treats Bonito in that way (with a reason.) Needless to say, Very disappointing flavor... I wouldn't recommend to order this dish. Presentation was very like Japanese style for this particular dish but how can we eat this with knife and fork when the food is high up on the wooden board? Desserts were mediocre. Fillet Mignon was very good. If you ever go there and plan to spend $200+ for two of you, have a steak. It won't go wrong. But I prefer El Gaucho or Ringsteak house for spending the same amount for the steak so why do you go to seafood restaurant for having beef steak? Sorry, but we won't be back for dinner again.
Took my hubby there last night for Happy hour. The service was horrible. It took 20 minutes to get a glass of wine and a well drink. The happy hour menu contained several choices. We chose 3. It took another 30 minutes for our food to arrive. The food was less than mediocre. No flavor. I love their Sunday Brunch but do not recommend happy hour
Excellent! Brunch was absolutely amazing! The crab legs were perfect and super sweet. Oysters were delish! Far better than any seafood buffet I have ever had! Its a bit pricey but you definitely leave happy!
I dined here last night for my mom's anniversary. I got the beet and kale salad, the rockfish, and a basil grape refresher. I'm no foodie, but trust me when I tell you the food was EXCELLENT. Theodore was our server and he was super friendly and knowledgable. He made good recommendations and was very attentive (but not overly so). He said (very candidly) "the people I work with are closer than family to me" - that's the kind of place you want to eat at! The views were stellar as well. Overall, it's clear that they go above and beyond to make it a special experience for their guests.
Great location and views. Try the Kung Pao Fried Calamari for an appetizer. I had a filet mignon on this visit and it was fantastic. Great selection of Wine and Beers. The staff are super friendly!
Very, very nice. We had the Salmon and asparagus, best ever. A long way from home but hope to get back there again someday.
Take the "back road" parallel to the PDX runway to find this outstanding restaurant. If we are staying overnight at a PDX Hotel for a morning flight this restaurant will be our "go - to" location for either lunch or dinner (on the previous day). Salty's has a great location near PDX on the Columbia River with beautiful views of the River. The menu is extensive. Wine list is large and varied. They even offer wine flights to accompany your lunch or dinner. Also, I noticed they have rotating promotional wine table tents offering special purchase price on various wines. Excellent wine glassware is used. Kitchen was very efficient preparing delicious appetizers and entrees. I am getting hungry writing this review!
Well if you come for view, it is five stars. The service is pretty good, the food is very pricey and small portions. My rice was crunchy, the garlic mash has no flavor but the king salmon was spectacular, if it was an appetizer. Now I have to find a place to eat so I don't wake up hungry!
The views? Stunning. The service? Excellent. The food? Pedestrian. The mixed drinks? Awful. The prices? Criminal. Shared dinner with visiting parents and family; my father's wife remembered Salty's fondly from years ago. To be fair, I doubt that I'm Salty's target audience--I would suspect the target is well-heeled couples on date nights and anniversaries, plus corporate travelers with expense accounts. If you can accept from the get-go that you are paying top dollar for the view, then go and enjoy raiding your first born's college fund to pay the bill. Otherwise, prepare yourself for remarkably undistinguished (yet frighteningly overpriced) entrees and a completely a la carte menu that would make a highway robber proud. The food's not horrible, though more than once it felt rather like a gourmet Wyatt's cafeteria with table service. At these prices it doesn't seem unfair to insist Salty's provide the Amazing WOW Factor that their after-dinner customer satisfaction survey insists we must have just experienced. To be fair, the service was great--but not great enough to make up for the blah factor of the way-too-expensive food (and the WTF factor of a truly lousy gimlet and an unrecognizable whiskey sour.) Were Salty's to step up their cuisine game, I would be all over it. Failing that, it's an expensive view (but a great one.)
Salty's is good, but expensive.
Our kids gave us a gift card for Salty's and we are so glad. The ambiance is very nice, the river views can't be beat and food was delicious. I had my heart set on scallops. The only menu item with scallops was a seafood combo. I asked the waiter if he would ask the chef to make me a dish of just scallops. He returned and said the chef would be happy to. It was delicious! This place is not cheap but if you want to treat yourself, I highly recommend it.
Do you love brunch? I love brunch. Especially when it piled high with dungeoness crab legs, shrimp, a towering ripple of chocolate in a fountain and almost any seafood dream I can have all at once. Salty's has increased their Sunday brunch price over time, but they are still worth every penny. I LOVE dungeoness crab, and in Los Angeles I have yet to find a location that serves it up good, and right. They have everything from eggs benedict, to custom made omelets and fresh to order crepes. For starches they have fresh made donuts, muffins, bagels, you name it.. they probably have it! Come hungry.. I made it through (2) entire plates of dungeoness crab before I was so crab-faced I couldn't eat or even look at anymore crab. I then got some prime rib and a pile of shrimp. I have never had anything bad at Salty's. Come hungry, and you will leave over-full. Make sure you make a reservation, I try to come early to beat the rush.. they do get busy :)
Simply good food, good view, friendly and professional services. Have been there many times and never was disappointed.
Our first visit to Salty's On The Columbia River for Sunday Brunch, and we couldn't be more pleased! The buffet itself is spectacular, between the two of us we "might" have tasted 25% of the offerings. Nearly everything we tried was excellent, and those which were not were still "good" if not "great". But of course some of this may be attributed to personal taste, certainly not for lack of attention or effort on the part of Salty's. What stood out to me today was the Superior Service we received! My husband had reservations as we are celebrating our wedding anniversary. We arrived early and were cheerfully greeted, and congratulated on our anniversary at the reservation desk. We expected to wait until our reservation time, but were seated in less than 2 minutes. What really set Salty's apart is that within 5 minutes of arriving, three individuals we interacted with all acknowledged our special event... The Greeter, the Seater, and our Server. Nice touch! Throughout the dining experience our Server, Jonathan, was very attentive and proactive, keeping beverages full, clearing plates, bringing new place settings, condiments, whatever we needed, most without our asking. He obviously enjoys his profession and is an asset to the team. Great meal, dining experience and celebration! Salty's has lots of press, history, great location and reputation. They could certainly fall into "resting on their laurels". We are pleased and impressed that they still rise to the occasion!
The brunch is amazing. Dungeness crab, snow crab, oysters on the shell, prime rib, and a chocolate fountain oh my. Of course, the view is excellent and I can't wait to go back to try the Bloody Mary. Cost about $45 for the regular brunch and $55 with champagne. There's a discount for kids and yes it's all you can yet. Go hungry and make reservations if you're bringing a large party.
Took my Ex wife to Sunday brunch for her birthday. What can I say? she loved it, I loved it. Every thing was over the top All the food was fresh the staff was super. it just dose not get any better. If you don't try this place then you have not lived. and the price was more then fair.
My son was leaving for the Air Force and he wanted to try Salty's on the Columbia for his last night in Oregon. BIG MISTAKE. I requested seating on the deck, so we could watch the sunset. They didn't have it on our reservation and sat us upstairs on plastic tables that wobbled. My old fashioned (very simple drink) was the worst I ever had and was watery. Our dinners were cold when they were delivered - we ate them anyway. Finally - ordered crÃ¨me brulee for dessert and it was cold - like right from the refrigerator. Simply HORRIBLE service and food. Save your $200 and go to a downtown restaurant. Salty's needs new management and staff!!
This place is a first class fish, seafood and steak restaurant with a awesome view. You will not be disappointed if your looking for a romanic night or dining with friends. They seem to have a number of tables for 6 and can seat larger party's. The staff and kitchen were professional and concerned with my happiness. The clam chowder is very good. The fried calamari is excellent and the oysters fresh. If you like sweet chicken wings these rock. They also have a seafood tray that is over the top. I didn't personally try it but it looks to die for. It is a little pricy though but worth it. One day I'm going to have to try it. We did have the coconut shrimp, fish and chips and salmon and they were excellent. Don't tell anyone but the happy hour is a great deal and you get the best stuff for a reasonable price. We will be back often.
The brunch buffet is awesome here! I came here a couple of times for special occasions and never left hungry at all. The service is outstanding, the views are epic, and the food is really really good! The most disappointing part of the brunch was the crab legs were just not that great. For the price you are paying for the buffet, you would think the crab legs would be more meaty than what you are given. Having said that, it is a great brunch buffet and I would highly recommend taking advantage of it!
Ambiance and customer service is 5 star. I was not oh so impressed with the clam chowder. Really creamy and not a lot of clams. I even tried it the sherry on top. Not a lot of flavor in the Rockfish & Prawn Picatta... The GL Van Ruiten Cabernet was smooth!!! My wife enjoyed her Kale Salad, Filet and birthday case (on the house).
I went to Saltys for brunch. If you like buffets with food that's been sitting out for ever and prepared for a ton of people then go ahead and go to the brunch. Everything pre made looked gross! I tried some eggs and some potatoes and both tasted like they were microwaved. I went ahead and had the chef make me a crepe. Finally something that tasted good! The shrimp was good and crabs legs were just ok. The best part of my meal was the orange juice, that should tell you how good the food was. The freshly made pastries were ehhhh. 40$ brunch and I feel like I should of paid 10$ like I was at sizzler. Not worth it!
Sunday brunch one of the best in town! Also have a great happy hour upstairs, but it can get very crowded, so be aware, it's a happening spot!
Salty's has a touristy feel to it; and as everyone has said, they have the best location possible. It was the perfect summer evening on the deck overlooking the river. And did I really see the waitstaff bringing blankets to those who were under-dressed after the sun set? Awesome! The serve was great. The food - so-so and expensive. There are other seafood restaurants with better and cheaper food, but without the view. A rundown on the meal... Fried calamari and fried artichokes. Both so overcooked and crispy, that if you ate them blind folded, you wouldn't know which was which. We ordered two entrees - tuna and mixed grill. Both okay, but forgettable. Finally, dessert - both the highlight and the low point of the evening. Starting with the worst, just so I can end on a high note... Salty's has the WORST Key Lime Pie I've EVER had in my 5 decades of life. And, as a South Floridian, I've eaten a LOT of Key Lime Pie. There were so many elements they screwed up on that it's hard to know where to start - the radioactive, glowing bright green sauce (and yes, it does have dye in it; I had to ask)? The bland, tasteless apple pie flour crust (a Key Lime Pie original sin)? The gelatinously hard filling? The overbearing green whipped cream? The only thing different about it, that wasn't scary, was that they sprinkled coconut on it. I never got that far in tasting it, but it was an interesting concept. To whom ever thought up their Key Lime mess of a pie, I offer my services. I am happy to give lessons. Just remember, simpler is better, and key limes are not green. But, while their pastry chef most certainly isn't from Florida, I will give him tons of credit for producing an awesome chocolate mousse torte. Light, airy, chocolatey and not overwhelmingly sweet. It was the best part of the evening (along with the weather and deck). Next time I'm in the neighborhood, I want an outside table, a glass of red wine, and your chocolate mousse torte. THAT'S heaven!
I went here expecting more...but was let down with their taste of portland dining month specials. Very nice view, but not at all appealing in terms of what they had to offer. I wish I had gotten a better first impression. To put things into perspective, I've paid less elsewhere and been fed better seafood, at both a large chain and a smaller chain. Both times blew this place out of the water and it was nothing special - So Yes, 1 star for Salty's
Great place, always excellent food. Best experience when you're lucky to have an upfront window seat, but always a great itme. Spendy!
I've been to Salty's many times over the years and never leave disappointed. This time we had company from Italy whose birthday was on the 4th, so I called over a month ahead to secure a reservation on the patio so we could watch the fireworks. When we arrived there was no way we were going to be able to sit on the patio. That was the first disappointment, but they managed to get us a really nice seat next to a window where we could still see the fireworks, so that was great. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. Our steamer clams and oysters were excellent. My main meal was the cioppino and that was a huge disappointment. All I could taste was pepper and green pepper. I couldn't finish it because it was so overpowering with the peppers. The cost is always high here but I expect that and am used to it, although I don't know if $19 for a burger is justified no matter what the view is. We will be back, but most likely for brunch or happy hour, not necessarily for supper.
Mmmmm I love this place! I've only been to their brunch buffet so in anything else... But why I'd come here for any other reason is beyond me. And I say that in the best way possible. The view is incredible (we got to sit outside!) the buffet is always being replenished, and the seafood they serve is actually really fantastic. Plus bottomless mimosas!!! That's all I really need to say. It's a bit pricey so it's usually something we only do when guests are in town, but it wows them every time. My biggest tip for this place is to make sure you make a reservation beforehand. If you don't, you're gonna be looking at an hour or more wait time in an area where it's super crowded and there's really no where else to walk around.
Oh Salty's. Where do I start? You are so different than the Alki location. Made a reservation for 6:15. Not seated until almost 6:40. Lame. Ordered an appetizer. The bruschetta sampler. Too much pickled red onion on the plate. Nasty. Ordered the crab cake for my entree. Hubs had fish and chips. Dinner came while we were still having our appetizer....which really always pisses me off. My crab cake was cold in the middle so I sent it back. Hubs' fish and chips were tasteless greasiness. By the time I finally got my crab cake, hubs had finished his dinner because I didn't want it to get cold. Crab cake tasted like tuna salad. Gross. Ate two bites. The only saving grace was our yummy cocktails, but for $100 dinner bill, downtown Portland restaurants would have been a much better choice. We'll never come again.
Great service! The food was fantastic as well! But you definitely pay for the fantastic food! I will definitely be back again.
First time to Salty's. We dropped in on a busy Saturday night, assuming we would eat at the bar or wait... The hostess was excellent. She was able to squeeze us in after a huge number of people already ahead of us with reservations were seated. She put us right on the window. I had the Salmon, with heritage tomatoes, and husband had the chowder with a shrimp appetizer. Everything was excellent. Our waiter was Garick (sp), was flawless. We will definitely return.
Salty's has been around Portland Oregon for a very long time. I have to say there food is still great. I had there thick clam chowder and 14oz lobster tail was cooked perfect.
Everyone was friendly and view was great but we waiting so long for our food and once we got it the halibut wasn't very good and half of our meals were cold. Most likely not going to go back
Great staff, have been both for lunch and for dinner with a large party. The food is cooked perfectly, desert is amazing. Drinks are varied and delicious. Lunchtime Bloody Mary bar was spot on with a large variety of garnishes and treats. We will be back!
Great place! Had a fantastic time with amazing views, delicious food and impeccable service. I would highly recommend trying this place if you haven't already.
Friends have been coming here for several years and wanted to bring us here. Sadly everyone was disappointed. View is great, food was fine but expecting more given the price. The service was awful. Awful. I guess the sign out front that said "hiring all positions" should be a clue. Until they get their staffing in order I'd would avoid this place. We got our food 110 minutes after sitting down- order appetizers that took over an hour (waiter told us he forgot to get the order in), it was a fail.
I love Salty's! I've been here twice, once to celebrate getting a new job and the second to celebrate my anniversary. The seafood tastes really fresh and is well-prepared. They have an excellent wine list. The view is fantastic. You can sit near the window or on the balcony and look out over the Columbia river. We got great service both times. The servers were not only prompt and attentive, but also had excellent food and wine recommendations. It's pricey, but worth the money in my opinion.
CRAB LEGS - FRESH! PRAWNS - FRESH! OYSTERS - FRESH! MIMOSAS - BOTTOMLESS! BACON! BACON! BACON! CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN! What you may be asking is what don't they have? Well, I did not see any pizza...I forgive this small oversight, due to all of the above mentioned items and then some. There is so much wonderful, fresh, and made to order food available at this all-you-can-eat buffet that frankly it can be a little overwhelming. The service was impeccable, our merry table of six was taken care of very well. My mimosa was always full, plates always cleared when appropriate. Some may think that the price for brunch may be a little spendy. But consider the quality, the service and the ambiance; it is worth it. In Brunchlandia, Salty's is as good as it gets.
Another five star review for salty's! Food was fresh, service friendly and prompt. We ended with out favorite server Steven again! Always kept our drinks full, and even noticed my nephew getting cereal and bringing us more milk! Our empty plates were always cleared before we came back with more food. The Santa Claus walking around was a nice touch too for the holidays and a great distraction for the kids while the adults ate. Definitely need to keep remembering to come back more often!
A lot of people have already said it...the food here is top notch. Who knew that a touch of sherry elevated seafood chowder to a whole new level? I have never seen that anywhere! The price is high and the portions could be bigger, but overall this was a very good experience. I forgot our server's name, but he was very attentive and took great care of us. I highly recommend the seafood chowder with crab. The rockfish entree was delicious (well, the rockfish was special; the shrimp just average)...could really use something to round out the dish, though. Fried calamari was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. I'm really sad we didn't get to try brunch. Hopefully we get a chance to come back for that. The reason I'm not giving a 5 star rating is that the restaurant needs a face lift/thorough cleaning. The carpet is old/dingy and there is a strong stale urine smell by the bathrooms. The view of the river is fantastic, but it doesn't make up for weird smells hitting your nose.
We had New Years brunch here and it was excellent. It's off the beaten path of marine drive but the views of the Columbia river were great. They have free valet where the valet guy was busting his butt and getting the cars delivered and parked quickly. We had a party of 6 and were seated in 10-15 minutes since we got there a little earlier than our reservation. Brunch is pricy at $44 but you have to love seafood to make it worth it. The Dungeness crab legs and oysters alone cost about that much if you buy it on your own so you have to love seafood if you go. It's unlimited non alcoholic beverages which is a plus. Even though the place was closed to any further seatings they still refilled the oysters and crab legs. Everything was fresh and excellent. I definitely want to come back and try their dinner menu sometime.
Food was delicious. Complimentary birthday dessert - not so much. You will be comfortable in your blazer or sweater. Otherwise you will 'freeze' on the second floor indoors. They have tried a homemade diversion for their air vents, but that hasn't quite done the trick. Our server was kind enough, but a little scattered - all while the dining room was only half full?!? Patrons lincluded business groups and a few 2-3 people birthday celebrations. As others have noted - don't go here if you need a lot of food for your dollar. It's just not that kind of place.
We have been to Salty's off and on for years. Last night the wait staff was amazing. However, the food was overpriced and not well prepared. The shrimp was overcooked. The razor clams were chewing and the breading was over done. I love tamales but the one that came with my dinner was awful...thin and tasteless. The view is wonderful...5 stars for service and the view. Food...not so much.
The setting is incredible. I sat on the balcony overviewing the river. The wine was excellent and well paired with the food. I had the seadoo stew served on a bed of rice. Overall it was an outstanding experience. The price is very fair considering the setting. I would definitely comeback.
Took a friend to brunch today and we both throughly enjoyed Salty's. Id been previously but my guest had not. She was unsure if there would be something she would enjoy since she's not always a big seafood fan. Had to laugh when she saw the aray of offerings. As always Salty's out did themselves. Everything from yummy baked cinnamon rolls to amazingly fresh seafood to traditional brunch dishes to scrumptious desserts. Felt like we ate it all, but we barely tasted 1/4 of the massive number of dishes. While the food was excellent as always, it was the service that really stood out. Our server Erika was terrific. She almost anticipated our every wish. Dishes were removed promptly but without intrusion. Glasses never allowed to go dry. Warm wet cloths were brought out just when needed. Erika made the experience first rate. She even pointed out the bald eagle that frequents the area. This woman is a gem. As a side bar; my guest accidentally left her sweater behind when we left. We were barely out of the parking lot when I received a call from the hostess letting us know they had our sweater. In this day and age we just dont usually see such care and concern. Salty's is defiantly worth the price. Well managed, nice people, excellent food. It checks all the boxes.
Service painfully slow. Waiter pleasant but 15 minutes to get water. wow. Horrible for kids. Online reservations via OPen Table allow for requests like window seating...not accommodated and management doesn't want kids around the lobsters. apparently they are there just the grown ups to stare at in the tank...bbq salmon was good but never going back. rather unpleasant experience all around. would have been 1 star except for nostalgia...
The food was really good, but not mind blowing. The staff was great! The view is spectacular! I wish I tried the dessert!
Great restaurant. Fantastic food. A little pricey but will return.
My second time visiting Salty's, but this time it was for the brunch buffet. You better bring your 'fat pants' because you'll want to try everything here. Being a small/light eater it was a bit much for me - more of an excuse to go back again though. We had a bigger group - 8 people total. The table we were sat at was a bit on the small side for 8 adults, to say we were rubbing elbows would be a literal statement. However our server, Kade, was awesome. Great at getting in with drink refills and even ran downstairs to check when we commented that a food item was out. My favorite item was the salt-crusted steelhead. I also enjoyed the fresh fruit, pastries, and even the chocolate fountain for desert. If you like seafood, you've got to check out this brunch buffet.
My first time here was for the Easter brunch on Saturday...... I was expecting it to be pretty good but what I got was excellence. First the wait staff went above and beyond especially when it came to my disabled grandma. The waitress we had was a total doll and took excellent care of us. The food.... oh gods where do I begin..... the sheer amount of fresh seafood was astounding and very yummy. We had our choices of fresh oysters, crab legs, salmon, shrimp salsa (oh my gods that one was great) blackened steel head..... there was not enough room in my stomach for the amount of seafood they had available. The hot foods were as excellent as the fresh seafood. The Shrimp and Grits were excellent and there were lots to choose from including the seafood chowder, make your own omelets, waffles, crepes and prime rib. We talked with our waitress and it turns out they are going to expand their weekend brunches to include Saturdays for the summer to see how it goes. We are already plotting our next adventure here.
Good food but it's expensive and to me it's not worth the money... City grill is better and it's the same price.
Amazing bunch!!! And amazing view! Come super hungry & get bottomless mimosas for $10. Brunch is $44 per person or around $18 for kids and under 3 I believe is free. Brought family and my 90 year old grandma said she will always remember it and thought it was the best buffet she has ever been to. Her fave part was the crab and the chocolate fondue. My favorite part was the flavorful prime rib with the horseradish cream sauce and the oysters on the half shell. Oh my word. can't say enough good things. Definitely recommend it! And our server Will was THEE BEST! He kept my mimosas coming and gave us fresh silverware half way through. Such a sweet guy!
Go for the view, not the food or service, which is vastly over-rated. $22 lunch fish and chips included soggy-fried fish and terrible fries. I have better almost everywhere else in Portland. I understand they have a good crab louis salad. My husband liked his razor clams.
Saltys used to be low on our list of places to go for quality food. We tried them again a couple months ago and were pleasantly surprised. Under new management, the food is awesome! Get the calamari! Delicious! Drinks are good, food is great and the atmosphere is so pretty. Definitely recommend coming here!
Great view of the river and PDX airport. Good, was solid but not amazing. Certainly worth visiting a time or two.
Great dinner... crab cake little under cooked. But love the atmosphere, service and food.
While the service was good, the food here is mediocre at best and incredibly overpriced for what you get. The seafood and steaks were both bland. The french fries were soggy. I won't go back.
Ate in the bar (on the top floor). Nice 3 piece jazz band & good view of the river. Food was top notch. Would eat here again.
We had our anniversary dinner here. The lobster tail and the crab leg were delicious! The service was outstanding, we had a great night here. Wonderful view of the Columbia river. Perfect place for a special dinner!
We sat outside on the deck overlooking the Columbia River and all the jet ski~ers. Weather was great and so was the Mixed Seafood Grill. I also had a Strawberry Margarita before dinner then a Mimosa with dinner~made with Champagne and berry purÃ©e, it was great! I definitely recommend this place for date night.
Tried the happy hour last night. Fish and chips were delicious but a bit expensive at $9 for happy hour ( I only got one piece), the salad was one of the best I've ever had, so will definitely come back. I used to order the blackened salmon Caesar but $13 is too much for happy hour. Friends had the fish tacos and loved them. Bartender service is great.
After reading reviews here we had high expectations, we were never more disappointed. The restaurant described here was not the one we experienced. The food we received was not worth the money we paid. The menu described a mouth watering dish, what I received was anything but delicious. Don't order the mixed grill it's not worth the price. However the clams and mussels were great. My biggest disappoint was the service. Our server was polite but very non-attentive. He was difficult to find and gain his attention. I was able to refill my ice tea by the manager, but not the server. After dinner was served we saw him only twice. Once to see how dinner was and later to deliver our bill. I had an empty ice tea glass set on the edge of the table as a signal. He arrived to deliver our bill but departed before I could ask for a refill. I completed a comment card and gave it to the manager. To her credit, she did try to make things right for us, we told her the staff needs to be attentive to everyone, not just the regulars. We paid our bill and told them we did not want anything from them, but make them aware of our experience. We were tired and wanted to go back to our hotel to sleep. Salty ' s has an excellent reputation for their food and service, its too bad we did not get to sample it.
I am only doing a Thanksgiving review. Salty's had a wide buffet and great big American portions of traditional American food. I ate more prime rib than turkey, and their macaroni and cheese was next to godly. There were kids running around, but I enjoyed seeing the Columbia, and it will be worth going back for subsequent Thanksgivings. The price was high, but it was a good expeirence. Salty's is quite suitable for the special occassions.
AMAZING VIEWS AND GREAT SEAFOOD!!!! Salty's is a Pacific Northwest chain known for their great views and fresh seafood! If that doesn't spark your attention, then you need to re-read my previous sentence again (and again!) =P [decor] Old-school, casual, nautical themed. It's a bit dim towards the back of the restaurant on the second floor. Outdoor patio, two-story restaurant. The clientele caters mostly to your mom and dad. But that shouldn't deter you from coming here. The amazing views of the Columbia River are quite breathtaking! You can see the coast of Washington wherever you are seated. I dined at Salty's one evening with a few relatives who were visiting me. They were in the mood for seafood and a place with a "view." Salty's seemed to fit the bill. [devour] *CALAMARI ($13; **4 STARS**) - the calamari pieces were fried to golden perfection. Paired with a chipotle-mayo-like sauce, it was a great way to start off our meal. ( yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ ) *SALTY'S FAMOUS SEAFOOD CHOWDER ($7 cup, $9 bowl; **5 STARS**) - I can tell why it is their "famous" item on their soup menu! Made with chunks of clams, shrimp and bay scallops, this chowder was amazing! It was a nice surprise to find bits of bacon and some diced potatoes as well. I wouldn't mind ordering this rich soup again! I don't want to know how much cream went into making this addicting chowder! YOU MUST GET THIS! ( yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ ) *WILD SALMON (seasonal market price; **3.5 STARS**) - since wild Salmon was in season (it's in season from May-September), I decided to order the fish. My fish was slightly overcooked, but it had a nice sear and was encrusted with ground pepper and seasonings. Upon a bed of mash potatoes and grilled asparagus, it wasn't too shabby. ( yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ ) [dessert] *LEMON BERRY CHEESECAKE (**3 STARS**) - was something different and it seemed that everyone and their momma was ordering this dessert around us, that we just had to as well. I wasn't too fond of the texture of the cheesecake, it was a bit different. But the flavor profiles of the lemon, berry and it's sauce had a tangy-rich in-your-face flavor that was delightful. But I wasn't too thrilled of the item overall. ( yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ ) *STRAWBERRY NY CHEESECAKE (**3 STARS**) - was our typical run-of-the-mill NY style cheesecake. I felt like it was presented to me from a grocery store. Compared to the lemon dish we ordered, that plate presentation was enticing. The texture of the cheesecake was decent, but I probably would pass this item up if I were to dine here again. ( yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ ) [drank] *SO FRESH & SO CLEAN ($10; **3.5 STARS**) - was a bubbly concoction made up of vodka, lime juice, muddled mint and simple syrup. It definitely was a girly drink, but wasn't sure if it should be worth ten buckaroos (seemed more like a $7 drink to me). But if you're sippin' on this cocktail and you're looking at the views, I guess it'll be worthwhile. ( yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ ) FYI = -HH 4-6 PM Mondays-Fridays -Sunday Buffet Brunch $39.99 adults or $49.99 adult champagne brunch -They've got their own parking lot -Weekend valet available -Reservations recommended (although they do not accept any for holidays) -Two other locations are in Seattle, Washington -Great for a date, celebration, or birthday -Stellar service! (**5 STARS**) There's no doubt you'll have a great dining experience at Salty's! With the fresh seafood, the amazing views and wonderful service, you will feel like a king or queen after dining here! One things for sure, I will be back for their brunch! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SATISFYING YOUR SEAFOOD FEASTS Yelp 2013 100+ Reviews Challenge (going for 200!) - Review #137
Sigh, the sound of disappointment. Like some of the other yelpers, I really really wanted to love this place. After dining here last night, however, I can't really even say that I like it. For starters, on Valentine's Day they offer a "special" menu with a small list of items that you MUST select from. I understand how this can be a convenience for the kitchen staff, but I was not expecting it to be so limiting, and I most certainly was not paying for restaurant convenience. What I wanted from the original menu was not included, but the most expensive entrees obviously were. I said to hell with it and ordered the New York Strip and Lobster Medallion ($59) hoping for a delightful blend of surf and turf. What I got was a pretty huge steak with a smidgen of tail lopped on top. Medallion? I guess I should have known better. That was tragic advertisement and a very uneven blend of food. The steak was good, but definitely not the best I've ever had, and the veggies tasted like a warmed up bag of frozen carrots and asparagus. I've eaten similar dishes that were much more appetizing and far more filling for half the price. My girlfriend ordered the Filet Mignon and Scallops, which she said was good but not flavorful. She also said that she "was not impressed," which saddened me because this my special date for her. When we got home she was still hungry. The hostess was very nice and our server was great, but the food was overpriced, small in proportion, and mediocre at best. They say you get what you pay for - well, I guess I'll be waiting for that $137 to kick in somewhere down the line.
Update: Gross!! Newyork steak was inedible. Going to find some desert to wash my mouth out. =^) It was gray on the inside.
Amazing brunch! Will be coming back for the unlimited $10 bloody Mary's! Free valet was nice
excellent as always..been going since 02'
By far one of the best happy hour deals in Portland. The fish tacos I have to say are the best I've ever had. Spicy, tangy and cheap. The margaritas are decent as well and the staff is attentive and polished but not too corporate. The views are nice but you have to want to drive a bit to get a great deal and it's worth it.
I have eaten at Salty's on four different occasions and I have to say I have had four different experiences. The location is absolutely perfect, on the Columbia river with great views and afternoon sun. The price is, in my opinion way to high for the quality of food and service. I understand they are charging for the location, but the end of the day the food needs to deliver. If you are visiting the Portland area and want to eat on the river there are a number of other locations I would choose first.
First time there today with one of my girlfriends. Great atmosphere, delicious food and even better drinks. Place was clean and our waitress was awesome, pretty girl with super white teeth lol. I will definitely be coming back with my husband. Love it!
Favorite place on the OR side to eat on the river. I'm only rating their weekend brunch. I want to start off, I hate seafood! But hands down, this is one of the best buffets around! So much amazing food. And for a few more dollars bottomless mimosas! They have some of the best eggs benedict I've ever had!
Great food! Jeremy, our server was really nice. My boyfriend and I came there on NYE. I had the new year's special blackened rockfish and he had Salty's house special. We split the crab cake and caramel cake roll with Bavarian cream. Mmmm. We'll be back for the Hawaiian Tuna entree.
NO TAKEOUT BOX HERE Not sure if there's a connection with the balmy evening weather and the horrible traffic congestion. It chewed up an hour's time from downtown PDX to this restaurant. Once we arrived, parking was not to be found in their parking lot. Be careful when parking on the roadside where vehicles especially semi's will come uncomfortably close to the unpaved shoulder. Here is what is available under the PDX Dining Menu: First Course (choose *): *Seafood chowder -or- *Bay shrimp cocktail -or- Harvest salad Second Course (choose *): *Peppercorn-crusted bistro filet - summer hash, horseradish butter -or- *Citrus salt-dusted wild salmon - grilled asparagus, Dijon mashed potatoes -or- Artichoke and feta ravioli - pomodoro sauce, heirloom carrots, peas Dessert (choose *): *Seasonal ice cream -or- Seasonal sorbet -or- *Darla's Cheesecake with seasonal berries With exception to their seafood chowder, wild salmon and dessert items, the other selections are not available under their regular menu. Even though we had reservations, we were not seated as scheduled and unfortunately were skipped over before reminding the receptionist that others who had arrived later were being seated before us. Of course she sincerely apologized and assigned us to a very nice window table on the second floor. It seemed like everyone wanted to be seated at 7 pm. The seafood chowder was over the top with the sherry topping. Bay shrimp cocktail was plentiful but stingy with the cocktail sauce. Preparation of the salt dusted wild salmon was fit for royalty. Peppercorn-crusted bistro filet was medium-rare as ordered but realistically should be named "eye of round" or a medallion of beef. Summer hash of cubed mixed vegetables was quickly devoured by the two of us. Dessert was most satisfying and a perfect finale. Nothing to take back to the hotel. The view of Columbia River was to die for and the service by Terry was flawlessly lightening fluid with the exception of a distraction when remembering to bring a seafood fork. I would definitely attempt a return for their weekend brunch. Terry suggested 10 am to avoid the long cue for tables.
A nice location and view. However the service was slow, the food from kitchen was slow, and when it finally arrived the fish was overcooked, meat overdone. A real disappointment for a restaurant charging those types of prices. I do not recommend.
I would give this place 0 stars if possible. Made reservations for a birthday, still had to wait. When we were seated, we were sat in the back with no view when it was 50% occupied. Were there 20 minutes before getting drinks and ordering, stale bread to follow after another 20 minutes. After 1 hour of watching others eat we finally received our meals. Soggy uncooked fries with grey cod, and a $30 four shrimp microwaved pasta dish. Bill came to $78, could have saved 50 bucks and gotten better quality at Applebees. At least I would have known what to expect.
The prices are a bit high, but the food is not lacking. Their chowder is one of a kind. It is not your traditional cream based but a whole new experience in it's own. Staff was very friendly and caring. FOr a good quality seafood resurant and you don't mind a little hike in price Salty's is your place.
AMAZING! That's what this place is my food delicious the view stunning and the service awesome and friendly. This is an amazing restaurant go here it's great
Having finally given Salty's a try, I found my overall experience nothing that left me yearning to come back soon. Here are the bullet points: 1. Seafood chowder was okay, but lacked the chunkier seafood in it I've experienced with other chowders. The flavor was average, but I had no time to experience the flavors as it came out with my entree. 2. My salmon and steak was cooked appropriately...however didn't really live up to the hype the location is known for. My steak was flavorless and looked more like something from a t.v. dinner. 3. We also ordered Salty's Burger...however had to send it back because they forgot to add.....well, everything on it! This subsequently had us eating at separated times. 4. The waitress was great...you can never under estimate the value of great wait staff. So I guess overall, this first time experience fell short of the four stars it's rated at. For the price per portion, I'd say thumbs up. However, for the price with the quality and flavor of the meal...thumbs downs. I may give the brunch a try in the future...hopefully it will redeem itself.
This review is for the Sunday Brunch. It had been several years since we had been to Salty's Sunday brunch. We had a good friend in town with his fiancee and it was a beautiful weekend so we decided to do brunch at Salty's. The Quality and Selection of the Sunday brunch has IMPROVED enormously since our last visit. The Highlights for me: - The Seafood: Dungeness Crab, Oysters, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Clams, Trout - The Chowder - Bacon - Mac & Cheese - Cheese and Fruit - Caramel Popcorn Didn't get to try the: Made to Order Omelets, Prime Rib, Ham, Made to Order Crepes, the kiddie Popcorn Shrimp and Mini Corndogs... ;) LOVE this BRUNCH wish I could justify it every weekend.
After hearing so much about this place, I finally went here for the 4th of July to check out the fireworks. I was so glad there was a place right on the river, with great views, that was open for business...lucky me! This place is located near a small marina on the Columbia River, about 5 miles east of the I-5, and just north of the PDX aeropuerto. It is in a great location and there aren't really any other businesses crowding the real estate here. Parking was a breeze to my surprise, usually parking is hell on earth anywhere near a river on the 4th. They even had valet service. I made a reservation for 9:15 but showed up super early to try to get in line for a good window seat, so I showed up around 7:30 and made my request. I then went upstairs and sat at the bar, ordered some drinks, and took in the awesome views of the Columbia. After a few drinks and a few bites it was nearly 9:00 PM and we were escorted to our table, front row and center in the middle window, best seats in the house by far! Whilst sitting in the best seats in the house, drinking a cocktail, and reading over the menu, I felt like a king looking out my window perched above the river. The menu options were great, and not too expensive, but yes, if you eat here you are also paying for the experience and wonderful views so it was to be expected. I would say about $25-30 per plate, cocktails were reasonably priced from $6-9 as well. I ordered a surf n' turf entrÃ©e, although I can't remember what it was exactly, I remember it being delicious! ;) I will definitely come back here to check out their Sunday brunch, which I hear is amazing as well. I would also recommend this place for a nice lunch or dinner with business associates, family, out of town guests, or any special romantic occasion!
The views were great, even though it was overcast and rainy. The buffet spread had tons of food choices, just as advertised. The seafood spread was plentiful, and very tasty. Just wish they put out more oysters (seemed like it was empty whenever I got there). The hot prepared food was good, but nothing stood out. The prime rib was good, but a little overlooked for my taste. The chocolate fountain was as expected, but the other desserts we tried were just okay. The bottomless mimosa was just that - the wait service always keep the glass full, even when I've only just had a sip. The only really big negative is they crowd you into the restaurant.
Salty's is my favorite place to eat in Portland! My husband spoils me and takes me there a few times a year and we always have AWESOME service and the food is amazing!! From our first date there, almost 10 years ago, and our Wedding Night Dinner, 3 years ago tomorrow to the day, and all the times in between (like the holiday brunches and just random date nights).....SALTY'S always puts a smile on my face and I cannot wait til I can come back :) Also, I have give a shout out to their staff and their manager Laura! You all are amazing!!
Visited last night to celebrate my birthday with my honey and his Mom. While the atmosphere was nice, I'm afraid I won't be returning any time soon. The good: Very pleasant atmosphere and nice views. After discovering that we were there to celebrate my birthday and Mom's recent relocation to Portland, we were pleasantly surprised by a complimentary slice of cake and crime brÃ»lÃ©e. The bad: The new a la carte menu and really ridiculous prices. We've gone to Salty's in the past because I could get a nice piece of steak and my honey could get his fish dish. I had to pass on beef because I simply couldn't justify $57 for just a steak, plus paying a la carte prices for a salad and potatoes. I realize that Salty's is an "event" restaurant, meant to celebrate special occasions. That said, i walked away disappointed and don't believe I got a good value for the meal I had.
Boyfriend ordered the paella off the regular menu and since it's Restaurant Month, I went with the seafood chowder, salmon, and the cheesecake. Like another reviewer said, the paella was really soupy, and everything else was just ok (think Outback or similar franchise-y place). Salty's on Alki is one of my favorite restaurants in West Seattle. I am always amazed every time I dine there, by everything from the presentation/taste of the food to the decor/general ambiance. It always feels like a special occasion. So I had high expectations of the Portland location, and I was disappointed - not that it was a bad experience, just that it wasn't a great one. However, the service is very friendly and attentive, and the view is beautiful.
Wow! And I'm not even a seafood lover! The food was incredible, everything from fish to nuts, and a whole wall of deserts! This was our first, of many, visits to this Portland Landmark Brunch spot. A title well deserved, and lived up to. Service was great, food was great, and did I mention I'm not a seafood lover? I'm hear to say, the blackened Steelhead, great, fresh crab, very tasty, so yes, worth all the stars.
we attended a 50th wedding anniversary, last Saturday October 26, 2014. We had a huge windstorm and it knocked out the power to the restaurant. So as not to disappoint the honored coupled, Salty's stayed open just for the celebration. The staff was incredible. They used candles and flashlights, kept the atmosphere lite, and everyone had a great time. They even improvised in the kitchen, and we had a delicious buffet to enjoy. Way to go Salty's, I will never forget that evening, and I know the honored couple will always hold that evening special, because of you
I love this place, took the bf here for a Saturday brunch birthday and I must say everything was on point. The service and staff are wonderful, our waitress was awesome! The food was amazing and how can u go wrong with all u can eat crab??? Everything was super delicious and they have bottomless mimosas for 10 bux, where in the world r u ever going to find that?! 5 stars is well deserved as I highly recommend, I also don't understand how people say it's expensive, for all everything u get at the buffet is actually very reasonably priced!!!
My brother and sister in law rave about this place, and when they invited us to brunch I was excited to give it a try. I have always wanted to give it a try but needed a reason to come since it is an hour from home. Overall it was a lovely experience, my 2 month old nephew was in tow and our meal ended up being a leisurely 2 hours since we went to the buffet in shifts, and he needed caring for. The view was very beautiful. The standouts for me were the Lox Benedict & crepe station. My biggest complaint is that the prawns were not deveined, so I did not eat them, the digestive track of a shrimp grosses me out big time. Out of the 4 adults I was the only one who was drinking, and enjoyed several mimosas. The was a sign that starting 6/1/13 bottomless mimosas would be an additional $10. Overall it was a good time and was on par with many other brunch buffets I have been to in the past.
My experience here was an evening dinner about 6 months ago, and was expecting some great food since my friends talked it up. I had something like a seafood jambalaya that was really short on flavor and spice. Not much of anything was really great that night, and some was like out of a box. I expected a LOT more, especially from a place in Portland. We have so many good chefs here. I may try it again sometime, but there are lots of other choices beckoning.
We went for Happy Hour, but arrived too late. It's only from 5-6. We sat at the bar anyway and ordered appetizers. The tacos were good, but not amazing. The burger on the bar menu was impressive. Unfortunately, they were really busy and it took a long long while to get our food. The staff was wonderful and they comped our meal. My advice is to try happy hour, but arrive early. Otherwise, make a reservation and enjoy the good service. The view is worth it.
We always go to Salty's for special occasions or when friends/families come into town. We have tried Salty's at Alki Beach (Seattle) and this one at Columbia River. The service at Salty's at Columbia River was way better. We always make reservation online and they will call to confirm. At Columbia River, we arrived a little early and got seated soon after. When we went to Salty's at Alki Beach, we arrived early and still had to wait for 30 minutes for our table....on our anniversary! Two thumbs up for Columbia River! The seafood is fresh and tasty. If you are oysters lover, you will love it here. The crepes station is ok...not a wow factor. They also have a good spread of desserts. What puts them above the rest is service - We left our kiddo's tshirt in the restaurant and they were willing to mail it back to us...at no cost to us. The server always ensure that our glasses are never empty. We requested for seatings at the lower level where the buffet is and they fulfilled our request.
I do enjoy Salty's - though some of the prices are just too much for what you get. Some prices are just right, but unfortunately I find that inconsistent. Their fried stuff = great, crispy and not as greasy as it could be Fish = cooked decently, though still a bit overdone for my taste Cocktails = decent, no complaints Wine = meh, OK, though not as extensive of a wine list as you might expect for the entree price Ambiance = well, it's right on the river so DUH - it's gorgeous. Outdoor seating = awesome, unless it's either a) raining or b) 95 degress which would probably suck.
Good lunch place. The food was fresh, waiters were friendly and the view is just lovely. We went on a Monday, so there was no wait and the food came out super fast. I'd go back
Salty's has been in town for 26 big years now, which means it opened back ca. 1987. Don't know where you were in '87, but in Portland Ditler Beach was the spot to be that summer, which is about 1/2 mile further E. on Marine Drive. Thanks for helping contribute to the magic, old Salt. You're still a fine place for Happy Hour or brunch, and I do love your Steelhead salad, your chowdah, and super crispy, lightly powdered calamari. *clink clink* Raising a salute to Salty's. youtube.com/watch?v=ZEZYâ€¦
Mediocrity with a view. Four of us were here for my birthday. I had the Fish and Chips. It was quite good. But, it's sad when F&C is the BEST seafood at a seafood restaurant. My wife had shrimp in a tomato sauce. The tails were off but the shells were still on. It would make removing the shells a bloody mess, so she just ate them. My mother-in-law and her husband got very small portions of their entrees. And they were only 'ok'. I will not rush right back to this spot. (Unless I just want Fish and Chips With a view)
Cool place with fantastic views right on the Colombia. Floor to ceiling windows make viewing the river from either floor of this two story restaurant easy. The bar is upstairs and that's where I sat. Had a couple of good Oregon IPA's and a bowl of seafood chowder along with some nice conversation with the friendly bartender. Salty's is pricey but you have to pay for that view somehow, right? The food and service are first rate and the people are friendly, so this will be a place I return to whenever visiting Portland. Oh yeah, did I mention that this restaurant has a free shuttle that will pick you up and take you back to your hotel? What other place does that?
I'm giving this place three stars because my meal wasn't all that good, but my bf was very pleased with his fish dish. I ordered a steak - which I realize is not what they are known for - but it came at very well done versus the medium rare I requested. I sent it back and the second time it came out medium so close enough. My bf ordered the cod and felt it came out perfect. The customer service and wait staff are really great here, and they do have great views of the river (although they need to wash the windows). The price is high, but if you are coming for seafood, you probably won't be disappointed.
Great view, Great Food...Great Service Sure the view is nice and the food is pretty good, but none of that negates their inflated prices. I neglected to find value here...even during "Happy Hour" ... as an example; their HH Burger was $11! I don't know about you, but there is nothing "happy about that price tag." Also they charged $3 for one taco during HH...again nothing "happy" about that! That aside the Sirloin Burger: yelp.com/biz_photos/saltâ€¦ was still pretty good. There was nothing too fancy or creative about this Bacon Cheeseburger other than the fact that they used ground sirloin, but when all the ingredients came together they still proved to be full of flavor and textures to make anyone happy. Was it $11 "HH" good?...NOPE! The establishment would really like everyone to find value here and will strive to make sure that happens no matter what in a genuine and well communicative manner. Many people will look down on many children for wanting to go to McDonald's (knowing full well it's for the toys or the playground,) but at the same time many adults will go to overpriced restaurants where the view is nice, but the food and service are very shoddy yet justify it... Salty's is one of those rare venues that will give you the whole package! From the outside the venue looks kind of unassuming, but once inside patrons are treated to a nautical yet slightly dated theme that kind of caters more so to an "older" crowd, but don't let that deter you as Salty's is definitely for everyone of all ages. On the weekend one can take in a view as well as their Brunch which is $39.99 or $49.99 if you'd like some champagne with it. They have various types of seating both upstairs and downstairs with many of them affording diners with sweeping views of the Columbia River and the Washington shoreline. Parking should be a breeze in their large dedicated lot. File under "Special"
Not impressed. Much better seafood at many other establishments in the city. The view is the only reason they got two stars.
This restaurant was a little more upscale than a lot of places we had seen around Portland, which gave us a nice break from the weirdness swirling around us. The view of the Columbia River is amazing, and it adds a perfect ambiance to the meal. Our waitress was extremely friendly and checked on us frequently. Their decor was a tad dated and haphazard, particularly the wall art. I started with a cup of seafood chowder, which was creamy and delicious. The bacon was also a nice touch. Each of the different sea creatures had a distinct flavor and texture. I could pinpoint each one, which speaks highly of the quality and care that went into its preparation. For my entree, I decided on their special of the day: Grilled Copper River salmon, served with dijon mashed potatoes and asparagus. The salmon was about as fresh as it could possibly be, probably caught that morning. The sprinkling of crunchy crushed pistachios on top added a nice texture. Delicious!
I went here for a work Christmas party and was impressed. Then I went for brunch. Holy moly, what a brunch. Ok, for the price, it better be amazing. And it is. Unlimited oysters. Never ending Dungeness crab. Crepe bar, omelet station, a Bloody Mary to die for. It's amazing and I can't wait to go back.
Ohh my wallet....so empty.. Poof! Ohh my stomach; so full! I guess it was an equivalent trade... Or was it?! Let's see so the market price for a pound of dungeness crab is around $11. Dungeness crabs can weigh from 1.2 - 1.6 pounds. They only offer the a crab's legs at the buffet, 6 legs would amount to roughly .8 of a pound. The cost of the meal is $43 per person. So in order to get your money's worth in Dungeness crab you would have to consume about 4 pounds of crab totaling to $44 you would go over by a dollar! Woohoo go that extra mile! Anyways, since every 6 legs equal .8 pounds you'd be required to eat a total of 5 helpings of 6 crab legs ( 5 * .8 = 4 pounds ) so basically what I'm trying to say is you need to eat 30 crab legs give or take a few in order to get your money's worth! By the way.. This is assuming all my math, prices and sources are credible.... Which I doubt are not.. if you think I'm and idiot I apologize but stick with me please and continue reading because I will now get into my actual experience of the Sunday buffet brunch at Salty's. Okay, listen I believe you need reservations for this place. It was packed! Don't worry about finding parking because they have free vallet. ( remember to tip! ) When you are seated you can order any drink, juices and soda are free. ( try the OJ it's freshly squeezed and tasted so fresh and pure! ) Ill just name a few things that I liked from what the buffet had to offer; prime rib, clam chowder, make your own crepes, chocolate fondu with various dipping options, ham Benedict, shrimp, clams, snow/Dungeness crabs, ( WOW! ) Mac and cheese and the apple pie was amazing! Everyone I came with had a more than good time and the service was an A++ waters quickly refilled, many of the staff greeted us kindly and vallet was a bonus. I'm glad we chose this place to celebrate my mother's birthday! The only sad thing is since my girlfriend is preggo she wasn't able to enjoy much of the seafood which is where you get your money's worth! I had to single handedly try to dominate the crab bucket! Do you know how much crab I tried to eat?! I would have passed out, foam from the mouth and needed resuscitation if I ate another bite! As soon as that baby pops out were coming back. I heart Salty's.
I've eaten hear several times and I have to say this is the best brunch I've had in town. The chowder is so good. So much to choose from for brunch. Lots if fresh seafood. Service is great! Super friendly. Great place to take out of town guests.
Run, fly, drive, whatever it takes - get to this place if only for their scrumptious Sunday brunch. We first got a sampling of their brunch at at a Yelp event, but knew we had to come back for the whole shebang. We made reservations online with ease and strolled in on a lovely sunny Sunday to be greeted promptly and escorted to our preferred outside seating. Our waitress was quickly by our sides and sold us on bottomless mimosas - like that's hard. Then it was time to hit the buffet! There's so much to choose from it'd take many visits here to try it all. You've got seafood (oysters on the half shell, crab legs, shrimp), eggs (omelets, eggs Benedict), made to order crepes, chowders....come hungry 'cause you're going to be stuffed. The fact that it's on the river is provides a great & nice view while you're eating as well. Overall a great experience.
A group of us decided to go to Salty's for a special occasion, so we made reservations a month in advance. The price for the buffet is pricey, $60 with mimosas, but we thought the food and the view would be worth it. The buffet was good, especially the crab, however the prime rib was so tough I couldn't eat it. Our group was seated between two walls at the back of the restaurant???VIEW? What a joke! Couldn't see a damn thing. I figure if they charge such an exorbitant price it should include a view of the Columbia....might as well have been seated in a basement. Our bill came to $666.00 and they tacked on a 20% service charge...for what??? We served ourselves and the wait staff only brought us water and a few condiments. Very disappointed!
Great seafood and view from the deck!
We along with another couple had dinner here on Thursday evening, Aug. 7, 2014. We had their seafood chowder, seafood pasta primavera, Columbia River king salmon, scallops and coconut prawns and a Caesar salad. All the entres were excellent. We had a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot noir which was also excellent. Our server was very attentive and helpful.
Came here for brunch with the family. We sat outside which was really nice because of the view of the Columbia River. The food was delicious. I really enjoyed the oysters on half shell and the prime ribs. There's also a neat chocolate fondue area where you can choose from a variety of snacks to dip! It's $40 per person so make sure your stomach is empty!!!
Review for brunch and man, it was GOOD. We first came here for a Yelp event & based on reading the brunch description, we knew we had to come back. We're not big brunch people - because we don't like waking up early and waiting in line. Salty's makes online reservations via their website or Yelp app a snap - no waiting! So we show up, are seated promptly outside and greeted by our server. The brunch has one price per adult, $39.99, and for a mere $5 you get bottomless mimosas or champagne. Let's talk about a no brainer, add that ON. Let's talk about the brunch for a hot second. Selection wise, it's just all over the place with awesomeness. Fancy scones, eggs Benedict, omelet, crepes cooked to order, ham, prime rib, salmon, potatoes.....yup. Oh wait! Crab legs, shrimp, clams, oysters on the half shell, seafood chowder. Not done yet? Chocolate fountain, brownies, custard, creams........ Assuming you're still reading and not headed there right now, the service is not to miss. Our server was on cue, refilling out mimosas with speed and clearing out plates like a genie. She was so pleasant to everyone in our area too, she's just the kind of person that seems to like her job. This is not meant to be a quick brunch, so don't plan that way. We spent a good 2 hour there and never felt rushed to leave and clear our table. Instead we were encouraged to linger, enjoy our food and drinks - and of course the view. Don't forget that. It's on the river and it is gorgeous! I wish both my wallet and waistline could afford this every Sunday but instead it'll be a great treat for us in the future. Win!
Pretty pricey, but I'm a fan. The food was great, but I'll tell you what made it for me was the service. No matter what I thought customer service was possibly the best I have ever had and I would go back and pay high just because of that. We had crab cakes and the wagu burger, which wasn't anything more special than can be found in Wright Way Angus beef. It was well done by the cooks with good toppings and a very well put together fry seasoning. We were headed to a concert downtown Portland and thought we wouldn't need to bring a doggie bag, but Salty's provided enough food to make us take one anyways. The east facing balcony was okay and we had it to ourselves- felt a little secluded not necessarily in a good way. Supposed to be a happening place on evening when they often have a live musician playing.
Salty's brunch has been on my "must try" list for a while now and it did not disappoint when I finally got around to it. Located on the Columbia river, the restaurant has a great view and great food. The brunch was $50 with mimosas, but well worth it and the waitress did not skimp on the champagne. There is such a variety of food to try, that it is hard to decide where to start first. From scones to crepes to eggs benedict to crab, all the fruit and cheeses you can eat, plus a chocolate fountain, it would be hard to not find something that you liked. Definitely worth a trip back.
Eureka! I'm typically not the buffet type, usually it's mass produced crap kept in trays bobbing in Luke warm water. But there is a place I just left called Salty's with some serious Sunday love popping the hell off. Bottomless Mimosas, Chinook Eggs Benny, fruit galore with a 6 ft chocolate fountain to baptize your strawberries, and Danny Devito or his doppelgÃ¤nger cracking mountains of crab legs with his apparently freakishly strong stubby little man hands, all while watching jet ski's weave through kayaks on the Columbia. I am beyond satisfied, a nap is in my future, and in my dreams we dance!
We celebrated our anniversary at Salty's and were not disappointed. We were made to feel special from the time we checked in. The view was beautiful and the service was terrific. We started with the Calamari which was tender, but it had the flavor of old oil or something. My husband had the steak and lobster which was delicious. I had the Hawaiian Ahi which was good, but not my favorite. Be prepared to spend some money when you go if you want the whole experience. I would like to try the buffet since they are so well know for it. I think you could also cut down on the expense if you just dropped in for a few drinks and some shared plates. We will definitely be back.
Darn. Of all my days off & I'll be missing the buffet. How I miss the bottomless Mimosas and crab legs. Quite frankly, that's all what's in my mind when we came in for dinner. Alas, didn't have none of that. For real. Sad, yeah? I know. I've had one of the pan seared Alaskan Halibut with vegetable ragu. It was awesome. Nicely done. It was well helped with a mojito and was sweetened by Tiramisu a little later. Nice evening. Nice dinner. All I can hope for is a better weather to sit along the patio. Service is good. Well attended by the friendly staff. Had I not been driving, I could've used more of those liquid courage. In vino veritas.
Can a vegetarian find enough variety at the Sunday Buffet to justify the exorbitant cost for a special treat to celebrate a friend's birthday? Yes. Yes he/she can. I didn't realize the buffet would be *hack hack* $43!!! when I enthusiastically RSVP'd "YES!" to my friend's birthday party invitation. But, realizing too late (i.e. as we're ordering our included juice, soda, coffee), I decided to make the most of it. Of course, the options are meat and seafood heavy. BUT everything is labeled (whew!) and there are lots of options for you, my little green friends. There is an omelet station where I got a knock-out veggie-packed omelet. There is tray after tray of pastries, bread pudding, fresh fruit. There's mac & cheese, eggs a few different ways, salads, waffles, pancakes, French toast. I can't even remember what all I ate but I had no trouble filling my plates. And the dessert bar?? My, oh my! From the chocolate fountain to the fruit tarts to the mousse pies... it's a sensory delight. Needless to say, for $43 a person, the service was top-notch. In fact I had mentioned my veggie status to the waiter and he offered to have the kitchen whip up a special meatless eggs benedict which I thought was a very very sweet gesture. But I assured him there was plenty for me to eat as it was. So go ahead, veggies. When your family suggests coming here to celebrate an event or just treat yourselves to a fantastic meal with a fantastic view, tell them sure! There's plenty for you at Salty's!
Great local seafood spot to have our final meal after an awesome week traveling in Oregon. Awesome river side table, menu, wine list and service. Best chowder ever and the key lime pie was the best.
Excellent dinner with friends. Waiter and hostess very attentive. Food prepared with flair and to perfection. Great views of activity on Columbia River.
My oh my oh my, etc. This IS THE PLACE. I thought Bellagios' brunch in Vegas was superb - but this wins by a river.
Happy hour is where it's at with this place. The seafood chowder, wedge salad and burger are all great options at a decent price. Enjoy the awesome view while you sip on a margarita or glass of wine.
The Sunday brunch buffet was delicious and fresh with an abundance of seafood. Ate my weight in oysters on the half shell! The entire staff was very friendly and helpful. Kade, our server in training but you would think he had been here for years. He was very friendly and outgoing. The building was clean and the view was amazing! Will be back next time in Portland.
I love saltys weekend brunch. They really use quality fresh oyster and crab. It means a lot for me and I appreciate them for providing a quality meal. I would recommend for anyone.
I went there on a Sunday brunch for friend's birthday celebration. Thanks to the reservation there was no wait. Minor delay in the parking lot waiting for valet. I saw a sign that worried me a little "don't leave anything valuable in the car due to our secluded location" or something. (but nothing was stolen :)) the buffet was great. Wide selection from seafoods to roast beef, fresh pancakes, waffles, personalized omelette, all kinds of pastries, and my personal favorite - chocolate fondue :) you can dip fresh strawberries, marshmallows, and much much more. and of course everyone was loving the unlimited mimosa. the wait staff ensured the glass was always filled. All and all, great buffet if you can eat a lot, because you would want to try everything :)
Risotto is amazing!!! View is beautiful, service friendly. Local seafood. Would bring the whole family.
Well over a decade ago I used to drive past this little restaurant daily during my commute and I kept thinking I needed to go there. This was, of course, when I could not afford a decent restaurant and barely knew how to cook myself. Finally I get invited to the winemakers dinner by Willamette Valley Vineyards which they decided to host here. How exciting! First of all, several months ago I was at a Yelp Elite event and got to try some of Salty's famous seafood chowder so I was excited to introduce my husband to it. Friends have been raving about their brunch and happy hour for a while as well. The dinner was absolutely amazing. The Chef, Josh Gibler, was able to have fun and create a four course meal completely different from anything they offer on the regular Salty's menu and wow, do I wish they had that presentation of Copper River Salmon as a regular item because it was truly magical! Each dish was accompanied by hand selected Willamette Valley Vineyard wines and their beverage manager actually found wines that WVV no longer even carries! What a wonderful meal - and the service was amazing. The sweet girl helping us even was able to effortlessly bring us chowder to go quickly and their free valet service was a treat! Watching all four of Oregon's seasons happen in the course of an hour over the Columbia River made for a very relaxing evening. The view was astounding and we most certainly will be back again.
Last night was our first visit to Salty's. We made a reservation for a family of 6 (1 kiddo) and were delighted to be sat at a large enough table in the middle of the restaurant with a beautiful view of the Columbia. As restaurant patrons with a small child, we are often cast off to the back-side of restaurants so this was a nice surprise. Our waiter was awesome & attentive. I stared with the Seafood chowder and it did not disappoint. It was creamy, rich & full of chunks of shrimp, clams & scallops. I ordered a special of skewered salmon & halibut on a bed of polenta. It was not exactly to my liking but the fish was tasty and well cooked. I regret not ordering off the standard menu. The overall experience at Salty's is worth at least 4 stars but I had to give 3 due to my meal falling short if expectations. I can't wait to return for brunch to hopefully help earn that extra star!
Our schedule that day was pretty hectic so I ended up calling the restaurant to change our reservation time 4 times that day. Each time, they were very understanding and accomodating. Once we made it inside, we were seated by the window with a gorgeous view of the river. We ordered the seafood cocktail appetizer platter and IT WAS FREAKING DELISH. Cold steamed crab, shrimp cocktail and this other shrimp which I forget the name of. It was fresh, juicy, tasty and well presented. Highly recommended. The Entrees: I ordered the smoked steelhead, my mom ordered the jambalaya and the man friend got the salmon. All of our dishes were decent portions with very good sizes of seafood prepared perfectly! I really did enjoy every single dish (i tried them all). The dessert: HOLY OH EM GEE, order the CHEESECAKE. It's a calorie bomb, but dammit, just do it. It's the best cheesecake I've ever had. It was so amazingly light. fluffy (not to sweet) and even on a super full stomach it was a party. Final thoughts? The Saturday night dinner crowd was largely the middle-aged to senior folks. Lots of adult birthday celebrations. Not a place to be hip and with it. That being said, the food was pleasurable and amused my bouche and I would probably go here again. It's a bit pricey for the ambiance though. For 1 appetizer, 3 drinks, 3 entrees and 1 dessert our total was about $130.
Nice view, friendly staff, hardly anything else worthwhile. I ordered the Northwest Paella - what showed up looked more like gumbo. I don't think paella is supposed to be a soupy mess - but this sure was. Overcooked and rubbery salmon, cod, chicken, clams, and (especially) shrimp that's swimming in broth. And then they, for some reason, put the whole thing in this dumb cast iron paellera that it was obviously not cooked in. Really sounded good on the menu, really fell fall short. Mostly, you'll find people over 50 eating here along with a handful of younger couples duped into thinking this is a nice restaurant. They certainly put on the airs of a fancy restaurant, but then skimp on the most important part. Also - who serves cold butter? What am I supposed to do with butter that is incapable of being spread? Just put a pad on the bread and wait for the bread to warm it up? This place is a joke.
Attentive staff. I have been here several times and this is the first time I ever felt like we were truly treated like a valuable customer. We were seated near by the food area and it was uncomfortable having people walk by as much. The general manager , Jacob, noticed it and rearranged for is up sit somewhere else with a little bit less traffic. Which was amazing for how busy they are on a Sunday morning. I have always been a fan of oysters and This time there was a few things that jumped out of us and that pretty much ruin oysters for me forever. :( Jacob again was on top of things and took care of us. Salty's should know how lucky they are to have staff such as Jacob. I have ever leave Salty's unhappy. As always food is delicious and I look forward to my next visit.
I still have to give Satlys a 5 star review. Again, perhaps because this holds a special spot in our hearts, but this weekend was nothing short of spectacular. We showed up for 11am reservations. When I walked in I asked if we could wait for a window seat to open up. As luck had it, there was a 2 seater available right next to a window. This meant we waited 2 minutes to be seated. Awesome! Not much has changed over the years when your talking about what they serve. About the same thing every time. This doesn't bother me, I'm familiar with what they have, and know what I want. Service was WONDERFUL. We had a great waitress who took care of us. I can't even tell you how many times I put my empty mimosa glass down, and had it filled within 5 seconds. It was perfect. Weekends like last Sunday are the EXACT reason we keep coming back to Saltys. Amazing service, Great food, Great views, all of this along with fond memories keeps this as one of our favorite spots for brunch.
I wish I could write a good review about this place! We decided to take out of town friends here for dinner- we made a reservation for 5 and got right in. We had a nice table with pretty views of the water right at sunset. The service was very very slow. It took an hour to get our food. Although our waitress was very nice, she never checked on us to reassure us our food was coming, to bring by more bread- nada. When we got the food, it looked and tasted good, but immediately afterward my sister and I felt funny. We got the same meal, salmon with potatoes. Needless to say, we didn't make it home in one stop. We both ended up getting sick on the way home. That night I spent the night on the bathroom floor- you get the idea! This was so so so disappointing. For $30+ a meal with small portions that took forever to get, the last thing we needed was food poisoning. It took us a good 3 days to feel better. Wont be going here again!
I really wanted to like you Saltys but for so many reasons you wouldn't let me. This was by far the most negative Dining month experience we had and that is such a rare thing in our wonderful city. The drinks were good but expensive the service was very fake and sporadic and for a supposed fine dining establishment things were paced terribly from the kitchen. The view is beautiful but no view can overcome some overpriced, badly presented food that you can get down the road in Astoria for 1/3 the price.
Three stars because of the long service. Took one hour for just salads and one appetizer. 15 min for drinks to come. Hour 1/2 before our food was brought to us. I got one if the specials and not really pleased with the price and quantity. For what I got should have been about 10$ less. My fish was cold but too hungry to complain. The potatoes were not real tasted like instant. The best was the cold seafood appetizer with shrimp shrimp and crab. Other than that I still prefer jakes famous crawfish by far and for the price.
Let me first say, the deck is fantastic!! Second, there is a parking lot. That's always a big plus in my book. Third, you can have the delicious happy hour on the fabulous deck. Those 3 things make me a happy girl. My friends love to go to their Sunday brunch, but $40 (plus $7 tip) is out of my price range for waffles and bacon, considering I am not quite the seafood lover they are. I can do it for dinner, but not for the meal I consider to be my breakfast. However; I can't knock it - because they think it's the best brunch in town. It comes with champagne, which to my friends - makes it a great deal. However; 2 glasses is my limit if I am going to be driving, so it's still a spendy breakfast for me. I will stick with their happy hour. The food is great and the bartenders are friendly and make great Moscow Mules (my fave). Even if the rains comes, the restaurant is surrounded by windows overlooking the Columbia river. The only view comparable is that at PCG - and that's like comparing apples to oranges. This is a seafood lovers paradise. Their deck, the sunshine and Coconut Prawns or their Sirloin Burger is my paradise.
Your paying for the view, thank goodness for the never ending mimosas!
The view from the dining area is amazing. It is romantic and elegant. A good time to come is during sunset, but don't forget to make reservations and ask for a window seat. We shared (we always eat family-style) the house smoked wild alaskan salmon, crab cakes, prawns, calamari and the organic greens with the strawberry vinaigrette. It all was really good. We didn't order the crab, but it looked really good. Maybe we will try that next time. The brunch also seemed like a good thing to try out.
Great place for a nice meal after flying in to PDX. Love the chowder.
Excellent experience from start to finish. The food was outstanding,if a bit pricy, but worth the money. Service was outstanding. The view was good, but would have been better during the day. This place was recommended by my hotel and I can see why. If I lived in Portland, I would be a regular.
Regardless if you are in Seattle or Portland, the name Salty's will come up for great places to eat. After this visit, I questioned if this PNW chain really fits into the great places to eat category. The ambience and views are certain standouts, however the meal here was par and the three of us in our party were not satisfied. Do not order the fish and chips, YUCK! Thank goodness the fries were good to offset the poor breading taste. Perhaps it was my fault for not ordering fresh seafood. Oh well I will still go to the Salty's on Alki Beach for the view.
Went during Happy hour and the food was gooood!!! Started with one of my favorite beers, Session. Then we had a few raw oysters and some calamari, oysters were very fresh and calamari was perfectly crispy. For dinner my wife enjoyed her tomato bisque soup and I had a perfectly cooked salmon Caesar salad. If all that wasn't enough the outdoor seating with a perfect view of the river made the high prices well worth it.
$$$$. Do they have anymore dollar signs? I'm rewriting this review because Yelp pulled my last review, deeming it unworthy. If you have no precautions against spending money to gain the marginal benefit of having a river view then please ignore my review. The reason I say "marginal" is because there really doesn't seem to be a lot of seats in the restaurant that give a really good view. Maybe I'm wrong. My experience was on Valentine's Day. To make a long story short, they dropped our reservation when we had arrived and after supposedly fixing the error, the lady had failed to enter our name in the second time around. We were finally sat in a corner of the restaurant that had no view, which to be honest, is what makes this place special. The Valentine's Day menu was jawdropping. The prices were exorbitant. Not expensive...exorbitant. The least expensive was a quinoa dish at $40. The steak was over $100. Let's just say I'm not a quinoa guy but if I was, I'd have to go on to say that it doesn't justify $40 no matter how it's cooked when you're not throwing in any protein. The waitress could see I was disappointed and tried to alleviate the situation. To be honest, I felt bad for her because she wasn't the antagonist yet she is the one who has to bear the reactions of customers. I tipped her well but I can say I won't go back to this restaurant. There's too many places to get a good meal in town with a great view (although perhaps not of a river) at much more liveable prices.
I was really impressed with the appetizers. The main course......not so much. I felt I was eating too much sauce on my pasta. The calamari was the best I have ever had! Next time I go to Salty's......it's only appetizers for me!!!!!
3.5 2 points are for the view. So pretty. We have not been to brunch, here, hubby just won't do it despite all of our begging and pleading. We have been to dinner, and recently we had lunch here with my dad. My dad loves this place. If he buys we don't have to beg and plead, hubby just gets in the car, all compliant-like. Child had fish and chips off the kid's menu. It cost $7. She liked it, but told us she liked Burgerville's fish and chips better. Hmm. That's not really a good sign, is it? I had chowder and a salad, I was happy. Husband had some blackened fish tacos, he liked them ok. Just ok. Still, we love the view and our drinks were good. The service was a little on the slow side, and it wasn't so busy, but it's ok to be a little slow when you're staring out at the water, which we were. I noticed that their happy hour menu is pretty reasonable. Maybe I can get hubby to be compliant for that too?
Salmon is to die for!! Calamari a bit soggy, but flat bread, breaded shrimp, and white chocolate cake is very good. Drinks are a bit on the light side, but good overall. Very good atmosphere, good view on the river and airport lights. Traffic a bit rough it worth the trip.
HANDS DOWN BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH IN PDX! Buffet style with crab, salmon, shrimp, prime rib, pastries, salad, Bloody Mary bar, bottomless mimosas and so much more! Thy also have an omelet station. $45 per person plus $10 for Bloody Mary bar or bottomless mimosas. Trust me, the mimosas are bottomless! We spent 3.5 hours there eating and drinking and our server never once seemed annoyed. The manager walked by us several times and encouraged us to return the the buffet and "try everything". The service is GREAT from the time you walk in and talk to a hostess until your server cashes you out. The view is gorgeous and I can't wait until summer when I can sit on the deck and drink bottomless mimosas. It is a little expensive, but definitely a treat and we will be going back again and again.
Written by my boyfriend: "A nice place, but somewhat commercial. Food was good, but pricey. Drinks were also pricey. Sadly we kind of got knackered on the bill, as we ordered the Dungeness crab appetizer and instead received King Crab... My girl friend was surprised, but given that we told the waiter that we were just having appetizers she just sluffed it out. When the bill came it had the full King crab meal which was a whole lot more... that being said we just paid the bill and that was that. I just would have thought that given the price differential between the two that the server would have confirmed which we wanted... Anyway, a nice place, but certainly not a place that made me say wow I have to go back." I have to say I agree.
This is always a great place to do brunch on Sunday. Great quality of good and unlimited mimosa's. scenery is always beautiful and great environment for family and friends gatherings. A little spendy, but good to go a couple times a year. Make sure that you make your reservations.
No spanks. I have been fooled far too many times by this river front restaurant. Nice view, sun deck, piano bar, kinda fancy, so you would think great spot, right? But the food is pretty cheap. I had my first visit to Red Lobster (oh, I have to yelp that) and Red Lobster comes out ahead of Saltys. This place is like that ex that always seems better in hindsight and you just miss the way they smell and think maybe if you just tried a little harder, gave more chances, it would have worked out. But, then you remember that the waitress was surely, the crab cakes had barely any crab, the trout was oily and you spent over $50 to feel bad about yourself. But then three months go by and you start thinking about Saltys again, and how much fun you would have together on a nice summer day on the river. Just go somewhere else. Saltys has found new patrons that can put up with the crap and have lower standards that you do. Me? I'm moving on.
Great food all the way around. Crab Cakes, excellent, Oysters, excellent, Clam Chowder, Incredible, Steelhead with a bacon ruhbarb marinade, Outstanding! The only complaint I have is the martinis were a little weak and small. Otherwise this is a must for anyone going to Portland. Sit outside if you can as it is located right on the river.
Yes, it is expensive; yes, it is worth it. We went on a Sunday at 5:30 pm. It wasn't crowded and we got a seat by the window no problem. The view was incredible. Service was excellent. We split the shrimp cocktail and the shrimp were huge! And so tasty! Then I split a meal with my companion and it ended up being the perfect size. It was the special of the night: salmon with garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli, and a light jalepeno sauce but empasis on the light because it was perfectly spiced. The salmon was incredible as well as everything else on our plate. Splitting the meal is the way to go because the portion would be too large for one person if it wasn't split. We had a chocolate silk tart for dessert which was also superb. I'm not really sure what other people are complaining about. Maybe we just ordered the right thing!
We have family from Pennsylvania visit us every year, and our final evening dinner has been celebrated at Salty's for several years now. Friday, August 2nd, was our best ever! Dinner for nine was a) delicious, b) a great value, c) served with style and class. Special thanks to our server, Jake. I ordered Sparkling Cider for the 3 youngsters at our table. It was served with champagne glasses, kept chilled in an ice bucket, accompanied by a special berry syrup designed to make it even more interesting, and one of the three girls was even offered an opportunity to "taste for the table!" Unbelievable! My "today's special" blackened swordfish was fresh, moist, flavorful. The Oregon Harvest Salad is also recommended. Everyone loved their dinner and I know they will all want to be back next year. My 5 star review is not intended as "5 stars considering it was Salty's." It would be 5 stars no matter where it was served. I really believe they have improved on their already solid game. The local folks in our crowd will be back soon!