Salty's on the Columbia
Salty's on the Columbia

Salty's on the Columbia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saltys.com/columbia
  • Phone: 5032884444x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH: Mon-Fri 11:15am-3:00pm



    BRUNCH: Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm seating



    BRUNCH: Sundays 9:00am-1:30pm seating



    DINNER: Mon-Thurs 4:00pm-8:30pm ; Fri-Sat 4:00pm-9:00pm ; Sunday Dinner 4:30-8:00pm



    HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri 3:00pm-6:00pm ; Sat 4:00pm-6:00pm ; Sun 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Josh Gibler
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Freshest Northwest seafood, prime steaks, friendly service. View Salty's menus online at www.saltys.com/portland/menus.asp
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private Event Space features panoramic views of the Columbia River and Mt Hood, perfect for casual to formal events. Our Catering Director works closely with you to create your picture-perfect event. We offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, buffets & more.
  • Private Party Contact: Christine Attwood 5032822205x4108
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz Fridays 7:00pm - closing

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Airport, James Gleason Boat Ramp
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Private lot is also available.
A word from Salty's on the Columbia
Located on the Columbia River with sweeping views, Salty’s wins annual awards for Portland’s best seafood, best view restaurant, best outdoor dining. Whether dressed up or casual, in the dining room, on the deck, or in private dining rooms, guests love Salty’s for fresh Northwest seafood, wild Alaskan salmon and halibut in season, live Dungeness crab, fresh Northwest oysters, clams and mussels, USDA prime charbroiled steaks, gourmet lunch salads and sandwiches and refreshing creative cocktails. Live jazz in the Café-Bar on Fridays. Happy Hour is 7 days a week in the Café-Bar only.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Salty's on the Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
293 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (244)special occasion (187)great for outdoor dining (156)great for brunch (119)romantic (115)good for groups (94)fit for foodies (92)great for lunch (60)notable wine list (50)kid-friendly (43)hot spot (26)neighborhood gem (23)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (9)Show More
  • Salty's not worth the asking price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Salty's has a wonderful view and the employees are very friendly. The food quality was simply not worth the asking price. I recently had a business dinner at Salty's. We all had the local catch Steel Head Trout. The fish was dry and fairly bland, HOW DO YOU OVERCOOK a $30.00 piece of fish?I have been there for Happy Hour on many occasions, but will not return for the full priced menu, too bad great location but the food did not equal the view or the attitude of the friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salty's is in need of help.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was mediocre at best. Fish was cold. Expensive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crackers/chips/no bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    How can a reputable seafood restaurant get away with serving potato chips and oyster crackers. I thought the menu was limited and the beer selection nil.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Anniversary brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This brunch was great for our family. 47 anniversary for the in-laws, Halloween fun for the kids, and bottomless champagne for me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Best Brunch
    happydiner
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    If you love seafood, this is the place to go to for brunch. They offer a variety of hot and cold dishes and salads, with an abundance of shrimp, crab legs, salmon, and other seafood (I saw someone with oysters). The food on the hot table is more imaginative than most brunch places, but also included the usual eggs and bacon. They have an omelet station and a crepe station, and a carving station with prime rib and ham. We both had omelets and they were excellent. There is also a small but adequate dessert station, with the usual chocolate fountain and other desserts. Service is very good. View of the Columbia river. It is pricey, making this more of a special occasion place than a 'drop by' place. Make reservations in advance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A can't miss buffet!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    One of the best brunch buffets we have found. Salty's is thought of as a seafood restaurant but you will find something to satisfy every palate. I enjoy the fresh oysters, shrimp and crab but also the lox, the prime rib and the eggs Benedict. I especially like the $10 option that provides all the champagne you desire. The ambiance is built in with the beautiful views of the Columbia River. We attend the Sunday brunch about twice a year when we visit the Northwest(we live in Arizona) and make reservations for a 10:00AM seating and have gotten a window seat every time. Salty's has always been the culinary hit of our visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slipping
    raoul
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have dined at this Salty's off and on for about 10 years (when visiting from out of town). It seems there has been slippage in the ambience, noise level and general demeanor of the restaurant. Much too loud on what was a fairly quiet Friday evening for easy conversation at a six-top w/ 4 people (one member of the planned party a no-show). And, no valet parking on a rainy Friday night? The jazz group was, as always, good. The food was good. The view is still great - right on the mighty Columbia River. But, it is starting to present itself not quite as well as it has in years past.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but a bit too pricey
    Rosieposie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The main courses start at $30.00 and uo and not a huge selection considering the location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • october brunch
    Tysons57VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    had a great brunch on a beautiful day. great service, good food, soaking in the sun on the deck. will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well Known Specialty
    food4all
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Salty's is well known for its excellent dinning. Great for a special occasion, summer and spring has the best seating but fall and winter have indoor ambiance as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great seafood, attentive service
    OregonTranslation
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Totally impressed with the attentive service at Salty's. Gorgeous view and scrumptious selection. Steelhead, ribeye, lavender or habanero infused cocktails. I drooled over the dessert menu but will have to return for that on on a Friday night with live jazz music. The weekend brunch with crab and crepes also sounded delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Brunch!!
    lindenjl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We heard that they were offering their Sun brunch on Sats now. Boy was it amazing & delicious! All the seafood choices were great, the hot & cold foods, breakfast foods...I can't remember everything they had. They had an omelet & crepe station fresh to order. Dungeness crab, oysters on a half shell, shrimp, prime rib & ham station, all sorts of breakfast foods, breads, pastries, & their dessert bar was another vast selection with fresh fruit, chocolate fondue, baked goodies, & these amazing churros! After living in the Napa area this was one of the first restaurants to truly impress us with the flavors & quality/care of their foods. Chart House was a disappointment & Salty's revived our faith in a seafood restaurant here in the PDX area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Portland Gem
    RichardnRebekah
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our dinning experience at Saltys was fantastic. I took my wife for her birthday. They made it very special for us with best seats in the house and free birthday cake. We ordered two lobster tail dinners which were perfect. Our drinks and everything could not of been better.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, but you pay for it!
    PacNWFoodie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at Salty's and was seated in the perfect spot for the best view. Except the large loud party that was next to us. The food was good, but the price is definitely steep. Especially for how many amazing restaurants there are in Portland. This is at the top for price, but food quality did not match it. The view and atmosphere is what you are paying for. Good service though!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch
    judy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This is my favorite place to celebrate my birthday every year. The weather and the food were perfect. Service was quick and efficient as usual. Hostess was friendly. The only negative ever is the planes going over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Salty's. I dine there every time I am in Portland and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Hoody
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Exceptional service, great atmosphere and huge selection make it a winners choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Karen
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I was very disappointed in our meals. I ordered Crab stuffed prawns. The were hard and dried out. The crab was a puree dollop about the size of my thumb. Three of them were served with about a cup of rice, goat cheese and a slice of tomato for $33 . Others ordered Fish and chips for $19. One medium sized piece of fish coated in an inch thick batter with a few fries. I will say thew dessert was great. I won't go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch!
    whatever23
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Took my wife here for a birthday brunch and was not disappointed! The large variety of food was excellent and the mimosas were bottomless. All of the waitstaff was friendly, they brought me things I needed before I even had to ask (bucket, butter, and cracker for my crab legs), and our mimosas never sat empty. We will definitely be going again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed.....
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We chose Salty's as our last dinner on a 2-week trip to the west coast. We chose it was because it was near our hotel & also offered a great view. The reviews I read were mixed, but I decided to take a chance--my mistake. The tables have very large bases making it impossible to pull your chair close. I tried putting the chair legs on the base but that made the chair wobbly.The restaurant staff was very friendly, but service was a bit slow. we both ordered the salmon special which sounded yummy in the oral description. The salmon portion was on the small side, especially for the high price. There was a huge amount of risotto--more than double what either of us could eat. Perhaps they were trying to make up for the small amount of salmon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TXJudiVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Tables very close together so very noisy. Service rather slow, food was cold.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic Seafood
    VisitorfromCA
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    After eating at several excellent restaurants over the past 10 days, we voted Salty's as definitely having the best seafood and it was a tie for the best restaurant overall. Great views. We'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Service and Food.
    ObsessedwithMiles
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Came here for a special family dinner. We weren't concerned too much about costs in this case. The service and the food was good. The drinks were tasty. The views are nice. The restaurant carpet and finishes are showing some age and could use a refresh. I think the prices are slightly above what they should be and that would keep me from being a regular despite the fact I think this is a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pickygirl
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The brunch is expensive.... But well worth it. Outdoor seating & view is beautiful. Very nice staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty's on the River
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The view of the River was nice and the food was good. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Salty's
    lolo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my first visit to Salty's on the Columbia. The restaurant was very clean but the tables were a bit close to each other. I had the filet with truffle fries. I didn't note any truffle at all so was disappointed. The steak was pretty good. Nice texture but not Ruth's Chris. My husband had the swordfish. It was a bit dry. They have a great view of the Columbia River which is the main draw I must say. They've got a nice cocktail and wine list. I will definitely try them again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expectedbetter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A whiskey sour is supposed to be sour with a hint of sweet, not sweet with a hint of sour. The Seafood Chowder with Andouille was tepid, had no noticeable seafood save two chewy clam slivers and no discernible andouille. Too much potato, gloopy gelatinous consistency, probably thickened with corn-starch. Seafood Grill/Dirty Rice: Small chewy, over cooked scallops with very little flavor, may have been shark meat. Overcooked shrimp with charred edges, but colorless/flavorless main body. Fish that had absolutely no char and no flavor, not even salt. Rice grains were bent and split making it mushy. None of the hallmarks of Cajun cooking. No trinity, invisible andouille and no spicing save, what was it, tomato paste? Ugh...and it wasn't cheap.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hawaiian Luau with style!
    PortlandnativeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went to Salty's Hawaiian Luau and it was so much fun! They had wonderful island entertainment as well as food that was so delicious! Loved the upstairs view of the Columbia River and the staff was so nice! Manager Karen was there when another table had a rather belligerent diner as well as Jake who handled the unruly patron quite well. Too many mai tai's I think! All in all...a great time for us which made it seem like we were on a tropical island. Love the place and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SRLSRVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very good food, but the service was terrible. It looks like that they were understaffed or poorly staffed for a Sunday evening. Recommended by our hotel but after we talked about the service, off their list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view
    Rp930VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Fried artichokes are great. Meal was very good. Service was also great. Couldn't ask for more. I would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place, view, occasion
    MrSalsa123
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    wife pasta was great,,,mine the night special was not good, salmon was not cooked all the way, too small portion....clam chowder could use more flavor, had better,,
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointing
    Fey0480
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I read this place was romantic. It is not. The comfortable chairs are kept a distance from the table because of the large table base's. The tables are already wide. Hence, unless you are over 200 pounds you can not get close to speak softly. The other patrons had to compensate with the volume of their voices as well. After dark, the inside lights were not dimmed, creating a harsh glare when trying to take in the view. I had calamari for an appetizer and the scallop special for dinner . Both were over cooked. The calamari was fried to the point of rubber, though the crust wasn't burnt, only the oil could be tasted. Friends have said good things about this place, mostly the bottomless mimosas... Stick to the alcohol and shell fish!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland food, nice view
    enjoyeating
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Salmon had absolutely no taste; fish and chips were just okay. The portions of the entrees were very small. Firecracker prawns was drowning in hot sauce - too hot to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I eat anything
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the first time I ever sent food back. It was 5:15pm on a Sunday evening and not very crowded. To their credit the staff were most gracious, recommended anoth selection and delivered it quickly. There were two of us. I mus say that even though the other guests meal was not sent back, it was not up to the ususl standard and price point for this established restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor seating is horrible
    Strid
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We sat outside and the plastic chairs were a joke. Also the service was very poor. Prices way to high.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This Is IT!
    Deano
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Salty's offers a beautiful dinning experience! The views of the Columbia, combined with the excellent food and service, you can't go wrong with this choice. I've eaten at over 100 seafood places and this one is tops.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love the view but
    funtimes
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    loved the view, We came to celebrate our 28th anniversary and listened to the squeal of the ice machine all night. We had a good view of the yacht club and little view of the Columbia. We were treated nicely and enjoyed ourselves. We loved the food and will come back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rock fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The rock fish was delicious and of course the view of the Columbia RiveR was great
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food is outstanding, the service is excellent and the view cannot be beat. Salty's is the the right place for a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Brunch with Views!!
    Pastrychefcarla
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    All Sunday brunches should strive to achieve Salty's level of service, quality and timing. From the free valet, to the bottomless mimosas, everything is timed for your the diner's ultimate enjoyment. I took my cousins who were visiting from out of town, big Italian soccer players with healthy appetites. The food was exceptional and prepared with much skill and care. There was never an empty item. Oysters, Prime Rib, Crab, shrimp, salmon, a host of breakfast items and a omlet station. Don't forget the desserts! I'm a pastry chef and I was impressed. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.