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

Salty's on the Columbia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saltys.com/columbia
  • Email: columbia@saltys.com
  • Phone: (503) 288-4444
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: Mon-Sat 11:15am-3:00pm



    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-Sat 3:00pm-6:00pm ; Sun 4:30pm-6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak, 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, Delivery, 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: Jocelyn Phelan (503) 282-2205 x4107
  • 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 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Café-Bar only. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Dinner before Cirque Du Soleil was terrific. Our waiter was so great with our two granddaughters ages 11 and 14 and their 13 year old friend. He made them feel special. There were seven of us and everyone's food was wonderful and the service was the best. A 20% tip was automatically added since we were such a large table but we left an additional tip because our waiter was so great. The view of the river is really so nice, too."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "very unpleasant experience with all aspects of our evening, from our checking in to our table for 5 was a booth with no support in the cushions. one piece of fish with my fish and chips. over all we are sorry that we wasted our time and money at your place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Very nice venue overlooking the Columbia river. Food was very good but not quite great. Most staff very helpful and friendly.... exception was the Maitre'd. She had no clue how to be a hostess - ignoring most arrivals on a busy night. I had to stand at the desk and watch while she did something on the computer until I interrupted after 5 minutes. All in all a pleasant meal, though."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our dinner at Salty's was great. The staff were very frendly and just thr right amount of attention. The seafood was very good and pleasant atmosphere. Good wine list, nice selection of deserts, I would definitlely go back."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "exceptional service with a River view. great for dates and small groups. Took friends from AZ, we could hear eachother well in a popular restaurant and had the best service!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We went there for one reason, fresh oysters, which we could have gotten without getting in our car and driving, but you were out of them and that is not right as the advertising we read said that was a main feature, so you dropped the ball. We came there, rather than the closer places, because you were water side and that was nice, but when the oysters weren't there, we did not like feel like being there either, food was okay, soup was way too thick and I could have made better from a can. FYI, soups should not be served cold and clumpy, they should be served hot and smooth, they can be rich if done right, but your was simply over cooked, thick soup, yuck."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Parking was a bit tight and getting to our table was a bit hectic, but with any popular eatery, I guess that's to be expected. The servers and chefs were friendly and helpful. The breadth of options was impressive, as was the actual food itself. Top notch! The only things that could be improved is the dress code. The clientele is quite diverse. There were people in their Sunday best as well as customers in sweat pants with their hairy guts sticking out. Be warned. You may go to take a bite of your fruit crepe and look up to find, and smell, a four hundred pound mouth breather staring and drooling, in your direction, like you're piece of prime rib. That can be a real turn off and stomach churner."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite places when in Portland for fresh seafood. Love the dungeness crab and fresh oysters! The seafood tower is awesome!!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Love the location and food! Great spot when the weather is nice to enjoy the view of the water! Great fresh seafood and excellent service!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Salty's is consistent and predictable. If you walk in expecting high prices, few menu choices and mediocre service then you can relax and enjoy the view. Garlic seems to be the specialty: everything except the wine and the dessert is laced copiously. On the other hand, the food presentation is always pristine. The lobster tail, for example, is presented very appetizingly so as to detract from the fact that it was over-cooked."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "4 meals, either very poor quality or inedible. Out of clams and mussels, last lobster, soft shell crab tiny and overly sauced. Clam chowder tasted like a salt shaker had tipped in it and tasted burnt."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "View is awesome. Wine, salad and bread were great. Crab Cakes superb! Both the grilled salmon and the plank salmon were, on scale of 1 to 10, about a 5."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have gotten into a habit of taking out of town guests to Salty's because of the consistently good food and service. Additionally, a table on the river is amazing and really gives our guests a taste of Portland's water culture. The fish is always fresh and perfectly prepared. We will return!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Service started out great (hostesses and bartender were perfect) but the service of the server declined as the meal progressed. I understand they don't want to rush you, but I would have liked a glass of wine or some more water at least. I'll probably go back but for the price, the service should be much better."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Awesome view and good menu. The meal was quite tasty. The evening would have been a lot better without the very loud table close by. They seemed to be oblivious to anyone else around and it took away from a romantic evening. We did get some oysters on the half shell and they were great except a bit of shell in one which they quickly replaced. The only problem was the replacement also had bits of shell. We choose not to mention it a second time."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We'd never gone to Salty's on the Columbia, but since it was PDX Dining Month and they were participating - we went! We had the PDX prix fixe diner plus the seafood chowder. The chowder was just the way we like it thick and creamy. The halibut / salmon skewer on charbroiled romaine was fantastic. The entree was stuffed trout on roasted fingerling potatoes covered in a dill sauce which we loved. Dessert was an Asian pear flam that topped off a great dinner. We wasted everything down with a nice Riesling - after all everything goes with Riesling. We'll be back for Happy Hour on the deck later this spring and summer. Bon Appétit!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The manager was amazing. I took my boyfriend Eric there for his birthday. Turns out they have the same birthday. Just so amazing the level of treatment. Jack our waiter was attentive and most importantly Eric had and amazing time and treated like royalty. Thank you so much for a memorable experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I travel to Portland every three months. the first stop we make is at Salty's, it is always excellent. the staff and hostesses greet us at the door, we are seated quickly, with a view of the river. food is always great, it is a real treat."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Fantastic view table, balloons, gracious service, best cake EVER."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We were thrilled, after a number of years out of the area, to return to find Salty's on the Columbia just as wonderful as we had remembered. The seafood is outstanding and we plan to return often."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food was very good. I am allergic to shell fish so I did not have any. Their was still more than enough other things to keep me happy. The prime rib was amazing. The servers and hosts were observant and polite. We were very happy to have celebrated my wife's birthday there. Thank you for making her birthday great."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Salty's has the best brunch buffet! A great selection of seafood, hot dishes and delicious desserts makes this the place to go for a Sunday treat."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Great food as always! What a wonderful place to dine on your birthday!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Our group of nine tremendously enjoyed the restaurant and food. The service was slow at the beginning as we didn't get orders in for maybe half an hour? This was not a problem for our group as we were friends enjoying each other's company, but might be a problem for a smaller group. The food was tasty and perfectly prepared and presented. The service was quite good with plates for all the diners coming out at the same time. We had salmon/halibut skewers over grilled romaine lettuce to start. It was perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful. The main course and desert were also just perfect. I would like to return and share this restaurant with other friends."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Salty's has the best brunch in town! We came, we ate, we were stuffed! Our son turned 18 & this was his first choice for his celebration brunch!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We have gone to Saltys for brunch for many years. It has always been a wonderful experience and they have always had a choice of food for any persons tastes, likes and dislikes. We recommend it to all of our friends in town and out of town."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food was amazing. Delicious! The view was fantastic, we watched the sun set over the Columbia. The staff was VERY accommodating, They went out of their way to find us a window table for our special evening. Thank you. :)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was our first time at Salty's and we were excited to finally dine here. They were running a little behind on reservation times but the hostess kept us up to date and found us a window seat - the view and atmosphere was perfect. Since it was Portland Dining Month we went with the 3 courses for $29 which included a Salmon/Halibut Brochette for an appetizer, Smoked Trout with herbs for the entree and Pear Flan for desert. We were sadly quite disappointed in the flavor of the app. and entree as both were quite bland. Granted it was a discounted meal but we were still expecting more. Other dishes coming out looked amazing so maybe the meal just wasn't meant to be. Will definitely go again but will order off main menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very pricey. Food,service were only fair. loud and unnecessary live music."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Regular place I can trust to have a quality business meal."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Waiter was not attentive and it took over 3 hours for 6 of us to eat."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "not my taste in brunch, felt it was highly overpriced for the quality, quantity and selection......took our reservation for 1:30 without making us aware the brunch ended at 2...quite a disappointment....they should not make reservation within an hour of shut down of the brunch"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Love going to Saltys for brunch Always the best food,service. Mother's Day or any occasion Saltys makes it special"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "This was really fun to experience including, but I'd have to say it seems like half the price tag on their buffet must be due to the location...being right on the water, and the seafood included in it. Other than those two elements if wasn't any different than many other buffets I've enjoyed. My table for two, was uncomfortably close to the other table for two. Being directly side-by-side like that is a bad idea. Need to at least stagger them. Tater Tot dish looks chintzy in an expensive catering line-up. I suggest offering at least one fantastic gluten-free dessert, besides fruit."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I enjoyed dinning at Salty,s while in Portland on a recent business trip. My server Brianna was very kind and made me feel welcomed .service was exceptional as was the scenery and ambience. Thank you for a great evening and free vallae parking."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "As a family of 5 we visited Seattle Saltys and it was just the best view of the city! Kid friendly and great service. Recently celebrated my wife's birthday and the Great customer service mirrored that of Seattle's. We will definitely be back they treat you like a person should."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My Mom chose Salty's for us to gather and celebrate her 75th Birthday as a family. They drove in from Eastern Oregon and it was a nice end to a busy driving day. Our party of 7 ranged in age from 14 to 75. Everyone found something they loved on the menu (even the non fish-eaters). The service was great, the food excellent - and the experience was special. They even brought and extra slice of White Chocolate Mousse cake (1 is provided for Birthday celebrants) so everyone got a few bites and more. We highly recommend the location for a special evening. ( I also have attended business events during the day, in the summer, on the outside deck and it was very nice.)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This Salty's location in Portland was recommended to me by a co-worker. I made an online reservation because I had to catch a flight later that evening. I got an automated reply confirming my reservation. When I arrived, on time, our table was not ready, we waited almost 20 minutes to be seated. Our next long wait was for a waiter to even acknowledge us, nearly 30 more minutes, we came very close to walking out. The food was not at all up to the expectation we had for the menu pricing. I may never return to this Salty's again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Appreciated the follow-up to handle & combine our 2 reservations, strong customer service from Michelle (it was her birthday) and then having a manager come over to check on the food & service -- great job Salty's! Several friends arrived earlier to enjoy Happy Hour and we couldn't have picked a more perfect day! The $29 special was delicious! It was a seamless dining experience...it was like we were at home simply enjoying the good company of friends and ENJOYING a delicious evening!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Salty's has an excellent seafood menu that comes to the table prepared as you like it. Service was prompt and courteous, It is just a touch on the expensive side, but the food is of good quality."
    Dined on 3/10/2014