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 WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Salty's on the Columbia reviews from OpenTable diners
346 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (289)special occasion (210)great for outdoor dining (187)romantic (140)great for brunch (133)good for groups (96)fit for foodies (88)great for lunch (76)notable wine list (53)kid-friendly (48)hot spot (32)neighborhood gem (30)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (11)Show More
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was our anniversary and felt Saltys would be ideal with a beautiful view. The view was great and so was the service. Our food was delivered cold and portions were insulting for the price. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Brunch
    TheCarseys
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A great place to eat and enjoy a friend's company. More than enough food choices. High quality hot food. Fresh cold items. Great server. Beautiful view, we sat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goldie52
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went for brunch on a gift card but we will definitely go back on our own dime ( or about 500 dimes each).Yes,it's expensive but we feel that it's well worth the money,especially for a special occasion.The food is wonderful and the selection is comparable to the best buffets in Las Vegas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ejmsbenz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service is great. Really great. Very nice ambience. We come here every time we are in Portland. We live in Southern Oregon. Would like to see more shrimp as well as scallop choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The appetizer and desert were wonderful but the entrees left a LOT to be desired for a upscale restaurant. Both of our entrees were very dried out and seemed to be left either under a heat lamp or in a holding oven way too long. Dried out and rubbery seafood. If this was my first bad experience I could play it off as a bad night but this is the second, and last, time we have had the same problem. Changes need to be made to the kitchen in order to improve the dining experience. When leaving, the valet brought my car but failed to set the parking break almost causing a head on collision as I was trying to jump into my car to stop it from rolling.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wondeful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    All in all it was a great brunch experience. The selection was outstanding. Great service. I highly recommend Salty's brunch to everyone. The never ending mimosas were wonderful. We sure got our money's worth.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    heather0313
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Love everything about this place. Even felt welcome with our infant baby! Thanks again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went early and did happy hour before our dinner reservation and it turned out that the happy hour was actually better than the dinner.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Place
    jasper89
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Salty’s was fantastic. You definitely want to get a reservation. But, it would be worth the wait if you forget to. I told my wife and friends, “When the squash side dish tastes like a dessert, you know the food is great!”
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A "must" for special times
    luvportlanddining
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My husband and I have truly enjoyed our times at Salty's on the Columbia. We have celebrated anniversaries, birthdays, and no-reason occasions. Food, service, atmosphere hard to top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch on the deck
    MiloVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have been here many times and it is always great. We always seem to have the Caesar salad, harvest salad, chowder, and key lime pie. As always it is wonderful, and even better outside on the deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Salty's. The view was good, food was good, atmosphere was good. ... you get the picture. What was missing was that extra little oomph that takes the palate from good to great. But, that being said, it was a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balmy Summer Evening
    BobbyG
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    What a treat to rediscover this Gem on the Columbia. We sat outside at 7:15pm and watched the sunset. The glass walls provide a complete view of the marinas and boats sailing on the river, the colored spinnakers full from the warm, balmy wind. Our server was gracious and delightful. I dropped the hint that it was my birthday, and after dinner she brought be a slice of delicious cake on the house. I ordered a giant fresh lobster and it was delicious. I order a whole lobster only every few years, so this was a rare treat. I told the server that the lobster brains (as well as the roe) are a delicacy and that the chef should not scrap them in the preparation. She apologized. A lovely evening...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous food, great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I was delighted in every aspect of Salty's. The food was terrific and the ambiance was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    swimswithdolphins
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I have been to Salty's several times before but this time I was very disappointed. I ordered halibut which was prepared with an overly heavy sauce and chewy mushrooms. The halibut was tough and it was difficult to enjoy the taste of the fish because of the overpowering sauce. The entrée was small, no vegetables, and too expensive. My companion ordered a salmon dish which she enjoyed, but again the portion was quite small. We each had an entrée and one glass of wine (no appetizers, salad, or dessert) and the bill was $108. It would have been easier to accept such a large bill if the food had been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cherish1991
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was a very special occasion as I do not to see my Love every often . So I surpriised him with thsi and it was wonderful. After 47 years , I can still do something special. As he takes Photos , It was so nice to sit outside. Thank you for the memory.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Dinner at Salty's on the Comubia was most enjoyable, as the food and service were very good and the Columbia River view is awesome. My family enjoyed Caesar salad, coho salmon, and fillet mignon as well as the chocolate torte desert. The wait staff was very attentive, and prices while a bit high were reasonable considering the restaurant's setting. We will definitely return to Salty's when back in the Pacific Northwest.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!!!
    Primetime32
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved everything about it, will definitely be back real soon. I will also pin this in for Me & the Wife to come at least once a month. Happy Hour will be included as well 😃
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Buffet
    IloveSaltysForSure1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you love seafood, then Salty's at the Columbia is by far the best for the Saturday and Sunday buffet brunch. They also have all of the regular breakfast buffet items, but the seafood is the best in town in my opinion. Great dessert options as well and if you're over 21, add the bottomless mimosa to your breakfast feast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful evening at Salty's
    CHLN
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a tremendous experience at Salty's on the Columbia on 8/22, celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary. Manager Laura was so gracious and visited with us as we were seated at her favorite table, corner, window, view both directions. Could not have been finer. Staff had placed floral arrangement I had ordered on table together with a gift for my wife I had dropped off earlier in the day. Balloons from Salty's tied to a chair. Everything looked great. Laura introduced us to one of her best servers, Josh, a high school teacher who works weekends and summers at Salty's. He could not have been better. A delightful person, as was Laura. Next a fantastic dinner and again, it could not have been better. We both had Alaskan halibut.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saltys 2014?annual
    SS252
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great spot! Food is great sometimes and crap the other ? Probably cause they are so busy? But we dropped. $500 on dinner and expect it to be great every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    Jenk
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My husband and I had a very enjoyable lunch. It is near the Portland airport and a great place to stop after a long plane ride from the east coast. The service at lunch was friendly and attentive, the food very good. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I must say, I've eaten lots of seafood in my time and I believe I have found my "go-to" place if I ever ate in Portland again. Wife and I went for our eighth year anniversary and would come back here again and again since the food was fresh, the ambience was awesome and our server was great. We also came back for brunch and it was simply terrific!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local's know... your should too
    Kurt
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    When you want really good seafood and I mean REALLY good, this is well worth a visit. Fresh seafood, creative specials, tasty appetizers, just a great all around place to get a great meal. I did not partake of the wine list but it looked extensive and other patrons seemed to be enjoying very fine wine with their meals. They mentioned the Sunday brunch is now also on Saturday and after we feasted on crab, we put that brunch on our to do list, or more like MUST DO list...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor food outstanding service
    Jackipainter
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This was our first visit to Salty's and although my dinner was not good my husband's salmon dinner was excellent. I asked our wonderful server if the restaurant didn't have scallops. She checked with the chef and he said that he could prepare scallops. I did get the scallops with asparagus and mashed potatoes. The scallops were small and dry with no sauce whatsoever. The grilled asparagus and the potatoes were dry. Thank you to the manager who did not charge for my dinner and thank you to our server for the cake and champaign.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive
    dining
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Too pricey for the quality of food. Food was expensive for the quality of good you get.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome views on the river
    byoselfVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great service and food. Arrived early and sat upstairs in the bar and had a drink and enjoyed company. Jack was our waiter, very attentive, great attitude. Andrew was our waiter downstairs in the restaurant, he too was great. Excellent food presentation as well as taste.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • stick with inexpensive menu items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We thought Salty's was ok. Nothing to write home about. Great burger and amazing beer-battered fries, but the expensive mixed drinks were light on the alcohol (not worth the price). Bread course was not outstanding but just ok. I was expecting to be blown away but found everything to be average tasting and therefore extremely overpriced. Our server was nice but the bartender was not.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood with a View
    TwoBrowns
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoyed very special evening with delicious salmon and halibut dishes, a great wine and a priceless view of the Columbia River at sunset.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday brunch with reservation
    Leisureman
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Arrived on time and took the hostess at least 10 mins to seat us. Fortunately our waiter provided attentive service from start to finish. The food selection was abit disappointing. Small shrimp (51-60 size), tiny Manila clam, mostly 2" cocktail oyster on half shell. The omelet and pasta station definitely not up to the health code requirement. The food containers were not properly placed in ice. Some of them were just hanging onto each others with visible air gap between the containers and the ice below. The meat carving station definitely need some better services. The carver looked distracted at times as if it was a bother to carve a slice of prime rib or ham. What a shame, the prime rib and the ham were both really excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Here, But Not the Last
    LuvingFood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Saturday brunch. Excellent view and food. We (group of 5) had a wonderful time here to celebrate finding out the sex of our new granddaughter to be born in December. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • celebrate anniversary in style
    Lovesredwine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great setting overlooking the river, great service, great food, and live jazz music starting at 7 pm on Friday's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty's staff saves the dinner
    Tarheelgirl
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Beautiful setting by the river,amazing Maryhill red blend, sweetest melt in your mouth lobster tail and perfectly grilled shrimp ever. Service that is off the charts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The view is unsurpassed and the staff are welcoming and helpful but we have had 2 recent disappointing visits. At brunch on July 26th we were unlucky enough to go through the buffet following a group of 250 guests from a wedding party that descended from the event room. Although the staff tried to replenish the clean plates and food they were no match for this huge group and those of us paying full price in the restaurant were the losers. I spoke to the manager and he gave me a gift card for a return visit. On the second visit we ordered the open faced crab melt. This consisted of a thick slice of toast, a scattering of crab, and a slice of tomato swimming in a creamy cheese sauce. There was too little crab for the price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • annivmadefun
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The view & staff makes Saltys a great dining pleasure!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to unwind
    Juris
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great place to unwind and watch the river. Nice diversity of food on the menu, great local wines at reasonable mark-up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We can't wait to go again!!!!
    foodiefam
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We were very pleased with the layout of the restaurant. It was an abnormal 100 degree day in Portland, so we sat inside. There were toddlers on the patio, and they were obviously comfortable. The food was fantastic, best clam chowder I have ever had, even better than Mo's! My daughter ordered halibut with mushrooms, she said it was divine, devoured the whole thing, large proportion! My husband had the hamburger with coconut tiger prawns, enamored with his dish. Cocktails were notable. My daughter had the lemon drop martini, tasted just like good lemonade, no strong alcohol taste, (great) and my husband ordered the huckleberry martini, 2 out of 3 of us thought it tasted like koolaid, didn't like. We will definitely return. '
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still Great After All These Years
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A family favorite for decades, So many memorable events have been held at Salty's we cannot count them. We live in the Boston area so we appreciate the fine fish and seafood, but there are nice options for chicken, beef and pork as well as vegan. Salty's on the Columbia truly has a setting, menu and view for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A wonderful assortment of Pacific Northwest dishes along with traditional brunch fare. The food was delicious and beautifully displayed. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Awesome View. But...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have been to Salty's a couple times over he years. What you remember and go there for is the terrific scenic view on the river and the great food. What you easily forget is the expensive prices and inconsistent service. Dinner and drinks are at the high end of Portland's restaurants and service is hit and miss. To be fair, our waitress in the bar, fantastic. Waiter for dinner, not so much. But his impositioned demeanor was pale to our perfectly cooked meals of steak, crab, and lobster and perfect views of sailboats on the river only yards from us!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.