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: (503) 288-4444
  • 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
250 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (207)special occasion (162)great for outdoor dining (120)great for brunch (102)romantic (98)fit for foodies (87)good for groups (77)great for lunch (46)notable wine list (45)kid-friendly (38)hot spot (22)neighborhood gem (18)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)Show More
  • A Portland Favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Salty's never disappoints when I bring visitors to our area for dinner. We all loved our visit, and the staff was especially attentive, friendly and helpful…from the hostess seating us, to our waiter and the servers. Exceptional service just added to the wonderful food choices and the ambiance of the location itself. If visiting Portland, for business or pleasure, finding your way to Salty's will be a very pleasant and memorable experience!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced for slightly above average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We have been here a number of times and have always found Salty's to be extremely expensive. This visit, we had better scallops at Harvest in Camas than at Salty's and they were less than half the price. Our server was great, but through no fault of her own the service was slow. The scallops were supposed to be served with mushrooms, but were served with blue potatoes. When dealing with a person's dietary restrictions, this is not acceptable. My guest chose this dish because mushrooms were okay for her to eat - potatoes were not. Then, given that Portland has been designated as the "coffee capital" I don't understand why Salty's coffee tasted like MJB or Foldgers at best.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful restaurant, wonderful setting
    AnnaGrant
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We have been to Salty's before and it never fails to please. Wish I could remember our wonderful server's name; he was helpful. interesting and amusing. No problem with our eating just small plates and sides with a nice bottle of wine. The seafood chowder is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best local fine dining in Portland.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My wife and I enjoy going to Salty's for special occasions. We're also thinking of trying the brunch with the whole family. We really like the menu options, especially the fresh seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy place not worth price tag
    Jdeere
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I don't want to be too critical about Saltys because it was a nice place and I have only tried one thing on their menu, the cioppino. It wasn't bad but it also wasn't worth the $36 dollar price tag. They seared the seafood and vegetables separately and then poured the hot tomato broth over it at the table (its much better to cook it all together). I went here for a date but I don't think I will be giving them another chance. Just too expensive for my taste I guess.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    Deardorf
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Celebrating a birthday at Salty's. The food and service exceeded expectations. We will highly recommend Salty's.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and great food.
    schamm
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great service, great food and great time. My family loved it. My daughter is asking if we can have all our birthdays at Salty's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great seafood and waterviews
    BigAl60VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was my second visit to this location in Portland. I'd often visited the Salty's locations in the Seattle area when I traveled there. Always a great experience. The waterviews are a treat. Service is first rate and the food is always very good. My only comment, as with all good restaurants is that the prices are a bit high. Okay for business dinners, but tough to do very often for personal dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb date night location!
    aubsak
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Hands down one of the best meals we've enjoyed in months. Our served Brian was on the ball and anticipated wants very well. His descriptions of wines and food specials were spot on. My husband enjoyed the steak and lobster while I had the blackened rockfish. I live roasted cauliflower and was definitely bit disappointed in Saltys version.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chana
    chana
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food is always great at Salty 's! I always enjoy the fresh fish and seafood. Love the chowder!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing brunch with a great view!
    amyw416
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My husband and I came to Sunday brunch for our first anniversary and were amazed - the food was great, our server was a pleasure, and the atmosphere was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I want to give a Special Thanks to Will our sever and the Restaurant for recognizing our engagement. WE live in Lexington. KY, but we will return for another GREAT experience at Saltys
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good was way below standard
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I was shocked to be served very greasy calamari 😒 It was the worst!!!!! Service was slow I love Saltys but this time awful!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over-rated
    Kevin
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This is suppose to be a high end restaurant but the food was less than mediocre. Maybe it has good view, but it is way over priced and over rated.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    bunkieleadfoot
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    A fantastic restaurant, I ate lunch here two days in a row, along with two co-workers. Everything we had was excellent and the service was first class. Fresh fish and a beautiful view of the river. When in the are I will definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salty's not worth the asking price
    Mrfish
    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
    queen
    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
    bubbles4me
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A can't miss buffet!
    Ftrplt
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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