McGrath's Fish House - Salem – Willamette Town Center

4.2
67 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
For more than 25 years, McGrath’s has been serving up the freshest catch from the Pacific Coast & Northwest Rivers—prepared expertly and served in a warm waterfront-style atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 67 people are saying
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HollyO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my dad's 85th birthday. Great Food and service was amazing!

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DarleneB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Long-time customers; haven't been going out much for too long. Was everything we remembered - the even menu was recognizable. Paul was pleasant, knowledgeable.
Food was very good - hot and as ordered. Green salad was best in town. Servings were more than adequate - brought some home.
Definitely will return and take friends.

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Chelseaq
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Amber was amazing. So accommodating and friendly. Never felt neglected. Our food was delicious and hot and seasoned so good. Great clam chowder just needed a little extra spice but still great flavor. The crab and shrimp louie was perfectly portioned and loved how they plated and all the ingredients were in abundance. Separated but loved it. Great thousand island dressing.
The fish and chips were a big portioned and seasoned well and crunchy. Loved the horseradish they gave me to add to my cocktail sauce. This was one of the best meals I've had in along time! My mom celebrated her birthday here and really enjoyed the raspberry Lemonaide mojiti. We had a great time laughing and we ate everything.

Thank you

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Mimi
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Over-all the evening was great. Our waitress was excellant, the best so glad she waited on us. Myself and my friend were out for her birthday. She had the Top Sirlion and I had the New York. My New York had very good flavor but, I ordered it med and it was between mediun well and well. It was tough and my friend's was cooked correct but was also tough. Nice restaurant and will go back.

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LeeE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The seafood was spectacular. We were seated outside and enjoyed the evening Fall weather

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EllenC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Huge salads, good food, fun/fancy cocktails. Have been going there for 10 years. This time our friends with us ordered the fried oysters, which they always do and were disappointed. Manager gave them a discount. We will be back.

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Marionberry
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent as always. I think the server was new or it was understaffed that day as she took one of our sets of utensils with the plate and forgot some things. The booth was very comfortable and the noise was minimal.

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RobM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had heard about this restaurant for many years but had never been. It will now be one of our favorites when visiting Salem.

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VickieK
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Overall everything was good. Steak was a little tough and crab was dry. Ordered the Admiral platter, surf and turf and shrimp platter. The desserts were good too.

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JudyP
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From hostess to server to delicious lunch…all excellent!

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PhilM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always look forward to having lunch or dinner here .

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Great chicken tenders but the steak and lobster was a joke. The lobster was so overcooked that it looked like rubber. Nothing close to the photos on the website. Ribs were absolutely tiny and little meat on them. Sad because I hyped this place up for a special occasion. Very disappointing. Probably won’t be back.

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Debajoe
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I felt the piped in music was turned up a little too much. I was disappointed that the penne parmesan side dish offering has been removed. The mac and cheese side dish was NOT the same and not near as tasty.

Our waitress was FABULOUS! She was all about service and making our experience excellent. I wish I remembered her name.

The food was excellent and filling. We tried an appetizer (crab and artichoke dip) for the first time at McGrath's and it was delicious. I come to eat my favorite dish, Halibut Parmesan and it was very good. Have loved the fish and chips too. The new Godiva chocolate mousse dessert was fantastic.

We WILL be back.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. I tried the new catfish entre. It was very good.

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Anonymous
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The service was a bit slow, but we figured they were short staffed due to COVID and didn't mind that. However, they weren't very welcoming and the overall customer service experience was subpar. No one was at the front desk when we arrived and it took a few minutes to be greeted. The food was also mediocre. The main complaint was the side dishes and appetizers. We ordered the Irish Nachos with the bacon on the side, but they also included bacon in the dish, the brussel sprout side dish was practically raw, and the macaroni & cheese was very bland and mushy. They did switch the sides on two dishes, so the waitress was nice enough to correct that for us. We were there for a birthday celebration, but there wasn't much to celebrate as far as the food and atmosphere.

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LindaR
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hazelnut crusted sole was delicious. Waiters were friendly. We ate outside and it was pleasant.

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BeckyW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sooooo much food! It was all delicious and our server was top notch!

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JohnR
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed mcgrath's but am still bitter at them closing their restaurants as they have.

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GilbertA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paul our waiter, was efficient and polite. Made us feel comfortable and added to the dining experience. Food was well prepared the servings perfectly sized. Wide range of menu items available and the bar well stocked.

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cindyj
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dining very much so food was good and service was good

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PatB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove down from Portland. We didn’t know what to expect since our Milwaukie MCGrath’s closed. We found the food to be excellent, the staff to be very very nice and accommodating (we were very early for our reservation) and the restaurant was very COVID aware. We will definitely be making the trip back to Salem.

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Yputpu
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food was great, service sucked. Never got a refill on my drink and had to ask for ranch for my salad 5x to 2 different people before I finally got it.

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StevenV
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was simply fantastic, an amazing young lady

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Rosemary
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We came a few months ago when I was visiting from California and LOVED it, so we came back but this time was not good. Service was slow and very unenthusiastic. They were out of what we wanted. And what we ended up getting was not good.

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Klem57
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time visiting McG's (I'm sure somebody must call it that). Wife and I went to the one in Salem for our anniversary. It was on an off-night (Monday), yet they were still moderately busy. Comfortable atmosphere. Easy for us to have a conversation across the table.
Our server (A) was terrific - we'll ask for her table again when we go back (because we will... go back).
Food was great. Price is on-par with the national always-the-same-everywhere-you-go seafood chains, but with a much truer, regional flavor - that small business being more passionate and caring thing maybe.
Wife says we should eat there more often.
What more could I say?

Did I mention the food rocked?
OK then.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was terrific. Everything was great. Thank you for accommodating 8 of us.

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BillB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was just alright. I was expecting something better.

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amfoxy
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the ayce shrimp and the traditional shrimp dinner along with a garden salad and bread. The salads had everything from carrotts, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes...soo good. Bread as always was hot and so tasty...you have to be careful not to fill up on the bread before your meal arrives. Each of our shrimp dinners were very tasty and the variety of shrimp was super. Everything was fantastic.
Our waitress....PAIGE....was friendly and very engaging. She came and took our order soon after we sat down and the salads and bread came quickly. And Paige, she was a joy throughout our dining experience and really made it a great evening. As we told her, we would take her as a granddaughter in a heart beat.

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StevenF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Paige was very helpful and courteous. Her attention to detail was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I ordered food… I was expecting the veggies to be covered in butter and the Brussels to be fried with the oils an other things. I was 100% surprised when my meal came out with the healthiest veggies (steamed). The Mac and cheese was actually freshly prepared and not the old casserole sitting under the warmer for hours. The plank salmon was incredible!! The ambiance was nice and quiet. Highly recommend!

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jimboy
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When asked waitress did not know if fish was a filet or cut as a steak. Seems simple for a seafood house.

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GloriaM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waitress seemed rushed, unfamiliar with menu specifics, and did not seem to be paying much attention to what we were actually ordering. I specifically ordered Dungeness crab, but I received snow crab. She was also sloppy in some of the details of my daughter's orders.
Also the crab legs were oversalted.

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Ralph
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Jackie. Food is always guaranteed great.

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HollyK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food. The balsamic vinaigrette is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food is just ok... I went with friends and not akot of selection... small portions and the service was just ok...

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Food2me
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The place was clean. We ate outdoors and were completely happy with everything.

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ChrisL
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat. Always a pleasant experience.

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VynW
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. They even turned on the TVs so we could watch the World Series. Attentive but not hovering. Food typical in chain seafood establishments, but still appetizing.

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TimothyB
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We were served grilled rockfish that was so over done that it was hard to cut through. The waitress sent the manager to change this out and we received a newly cooked fish after about 15min wait as promised. This piece was excellent. Our guest ordered a combo fish platter, she said that the fish was tasteless and overdone. All of her fried fish items were cooked too long.
our waitress was amazingly helpful and very responsive !

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TheresaC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was good meal time that I had. It was my birthday I had a good time.

FAQs

McGrath's Fish House - Salem – Willamette Town Center offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 485-3086.

McGrath's Fish House - Salem – Willamette Town Center is rated 4.2 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.