Salty's on the Columbia

4.6
4768 reviews
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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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Thank you for considering Salty’s for your Mother's Day celebrations. Out of consideration for all of our guests, we ask each party to keep their time to an hour and a half to ensure that each of our reservations are seated on time.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Salty's provides good food in a comfortable riverside setting. We enjoyed the Friday night jazz combo upstairs after dining on good seafood downstairs. We recommend especially the clams-mussels appetizer and the halibut specials. It was a pleasant rainy April outing, and we plan to head back in fair weather to enjoy dining outdoors.

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MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a Portland classic. Can't beat the view!! Consistently wonderful experience from the food to the wait staff.

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MI
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was unbelievably noisy on a Thursday night - had difficulty chatting with my guest.

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JW
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great day for lunch on the river. Sunny day, great view at window table, delicious meal.

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KF
Portland
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Return visit to Salty’s to celebrate a birthday. Service was great, beautiful day to view the river/views, food was good but the prices have skyrocketed! Are we paying for the view now?

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1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The view is spectacular. However the food, not so much. The grilled Salmon and risotto - was good. However, the halibut was mediocre and the crab cakes were bland. The noise level is really the biggest obstacle for any recommendation. It was unbearable - truly the 3 of us were yelling to carry on a conversation and even the server was difficult to communicate with. One would think the restaurant had a huge party going on, but that was not the case. Truly disappointing.

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BW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, my wife had several seafood sides for her dinner, they were wonderful. I had the NY steak, it was blah; the smashed potatoes that came with it had more flavor. For $60 I sure expected more.

We won't be coming back.

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H
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and the variety was great. Our waiter did a great job making us feel special. We have been been there many times before and will be coming back.

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Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Portland!

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BF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My only observation, and this is most definitely not a complaint, I really wish there were some varieties of food that weren’t slathered in milk butter, cheese and dairy. I know you guys can’t accommodate everyone’s dietary needs but as someone who is allergic to dairy it was hard for me to find things to eat since most of the gravy and sauce items all included dairy and butter and all of the cheeses and desserts were dairy. I ended up eating crab, prime rib and oysters with no sides which was absolutely fabulous! BUT I was just really bummed that there weren’t any sides to accommodate dairy free people. I know there are too many dietary conditions to consider but I thought I would let you know that it was part of my decision to probably never return. I feel like I would’ve got my moneys worth if I could’ve eaten some of the sides, cheeses and deserts. Otherwise fabulous.

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love coming here for brunch, its amazing every time and the service is amazing!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a party of 4 for a Saturday brunch to celebrate the 40th birthday of my son. I made the reservation weeks before my trip to Oregon on Open Table. We waited for 15 minutes despite of a confirmed reservation. Also, I requested a table with a view of the river. When we were finally ushered to a table, which was empty and had a beautiful view of the river, we were reseated us to a different table, which didn’t make me happy.
Having experienced a buffet consisting of wide array of seafoods at other restaurants here in the States and and abroad, Salty’s pales in comparison. I don’t understand the big hoopla about this restaurant. There is nothing spectacular about it!

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was super attentive and energetic. The food was wonderful and the selections were endless. Will definitely be coming back!

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Top notch service and a wonderful view of the Columbia river, throw in all the crab, shrimp and clams you can eat and it can't be beat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food with good view

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NR
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having to cancel 2 previous reservations for my friends 100th birthday this was finally our celebration birthday dinner! She was able to go upstairs with the assistance of several male waiters so she could enjoy a front row seat at the window for a view of the grand Columbia River on an absolutely beautiful day. The service by Brian and staff was impecable, the food was delicious with a birthday dessert for the birthday girl. We don't go to Salty's frequently but when we do it is for something special, thank you for always making it special!!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good seafood and nice atmosphere. The fish and chips were amazing.

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E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the seafood platter with oysters, crab, prawns and shrimps. Definitely a dish to share ! We'll go back on a heart beat.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Monday evening with 11 people. Had our table ready when we arrived and everyone from the hostess to the manager was so nice. Of course our food and drinks we OUTSTANDING as well.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love everything about Saltys!!!! However there was a table that was extra loud. But I don’t expect much to be done with trying to ask adults to quite down🤷🏽‍♂️

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k
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall great food and service, wish they didn’t blast arena jams for Sunday brunch. This place would crush it with live jazz or blues on Sunday brunch.

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MC
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'm a walking billboard for your brunch. I love it!

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DE
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my first visit for brunch ever . I really enjoyed it . Great food and the service was stellar . I would definitely do it again .

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Food excellent nice flavors and mix of fresh seafood. Although loud able to hear what our server Andrew was saying clearly. Would live to see the views on a clear day.

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GT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party which was easily accommodated by Salty's. We used the online reservation which worked great. We found the food great and the view excellent. We also had great service!

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

75th birthday celebration for mom with family.

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GL
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was friends get together and we had so much fun. Food little bit expensive ( 6oz king salmon $60 on special)
Service is great, will probably come back, but will have some snacks at home ;)

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time spent celebrating my wife’s and nieces Birthdays.

Thank you!

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PM
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great way to spend the morning! Delicious food and a beautiful view!

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JL
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Crab cocktail was $19 but only had 3 or 4 small chunks, for that price i was hoping for more.

Grilled halibut on pilaf with avocado feta salad was really seemed like grilled halibut with boxed Mexican rice and packaged guacamole

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We don't enjoy the brunches but every other time is always wonderful.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

As usual we loved our experience at Salty’s. We were a little disappointed, however

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Way overpriced for the quality of the food. Good service.

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O
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place on the river for lunch! Food is excellent and service was perfect.

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TP
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Great service. Zero complaints. The food is insanely overpriced for what it is. I ordered the halibut tacos. It was literally two thumb sized pieces of fish, one on each of the two tacos and five (count them) five tortilla chips for a side. They charged $28 for this. It was borderline embarrassing. Other meals at my table were similarly small but expensive. My wife had a steak salad with 6 chunks of steak probably 3 ounces tops. Lunch for the family was $150 plus tip. I simply cannot reccomend this to anyone not for the price but the price in proportion to what you get for it. We stopped at a drive through on the way home. Not kidding. Two days earlier we went to McGrath’s fish house and the food was awesome and all of us took home leftovers. Food there’s was under $100 for 6 people (4 adults+2 children), same as here. Yes it’s a chain and the ambience is nowhere near as nice. But the food was better hands down. I’m sorry but after this place was hyped up I was extremely disappointed and my family from out of town felt the exact same. You have a beautiful restaurant and a wonderful location and your servers are exceptionally well trained. Perhaps that is why your food portions are so small because you can get away with it.

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DW
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here two nights in a row. In town and it was close by. A winner for sure. Great team and extra great service.

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LB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is actually very beautiful and charming and amazing part of the river. And the food was very good except for some of their Fry dishes. The calamari was soggy when I got to the table and the fried artichoke side vegetable was like eating Concrete that definitely needs to be reworked but I must say the crab cake was delicious as was the smoke Steelhouse they had run out of the Dungeoness crab which is really what we come for. I think my biggest peeve about the restaurant was the bath were old and seemed dirt and at the price point (over $300 for four people two of which split an enter)they are charging I expect everything to be perfect

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LR
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Sauce for Calamari appetizer had no flavor.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch is legit! Delish as always! Thank you!!

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DM
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Stations regularly refilled. Service was attentive.

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