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Salty's on the Columbia

4.7
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5851 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Seafood
With a magnificent view of the mighty Columbia River and Mt. Hood, Salty’s on the Columbia River is considered one of Portland’s best restaurants. One of the Top 100 Most Scenic Restaurants and Top 100 Best Brunches in America by OpenTable, and Eater’s #1 of the 15 Essential Portland Seafood Restaurants.

Come dressed up or casual to enjoy our waterfront decks, dining rooms, and private dining. Salty’s is renowned for our seasonal seafood, Northwest coastal cuisine, and uncommonly warm service. Our Northwest wine menu has won the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 2003.

For nearly four decades, Salty’s has proudly welcomed generations of locals and travelers celebrating vacations, engagements, business, or simply a lovely day on the water. Join us for astonishing northwest coastal cuisine, service & smiles!

We are proudly independent, family owned and operated with woman ownership.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5851 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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melanie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i had a delicous window seat and was taken very good care of by theodore. i had oysters, calamari, and a prawn cocktail. it was so tasty and fresh. i enjoyed my time there and i would definitely come back! thank you :)

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded 5 hours ago

Melanie, thank you so much for joining us and leaving a detailed review of your visit! We really appreciate you choosing to dine with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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RodneyH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!
Prices are a little bit high.

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CulinaryKelly
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Pre-Covid Salty’s was a great date night place to go. However post-Covid the food is less than stellar. One would expect at least 4 star food for the prices they charge. I guess we will start looking for another date night spot. I really hope they go back to the quality of food they once served.

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AnthonyQ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish'n chips ever! Great key lime pie with the candy sugar & lots of fruit. The smoke in the steelhead was so good. The view is still beautiful & they space out the tables well.

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CynthiaB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

I requested a window seat for a special 88th birthday....
Well we were seated by the window that faces the outdoor seating area...I was very disappointed. I did not say anything as I wanted her to have a special day. But I’m voicing my opinion now. Thank you

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KarenM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Limited menu choices Bread now an appetizer. Clam chowder soup delicious

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vipJohnS
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overlooking the Columbia River, this place is a gem !!! Outstanding menu, excellent service, cute decor.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review John! We’re ecstatic you enjoyed the view! We love to hear our guest’s feedback and we can’t wait for you to join us again.

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LateNightDateNight
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sunday evening dinner was delicious. I had the Steelhead with pesto risoto. I like my fish cooked a little more but it tasted delicious. The pesto risoto was mouthwatering and fabulous. Our wait staff was wonderful as well. We can always expect a wonderful experience when we come to Saltys

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback. We appreciate you dining with us. Your family here at Salty's is happy to hear that you loved your meal! We hope to see you again soon!

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Megsblair
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Salty's. It was such an amazing experience. The food was incredible and the best that we have ever had. We sat upstairs and our server was Jack. Jack was amazing. He had the best attitude and made the meal even more enjoyable. We will be back for sure. Thank you Salty's for the most amazing date night.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us—and we agree, Jack is truly a gem to have on our team! We count ourselves lucky for guests like you. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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LenR
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little high on the price and sitting outside plane noise was a little loud once in awhile.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 19, 2020

Hi Len! Thank you for the review. Sorry to hear the noise was a little loud during your last visit! We appreciate you dining with us and hope to see you again soon.

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AngieM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service was above my expectations. Our server did an outstanding job making the experience memorable. It was our first time at Salty's and we will definitely be going back!

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 19, 2020

Hi Angie! Thank you so much for choosing to join us and sharing such kind feedback! I am so glad your first visit with us was memorable. We really appreciate you being our guest and can not wait to see you again soon.

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Bevey
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a Birthday wonderful food and service,

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 19, 2020

Bevey, thank you so much for joining us to celebrate! We are so appreciative that you allowed us to have a part in your special occasion. Thank you again for dining with us and we hope to see you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Fiancé’s Birthday was amazing!!

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 18, 2020

Hi! Thank you for the review and for letting us be a part of your special occasion. We loved celebrating with you and we can’t wait to see you again!

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KalieR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a spontaneous date and our first time there. The food was delicious. Service was great. We will be going there again for sure!

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 18, 2020

Thank you for your kind feedback, Kalie. We appreciate you dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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TommyBoy
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Super expensive and not very good
Any other stuff

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Jackattak
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

- Waited 10 mins outside in the chilly wind when we had reservations. We thought this odd until we saw the reason why: They aren't anywhere near capacity and tables are very limited for social distancing. Makes sense.

- Food was...well...salty. Everything was cooked proficiently however. No rubbery clams, etc.

- The raw oysters are simply devine.

- It was our anniversary and they gave us free dessert!

- Service was impeccable.

- Terrific libations, including the mocktails

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MaryO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this restaurant 3 years ago when we flew into Portland! We always have dinner or brunch when we are in town.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 16, 2020

Hi Mary! Thank you so much for joining us over the last 3 years! We appreciate you stopping by and sharing your feedback. We look forward to your next visit at your home away from home!

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JimC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for "Crabby Monday" and had a ton of dungeness crab! It was delicious and so much we had to take some home. Great service, and great Covid precautions and distancing.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jim. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us! We are so glad you enjoyed Crabby Monday and can not wait to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t had many occasions to enjoy inside dining since the Coronavirus shut down. My recent visit to Salty’s was a reminder of the quality of service that I’ve missed over time. Health protocols were visibly in place, and the food was served to perfection. Thank You..

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 13, 2020

Hi, we work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. We appreciate you choosing to dine with us during these times and are happy to hear you felt safe at our establishment. Thank you so much for the review and we’ll see you again soon!

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Jesse
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails, excellent lunch, over the top service.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi Jesse, we work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Thank you so much for the review and we’ll see you again soon!

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BobJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary
The food was delicious and perfect temperature. The environment was calming and a fleet of sailboats floated by bringing so much beauty and joy to both of us❤️
We were blessed with a lovely dessert to finish our meal.
We highly recommend this restaurant ❤️🎈🎈🎊🎉🎊🎉

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi Bob! Thank you so much for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us. We are so pleased to hear we were able to assist in providing you with a well-deserved relaxing evening! We really appreciate you allowing us to be a part of your special day and look forward to your next visit.

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sonjap
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great experience once again. Thank you. See you next year.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 13, 2020

We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Thank you so much for the review and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place amazing food

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 18, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing! We think you are an amazing guest and can not wait until you visit again!

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Bfoodie
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Firstly, one tries to call the restaurant and you cannot. Their phone doesn't work. Secondly, the $42 scallops(3 total scallops) dish was gritty, not cleaned well, you could taste lots of sand. Thirdly, my mom loves crab and open face crab sandwiches, however, the crust was so hard on the bread, she couldn't cut through it. Traditional crab open faces are on easier bread to eat then that. All in all, wasn't very impressed.

What did we like?
mimosas
fish n chips
service
view (windows could be upgraded or need air because some are foggy).

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ShirleyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu wasn’t extensive, but has good variety.
The clam chowder is excellent! My husband hand Dungeness crab with fingerling potatoes & thought it was wonderful. I had the seared scallops & they were fantastic! Absolutely no complaints! It was a wonderful dining experience!

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write us, Shirley! We love to hear what our guests order and think about their favorite dishes. We appreciate you joining us and can't wait to see you again soon!

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KathyW
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was awesome! Highly recommend Salty’s, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

Hi Kathy, we work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Thank you so much for the review and we’ll see you again soon!

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I had very subpar service from our waiter and the fish and chips were so incredibly bland.

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QuinnP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Salty's. Awesome views, great staff, a top-shelf restaurant. But pricey. I dropped $50 buck a plate and more on drinks and appetizers.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

We’re glad to hear your feedback, Quinn. Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We’ll be sure to let our team know and we are looking forward to your next visit!

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PatrickW
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, a very good experience. Good is good, service was good, ambience was good. It's a bit on the spendy side, but it's a great place for a special occasion.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

We’re glad to hear your feedback, Patrick. Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We’ll be sure to let our team know and we are looking forward to your next visit!

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MagnoliaRed
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An excellent choice for our first night in Portland.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 15, 2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for joining us during your stay! We appreciate you choosing to dine with us and hope you come back to see again soon!

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vipTileman
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food! Great cocktails! Great service

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Scoop60
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary with outdoor dining. The service was outstanding! The food, as always, perfect. Lovely ambiance on the river during sunset. We love Salty's and have never been disappointed with our dining experiences here.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

Hi! Thank you for the review and for letting us be a part of your special occasion. We are so glad you got to enjoy the breathtaking view of the river! We loved celebrating with you and we can’t wait to see you again!

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DavidH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our dining experience was very good. Add a view of the Columbia River and the atmosphere was complete.
The salmon and risotto was a perfect pairing. The freshly shucked oysters were delicious, although quite small.
Overall, it was a very good experience.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

We’re glad to hear your feedback, David. Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We’ll be sure to let our team know and we are looking forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff was very accommodating. Excellent fresh seafood

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

Hi, we work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Thank you so much for the review and we’ll see you again soon!

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WillL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait for buffet to come back. Always Great.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 12, 2020

Hi Will, thank you so much for the review! We can't wait either! We appreciate you dining with us and hope to see you again soon.

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colleenv
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was perfect.Thank you for being open and can’t wait until we can enjoy Brunch again .

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 10, 2020

Thank you for your kind feedback, Colleen. We appreciate you dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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SUSANW
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit to this restaurant and I was completely surprised at how wonderful the food, service and atmosphere was! The Bloody Mary was one of the best I have ever had. The server listened to me and had it made exactly how I wanted it. The food was amazing. We had the risotto, coconut prawns, garlic bread, chowder and the Caesar salad. All of it exceeded our expectations! Loved the view of the Columbia River so beautiful!! Looking forward to my next visit to try more of the menu.

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 18, 2020

Hi Susan! Thank you so much for coming to join us. We really appreciate you being our guest and taking the time out of your day to leave such kind feedback! We are pleased to hear the Bloody Mary lived up to your expectations. Thank you again and we hope to have you back with us soon.

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Jenni
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view on the patio. Our server was on point! One of the best servers I have had in a very long time!

Salty's on the Columbia
Responded on October 10, 2020

Thank you for the review Jenni! We’re ecstatic you enjoyed the view from our gorgeous patio! We love to hear our guest’s feedback and we can’t wait for you to join us again.

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had brunch on the deck outside for my friend's birthday. The ciopino and the scallops were great, as were our desserts. It was a cloudy morning, and despite the heaters that were provided, it was a little chilly. Wear a sweater or a jacket if it isn't sunny and warm.

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LauriV
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This used to be one of my favorite places - it has never been or will be a "Good Value" this is an expensive restaurant. I wont be going back - Menu is way to small, not a lot to choose from. We went for brunch, and yes, I know things have changed, but I feel if you offer Brunch, then you should have more than a handful of choices.

Sorry, just not happy.

FAQs

Salty's on the Columbia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 288-4444.

Salty's on the Columbia is rated 4.7 stars by 5851 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.

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