Salty's on the Columbia

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual but really loud

BJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great; the buffet lives up to Salty's marketing material. All the seafood I ate was fresh and cooked perfectly. But...the restaurant is looking a little worn, and it was a little cramped around the buffet. On top of that, personally I find the pressure of trying to eat $55 worth of food takes the shine off the experience. Highly recommended if you love seafood, or if you have big eaters in your party.

SB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon, steelhead and scallops were all great. Excellent kitchen staff. Desserts were also wonderful.

MM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steelhead fish here is prepared with such creativity in flavoring. There was also grilled gnocchi and roasted brussel sprouts prepared with it! Even a taste of rasberry was infused in the sauce. What a great tasting sauce and meal!
My only disappointment was that we had indicated that it was a birthday celebration, and was not given a token dessert for that. Otherwise though, it was delicious and the service was good.

JN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hosted a business dinner with clients. Service was exceptional. Started with chowder with a splash of cream sherry. Very nice touch. Moved on to the kale salad. Loved the sugared cranberries. The main course was prosciutto wrapped sturgeon with wild mushrooms. Wow what a dish. Absolutely delectable. Finished with espresso and carrot cake. Very good indeed. Couldn’t be more pleased with the experience. This was about the 10th time I’ve dined at Salty’s. Very consistently excellent.

OT
Dubai
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great ambiance and great foods💙

MP
Portland
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is easily one of my top 3 restaurants in Portland, for the food, the service, the view, and the baked Alaska dessert.

S
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It had been a couple years since my last visit to Salty's. My finance' and I were celebrating our 3rd year anniversary, and Salty's made for the great night. The servers were friendly and helpful, and the food was excellent. We are looking forward to coming back in the Summer, so we can enjoy the good food and service on the patio.

k
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Salty's for Crabby Monday, so the value was excellent. The wait staff are unobtrusive, yet attentive. It's a beautiful location and worth a little extra drive.

PS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for crappy Monday and it was fantastic

PM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My wife and I visited Salty’s for a Valentine’s Day treat, a couple days late because we were excited about the prime rib special. Seemed clear that the food had been plated well in advance of and reheated before serving. The food was lukewarm and the plate was hot. Meat was dry and the vegetables were shriveled (broccoli) and mashed potatoes congealed. I have to admit it bummed us out. I would encourage folks to go there for reasons other than the prime rib, especially if a special is being offered.

S
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The day was sunny and nice. We had a window seat and were able to view the river. The prime rib was wonderful. The service was better.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food, great! It was a beautiful day at salty buffet style on the weekends.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible time! Our waitress was amazing.

C
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to salty's on several occasions and all ways had a wonderful experience

M
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything I tried was very good. They had an excellent selection and plenty of everything! None of the items were empty or low at all. I tried the prime rib, prawns, crab legs, bacon and steelhead. All were very good! And I loved the chocolate fountain, yummm

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful spot to celebrate a birthday - lots of people moving about makes the environment a bit hectic. Excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was great

ZT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, great service and beautiful restaurant!

R
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would come every weekend if I could. What a wonderful treat! The food was so delicious. Best seafood I have had and same with the service. Ezra was our waiter and I’ve never had a more outstanding experience. Thank you!

c
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

A group of friend went for brunch and it was delicious as always!!

RM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

I really had a high expectation for the service and quality of food. The food was okay. I loved the shrimp and grits and the crab. The oysters were not fresh tasting. They were very fishy. The rest of the options were okay but not worth $51 per person. The service really disappointed me. Our waiter left a very dirty spoon in my place. It had a lot of red food stuck to it. And my wife and I ordered a mimosa each but he brought one and it was just champagne. Maybe I'm being picky but I think for $51 a person, the service needs to be on point and the food should all be at least edible.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No more bottomless mimosas.
Total bummer

R
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. It was our first time there and this was the first time we have been well taken care of at a restaurant. The seafood made it worth the amount we paid. The rest of the food was decent. Definitely a nice place to bring family, celebrate special occasions, or to treat yourself. Parking can be hard to find since they are so busy, so come a little earlier than the reservation time to find a spot. They also have valet parking if need be.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, food and atmosphere! We were so happy with our overall dining experience at Salty’s on the Columbia River. The made to order crepe station is one of our favorite parts of the brunch buffet! The selection of food choices is wonderful and delicious! Very unique and special! Highly recommend!

ML
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Valentine's with my husband

KH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both my husband and I agree, this was the best meal we’d had a long time. Lovely view of the river, attentive and friendly server and outstanding food. What’s not to love?

TR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you, we had a wonderful Valentines Day meal at Saltys. My husband loved the steelhead dish with brussel sprouts. We will definitely be back.

S
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Salty’s and had a great experience! The staff was very friendly and courteous. The restaurant wasn’t overcrowded considering it was Valentine’s Day. There was a special menu for the night and the food was delicious. We were sad to find out that they ran out of the Baked Alaska so we’ll have to come back another time to try it. There was also free valet parking with heat lamps at the entrance while you wait.

LR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Josh was fantastic and the food was fabulous! Can't wait to go again!

t
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I know it was Valentines Day but charging $60 for a New York that was the perfect temperature but so chewy it gave me a headache trying to chew it. Also, cramming extra tables in the room took all the ambiance out of the occasion. Salty’s you are better than this!

SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was outstanding! Great Valentine's dinner and having Mel Brown there to perform live was an added treat.

RV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at saltys was fantastic. The server was attentive and friendly, the food was incredible, and we had a wonderful time. The only thing I would comment is that they brought in a live 3 piece jazz ensemble and it would have been nice to be given a choice if we wanted to be seated by the music or not... it didn't bother us though.
We had a lovely evening, and we'll definitely return to saltys soon!

CM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Should not have to pay additional for bread. The bread was weak. If going to stick with the French bread, may want to warm it up. And it should come complementary with the meal.

GC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place. I felt the tables were a little too close together. I could hear neighbor's conversations. I really liked the live jazz music. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and nice portions.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time at saltees and it was great. Will be back again.

RB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu was streamlined to accommodate for Valentine's Day however there were still ample choices. We had mussel appetizer which was generous and excellent. I had the scallop and shrimp chili entree which was delicious. Our son had the shrimp linguine which he said was excellent. My husband had the NZ King Salmon, also an excellent choice. Our waiter Treve was attentive, super helpful and very friendly. His descriptions of the menu items contributed tremendously to helping us identify entree choices. We will definitely be going back there next time we are in Portland.

D
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice service and ambiance; but menu way overpriced and limited.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great tasting food.

We went to Salty’s Redondo Beach many times 8 years ago. We live in Canada. Read your emails ever since. Happened to be in Portland and happy to find you there.

SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our food was cold. The same dish on the daily/regular menu was $48 and on the valentines menu was $60.

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