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“Wonderful Atmosphere, Great Food”
Review of Saltry Restaurant

Saltry Restaurant
Price range: $12 - $34
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 17, 2012

I had the buffalo burger and my wife had the halibut. Both were very good. Pricey but given the logistics of getting supplies to Halibut Cove not overly pricey. Even with 50°F temps and rain the atmosphere was very nice eating outside

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Overall this was a great experience. The ride on the Danny J was a great way to view the bay. The beauty of Halibut Cove cannot be described. We enjoyed hiking to the top of the island and touring the art galleries. The meal at The Saltry was fantastic! We enjoyed great bread and salmon pate followed by chowder to start. The salmon was so fresh it was not comparable to the salmon you can get in Ohio. Even the salad was great. I would highly recommend this experience.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We arrived with a large group and were immediately made to feel at home - we ordered some of the local Homer beer, and admired the amazing view of sea and mountains. The staff were helpful, friendly and attentive. Our salads were tasty and with interesting flavors. The salmon we had for our main course was fantastic. For desert, the chocolate cheese cake was very enjoyable. The price was a bit on the high side, but well worth it. The only improvement I can suggest would be an espresso machine.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We took the Danny J to Halibut Cove and had dinner at The Saltry. Not a lot of selection for kids on the menu, but asked our server and he said he could bring a bowl of pasta and alfredo sauce which my kids liked. They would add shrimp or chicken to it for $6. I enjoyed my meal but I can't remember what I had now!! We ordered oysters for the experience but didn't enjoy it. Thought they would be better fresh....but they weren't! Guess we are just used to clams!! :-) The boat ride over was great and entering the cove was amazing! It is definitely a beautiful place to visit. You definitely want to go straight to The Saltry and get seated first and then do your hiking later. Don't miss the little hikes to the light house and arch and surrounding hillsides. We got some great pictures! Loved the sun setting on the way back. Saw Puffins. :-) Going for dinner, you miss Gull Island, but it was definitely cheaper. :-)

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

The Saltry is an experience as much as a restaurant. You have to be able to devote all evening to your visit. Halibut Cove is a 45 minute boat ride from Homer Spit, and most guests use the Saltry's own boat (about $35 pp RT), which departs Homer Spit at 5 pm and leaves Halibut Cove at 9 pm.
The restaurant is informal, and the inside dining area has only a few tables. The outdoor patio may be nice in warm weather, but on our August visit was too cool and breezy to enjoy a fine meal.
All of our dishes at the Saltry were excellent. I would especially recommend the seafood combo appetizer, with 6-7 delicious items, including salmon mousse and the not-to-be-missed pickled salmon. Our halibut entree was excellent. We had the tarte Tatin, which was homemade (like all of the desserts), warm and rich. Service was unstuffy, knowledgeable and friendly. The wine list was neither extensive nor expensive; you could find a glass or bottle to your liking.
A bonus is a visit to the "town" of Halibut Cove. Explore the small community perched on a boadwalk adjacent to the island's cliffs. It is very photogenic. There is also a small art gallery, featuring works by denizens of the artists' colony.
Because of the hype, I was ready to be disappointed. Instead, the Saltry and Halibut Cove was a highlight of our visit to Homer.
Note of interest: The Saltry was candid that their fish is frozen, not fresh. We expected fresh halibut in Homer and Halibut Cove. But, no, the commercial halibut is all fished out. We were told the same thing at all of the Kenai Penninsula restaurants that we visited-that their fish is frozen, and that Alsaka law requires that it be so. We were disappointed to learn this, but found the salmon and halibut dishes to be enjoyable nonetheless

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