My husband and I are Phoenix transplants form the Pacific Northwest, and to say we've been spoiled by amazing seafood is an understatement. Good seafood seemed nearly impossible here in the Valley, and after McCormick and Schmicks closed this past year, we pretty much gave up hoping. Sure, you can get King Crab or a Lobster tail at a nice steak house, or even as someone pointed out above, Red Lobster (LAUGH!), but here at the Salt Cellar, there is a huge choice, fresh from every coast in the country.
We started the night with a platter of succulent raw oysters, which were shucked perfectly and didn't contain ANY annoying shell! The only item that was slightly disappointing to us was the New England clam chowder. If you are from New England, you won't be disappointed, but if you are expecting the richer, thicker Pacific Northwest version, you might be a bit let down.
My husband ordered King Salmon Oscar and he was very pleased with his choice. A generous cut of FRESH, wild King Salmon beautifully grilled with fresh crab, asparagus and a gorgeous hollandaise floating on top. My son ordered the Salmon Wellington, wrapped in puff pastry sitting on top of a roasted mushroom duxelles. I decided to have the Halibut, which was exquisitely and expertly prepared - very sweet, tender and incredibly fresh.
Cocktails were good, but our cocktail server could have been a bit more attentive to the empty wine glasses. Our food server was excellent, knowledgeable about the menu and preparations and made the entire service hassle-free.
Reading the other comments here about price deserves a bit of attention. Yes, the prices are high, but they are high in a first class seafood restaurant in Seattle too. Seafood, especially wild, is becoming scarce people. It is labor intensive to catch and its costly to ship fresh daily. If your coming here expecting Red Lobster pricing, then you are at the wrong place. I would suggest a night at Red Lobster if that's the case. Another helpful tip, go online and look at the menu. Prices are clearly posted, so you have no room to complain when you go there and see the menu.
This isn't Red Lobster. It is a special evening restaurant that you visit occasionally for a memorable meal and experience. We have another reservation this weekend for another celebration... We can't wait!
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