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“An Ocean Oasis in the desert!”

Salt Cellar Restaurant
Ranked #89 of 1,261 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Salt Cellar Restaurant is known for having the largest and finest selection of quality seafood. Open for dinner 7 days a week, the Bar from 4PM-1AM and the Dining Room at 5PM. Our twin Happy Hours are from 4PM-7PM and again from 10PM to 1AM.
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“An Ocean Oasis in the desert!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

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!

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Bellsorton
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Plainfield, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
240 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Great food at a great place”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The food was very good at this place. I had surf and truf which was out of this world. The service was top notch. A unique place that was down under ground which was cool. Highly reccomend!

Visited October 2012
1 Thank Travlinguy517
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“King Crab Stuffed Lobster!!”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

It's true, this restaurant really has crab stuffed lobster but my favorite is the standard King Crab. The King Crab is not only delicious but the wait staff cracks it for you at the table & the best part is the prices are great!! Always have a great experience at this restaurant!!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Kellibaresall
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Torrance, California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Quality seafood”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

What a funky place from the outside, but a nice restaurant when you enter. Live lobster tank at entrance. Super fresh fish. But a bit pricey considering the menu and style of cooking.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank altaprop
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Sea food & service”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

The food was very tasty. This was a birthday dinner with my sister, girlfriend & I all having birthdays within 3 weeks of one another. The ladies had mahi mahi with a macadamia nut sauce and I had lobster. The veggies on the side were steamed and uniquely seasoned. The staff was pleasant all the way from hostess to drink server to dinner server. Since it was a birthday celebration, they accommodated us with desert, which was quite good, although, by their own admission, they get the cheese cake from an outside source. Prices are high end, but you are paying for the reputation and consistancy of quality. I would say, if someone has a bad experience, they have a responsibility to address it to the management. I truly believe the issue would be dealt with effectively.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Jim D
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