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“Great view from every table!”

Salty's On The Columbia River
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Ranked #30 of 4,320 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $40
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Airport, James Gleason Boat Ramp
Description: The best seafood and steak restaurant in Portland isn't downtown, it's on the Columbia River.
Portland, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
379 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Great view from every table!”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

There were 9 of us for apps & dinner. Everyone was happy. Among the dishes ordered were the paella, seared tuna, chowder, halibut ceviche and a steak. the paella was especially good. The seared tuna (a disappointment) was rolled & coated with bread crumbs for some reason. As a couple, our bill came to $150 which included the tip. Wine was $9 a glass. Not a cheap evening - but a lot of fun on a beautiful night.

  • Visited July 2013
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Vancouver
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Salty's on the Columbia - Smiles, Service, Seafood & Steaks”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Salty’s on the Columbia, a local landmark since 1987, has arguably the best view of the historic river of any Portland restaurant, sports a nautical, elegant interior, and proudly present Chef Josh Gibler’s inspired and polished steak and seafood menu.

The two-storey restaurant’s dining rooms and top-floor deck afford fantastic views from virtually every seat in the restaurant. As guests enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner they can watch sailboat races, tugboats pushing huge barges on the Columbia, and planes on final approach to Portland’s airport.

Sipping a variety of cocktails, diners are treated to one of the best sunset views in the city, the sun dipping in the West reflected dramatically on Mt. Hood to the East.

The interior is stunning and classy, with jazzy paintings, fish carvings, and the starched white tablecloths, gleaming stemware and polished table service indicative of a fine restaurant. You feel like dressing up whether you’re coming for happy-hour clam chowder and a beer or a celebration dinner and fine wines.

An open kitchen faces one large dining room, and up a winding red-carpet staircase are another dining room, a cozy bar, and the most pleasant deck. Used mainly in the summer, some hardy guests eat lunch outside year-round, the matchless view apparently mitigating the brisk air.

Salty’s starters emphasize seafood, presenting crab, prawns, oysters, clams, and calamari. The Dungeness Crab Cake is huge, sits on drizzles of mustard-aioli, is mantled with a crisp celery-fennel slaw, and is one of the best we’ve ever sampled. The Coconut Prawns crowned with pineapple chutney accompanied by a mildly fiery Thai dipping sauce, sit on a chic foot-long dish.

The most popular salad is the Oregon Harvest, a generous serving of organic greens, golden raisins, spiced hazelnuts, all gently touched with a tangy-sweet apple-cider vinaigrette.

Their signature Cioppino entrée, a brimming bowl of Vancouver Island clams, wild salmon, true cod, and prawns, is bathed in a succulent tomato broth, can optionally be topped with Dungeness crab legs. Our favorite though is their succulent Snake River Farms Peppercorn-Crusted New York steak sitting atop Parmesan Yukon potatoes and sautéed vegetables, and smothered in foraged mushrooms.

Pastry Chef Darla Swanson’s desserts are simply incredible edible artworks. The White Chocolate Mousse Cake is as beautiful on the eyes as on the tongue, and a close second is the towering Chocolate Peanut Butter pie surrounded by decadent caramel-peanut sauce and triple chocolate lace.

  • Visited June 2013
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Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great view, food is fine”
Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

We had been here for brunch and that was really good, a few years ago. It is a very mature crowd with a very traditional fare. Tough to compete with all the restaraunts in Portland, but the view is fantastic.

  • Visited July 2013
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OREGON
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Only bright spot is view of Columbia River”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Many years ago,when Portland had very few places to eat,this was the go to place. It pains me to say I'll never eat here again.First off the view of the Columbia River is magnificent. After that it all goes downhill. The carpet is shabby,brunch buffet looked questionable. I must say the staff does try to provide service but truly this place needs to shut down for renovation. My guest found a huge wad of bubblegum in her black cloth napkin!Simply put this place is on the way out.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank schoong324
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Springfield, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Classic portland seafood restaurant”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Great location on the Columbia River. No lobster tank here. They have a fresh crab tank. The chowder is great the salmon and halibut are wonderful. The service is top notch and they have a nice wine list. Salty's is great for business dinners or date nights.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Mike S
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