Critics Comments: Salty's on Alki Beach
This West Seattle favorite has one of the best views of downtown you can find — anywhere. Snag a seat on the patio and bask in the panorama of the city skyline across Elliott Bay as you lose yourself in chef Jeremy McLachlan's gilled salmon with Rainier cherry compote or a bowl of heirloom tomato gazpacho with Dungeness crab.
—Andrea Delimont Dashiell, Where Magazine, Aug. 2011 Merry Marchers: Widely considered among the best in Seattle, weekend brunch at Salty's on Alki is not to be missed. In addition to delicious offerings like house-smoked wild salmon hash with fingerling potatoes or omeletes made to order by the chef, Salty's plays host to a festive battalion of seven-foot-tall nutcrackers (all hand painted by Seattle artists) standing at attention throughout the dining room beginning November 25. And if meeting Santa is high on little ones' wish lists, stop by for Salty's special Santa Brunch Buffets (weekends in December), when kiddos can have their picture taken with the jolly old man himself.
—Stephanie Kirstein, Where Magazine, Dec. 2010 Salty's on Alki Beach in West Seattle might seem like an obvious choice, but we had to mention it. Plus, it has free parking. Meeting rooms here are at sea level and have private decks and patios. For a big party, the 3,816 total square feet seat up to 300. All rooms have audio-visual services, and there are no room rental fees. Broken up into separate rooms, there's The Alki at 1,670 square feet. Duwamish at 1,390 square feet and Admiral Stateroom at 756 square feet. It's great if you have a retreat and need multiple meetings at one time.
—SSally Farhat Kassab, Northwest Meetings + Events, Northwest Meetings + Events "What's special about Salty's? . . . What's NOT special about Salty's? From the cheerful greeters at the door, to the efficient and friendly wait staff, to the superb food and perfectly paired wine and libations, you can always match any occasion with a perfect dining experience. Casual lunch, show stopping brunch or gala dinner. Salty's always meets the guests' needs then delivers more."
—Mina Williams, Editor, NorthWest Stir Magazine, July 2005 "I must tell you how fabulous the Sunday brunch was at Salty's yesterday! First of all when I called it was booked and Tim O'Brien was kind of enough to make a reservation for Benson and I and both sets of parents! WE LOVE TIM! From the valet greeting to our departure the staff was so friendly and accommodating it was an absolute pleasure. Besides the fantastic view which goes without saying, the food quality was superb. I really don't remember having crab that fresh in a long time — everyone at the table agreed. It is so nice to walk in and see all the awards and accolades that Salty's has accumulated over the years — very impressive. Even down to the customer comment card with the comment from the Kingen's about how many years they have been serving the public and how many people they have served — it was an impressive experience. The comment made by my in-laws was "there are places that know how to do it so that you are sure to come back, and this is one of them!". Congratulations to everyone at Salty's for offering the community such a wonderful dining experience. And we cannot forget to thank our server Derreck for taking such good care of us. We will be back...and soon."
—Jamie Peha, Seattle Magazine, July 2008 "It's all about the "right on the water" views at these two seafooders that satisfy gawking gazers with "good" fin fare plus a "spectacular Sunday brunch" (on Saturdays too, at Alki Beach) featuring "endless piles of fresh oysters, shrimp and crab"; there's a "crowded", " cruiselike atmosphere" and the final bill can get "a big pricey", but most say it's "worth it", especially for "impressing" "out-of- town guests."
—Zagat 2008 "West Seattle isn't that far, and with the recent retail boom on California Avenue, it's more than worth a trip over the bridge... down to Alki Beach and enjoy the spectacular view of the city from Salty's on Alki while you nosh on crab legs and shrimp cocktail."
—Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2006 "You must experience brunch at Salty's at least once in your lifetime, if only to take in its sheer vastness. Besides, out-of-town guests go bonkers over the views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. Brunch includes a pasta stand, made-to-order omeletes, a chocolate fountain and numerous seafood options, and the dessert table groans under the weight of its sweet selection. There's a Salty's on Redondo Beach in Des Moines, too."
—Seattle Magazine, Sarah Dickerman, November 2006 "Best Place to Dine with a Group Award: With its spacious dining rooms available for special occasions, a staff that knows exactly how to cater to large parties and a banquet chef who's willing to create custom menus, it's little wonder you voted Salty's On Alki your favorite place to dine with a group. Heck, you may even be tempted to get married or reunite your endlessly feuding clan just to take advantage of Salty's hospitality."
—NWSource.com, August 2005 "Best Brunch: Salty's On Alki more or less has the market cornered on indulgence. Its weekend seafood brunch is a local legend: For $28.95 (less for children and seniors), you can enjoy a feast of salmon, crab, shrimp, custom-made omelets, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, pastries and much more, while admiring Seattle's skyline from one of the city's best vantage points. Salty's more or less killed in this category. So strong is your love of Salty's On Alki, in fact, that you chose it by a margin of more than a ratio of 4-to-1 over its closest competitor, Salty's At Redondo Beach."
—NWSource.com, August 2005 "Best Outdoor Dining Award: We're guessing that you chose Salty's On Alki in this category solely on the advice of your eyes. The view from the outdoor deck of Salty's On Alki isn't merely a good view of Seattle's skyline, but perhaps the definitive view. Virtually the entire city is spread out before you, from the Space Needle to the stadiums. Sunlight dances on the waters of the Sound; periodically, an arriving water taxi breaks your reverie. This is the dining equivalent of an out-of-body experience."
— NWSource.com, August 2005 "City's Best" — A fine spot to be a tourist or just pretend. — Setting the scene, leaping salmon sculptures greet guests outside the venerated Salty's, well situated for impressing out-of-towners. A low-lit bar is brightened by oversized marine kitsch and attracts a thirty-something-plus crowd. By contrast, the spacious and comfortable terraced dining room is tastefully neutral — so as not to detract from the million-dollar view, which takes in Magnolia, Queen Anne, downtown and (sometimes) Mount Rainier. In the summer, the breezy seaside patio and wraparound deck provide some of the city's best outdoor dining. Meat-lovers and vegetarians won't by any means go hungry, but the menus are really all about the seafood, from halibut and scallops to yellowfin tuna and perfectly grilled sockeye. Sunday's all-you-can-eat brunch — an increasingly rare commodity — is a study in excess, worth the price tag for the Dungeness crab and made-to-order Belgian waffles alone. You may be able to find better and cheaper food (though cafe meals and happy hour specials don't make a huge dent in the wallet), but not with this view. Plus, the staff is so welcoming that their warmth alone can make you glad you came."
— Ginny Morey, Editor — AOLCityguide.com, 2005 "Scores head to Salty's, one of the area's most popular restaurants. It's known as much for its stunning waterfront views as its manila clams and wild king salmon. At brunch, a window table remains a hot commodity."
—"Seaside in Seattle" by Paige Porter, CoastalLiving, June 2005 "Favorite place to impress a date: The view from Salty's on Alki is one of the most beautiful we've seen. The whole of Seattle's skyline is spread out before your eyes, from Smith Tower to the Space Needle — a perfect backdrop against which to kindle a romance. The surf-and-turf menu is pretty impressive, too."
—NWSource.com "People's Pick's", 2004 "The view can't be beat, rain or shine, as you look over the water toward downtown Seattle and enjoy fresh seafood and steaks. Two banquet facilities offer lots of good options. Salty's handles large volumes of guests better than almost anyone—seafood is always moist and tender. Their nearly world-famous brunch now takes place both Saturday and Sunday. Specializing in Seafood, Steak, Dessert, Cocktails, View, Outdoor, Thanksgiving, Northwest, Happy Hour, Brunch (Saturday and Sunday), Christmas (Eve), New Years (Eve and Day)."
—Editor's Choice on SeattleDining.com 2005 "...Best brunch in Seattle is found at Salty's on Alki, which took the category hands-down. The winning reason is the unabashed, mind-numbing variety for all you can eat of the following: Dungeness crab, peel-it-yourself shrimp, hand-carved roasts, pasta bar, oyster bar, waffles, flapjacks, omelet stations churning out eggs with every filler under the sun, scores of pastries, breads, and fruits, and more bacon and sausage than you can shake a stick at. Throw in the postcard views of Seattle's cityscape, the ever-solicitous waitstaff, and the kid-friendly setting, and the choice is not so surprising."
—Best of Seattle 8/98, 8/99, Seattle Weekly "Take it from the readers of Seattle Magazine: Salty's is one of the best restaurants in town. We garnered multiple wins in the magazine's 7th annual Readers' Choice Awards for the best restaurants in the Emerald City, including top honors for the Best Brunch in Seattle. We also ranked among the top three winners for the Best View and Best Outside Seating categories. Thanks to all our friends who subscribe to Seattle Magazine. And all our other guests who make this the happy place it is. Reservations anyone?"
—1999 Readers' Choice Restaurant Awards, Seattle Magazine "Best place for a first date dinner...Best place for a romantic dinner...Salty's seems to be a Westside focal point...Best website (2nd place)...nipping at our heels was www.saltys.com, a quality website."
—Best of the West 1999, West Seattle Herald "There's the obvious reason to go to Salty's: the panoramic Seattle Skyline view you're proud to show off to visiting relatives. And, of course, there's Sunday brunch: $23.95, all you can eat. Then there are the other reasons..."
—Nancy Leson, Restaurant Critic, Seattle Times "...Readers say Salty's on Alki is tops for brunch...the restaurant features excellent seafood and spectacular views of the city and Puget Sound."
—Readers Poll 12/97, KIRO Radio News Fax "... Salty's prides itself on being a fine, yet fun dining establishment — and they don't skimp on the latter."
—James Halada & Linnea Lundgren, Where Magazine "... The view from Salty's is not only the best in Seattle, this is one of the world's great view restaurants... the service, even on a packed Saturday night, was absolutely flawless... the best salmon preparation I've encountered in years..."
—John Owen, Seattle Post Intelligencer "... The West Seattle Salty's has the food that stands up to the scenery..."
—Puget Sound Business Journal