Critics Comments: Salty's at Redondo Beach
"The Salty's experience is known for quality and variety. From crab, lobster and salmon to halibut, oysters and clams, Salty's offers in-season seafood renowned for its freshness and the expertise of its preparation. Beyond seafood, Salty's reputation is bolstered by steak, chicken, pasta, sandwiches, soup, salad and an award-winning Sunday brunch."
—John Krukowski, Food & Drink Magazine (See Food & Drink) "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 "When you visit this Salty's outpost (a mere 30 minutes from downtown Seattle) you'll feel like a tourist on a mini-vacation at a seaside resort, where an unfailingly sincere staff exudes small-town warmth. The dining room is expansive yet cozy, and the wrap-around deck — its season extended by heaters and blankets — is a delight. Unlike some view restaurants, the long, generous happy hour can be enjoyed outside, too."
Certain dishes are perennial, such as coconut prawns, crab-artichoke dip, and blackened salmon caesar salad. However, the fresh sheet is truly special: Inspired by what's available, the kitchen constantly invents new and exciting dishes, and accompanying wines from the award-winning list are always suggested. Sturgeon rises to new heights when topped with the mango salsa. Wild king salmon is perfectly grilled, basted with hazelnut butter, and draped over four-grain pilaf. Crafted in-house, desserts like the tall, dark and handsome triple chocolate cake are exquisite — great for a fling, and you won't be taking it home to meet mom. As at other Salty's locations, brunch is legendary."
In addition to the marine show often provided by passing watercraft and wildlife (seals, loons, herons, ubiquitous seagulls, even whales), sunsets over the sound can be breathtaking. A stroll along the sea wall is a must, weather and light allowing."
—Ginny Morey, AOL CityGuide, 2005 "Best Seafood Restaurant: An upset! Salty's On Alki was soundly trounced in this category by & Salty's At Redondo Beach. Apparently, you love Salty's Signature Seafood Cioppino, cedar-planked salmon, steamed Maine Lobster and Alaskan King Crab Legs so much that you're willing to drive a half-hour south of Salty's West Seattle location to get them. (To be fair, the seafood menu at Salty's Redondo is much deeper than the menu at Alki). On a related note, this being a Salty's, the view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains from the dining room of Salty's Redondo is nearly as spectacular as that of its Alki cousin."
—NWSource.com, August 2005 "I have been a few times. Great every-time I go. Wonderful area, great food, good service. Will continue to go. You have to try the coconut shrimp, that is my fav."
—Posted on Seattle AOLCityguide 7/18/2003 "This place is a hidden jewel. The view is terrific. The food is excellent. I like the chowder and the fish and chips. They have excellent coffee. Everyone I've taken there have been very happy with the food and the service. They really try hard to make you happy. You can also sit out on the deck in the summer."
—Posted on Seattle AOLCityguide 12/28/2001 "I was really impressed with the set up of the restaurant. Almost every seat has a view and if the weather is good you can sit outside on the deck...The midmorning brunch is very good...You have a large variety of foods to choose from...most of which have seafood, but there are some without if you do not like seafood. We were there during the late morning so it was not busy at all so the service was great...I need to go back and see how it is at the dinner rush...but i have heard the service is still great.....I would recommend you giving it a try."
—Posted on Seattle AOLCityguide 10/24/2000 "For those of us who have lived here for more than a few decades, a first introduction to Salty's seafood restaurants typically was on the night of a big school dance like prom or homecoming...
—Sue Kidd, EastsideJournal "...Count on Salty's for quality...the restaurant's ambiance and service are disarmingly unpretentious...Then there's the murmur of waves and a stunning view of islands, sound and mountains....All in all, Salty's is a heck of a romantic dining experience."
—Clint Hall, The Seattle Times