I think this is one of the best little independent restaurants in the area. The food and service are very good. There's not a lot of frills, but is a good value and a great meal.
I'm a sucker for a good view and Salty's view is about as good as it gets when you live in and love Seattle. Its the quintessential Seattle spot for romantic dinners, and they really have the whole scene down to a science. Their seafood is good, there's nothing risky or scary about their menu, and they have a few good options for non-fish eaters too. It's spendy, but you're definitely not paying for the food, you're paying for the experience.
We went here with a group of 8 for a birthday party. It was doomed from the start, as one of the group was a vegetarian, and she was sour because she was not allowed to NOT order the Rodizio dinner. Like, they wouldn't let her sit there and order a salad even when she explained she was a vegetarian. So, that kind of put a damper on things. I guess I understand their policy, and yet, surely we're not the first group in the Seattle metro area to be traveling around with a vegetarian.
So, then, it was mid-week, and the meat wasn't moving around fast enough to really satisfy our hunger, and so on and so forth. You know, once you start a group of women off on the wrong foot, its kind of hard to impress. I just think its a bad policy to force someone to sit there and pay $40 and not be able to eat anything that you're serving. At the very least, you'd think they'd have offered to fix her something in the back besides the basic cold table offerings.
Really good steaks (I hang out with a lot of meat eaters, what can I say?), but this neighborhood has become so crowded, you can hardly ever get in without waiting. It seems even when you manage to make reservations, you still have to wait, and they don't have a good waiting area. We love their food and if we happen to plan a very early or very late dinner, we'll go in for steaks, but not at prime seating.
I feel like a snob, because when I found out we were going here for steak, I just wasn't expecting much, and when I saw the menu I was a little surprised at the prices, but the food and the steaks were actually pretty good. True, its not the Met, but for what it is, a small restaurant in Renton, it does an excellent job with the steaks, and now we prefer to come here than drop double on a downtown meal at Ruths Chris any day. Friendly neighborhood service does not hurt!
We were in town for the Pirate Daze festival and to see the Tall Ships that were on Pirates of the Caribbean, and we booked our weekend stay here based on a recommendation from a coworker (who happens to own one of the condos on this property).
I have to say this is an amazing deal. The nightly rate (in late June) was $219, and we were in a 2 bedroom condo that slept 6 people. It was just my husband and I, but I thought it might be fun to share with another couple next time we come down.
Anyway, these condos are new looking, I would guess less than 5 years old, since I don't remember seeing them before, and really nice, like something you'd find in downtown Seattle. Full kitchens, which are fully furnished with dining settings for 8, pots, pans, etc. We bought some fresh shelled crab from Marino's in town and made crab cakes one night, with just a few supplies from the local Red Apple.
There is a clubhouse, which I used only to catch internet service, but it has a hot tub and a heated pool. There seemed to be a lot of traffic of people going back and forth between the pool and the units.
The condo we stayed in had a big jacuzzi jetted tub. We were too lazy to use it, but I thought I would mention it.
But the real appeal of these condos is that you are Right.On.The.Beach. I mean, really. I was in building 7, and you could literally throw something and hit the high tide line. Well maybe not. But definitely, from your door to toes in the water is 3 minutes. This is a phenomenal site to wake up to.
The staff, check it was okay, nothing spectacular, but even so, I highly recommend it, and I will definitely be back.
We were recently in Westport for the Pirate Daze festival, to see the tall ships that were in Pirates of the Caribbean, and stopped into the Half Moon Bay Bar and grill because their sign said "Washington's best bloody mary", and I never turn down a bloody mary. Wow, what a shocker. I never realized that Westport had nice restaurants, but this was really a nice surprise. The bar is decorated surfer style and looks like it was transplanted right out of Southern California, complete with the beautiful people. I don't know who they were (a fireman's fishing trip, perhaps?).
Anyway, back to the restaurant. The bloody mary was a meal in and of itself, with a pepperoni stick, peppers, asparagus, and a really unique tasting bloody mary mix. We spent at least a half an hour trying to figure out what exactly was in it, and by that time, we'd ordered another.
Their lunch menu has some excellent twists on typical seafood fare. I had their jetty surf melt, which is like a fancy crab melt on a ciabatta bread, served crispy. Really rich, and probably too much food after 2 bloody mary's, but what the heck, I was at the beach. My husband had the burger, which was a bit over the top with bacon, ham and the burger, but tasty nonetheless. We didn't stick around for dinner, but did peek at the wine list, which was pretty impressive for this corner of the world.
I will definitely try to make it back here next time we're on the South Beach.