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Apr 16, 2010 10:48 AM

Waterfront Seafood Grill Pier 70 vs. Salty's on Alki for 50th

I am looking for a venue for my in-laws' 50th in August for about 120 people for a luncheon. Just realize that all the good places booked way in advance. Ray's is booked, Blue Ribbon is booked, ...

I am now down to Waterfront Seafood Grill vs. Salty's. What are some of the pro's and con's?

I am organizing it remotely in another state. I have been to Salty's but not Waterfront. I would appreciate inputs on the food, the service, the view, etc.


Waterfront Seafood Grill
2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Salty's on Alki
1936 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126

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  1. I'd say WSG is fancier and more expensive, but I'd say the food and service are both at least one notch above Salty's.

    Salty's is ok (and I prefer the view of the skyline from West Seattle...) and I've taken friends there often, but their food is less than memorable. Not bad, things are appropriately prepared, but nothing particularly unique or impressive.

    Also, at WSG you can take a nice post meal stroll through the neighboring Olympic Sculpture garden, which is fun.

    I would have never thought of doing 120 people at WSG, though, can they do that?

    4 Replies
    1. re: GreenYoshi

      WSG said they can do it for the luncheon since they do not open for lunch and we can have the whole restaurant. Thanks for the input.

      1. re: jpjtarey

        As far as interiors go, Waterfront is way nicer than the basement room you'll get at Salty's on Alki. Salty's = low ceilings, wood paneled walls that have been painted over (not particularly nicely) and fish art. Waterfront is design-y. High ceilings, artichoke light fixtures, clean and upscale feeling.

        I've worked with the Waterfront for private events. They do a fantastic job. And I think the food will be well beyond the quality you'll find at Salty's (have also worked with them for events).

        I'd be surprised to hear the pricing is comparable though. Great if it is.

        Salty's on Alki
        1936 Harbor Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126

        1. re: ethereal

          WSG is more expensive than Salty's. They also charge extra for coffee, tea and iced tea. The cake cutting fee is also higher. I have not eaten there before but I hope they are worth the cost.

          1. re: jpjtarey

            With WSG, make sure which room you are getting. They changed their more casual steak place (I forget the name) to a banquet facility some years ago. Same kitchen and menu, but not nearly the view. The main restaurant and bar is where you want to be. You are just above the water with all the boats going by. They also have a spectacular outdoor space which will be enjoyable in the summer months. Again, this is part of the main dining restaurant.

    2. No contest in terms of the food - WSG is by far the better choice. I have been to several private work functions there and they were delightful. Great service and good wine list. But it is going to set you back some serious cash for 120 people. My boss never complains about the check but he carped a little about that our last dinner there.