|Address:||147 Howerton Ave, Ilwaco, WA 98624, USA|
A coastal gem. Overlooking the port this hotel and pub brings you outside enjoying what mother nature has to offer and much more. May it be rain or shine , you can enjoy the scenery overlooking the port upstairs in the restaurant, or get out on the patio for fresh air (there is a fish company next door and if youre especially lucky, you can see the birds swooping down to snag their share of crab and clams alike. Dropping them down so they break open, then flying down to feast. How amazing ! (Dont mind the fish smell, youre at the coast. Get used to it.) The rooms are simple, clean and a quick walk from the port and other small shops nearby, a bookstore, even a dispensary! Enjoy nearby hiking, biking and surf board rentals at the hotel. Theres delicious coffee in the morning, and a couple couches downstairs with books and a huge window that also looks out to the port. Staff is friendly and accomadating. The restaurant and bar are upstairs and If you choose to drink there are many interesting concoctions to choose from. My favorite is the starvation alley cranberry juice which is a local cranberry op and some great local brews from North Jetty Brewing co available as well. As always I save the best for last. If you stay in town, at the hotel or just passing through you must make time to grab a bite to eat. The food is mouth watering and divine in ways I cannot fully explain. You will be satisfied. Something for everyone....if you like fish and chips, you will love the tunafish fried. The burgers are delicious and juicy. Porkbelly makes its way into and on many items. If theres brisket available you must try it. Incredible. The flavors and presentation is cared for and put together so that one might feel they arent just at some magical northwest coastal port, but in paradise itself. Enjoy
We had the most interesting and fun evening at the Salt Pub - this review is only about the restaurant as we did not stay in the hotel. Dining on a Wednesday in the off season, it was a little surprising to see the house packed, but we managed to get a table. They keep a good selection of beers on tap. Fried oysters for a starter were just plain awesome - light crisp batter, plump and just cooked oysters with a nice sauce on the side. I thoroughly enjoyed the tuna fish and chips which was very unique. From the outside it looked like normal fish and chips, but the albacore was very meaty, cooked just enough for the batter so although the inside was cooked through, it retained its moisture. Much heftier than typical fish and chips but very tasty. My dining partner had the crab mac and cheese - amazing dish. No shortage of plump, juicy hunks of crab in a very well done mac and cheese. A little creme brulee made for a nice dessert to cap the meal. The view from the restaurant is great too, you look out over the Ilwaco wharf and around sunset its quite picturesque. As an added bonus, during our dinner (and probably a large part of why there was such a large crowd) they were having I think it was called a Salty Talk, where they have local experts come in and give talks each month. This one was on dungeness crab migratory behavior which, while very unexpected for a casual dinner, made for a really fun dining experience. Top notch spot relaxed spot with great food and a nice view. I would highly recommend looking ahead to see if you can catch one of these talks for an extra dinner bonus!
Nice rooms with poor ventilation and no a.c. There is a window you can open but it doesnt have a screen so the summer bugs will get in. They offer coffee from 8-8 in the lobby but that doesnt help if you are working late into the night. The food is pretty good and the staff are friendly. The rooms are very clean and the bed was comfortable. The showers make the same sound as a train screeching to a stop. I thought it was just mine but you can hear everyone elses too which made me chuckle. The walls are paper thin you can hear a regular conversation on the street all the way to the second floor. The place was definitely remodled but, you can really tell which corners were cut in the process. WiFi is a bit of a problem as well they should either get another line or some kind of booster/ repeater. The entire hotel and pub use the same connection so dont expect to do a whole lot on it. It was a fun experience overall.. I guess
I was lucky to spend two nights here and enjoy this location that was small but fabulous. Away from the small town along the marina, yet great restaurant on site with the best dishes of food I have had. My favorite drink being the House Mulled Mule Cranberry drink. SO so good. The staff and service was outstanding. I would recommend guests with children be placed down in lower units. Walls in units are thin so you can hear neighbors and noise outside. Needs more shelving in bathroom or hooks to hang stuff and in place of drawers maybe some recycled cranberry bins to store stuff. Would highly recommend others to visit if not to stay but definitely to taste their fabulous food and their great brunch on Sundays.
This place has some seriously good food. The atmosphere is great, comfortable, NW fishing village and the food is outstanding. Totally by chance we had one of the most remarkable NW dinners to be had. The clam chowder is perfect unmatched in NW. More like a stew than a chowder very good fresh ingredients. The dungeness crab shrimp wrap was amazing, very fresh loaded with seafood and perfect dressing. I told my hubby I couldnt eat it all because it was so large. But I did with a little help, simply could not leave it on the plate. Our salads were simple, great, fresh high quality produce. This place is extra special, what a find in Ilwaco. We know food, were particular and this place is in a class by itself.
Coming to Long Beach is like coming upon a sleepy, old fashioned harbor town stuck in the past. Finding out that Salt is here, and right on the waterfront, was a major plus. Its located within the hotel, which is a very simple, motel-like, under 15 unit establishment. Its theme is modern, with of a bit of farm-to-table, rustic industrial vibe. Both the bartender and server were awesome, and provided both great conversation and recommendations despite them being super busy. That aside, if you like tuna, GET THE TUNA MELT. Its pretty much the best thing Ive had on bread... pretty much ever. And if the Rhuberry Blonde beer is available, its quite literally a strawberry rhubarb party in your mouth.
Restaurant rating: was recommended, went for a quiet night dinner, it sounded like a more upscale place to eat, but not too foofie. The staff is good, but the restaurant was full of locals, half of them had too much to drink, and they was alot of obscenities being belted out, made it uncomfortable. The clam chowder is... Interesting, not bad but different, a dozen clam shells in the bowl with some shaved bacon, a couple potatoe pieces. My wife ordered the same thing, she couldnt eat it. Wont be going back, the food was ok, the place is nice looking but its loud and not very appealing, especially if your a traveler and have to contend with drunks yelling back and forth...At 8pm.