In love with Saltoro. We live right by Saltoro. Lucky us! We are fortuned to be a block from our favorite restaurant in Seattle. The ambiance is great, the staff is very polite and well-educated on the menu. Our favorites: Truffle Fries, of course, we have to have it every time. The antipasto platter is to die for. For entrees, more truffle oil with the Shrimp Linguine and my boyfriend loves the Pasta Bolognese. We bring all our friends and family over there and they fall in love with Saltoro like us. Special occasions, late night glass of wine, Sunday brunches, you name it; we are always there!
If you are looking to share some pasta a la Lady and the Tramp, choose a romantic dinner at Saltoro. This quaint restaurant, at the north edge of Seattle, is a little known gem. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but inside its warm and cozy feel puts one in the mood for a romantic evening with your honey, especially if you can score a table under the skylights next to the window. The decor dotted with low hanging glass lamp shades and twinkle lights set the scene nicely. Kids are welcome here but my husband and I have resisted taking them because it is "our" special little place.
We have never had service that was less than stellar, and the food is always delicious. The pasta dishes made with fresh noodles are the star here. I am almost as in love with Saltoro's pasta as I am with my man. While my husband is a fiend for the shrimp and pasta with truffle oil, I love the veal bolognese and the spicy chicken sausage fettuccine. The steak frites, seafood, and lamb are all excellent and the salads are simple, but wonderful. The large and small option on most menu items is also greatly appreciated as it accomodates varying appetites.
Next date night order a $20 bottle of vino, share some pasta small plates, and sneak a kiss or two across the table with your sweetie - just be sure to both have something with garlic.
One of our neighborhood favorites!.
My boyfriend and I have eaten here more than a dozen times. The truffle fries are to die for! I'm a vegetarian and he's not, and there are a handful of vegetarian options, but like Bick's down the street (same owners, I believe), they have a special vegetarian menu you need to ask for which "calls out" the vegetarian options but also has some options that aren't on the regular menu. Why do this? I have no idea, it seems like they should just incorporate everything onto the regular menu.
I'd give this 5 stars except last time we ate there the boyfriend got a steak he really wasn't happy with. We LOVE the $20 wines.
One other great thing about Saltoro - we've gone there on big nights like Fridays, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, and we've never had much of a wait.
Good but a little heavy. My father, boyfriend, and I walked to Saltoro for dinner a few weeks ago. I liked the appearance from the outside and was excited to try a place in our new neighborhood (we just moved). I might have tried the wrong things on the menu, but had somewhat limited options as a vegetarian, and everything I ordered was greasy (pizza and salad). I also wasn't a huge fan of the pumpkin martini which tasted like egg nog and would have been better as a dessert. I am definitely still excited to go back sometime though, because as I said, I may have just ordered the wrong things! And my boyfriend and dad were happy with their food!
Summer Breezes. We had a dreamy summer's night here last night. Sitting on the deck, cool breeze to add to the ambiance of a great meal and good wine. We'll be back, soon!
a gem in North Seattle. ive been driving by this restaurant for a few years now and decided to finally stop in one evening. what a great little place to have finally discovered!! the decor was warm and the lighting was gorgeous! i sat next to the fireplace. I had an awesome mojito which I selected from a wonderful list of cocktails. There was a large selection on the menu- from pizza and pasta to my new favorite: the spicy prawns and pancetta. the grilled tuscan bread was so tasty dipped in the spicy broth with goat cheese! They also had a wonderful wine selection- from the glass pours to the 20 bottles for $20 each section! I added the small saltoro salad to my meal and it was just perfect! mixed greens with a honey-shallot vinaigrette and almonds and blue cheese! YUM!! I had to end my meal with one of their scrumptious desserts- the fallen chocolate cake... says it takes extra time but its worth the 10 minute wait for it!! its like a gooey chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce!! service was great! parking was a bit tough... but its worth the trip. I will definitely go back and bring my friends to this wonderful North Seattle find!!
Updated American food served with reliable consistency at this popular north end grill..
Colorful modern glass lamps light up the wooden booths and floors-it's a simple, unpretentious background that suits families and couples alike. The central area of the dining room can get noisy; if privacy is important, hold out for a booth under the skylights. Don't shy away from asking detailed questions about the food sources-the staff knows what's local, wild-caught or farmed.
Straightforward, hearty dishes give the menu equal appeal across generations and dietary preferences. Salads are accessorized with treats like brie and Marcona almonds; the large size generously serves two or provides a few nibbles for four. Expect steaks nicely cooked to order, with portions that practicaly guarantee leftovers. For dessert, anything with Olympic Mountain ice cream is a hit-the warm chocolate cake comes topped with an oversize scoop.
User review by northwallcc. Saltoro is a great addition to North Seattle. The flavor combinations for the food is excellent and the price is very resonable. The scallopes were cooked correctly and they have a great bar with good deals on wine.
Worth a try. Tried a number of times. Service can be a hit or miss. There is one bartender who really does a nice job even though she seems to be overworked. Worth checking out; try the steak frites rare, skip the frites.
Hidden Treasure in Greenwood.
I recently discovered Saltoro's and was extremely surprised by this delightful little bistro. The outside and surrounding area makes you wonder what you've gotten yourself into by deciding to eat there, but once you're seated and take a look around, your worries will fade. It's decorated with wine and olive oil bottles, has lots of dark wood, the lighting is bright and comfortable, and the servers are friendly and knowledgeable.
I recommend ordering from the chef's special menus that seem to change often. I had the lamb with some sort of foi gras wine sauce over a polenta cake. It was the best lamb I've ever had! The sauce was amazing, and the price was even more amazing- I couldn't believe how reasonable everything was. I followed dinner up with a saffron creme brulee which a little different, but very good.
I highly recommend Saltoro's, it's truly a great find!
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