ART, FOOD AND COASTAL LIVING
Located on Ismailof Island in Halibut Cove, Alaska, The Saltry Restaurant opened in 1984 with the mission statement - Art on the face of the wilderness and fine dining. Since then, we have been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.
THE HISTORY OF THE SALTRY
On an overcast day in the fall of 1983 the Saltry, jacked up and teetering on three foot wooden stilts, floated slowly down the Halibut Cove channel, flanked by skiffs bearing “no wake” signs. Rising over all was the Saltry’s steeply peaked roof line-attributes that had earlier caused the locals to dub it “The Flying Nun.”
When the perfect building to house an island eatery presented itself, Marian and Dave Beck acted instantly to acquire the unique structure that became the Saltry Restaurant. A U-shaped dock was constructed in preparation for the Saltry’s arrival. Moving day was chosen for its twenty-three foot tide, the highest of the season. When the tide was at its highest point, the barge was eased into the U-shaped opening. As the tide dropped, the empty barge eased down and away with the tide. Pilings were erected from the beach at low tide to brace the Saltry from underneath. If you look at the dock around the Saltry now, it’s possible to see how it sits not quite square, how its final settling place is slightly caddywhompus.
The Saltry first opened its doors in April 1984. Eighty people arrived for the celebratory potluck, despite the howling blizzard of rain and snow. At its inception, the Saltry provided simply fare: drinks at the bar, hot chowder, fresh bread and cold appetizers-such as pickled fish- that are still on the menu today.
Today, the Saltry serves about 100 people everyday during the summer season, dishing out gourmet food from a kitchen decidedly more sophisticated than in 1984. What hasn’t changed is the incredibly beautiful setting of the Saltry, with its view of the mountains and glaciers from its perch above the water, and the desire to bring the freshest fish and oysters straight from Kachemak Bay to your table.
Reservations for Saltry and Danny j ferry
We are currently closed for the Winter. We are now taking reservations for 2017. Our first day of service will be May 27th, 2017. Please note we are on limited winter hours and will be checking emails on a weekly basis. Thank you!
Please pick up your ticket at the office at least 30 min before your tour departs. The Halibut Cove Booking Office is open from 9-5 daily and is located on the Homer Spit. Once you have picked up your ticket you will be directed to Ramp 1 where the Danny J docks.
The booking office is located about 3.8 miles out Homer Spit. We are on the last boardwalk on the left (same side as the harbor) before the Salty Dawg (the lighthouse). There is a large yellow sign on top of the boardwalk that says "Bald Mountain Air". We are right next door to Bald Mountain Air in a small orange building. Please stop in and say hello to our Greeter "Archer"!
West Ismailof Island is private - water taxis do not service The Saltry.
If you would like to request a reservation or just ask a question you may phone us at (907) 226-2424, email us at email@example.com or fill out the following form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Call (907) 226–2424 from 9a – 5p daily.
Refund Policy for groups of less than 10 passengers; Cancellations made more than 5 full days in advance will be refunded, less a $5 per ticket cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than 5 full days' notice will not be refunded.
Refund Policy for groups of more than 10 passengers; Cancellations made more than 10 full days in advance will be refunded, less a $5 per ticket cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than 10 full days' notice will not be refunded.
NO SHOWS will not be refunded. If the tour is cancelled for any reason, a full refund is guaranteed.