Seattle’s new Italian restaurant on the historic Pier 55 combines a laid-back casual ambiance with sprinkles of fine dining. Salt District brings a new flavor to Alaskan Way, serving as the perfect destination from date nights to happy hours — and bringing the kids works, too.
I found it impossible not to get swept away in the beauty of Seattle’s waterfront from the second I stepped on the pier. Before I even entered the restaurant, the salty summer air danced around my husband Jake and I, which immediately set the stage for a successful evening out.
Greeted warmly by the front desk, we were shown to a table directly by the window, allowing the sun to participate in our meal while we watched the seagulls swoop over the collection of sailboats in the distance.
I sipped my Italian herb sour cocktail and felt the stress melt away as we were served the most delicious Ricotta Bruschetta I’ve ever had as an appetizer.
The classic Italian meatballs were a welcome addition as we watched other diners sitting outside basking in the sun and light breeze.
Our server Lance spoke about how grateful he was to be part of the group that opened Salt District and you could tell the staff had an overall sense of pride as they buzzed around dropping off drinks, bowls of hearty pasta and fresh seafood.
For my entrée, I went for the Campanella pasta with pesto, pancetta, and roasted tomato. As creamy and delicious as it was, I had to tap out to save room for my favorite part of the meal: dessert.
Smooth espresso gelato, complete with chocolate-covered espresso beans (from local partners - the Nutty Squirrel) tied the evening up in a shiny, delicious red bow.
Taking full advantage of our date night, Jake and I walked off the meal along the pier, with Elliott Bay and the Great Wheel serving as the perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos. Because of the location, Salt District is the perfect pit stop for a quick bite between meetings or a leisurely visit with a good friend and bottle of wine.
Spots like the brand new Salt District make visiting Seattle's waterfront as special as it is – especially in the summer!
Editor's note: Salt District occupies the former Red Robin space on Seattle's waterfront. While the products, services and/or accommodations in this story were provided without charge, the opinions within are those of the author and the Seattle Refined editorial board.