Salmon and peppers meet at Mendocino County’s Wild Fish in Little River, Calif.
These restaurants around the West regularly serve salmon caught, not farmed, in Pacific waters. Wild salmon are seasonal—they’re available from late spring to fall—and chefs often vary their offerings. The exact dishes described below may not be available when you visit.
Twisted Fish Company Juneau Boneless salmon fillet baked on a cedar plank, with bourbon molasses sauce. (907) 463-5033, twistedfish.hangaronthewharf.com.
C Restaurant Vancouver Local sockeye salmon with braised collard greens, onions, corn bread, and oysters. (604) 681-1164, crestaurant.com.
Cindy’s Waterfront Monterey, Calif. Grilled salmon with cipollini onions, niçoise olives, and orange. In the Monterey Bay Aquarium fee area; lunch daily. (831) 648-4870, montereybayaquarium.org.
Fish Sausalito, Calif. Vietnamese banh mi sandwich with grilled salmon. (415) 331-3474, 331fish.com.
Geisha Sustainable Sushi Capitola, Calif. Lightly marinated Monterey Bay king salmon. (831) 464-3328, facebook.com/geisha.capitola.
Hayes Street Grill San Francisco Salmon grilled to order. (415) 863-5545, hayesstreetgrill.com.
Wild Fish Little River, Calif. Local king salmon marinated in orange juice, honey, and mustard with roasted red and yellow bell peppers. (707) 937-3055, wild-fish.com.
Fork Boise Alaskan sockeye served over linguine in caper-cream sauce. (208) 287-1700, boisefork.com.
Montana Ale Works Bozeman Option to add salmon to any of five salads. (406) 587-7700, montanaaleworks.com.
Bamboo Sushi Portland Alaskan salmon rolls and nigiri sushi. (503) 232-5255, bamboosushi.com.
Silver Grille Silverton, Ore. Oregon salmon with white truffle hollandaise. (503) 873-8000, silvergrille.com.
SouthPark Seafood Portland King salmon with bacon bread pudding and squash. (503) 326-1300, southparkseafood.com.
American Fish Las Vegas Smoked salmon with sour cream, an onion-potato croquette, baby beets, and salmon roe. (877) 230-2742, arialasvegas.com.
RM Seafood Las Vegas Fennel-stuffed salmon with orange and pink peppercorns. (702) 632-9300, rmseafood.com.
Market Street Grill Salt Lake City Broiled salmon with cucumber-dill sauce. (801) 322-4668, marketstreetgrill.com.
Duke’s Chowder House Six locations, including Seattle’s Lake Union Enjoy Alaskan salmon in chowders, salads, sandwiches, and grills. dukeschowderhouse.com.
Blue Lion Jackson Hole Goat cheese–stuffed Alaskan salmon. (307) 733-3912, bluelionrestaurant.com.
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Photography by Sean Arbabi
This article was first published in July 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.