Riverfront dining is a unique experience that unfortunately often has more memorable views than food. In Portland, however, there are plenty of spots to enjoy the scenic views of the stately Columbia and Willamette Rivers, and the great news is that they have excellent food to match. Check out these 8 waterfront restaurants in Portland that combine delicious cuisine with breathtaking views.
1. Salty's on the Columbia
Enjoy epic views of the Columbia while feasting on seafood at this Marine Drive institution. If you are headed to the popular weekend brunch here, be sure to make a reservation in advance.
2. McCormick & Schmick's Harborside - Portland
Great views abound from this vantage point on the Willamette River. Seafood and steaks are the draw to this restaurant right on that water in the RiverPlace Marina, and it is adjoined with the Pilsner Room, a Full Sail Ale microbrewery.
3. Veritable Quandry
Located just west of the Hawthorne Bridge, this Portland eatery has been operating since 1971, and has some wonderful waterfront views from its outdoor patio. Serving a seasonal, market-based menu, Veritable Quandary is one of the best in Pacific Northwest cuisine.
When the weather is nice, Aquariva has a great patio to enjoy a meal. Featuring Pacific Northwest fare in the South Waterfront, this restaurant is a go-to destination for waterside dining.
5. Portland Spirit
For a true riverfront dining experience, you can go all in and actually dine on the river aboard the Portland Spirit. Dinner, lunch, and brunch packages are available year-round.
This Argentinian restaurant has great views, along with a full mouth-watering food and drink menu. Empanadas, tacos, and plenty of seafood are the go-to selections here. Parents dining with young children take note: LeChon prepares complimentary seasonal purees on a rotating basis, making eating out even easier.
7. Three Degrees Waterfront Bar & Grill
Modern American food meets a lovely waterfront location at Three Degrees. Known for seasonal, local food, brunch is popular here.
8. Thirst Wine Bar & Bistro
Floor-to-ceiling windows make soaking up the views possible from inside, or sit on the large patio for the best experience. A great selection of wine, spirits, and local beer is a big draw, but the locally inspired northwest cuisine is excellent as well.
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