Whether you’re native to Portland or just visiting, if you’re looking for fine dining with an excellent view, look no further than River’s Edge Hotel & Spa’s Aquariva Restaurant & Bar. Located on the Willamette River in the South Waterfront District, Aquariva combines scenic, riverside dining with seasonally inspired cuisine, and when weather permits, the main dining room opens to outdoor seating on the terrace at the river’s edge.
Aquariva is passionate about providing a true farm-to-fork experience. River’s Edge carefully chooses passionate, local farmers, artisans, and fishermen to serve meals made with hand-selected foods direct from local fields, trees, streams, and pastures. Both Aquariva and the providers with which it partners are committed to promoting responsible, sustainable, fair-trade practices.
The current dinner menu features seasonal dishes like the “fall root vegetables” appetizer, which includes beets, fennel fronds, parsnips, and potato tossed with herb cider vinaigrette, whole roasted trout, cooked in preserved lemon brown butter, and roasted squash with lentils and fennel. The menu offers delicious options for a variety of diets, so your meat-eaters, vegetarians, and gluten-free eaters can all enjoy a meal together without complication or fuss. And whether you order the Laney Family Farms burger or the baked vegetable gratin, you are guaranteed delicious, fresh, local ingredients.
Aquariva is not just for dinner, either. If you’re looking for a delicious brunch experience, Aquariva hosts weekly, Sunday brunches with all sorts of freshly prepared, seasonal plated items, including Crispy Citrus Brioche French Toast and Cast Iron Scramble. It is also the home of Portland’s only build-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, featuring 26 different ingredients and 10 top-shelf vodkas.
If you’re just looking for a laid-back bar where you can unwind, Aquariva is still the perfect place for you. From the handcrafted cocktails to the eight beers featured on tap, Aquariva keeps with its tradition of supporting local businesses even in its bar. The beers on tap are always local brews, and the wine menu offers many local wines. Also, a variety of the spirits are from local distilleries, and many of the signature spirits are infused in-house. The bar menu includes the house ground burger, bruschetta, a classic wedge salad, and many other options. Happy Hour is daily from 3:00 – 6:30 pm.
So whether you’re looking for brunch, fancy dinner, casual drinks, or anything in between, Aquariva has something delicious, local, and sustainable to offer. And the best part is, you can enjoy it all while soaking in the beautiful view of South Portland from the edge of the Willamette River. Visit their website or call (503) 802-5850 to book your reservation at Aquariva today.