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Aquariva Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riversedgehotel.com/eat_drink.php
  • Phone: (503) 802-5850
  • Hours of Operation: Aquariva is open for
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:00AM - 10:00AM.
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30AM - 2:00PM
    Weekend Brunch: 8:00AM - 2:30PM.
    Dinner daily: 5:00PM - 9:00PM.
    Bar daily: 3:00 - 10PM.
    Happy Hour daily: 3 - 6:30 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Seth Tucker
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Aquariva provides full-service catering for all events for River's Edge Hotel & Spa. For more information please contact Nichole Desphy at 503-802-5812 or at nichole.desphy@riversedgehotel.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Aquariva's river view private banquet facilities are ideal for weddings and special events. Inquire about our riverside lawn perfect for ceremonies and photo opportunities!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton Court
  • Public Transit: Portland's Streetcar service ends three blocks from Aquariva. Take the Streetcar from anywhere downtown heading though PSU and RiverPlace. Disembark at the last streetcar stop (Lowell and Bond) and follow the walkway South to Hamilton Court and Aquariva!
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: SW Hamilton Court is just past the new South Waterfront development on Macadam Avenue (Hwy 43). From downtown, head south on Highway 43 (Macadam). SW Hamilton Court is the first left off Macadam Avenue (at light). NOTE: for GPS entry, use address 4650 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, Oregon 97239. Complimentary Valet parking is available.
A word from Aquariva
Easygoing and dramatic elegance. Relaxed sophistication. Perfect riverside location. Aquariva offers a seasonally-inspired menu on the banks of the Willamette River just minutes from downtown. Outdoor riverside patio dining. Complimentary valet parking and wireless internet access. NOTE: When using GPS, enter address 4650 SW Macadam Ave, Portland, Oregon 97239.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "I had some friends come in from out of town and I chose Aquariva because it's a beautiful, peaceful setting and I've always had great food and great service there. This visit was no exception. We had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Outdoor dining area could be improved. There was little opportunity for seating change"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Used Open Table at 5pm and got a table reservation at AquaRiva for 6:45. Great so far. Complimentary valet parking with speedy service. Scored an outside table to enjoy the summer evening. This is a great location on the Willamette River. Service is fairly prompt and attentive. Not an inspired menu but interesting small plate choices and a variety of main courses. We tried the rainbow trout appetizer, Bibb lettuce salad, polenta cakes, and lamb roast with roasted vegies. Food was pretty good, not great. Medium rare order for lamb came out rare. Adequate wine choices by the glass. The Rioja was quite good. Overall a good dining experience with a great outdoor setting."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very friendly staff. Delicious and generous lunch with reasonable prices. My wife had mussels and a salad and I had the hangar steak salad. All was beautifully prepared and tasty. Their housemade breads were excellent. Wine list though limited was thoughtful and good. The view though was what made the place super special. Sitting outside under the umbrella on a sunny summer day overlooking the river was what made the place really special."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service was extremely poor and slow. Took 15 minutes to get wine glasses. Bread served without plates. Staff very confused and not coordinated. One staff member was giving us dessert menus and wanted to take our food menu before we had ordered entrees. Not busy on the Monday night we were there and took too long to get our food, which was very mediocre. Lots of training and management needed or this very beautifully situated restaurant will surely go under. Our party of 5 said we'll be laughing about how comically bad the experience was for years to come. Hate to see a place with such potential because of it's attractive interior and location on the Willamette waste it."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Flat Iron Steak was 4 small slices (not a steak) and served on top of ice-cold potato salad and cold roasted broccoli therefore steak was also cold."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We dined at Aquariva over the weekend of the fourth. We chose this restaurant because of the outdoor patio with a great view of the Willamette. The patio view is the best thing this restaurant has to offer. The service was good, the drinks were decent, but we didn't like much of anything else we tried. The brisket was overdone and fatty and the mashed potatoes were so salty as to render them almost inedible. It seems like the food has gone downhill since we first tried the restaurant four years ago. I might go back for the patio, but I'll stick with something small, like drinks and appetizers. For the price, we would have expected better food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Classy (not trendy), great view of river, attentive service"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner one evening and brunch teh next morning. Service was fantastic and food fabulous. Love dinning here when staying at Rivers Edge Hotel and Spa."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We left before ordering. It felt like a 1985 cafeteria. Terrible ambiance."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a business lunch there and requested seating with a view yet somewhat quiet and the hostess placed us in a room set for 8 which was perfect for our group! Couldn't be happier with the venue! Food and service was great. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed a lovely after wedding breakfast with 10 family members. It was a perfect place to enjoy the river scenery and catch up with family members without feeling rushed. The food was great. It was very relaxing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our relatives stay in the Hotel connected to restaurant, so it's convenient and easy, but the food is average at best. The best thing we had were the fries. Duck was overcooked, carrots undercooked....and the tables are too high for the chairs which made it difficult for my mother in law to see and cut what was in her bowl/dish. The food took a long time to arrive as well. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We went there as a party of nine to celebrate a graduation for brunch. Setting is beautiful with excellent river view. Brunch menu cold have been more elaborate but the food was very good. Service was super friendly but rather slow and some had to wait 10 minutes or longer to get their orders after others were served. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "A surprising treat for a hotel associated restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great view, good service, lovely food and boneyard beer on tap. Fantastic! Kids ran down on walkway while waiting for dinner. Great night with friends. Weirdly quiet"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Each time I visit it just keeps getting better! Our waiter made the celebration all the more special!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Tucked away, right along the Willamette, this modern restaurant was welcoming in its tree lined setting. The service was excellent and attentive. The food was great with options for both meat lovers and vegetarians. Will definitely return when the weather warms to try the patio seating although the inside seating was comfortable and scenic as well."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "great spot to grab a glass of wine and some dinner. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Looked for a quiet place for Mother's Day brunch and this was perfect. Able to sit outside, watch the river, and have a lovely meal outside in a warm breeze. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nice selection of option on the menu for Mother's Day brunch"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "the service is always so good and the food delicious!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Hazelnut encrusted French toast with cherry sauce is about as good as it gets!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "This hidden gem along the Willamette River is lovely anytime but even more special on a beautiful sunny day like we had this week. Our server was outstanding, as was the food. Lots of veggie offerings and not the same old stuff. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We dined with friends and were happy with our food selections, though would have liked more choices...one chicken dish, brisket, veggie polenta entre and halibut, all delicious. We brought one bottle of wine happy to pay a $15 corkage fee, then bought a special second bottle, which pushed our tab up to nearly $200 with tip, and that was with no dessert or other beverages. Ambiance by the river with lighted boats sailing by could not have been better for this special evening, and service was just right."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "First time there so not sure if it was an off day for the food but the two different brunch choices my daughter and I had were both bland. Hardly any flavor at all. The atmosphere was good and so was the service- the food just wasn't flavorful. It wasn't terrible just not satisfactory. Nice place though."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a very nice brunch at Aquariva. Service was great and prices were very reasonable. My only suggestion is changing the wedge salad. It was pretty underwhelming."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "the view is nice; the service was great; the food was very average. We had gone 2 years ago for Mother's Day and had a much better experience. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience with a 90th birthday party for my mother-in-law. It was secluded without ruining the view. The staff was very accommodating regarding the wheelchair, and our bringing in the dessert the Lady of Honor requested. The food was excellent and the staff anticipated our every need. Highly recommend Aquariva."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Waterfront views while dining are my favorite (inside or out). This place is nice for the view. Service was friendly and professional. The menu had a number of dishes that were out of the ordinary and little expensive. I had the rainbow trout. It was a nice little 8-inch fish on a bed of about 6 brussel sprout halves (a little skimpy, but delightful for a lighter fare). My friend had the schnitzel which was tasty, lots of food for the money on this dish."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Service and dinner poor. The only thing great was the view of the river in front of us. Valet Parking Only. No parking on your own - no room!!!Expense for the food that was served (March 3-Course Meal Month). Shank/ polenta extremely bland; they had kale salad first course and main course with side of kale - come on! Bread pudding was one piece of bread soaked in syrup - seriously. Had waiter bringing glass of wine and three others serving out dishes.The only thing quick was the check. No salt and pepper on table and they took away knives before main meal arrived. Had to ask for knife - different server had to assist A room with a view - the only positive thing we had."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Everytime I visit this restaurant my meal is spectacular. It provides a wonderful array of healthy food options and I never feel like I'm left with being limited to one thing to choose from on the menu. Wait staff is always courteous."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The menu was surprisingly good, my fish dish was very fresh and well prepared. The drinks from the bar were watery and uninspired, especially considering the many great options in Portland. The service was far from ideal and the only real disappointment of the evening. Our waiter was timely but lacked any skill beyond getting the food from the kitchen to the table. He was sloppy with presentation and didn't know the menu well. We also noticed a large disparity between how he handled each table. Almost every table has an amazing view of the river and multi-level patios for enjoying the summer. The food and view make the lack-luster service almost tolerable."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was beyond delicious. Beautiful presentation and a total treat to the taste-buds. This restaurant faces the river and we had a window seat to enjoy the evening views. I had a kale salad with the most delicious dressing and the pork shank was to die for. My wife had a hamburger and raved about how much she enjoyed it, A wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Service at a very deliberate pace. An hour and fifteen minutes for just two courses. Trout was overcooked. Unfortunate as we remembered this as a better restaurant."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "They serve better eggs benedict at Shari's. Here are my problems with the eggs benedict I had at Aquariva: "Smoked" pork was dry, bland, and devoid of flavor (or seasoning). Poached eggs were overcooked with no runny yoke, may as well have been hard boiled. "Brown butter hollandaise" is flavorless, no tang. I would never eat here unless I was staying at the hotel and feeling too lazy to go somewhere else. It's sad really. Such a nice location deserves better food. If the execution of the current menu was better, it would be worth the prices asked for dishes. As it is though, I would avoid this place."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The Mussels we had for appetizer were cooked perfectly. I loved the wedge salad, so tasty, and the lamb chops, although we did ask for them rare were closer to raw. They were still delicious and we gobbled them up. I loved our server in the bar while we waited for our table but we felt almost like we were annoying our server at dinner every time we asked a question. She seemed disinterested in us, the food, her job, not sure which or all of the above. I am sure it was a busy night as it was Valentine's Day and our reservations were for 8:30, maybe she had just had a bad night. We still managed to have a great time, but for the almost $200.00 we spent for the two of us we think we can do better somewhere else."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was bland. Service was horrible. All we could do is laugh at ourselves for choosing such a poor restaurant. Too bad because it has a great location."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We celebrated our twin Grand Daughter's 13 birthday at a Sunday Brunch and they greeted us by name at the door, said Happy Birthday by name to the girls upon arrival, had a special table for us with a great river view and private curtains and even a gift table...wow...our waitress happens to have twin girls as well who are 3 1/2, what attention to everything...really memorable. Menu items for every interest and age."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had a birthday brunch there. Great view of the river and service was great."
    Dined on 2/1/2014