Aquariva
Aquariva

Aquariva

  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Aquariva reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (19)great for outdoor dining (16)special occasion (11)romantic (10)fit for foodies (8)great for brunch (6)good for groups (6)great for lunch (6)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • First Visit
    RandallTualatin
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was our first time to eat at this restaurant. Our waitress was great and the chef did a wonderful job on the food. We enjoy walking along the river so that was a plus for us. Will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stumbeled upon a find
    littlevandalVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to Auariva because it was new to us and in a friend's new neighborhood. Although it was dark, the river just outside the windows provides a lovely element to the ambiance. There were lighted boats going up and down the river which was very pleasing. By the glass wines were good and reasonably priced. The entrees were quite large and were prepared well. The staff were attentive yet not intrusive. It was a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of Portland's Best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have gone to Aquariva multiple times, and each time we were impressed. We have never had a better waitress than our's on Saturday night. The food is excellent, and beautifully presented. Their chef is top notch. The view on the Willamette River is worth getting there before sundown. Even if you just stop for a drink in the bar, it's a stunning setting. The wine list is good, too. We think that this is one of Portland's best kept restaurant secrets - and it shouldn't be a secret. Our dinner party made a pact that we would go to Aquariva more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • River front gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were looking for a place to have lunch with a view of the Willamette River and was pleasantly surprised with Aquariva. We were there on a Sunday and they offered a brunch/lunch menu. However, the three of us found something we each enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining along the Willamette
    DatenightVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Nice quiet dinner place with a view of the river. Food is seasonally inspired and good but not great. Prices are on the higher end compared to what you get. Staff is helpful and friendly... could be a bit more timely. Parking is challenging in the area... almost have to valet at this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location on the river
    TodC
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've been to several events that were held at Aquariva, from large milestone birthday parties to multi-day business meetings. The service, amenities, and food are always great. This is the first time I've gone for their Sunday brunch. I'd call it more of a standard breakfast that goes into the afternoon than a brunch. That said, the food was good. Not spectacular, but fine for the price. The service was not very good, though. It took several minutes after being seated to get water and coffee, my coffee cup would sit empty for long periods of time, etc. The server did mention that they had her "going everywhere". The location on the Willamette River in SW Portland is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies' Night
    Longfeather
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A group of 6 met for drinks and dinner and we had a fabulous time. The only exception was one of the bartenders (did not get his name but tall, thin, blondish with glasses) was almost surly. No smiles with his service. The other servers were AWESOME!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of the way place
    GardinerReviewer
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Aquariva is a lovely place but really out of the way. Service was superb, food is excellently prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Elegance
    CJMaloney
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We'd never been to Aquariva but will go back. Awesome service. A very eclectic menu with something for everything. I loved that they had small plates and larger plate selections. Heirloom tomato salad with ricotta was outstanding and my guests loved the beet salad. Both the gnocchi and duck were excellent according to my guests. I had the polenta (vegetarian) which was dry. The flavors were good but overall I wouldn't recommend it. Desserts were all excellent including a flourless chocolate cake and the carrot cake. I'll definitely go back and try a different dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    anna
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Once the food is served, it would be nice if the waitress comes back and would ask if everything is okay. My grandson didn't like the taste of the pork shop and we didn't feel like chasing down our waitress. She came a after we were finished. She was attentive at the beginning and towards the end.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Aquariva!
    doubleD
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just so so
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Outdoor dining area could be improved. There was little opportunity for seating change
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungrycritter
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 550 reviews are from the Aquariva reviews archive.
  • Pleasant lunch on the river
    Hoyo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Experience
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside dinner.
    Chuck
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    justthe2ofusVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, service
    dancVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Classy (not trendy), great view of river, attentive service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and wonderful food
    Blondie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We left before ordering. It felt like a 1985 cafeteria. Terrible ambiance.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Semi-private room was perfect
    EintheCov
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wedding get together
    weddingparty
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Convenient, but not great
    LakeO
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view, friendly atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time
    tkgnVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    A surprising treat for a hotel associated restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where is everybody?
    Portlandwithkids
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite restaurant!
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Each time I visit it just keeps getting better! Our waiter made the celebration all the more special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Jewel
    Klientuin
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner for one
    chloeVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    great spot to grab a glass of wine and some dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely outdoor seating
    navig8
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nice selection of option on the menu for Mother's Day brunch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem on the River
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    the service is always so good and the food delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another delicious brunch
    EatingwellPDXVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Hazelnut encrusted French toast with cherry sauce is about as good as it gets!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well kept secret
    OldPortlander
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Special Celebrations
    Maximizer
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bland Brunch
    Jasper
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    MrsCooper
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annkelly
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grandma's b-day
    cs3162
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view~average food
    rambagirl
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.