Sweetwaters on the River
Sweetwaters on the River

Sweetwaters on the River

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.valleyriverinn.com/sweetwaters/
  • Phone: 541-341-3462x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Sunday: 7:30am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Michael Thieme
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Roxane Butler 5417431000x52

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Valley River Drive
  • Public Transit: On LTD Bus Route, On Bike Path
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We have an ample amount of free parking on both the hotel grounds as well as the Valley River Center lot.
A word from Sweetwaters on the River

Located on the banks of the Willamette River, at Valley River Inn. Sweet Waters on the River is a Eugene, Oregon restaurant for corporate diners, the culinary tourist and fine food epicurean. With our panoramic view, rustic northwest ambiance and seasonal outdoor patio, we define the quintessential Oregon dining experience.
Predicated upon local producers of meat, produce and unique ingredients such as Oregon truffles, huckleberries and artisan cheeses, this restaurant in Eugene maintains a focus on local and fresh ingredients.
Centrally located in the Southern Willamette Valley wine region our unique geographic position is perfect for the wine enthusiast. Our wine list showcases Oregon’s growing wine industry where world class Pinot Noir is compared to the best of those from Burgundy.
Guests with a palate for fresh innovative cuisine and an enthusiasm for fine wine will appreciate the unrivaled service and authentic ambiance of Sweetwaters on the River.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Sweetwaters on the River reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.5
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
64% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (15)scenic view (14)special occasion (8)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (6)romantic (5)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (4)neighborhood gem (4)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Poor service and food
    Speck
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I were seated promptly and our order was taken promptly, but it took 20 minutes to get the salad. The waitress never came to pick up the empty salad bowls. After patiently waiting a full hour, we asked another waitress to check on our entrees, because our own waitress was nowhere to be seen. We finally did get our entrees, but the rack of elk was burned, overcooked, and dry as cardboard, and the kale was undercooked, hard to chew. We then got up to complain, because the waitress never checked back. We did see the waitress on our way out, and told her that the food was unacceptable, and that we were leaving. She then said that she would take care of the meal, and we left.
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  • How do you get a patio table?
    FoodGrinder
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived a few minutes early for our reservations, which included a request for an outdoor table. We were told that there were no outdoor tables available, so we agreed to sit at a table near the window overlooking the river. From our table we could see open tables on the patio, and within minutes of being seated, more opened up. I know I can't say for sure, but I doubt many, if any, of the other people out there had made reservations. The annoyances continued to pile up. Each on their own wasn't a big deal, but all together made for a very unpleasant experience. Redeeming factors: the gentleman refilling the water was prompt and polite and the food was reasonably good. For the price I would expect much better service and treatment.
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  • Just your average diner
    porcsheguy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Well worn, Average food. A tough steak served medium but ordered rare. Not much here, I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning View
    JorgeVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The river running by the restaurant is stunning. Service was polite and efficient. Crab Chowder is unique and to die for. Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Great view of river
    GinnySVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Excellent dining overlooking the river. Rack of elk was exceptional. We found the service to be friendly and attentive.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • unsavory waters
    sobadVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This restaurant was a huge disappointment. The ONLY good thing about it was the view. The service was SLOW, the restaurant was OLD and the food was MEDIOCRE at best. It was completely overpriced, as well. Terrible.
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    scenic view
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Not impressed. Food very average and because it was U of Oregon, there was a set menu which was very limited. My drink selection was recommended by the waitress and was awful. The food was very plain and prime rib was very fatty. The best thing was the clam chowder. Would not come back or recommend. Our party of 7 were equally unimpressed.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Not so good....
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Service was generally "fair" at best: had to summon the wait staff multiple times as they paid poor attention to our table. Food quality was "fair" at best: salmon was dry, filet was over-cooked at least one level; i.e., medium was medium-well; risotto was VERY sticky, presentation was definitely not a "wow". Ambience was "fair" at best: weird combination of old wood paneling plus wallpaper that began and ended randomly, and clearly had not been updated in many years; odd blue neon light hanging on the wall as if it were a decoration, but was definitely out of place. The meal price indicated that all areas (food, service, and ambience) would be much better than delivered. It's hard to recommend this place!
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  • Very Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Nice venue overlooking the Willamette River but disappointing service. Management needs to train their servers to a higher standard as the restaurant projects a finer dining atmosphere with fine selection of wines. Server was not trained on wine etiquette and was not knowledgeable enough about menu items to add value on suggestions or additional information on the entrees. We were served at different times rather than all at the same or close to the same time. It felt like we were eating in a typical hotel coffee shop.
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  • Great Father's Day Menu
    kenc
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We always think of Sweet Waters for our special occasions. The prime rib was a special treat for us. We feel very lucky to have this venue in Eugene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Not impressed
    foodie2
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was average, overpriced for what we ordered. Set menu, but not advised of this.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Save room for dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Sweet waters was running a special menu for Graduation weekend, so we did have limited menu choices. That said we each found something we liked and on the whole the food was very good. My salmon was done perfectly and my dining companions roasted chicken elicited very positive comments. The only detract ion to that point was the less than flavorful Cesar salad ...just not enough dressing oomph..no clear taste of Parmesan or garlic or....in the end the lemon cheesecake made up for the salad in a big way. They either have a great pastry chef or a great source, but it was light, dry & flavorful...perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    JorgeVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Very food food. Crab Chowder was a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Not up to Open Table standards
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Made a reservation at this restaurant for what was supposed to celebrate our last night on the road. No one to check us in, wait staff clearly not interested in our business. Disappointing menu and food preparation. Will not return and will not recommend to others.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Sweetwaters on the River reviews archive.
  • Great spot for graduation dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our party of 12 had an outstanding dining experience. Everything from the food to the service to the atmosphere was great. The menfolk raved about the prime rib.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Assistants Day Luncheon
    CathysTake
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Lunch to celebrate assistants day, plus a workers birthday. Food was wonderful, atmosphere was very comfortable. We had a very nice, relaxing lunch. Open table made it so easy to reserve a table.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    ziggy123456789open123456
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    loved our afternoon brunch. Great server!!! very friendly and great service!!!!! The food was excellent and loved the river view.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sat at table next to a couple
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Sat at table next to a couple of dirty tables. No one came to the table after several minutes waiting, so I moved to the bar. Bartender was attentive, but the overall experience was lacking.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An old favorite
    HobbitLovr
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Delicious food with the best view of the Willamette River in Eugene. Desserts are always special. A little dated but still classy, the atmosphere is so relaxing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not over the top.
    Tpetplayr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    When I arrived, I had a table for 4, and they got it ready immediately. However, it was Valentines day, and therefore they said, there was a 90 min. wait for food. We were only there for desert, thus we had no issues whatsoever. The wait staff was friendly, and fairly prompt, and our order didn't take long. The only down sides were that the deserts (except for the chocolate tower) were minuscule, and the waiter only came back once to refill our water and check if we needed anything. Aside from those minor issues, the atmosphere was good, (not as quiet as I expected, but not loud either) and the tiered seating was nice. I will definitely go back to try the entree's to see if they live up to their price tag. All in all, an enjoyable evening.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delay was ok
    SweetSam
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our service was wonderful. The kitchen got a bit backed up. Our reservation was for 8:30 but we did not seat until 9:30. Although we had a wait, we didn't mind for the most part because we had time to unwind and converse in the bar.
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    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • worst valentines ever
    goobermonster
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was the worst dining experience ever, not only did we have to wait twenty minutes to be seated with a reservation when we finally were seated around 8:20 we were informed the kitchen was behind... This was only the beginning. After about an hour or so I was notified that they had run out of the filet, but they had some prime rib instead. Well around 9:00 pm we had finally received an order of fondue and two shrimp cocktails, not sure where the fondue came from and the extra cocktail, we never did see the salad. About half an hour later we finally got our entrées, the halibut was jerkey dry, the rice crunchy and over cooked. My prime rib was salty and overcooked. Avoid this place like the plague!
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  • Great but dissapointed
    MildlyDissapointed
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was great and so was the service with one slightly disappointing exception. The seating was disappointing. I made the reservation several days in advance and asked for a seating with a view of the river but we were placed in a middle seating that seemed awkward in that we were very close to the table that was next to the window. I would have chalked it up to full reservations except the couple that got the window table had just walked in without reservations based on the conversation we could not avoid hearing.
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Especially nice on Valentines.
    Tbear19
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This place has a beautiful view of the river. Great food and attentive servers. The beef was superior. The Mrs. loved the Salmon. Very romantic. Expensive, but worth it for us, for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch is okay
    2014Celebrate
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    If you're looking to impress someone with your willingne$$ to invest in an opportunity for a variety of food, this is it. Prepare for standard but cool breakfast items and under-cooked sliced beef which accompanies the pasta, potato and salad options. Good if it were about half the price.
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  • So many great choices, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    So many great choices, the food was amazing! And your chocolate layer cake SO good!!!
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    special occasion
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  • Nice place to dine in Eugene, OR
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Supper friendly wait staff. Great view of the Willamette River. Good food, coffee, and deserts.
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    scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Festive holiday lunch
    LoveNola
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I met a close friend here for out pre-Christmas lunch tradition. There were several tables celebrating the holidays and the atmosphere was festive. After we were seated our drink order was taken right away and arrived promptly. We split a ribeye sandwich and each had a cup of crab chowder (which is excellent). This is a nice restaurant to carry on a conversation with others. The ambience is reasonably quiet and you can actually hear what others at the table are saying. Plus, even in the winter, the view of the river is quite nice. We go here several times a year and meet friends by the fire in the bar at times. The bar is a nice cozy cool weather place to meet. In good weather, we like the river deck.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Thanksgiving
    Outandabout
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    My Wife and I had Thanksgiving dinner there. Very nice experience and I will come back. There were many choices of food and desserts.
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    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Thoroughly
    MIch
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    One of the nicer restaurants in Eugene. It's on the banks or the Willamette River. Also, great for a walk along the river before or after dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Quality Food
    JorgeVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Outstanding crab chowder. If you visit here, you must try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second visit
    Ivyy
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    We came for our anniversay. Polite servers. Our dining experience was first rate on our first visit but the food during this visit was lacking. We ordered the chicken/polenta/mushrooms. The vegetables were very good but the chicken was overcooked and the polenta dry. The bread was very hard and the salad was bland. Dessert was outstanding
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good
    BBDe
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    excellent meal facilities are old and need an update
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, solid lunch experience
    sybersprite
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    We've been here many times and are pleased to see it's recently been updated inside. You just can't beat the view and location directly on the river! The food is usually fairly good; nothing to write home about but nothing horrible. We had very good service this last time around, and would definitely be back for a business lunch or special occasion.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstandinding romantic spot
    DannyBoy
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    There's a beautiful view of the river. It's quiet. The service is WONDERFUL. Slow paced. Romantic. Have the tiramisu! It's to die for. The chef has a limited, but outstanding menu (better to have a dozen outstanding dishes than three dozen mediocre ones). The menu leans towards lobster, crab, really great beef, and truffles for fun. All freshly made and outstanding quality. Definitely try this place!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful buy spendy
    birthdaygirls
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    My Sister and I were celebrating both of our birthdays and her new job. The food was wonderful but priced way too high for us. We had halibut. The staff and feel of the place was great. Again, great food, just priced way too high for todays economy.
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    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Excellent restaurant on the
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Excellent restaurant on the river with great patio dining. Nice menu, food well prepared, tasty, with nice portion sizes. Service this trip a little slower than usual, staff a little short handed. Have eaten here a number of times for dinner and lunch, too. Always very consistent. Definitely will be returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner with family
    sweetwatersfan
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Yummy food. Very good service. I eat there several times a month--we are treated like family. Love the wait staff!! Cooks can accomodate special dietary requests. See you soon!
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  • nice scenery
    Spunky
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    had a good meal - dessert fabulous -- especially the coconut cake -- Limited menu - mix of fine dining and casual dining
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • 5 star potential...
    BKk0
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Could use a great chef and menu to easily boost rating up to a 4 or 5 star. The food is okay but reminds me of places I've been that cater to mild, older palate, Midwestern travelers. Maybe throw in some items off the menu at the Belly to spice it up...? Anyway, outdoor seating by a river is rare even though we have miles and miles of it flowing through Eugene, so it is great to sit outside on nice days and it is covered for the other not-so nice days. Oh, on another note, we went to King Estates Winery and they handed out blankets when the temperature dropped one evening. It was great! This restaurant is in a hotel so maybe if they offered the same without being asked would be a sweet idea :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, scenic view, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.