The Riverhouse Nestucca

4.6
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$30 and under
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Seafood
The iconic Riverhouse Restaurant is back! Enjoy casual fine dining on the scenic Nestucca River featuring seasonal seafoods, spirits, and more.
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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is super friendly! The food was incredible! Seafood is affordable and fresh! We will definitely be going back our next visit to Pacific City!

M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had reservations for two but no one showed up to open the restaurant. We ate somewhere else. Very disappointed.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and presentation of the dood we ordered. All 5 of our meals were flavorful and unique. We can’t wait to go back. Definitely the best meal we’ve had in Pacific City. The staff and owners visited with us and were very welcoming.

SB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our third trip to Riverhouse this year and I can't imagine going to Pacific City, or the general area, and not making it a point to eat here.

The food is so phenomenal, and an unexpected experience I wouldn't expect out of a small coastal town. Creative dishes that always done great, that rely on local purveyors -- it's always a delight!

Do yourself a favor and skip the crowds and underwhelming food at Pelican and treat yourself to Riverhouse Nestucca. You will not be disappointed!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove two hours just to try out the Dungeness crab Mac and cheese and it was well worth it! We were sold before the dish even came out by the clam chowder! Highly recommend this place! Would drive there again!

KM
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been many times, just the two of us or a group. It’s simply the best restaurant in town. I’ve had crab ravioli, fish and chips, chicken and dumplings and many other dishes and never been disappointed. Wait staff is friendly and attentive. We will probably be back next weekend!

KI
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very good food! The salmon was perfect. Clam chowder is awesome.

WN
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every single person at our table said it was ranked at one of our top five meals of all time. Simply outstanding!

GH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Charming spot with views of the river. Locally sourced menu, pretty well done. Only downside was that the tap water that is generously poured and backed up with a quart more is heavily chlorinated and really just about ruined my dinner. I have managed and owned restaurants before and the quality of each part of the dining experience should be considered. A filter added to the tap would be a small investment or having Earth 2O deliver would be pennies per customer to ensure a fine dining experience. Oh, maybe there were two downsides... When I mentioned this to the hostess she was snarky about it and said "tastes fine to me!" I tend to hold food service grudges so I probably will not return. Even though the food was pretty tasty.

K
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I don't write too many reviews but thought I'd add one here. Wasn't sure about this place but we're so glad we went. We were there on a very busy Saturday with our 2 kids. First of all, the service was fantastic -- they were really on it, super friendly and knowledgable even though it was so busy and a little frenetic. The food was also really great. Highly recommend the seafood lasagna and the cod dish -- both would make any Portland foodie very happy. Steamer clams were also wonderful. The restaurant is fairly small and decor and tables are a little haphazard which only adds to the charm of the place.

S
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The clam chowder was amazing! Would definitely go back next time I'm in PC!

J
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch with friends this past weekend at The Riverhouse Nestucca. An absolutely outstanding meal. The best Crab Eggs Benedict EVER!! Wonderful and attentive service along with a beautiful view of the river. Can't wait to go back!

l
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Over a 10 day vacation traveling from San Jose to Portland, The Riverhouse was our very best meal! I enjoyed the crab stuffed ravioli - it was incredible. The combination of cherry tomatoes, corn, avocado with the crab and pasta goodness was out of this world. My husband had the pan seared salmon. It was seasoned and cooked to perfection. Honestly the best salmon we have ever had. We enjoy upscale dining in New Orleans regularly and another one of our favorite cities to eat is Charleston, SC. We are shocked a chef of this caliber is in such a small town. The service was excellent as well.

KM
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. We go often and have never been disappointed. The food is the best quality in the area. The owners and staff are super friendly.

Also, chicken and dumplings coming soon!! Can’t wait!

OT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love going there. The food is nicely prepared and the service is good.

SS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was excellent and the service was great! A good find in Pacific City

RM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We found this restaurant doing a search of the area while vacationing at the Oregon coast. What a find!!! Don’t let the outside appearance fool you. The food was excellent, each entree was unique and delicious. A diamond in the rough....you will not be disappointed!!!

SR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

We ordered fried oysters and were shocked to see crispy deep fried oysters arrive at our table. They looked like deep fried gizzards sold at roadside convenience deli counters. The oysters were dry with little to no Oyster liquor.
Sharon Montoya Welsh writes in her book, OYSTER COOKERY, "Perfectly fried oysters are plump and juicy with a lovely coating....".
Montoya also writes, "... there are but four ways to eat oysters- fried, stewed, baked and raw on the half shell." The fried oysters served to us at The Riverhouse were DEEP fried, not gently and lovingly fried so that the oyster feels soft and juicy on the roof of the mouth before incising into a plump juicy explosion of oyster tastes.

MT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early dinner with my two brothers for a birthday celebration and at 5:15 we were lucky and got a table by the window overlooking the river. After driving by the building a couple of times and not being impressed with the outside appearance, I was happy to see how warm and inviting the upstairs dining experience was. Don't be fooled by the buildings appearance. We had wait-staff that was knowledgeable and fun, attentive and efficient. The fried oysters were some of the best I have had, and I loooove oysters! Thin crispy cornmeal on the outside, soft and tasty on the inside and perfectly fried. Chinook was excellently grilled leaving it moist rich, crab raviolis with quinoa salad were delicate and enhanced by sweet cherry tomatoes and corn. But the bread pudding!!! We split one and I savored every warm, sweet, brandy and caramel topped bite.
Beer and wine selections minimal, but some good options.
I will be returning to have the Paella (takes an extra 20 minutes).
Mary T.

MO
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Small restaurant overlooking the river. Wonderful meal...all of it! Bread, clam chowder, crab ravioli just awesome. A loud table of tipsy females ruined the ambiance — they belonged in a bar — but we loved it and strongly recommend it!

C
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good clam chowder and salmon also. Lori really enjoyed the crab Mac and Cheese

v
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried 4 chowders on the Coast and Riverhouse's won hands down!

MP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super location!!!
Great food!
Extremely nice people!
Go and try it out, it’s a must :-)!

d
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small but Mighty: Sensational food in cozy riverside setting. The salmon was cooked to perfection as was the steak. Do not miss the light bread pudding.

SW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious. We will be back!

JA
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The clam chowder was amazing. Excellent service and delicious food. The crab ravioli was so yummy and fresh.

KG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and the ambiance was phenomenal. The view of the river makes the experience that much more pleasurable.

GS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town. Great seafood. The chef is simply top notch.

j
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service! Will definitely be back!

OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was very good. It got a little loud due to small space. Be sure to make reservations and I would recommend going early for first sitting, they were standing in line waiting when we left.

GW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The restaurant is unique for the mid Oregon coast, primarily because of the high quality of the food at a reasonable price.
Great food. The paella was unique and delicious and enough for 2 meals. The seafood dishes were clean, not over-creamed, served with very fresh, perfectly cooked vegetables.
We shared a desert of chocolate truffles rolled in crushed hazelnuts with cherries and vanilla ice cream-incredible.
The restaurant was full and bustling on a beautiful Thusday evening. The staff were very attentive without being intrusive. We were not rushed.
We left very surprised and happy!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Had a reservation for 4 people. We were put in a booth that normal sized people like us could not fit into right by the restrooms. The normal sized table for 5 people they were holding onto in case a bigger party than ours, 4 people keep in mind, came. We got up and walked out.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A large group of family members descended on the Riverhouse for brunch. The food was great, cocktails great, and prices on par with what we’d expect to pay. The waitress was wonderful, the food came out pretty darn fast given a large group and others in the restaurant. We used to go here decades ago for years and then it closed for many years. We’re glad to see it back and with still wonderful food. All it’s missing from the “old days” is the hippie chicks who used to be the waitresses.

DO
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent except the loud noise which is a problem that detracts from the otherwise very nice meal and excellent service

DM
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diamond in the rough. Great food in a place resurrected from years ago. New ownership doing great job. Limited seating so recommend calling ahead. Then show up early for cocktail in lobby!!

RW
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and another couple enjoyed a nice dinner at Riverhouse Nestucca. They are all about customer service and we were very well taken care of during our first experience there, which ensures we will return. The waitstaff was young and fairly inexperienced with an awesome attitude about learning how to serve customers with excellence. What she didn't know, she promptly found out and returned to us with satisfactory answers. We arrived early and were allowed to be seated at once since they had tables and service available. We got the impression that those at Riverhouse will go up and beyond to keep their customers returning and having a good time with a very good meal. I can highly recommend Riverhouse Nestucca.

RE
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The seafood Macaroni and cheese was amazing. It got a little loud as everyone was talking and enjoying themselves, through out this small 12 table restaurant. I can’t wait to go back.

j
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On a holiday at the beach, took friends to the river house because I know we always have an excellent meal there. Their bread putting is the best I’ve ever tasted.

KC
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely delicious meal. It's a small dining room that's comfortable and simply decorated. A real find that's worth the drive if you're not in the immediate area.

TB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Altho we did have a reservation we had to wait a bit but the staff was amazing, food was lovely and the best surprise was getting the bill!