Sweetwaters on the River

3.7
269 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
SweetWaters on the River is a time-honored classic, located on the banks of the Willamette River at Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon. With our panoramic views and three-season outdoor patio, SweetWaters on the River provides the quintessential Oregon dining experience for the culinary tourist, fine food epicurean, and corporate diner alike. Predicated upon local producers of meat, produce and unique ingredients such as Oregon truffles, huckleberries and artisan cheeses, our restaurant maintains a focus on locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Our central location in the Southern Willamette Valley wine region is highlighted by our premium wine list, designed for the wine enthusiast and showcasing the best of Oregon's growing wine industry.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Menu & Buffet:
Daily 7:00am-11:00am

Sunday Brunch:
Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm

Lunch Menu:
Daily 11:00am-5:00pm

Dinner Menu:
Daily 5:00pm-11:00pm

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Phone number
(541) 341-3462
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kevin Miller
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Private party facilities
SweetWaters on the River offers several options for private party reservations. Our lounge, dining room, private “Duck Club” and outdoor deck each offer an exceptional experience for gatherings large and small. Depending on the size of your party, a single location or the entire restaurant may be reserved. Each location offers stunning views the Willamette River and a wide selection of hand crafted cocktails and menus. Private events are subject to room charges and seasonally adjusted minimum Food & Beverage requirements. Please connect with us today for more information.
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Private party contact
Maria Takara | Mtakara@valleyriverinn.com: (541) 341-3462
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Valley River Drive
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Parking details
We have an ample amount of free parking on both the hotel grounds as well as the Valley River Center lot.
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Public transit
On LTD Bus Route, On Bike Path
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 269 People Are Saying
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3.7based on recent ratings
3.5
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.4
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere!! The riverfront view is spectacular. We really enjoyed spending our anniversary at Sweetwaters.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Graduation from University of Oregon!.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service from our friendly server Irene; lofted area above the main dining area was great for conversation but still open to the river view; overall food was good, not great. Sweet potato fries and beet salad were highlights.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was really good, but the service was not. The wait staff was unattentive. The one occasion the staff came by they only asked one person at the table if they would like a refill and ignored the other 3 individuals at the table. The wait was exceptionally long, but the staff was quick to pick up the bill. The dining took place over graduation weekend which may be a reason for the poor service due to short staffing, but then that is a management problem as much as a staff problem. I thought it was a great setting along the river, and food was good (I had the prime rib).

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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Terrible! The service was awful and the food was awful. Our table had the nachos and hummus. The nachos were cold and the hummus was just okay. The prime rib was awful. The risotto was even worse and tasteless. To make it even worse, it took more than two hours to be served horrible food.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Very nice choice for a large group

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We will be back -- great food and service ... win --win

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Pricy for food quality. Graduation celebration and told $28 corkage fee for each champagne we took. Higher than most fine dining restaurants.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Music was too loud for an empty restaurant on Father’s Day. Food was good though

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

What a delightful place for a Father's day lunch! The views of the river were charming and relaxing. Our server, Melissa, was a delight. She knew the menu and was able to help us make good selections. My husband's salmon was good, and the chef very kindly put all the additions on the side. My lamb chops were the best I have ever eaten. Fork tender and so flavorful! The mousse dessert was a dreamy end to a lovely experience. We'll definitely come again and will happily recommend this restaurant to others.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

The service was horrendous from the moment we walked in. There was a huge line to get seated, even though it was reservation-only; we waited 25 minutes for a reserved table. The brunch buffet looked mediocre at best, so we ordered off the menu. After taking our order, the waitress pretty much disappeared. And during all this, I was amazed that the restaurant was only about half full. Go figure. The food was okay, but the $24 pasta dish was worth about half the price.

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Service was really not good, appetizer and then salad plates were never cleared before our meal was served. Food was really so so, especially for the price. Beautiful room and view though

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Food was fair, but my expectations were higher. Service was a bit off. Waitress brought entree's
before we finished our salads. The decor is dated and smells old. Great location though. I probably won't be back.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We booked a table for Sunday brunch. When we arrived we were told they aren't doing brunch. due to kitchen renovation. Instead they offered a limited lunch menu. We ordered and then the waitress came back and said they ran out of the items we wanted. We left disappointed, hungry and will not be returning again. To top it off the restaurant blamed Open Table for the mistake.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The Sunday brunch was terrible. Food on the buffet was cold and of limited selection. Empty serving trays were never replenished the entire 2 hours we were there. A friend ordered a salad from the menu and was equally unhappy. The server explained the bad food as due to “the kitchen floors are torn up.” We are locals who previously enjoyed eating here, but will not be returning now.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

I wish I had known that a breakfast menu was not available and only a buffet was.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This was NOT a good experience! We requested an outdoor table. We were told the deck was being painted. We saw nothing happening there.

We requested a window table. We were told that a large party was scheduled for the table we asked about. The table sat empty the whole evening

My daughters salmon was so rare it was sent back. It was returned very over cooked. Extremely disappointing
Carol Sloan.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Good food poorly prepared. Prime rib was cool to touch, and accompanying veggies cold. After a microwave warmup, the meat was barely warm, veggies still cold. Meat was plastered over mashed potato, creating difficult access. The plate was not attractive in appearance. Disappointed!

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Lovely place. Cocktails good food good service was very very slow especially for mother’s day.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Made a reservation for mother’s day, and got there early so we could get our table. We waited 15 minutes until 2:30, still not called back. 4-5 parties came in and had reservations for 2:45 and 3:00 and they were seated immediately. When it was 3:00, we finally went up to ask what was going on with our table for 3. The host said they missed us on the list and will get a table cleaned right away. Finally got seated around 3:05.

The food was subpar- undercooked chicken, burned waffles, cold pasta. Couldn’t even finish the free mimosa because it was all champagne and maybe a drop of orange juice.

They were not telling people that the patio seating on the river wasn’t open, which is the main reason we went there, so that was another let down. It was very crowded, dimly lit, and stuffy inside the restaurant, with barely enough room for people to walk down the stairs.

Had to give a 1 star rating for this restaurant because our bill was $120 for 3 people for the buffet, which was not worth the money. Would not recommend to a friend for a special occasion.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Arrived on time for a 1:15 Mother's Day reservation and had to wait. Waitress rarely came by, husband ordered coffee with cream and had to wait 20 minutes before flagging her down for the missing creamer. Hectic atmosphere, was seated in a high-traffic area, food was okay but it was a battle getting to the serving areas. All for $150 for four people -- yikes.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Brunch was Fantastic! The food was very good but the staff was exceptional.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The setting is great, unfortunately the food was disappointing. The crab cake on the crab cake sandwich was mainly filler and tasted nothing of crab. I had to pick through it to find maybe 3 pieces of crab. Service was also quite slow. I was very disappointed. The value would be reasonable if the food was decent.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The chicken & waffles were amazing: chicken moist, breading perfect, waffles small but mighty.

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The service was slow, the food a bit disappointing.i have had much better meals there before.
We did have breakfast the next morning and it was great food and service

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Our server, Irene was wonderful and her helper, Kate was very helpful and did a great job of taking care of us.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The location in the river is really pretty. We enjoyed hearing live music, and our 2year old went exploring around and no one made us feel bad about that. The food was ok to good.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

On the River...Really lovely views... good food and attentive service

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Not good food

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We ate at Sweet Water for the Easter buffet. We were visiting my mom from out of town and wanted to take her to a special place. The atmosphere was amazing. Staff went above and beyond to accommodate us. Our waitress, Lisa, was amazing. She actually was the best part of the meal. Great personality and so accommodating. The food was good, not great for the price of $43 per person. It would have been nice to have the option of ordering off of a tkmenu. My mom, who is elderly, didn’t eat much, so it wasn’t worth the price for her meal. Overall though a good experience.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It was dark and the buffet could have been setup better. The flow didn’t work.
Our server, Michelle, was very efficient.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Visited for both dinner and Easter Brunch the next day. My guest raved about her chicken dish. My pork chop was very good but not as exceptional. The Easter Brunch was very extensive and quite good.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Love the river view deck here. The food and wait service is good as well.
One of two places you can sit and dine near the river.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

1/2 chicken was terrible. Green beans limp and wrank. Broccoli limp and droopy like a flower. Macadamia crusted crab cakes were over fried and dry. Shrimp and pasta dish had no flavor.
Burgers were just ok. We had a large group for a farewell party - restaurant was not busy. Service was good but the food uninteresting, not well prepared, over cooked and disappointing as it is a spendy restaurant. $$ Too bad.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great experience and view. Food was good. No complaints

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1.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Staff was friendly and efficient. Food choices were excellent, well prepared and delicious. Overall environment was warm, inviting and pleasant.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food and nice scenery. Service was exceptional. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent view of the river and nice ambiance overall, but the food was only average and the service only fair (it wasn't very busy on a Saturday morning and it was 10 minutes just to get our drink orders and didn't get better from there). Still it has a great view.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good, but service was extremely slow to come out of the kitchen, and several orders weren’t correct.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great location - if you can get past the mall traffic - food is o.k., not great - halibut was overcooked - presentation is good, portions appropriate. Service generally very good.

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