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About Sweetwaters on the River

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.

1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, OR 97402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Northwest, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Menu & Buffet:
Daily 7:00am-11:00am

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

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

Cross Street:
Valley River Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(541) 341-3462

Website:
http://www.sweetwatersontheriver.com/

Parking Details:
We have an ample amount of free parking on both the hotel grounds as well as the Valley River Center lot.

Public Transit:
On LTD Bus Route, On Bike Path

Executive Chef:
Chef Michael Thieme

Private Party Contact:
Roxane Butler: (541) 743-1000 ext. 52

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

Sweetwaters on the River Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.7

ambience

3.9

value

3.4

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Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Waterfront (8)
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Special Occasion (8)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Romantic (2)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

We had the balcony room overlooking expanse of main dining area. Perfect for our group of 10 talkers. Most ordered breakfast off menue and were pleased. Breakfast Buffet good except eggs a bit dry. Great for grou

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a gluten intolerant party member and were very accommodating.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Hadn’t been there since last year for dinner before Festival of Trees. Last year was horrible and didn’t want to go back but had 5 of us meeting for the event again and decided to go to Sweet Waters. Still has funky old smell and carpet has worn, lumps but this year pleasantly surprised the menu seemed much better and there were other customers unlike last year. Our staff was friendly, couldn’t answer some menu questions because she said it was new but we managed.
Ran out of split sparkling wine.
Food took over an hour to get halibut, steak, chopped salad, pork chop and shrimp dish. Made us late for start of event, but glad to see made the have better kitchen staff for menu ideas but need more staff to get it out!! Price still a tad high for quality and the restaurant needs major renovation!!!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is run down and poorly managed. If not for a picturesque location on the Willamette, it would probably be out of business.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a wonderful birthday dinner it was nice enough to sit outside with the added bonus of a heat lap after the sun went down. Best part of the evening was truly our server sierra !!! She was over the top helpful cheerful and just awesome!!
Not only did she have great opinions on food and drink but she recommended other activities for us to do for our weekend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The outdoor section was incredibly beautiful. The food was good, but the experience is more about the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Positives: We were happy to have the ability to make a reservation for Sunday brunch & our view looked out onto the river which was pretty.

Negatives: We ordered 3 Spanish omelets which took 45 minutes to arrive and were cooked to rubber but barely warm when arriving. The roasted potatoes were visually appealing but flavorless (perhaps they had been frozen?) Neither the salsa nor chorizo sausage had flavor or spice (how is that possible?) We would not recommend this Restaurant’s food. Perhaps a place to have a simple drink on the patio?

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We went here for a pre-birthday outing for my wife and have dinner on the deck overlooking the river. It was a warm evening and a nice table at the rail edge of the deck. We started with the Sweetwater salad a glass of Chardonnay and a glass of Cabernet. We held off ordering the main course for a bit and enjoyed the ambiance. My wife ordered the NY steak and I ordered the grilled salmon. It was a lot of delicious food but we ate all of it Our server Linda was a hoot.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Had reservations for 8:00 on Saturday night. When we arrived they told us a 5 minute wait, they were setting up the table. After 30 minutes, 2 more inquiries and stalking the manager, she told us she could seat us, but the kitchen was backed up. We left.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Best 12oz Prime rib I've ever had but a glass of White Pinot Noir was $13, outrageous

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Montana)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Sweetwaters was absolutely wonderful!!!! We had Calamari for our appetizer and it was scrumptious! We shared the Crab Cakes for our entree - to die for. They had a really nice wine list and we selected a Chateau Ste Michelle Sauvignon Blanc to go with our dinner - PERFECT! Our waitress was attentive and took great care of us. We would definitely go back when we are in Eugene again!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

I hadn't been to Sweetwater's in quite a while. The crab chowder was delicious, but a little too much pepper. The mixed drinks were terrible. We tried numerous different drinks with no luck. The NY strips arrived and the fat hadn't been rendered completely and it was a bit gross. The white cheddar potatoes weren't that great. But the service was phenomenal. Truly great service but marginal food and drinks.

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

You dine at Sweetwater's to sit on their patio outside with the river flowing lazily by. Tonight the patio was full, so we were seated inside where the decor while comfortable does not provide the same ombiance as the outdoor setting. Menu seems to have changed in that there are fewer offerings than the past, still an okay selection for most palates. I had the calamari appetizer and the salmon salad. Calamari was tasty, a little chewy, but a large portion for an appetizer, the salmon salad was mediocare at best, greens looked tired and the salmon on top was a small portion. Have eaten at Sweetwater's many times over the years and usually quite happy with the setting, the food, and the service. Tonight was a dissappointment. The food was so/so, the service was okay but slow, the server need very people friendly. Hopefully this was just an off night. Will be back again for another try next time in town, else will be looking for some place new to dine.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Good was excellent, nice waitress, a bit pricey. Very slow pace (maybe short-staffed the night we were there?). Overall good experience

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The service was too slow, but the food was good. The setting is beautiful.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Food was mediocre. Breakfast potatoes were so over cooked we had to send them back. Restaurant is overpriced and in need of updating.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

It's mass produced hotel food. It shouldn't be on Open Table. Its not that kind of dining.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This restaurant was it complete disappointment. Reservations were made over two months ago to celebrate our daughter's graduation from Law School. The restaurant was almost empty. We chose this location because of its position next to the river. Even with an early reservation we were not given an option to sit outside. Our servers we're rude, slow and ill-prepared for a group of 9 people. We often ran out of water and other beverages with no one coming to the table. Food took an hour and a half to arrive. Food was luke warm to cold. Nothing was served at the appropriate temperature. To top it off, I ordered a dish that arrived with nuts on top. This was not noted anywhere in the menu and I have an allergy to nuts. Had planned to celebrate with dessert. Left early to go to another restaurant to have dessert and celebrations. Restaurant was also not clean the carpet look like it was original to the building which had to be built in the 1950s. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone with the exception of the health department because it probably needs to be inspected.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 20, 2017

It was nice. The food was great.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for brunch. It was nice. A little pricey. Food was good but not great. Our server Lisa was amazing!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We chose this spot because of the location on the river and trail. Our daughter was running the Eugene Marathon. Even though we were the only diners outside on the patio for quite a long while, we were well taken care of by Sarah and the rest of the staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Beautiful scenic setting with delicious menu -- a hidden gem!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We had breakfast at Sweetwaters and it was enjoyable. I decided on the breakfast buffet because I like a little bit of everything. I especially enjoyed the scrambled eggs with ham and peppers. The sausage and bacon were of good quality and tasted great. The others in our party ordered off the menu and all enjoyed what they ordered.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We were in town to visit our UO student and take him out for a nice dinner. Unfortunately, he would have been better off eating on campus. Dated, dark, restaurant with dirty windows with what could be a very nice view and location right on the river. We were seated and then waited 20 minutes before we saw ANYONE. Finally we got some water and waited another 10 minutes before our server came to the table. She was sour and abrupt.....probably having a bad day. She took our drink order and as soon as we get uttered our last word she literally ran away. I wanted to ask about the soup of the day but no chance. 15 minutes later our drinks arrived and as soon as the drink hit the table, she ran away again! I wanted to order before we were left for another prolonged period. My husband got up and asked for a pitcher of water because no one ever refilled our water and we were thirsty. He also asked for bread because we were starving by this point and hadn't even ordered . Finally we ordered and our dinner came out all at once. Soup, salads, entree all crammed onto the table at the same time. She forgot our appetizers, so she went back and got those and plunked them on the table too! Food was mediocre. Service was horrible. Place needs a good cleaning. Find somewhere else to have dinner.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We like to eat here because the restaurant is cozy, noise level is low and it is quiet enough to carry on a conversation. The view is great and we love the deck in good weather.
Eugene, unfortunately, only has two restaurants on the river.
The salads are excellent. The desserts look delicious though we usually refrain from indulging.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Really good food at Sweetwaters these days, and LOVEly to sit on the patio for a very pleasant evening ~

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We were at Sweetwaters for Easter Brunch. Our experience was wonderful, the food, service, view of the Mckenzie River was all above expectations. Our server Suzie was great! The mimosas delicious. And the smell of the air in the lobby is beautiful. Overall great experience!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We have been to Sweetwaters for many holidays in the past two years. Service is always friendly and prompt, and the food is spectacular. I rated a four for food only because the offerings vary from year to year and personal tastes impact that. We plan to continue to spend our holidays with the Sweetwater crew.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great Staff, very friendly. Had to change tables one because of the strange height of some of the tables.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

One of our favorite spots in town.....and with the absolute BEST view!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Waterfront, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 4, 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us as a very nice place overlooking the river with very good food, but pricy. It did overlook the river and was pricy. The menu was very limited and mostly pub grub. Nevertheless, we ordered medium rare burgers and the waitress had no problem taking that order. They came to us after a considerable wait well done. We mentioned this to the waitress and she told us that all burgers are well done for food safety. When we pointed out that we ordered them medium rare she argued with us. Also, there was a slightly mildewed smell in the restaurant that was disturbing. If we hadn't been so hungry we would have left before we ordered. Will not return.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I went to Sweetwaters for Valentine's Day dinner and were very pleased. We received special attention from the hostess, Ophelia. She started our evening off great. The bar was relaxing and fun and our server, Sarah, was terrific. So, even if the food wasn't outstanding, we would have loved the evening. BUT - the food was PERFECT!

We'll be back next time we are in town for dinner.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 8, 2017

Sienna and Gonso we're supper

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Sweetwaster has become one of my favorite get away dining experience for dinner dates, business meals, and conversation. Terrific view of the river and aubience

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2016

The Christmas Brunch this year (2016) was outstanding. Even dishes for which I'm typically not very fond (carrots) were delicious. Sweetwaters has really stepped it up a notch in the past couple years.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We went to Sweetwaters for Christmas Eve dinner. We had a lovely table and could see the river even though it was dark. Food was good, service was prompt and friendly. My son is a vegetarian and he loved the Ravoili!
He said it was the best he had ever eaten and he is from LA!
A very nice dinner for our family on a special occasion!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We plan to go back soon to share the wonderful experience with my sister. TheCobb Salad was delicious, beautifully prepared and presented, as well as plentiful and fresh. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Outstanding Value
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Just horrible. All the way around just horrible ravioli under cooked and tough and has been steak was tough and cold in the center service was horrible they didn't have enough staff just horrifying

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 2016

A good pinot noir by the glass and all the food was good.

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