Constructed with wood milled from trees that once stood on the same soil, Riverview Restaurant’s sunlit space boasts high ceilings, exposed wood beams, and a stone-front fireplace, all which helped nab it a spot on OpenTable’s list of top 100 romantic restaurants in the country. Walls hung with original artwork surround linen-topped tables where diners savor plated steaks and seafood dishes tinged with miso, sesame, and other fusion flavors. An extensive wine list serves wine by the glass, bottle, or surreptitiously emptied flower vase, and bartenders swirl signature drinks such as pear martinis and pomegranate mojitos. Massive, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views onto manicured grounds, complete with a gazebo where patrons can reenact the scene in The Sound of Music where Rolf and Liesl cleverly disguise themselves as trees.
Established in 1982, this neighborhood gastropub infuses visits with an assorted mix of Americana and sports décor. An eclectic spread of comfort food lures eyes from the paraphernalia-strewn walls to the tables, where crab wontons fit right in alongside Baja-inspired shrimp quesadillas, or New England-influenced cups of clam chowder. The entrees sate heartier appetites, and keep close to classic Americana. Chefs hand dip halibut fish and chips, toss together the billed "famous" wilted spinach salad, and fire up sirloin steak and tiger prawns.
Duke's Country Bar & Grill brings the flavors of sizzling Southern and Southwestern cuisine up north, sating diners with juicy, marinated sirloin steaks, slow-cooked barbecue pulled pork, and hulking burgers topped with fried onion rings, pepper jack, and bacon. Sports fans can watch football and basketball on six 32-inch plasma TVs and two 50-inch screens, fueling their game day fervor with fried chicken tenders or nachos slathered in salsa and bacon black beans. Guests can also pair sizzling chicken enchiladas and saucy smoked pork ribs with frosty draft beers and potent specialty cocktails while enjoying the grill's regular schedule of entertainment, including monthly line dancing and twice-weekly karaoke. Additionally, in the bar's spacious music venue, throngs of concert-goers cheer as guitar-wielding troubadours take the stage in front of a wall-sized American flag and perform rousing anthems of country music and heartland rock.
At Quartet, food, hospitality, atmosphere, and music harmonize under the orchestration of restaurateur Frank Taylor. Creative takes on American standbys fill the plateware, crafted by experienced head chef and Oregon native Adam Kekahuna out of sustainable, local ingredients. Those dishes rest on elegant linen tablecloths while diners rest on plush armchair seating. Through the two-story windows, guests can watch the sparkling Willamette flow by, or on a clear day, spot the dragons circling Mount Hood. Meanwhile, the paired grand pianos beside the bar tempt a stream of local musicians such as Tony Pacini and Mel Brown—live tunes start playing at 5:30 p.m. on the dot.