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.
Sweeping views of Foster Lake mix with friendly conversations amid the diners at The Point Restaurant. The eatery specializes in fresh fare, with highlights including seafood, hand-cut Angus steaks, and house-made meatloaf for second dinner. The chefs tackle dishes from inception to finish, including making bread and pies from scratch.
Cuisine Type: Seafood and steakhouse
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Bavette steak and romaine
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Live jazz music on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Orenco Station Grill's owner describes the restaurant's menu as containing a "wide variety of American cuisine." Indeed, the chefs prepare everything from steak—new york strip and petite filet mignon included—to mahi-mahi in lemon aioli and stuffed pork chop. Not every dish focuses solely upon a protein either; in fact, according to the owner, one of the salads is the menu's most popular offering. This bavette steak and greens features Piedmontese beef on romaine, alongside grilled onions, a drizzle of sun-dried-tomato-herb butter, and healthy-sized helping of spicy-honey-caesar dressing.
The restaurant complements the chef's creations with al fresco dining options. The patio features glass walls that fend off stiff winds, while the open top still allows sun, air, and beef-loving butterflies in.
Head Chef Bac Thien cooks up a menu of pan-Asian specialties that leans heavily on the culinary traditions of Vietnam. That means showcasing pho soups, grilled meats over rice noodles, and chicken wings accompanied by sweet mangosteen chili sauce. Diners will also find a handful of dishes from Thailand and India made, like everything else, with fresh ingredients from local sources whenever possible. To round out the ambience, modern paintings hang from the dining room walls and brighten the day of guests on a lunch break from Intel's Jones Farm Campus or art critics that don't feel like dealing with lines at the Portland Art Museum.
Sports stream from a fleet of televisions that line almost every wall inside The Spot Sports Bar & Grill. As diners root on their favorite teams and shoot pool, the wait staff hustles between high-top tables and stools with pulled-pork sandwiches, enchiladas, wings, and calamari. The eclectic menu also includes deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and super nachos that pack a hearty mix of cheese, beans, vegetables, and choice of meat. A DJ busts out the latest tunes on Friday and Saturday nights, and families gather around the giant projector screen for Thursday karaoke, singing favorite hits or reciting the Latin phrase woven into their family crest.
The exterior of Blue Moon Diner doubles as a lesson in classic Americana. A neon sign perches atop the polished chrome exterior of the long, low building, which evokes a nostalgia for the 1950s even before you step inside and see the silver-trimmed booths and covers of Life magazine hanging on the walls. The menu is another throwback to yesteryear with its diner-style burgers, rich milkshakes, and Cadillac-size breakfast plates.