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Sweet Waters On The River

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1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401-2215 (Valley River Drive)
+1 541-341-3462
07:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
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66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Hemingway and/or Robert Redford would have loved this setting. Seated at a table with a beautiful view of the River, shortly before sundown, watching the fish flash up to the surface to feed ... and with a cold glass of good white wine, and a fresh Dungeness Crab salad, is as wonderful a setting as you can find in America... More 

1 Thank BULLDOG742014
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

My family came here after my sons graudation at U of O. It was the perfect place for a family celebration! We sat at a large table that overlooked the river and the view was lovely. All of our meals were delicious that ranged from tasty burgers for the teens to tenderly grilled steak for the adults. The vegetarians had... More 

1 Thank Jay L
Eugene, Oregon
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016

At Sweetwaters the food is good and the view is excellent. On cold, rainy days, sit inside and gaze through the picture windows at the river. On warm, sunny days, sit outside on the deck and take in the view and the runners, walkers, and bikers as they pass by.

1 Thank SharridaSilva
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I have had a breakfast tradition eating here for 7+ years. They historically have had the best mimosa deal in town with $8 carafes. They recently upped the price to $15 which was tolerable. Those same carafes (with no change to the actual content or size) are now... Wait for it... $27 a piece. I have always enjoyed the wonderful... More 

1 Thank Shana E
1 review
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

If you want to get the best service in town this is the place if you are seated in malia satisons section. She truly is a gem. The food on the other hand not very good. We would come back but only because of melia.

Thank Cindy B
Eugene, Oregon
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335 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This is the best place in town for a romantic dinner or lunch . The food is good to great but the atmosphere is the best . Lunch is scenic , dinner is romantic . The service is top notch .

Thank Anthony D
Natasha_Herndon, Director of Sales at Sweet Waters On The River, responded to this review

Thank you Anthony! SweetWaters on the River also has the best breakfast in Eugene - the Bloody Mary Bar on the weekend is the perfect start to a morning. Sunrise or Sunset Valley River Inn is the place to be. More 

Spokane, Washington
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Although the food was good, the service was extremely slow. Stayed at the hotel so thought this would be faster then going into town.

Thank Nancy S
Natasha_Herndon, Director of Sales at Sweet Waters On The River, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Nancy! Executive Chef Ray and Sous Chef Sean are committed to providing Eugene's Best Local Cuisine. New menus were introduced very recently to ensure service is quick - made from scratch does take time, but we certainly don't expect it to be slow. For those on the go in the morning we do have the... More 

Seattle, Washington
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Went here for the Mother's day brunch. At facilities are older but still nice with a great view of the river right outside and access to the bike path. The service was great and the food was better than average for a big brunch I would say.

Thank cbarnes199
Cheryl M, General Manager at Sweet Waters On The River, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review and the shout out for Chef Ray's food in SweetWaters. He is changing up the menu on June 6th so stop by for fun new local fresh ingredients he will be incorporating as the season changes. More 

San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 17 May 2016

This was an excellent choice for a graduation lunch on May 7, 2016...we had a semi-private room indoors where we were able to toast the graduate, with a view of the boardwalk and river outside. The service was excellent, lunch selections and prices were great, and the special order strawberry cheesecake was the best we had ever had!! I highly... More 

Thank garciap89
Cheryl M, General Manager at Sweet Waters On The River, responded to this review

Congratulation to the graduate! Whoop Whoop! and thanks for the wonderful review garciap89! More 

Eugene, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Wonderful atmosphere right on the river. Breakfast was delicious and all the ingredients tasted of freshness and quality. The main dining room closes a little early for my taste, but the bar serves an extensive and tasty menu until 11PM. Worth going here whether you're staying at the hotel or not.

1 Thank Wandering_Around11
Cheryl M, General Manager at Sweet Waters On The River, responded to this review

I really appreciate the 5 star review as we strive to be the best and change things up here at SweetWaters! I am so thrilled you are enjoying the food, ambiance and service. Send your friends our way! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
06:30 - 23:30
07:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
06:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401-2215
    (Valley River Drive)
  • Public Transportation: On LTD Bus Route, On Bike Path
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Eugene
  • Phone Number: +1 541-341-3462
Sweetwaters on the River is a time-honored classic.
Located on the banks of the Willamette River, at Valley River Inn. SweetWaters on the River is a Eugene, Oregon restaurant for corporate diners, the culinary tourist and fine food epicurean. With our panoramic view and three season outdoor patio we define the quintessential Oregon dining experience.
Predicated upon local producers of meat, produce and unique ingredients such as Oregon truffles, huckleberries and artisan cheeses, this restaurant in Eugene maintains a focus on local and fresh ingredients.
Centrally located in the Southern Willamette Valley wine region our unique geographic position is perfect for the wine enthusiast. Our wine list showcases Oregon’s growing wine industry where world class Pinot Noir is compared to the best of those from Burgundy.
Guests with a palate for fresh innovative cuisine and an enthusiasm for fine wine will appreciate the unrivaled service and authentic ambiance of Sweetwaters on the River.

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