$$$ 300 H
40 N Lake St, Lake Oswego; 503-636-4561
Typically the only way to play in Lake Oswego’s water is to pony up for one of the massive homes along its shores. But it’ll only cost you a drink to enjoy the ripple-filled view from the Lake House’s expansive shoreline patio.
$$$ 40 H ^
0470 SW Hamilton Ct; 503-802-5850
Planted on the western banks of the Willamette River, where it gently curls around Ross Island, Aquariva’s two patios give a quiet, calm perspective on our iconic waterway. And the rich veal and pork meatballs provide a delicious perspective on meat.
$$$ 100 H
3839 NE Marine Dr; 503-288-4444
A visit to this classic Columbia River steak and seafood house is practically a Portland rite of passage. Stake out a spot on the wraparound deck as the sun slips below the West Hills and raise a glass of Oregon pinot (there are more than 50 on the wine list) to the passing boats and barges.
$ 100 H ^
250 NE Tomahawk Island Dr; 503-283-0362
If you can fry it, you’ll find it on this Columbia River restaurant’s menu. But you’ll also discover an experience that can’t be had anywhere else on the Columbia: tables that gently bob along with the current on a floating tiki-themed dock. —KC