Portland >Food & Dining > Aquariva Restaurant
0470 SW Hamilton Ct, Portland, OR | Directions 9723945.489813 -122.672151
Neighborhoods: Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated, Corbet - Terwilliger - Lair Hill
With a Bloody Mary bar like they have, who needs to order a meal! Shrimp skewers, olives, celery, spicy and tame tomato juice, pickled veggies, spices by the spoonfuls. But you would be a miss if you did skip the entree. Everything we ordered was superb; pancakes, skillet scramble, eggs bennedict, french toast - every bite was delightful. After your completely stuffed, pay your bill and simply step out onto the waterfront and enjoy a picturesque walk to settle all your senses.
Run Away- The lunch scene at Aquariva was terrible.
Seeing the bar in the day time was disgusting.
It looks like it hasn't been cleaned in months.
Ordered a burger, was over done and very greasy.
Very poor service.
Environment suffering from an identity crisis
Tow Company scam – DO NOT frequent this place. Your vehicle will be towed!
Amazing Wedding Reception Service – We loved our reception at Aquariva!
We were searching for locations to have our wedding reception from NewYork. We really didn't want the typical wedding hall place so once we saw the reception space here we knew it was where we wanted to have it.
The space has large windows looking at the river with a deck. There is also a cozy room with a fireplace for people to relax. They placed candles throughout giving it a very romantic feel.
The service was outstanding! We literally had ZERO problems. The banquet manager Bobby and staff did a great job. We had a sit down dinner and all of the food was brought out promptly and glasses were always full. When the bottles of wine that we had ordered ran out they made sure to talk to my parents before bringing out more.
Our food was delicious and we everyone has called to tell us how great it was. We did a three course meal. The salad was light salad with pine nuts. Our appetizer was carrot ravioli, DELICIOUS!! And our main course options were Herb Crusted Halibut, Balsamic Pomegranate Chicken and Grilled Wagyu Beef Culotte Steak. All were very good, but the Halibut was my favorite.
The event planners, Leslie and Courtney, and the banquet staff made the night unforgettable. We would recommend Aquariva to anyone!
Really Impressed – We had a gift certificate to use here, and we chose to go on my husband's birthday. We were so happy with our decision. I was a little nervous because of the previous reviews, but thought we'd give it a shot. They have a really impressive wine list with prices that vary to suit anyone. I had a glass of their Malbec and it was fabulous. Our waiter was super friendly and helpful. I was dissapointed in their limited dinner menu, and wished that there were more options to choose from. I ordered the Halibut with Asparagus Risotto, and my husband had the Balsamic Pomegranate chicken. Both dishes were outstanding. We'll be going back again - perhaps for brunch next time.
LOVE – love this place... favorite so far in portland, right on the water and perfect for summer dining. Can not wait to go back again!!
Beautiful location – The food was good, but the portions are small. The service was slow due to only having 2 (possibly 3) waiters on a Saturday night. The location was wonderful-right along the Willamette River with a wonderful view of the river. This is an ideal summer location with patio and roof top seating. I would definitely go there again! Not your typical italian restaurant!
For larger parties-I noticed that they have curtained off areas which gives privacy and special ambience!
Italian meets Northwest cuisine on the Willamette River. – South waterfront retirees and guests from the adjacent Avalon Hotel say buon appetito over appetizers of braised pork cheek and silken carrot and goat cheese ravioli at this off-the-beaten-path spot. An elegant meal in the showy, white-table clothed dining room progresses with well-executed entrees such as a seasonal sweet pea risotto, housemade pastas and meaty mains like braised lamb shank served over root vegetables. Ensconsed in a sleek gray booth in the lower dining room or a table in a semi-private upper dining room hidden by thick mauve curtains, diners spoon up standout sweets like a raspberry panna cotta showered with bittersweet chocolate shavings or a farm-fresh strawberry and rhubarb crostata to finish their meal.
Nice view, but don't let it fool you – So, how do I put this?? The food was just bad. It was poorly paired with sides and not presented well. My partner started with the seasonal soup, a chilled cantalope soup with basil. It was a bowl full of pureed cantalope with tons of olive oil drizzled on top. It has no basil taste at all and the olive oil did not go well with the soup. I had a salad which was average. The bread that both came with my salad and what was brought to our table was terrible. Supposed to be focaccia, but it had no topping on it at all and it tasted stale. It was terrible.
For dinner, I ordered the chicken and my partner ordered lamb. He liked his enough, altho it was extremely chewy and difficult to cut with the butter knife he had. We were never offered a steak knife. My chicken was undercooked. It came with a sauce, sundried tomatoes, arugula and croutons. The arugula was completely wilted when it came to the table and the croutons were the same bread used earlier, only know it was wet from the sauce. I took one bite of chicken and that was it. The description on the menu didnt match at all. It was on the bone with skin on and undercooked. I sat thru the meal watching my partner eat his meal. How pleasant that was. The kicker was the presentation of the dishes. To me, I think food should look as good or better than it tastes. Both our dishes were just plopped onto a white plate and sent out.
Dessert was better I had the panna cota with raspberries. It had no real flavor of its own, but the raspberries were fresh. He had the chocolate tart which was tasty, altho the crust was overdone. It was hard as a rock.
Overall, I was a very poor experience. Our waiter was very good tho. He was friendly and attentive. But, it's not the service that makes a dining experience for me.
DON'T EVEN GO HERE! – Don't even bother eating here! It is a total waste of money! We were hotel guests and treated so rudely. The young waiter obviously had very little training and was preoccupied with tables of women clients. The waiter brings us foccia bread and NO BREAD PLATES or DIPPING sauces. We order salad.... he brings the salad and then the entree shortly after. We are OBVIOUSLY done with our salads and he doesn't pick up the plates. We have to ask another waiter to bring us BREAD PLATES and DIPPING SAUCES, and for STEAK KNIVES! Hello???... We just spent quite a bit of $$$ for Filet Mignon and you can't even ask us how our dinner is??? He comes back and askes me if I would like another drink.. I say yes... and he deliver's it after I am totally finished with my dinner, then has the nerve to ask me if I WANT DESSERT? ABSOLUTELY NOT! We ask him if he can take our plates, bread plates and salad plates and he has the nerve to tell us HE WILL BE BACK IN A FEW TO GET THEM!!!!!NO TIP for him. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND $$$. GO TO MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S INSTEAD!
Good food, but not good for special events – I head good things about Aquariva and it had a beautiful view, so we booked the place for our rehearsal dinner. I will start by saying the food was good and the view is beautiful. Not great, but good. Wine was very overpriced. However, there were some very unacceptable occurrences that night.
The first was the wine. We wanted to bring our own wine, but it was going to cost $18/bottle for them to open it and a room rental fees (I will explain below). It was amazing how approximately 30 adults went through exactly two cases of wine, plus beer, soft drinks, etc. This was more than 90 of us went through at my wedding. During the night, we repeatedly watched the waiters open a new bottle and refill glasses on tables while: 1) half full bottles were still sitting on tables and 2) without even asking if people even wanted more to drink. I cannot even start to imagine how much wine was wasted that night.
The second was the clean up. About 2 hours before our rental time was up, and while we were still sitting in the room talking, the staff was taking down the room (tables, chairs, table clothes, etc). I was absolutely appalled.
Third, I was never sure whom I was supposed to speak to throughout the planning. The coordinator was changed on me 3 times. Each time, I had to go over all the details again because they never spoke to each other. One of them could not even get my name right. Whoever I contact was apparently the wrong person, because the response would always be the same…”ok, I’ll tell ____”. It was very confusing, frustrating, and wasted a lot of my time.
What was even more surprising was the response when I brought it to the manager’s attention. First, he said that since we were not charged a room rental fee, there is not anything to reimburse regarding the taking down the room during the event. The irony is that during one of our meetings, the staff told us that our current numbers did not meet the minimum amount required to avoid an expensive room rental fee. Therefore, we agreed purchased their wine and some extra food that we did not originally want. As for the wine, they agreed to reimburse us three bottles.
After the evening was over, I had some of our guests come up and make comments to me about these items. Overall, I am appalled by the unprofessional practices we experienced that evening.
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