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SweetWaters On The River

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1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401-2215 (Valley River Drive)
+1 541-341-3462
06:30 - 23:30
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Sun 07:30 - 23:30
Sun - Sat 06:30 - 23:30
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I came in to town in the early evening and came into the bar. The bartender Christian recommended the pork chop dinner for me, and it was exceptional! I only had a beer with my food, but Christian was prompt and seemed like he knew what he was doing. I will definitely eat here again when I'm in town!

Thank Shane R
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Sitting outside on a sunny evening with the river shining and a good bottle of cab, my husband and I enjoyed the tasty artichoke appetizer, followed by the berry quinoa salad (beautiful and delicious and nutritious) followed by a great polenta cake dinner. Absolutely divine w great service and atmosphere.

Thank T C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our group had a banquet at Sweet Water. The food was excellent, the staff extremely attentive, and we thought the rate was quite reasonable. I would recommend absolutely !

Thank bkuz
Eugene, Oregon
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friends and I recently came in an enjoyed a plate of the nachos along with some delicious drinks. Christian is very friendly and creative with his drinks. I told him I was looking for something fruity and refreshing and to surprise me - he definitely succeeded! He was always quick to fill up our waters or ask if we... More 

Thank PNWFoodie13
Eugene, Oregon
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The view of the Willamette River is gorgeous. My mother was delighted with the food and the service, as were I and my sister. The food was served lavishly in buffet style with more great choices than we could eat.

Thank bryanhaynes541
Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

SweetWaters has been around for a long time, right on the Willamette river. We had a table right at the window to watch the river. Was absolutely pouring that evening - this is Oregon after all - glad we were inside. Limited menu, but what we ordered was delicious and the presentation was great.

Thank Nanette M
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The river view was fantastic. Right alongside the river. The menu was a bit limited and service very friendly and personal albeit a bit slow. It is laid back.the food was very good, just not enough of it. I had the nachos and they were superb, could have eaten just a tad bit more. If your looking for a place... More 

Thank BaronFoer
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sunday Buffet Brunch at Sweetwaters is the best ever. Unfortunately, it is only served on certain holidays now. A simply amazing aray of the best dishes, most, if not all, are locally sourced. Must try.

Thank Morgan Q
Avery P, Director of Food & Beverage at SweetWaters On The River, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Morgan, We're glad you enjoyed your dining experience. As we continue to gain feedback from our guest, w will continue to elevate the holiday Brunch experience at Sweetwater's. Thank you again for your review and we look forward to your next visit. AP More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing amazing job here. The atmosphere, the jazz band, the serene river all paled in comparison to the delicious brunch buffet set out for Mothers Day. From full service breakfast station, kids station, DIY donut design, to carving station and exotic cuisine, this place has an edge on all others. I recommend for all meals of the day. Great for... More 

Thank MollianaP
Avery P, Director of Food and Beverage at SweetWaters On The River, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, We're glad you enjoyed your dining experience. Music and great food are two of life's pleasures! As we continue to gain feedback from our guest, w will continue to elevate the holiday Brunch experience at Sweetwater's. May I suggest you try our Salmon Sandwich on our casual dining menu, it is to die for! Thank... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came in today and had such a great time. Our food was quick, and tasted as amazing as it looked. I'm very picky when it comes to coffee and the local coffee they have here is amazing. Our server named Sarah was friendly and very helpful. It was raining when we came in so no deck for us, but... More 

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Avery P, Food and Beverage Director at SweetWaters On The River, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. Sara is one of our exceptional servers and we are looking forward to your next visit to Sweet Waters. May I suggest our Prime Rib on Fridays. Sincerely, AP More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, 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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