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“Not The Typical Bistro Atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bridgewater Bistro

Bridgewater Bistro
20 Basin St, Ste. A, Astoria, OR 97103
+1 503-325-6777
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Ranked #4 of 86 Restaurants in Astoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $32
Cuisines: American, Fish & Chips, Tapas, Wine Bar
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Industry
Transit: Local riverfront trolley stops 100 yards from restaurant entrance.
Description: Enjoy Pacific Northwest casual and fine dining in a beautifully-restored cannery boatyard on the Astoria riverfront, with full views of the impressive four-mile-long Astoria-Megler bridge and the busy Columbia River shipping channel. Eclectic menu of small plates, fish "n chips, gourmet burgers, house-made soups, salads, local seafood and fine regional meats. House-baked breads and desserts. 90% of menu available gluten-free (including desserts). Children's menu. Full view bar, regional beers on tap, 300+ wine list with regional focus (40 wines offered by the glass). Dog-friendly deck dining, weather permitting. View mezzanine level available for groups up to 55. Adjacent riverview banquet space can accommodate seating dining up to 225 with dance floor and bar. Retail wine and gift shop onsite. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Happy hour 4-6 pm Monday-Friday. Local live jazz Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights; Sunday brunch. Dinner reservations advise
Spokane
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not The Typical Bistro Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

When I stepped inside Bridgewater Bistro I was pleasantly surprised to find a light-filled space and tables set far enough apart that one isn't knocking into neighboring chairs. You can actually have a private conversation over the meal. Large windows afford diners a view of the Columbia River and the wooded Washington shoreline. On the way to our table, the hostess pointed out the plexiglass set into the floor between settees in front of a fireplace that revealed the beach below. I wanted to settle right there with a glass of some Oregon Pinot Noir and order from the appetizer menu. Soft colors, golden-toned wood, white tablecloths, a feeling of light and space were a refreshing change from the ubiquitous dark, brown/black/light blue scheme put to uncreative use in so many places. I was actually able to see my dinner! Now, a restaurant cannot survive on atmosphere alone, and Bridgewater will do well. The food was delicious. The menu offered a selection of choices that would appeal to most foodies. Decent wine list, too. Our server was clearly experienced and attentive. A great choice in Astoria if you're looking for a terrific all-around casual to fine dining experience. You would be equally comfortable in jeans or an elegant little cocktail dress.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Corvallis, Oregon
2 reviews
“Wonderful, superb, great, a real treat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

Wonderful restaurant. Superb food. Great service. And a real treat to see the picture book of how Bridgewater Bistro came to be. We're glad we came. And when we come back to Astoria, we'll be back for another memorable dinner.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle
1 review
“Wonderful ambience, service, and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

We love the Bridgewater Bistro! We are always greeted by the friendly staff and seated promptly wherever we prefer. In winter it is often at a table in front of the fireplace. In summer it may be on the deck overlooking the Columbia River. The food is wonderful and there are a large variety of choices, plus great specials. I am always amazed by how attentive the staff is. They notice that we might need something before we do! When we come from Seattle to visit Astoria, this restaurant is our must visit place.

Carl and Georgia
Seattle, WA

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“Awesome find on the North Coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

Being an Oregon native (with admittedly snobby fish expectations...as well as being a nutritionist), I could not have been more ecstatic with the experience at the Bridgewater Bistro. I travel through this area often, and this is my favorite (in fact, I am afraid to try other spots for fear I'll miss a new special!). The setting is also fantastic...right on the water. It's not a cozy spot (more industrial urban look), so if you're looking for intimate, this may not be your favorite, but everytime I've been there, I could not have been more pleased with the food, the wait staff, and the view. When on business I eat alone, and I get a chance to watch other groups of people. In this restaurant, it seems EVERYone is having a great time, whether relaxing in front of the fire, joining friends in a table right on the water (literally, from the deck in good weather), or in the little wine bar.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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livetodine, Owner at Bridgewater Bistro, responded to this review, February 23, 2010
Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased that we have consistently met your standards for high-quality food and service, lwhich is our ultimate goal. We hope to serve you again soon.
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“FANTASTIC!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

Love the Bistro, it is the only place we take our out of town guests. We have dined there on several occasions and each time was wonderful. Our waitstaff is always fabulous, they know exactly which wines to pair with our menu choices. We will continue visiting the Bistro on a regular basis and recommend it to everyone.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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