We were recently in Astoria on our anniversary. We have been lucky enough to visit Astoria several times within the last few years and have been eagerly awaiting the completion of this restaurant on one of our favorite piers. We were looking forward to this trip, knowing that we would celebrate our anniversary at the Bridgewater.
We were not disappointed. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was stunning. As we walked to our table, we walked past the fireplace and noticed a small cut out in the floor covered in glass. We could see through the floor and into the river below the pier. This glimpse into the River was just the beginning of a great meal. When you go, make sure you take the time to linger near the fireplace and get a glimpse of the River below the restaurant.
Even though there isn't a bad seat in the dinning room, we were seated along the large windows overlooking the ship traffic on the Columbia River--it doesn't get much better than that. The large, sea going vessels were within a few hundred feet of our table.
When I go out to eat, I hate being rushed. Part of what I am paying for is the atmosphere. If I wanted to be rushed, I would go to a local burger place. Most “upscale” restaurants haven’t figured this out and try to get you in and out as quickly as possible by delivering your entrée, complete with a bill, immediately after the soup. This doesn’t happen at the Bridgewater; you’re allowed to enjoy the atmosphere as long as you’d like. Our waiter was new to the restaurant and to the area. He was very friendly and attentive. He fully explained every item on the menu and answered all our questions. Our glasses never went empty and our food was delivered in a proper manner—he gave us enough time to enjoy our drinks before bringing our chowder. Our entrees arrived only after we completely finished our chowder. We never felt rushed and were allowed to enjoy our time in the restaurant. We spent almost two hours and were never made to feel like we were “table squatting”.
We started our meal with the clam chowder. Having spent a lot of time on the coast, I would like to consider myself a chowder aficionado. This was by far some of the best chowder I have had. When you go, you must begin your meal with a cup.
I ordered the salmon with blueberry chutney and it was perfect. Sometimes salmon can be over or under cooked. This was neither; it was cooked to perfection.
My husband ordered the special, local rock fish, and it was another meal cooked to perfection.
If you're looking for a great meal in a beautiful setting, you must go to the Bridgewater Bistro. You won't be disappointed. I know we will be heading straight for the Bridgewater on our next trip to the coast.
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