Falls Terrace

Falls Terrace
106 Deschutes Way, Tumwater

Stunning views of cascading water are the first thing you’ll notice about Falls Terrace restaurant. The eatery is located on the Deschutes River and overlooks the famous Tumwater/ Deschutes River Falls. The dining room runs the length of the building and almost every table has a spectacular view of the river and falls below.

The expansive menu is as impressive as the scenery. Falls Terrace serves everything from burgers to prime rib, chicken strips to sole amandine, and nachos to lobster tails.

We began with a deep-fried avocado appetizer. An innovative contrast in textures, the velvety fruit is cloaked in crispy beer batter and presented on mixed greens. Gorgonzola dip is an unlikely accompaniment but adds interest to the subtly flavored morsels. Other starters include steamed clams, sautéed mushrooms, and grilled brie.

Dinner salads are composed of mixed greens, cucumber slices and shredded carrots. The house dressing, raspberry vinaigrette, is sweet with just a hint of walnut oil. Warm bread is served with whipped butter.

Signature halibut is firm and moist. Lightly dressed in a creamy sauce abundant with shrimp, crab and sautéed mushrooms, it comes with a choice of sides. Garlicky mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and sautéed zucchini add a splash of color. Stuffed Portobello, one of two vegetarian entrees, is overflowing with lightly seasoned sautéed vegetables— broccoli, zucchini, carrots and button mushrooms. Nutty rice pilaf rounds out the meal. Steaks, grilled oysters, pork chops, chicken cordon bleu and planked salmon are also available.

Garnished with sliced almonds and whipped cream, chocolate crusted mud pie is served on warm ganache. Bourbon pecan pie is presented on a plate streaked with both caramel and chocolate sauce; the sweet custardy favorite is flanked with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on one side and a dollop of whipped cream on the other. Additional temptations include turtle cheesecake, pots de crème au chocolat, key lime pie, and bread pudding.

While sipping a coffee nudge or after dinner liqueur, notice the knotty pine walls, river rock accents, and forest green wall sconces; the understated interior imitates the natural surroundings.

After your meal, take a walk on either side of the river to the lower falls. A gentle trail loops through the fifteen acre Tumwater Falls Park where birds and wildlife can be spotted. In October and November Chinook and Coho can be seen making their way up salmon ladders along the water’s edge.

Falls Terrace is locally owned and operated. In business for over thirty-five years, the restaurant excels at both creative and traditional fare. The well-executed menu, along with breathtaking vistas, is what keeps satisfied diners coming back again and again.

Mary Morgan