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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rivers Restaurant Restaurant Review: RIVERS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS. The bucolic setting, on the banks of Willamette River, hints at the fresh cuisine inside. This sleek, multi-level restaurant, next door to the glamorous Avalon Hotel & Spa, offers one of the best river views in town. The outside patio is a relaxing place to enjoy the river and watch the stream of passersby. And the menu is as spirited as the scenery. Northwest ingredients get the star treatment here. The dinner entrées range from a unique prosciutto-wrapped Oregon rabbit to the requisite alder-smoked king salmon. There is also a small-plate menu (half-price during happy hour) full of interesting selections such as pork belly, corn-and-mushroom flan, and a Dungeness crab soufflé---each item paired with a wine suggestion. The special artisan domestic cheese of the moment menu is presented with a hint of irreverence.