American Empress Fine Dining

The Astoria Dining Room

Fine Dining Aboard Your Columbia River Cruise

Treat your taste buds in the dining room of the American Empress on your next Columbia or Snake River cruise. Our creative culinary staff prepares each meal with local ingredients and the region’s delicious offerings, including seasonal fruits and vegetables, sustainable fish and free-range chicken. Choose from a vast menu of offerings, so you can satisfy your cravings at every meal during your river cruise. 

An Affair to Remember

Each morning, afternoon and evening you’ll savor each bite of the delectable dishes fashioned by our creative culinary staff. Staying true to her Pacific Northwest surroundings, the culinary team takes full advantage of the region’s diverse bounty of fresh ingredients including sustainable fish, free-range chicken and artisan cheeses along with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Menu choices are abundant allowing you to make it as light or as hearty as you wish. From made-to-order omelets and smoked salmon, to Dungeness crab, freshly cut steaks and indulgent desserts, the possibilities are endless.

In addition to the sumputous array of selections thoughtfully prepared each day, guests have the opportunity to taste top local beers, wines and liquors of the region as the vessel cruises through the majestic scenery of the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

The River Grill & Bar offers included Alternate Dining
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Fresh, locally sourced ingredients create exceptional cuisine

An Affair to Remember

The American Empress offers a splendid variety of dining selections from which to choose each morning, afternoon and evening.

Encounter traditional service and elegant dining in the lavish Astoria Dining Room, a glorious homage to the Pacific Northwest with gilded columns, rich upholstery and sparkling crystal chandeliers. All meals are equally magnificent here in The Astoria Dining Room, but the nightly five-course dinner certainly takes center stage. Begin with a delightful appetizer such as fresh crimini mushrooms sautéed and wrapped in a delicate crepe, served with a Willamette Valley pinot noir reduction. For the entrée, perhaps you will indulge in our lightly seasoned Puget Sound, Weathervane scallops seared to golden perfection, served with braised fennel and artichoke ragout along with creamy polenta. 

Offering a more casual setting with both indoor and alfresco dining, the River Grill & Bar has quickly become a favorite location for guests to dine and take in the majestic scenery. In addition to delectable buffet breakfast and luncheon spreads served daily, the River Grill & Bar transforms into a reservation-only, specialty restaurant in the evening where menu highlights include local smoked and grilled salmon, Dungeness crab, freshly cut steaks and indulgent desserts. Guests may enjoy up to two dinner reservations per cruise in this complimentary, specialty restaurant.

Whether you prefer the elegance of The Astoria dining room, the casual setting of the River Grill & Bar or the comfort and convenience of 24 hour room service, you will discover an abundance of delectable selections is always within reach.   

Buffet Breakfast | River Grill & Bar
6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Traditional Breakfast | The Astoria Dining Room
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Buffet Luncheon | River Grill & Bar
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Traditional Luncheon | The Astoria Dining Room
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Alfresco Lunch | River Grill & Bar
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dinner - View Sample Menu
Traditional Dinner | The Astoria Dining Room
Early Dining - 5:30 p.m.
Main Dining - 7:45 p.m.
Specialty Alternative | River Grill & Bar
(reservations required - two per cruise)
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Beverage Package
Our all-inclusive beverage package affords you carefree enjoyment of your favorite spirits, beer and wine by the glass throughout the length of your voyage. Some restrictions do apply. Ask for more details and package pricing when booking your voyage.

The River Grill & Bar - Complimentary, Specialty Dining
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Fresh, locally sourced produce for exceptional cuisine

Special Dietary Needs

The American Empress offers an array of dining selections that naturally cater to many dietary specifications. Whatever your dietary restrictions and preferences may be, our staff can most often assist you in finding the perfect course to please your palate. If you have special dietary needs, adequate advance notice will help to ensure that your request is accommodated. 

Here are some common, special dietary needs that we are happy to accommodate while you are cruising with us:

Low Sodium
No additional salt will be added to any food item, although some foods have natural sodium in them.
Most of the menu items on the American Empress can be prepared gluten-free. We prepare gluten-free breads, pastas, soups, sauces, muffins, ice cream and other desserts using nutritious alternative ingredients like quinoa, a super grain.
Savory vegetarian options are available at every meal. Fresh fruit or other vegetarian snacks are available in the River Grill & Bar.
The American Empress kitchen accommodates guests with many types of allergies. The Executive Chef will meet with you personally to discuss your particular food allergy and ensure your dining experience is safe and delicious throughout your voyage.
Heart Smart
River cruising aboard the American Empress offers an abundance of indulgent culinary selections, but those who are calorie-conscious will not miss out. We offer delicious low-calorie selections on every menu.