“DeResta’s cuisine- not to mention the restaurant’s patio perched on the banks of the river – will make you rethink everything you know about Best Western dining” –Sunset Magazine, Fall 2021
“Yes, one of the top five meals in my life was on the patio of a Best Western in Oregon. Longtime chef Mark DeResta’s transcendent Riverside restaurant in the Columbia Gorge is just one reason to run, not walk, to Hood River.” –Sunset Magazine, March 2022
Executive Chef Mark DeResta has been building partnerships with local farmers and purveyors in the Columbia River Gorge to create a regionally authentic menu for more than two decades. The former chef-owner of Abruzzo Italian Grill and Panzanella Italian Bakery has since nurtured a dedicated kitchen and front of house staff to make Riverside one of the most outstanding restaurants in the Gorge. In keeping with his Italian heritage and the values of Slow Food, Mark is dedicated to telling a story from each corner of the region through flavorful and imaginative dishes.
Driven By Purpose
Known by locals as a small farm business incubator, Riverside is committed to supporting the local food economy and has cultivated relationships with local farmers, creameries, vintners, brewers, fermenters and fisher men and women to create dynamic dishes that speak of the region. The restaurant is proud to serve the freshest ingredients grown and harvested by thoughtful and intentional growers in Hood River, Mosier, Parkdale and Trout Lake.