North Bank has a beautiful view from the deck overlooking the Willamette River. This is great for a sunny day, or early evening outside. When the weather's not so great, the inside is a little dark, but you can counter that by bringing along some friendly companions. The food and drink will brighten things up!
Pub food with a few upscale twists. You've gotta try the fries -- ask for them extra crispy. The halibut fish & chips is a great deal. Burgers are really terrific, too -- I like the Dungeon Burger with mushrooms and swiss cheese, and while the beef is tops, I usually go for their Gardenburger version. The Brewers Salad with blue cheese and roasted hazelnuts was enough for two of us to share.
Ruby is my brew of choice, but they also offer McMenamin's Hammerhead Ale and Terminator Stout on a daily basis. There is a nice brewery sampler for $5.50 that let's you try several of the specialty beers. It's family friendly, so you can even get the kids a Roy Rogers or Shirley Temple if they need some special bev of their own. McMenamin's also serves soft drinks, coffee, and they make spectacular milkshakes.