Island Café Blends Tropical Flair with Portland Charm

26 07 2013

IMG_5679I discovered a restaurant that mixes a flavorful, varied menu with a festive, out-of-the-box atmosphere. Tucked amidst McCuddy’s Marina, Island Café literally floats on the Columbia River. Although the newly expanded inside room opens its garage-sized doors anytime weather permits, the bulk of seating remains entirely outdoors on the patio with umbrellas for shade. Every corner of Island Café provides a view of boats in McCuddy’s Marina, floating homes of the North Portland Harbor, the Columbia River, and the sunset (if you time it just right).IMG_5667-2

Island Café nails the tropical theme with its location, décor and menu. Food is tastefully plated with choices for the health conscious, traditionalists, and taste buds searching for a Polynesian fix. The bar is crazy popular, and yet, Island Café maintains a family-friendly atmosphere, welcoming all ages and backgrounds. Dress code is both casual for boaters pulling up directly to the dock and dressier for diners out for a special experience.

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Island Café is located at 250 N. Tomahawk Island Drive at Slip 22 on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon 97217 and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to sunset. Happy Hour runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the restaurant at (503) 283-0362 for more information, or check out the menu and additional photos at

IMG_2301To arrive by car, take the Jantzen Beach exit off I-5, go east on N. Tomahawk Island Drive to the entrance of McCuddy’s Marina where you’ll see the Island Café sign. Park on the street and savor the short, scenic walk down the dock to the café. To arrive by boat, take the North Portland Harbor channel to the Island Café sign on the roof and tie up at the café dock. Please drive courteously for the other patrons and make no waves—if you catch my drift.

Personal note: Dad, take me by boat sometime (insert cheesy grin)!


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