Filed Under (Boater Friendly Good Eats) by Debbie on 12-07-2007

The Puffin Café on the Columbia River is an eclectic mix of people, décor and menu.  If you are passing by the Port of Camas-Washougal just east of buoy 46 and looking for a place to eat, then look no further.


We spent the night at the port’s guest dock (see that post) and walked over to the restaurant, an easy hike; if however, you are looking for a bite in a boater friendly spot without the over night stay, then head to ‘H’ dock.  It’ll be on your port side as you enter the marina and brightly painted plus you can’t miss the big sign complete with a ‘puffin’ on it.  Just tie up and walk a few feet.


Puffin Cafe on the Columbia River


This bright blue building is floating on the Columbia River and its décor is a mix of Jimmy Buffet meets Jack Sparrow; pirate booty, flags, boat drinks and tropical Caribbean island flare abound in this well run establishment.  The aromas drift to you in seductive curls like the tendrils of a mermaid sea siren and your mouth will begin to water as soon as you are within ‘nose’ range.


The menu offers a diverse selection and you may find yourself taking sometime to decide on what to order.  We chose the calamari and crab cakes plus a ‘pirates brew’ to wash it down.  Our drinks came quickly and in festive tiki style glasses.  They have a great selection of non-alcoholic drinks for those who will continue up or down river, or at least for your designated driver/captain (no boating after drinks, remember?).  Even their drink menu is difficult to make a decision on.


Our crab cakes were lightly crisp on the outside and tender fluffy inside.  The calamari was generous, extremely tender and served with an awesome sauce.  The food was fantastic!  Robert Guetter (the owner) gave us a sample of his halibut lunch and my mouth thought it had died and gone to heaven.  The rub on that halibut was intense and vivid in flavor!


The patrons I spoke with and there were many, were very friendly and eager to express which dish was their favorite.  I think it a testimony to Robert and his crew’s skills that the favorites were so varied.


If you haven’t the time to spend eating there they do offer to-go orders.  There’s a banquet room if you have a group thing going on and for those ‘oh-so-precious’ sunny days, there’s outdoor seating.  If you have the time to stay and eat you’ll be able to enjoy front row seats to the ‘free show’ provided courtesy of the nearby boat launch ramp (see post for ramp).


The Puffin Café is open year round (except holidays) at 11 AM


November thru February close at 6 PM

March thru May close at 8 PM

June thru August close at 9 PM

September thru October close at 8 PM


Lunch Menu
Dinner Menu
Appetizer Menu
Kids Menu

The Puffin Café is a great place to visit and I can guarantee my next trip up river will see me stopping in for a bite.  Fast service, friendly staff and patrons, reasonable prices and generous servings, plus it’s on the water.


If you stop in for a bite, please tell them we sent you!


3 Comments posted on "Puffin Café on the Columbia River"

[…] ramps to choose from and several courtesy docks.  While I was enjoying a meal at the Puffin Café (see post) I had the opportunity to watch this very busy launch […]

Frank Gerlach on January 27th, 2013 at 4:10 am #

Did this cafe used to be called, “Parker’s Landing” back in the late 1970’s or maybe early 1980’s?

Debbie on January 31st, 2013 at 9:01 am #

No Parker’s Landing was nearby. It’s gone now but the Puffin remains! Just love that place, such good food.

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