For a reliably good meal and a hit of old Florence, this big, busy restaurant is a good choice. It occupies the most prominent building on Bay Street, a 1901 false-fronted general store built in 1901, and it has retained the atmosphere of that era. When it’s available, and if you want to eat like a real Oregonian (or like Oregonians used to eat), order the whole steamed Dungeness crab, still in its shell, and start cracking. These sweet, delicious crabs are pretty much unavailable outside of the Pacific Northwest. Bridgewater’s is good with fish, though not all of it is from local waters, and they also make good pastas.
- Frommer's Staff