The Best Restaurants In Lincoln City, Oregon

Mexican chef Enrique Olvera is the owner, head chef and mastermind behind Pujol in Mexico City
Mexican chef Enrique Olvera is the owner, head chef and mastermind behind Pujol in Mexico City | © REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Marcelina Morfin

Located on Oregon‘s Central Coast, Lincoln City is a lovely town with scenic views provided by the forests, beaches, and the Pacific Ocean. The area is also brimming with incredible bounty, which often finds its way into delicious dishes that will satisfy many diners. From fine dining establishments to local eats, Lincoln City’s dining scene is varied with something for everyone. We find out more.

The Bay House

Established in 1978, The Bay House is a lovely fine dining establishment set in a location with beautiful views of the Siletz Bay. Nestled inside a 1937 building, this restaurant features changing menus highlighting the freshest ingredients available. Delectable choices include the Columbia River Chinook salmon with zucchini-sweet corn hash, fingerling potatoes, and sauce beurre rouge and the vegetarian pasta with fettuccine, roasted yellow bell pepper, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, basil-hazelnut pesto, and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. To complement the meal, an award winning wine list, including regional and international varieties, is also offered.

Blackfish Cafe

Opened in 1999 by chef Rob Pounding, Blackfish Cafe delights guests with its delicious cuisine featuring the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Procuring the best, freshest, and seasonal products from local purveyors, this café creates seasonal menus. Within an art-adorned environment, diners can feast upon everything from appetizers to soups and salads to pasta to entrées. Enticing options include the cioppino with a variety of Northwest seafood braised in red wine and served in a tomato and herb broth accompanied by grilled rustic bread crostini and the parmesan-crusted local rockfish with a sorrel-caper-shallot sauce, steamed broccoli rabe, and penne pasta. Complementary wine, beer, and cocktails plus desserts round out the offerings.

Hwy 101 Burger

Hwy 101 Burger is a family-friendly burger shop that has plenty of games, including pool, pinball, and more, that will provide much jollity. While the menu is small, the flavors are bold with only the best ingredients being used, including fresh beef. The burgers come with one, two, three, or for the truly ravenous, four patties plus gooey cheese, if wanted, complemented by sides, including fries and cheesy meat fries. On certain days, there are special toppings with jalapeños on Mondays, bacon on Wednesdays, and pastrami on Fridays. A selection of beverages, including creamy milkshakes, are also available.

J’s Fish & Chips

Anyone looking for great fish and chips should head to the cozy J’s Fish and Chips. A casual venue where customers order at the counter before sitting, J’s uses only the best ingredients possible, including the freshest fish from local fishermen. The menu offers something for every seafood lover, with lightly breaded options such as cod, halibut, shrimp, and clam strips, which are served with fries and coleslaw. Fish tacos, also served with chips and slaw, plus award winning clam chowder are also available at this tasty stop.

Nelscott Café

Nelscott Café is a friendly place with a selection of tasty American dishes. For breakfast, the menu features both sweet and savory items, including the almond crunch French toast, which is Texas toast battered and covered in crushed corn cereal and almonds, and the breakfast bowl with potatoes, scrambled egg, choice or bacon, sausage, or ham, country sausage-bacon gravy, chopped green onions, cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes. The chicken, bacon and dill sandwich made with a buttermilk marinated chicken breast grilled with diced green chiles and topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion is a flavorful lunch choice. For a great summer time treat, try a slushy with soft serve ice cream on top.

Pacific Grind Cafe

A locally owned, independent coffee house, Pacific Grind Cafe is a great venue to relax while sipping coffee drinks along with delicious nibbles. Offering a host of baked goods, including bagels, pastries, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more, the café also serves a great selection of breakfast burritos, sandwiches in both deli and panini styles, salads, and more. The egg burrito stuffed with bacon, cheddar and jack cheeses and Mediterranean vegetables is an excellent option for breakfast while the Tuscan tuna melt made with Tuscan tuna salad, hickory smoked bacon, Tillamook cheddar, tomatoes, and lettuce will make a satisfying lunch.

Puerto Vallarta

A family-owned restaurant, Puerto Vallarta specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. Its budget friendly menu and its colorful, festive interior makes it a wonderful place the entire family will enjoy. From meat to poultry to seafood to vegetarian options, the menu is brimming with delicious dishes that will suit many tastes. Must try options include the carne tampiqueña, which is a New York steak stuffed with bell pepper, onions, tomatoes, and ham all wrapped in bacon and smothered with a special sauce and the enchiladas del mare stuffed with shrimp, crab meat, and scallops then topped with green sauce and cheese.

Wildflower Grill

Wildflower Grill is a charming restaurant in a truly idyllic location. Nestled inside a converted cottage on a hill, surrounded by lush scenery with views of a wetland brimming with wildlife – including ducks, deer, and beavers – this grill features a homely interior in which to savor a variety of eats that will appeal to many tastes. A creative spin on the brunch favorite, eggs benedict, finds local crab and poached eggs atop wildflower toast with a choice of regular, Cajun, or salsa hollandaise and served with hash browns. The lunch menu has a flavorful portabella po’boy with marinated grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, Swiss cheese, sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic spread plus many other great options.

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