Located in central Oregon, Redmond is a small city surrounded by beautiful outdoor spaces, making it a great location for outdoor enthusiasts. Lovely shops and, of course, a variety of places to eat as well. Read our guide to discover some of the culinary gems found in Redmond.
Wanting to offer locals a taste of an authentic British tearoom, Englishwoman Karen George, opened AK’s Tea Room. Located inside the historic New Redmond Hotel, this charming, cozy venue, complete with exposed brick walls plus an eclectic array of tea ware, gives visitors a chance to experience a little piece of England right in the heart of central Oregon. The tearoom also a host of baked goods, many of which are family recipes, all made from scratch daily, including the lemon curd. Be sure to try their scones, which can include delicious options such as blueberry-pecan, cinnamon, and chive and bacon to name but a few.
Established in Bend in 2005, Baldy’s BBQ expanded its mouthwatering BBQ offering to Redmond. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, this family-owned and operated venue has garnered the award for ‘Best BBQ’ in Central Oregon every year since its conception. Within a rustic interior with wood accents, small tin roofs over each table and Western-inspired décor adorning the walls, diners can enjoy an array of slow-smoked meats from pulled pork sandwiches to the eatery’s award-winning baby back ribs. To complement the meats, many tasty side dishes are available from baked beans to coleslaw to spicy chipotle potato salad.
Brickhouse is a delicious steakhouse located in historic downtown Redmond. Featuring Northwest-raised steaks along with fresh, seasonal seafood, it is a wonderful spot for any meat or seafood lover looking to enjoy a night out. An enticing meal might begin with the baked brie and roasted garlic followed by Alaskan red king crab legs or the filet mignon wrapped in bacon. If you are looking for the best of both worlds try the ‘filet Oscar’, which is a beef tenderloin topped with Dungeness crab, asparagus and béarnaise sauce. Brickhouse also has a full bar plus an award-winning wine list, which places an emphasis on those varieties from the Northwest.
Tucked inside an old red two-story home, Christie’s Kitchen is a lovely venue serving American breakfast and lunch dishes to hungry patrons. Opened by Gary and Christie Bryant, this warm and inviting restaurant has something for everyone, including a menu with several vegan and gluten-free options. Featuring a host of sweet (baked goods) and savory items, the café also has daily specials, which can be found on their website. Tantalizing options include Gary’s special omelette with ground beef, sautéed onion, mushrooms, jack and cheddar cheeses and freshly baked biscuits smothered with country gravy. Dining is available on both floors, with a pretty patio when weather allows.
Established in 2009, Diego’s Spirited Kitchen is a popular venue specializing in contemporary Mexican-American cuisine.. Located in historic downtown, Diego’s prides itself on making everything from scratch. Open for lunch and dinner every day, enticing options include pork carnitas ravioli with chipotle-lime cream, fried chilies, cilantro plus Monterrey jack and cheddar cheeses and the seafood chile rellano, which is a poblano chili stuffed with lobster, shrimp plus Dungeness crab and topped with a creamy seafood sauce. They also feature a full bar.
Mi Cielo Mexican Restaurant, Redmond | Courtesy of MI Cielo
Owned and operated by the Rodriguez family, Mi Cielo Mexican Restaurant is a friendly place, featuring Oaxacan Mexican cuisine alongside some favorite American classic dishes. The restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere, complete with colorful wall murals. Although the menu leans heavily towards meat dishes, there are a few vegetarian choices ensuring something for just about everyone. Highlights include the house specialty colima, which is shrimp and chicken sautéed with mushrooms, onions and green peppers in a garlic-wine cream sauce, and the carnitas burrito stuffed with slow-roasted pork. They also serve a range of drinks, including several margaritas and beers.
Also located in the historic New Redmond Hotel, Oishi, which opened in 2013, is a modern resturant serving a wide range of authentic Japanese dishes. A spacious place, complete with lofty ceilings and large windows where people can watch the world go by, the interior is beautiful with a lovely combination of cream walls, green upholstered chairs and warm woods. The menu is large with everything from sushi to sashimi to noodles to donburi to BBQ and much more. Some favorite items from the menu include the soft-shell crab appetizer served with ponzu sauce, the vegetable udon, the pork ramen, and the tonkatsu dinner.
Nestled inside a charming cottage, One Street Down Cafe is a friendly dining establishment offering American all-day breakfast and lunch items. Within a calm, relaxing atmosphere, guests can feast upon tasty breakfast items such as eggs benedict, variety changes every day, served with home fries and French toast made with thick pieces of cinnamon bread, which are then battered and grilled. As for lunch, the brie melt with poached pears and walnuts on rosemary bread and the NY dip with roast beef and grilled sweet onions on an house-made hoagie served with au jus are two tasty choices.
Located downtown in the New Redmond Hotel, Red Martini Wine Bar and Grill is a vibrant gathering spot where guests can sample an array of delicious small plates and handcrafted cocktails (try the signature ‘The Red’ martini). Opened by Suzanne Tarbet in 2013, this venue offers lunch and dinner Tuesday through to Saturday. The environment is stylish with 1920s art deco touches found throughout, including red velvet settees. The menu features New American cuisine with French influences with some highlights being the elk tenderloin medallions served on a bed of wild rice with dried apricots, green onions and red peppers, prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin with a lavender-pomegranate glaze served with sweet potato hash, and the portobello mushroom ravioli in a roasted red pepper-goat cheese sauce.
Opened in 2012, Smith Rock Brewing Company is a small, family-owned and operated brewery and restaurant. The brewery offers up a small selection (two or three) of their own brews each day alongside American dishes made from scratch using the freshest ingredients available. Dishes to note are the eponymous Smith Rock burger, which features a hand-pressed patty topped with cream cheese, jack cheese, grilled onions and red peppers on a potato roll served with hand-cut fries, onion rings, or coleslaw, and the pulled pork sandwich. Between the friendly staff, fun atmosphere, and delicious cuisine, which includes vegetarian options, it’s a place that everyone will enjoy.
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