The Oregon Coast is peppered with numerous towns, giving locals and tourists alike a diverse mix of culinary delights. Here are the best restaurants along the Oregon Coast.
Restaurant, American, Seafood, Contemporary, $$$
Redfish interior | Courtesy Redfish
Redfish is a restaurant located in Port Orford that features French-inspired coastal cuisine. Opened in 2012, diners will enjoy the modern yet casual atmosphere that offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. With the delicious bounty that the Pacific Northwest provides, the menu features seasonal ingredients procured from local purveyors to create high quality fare. One highlight from the menu is the pulled pork sandwich seasoned with jerk spices topped with cilantro-lime aioli, cabbage slaw, and pickled onion on toasted ciabatta. Redfish also has a wine cellar that stores a great number of wines and sparkling wines. Serving lunch, dinner, plus Sunday brunch, reservations are recommended.
Established in 2006 by Jeremy Buck and Lian Schmidt, Alloro Wine Bar and Restaurant — located in Bandon — specialises in Italian coastal cuisine and features regional and international wines. As with many of the restaurants on the coast, Alloro maintains relationships with local and regional purveyors to gather the freshest and best quality ingredients possible while also importing important items from Italy. The menu often changes to highlight seasonal products; past dishes included pappardelle pasta with local oxtail ragu, sultanas, orange peel, and pine nuts and a basil-pesto crusted grilled pork chop served with cheddar au gratin potatoes, Swiss chard, and saffron aioli. Reservations are recommended at this gem.
Popular with both locals and tourists, Bowpicker Fish & Chips — located in Astoria — is renowned, predictably, for its fish and chips. Situated across the street from the Columbia River Maritime Museum, this casual establishment sits in an old, dry-docked gillnet boat. Featuring only one dish, diners can feast upon lightly breaded albacore tuna on a bed of steak fries. The days and hours they are open can vary — sometimes they sell out of fish or the weather can play a factor — so be sure to check the status on their social media accounts. While the lines are often long, Bowpicker Fish & Chips is definitely worth a visit.
Housed in the oldest cannery building in the west, on the Columbia River in Astoria, Coffee Girl is a coffee house specialising in caffeinated plus sweet and savoury edibles. Popular with locals and tourists alike, this friendly café features high-quality espresso crafted into delicious speciality beverages, plus they serve tasty treats, such as sandwiches, soups, and pastries, to those seeking a light breakfast or lunch. Highlights on the menu include the signature caprese panini with tomato, provolone, and pesto, delicious house-made soup — past flavours included creamy tomato and creamy broccoli — and pastries, such as cherry-almond and maple bacon scones.
The owners of Crêpe Neptune served their edibles at coastal farmers markets before they ever opened a brick-and-mortar shop. Specialising in sweet and savoury crêpes, guests visiting this European-style eatery can order their preferred crêpe, watch it being made before taking it away to eat — the beach is a lovely spot to enjoy the tasty treat. Open every day, the menu includes over 20 crêpes, including the Fort Stevens with wild smoked salmon, cream cheese, scallions, spinach, and mustard dill sauce, and the sweet Twin Rocks with caramel, chocolate, and sea salt. Crêpe Neptune will appeal to many tastes as it also features vegetarian options, plus buckwheat batter for those who need something gluten-free.
Wanting ‘to give people the best seafood experience of their lives,’ Local Ocean Seafoods is a restaurant and fish market located in Newport that procures the majority of their fish and seafood from the local fishermen located across the street from their venue. With a firm belief in the sustainable movement, they use local in-season organic produce whenever possible, will never have farmed salmon or shrimp on the menu, plus offer an impressive list of regional and international wines, some of which are organic. Adding to the diner’s experience, the restaurant has an open-plan kitchen so that guests can watch their meals being prepared and features big windows and glass doors that roll up so that guests will also be able to enjoy a fantastic view of the Yaquina Bay.
Opened in 2010 by chef Kali Fieger, The Loft Restaurant and Bar is located in Old Town Bandon in the historic High Dock Building. Situated on the second floor, this restaurant features delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients available. The seasonal menu changes often; past notable options included pan seared diver scallops with brown butter hollandaise, shaved fennel, local organic greens, crispy root vegetables, and verjus and braised pork cheeks served with English peas, baby carrots, watercress, red wine braising sauce, and whipped potatoes. Offering a full bar plus many wines, guests can also expect a variety of terrific views, from the old town to the majestic Pacific Ocean. Almond Cake | Courtesy of Restaurant Beck
Located inside the luxury boutique hotel Whale Cove Inn in Depoe Bay, Restaurant Beck — named after the owners’ son — is a fine-dining eatery specialising in New American cuisine. Owned and operated by acclaimed chef Justin Wills and his wife Stormee, the majority of ingredients highlighted on the menu come from local sources with many of them foraged. Serving dinner daily, the menu changes every day to reflect the freshest finds; rockfish with cannellini beans, bacon, grilled kale and pine nut pesto, plus celery leaf and meyer lemon gremolata is one delectable option from a previous menu. Besides the innovative cuisine, diners can also enjoy fabulous oceanic views from the stylish interior.
Tidal Raves is a perfect name for this refined yet casual restaurant located in Depoe Bay as it has earned many rave reviews since its inception. Established in 1990 by Jon and MaryLynne Hamlin, this eatery, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and sandstone cliffs, specialises in succulent seafood dishes. Procuring the freshest Northwest ingredients possible, the lunch and dinner menus feature a host of selections from red curry BBQ’d shrimp served on a crispy coconut risotto cake with vegetables to razor clams that are lightly breaded and pan fried accompanied by basmati pilaf. Speciality cocktails plus tantalising desserts are also on the menu.
The Waterfront Depot is housed in an old train station along the Siuslaw River in Florence. This warm and inviting restaurant specialises in Pacific Northwest cuisine with Indonesian and San Franciscan flavours and offers many dishes that will satisfy anyone’s palate, including those who are gluten-free. Notable entrées include the award-winning crab-encrusted Alaskan halibut served with a sweet chilli sauce and small Caesar salad and the Cajun fish burger with fries or side salad. Most of the ingredients used in the dishes are locally sourced and often include produce from the restaurant’s own garden. Open for dinner only, reservations are highly recommended for this sought-after dining establishment.