An hour south of Portland, Salem is the capital of Oregon; a city with a rich history, lively art and culture scene, and a diverse culinary landscape, from American to Asian fare. We list the 10 best restaurants to explore while you’re here.
Amadeus is an upscale dining establishment featuring American cuisine peppered with international flavours. In a modern yet slightly rustic interior, diners can sample a variety of recipes from pizzas to risotto to entrées with meat, poultry, seafood, or vegetables, plus there are extensive dessert and beverage menus sure to tantalise anyone’s taste buds.
Annette’s Westgate serves up tasty American food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This friendly café is popular with families because it offers a host of dishes that will appeal to everyone’s taste whether they are young or young-at-heart. The breakfast menu will delight foodies with an impressive selection of sweet and savoury items. Lunch and dinner offerings are equally impressive with delicious options such as the Bourbon street charbroiled tri-tip with a Bourbon demi-glace.
Located in the Grand Hotel, Bentley’s Grill is a fine-dining establishment specialising in the flavours of the Northwest. Sourcing the best quality ingredients from local purveyors, discerning diners can expect succulent steaks and mouth-watering seafood in an atmosphere that exudes sophistication. Their lounge also offers an extensive selection of liqueurs plus an impressive array of local and regional wines.
Best Little Roadhouse definitely had families in mind when designing their American restaurant. Not only is it a great venue serving a variety of steaks, salads, seafood, and burgers, but it is also an entertainment centre of sorts with an 18-hole miniature golf course. With lunch and dinner menus, plus one for children, excellent choices include a 9 oz. filet mignon with a choice of side.
Christo’s Pizzeria and Lounge is an inviting restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine that will appeal to the entire family. They offer a wide array of comforting pasta and meat dishes, but are best known for their gourmet pizzas. Christo’s will interest music lovers as well, as the lounge frequently features outstanding jazz musical acts.
Marco Polo Global Restaurant have created a menu that is sure to appeal to everyone. With over 100 items on the menu, diners will find everything from Asian cuisine to European fare, plus options for every dietary need from veganism to gluten-free. Set in a cosy environment that offers pretty views of the green outdoor spaces.
Located in South Salem, Roberts Crossing is a dining spot specialising in New American cuisine with an emphasis on hearty seafood and meat plates. The menu features dishes, many of which are family recipes, made with the best quality ingredients and includes staples plus seasonal offerings. Catering to a wide range of tastes, several of the dishes can be adapted to accommodate vegetarian or gluten-free foodies, plus they have a children’s menu.
The Sassy Onion Grill is a tasty breakfast and lunch joint. A warm and friendly atmosphere where everyone is treated like family, this restaurant features a large menu with many sweet and savoury options. Their ‘World Famous’ French toast comes in a variety of flavours, including original and marionberry, and is a must-try for any foodie.
Wild Pear features New American cuisine with a Vietnamese twist. This treasured restaurant creates flavorful dishes made with the Pacific Northwest’s bounty. Highlights from the menu include the hearty pho or Vietnamese noodle soup, which is a family recipe. Wild Pear also hosts a monthly supper club where diners can partake in a seasonal family-style dinner with other guests.
Word of Mouth is a family-run bistro specialising in innovative American breakfasts and lunches. Guests can savour creative cuisine made from scratch using locally sourced products when possible, all in a friendly environment. Noted highlights include the popular breakfasts.