Updated February 3, 2016
Some of the finest cuisine in the world can be found in Oregon restaurants, and we've listed the “great” eats that win a mention here at www.RoadTripExplore.com.
Down the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway is a must experience eatery. Blackfish Cafe's unique interpretation of Pacific Northwest seafood is as luscious as it is artful. Incredible presentation and service is second to the perfectly prepared chef inspired cuisine. The menu changes each visit, featuring delightful new creations and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Salmon lovers, this is the best in the USA! Lunch $$, Dinner $$-$$$
The Dory Cove Restaurant dishes up delicious diner-style seafood, the best ever fish 'n chips and the yummiest, creamiest clam chowder; it's comfort food at it's best! No visit to the central Oregon coast is complete without a stop here; our family's tradition for three generations. Lunch $-$$, Dinner $$-$$$
Overlooking the beach at the D-River, Kyllo's serves delectable seafood Pacific Northwest style in an upbeat, modern atmosphere. They serve the best fish tacos I've ever tasted! With lovely food presentation and great service, eating at Kyllo's is more than just a another meal; it's a beachside experience. Lunch $-$$, Dinner $-$$$
Located on Newport's Historic Waterfront, the original Mo's has been dishing up their "World Famous Clam Chowder" since 1946. Their unique concept draws travelers from around the globe. To accommodate the growing demand, Mo opened another location down the street . . . see Mo's Annex below. M's is probaly the most famous of Oregon restaurants. Lunch $-$$, Dinner $-$$$.
Down the street from the the original restaurant, Mo's Annex sits on the dock overlooking Newport Bay, the busiest port on the Oregon coast. Rub shoulders with the locals and chat with visitors from around the globe while enjoying a steaming bowl of Mo's "World Famous Clam Chowder". Lunch $-$$, Dinner $-$$$
Located in historic downtown Oregon City, Mi Famiglia Wood Oven Pizzeria dishes up the most delicious authentic Italian style pizza we've ever tasted. I'm delighted because they provide a gluten-free crust option, making their rustic menu choices available to many who might otherwise miss out. My personal favorite is the Molta Carna; the flavors blend into a mouthwatering must have.
An essential part of Oregon City nightlife, with guest musicians and lively good cheer, staff and patrons alike enjoy the pleasant camaraderie in a warm, welcoming atmosphere reminiscent of old-Italy. Lunch and dinner $$
"Enjoy the best Hawaiian food in the comfortable surroundings of Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille; Portland's favorite taste of Hawaii. From full service catering, to live music every Friday/Saturday, to the very best portions of homestyle island-style cuisine, Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille delivers a tropical experience to remember! All in the friendly, tropical environment our customers love."
The U.S. Bank Tower is home to one of Oregon's best restaurants, the award winning Portland City Grill, located in the heart of downtown Portland.
The classy upscale interior is all about the remarkable vista, a sweeping panorama of marvelous Mount Hood upstaging one of the most beautiful cities in the USA. Experience the amazing view of the historic Willamette River and the Cascade Mountains from the 30th floor of Oregon’s tallest building.
One of America’s best 100 wine restaurants, The Portland City Grill is renowned for its chef inspired restaurant menu with Asian, Island and Northwest influences. A gluten-free menu is available upon request.
Night transforms the lunchtime business-formal atmosphere to a candle lit ambiance of romantic dining. Portland City Grill's impeccable service, superb steak house dinner menu and stunning viewpoint make an extraordinary fine dining experience. Lunch $$, Dinner $$$
On Portland's east side just off of the War Veteran's Memorial Freeway on S.E. Stark Street, is the best steakhouse in the Pacific Northwest, Sayler's Old Country Kitchen. While the building is unassumingly ordinary, the full parking lot is testament to the deliciousness awaiting guests inside.
This popular restaurant has faithfully served the city for generations. Families flock here for celebrations and special events. Don't be put off by the lines; it's worth the wait!
Guests return time and time again, because they can count on receiving excellent service and superior steak dinners, including dessert. Did I mention they have the best onion rings ever? The value is unbeatable and the quality surpasses all other premium steakhouses in the region. Dinner $$-$$$
Overlooking the Willamette River at Ross Island is one of the Northwest's premier dining experiences. Located on the upscale waterfront just north of downtown Portland, Oregon USA, The Old Spaghetti Factory relocated here long ago from its origin in Old Town.
The striking architecture of this national chain's home base entices guests to savor its splendors. The grandeur of antique lighting and beautiful stain glass windows are some of the stunning features of the well-appointed interior.
An old-fashioned trolley car tastefully rests at the restaurant’s center, a nostalgic family favorite. The Old Spaghetti Factory consistently dishes up a quality four course meal, including dessert, made with fresh ingredients, even for the gluten intolerant.
Complete the magic with a leisurely stroll through the pastoral garden, the river softly lapping along shore and lights twinkling at dusk. For a romantic riverside date or a large group event, with outstanding service and a menu to please every age, The Old Spaghetti Factory’s wide appeal and affordability make a dining experience unsurpassed. Lunch $-$$, Dinner $$
In the heart of historic Old Town Portland, Oregon USA reigns the Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, a local gathering place in a scenic downtown neighborhood. The nostalgic old world atmosphere is warm, friendly and relaxed. Be it business lunch, noshing with friends, Happy Hour or a night on the town, guests savor the upscale fare celebrating the roots of American culture, Northwest style, using crafted beers and fresh local ingredients in artful seasonal dishes. Gluten-free items are available upon request.
Nightlife thrives with live music featuring talented local singers, songwriters and bands. The pub comes alive on game nights as enthusiasts enjoy the city’s sports culture. Dedicated to supporting the community, the Thirsty Lion hosts fundraising events for youth and adult sports groups. For a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date or a rollicking St. Patrick’s Day event, with excellent service and something to please everyone, the Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill’s eclectic appeal and convivial venue make a memorable experience. Lunch$$, Dinner $$-$$$
The Baldwin Saloon, built by brothers, James and John Baldwin, first opened for business in 1876 and has been lovingly restored. A walk through the door is like stepping back in time. Original period paintings adorn the walls, with antique bawdy nudes in the the saloon section and paintings of Oregon landmarks in the family restaurant section.
While the restaurant is not among the usual G-rated places I usually feature, (I caution families with under-age children because of the art in the saloon section through which is the only access to restrooms) I decided to include the Baldwin Saloon because of it's historical significance in Oregon.
For owners, Mark and and Tracy Linebarger, their old-time establishment is a labor of love that shines through from the moment guests are greeted at the door. Imagine our pleasant surprise when we were presented with a menu of fine Pacific Northwest Cuisine.
Rarely am I able in indulge in a gluten-free dessert when we eat out. Here, the Linebarger's have out done themselves. This exquisite Mango Swedish Creme is like a taste of heaven! The service and delicious food are outstanding! Lunch $$, dinner $$-$$$
A visit to Cousin's Restaurant & Saloon is more than just another meal, it's like coming home to Granny's house and feasting with the family on mouthwatering old-fashioned favorites. We always include a stop here on our travel itinerary whenever we drive through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Eastern Section. This is the best home-style cooking we've enjoyed in the USA to date! Our favorite meal here is breakfast. Breakfast $$, Lunch $$, Dinner $$-$$$
Enjoy fine dining and a stunning panoramic view of the tumultuous Pacific Ocean at the award winning Adobe Resort Restaurant. A well-appointed dining room, excellent service and chef inspired creations are hallmarks of the restaurant's enduring reputation. By far the best brunch buffet in the USA we've enjoyed to date. Breakfast $-$$, Lunch $$-$$$, Dinner $$-$$$$
A former watering-hole for the locals with a colorful history, The Drift Inn Historic Pub & Grill has been beautifully restored and now serves excellent eclectic pub fare to families. An important part of the community, the restaurant features lively nightlife with a calendar loaded with music from talented artists. Visit their photo gallery and hear the old tales of days gone past. Breakfast $-$$, Lunch $-$$, Dinner $$-$$$