Dining January 04, 2022
12 Bucket List Worthy Restaurants To Try In Oregon, One For Each Month Of The Year
The culinary scene in Oregon truly is unrivaled, with our humble state not only producing some of the most cutting-edge and exciting fare in the PNW, but in the entire country! While Oregon is best-known for its amazing and abundant seafood, there is so much more to our state’s culinary repertoire than just fish and chips (though we do make some *killer*
fish and chips!). From beautifully simple farm-to-table fare to next-level fusions and street food, the Beaver State truly is a foodie force to be reckoned with. This year, make a resolution to eat your way through Oregon, hitting up one of these 12 bucket-list-worthy restaurants along the way.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
January: Dump City Dumplings
Dump City Dumplings, 384 SW Upper Terrace Dr, Bend, OR 97703, USA
We're kicking off the year with a humble little restaurant that dishes up big, ole' bowls of comfort in the form of delicious dumplings. Dump City Dumplings is known for their steamed bun dumplings, which come in a variety of unique dumpling-and-sauce combinations. The eatery is a fan favorite, and was recently featured on
"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,"
in fact! Guy couldn't get enough of these perfect little flavor pillows, and once you give them a try, you'll be converted, too! The wontons with vinegar and chili oil are particularly crave-worthy.
February: Restaurant Beck
Becker's Restaurant, 1601 W Prospect Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004, USA
For the most romantic month of the year, we recommend visiting none other than Restaurant Beck. This is a
favorite spot on the Oregon Coast
, known for beautiful views and fresh catches. The ambiance at Restaurant Beck, located inside Depoe Bay's Whale Cove Inn, almost overshadows the delicious fare, which is itself almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. The menu changes based on what's freshest and in season; you'll find everything from sea scallops, salmon, sturgeon, and steelhead on the menu at any given time. Dining here is one of the most memorable experiences you'll have in Oregon, and truly a bucket-list must.
March - Oma's Hideaway
Oma's Hideaway, 3131 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
March can feel like the longest month of the year, with winter holding on for dear life. So we recommend a vibrant dose of color and comfort food, which you'll find (in spades) at
. Located in a bright turquoise building in Portland, Oma's menu draws inspiration all over the world, from China and Malaysia to Indonesia and even old-school American diner food. It's bright and bold, and sure to cure your case of the "never-ending Oregon" winter blues!
Spork, 1004 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR 97701, USA
Spork is a delightful fusion spot in Bend featuring Mexican eats, Asian plates, and craft cocktails in a wholly unique venue, making it a winner for virtually everyone in your dining party. If the weather cooperates, dine outside for a fun and quirky eating experience!
May: Portland Japanese Garden
Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Nothing is more beautiful than spring in Portland, when the cherry blossoms and Japanese maples flourish and bloom. For this reason, we advise checking out the Portland Japanese Garden's Umami Café during this time. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls, this
floating tea room
is the perfect place to sit and soak up the views, while enjoying tea and light bites with someone special.
June: Pelican Brewing
Pelican Brewing – Pacific City, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City, OR 97135, USA
Summer's here, and it's time to celebrate! There are many great pubs and seafood restaurants in Oregon, but none have the views
Pelican Brewing Company
does. Located right on the sand in picturesque Pacific City, Oregon, Pelican Brewing Company boasts a front-row seat to the dramatic and imposing Haystack Rock. In addition to breathtaking beachfront views, the fare at this Oregon Coast restaurant is amazing, with fresh seafood, crave-worthy burgers, and an extensive selection of barrel-aged brews.
July: Bowpicker Fish and Chips
Bowpicker Fish and Chips, 1634 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103, USA
It's the height of summer, and what better way to commemorate than by visiting a classic walk-up seafood shack? Housed in a covered stationary boat,
Bowpicker Fish and Chips
is a treasure of an eatery with the crispiest, crunchiest, most crave-worthy fried fish in the state! The menu here is blissfully simple: beer battered Albacore tuna and steak fries. That's it.
But with amazing fare and unrivaled views, that's all you really need!
August: Baldwin Saloon
Baldwin Saloon, 205 Court St, The Dalles, OR 97058, USA
August has us venturing up to The Dalles for a fun step back in time. The
is one of the state's most historic dining establishments, harkening all the way back to 1876! There’s a total Western vibe in The Dalles that can’t be denied, and it’s felt in many of the town’s historic buildings — perhaps most of all at the Baldwin Saloon. One of Oregon’s most historic establishments, the Baldwin Saloon is a charming old restaurant that embodies the Beaver State’s proud pioneer spirit.
September: Noble Rot
Noble Rot, 1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor, Portland, OR 97214, USA
September has us feeling nostalgic, and Noble Rot has some of the most beautiful views of lovely PDX. As the summer heat starts to wane (hopefully), dine outdoors on this fourth-story rooftop restaurant, and bask in the sublime scenery and ambiance.
is a wonderful example of Oregon's cutting-edge culinary scene; with its own garden and
, Noble Rot takes "farm to table" dining to the a whole new, wholly wondrous level.
October: Soter Vineyards
Soter Vineyards, 10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA
Located in the winsome Willamette Valley,
is a picturesque place that seems almost too beautiful to be real. Soter is committed to sustainability and biodynamics, operating within a regenerative farming system focused on biodiversity, integration of plants and animals, and soil health. The food reflects this love and care; it's some of the freshest and most vibrant you'll ever taste.
As the fall foliage peaks in Oregon, we can't imagine a more beautiful place to dine!
November: Timberline Lodge
Timberline Lodge, 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028, USA
Hailed as the
most legendary place to stay in Oregon
, the Timberline Lodge is as historic as it is iconic. As the holiday season begins, we recommend checking out (or
?) this very special place for a retreat -- or, at the very least, a memorable dinner! The Ram's Head Bar at Timberline is the most winsome little restaurant, boasting delicious fare, an impressive drink menu, and stunning views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson.
December: Multnomah Falls Lodge
Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA
Let's end the year with a grand finale! And in Oregon, there's no place grander than Multnomah Falls. There’s a reason Multnomah Falls attracts 2.5 million visitors each year: it’s utterly resplendent. This 620-foot fall will absolutely take your breath away, and leave you in absolute awe at the glory of Mother Nature. There are numerous ways to experience the falls; a variety of hikes and a pedestrian bridge offer unique perspectives and panoramas. But our favorite way to enjoy this wonder might just be at
Multnomah Falls Lodge
. This charming chalet sits at the base of the falls, offering dramatic views of Multnomah that are truly unparalleled.
Oregon’s food scene is ever changing and evolving, and this is by no means a list of all of our bucket-list-worthy restaurants. This is simply a place to start so that you can broaden and deepen your appreciation of the wholly unique culinary landscape of the Beaver State!
Address: Baldwin Saloon, 205 Court St, The Dalles, OR 97058, USA Address: Bowpicker Fish and Chips, 1634 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103, USA Address: Dump City Dumplings, 384 SW Upper Terrace Dr, Bend, OR 97703, USA Address: Multnomah Falls Lodge Visitor Center, Cascade Locks, OR 97014, USA Address: Noble Rot, 1111 East Burnside Street, Fourth Floor, Portland, OR 97214, USA Address: Oma's Hideaway, 3131 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA Address: Pelican Brewing – Pacific City, 33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr, Pacific City, OR 97135, USA Address: Becker's Restaurant, 1601 W Prospect Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004, USA Address: Soter Vineyards, 10880 NE Mineral Springs Rd, Carlton, OR 97111, USA Address: Spork, 1004 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR 97701, USA Address: Timberline Lodge, 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR 97028, USA Address: Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA