Oregon Coast Dining: Restaurants in Manzanita, Nehalem, Rockaway
(Manzanita, Oregon) - Oregon's north coast presents some of the best restaurants and dining possibilities along the entire shoreline. It's here where you’ll find long-standing gems that seem timeless and classic, yet often cutting-edge in their culinary fireworks.
It's no secret that in the Nehalem Bay area, you have to be among the best to remain in business during those often-lonely winter months where tourists can be few and far between. So those that have weathered the years do so because they are exceptional, competing with the best Portland can provide, and thus often thrive during the off-seasons.
Nehalem Bay consists of the towns of Wheeler, Nehalem and Manzanita, with Rockaway Beach on the outskirts. A 15 minute drive from Manzanita will land you in Cannon Beach, where numerous scrumptious possibilities reside, as well as down south in Bay City, overlooking the Tillamook Bay.
For a complete list of dining possibilities on the Oregon coast, see the Oregon Coast Restaurant Dining Guide
San Dune Pub. With a historical, even slight maritime vibe, the San Dune Pub is a classy staple among locals, regulars and tourists alike. There is nothing typical about this place, it's all about the food. Known for their exceptional burgers, they create a menu that suites every palate. Homemade salad dressings, sauces, and desserts are amazing. Appetizers in the $3 - $9 range include hummus as well as the usual. Other highlights: Fresh Willapa Bay Oysters and Seafood Bisque (weekends only). Plenty of burgers in varied incarnations like chili, bacon, cheese, teriyaki, BBQ, chipotle, veggie or chicken; lots of seafood possibilities. Wraps and ciabatta sandwiches around $8 include chicken, Caesar, pesto, turkey and bacon/swiss, among others. Soups and salads abound. Less than ten minutes from the surfing paradise of Short Sands; legendary live music hotspot. 17 beers, large wine selection, full service bar. 127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, Oregon. 503-386-5080. www.sandunepub.com (burgers, seafood, chicken, tacos, lunch, dinner)
Neaby in Tillamook
Pelican Tillamook Tap Room. Inside a soaring family-friendly facility, you are dining with a view of the tap room, where much of the Pelican Brewery action happens. Deep in the heart of inland Highway 101 and the area's green, rolling hills, about 12 miles from the beaches. Indulge in a more downhome version of the Pelican's favorite cuisine, with specialties for kids as well. Start with appetizers like fries, a hummus based on their beer that comes veggies and chips, oyster shooters or fried cheese curds. Big sandwiches and burgers on tap such as various burgers, including one very spicy one with chipotle and fried jalapenos. Take to the ocean with the oyster basket (local Netarts oysters) or their famed fish and chips. A scrumptious Reuben is literally piled high with corned beef, while the elk burger will intrigue you. 1708 First Street. Tillamook, Oregon. 503-842-7007. Website here
Restaurants Near the Nehalem Bay Area (Cannon Beach, Bay City)
The Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill. Classy but beachy laid back; lovely bar but family friendly. Lunch: main entrees $10 to $16, include rotisserie pot pie, rib-eye chili dog, ribs, Seafood like fish ‘n’ chips. Pork sliders or rib-eye philly around $10. Large burgers chicken, chili, halibut or sirloin are around $10 - $15. 10-inch gourmet hearthstone pizzas. Dinner many same dishes, also rotisserie chicken, rotisserie turkey, steak, top sirloin, pasta. Child’s menu. 264 Third Street. Cannon Beach (20 mins from Manzanita, Oregon) (503) 436-0285. www.thelumberyardgrill.com
The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge. Legendary upscale classic, ocean view. Breakfast $6 to $15 range. Lunch: appetizers; large sandwiches include meats, seafoods and burger around $13. Tacos, filet and fries, wild forest mushroom and cheese ravioli. Dinner includes potato crusted halibut cranberry and brown butter sauce, a cedar planked honey mustard salmon, steamer clams - $25 to $30. Filet mignon, steaks, wild mushroom chicken. 1190 Pacific Drive. Cannon Beach (20 mins from Manzanita, Oregon). 503-436-1108. www.wayfarer-restaurant.com/
Cannon Beach Fultano's Pizza. Serious gourmet Italian at a family price. Delivers to local hotels, slices for lunch. Special thin crust recipe.
Standbys as well as gourmet varieties like the Margherita (garlic and herb olive oil, three cheeses, red onion and more), a Greek-themed specialty, a Goat Cheese pizza, and specialties with Teriyaki Chicken, Linguica, BBQ Chicken and a variety of seafood selections. Pasta (about $10) w/ homemade tomato sauce: their penne pasta with meatballs is a seriously addictive dish. 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street, Cannon Beach (20 mins from Manzanita, 30 mins from Rockaway Beach). www.CBfultanos.com (503) 436-9717.
Stephanie Inn Dining Room. Four-star restaurant inside hotel. Soaring wood ceiling accentuated by a chandelier, w/ historic atmosphere. Seating times and days change seasonally and reservations are required. $59 per person for a masterful four-course prix fixe dinner in an innovative Northwest cuisine style, featuring fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Their wine list has numerous awards from Wine Spectator Magazine. The menu changes nightly. Sample menu: Tomato Basil Soup with gorgonzola cream; Seared Beef Tenderloin with Duchess potatoes, grilled onions and peppercorn reduction sauce. 2740 South Pacific. Cannon Beach (20 mins from Manzanita, Oregon). 800-633-3466. www.stephanieinn.com
Pacific Oyster, Bay City. Fresh fish as it's processed right here. Famous little family eatery, where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, of course, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads (from $3 to $14). Fish 'n' chips come in various incarnations, like oysters, halibut, cod, rock fish, prawns or chicken strips (about $8). Seafood sandwiches w/ shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers, around $9. Small but tempting selection of dinners includes pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops and other goodies around $12. Stunning views of the bay. Portland and Newport locations. 5150 Oyster Drive, Bay City, Oregon. (503) 377-2323. www.pacseafood.com. (25 min drive from Wheeler - 15 min drive from Rockaway)
Inspired! Café. Café inside art gallery, with bright colors, a multitude of levels of things to look at and intriguing furniture. A green slant and emphasis on local organic ingredients, including fair trade, shade-grown coffee. Handcrafted flatbreads (about $7), like the Italian (herb infused mozzarella, goat cheese, parmesan and sundried tomatoes), or the Southwestern (spiced beans, corn salsa, pepper jack cheese), or the savory Indian (curried sweet potato, mango, goat cheese). On-site baked goods include Gorgonzola walnut bread (half loaf, $7; full loaf $12). Fruit plates too. Gourmet teas, fine wines, imported beers and Oregon-made, organic sakes. At the corner of 1st and Hemlock in Cannon Beach (20 mins from Manzanita). 503-436-1533. www.DragonFireStudio.com.
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