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)
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)
Pelican Brewing Company Cannon Beach. Appetizers include Smoked Oyster Bruschetta features brined, smoked oysters served with spent-grain bread crostini, aioli, oven-roasted tomato and arugula; Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps in a spicy Asian BBQ sauce and rice noodles; salmon cured in one of their beers; or a towering plate of onion rings and other unique specialties. An interesting variety of flatbreads with seafoods or sausage are around $15. Heartier full plate dishes are $13 to $25 and include fish and chips, a smoked half chicken, mac n' cheese, a malt crusted salmon, Pacific NW Cioppino (a spicy broth with prawns, clams, Dungeness crab, fresh fish), a Sweet Potato Quinoa Cake, or fish tacos marinated and served with a spicy Baja sauce. There's even a 14-Hour Slow Smoked Tri-Tip. Many sandwiches and burgers round out the main courses, often including a cured salmon and BLT wrap, a burger with cajun sauce and poblano chili, and other incarnations. Salads, soups and chowder – along with many desserts – round out the offerings. 1371 S. Hemlock Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-908-3377. http://pelicanbrewing.com/pubs/cannon-beach/
Public Coast Brewing proudly celebrates three great Oregon traditions: Oregon's 363 miles of publically owned coastline, delicious craft beers brewed on site, and tasty Northwest food. They use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, to bring you the juiciest burgers, fresh-catch fish and chips, house-made root beer, delicious stout shakes, and the best onion rings on the Coast. Lots of indoor seating, a seasonal, dog-friendly outdoor patio, wrap-around bar, big windows onto the beer-making process and a fun selection of kids activities will keep everyone entertained. Stop in for the weekly small-batch beers with unusual recipes and seasonal flavors, or grab a growler to go. D�cor reflects the northern Oregon coastline with heavy use of exposed timber and salvaged wood, and the signature Public Coast red throughout. Tags: seafood, kid-friendly, microbrews, outdoor seating, close to beach. 264 Third Street, Cannon Beach, Oregon. (503) 436-0285 www.publiccoastbrewing.com
The Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge. A Cannon Beach favorite of locals and visitors alike, it's the only dining view of Haystack Rock. Breakfast features various styles of eggs including omelettes, eggs benedict and more with special touches like seafood, wild mushrooms, marionberry butter, local hazelnuts. The lunch options are plentiful featuring coastal classics like Fish & Chips, Razor Clams and yummy Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese, as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches. The dinner menu offers options from Filet Mignon and Pinot Noir Salmon to Dungeness Chicken Florentine and Wild Forest Mushroom & Cheese Ravioli and don't forget about the Clam Chowder and house-made dessert or the award winning wine list. A beautiful interior accentuated by forest-like polished wood and glowing lighting: upscale but welcoming. Perfect for storm watching while dining. 1190 Pacific Drive. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 503-436-1108. www.wayfarer-restaurant.com/ or Online reservations.. www.wayfarer-restaurant.com/ or Online reservations.
Stephanie Inn Dining Room. A four-star restaurant inside an equally stunning hotel. A soaring wood ceiling is accentuated by a chandelier, with a historic atmosphere like a classic lodge from bygone days. 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. A sample menu could be: Butternut Squash Risotto with toasted pine nuts, brown butter and aged balsamic vinegar. Tomato Basil Soup with gorgonzola cream. Seared Beef Tenderloin with Duchess potatoes, grilled onions and peppercorn reduction sauce. Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with snow peas and béarnaise sauce. Savory Duck Confit with spiced lentils. For dessert you may find a Meyer Lemon Curd Tart. Complimentary breakfasts for those staying at the hotel. 2740 South Pacific. Cannon Beach, Oregon. 800-633-3466. www.stephanieinn.com
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