Oregon Coast Dining Guides: Restaurants in Pacific City, Oceanside, Netarts
(Pacific City, Oregon) - Dining along the Three Capes Loop means jaw-dropping views in little towns like Neskowin, Pacific City, Netarts and Oceanside. The restaurants here are few and far between, and merely a handful, but their menus boast a wide variety of culinary possibilities. One is actually a tiny B&B that serves up some awe-inspiring grub for guests, while others are legendary beachfront eateries that can even come with famed microbrews.
You’ll find them in diverse little burghs like Pacific City, Oceanside, Tillamook Bay and even Rockaway Beach, and some are often known for their family atmospheres as well as accommodating grown ups in happy ways.
Pub & Brewery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
and microbrews – all in a family restaurant with an amazing ocean
view. It all begins with breakfast (generally around $10), that includes
a large menu of egg concoctions, omelets, pancakes and surprises like
breakfast burritos and benedict a la Florentine. Lunch ($9 - $11) has
bundles of salads, seafood, chowder, sandwiches, fish and chips, and interesting
morsels like wings, calamari, bangers and mash and even shark. Plenty
of pizzas dominate. Amidst the usual toppings you can find chicken, spinach
or even a barbecue sauce. Calzones as well. Dinner ($10 - $20) brings
a fancier slant to the gourmet vibe, including salmon, beef brisket, prime
rib, beef medallions, chicken and other seafood specialties dishes. Many
pastas and a kids menu rounds out the culinary action. 33180 Cape Kiwanda
Sandlake Country Inn. While not a restaurant per se, Sandlake Country Inn provides some stunning breakfast possibilities for those who are guests. Lovely, four-course gourmet breakfasts are served in the morning. A continental breakfast is also available. For the romancers, there’s a special cheese fondue for two available. It contains cheese fondue, cubed artisan bread from a local bakery and sliced Oregon apples ($35). Relaxation and romance are the keys at this cozy B&B secret, hidden away in a country setting, along the Three Capes Scenic Loop, approximately one mile from the ocean and just ten minutes from Pacific City. The first certified green B&B on the Oregon coast: this historic landmark was even built from salvaged bridge timbers in 1894 from the shipwrecked Struan. 8505 Galloway Rd. Pacific City, Oregon. www.sandlakecountryinn.com. 877-726-3525. 503-965-6745.
Pacific Oyster, Bay City. It's hard to get fish fresher than this, as it's processed right here after coming in from the sea. At the end of the dock here, it's probably Bay City's only recognizable feature, with piles of shells near the landward side. But it's also a 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). Find seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers, around $9. Finally, a 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 - during the summer you can sit outside and take in the sea air. All sorts of fresh seafood and flavorings on sale to take home. Also visit their Portland and Newport locations. 5150 Oyster Drive, Bay City, Oregon. 503-377-2323. www.pacseafood.com. (About 30 minutes from Pacific City, Oregon; about 15 minutes from Oceanside)
Dining, Restaurants Near Pacific City and Oceanside
Fathoms Restaurant. You’ll indulge in culinary excellence with one of the more breathtaking on the entire coast, several stories above the surf. Breakfast boasts various griddle classics like pancakes, waffles, French toast to pigs in a blanket (around $7), along with a large array of omelets in the worlds of seafood, veggies and meats (around $10 - $13), or build your own. A choice of more elaborate breakfast skillet dishes is available too. For lunch you’ll find an abundance of seafood specialties, pastas, salads and sandwiches. At dinner, steaks, clams, fish, chorizo, pastas and dozens of intricate, gourmet dishes grace the menu, made with extravagant flair and creativity, often in the $20 - $30 range. Find delicacies like Surf ‘n’ Turf, Blackened Ahi, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Lobster Tails and chicken dishes, featuring interesting additions like stuffed mushrooms or Thai-influenced aspects, all creating the many layers of delirium. 4009 SW Highway 101. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-994-1601 or 800-452-8127. www.spanishhead.com/site/restaurant.html (About 30 minutes from Pacific City, Oregon; about 50 minutes from Oceanside)
Rick’s Roadhouse Bar & Grille. Classy yet not pretentious, this gem is another shot in the arm for Rockaway Beach, with the feel of a cozy, neighborhood bar you’d feel good about taking your grandma to. Exceptional food populates the menu throughout the day, such as the gargantuan toasted sub sandwiches. Turkey, pastrami, chicken and an exceptional Italian meatball sub all come with a gourmet touch (all around $8). There’s a hefty helping of coastal comfort foods, such as large portions of halibut and chips, prawns and chips, chicken wings, etc. Burgers have some nifty new takes, such as the chili burger, or the ones with cube steak or grilled mushrooms (all around $7). There’s a small selection of Mexican favorites, and some interesting extras like steak fingers, polish hot dog or egg rolls. They feature karaoke at night as well. 184 Highway 101. Rockaway Beach, Oregon. 503-355-2052. (25 minutes from Oceanside) See menu at www.beachconnection.net/ricks_roadhouse_rockaway/
Nehalem Bay Winery. Looking for a little wine with your Oregon coast dining experience. At the Nehalem Bay Winery, you’ll discover a whole new take on the world of wine tasting. It’s fun, it’s funky and it’s very quirky – shaking loose all pretentiousness from the vino experience.
They ship wines right to you, wherever you are. One of their more popular features is visitors ordering more of this delicious nectar from wherever they live around the country, after they’ve gotten hooked on the stuff during a trip to the stunning Oregon coast. They also have some great specials that include free shipping. Call them or email them with an order and you’ll get it quickly. www.nehalembaywinery.com. Each year, the winery hosts intriguing, unforgettable music festivals. On Hwy 53 – one mile from the junction of 101 and 53, just outside Wheeler. www.nehalembaywinery.com. 1-888-368-9463. (40 minutes from Oceanside)
San Dune Pub. A historical, even slight maritime vibe; a classy staple among locals and tourists alike. Homemade salad dressings, sauces, and desserts. Appetizers in the $3 - $9 range include hummus. 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. Ten minutes from surfing paradise of Short Sands; legendary live music hotspot. 17 beers, large wine selection, full bar. 127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita (25 mins from Tillamook, 45 mins from Oceanside, Oregon). 503-386-5080. www.sandunepub.com
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