Dining on the Coast: Restaurants, Menus of Lincoln City, Oregon
(Lincoln City, Oregon) - On Oregon's Central Coast, there's much ado about eating.
Something about the ocean air just makes for a heartier appetite - or maybe it's all that bouncing around the beach. Lincoln City has the largest array of restaurants available on the coast, and no shortage of something for everyone. Upscale, mid-price range, family joints to fast food: you'll find everything, often with a stunning ocean view.
Before you head out to the coast, indulge in this preview of Lincoln City’s most dynamic and engaging restaurants, along with a sampling of stunners in nearby areas of Newport and Yachats.
Fathoms Restaurant. Dine to one of the most breathtaking views on the entire coast, several stories above the surf, inside the Inn at Spanish Head. Breakfast features 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, there’s plenty 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 (Fine dining, family, lounge)
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Pelican 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 Drive. Pacific City, Oregon. 503-965-7007. www.pelicanbrewery.com. (30 minutes from Lincoln City). (family, seafood, microbrews, breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Tidal Raves. Upscale yet casual dining, with massive windows to wowing views. Specializes in seafood and more. Varied menu caters to different tastes and budgets. Dinner entrees include seared sea scallops, salmon or rib eye char grilled, crab casserole, Thai-spiced barbecued shrimp or a fancy pasta with various seafood (around $20). Breaded halibut or pacific cod, char grilled top sirloin, panko breaded razor clams. Lunch menu features some of the same but smaller and less cost. Fanciful homemade desserts. 279 NW Hwy 101. Depoe Bay, Oregon. 541-765-2995. www.tidalraves.com (upscale, seafood, steaks, lunch, dinner)
Baywalk Café. Cozy charmer of homemade deliciousness. No dish is over $8. Legendary clam chowder made from scratch daily - and gluten-free. Variety of fish n chips to a view of the ocean, including clam strips and shrimp choices (around $7). Chicken nuggets, chicken strips and a fried chicken sandwich also around $7. Burgers include cheeseburger or a massive chili and cheese burger or veggie burger - a la carte $4.50 or around $7 with fries. Six-inch hoagie roll sandwiches, small pizzas, taquitos, nachos, egg rolls, even hot dogs - all under $5. Coffee, espresso, ice cream, milkshakes too. Wi-fi. 16 S Highway 101, Depoe Bay (15-min drive from Lincoln City). (541) 765-7674.
Meridian Restaurant & Bar, 30 mins from Lincoln City. A soaring ceiling with hardwood exposed native wooden beams gives way to tall windows that provide a stunning ocean view. The centerpiece to this dreamy atmosphere is a towering fireplace that doubles the cozy yet shimmering, seamless ambiance. The other centerpiece is the catch of the day and seafood that’s already become famous. All dishes sourced from Northwest farms, most entrees are $20 to $30, some up around $45. The menu changes periodically, but a sampling of approaches includes: A smoked, black cod with pickled mustard seed, grilled cauliflower steak in a burnt carrot mole, abalone with mushrooms, or a rockfish rapini that graced with wasabi, Cara Cara orange and hot honey. Innovative breakfasts take on delights like hash pork confit or eggs benedict. Brunch and lunch menu features burgers, crab cakes, plenty of seafood and salad options. 33000 Cape Kiwanda Dr. Pacific City (30 mins from Lincoln City, Oregon). 503.483.3000. Meridian Restaurant website.