The North Oregon and Southern Washington coasts have an abundance of eateries near the water’s edge — on docks and harbors, overlooking creeks and rivers, boasting views of the rushing Columbia and mighty Pacific.
There are simple sandwich shops, casual taverns, and ubiquitous chowders and fish-and-chips restaurants. There are foreign foods, inventive fusions and chef-orchestrated fine dining.
It’s about 57 miles between Long Beach, Washington, and Nehalem, Oregon. That's lot of territory to explore. So get out, eat up and enjoy all that our bountiful region has to offer on the waterside. It’s a true twofer experience.
Long Beach, Washington
Pickled Fish Restaurant and Bar, 409 Sid Snyder Drive. Top floor of the Adrift Hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sip, savor and eat locally inspired food. Kitschy-cool, busy bar and restaurant. Frequent live music.
Salt Hotel & Pub, 147 Howerton Ave. On the Port of Ilwaco, overlooking the Columbia River. Casual crowd, local beers, seasonal menu.
OleBob’s Seafood Grill and Market, 151 Howerton Way S.E. Family-owned fresh menu and seafood market on the Port of Ilwaco dock.
Pier 39 offers three popular eateries, each with a view of the Columbia that can’t be beat. The trip out to the pier over a wooden slatted bridge is a great scene-setting experience. If the sea lions are around, feel free to bark along with them.
Coffee Girl, 100 39th St. A unique coffee house with large deck right over the Columbia. High-quality beverages, pastries, breakfast and lunch. Local favorite.
Rogue Ales Astoria Public House, 100 39th St. Handcrafted beers with off-the-wall names. American gastro pub menu in a laid-back setting.
Pier 39 Seafood Market, 100 39th St., tucked in a back corner of the pier. Takeout with adjacent tables and an outdoor deck. Fresh seafood menu. Owner Tom Hilton is a good source for information on all things Astoria.
Old Town Astoria
Along a section of the Astoria Riverwalk and the Astoria Riverfront Trolley line are numerous dockside dining opportunities between Eighth and 15th streets.
Mo’s Seafood and Chowder, 101 15th St. A family-friendly North Coast chain. American food with emphasis on chowder and seafood.
Clemente's Cafe and Public House, 145 14th St., #180. Emphasis on local, seasonal and sustainable food. Family operated.
Frite & Scoop, 175 14th St., in the 14th Street Pilot Station. Small-batch in-house ice cream shop. Twice-fried Belgium fries. Outside covered picnic tables available for customers.
Baked Alaska, 1 12th St. Woodsy-chic interior serving new American plates and wood-fired pizza. Full-service restaurant and lounge. Slogan: “The only thing we overlook is the Columbia River.”
Inferno Lounge and Pier 11 Pizza, 77 11th St., Suite G. Eat in or takeout window located inside adjacent Treasure Alley. New York-style thin crust whole pie or slice. Inferno Lounge features small plates. No minors in the Lounge.
Astoria Brewery Company, 144 11th St. Astoria’s first brewery. Casual dining with a kids’ menu. Wave at the Trolley as it passes by.
Buoy Beer Co., 1 Eighth St. Micro brewery and brew pub with full American grub menu in a former cannery. Bonus floor-window provides a closeup view of sea lions. Their faces are much cuter than their bellowing barks. Huge glass door in the dining room opens right onto the Columbia when weather permits.
Northwest Wild Products, 354 Industry St., off the main drag in Astoria’s West Mooring Basin. A hidden gem sitting on a dock alongside the Columbia. A fish-plus market with a lunch-counter menu. One long table indoors and plenty of colorful picnic tables outside. Reading the exotic products available on the chalkboard is a jaw-dropping experience.
Bridgewater Bistro, 20 Basin St., Suite A. Two-story, airy, beautifully remodeled 100-plus-year-old former cannery with soaring window views of the river. Seasonal, fresh regional food and beverages. Fine dining and full bar. Outdoor deck over the river. Frequent live music.
La Cabaña de Raya, 35431 U.S. Highway 101. Comfortable bayside dining on Youngs Bay with a view looking back at Astoria. Fresh Mexican food from scratch, including homemade tortillas. Friendly, helpful staff. Family operated.
Warrenton Deep Sea Crab & Fish Market, 45 N.E. Harbor Place. Seafood market with limited made-on-site menu. Looks out on a beautiful boat basin. One outside picnic table and a fabulous view.
BJ’s Pizza Palace & Sports Bar, 2490 Highway 101 North. A deck over the tidal Necanium Estuary where the Necanicum, Neawanna and Neacoxie (say that rapidly three times) rivers and creeks come together and enter the Pacific.
Patty’s Wicker Café, 600 Broadway St., #7. Tucked away at the north end of a pedestrian alley. Breakfast and lunch served in a cozy atmosphere with a view of the Necanicum.
The Bridge Tender, 554 Broadway St. Just across the first bridge traveling west on Broadway. On the Necanicum River. Classic, funky dive bar — no outside tables but great river view. Slot machines, pool table, tavern menu and the embedded smells of a lot of history. No minors.
Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar, located inside the Shilo Inn, 30 N. Prom at the Seaside Turnaround. Full-service restaurant and bar with a concentration on Northwest favorites. Live music on weekends.
Maggie’s On the Prom, 581 S. Promenade. Sustainable fusion menu. Full bar with a charming outdoor patio. “Chef’s Mercy Menu” dinner every Monday.
Buoy’s Best Restaurant, 1800 S. Roosevelt Drive. Fresh seafood selections and more. Indoor seating and an outdoor deck. Adjacent to the Necanicum River.
Camp 18, 41362 U.S. Route 26, milepost 18, Seaside. Owned and operated by Gordon and Roberta Smith, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it also offers a unique look at Oregon’s logging history. The restaurant along with a logging museum, sits adjacent to Humbug Creek. Outdoor dining is plentiful, as are the portions.
Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge, 1190 Pacific Drive. Oceanfront location serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Simple, unembellished Northwest menu featuring local purveyors.
Stephanie Inn, 2740 S. Pacific Drive. Though the dining room is located on the east side of the boutique hotel, away from the ocean, the library is oceanside. This intimate high-end fine-dining experience requires reservations.
Mo’s Seafood and Chowder, 195 Warren Way, Tolovana Park. Seafood, burgers and pasta, plus a full bar in a relaxed oceanfront setting with an amazing beach view.
Buttercup Homemade Ice Creams & Chowders, 35915 N. Highway 101. Four chowders daily and homemade ice cream. Picnic table seating available under a covered deck next to the Nehalem River.
Pizza Garden, 35815 Highway 101 N. Italian menu. Outside seating on the Nehalem River.
Bayway Tavern, 35895 Seventh St. Local dive bar. Outdoor deck overlooking the Nehalem. Local favorite for burgers, beer and cocktails. Minors are permitted in the restaurant side for breakfast only.