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16 Standout Dining Spots to Visit in Astoria

Seafood restaurants, bakeries, and breweries are the can’t-miss places when visiting this Oregon port town

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Located at the Northwestern tip of Oregon, right at the mouth of the Columbia, Astoria is a popular tourist location for its breweries, seafood, and connection to beloved childhood movies. Its storied history includes the indigenous people of the Clatsop and Chinook tribes, Lewis and Clark, John Jacob Astor, and socialist, Scandinavian cannery workers. Today, despite events like Goonies Day and Festival of the Dark Arts being cancelled due to COVID, its food and drink scene is booming, especially with its twin, ever-expanding breweries Buoy and Fort George. The town runs seafood heavy, thanks to its close access to the Pacific and the Columbia, but there are plenty of other options as well, including a surprisingly robust sandwich scene.

Just about every bar and restaurant in town is downtown along one strip; many are in reclaimed canneries or other industrial buildings with exposed bricks and stone floors, plus views of the Columbia. For a larger look at the Oregon Coast, one of these maps will suffice.

Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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1. Portway

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422 W Marine Dr
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-2651

Offering zero pretense, affordable drinks, and solid bar food, the Portway is the resident not-quite-a-dive bar. There’s the requisite video poker machines, friendly service, cheap wells, and mix of local and domestic beers, but this local local haunt improves on the standard dive bar food, including some golden-fried fish and chips served with waffle fries, and a stand-out patty melt with high-quality beef and caramelized onions. Dining is available indoors and out on the patio deck under umbrellas.

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2. Peter Pan Market & Deli

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712 Niagara Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-2143
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For years, Peter Pan Market operated as a corner store and deli before it transitioned to, essentially, a more upscale corner store and deli. Shoppers can still stop in for canned foods, candy, chips, and treats, but can also select from a menu of hearty, deli-style sandwiches, both hot and cold. Much of the menu is on the meatier side of things — think: Italian grinders, Reubens, and turkey with herbed cream cheese and cranberry — but vegetarians and vegans will be satisfied, too. On nicer days, locals drinking on-tap wine and beer pack into the front patio for lunch.

3. Buoy Beer Company

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1 8th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-4540
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One of the two juggernaut breweries in Astoria, Buoy Beer Company sits directly over the Columbia River. Built in an old cannery, the brewpub’s wide windows offer a view of passing ships and the Astoria-Megler Bridge, while a window on the floor gives visitors a chance to peep some sleeping sea lions. Beloved for its lagers (including a crisp helles and rich dunkel) as much as for its ales, the brewery also rocks a full, seafood-heavy food menu, which includes delicate fried oysters and crispy, silky rockfish fish and chips. Those on the hunt for a light snack with an ale and view of the mighty Columbia will enjoy the squeaky cheese curds. While open for on-premise dining, Buoy has limited hours, so it’s best to check that it’s open ahead of any visit.

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4. Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant

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915 Commercial St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-2912
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While Astoria is well-known for its breweries and Northwestern seafood, it’s also home to Drina Daisy, which serves cuisine from the Bosnian heartland in a homey and elegant space filled with white tablecloths and tchotkes. Alongside Turkish coffee served in elaborately carved cezveler, diners can find platters of cold-smoked beef sausage, red pepper spreads with crusty bread, stuffed cabbage, and a selection of pitas. Unlike the fluffy flatbread or pockets commonly associated with pitas, Bosnian pita are pies made with golden, flaky phyllo, baked to order with stuffed ingredients like beef, spinach, or cheese.

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5. South Bay Wild Fish House

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262 9th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 741-3000
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A fishing company, seafood market, and restaurant, South Bay Wild offers ones of the most direct sea-and-river-to-plate experience in town. The menu is, predictably, all about the seafood, but with its own spin on it. Rather than large filets of salmon or cod, it offers snackier items like crab cakes, ceviche, poke, and calamari. There’s a wide selection of seafood and chips, including scallops, prawns, and rockfish; seafood banh mi; and fry breads topped with goat cheese and a choice between red pepper tapenade or parsley chimichurri, with crab, pink shrimp, black cod, or vegetarian toppings. The casual restaurant features a fish counter in back, a balcony bar, and a homey dining room with vintage aesthetics — there’s also a small amount of outdoor seating for sunny days.

6. Brut Wine Bar and Retail Shop

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240 10th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-0829
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Astoria, with its two colossal breweries, is generally known as a beer town, but wine fans have a haven at Brut Wine Bar. This quiet and cozy shop is nestled downtown — like many wine bars, it spent most of 2020 as retail only, but today is open indoors, as well as out on its new patio seating area. There, visitors can sip on the thoughtfully curated list of wines by the glass and bottle that emphasizes fun, affordable wines from European rosés to Oregon pinot. Diners can find cheese boards, Olympia Provisions platters, and other wine-friendly snacks, and those who are hungrier can find burgers and other pub food across the street at the Merry Time Bar and Grill or grab some sandwiches from the nearby Italian market Gaetano’s.

7. Sasquatch Sandwich Shop

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374 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(971) 704-4865

One of a number of food carts in the evolving Astoria food cart scene, Sasquatch Sandwich serves sandwiches that can easily compete with those coming from larger cities. They tend towards the meatier side, with staples like a Korean pork belly sandwich, a knockout Reuben, and an even more knockout Reuben with the addition of pepper jack, kimchi slaw, and spicy mayo — a third reuben is a veggie option, with thick mushrooms instead of beef. There’s not a lot of dining space in the food cart lot, but visitors can bring it a few blocks over to the lot outside of Reach Break Brewing and Reveille Cider

8. Astoria Coffee House & Bistro

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243 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-1787
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While Astoria has a fair amount of cafes, including the excellent bakery Blue Scorcher, the Astoria Coffee House fills that small town niche of the eclectically decorated cafe with all-day menus. Tourists and residents visit this open-walled bistro for its morning pastries and coffee, casual lunch menu of sandwiches and other fare, and expansive dinner menu that features a varied selection of dishes. There’s always burgers, salads, and pasta, but night-to-night diners can find stir fries, curries, tacos, poke bowls, shrimp and grits, and pork chops. It’s all a bit chaotic, but it means there’s something there for everyone.

9. Busu Astoria

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275 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103

A literal hole-in-the-wall, Busu operates out of a single window with a few stools outside, mainly for takeout. The menu features a small selection of Japanese comfort dishes that change regularly, with the owner posting updates on Instagram. Generally, visitors can find a soup or two, okonomiyaki, and yakisoba, but specials like curry, chicken karaage, and udon have made appearances. Whatever the case, it’s always rich, flavorful, and filling.

10. Surf 2 Soul

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395 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 739-0214

Soul food is hard to come by in Astoria, but luckily, Surf 2 Soul delivers. The food cart has a limited menu that regularly changes up and adds daily specials, but the menu often includes its most popular dish, “chicken n the biscuit” — a Tillamook cheddar biscuit with fried chicken and gravy, all made in house. Chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and po’ boys often grace the menu, as well.

11. Blaylock's Whiskey Bar

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433 13th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 741-3448
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One could be forgiven for wandering into Blaylock’s and thinking they just entered a smaller version of the Multnomah Whiskey Library — with tufted leather chairs and an emerald green tiled back bar, the Astoria lounge was clearly inspired by the Portland mainstay. But as the town’s first dedicated whiskey bar, Blaylock’s stands on its own, with a list of well-executed cocktails and a robust menu of almost 200 whiskeys from around the world. And, like Portland bars, there’s now outdoor dining options, as well as indoor dining.

12. Mai Tong Thai Food

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400-498 13th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(971) 320-0849
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A Thai food cart serving standbys like pad thai, pad kee mao, cashew stir fry, and a variety of curries, Mai Tong makes each of its ubiquitous Thai dishes with aplomb. Most dishes are made with a range of spices, denoted by an amount of peppers from 0 to 5, and the higher levels pack a major punch. Service tends to be quick, and like other food carts at the pod, Mai Tong Thai can be enjoyed in the adjacent breweries or out on the wide patio on sunny days.

Mai Tong Thai’s beef salad
Beef salad at Mai Tong Thai
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13. Fort George Brewery

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1483 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-7468
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Fort George, one of Astoria’s two biggest breweries, offers numerous dining rooms in a vaulted, industrial space. The main floor sports the brewpub, with a menu of staples like burgers and seafood, while a spiral iron staircase leads to an upper floor with more casual seating and Astoria’s best pizza. The brewpub offered its food exclusively to-go during the winter of the pandemic, and expanded its outdoor seating area for dining in the warmer months. It’s currently open for full service.

14. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe

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1493 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 338-7473
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A coffee shop, bakery, and cafe with hippie vibes, Blue Scorcher provides some of the city’s top baked goods, including rustic breads, pies, and occasionally pizzas. While there is a full breakfast and lunch menu, including sandwiches served on bread baked in house, the bakery’s claim to fame is its pastries — lines form at the door early for Danishes, fruit scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and, especially, the sticky-sweet cardamom-almond rolls, which generally come in large and small sizes. With its dining room still closed, it’s mostly grab-and-go pastries and coffee these days, but some modest outdoor seating offers space to enjoy the menu on location.

15. Custard King

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1597 Commercial St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 741-3433
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A tiny drive-in burger shop, Custard King channels vintage charm and serves a variety of straightforward burgers — including a pretty immaculate bacon cheeseburger — plus fries, fish and chips, tacos, chicken strips, and chowder. Those with a sweet tooth can find the iconic frozen custard that gives the venerable drive-in its name, along with a selection of shakes and malts. Summertime offers some outdoor seating for the baskets of thick burgers and crispy, golden fries, but when skies are gray it’s best to take it to go.

16. Bowpicker Fish and Chips

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1634 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 791-2942
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A popular spot for both tourists and locals, Bowpicker, a walk-up window housed in a stationary ship, offers only two things: beer-battered fried fish and golden steak fries. Rather than the more familiar fish species like cod or rockfish, Bowpicker exclusively serves fried tuna, which makes for a meatier, heartier fried fish, but with only a light breading. On warm, sunny days, diners can expect a line, though it moves quickly; on inclement weather days, it’s wise to check Bowpicker’s social media, as the store sometimes avoids opening.

1. Portway

422 W Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103

Offering zero pretense, affordable drinks, and solid bar food, the Portway is the resident not-quite-a-dive bar. There’s the requisite video poker machines, friendly service, cheap wells, and mix of local and domestic beers, but this local local haunt improves on the standard dive bar food, including some golden-fried fish and chips served with waffle fries, and a stand-out patty melt with high-quality beef and caramelized onions. Dining is available indoors and out on the patio deck under umbrellas.

422 W Marine Dr
Astoria, OR 97103

2. Peter Pan Market & Deli

712 Niagara Ave, Astoria, OR 97103

For years, Peter Pan Market operated as a corner store and deli before it transitioned to, essentially, a more upscale corner store and deli. Shoppers can still stop in for canned foods, candy, chips, and treats, but can also select from a menu of hearty, deli-style sandwiches, both hot and cold. Much of the menu is on the meatier side of things — think: Italian grinders, Reubens, and turkey with herbed cream cheese and cranberry — but vegetarians and vegans will be satisfied, too. On nicer days, locals drinking on-tap wine and beer pack into the front patio for lunch.

712 Niagara Ave
Astoria, OR 97103

3. Buoy Beer Company

1 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

One of the two juggernaut breweries in Astoria, Buoy Beer Company sits directly over the Columbia River. Built in an old cannery, the brewpub’s wide windows offer a view of passing ships and the Astoria-Megler Bridge, while a window on the floor gives visitors a chance to peep some sleeping sea lions. Beloved for its lagers (including a crisp helles and rich dunkel) as much as for its ales, the brewery also rocks a full, seafood-heavy food menu, which includes delicate fried oysters and crispy, silky rockfish fish and chips. Those on the hunt for a light snack with an ale and view of the mighty Columbia will enjoy the squeaky cheese curds. While open for on-premise dining, Buoy has limited hours, so it’s best to check that it’s open ahead of any visit.

1 8th St
Astoria, OR 97103

4. Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant

915 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103

While Astoria is well-known for its breweries and Northwestern seafood, it’s also home to Drina Daisy, which serves cuisine from the Bosnian heartland in a homey and elegant space filled with white tablecloths and tchotkes. Alongside Turkish coffee served in elaborately carved cezveler, diners can find platters of cold-smoked beef sausage, red pepper spreads with crusty bread, stuffed cabbage, and a selection of pitas. Unlike the fluffy flatbread or pockets commonly associated with pitas, Bosnian pita are pies made with golden, flaky phyllo, baked to order with stuffed ingredients like beef, spinach, or cheese.

915 Commercial St
Astoria, OR 97103

5. South Bay Wild Fish House

262 9th St, Astoria, OR 97103

A fishing company, seafood market, and restaurant, South Bay Wild offers ones of the most direct sea-and-river-to-plate experience in town. The menu is, predictably, all about the seafood, but with its own spin on it. Rather than large filets of salmon or cod, it offers snackier items like crab cakes, ceviche, poke, and calamari. There’s a wide selection of seafood and chips, including scallops, prawns, and rockfish; seafood banh mi; and fry breads topped with goat cheese and a choice between red pepper tapenade or parsley chimichurri, with crab, pink shrimp, black cod, or vegetarian toppings. The casual restaurant features a fish counter in back, a balcony bar, and a homey dining room with vintage aesthetics — there’s also a small amount of outdoor seating for sunny days.

262 9th St
Astoria, OR 97103

6. Brut Wine Bar and Retail Shop

240 10th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Astoria, with its two colossal breweries, is generally known as a beer town, but wine fans have a haven at Brut Wine Bar. This quiet and cozy shop is nestled downtown — like many wine bars, it spent most of 2020 as retail only, but today is open indoors, as well as out on its new patio seating area. There, visitors can sip on the thoughtfully curated list of wines by the glass and bottle that emphasizes fun, affordable wines from European rosés to Oregon pinot. Diners can find cheese boards, Olympia Provisions platters, and other wine-friendly snacks, and those who are hungrier can find burgers and other pub food across the street at the Merry Time Bar and Grill or grab some sandwiches from the nearby Italian market Gaetano’s.

240 10th St
Astoria, OR 97103

7. Sasquatch Sandwich Shop

374 11th St, Astoria, OR 97103

One of a number of food carts in the evolving Astoria food cart scene, Sasquatch Sandwich serves sandwiches that can easily compete with those coming from larger cities. They tend towards the meatier side, with staples like a Korean pork belly sandwich, a knockout Reuben, and an even more knockout Reuben with the addition of pepper jack, kimchi slaw, and spicy mayo — a third reuben is a veggie option, with thick mushrooms instead of beef. There’s not a lot of dining space in the food cart lot, but visitors can bring it a few blocks over to the lot outside of Reach Break Brewing and Reveille Cider

374 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103

8. Astoria Coffee House & Bistro

243 11th St, Astoria, OR 97103

While Astoria has a fair amount of cafes, including the excellent bakery Blue Scorcher, the Astoria Coffee House fills that small town niche of the eclectically decorated cafe with all-day menus. Tourists and residents visit this open-walled bistro for its morning pastries and coffee, casual lunch menu of sandwiches and other fare, and expansive dinner menu that features a varied selection of dishes. There’s always burgers, salads, and pasta, but night-to-night diners can find stir fries, curries, tacos, poke bowls, shrimp and grits, and pork chops. It’s all a bit chaotic, but it means there’s something there for everyone.

243 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103

9. Busu Astoria

275 11th St, Astoria, OR 97103

A literal hole-in-the-wall, Busu operates out of a single window with a few stools outside, mainly for takeout. The menu features a small selection of Japanese comfort dishes that change regularly, with the owner posting updates on Instagram. Generally, visitors can find a soup or two, okonomiyaki, and yakisoba, but specials like curry, chicken karaage, and udon have made appearances. Whatever the case, it’s always rich, flavorful, and filling.

275 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103

10. Surf 2 Soul

395 11th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Soul food is hard to come by in Astoria, but luckily, Surf 2 Soul delivers. The food cart has a limited menu that regularly changes up and adds daily specials, but the menu often includes its most popular dish, “chicken n the biscuit” — a Tillamook cheddar biscuit with fried chicken and gravy, all made in house. Chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and po’ boys often grace the menu, as well.

395 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103

11. Blaylock's Whiskey Bar

433 13th St, Astoria, OR 97103

One could be forgiven for wandering into Blaylock’s and thinking they just entered a smaller version of the Multnomah Whiskey Library — with tufted leather chairs and an emerald green tiled back bar, the Astoria lounge was clearly inspired by the Portland mainstay. But as the town’s first dedicated whiskey bar, Blaylock’s stands on its own, with a list of well-executed cocktails and a robust menu of almost 200 whiskeys from around the world. And, like Portland bars, there’s now outdoor dining options, as well as indoor dining.

433 13th St
Astoria, OR 97103

12. Mai Tong Thai Food

400-498 13th St, Astoria, OR 97103
Mai Tong Thai’s beef salad
Beef salad at Mai Tong Thai
Mai Tong Thai/Official

A Thai food cart serving standbys like pad thai, pad kee mao, cashew stir fry, and a variety of curries, Mai Tong makes each of its ubiquitous Thai dishes with aplomb. Most dishes are made with a range of spices, denoted by an amount of peppers from 0 to 5, and the higher levels pack a major punch. Service tends to be quick, and like other food carts at the pod, Mai Tong Thai can be enjoyed in the adjacent breweries or out on the wide patio on sunny days.

400-498 13th St
Astoria, OR 97103

13. Fort George Brewery

1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Fort George, one of Astoria’s two biggest breweries, offers numerous dining rooms in a vaulted, industrial space. The main floor sports the brewpub, with a menu of staples like burgers and seafood, while a spiral iron staircase leads to an upper floor with more casual seating and Astoria’s best pizza. The brewpub offered its food exclusively to-go during the winter of the pandemic, and expanded its outdoor seating area for dining in the warmer months. It’s currently open for full service.

1483 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103

14. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe

1493 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

A coffee shop, bakery, and cafe with hippie vibes, Blue Scorcher provides some of the city’s top baked goods, including rustic breads, pies, and occasionally pizzas. While there is a full breakfast and lunch menu, including sandwiches served on bread baked in house, the bakery’s claim to fame is its pastries — lines form at the door early for Danishes, fruit scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and, especially, the sticky-sweet cardamom-almond rolls, which generally come in large and small sizes. With its dining room still closed, it’s mostly grab-and-go pastries and coffee these days, but some modest outdoor seating offers space to enjoy the menu on location.

1493 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103

15. Custard King

1597 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103

A tiny drive-in burger shop, Custard King channels vintage charm and serves a variety of straightforward burgers — including a pretty immaculate bacon cheeseburger — plus fries, fish and chips, tacos, chicken strips, and chowder. Those with a sweet tooth can find the iconic frozen custard that gives the venerable drive-in its name, along with a selection of shakes and malts. Summertime offers some outdoor seating for the baskets of thick burgers and crispy, golden fries, but when skies are gray it’s best to take it to go.

1597 Commercial St
Astoria, OR 97103

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16. Bowpicker Fish and Chips

1634 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

A popular spot for both tourists and locals, Bowpicker, a walk-up window housed in a stationary ship, offers only two things: beer-battered fried fish and golden steak fries. Rather than the more familiar fish species like cod or rockfish, Bowpicker exclusively serves fried tuna, which makes for a meatier, heartier fried fish, but with only a light breading. On warm, sunny days, diners can expect a line, though it moves quickly; on inclement weather days, it’s wise to check Bowpicker’s social media, as the store sometimes avoids opening.

1634 Duane St
Astoria, OR 97103

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