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15 Restaurants Worth Visiting on the Oregon Coast

Where to enjoy the catch of the day, a blueberry burger, and nasi goreng for breakfast on your beach weekend

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Fishing vessels bring in the catch in Port Orford, OR
| Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Nothing beats freshly caught seafood on the Oregon coast, but without knowing which restaurants support local fishermen and farmers, diners may be surprised that dinner has traveled farther than they have. Although the last year of the coronavirus pandemic has impacted business along the coast, several restaurants, bars, and breweries continue to serve Pacific-Northwestern-caught seafood to locals and day-trippers. This guide highlights 15 outstanding restaurants along coastal Highway 101 from Astoria to Brookings — from fine dining establishments to parking lot pop-ups — that have weathered the pandemic with fresh Oregon coast seafood, great views, and inventive chefs. If your favorite isn’t listed, we’d welcome comments.

A number of Oregon restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for onsite dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Buoy Beer Company

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1 8th St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-4540
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The quintessential Astoria experience, Buoy Beer Co. is housed in a former cannery perched on the Columbia River and the surrounding buildings, currently undergoing renovation as Buoy expands its Pilot House Distilling offshoot. With front-row views of massive cargo ships gliding by or bottom-row views of sea lions from a floor-viewing window, it’s tough to choose between (limited) indoor and outdoor deck seating for your pint of dunkel. A simplified menu with standbys featuring sustainable local catch, like albacore tuna sandwiches or rockfish and chips, still prove that salmon isn’t the only fish in the sea. Before you call for takeout, check the futures board on their website to check if someone bought you a beer.

2. Bridgewater Bistro

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20 Basin St
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-6777
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Sporting the best view in town and an airy, bright dining room, Bridgewater Bistro upped its pandemic game by installing sturdy, attractive KOSE dining pods on its deck overlooking the Astoria-Megler bridge. Portable heaters warm up the table (as does a bowl of the signature curried clam and mussel chowder or smoked gouda mac and cheese), but diners can ask to be moved inside the historic boat shop if the wind and rain blow too hard around their ankles. A robust wine list and chef Geoff Gunn’s locavore specials make for a great date night. The restaurant is also open for takeout.

Watching ships from a COVID-friendly KOSE dining pod on the back deck.
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3. Osprey Café

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5117, 2281 Beach Dr
Seaside, OR 97138
(503) 739-7054
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Socially distanced in the quieter Cove area south of Seaside’s bustling downtown, warm and cozy Osprey Café rocks breakfast and lunch with global flair. Nasi goreng, or Indonesian fried rice, with a sunny-side-up egg at 10 a.m.? Yes, please. Locals comb the uncrowded beach or trek up Tillamook Head, then warm up with a plate of perfectly fried arepas or a big, messy, Korean-barbecue-sauce-laced, slaw-enhanced, fried chicken sandwich. Limited indoor seating and takeout are available.

Corn arepas with chilitomate sauce and poached eggs
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

4. Yolk

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503 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
(503) 368-9655
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Manzanita’s treasured breakfast cafe, Yolk, is back. Takeout resumed March 5, 2021, with limited indoor seating slated for March 12. The bar counter with textured black tile and curvaceous live-edge wood invites in diners, and custardy French toast or poached eggs on a bed of sauteed greens in a tiny cast-iron cocotte make them stay. Savvy diners take a stroll five blocks down Laneda to a particularly lovely beach while waiting for their order.

Poached eggs over cooked greens in a tiny pot on a plate with whole-grain toast, bacon, and fried potatoes.
Eggs in a nest of greens
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

5. Offshore Grill and Coffee House

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154 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130
(503) 355-3005
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Replacing Bread and Ocean, the long-loved java stop for many Manzanitans, Offshore Grill and Coffee House provides a solid start to the morning with Sleepy Monk coffee out of Cannon Beach and house-made pastries, as well as lunch and dinner specialties like fried Willapa Bay oyster and local black cod po’ boys. Chef Jake Burden recently relocated his popular locavore restaurant from Rockaway Beach, and is focusing on takeout until the kinks are ironed out. We hope the Philly cheesesteak special from his hometown makes its way to the regular menu.

Mixed seafood chowder and octopus hanging by the front door
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

6. Garibaldi Portside Bistro

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307 Mooring Dr
Garibaldi, OR 97118
(503) 842-9148
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Scheduled to reopen with indoor and outdoor seating plus takeout on March 17, 2021. With an invitingly nautical, fully renovated space smack in the center of the Port of Garibaldi marina complex, this family-owned spot eschews fish for smoked meats and high-end comfort food. After offloading their catch, fishermen from the local fleet happily refuel with microbrews, heaping rib platters, and Garibaldi Portside Bistro’s specialty, a blueberry-sauced, goat cheese, bacon, and avocado burger.

Hamburger on a bed of collard greens on a wood board with an iron implement, goat cheese, and blueberry sauce.
Blueberry goat cheese burger
Mike Arseneault

7. The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge

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2065 Netarts Basin Boat Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
(503) 815-9900
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At the north end of Netarts Bay at the boat basin, the shipshape Schooner is one of the most impressive buildings around, with roof panels lifted upward like sails and plenty of covered, comfortable deck seating with views of the bay. The clam chowder base uses milk from a dairy 20 minutes away, and shellfish even closer. The pretty oysters rockoyaki — a play on the classic Rockefeller treatment with greens, pork belly, and a mayonnaise-based motoyaki sauce — arrive nestled on beach rocks in a searing-hot cast-iron pan. The Schooner is open for takeout and onsite dining.

Broiled oysters in a cast iron pan topped with green and orange sauces.
Oysters Rockoyaki
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8. Nevør Shellfish Farm

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6060 Whiskey Creek Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141

Nevør Shellfish Farm’s pop-up parking lot soup and clam shack — brainchild of chef, commercial shellfish harvester, and sustainable seafood advocate Jacob Harth (formerly of Portland’s lauded Erizo) — has been nothing short of a pandemic sensation. Who knew Portlanders would drive over an hour and a half to nosh on steamed gooseneck barnacles, sea urchin or marinated raw sardine Texas toasts, and mackerel crudo? Even better: the spent oyster shells and rickety barrels make great Instagram sets. Open only Friday through Sunday in the afternoons, long-haulers should definitely plan to arrive early, since the achingly fresh shellfish, much of it foraged from nearby waters, sells out quickly. A cooler is handy to take home Dungeness crab and a dozen or so exquisite Tørkes oysters from the farm. For those who can’t travel, chef Harth accepts pre-orders for a few tasting menu Black Boxes, when available, for Portland delivery.

A spread of raw oysters on the half shell, albacore crudo, raw clams, sardine toast, and BBQ oysters with miso butter.
Advocacy for seafood species, done beautifully
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

9. Side Door Cafe

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6675 Gleneden Beach Loop
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
(541) 764-3825
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Visitors at the nearby Salishan Resort pop by this renovated brick-and-tile factory cafe for Dungeness crab melt croissants or giant tuna salads. The space is something to behold, bright with exposed whitewashed beams, reclaimed architectural bits from historic Portland institutions, and a bar area bursting with color. With surprisingly good seafood in the tiny community of Gleneden Beach, the white tablecloths and friendly service in this 7,000-square-foot space will thrill even the pickiest visitors. Reservations are recommended for dinner, and only small parties are allowed, but takeout is a good option.

Crab sandwich on croissant with melted cheese and tomato on a plate.
Dungeness crab melt
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

10. Restaurant Beck

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2345 US-101
Depoe Bay, OR 97341
(541) 765-3220
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This essential central coast fine dining restaurant overlooks wild surf crashing in a little rugged cove outside the fishing village of Depoe Bay. A winter tasting menu might include vanilla-cured foie gras or rockfish in a black garlic dashi with pork belly and pickled yellowfoot chanterelles, all paired with a nice selection of Oregon wines by the glass. Too rich for your blood? Chef Justin Wills also runs a budget-minded, charming little Italian restaurant, Sorella, in Newport’s Nye Beach, featuring handmade pasta and both Italian and Detroit-style pizza. Both are open for limited indoor dining and takeout.

White fish fillet in dark broth with a strip of pork and yellowfoot chanterelles in bowl
Rockfish in a black garlic dashi
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

11. Local Ocean Seafoods

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213 SE Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 574-7959
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Laura Anderson, owner and formidable presence of Local Ocean, lives her mission to bring seafood directly from the boats in Newport’s harbor to her market and casual restaurant. She has weathered the pandemic storm in many ways, including offering a new Dock Box at-home seafood meal kit that changes each week for pick-up and delivery to Portland, Bend, Eugene, and Corvallis. Local Ocean is favored by many as the best place for seafood on the entire coast, so regulars are relieved their favorites, like the moqueca de piexe, a coconut milk-based mixed seafood stew, are now being served for dine-in and takeout. The wine list is solid with Oregon seafood-friendly glass pours.

12. Yachats Brewing

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348 US-101
Yachats, OR 97498
(541) 547-3884
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Natural food lovers on the central coast rejoiced when Yachats Brewing came to this little seaside village nestled into the forested cliffs north of Cape Perpetua. Not only did Yachats acquire its own clever brewery, with a surprisingly varied list of beers with coastal themes like the Marbeled Murrelet stout and Thor’s Well IPA, it gained a rambling taproom with a menu heavy on vegan-friendly dishes, ferments, and probiotic drinks. Lion’s mane mushroom cakes with black garlic lemon aioli and a side of house-made kimchi appear on the new menu, as do a list of Sunday brunch offerings, and there’s plenty of room to socially distance. The brewpub is also open for takeout.

13. The Hukilau

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185 US-101
Florence, OR 97439
(541) 991-1071

Hawaiian-born chef Christian Jakobsen is one of the most motivated chefs on the central coast: Moving from temporary pop-ups in a steakhouse to a food cart during his years in Florence, he finally found a home for his Pacific Rim sushi, grill, and tiki bar. Currently takeout only, the exuberant menu includes island-style specialties like a grilled chicken yellow curry, spam musubi with a sweet shoyu glaze, loco moco platter, and myriad creative specialty rolls.

14. The Nest Café

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832 Oregon St
Port Orford, OR 97465
(541) 366-2252
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When Nancy Fraser retired from her beloved European deli and bakery, South Coast Gourmet, in tiny Port Orford, the locals who gathered for lunch and coffee each day mourned. They soon embraced its replacement, The Nest Café, which kept the charcuterie and cheese case, but also serves up healthy smoothies and organic lunches with lamb and vegetables from nearby farms and fish from the dock down the hill. Dine-in and takeout are available, but the small space may fill up, so plan ahead.

15. Pacific Sushi & Grill

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613 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR 97415
(541) 251-7707
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With a commitment to sustainable fishing — a particular challenge on the south coast, where sourcing is difficult — Pacific Sushi owner Mike Horgan takes his cues from fish activists like Casson Trenor. Colorfully plated sushi and traditional rolls hit tables in a rustic, wood-paneled space, with plenty of notable fish specials and tonkotsu ramen. Open for limited indoor dining and takeout.

1. Buoy Beer Company

1 8th St, Astoria, OR 97103

The quintessential Astoria experience, Buoy Beer Co. is housed in a former cannery perched on the Columbia River and the surrounding buildings, currently undergoing renovation as Buoy expands its Pilot House Distilling offshoot. With front-row views of massive cargo ships gliding by or bottom-row views of sea lions from a floor-viewing window, it’s tough to choose between (limited) indoor and outdoor deck seating for your pint of dunkel. A simplified menu with standbys featuring sustainable local catch, like albacore tuna sandwiches or rockfish and chips, still prove that salmon isn’t the only fish in the sea. Before you call for takeout, check the futures board on their website to check if someone bought you a beer.

1 8th St
Astoria, OR 97103

2. Bridgewater Bistro

20 Basin St, Astoria, OR 97103
Watching ships from a COVID-friendly KOSE dining pod on the back deck.
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Sporting the best view in town and an airy, bright dining room, Bridgewater Bistro upped its pandemic game by installing sturdy, attractive KOSE dining pods on its deck overlooking the Astoria-Megler bridge. Portable heaters warm up the table (as does a bowl of the signature curried clam and mussel chowder or smoked gouda mac and cheese), but diners can ask to be moved inside the historic boat shop if the wind and rain blow too hard around their ankles. A robust wine list and chef Geoff Gunn’s locavore specials make for a great date night. The restaurant is also open for takeout.

20 Basin St
Astoria, OR 97103

3. Osprey Café

5117, 2281 Beach Dr, Seaside, OR 97138
Corn arepas with chilitomate sauce and poached eggs
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Socially distanced in the quieter Cove area south of Seaside’s bustling downtown, warm and cozy Osprey Café rocks breakfast and lunch with global flair. Nasi goreng, or Indonesian fried rice, with a sunny-side-up egg at 10 a.m.? Yes, please. Locals comb the uncrowded beach or trek up Tillamook Head, then warm up with a plate of perfectly fried arepas or a big, messy, Korean-barbecue-sauce-laced, slaw-enhanced, fried chicken sandwich. Limited indoor seating and takeout are available.

5117, 2281 Beach Dr
Seaside, OR 97138

4. Yolk

503 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130
Poached eggs over cooked greens in a tiny pot on a plate with whole-grain toast, bacon, and fried potatoes.
Eggs in a nest of greens
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Manzanita’s treasured breakfast cafe, Yolk, is back. Takeout resumed March 5, 2021, with limited indoor seating slated for March 12. The bar counter with textured black tile and curvaceous live-edge wood invites in diners, and custardy French toast or poached eggs on a bed of sauteed greens in a tiny cast-iron cocotte make them stay. Savvy diners take a stroll five blocks down Laneda to a particularly lovely beach while waiting for their order.

503 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130

5. Offshore Grill and Coffee House

154 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130
Mixed seafood chowder and octopus hanging by the front door
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Replacing Bread and Ocean, the long-loved java stop for many Manzanitans, Offshore Grill and Coffee House provides a solid start to the morning with Sleepy Monk coffee out of Cannon Beach and house-made pastries, as well as lunch and dinner specialties like fried Willapa Bay oyster and local black cod po’ boys. Chef Jake Burden recently relocated his popular locavore restaurant from Rockaway Beach, and is focusing on takeout until the kinks are ironed out. We hope the Philly cheesesteak special from his hometown makes its way to the regular menu.

154 Laneda Ave
Manzanita, OR 97130

6. Garibaldi Portside Bistro

307 Mooring Dr, Garibaldi, OR 97118
Hamburger on a bed of collard greens on a wood board with an iron implement, goat cheese, and blueberry sauce.
Blueberry goat cheese burger
Mike Arseneault

Scheduled to reopen with indoor and outdoor seating plus takeout on March 17, 2021. With an invitingly nautical, fully renovated space smack in the center of the Port of Garibaldi marina complex, this family-owned spot eschews fish for smoked meats and high-end comfort food. After offloading their catch, fishermen from the local fleet happily refuel with microbrews, heaping rib platters, and Garibaldi Portside Bistro’s specialty, a blueberry-sauced, goat cheese, bacon, and avocado burger.

307 Mooring Dr
Garibaldi, OR 97118

7. The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge

2065 Netarts Basin Boat Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141
Broiled oysters in a cast iron pan topped with green and orange sauces.
Oysters Rockoyaki
Little Pickle official

At the north end of Netarts Bay at the boat basin, the shipshape Schooner is one of the most impressive buildings around, with roof panels lifted upward like sails and plenty of covered, comfortable deck seating with views of the bay. The clam chowder base uses milk from a dairy 20 minutes away, and shellfish even closer. The pretty oysters rockoyaki — a play on the classic Rockefeller treatment with greens, pork belly, and a mayonnaise-based motoyaki sauce — arrive nestled on beach rocks in a searing-hot cast-iron pan. The Schooner is open for takeout and onsite dining.

2065 Netarts Basin Boat Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141

8. Nevør Shellfish Farm

6060 Whiskey Creek Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141
A spread of raw oysters on the half shell, albacore crudo, raw clams, sardine toast, and BBQ oysters with miso butter.
Advocacy for seafood species, done beautifully
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Nevør Shellfish Farm’s pop-up parking lot soup and clam shack — brainchild of chef, commercial shellfish harvester, and sustainable seafood advocate Jacob Harth (formerly of Portland’s lauded Erizo) — has been nothing short of a pandemic sensation. Who knew Portlanders would drive over an hour and a half to nosh on steamed gooseneck barnacles, sea urchin or marinated raw sardine Texas toasts, and mackerel crudo? Even better: the spent oyster shells and rickety barrels make great Instagram sets. Open only Friday through Sunday in the afternoons, long-haulers should definitely plan to arrive early, since the achingly fresh shellfish, much of it foraged from nearby waters, sells out quickly. A cooler is handy to take home Dungeness crab and a dozen or so exquisite Tørkes oysters from the farm. For those who can’t travel, chef Harth accepts pre-orders for a few tasting menu Black Boxes, when available, for Portland delivery.

6060 Whiskey Creek Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141

9. Side Door Cafe

6675 Gleneden Beach Loop, Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
Crab sandwich on croissant with melted cheese and tomato on a plate.
Dungeness crab melt
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

Visitors at the nearby Salishan Resort pop by this renovated brick-and-tile factory cafe for Dungeness crab melt croissants or giant tuna salads. The space is something to behold, bright with exposed whitewashed beams, reclaimed architectural bits from historic Portland institutions, and a bar area bursting with color. With surprisingly good seafood in the tiny community of Gleneden Beach, the white tablecloths and friendly service in this 7,000-square-foot space will thrill even the pickiest visitors. Reservations are recommended for dinner, and only small parties are allowed, but takeout is a good option.

6675 Gleneden Beach Loop
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388

10. Restaurant Beck

2345 US-101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341
White fish fillet in dark broth with a strip of pork and yellowfoot chanterelles in bowl
Rockfish in a black garlic dashi
Jennifer Burns Bright/EPDX

This essential central coast fine dining restaurant overlooks wild surf crashing in a little rugged cove outside the fishing village of Depoe Bay. A winter tasting menu might include vanilla-cured foie gras or rockfish in a black garlic dashi with pork belly and pickled yellowfoot chanterelles, all paired with a nice selection of Oregon wines by the glass. Too rich for your blood? Chef Justin Wills also runs a budget-minded, charming little Italian restaurant, Sorella, in Newport’s Nye Beach, featuring handmade pasta and both Italian and Detroit-style pizza. Both are open for limited indoor dining and takeout.

2345 US-101
Depoe Bay, OR 97341

11. Local Ocean Seafoods

213 SE Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365

Laura Anderson, owner and formidable presence of Local Ocean, lives her mission to bring seafood directly from the boats in Newport’s harbor to her market and casual restaurant. She has weathered the pandemic storm in many ways, including offering a new Dock Box at-home seafood meal kit that changes each week for pick-up and delivery to Portland, Bend, Eugene, and Corvallis. Local Ocean is favored by many as the best place for seafood on the entire coast, so regulars are relieved their favorites, like the moqueca de piexe, a coconut milk-based mixed seafood stew, are now being served for dine-in and takeout. The wine list is solid with Oregon seafood-friendly glass pours.

213 SE Bay Blvd
Newport, OR 97365

12. Yachats Brewing

348 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498

Natural food lovers on the central coast rejoiced when Yachats Brewing came to this little seaside village nestled into the forested cliffs north of Cape Perpetua. Not only did Yachats acquire its own clever brewery, with a surprisingly varied list of beers with coastal themes like the Marbeled Murrelet stout and Thor’s Well IPA, it gained a rambling taproom with a menu heavy on vegan-friendly dishes, ferments, and probiotic drinks. Lion’s mane mushroom cakes with black garlic lemon aioli and a side of house-made kimchi appear on the new menu, as do a list of Sunday brunch offerings, and there’s plenty of room to socially distance. The brewpub is also open for takeout.

348 US-101
Yachats, OR 97498

13. The Hukilau

185 US-101, Florence, OR 97439

Hawaiian-born chef Christian Jakobsen is one of the most motivated chefs on the central coast: Moving from temporary pop-ups in a steakhouse to a food cart during his years in Florence, he finally found a home for his Pacific Rim sushi, grill, and tiki bar. Currently takeout only, the exuberant menu includes island-style specialties like a grilled chicken yellow curry, spam musubi with a sweet shoyu glaze, loco moco platter, and myriad creative specialty rolls.

185 US-101
Florence, OR 97439

14. The Nest Café

832 Oregon St, Port Orford, OR 97465

When Nancy Fraser retired from her beloved European deli and bakery, South Coast Gourmet, in tiny Port Orford, the locals who gathered for lunch and coffee each day mourned. They soon embraced its replacement, The Nest Café, which kept the charcuterie and cheese case, but also serves up healthy smoothies and organic lunches with lamb and vegetables from nearby farms and fish from the dock down the hill. Dine-in and takeout are available, but the small space may fill up, so plan ahead.

832 Oregon St
Port Orford, OR 97465

15. Pacific Sushi & Grill

613 Chetco Ave, Brookings, OR 97415

With a commitment to sustainable fishing — a particular challenge on the south coast, where sourcing is difficult — Pacific Sushi owner Mike Horgan takes his cues from fish activists like Casson Trenor. Colorfully plated sushi and traditional rolls hit tables in a rustic, wood-paneled space, with plenty of notable fish specials and tonkotsu ramen. Open for limited indoor dining and takeout.

613 Chetco Ave
Brookings, OR 97415

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