There are few places as magical as Cannon Beach. While the sun doesn’t always shine, and the water isn’t always warm (okay, it’s never warm), the surrounds offer much more than just a scenic beach town. With three breweries and countless eateries, ice cream parlors, and coffee shops, there is something for every traveler within a two-mile stretch. For a wider swath of coastal restaurants, Eater Portland’s Oregon Coast map may be more helpful.Read More
Where to Eat, Drink, and Lounge in Beautiful Cannon Beach
Where to dine on your coastal getaway
Public Coast Brewing Co
Public Coast Brewing’s full-service brewery has become a staple to Oregon’s 363-mile coastal stretch. The counter-service style gastropub sources most of its ingredients from a 400-mile radius, which ensures a fresh and thoughtful approach to the area’s dining and imbibing options. Tourists should order a pint of the namesake ‘67 Blonde Ale and enjoy the pulled pork sandwich— the pork comes from Russell Family Farms that feeds on Public Coast’s spent grain.
Cannon Beach Distillery
With two locations barely a mile apart, Cannon Beach Distillery offers an impressive number of locally made spirits: The downtown tasting room offers rum, gin, and agave, while the midtown location is dedicated exclusively to whiskey. Owner and head distiller Mike Selberg essentially runs the show himself, hand-mashing, fermenting, proofing, distilling, and bottling all of Cannon Beach Distillery’s spirits. A bottle makes one killer souvenir — it’ll be tough to find his label anywhere else.
Over a year ago, Josh Bokish of Seaside’s Osprey Cafe expanded to Cannon Beach under the name Surfbird, giving visitors a simple-but-contemporary option for breakfast and lunch. From fancy avocado toast to a crispy chicken club sandwich, Surfbird’s airy interior offsets its playful menu.
Tucked away from Hemlock Street’s bustle, Suzy’s Scoops’ shaded storefront is a logical stop for those extra-excruciating heatwaves. With four different cone options and 22 Tillamook or Cascade Glacier flavors, this small shop competes with some of the larger ice cream parlors in town.
Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market
Among the seafood options in Cannon Beach, Ecola Seafood is the standout. Its new interior replaces the old school fish shack feel, but brings a modern vibe to its seafood counter and restaurant. The crab dinner for two comes with a whole crab, cup of chowder, garlic bread and coleslaw, all for $40.
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Cannon Beach Smokehouse
Partnering with local haunt Bill’s Tavern, this 700-square-foot smokehouse focuses on house-made charcuterie, spanning from smoked duck breast to fresh sausages. Its nose-to-tail approach means specials rotate almost daily, with options like tri-tip sandwiches or smoked baby back ribs. Everything goes well with the Smokehouse Bloody, featuring house-smoked tomato mix and, of course, a meat-and-veg garnish.
For a grab-and-go snack, look no further than Crepe Neptune. The hole-in-the-wall shop offers an impressive number of sweet or savory combinations to fill the spongy French favorite. For a blend of sweet and savory, the The Cannon Beach — which wraps prosciutto, goat cheese, fig, and honey inside a warm crepe — is no slouch. For something a little more classic, the Neptune’s Daughter balances lemon, sugar, and butter for the ultimate mid-day pick-me-up.
Bill's Tavern & Brewhouse
The oldest of Cannon Beach’s brewery scene, Bill’s Tavern sits smack in the middle of Cannon Beach, where it opened in 1997. The beers are brewed just upstairs from the bar/dining room area, and serves as a testament to local craft; opt for a sampler to try a little bit of everything. The food isn’t life-changing, but that’s secondary to its history and solid beer selection. Partnering restaurant Cannon Beach Smokehouse can handle the sustenance.
Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House
Cannon Beach Hardware, lovingly called Screw & Brew, brings the Cheers bar atmosphere to the beach town. As burly locals sit elbow-to-elbow along the bar, the bartender offers quick service, weaving in and out of casual conversations. As possibly the only business in Oregon offering hardware supplies, draft beers, cocktails, and knockout sandwiches, this place has become a quintessential gathering spot. The patty melt goes well with a side of tots, especially while eavesdropping on some incredible stories.
Sea Level Bakery + Coffee
If Portland and Cannon Beach met for coffee, they would land at Sea Level Bakery. With its breezy white interior and minimalist decor, this bakery and coffeeshop has the charm of both towns: Heart Roasters coffee carries delicious espresso drinks, while Shepherd’s Grain handles the breads and pastries. The ham & brie and kouign amann are both safe bets, best enjoyed on the patio.
With its very unassuming storefront, Surfcreast Market lies at the southern end of Cannon Beach, offering no more but a couple aisles of snacks, beer, and some beach toys and souvenirs. However, just past the last row of refrigerated beverages is a small counter serving a variety of hand-kneaded pizzas. The kicker is the sunny patio in the very back, where rabbits run around the garden while visitors pizza and sip a local beer served on draft.