A Foodie’s Guide to Bend
Bend, Oregon has quickly grown into a foodie’s playground. Restaurants, new and old, are proving that this small mountain town has the chops to satisfy even the most discerning diner. Each restaurant has its own personality, tastes and flavors, which makes restaurant-hopping incredibly fun here. Add in a well-known craft beer culture, award-winning local distilleries, and impressive wine offerings, and you have the recipe for an incredible culinary destination.
While there are so many top-notch and tasty restaurants to choose from, we are listing just a few of our favorites here. Plan a culinary tour of Bend and be thrilled by each and every bite! From steak and sushi to bakeries and taco shops, Bend is proving that a small town can deliver big flavor.
Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in Bend:
For: Farm-To-Table & Incredible Sunsets
Go To: Cascada at Pronghorn Resort
According to the Bend Bulletin, Cascada is “unquestionably on the short list of the best places to dine in Central Oregon.” So, of course, your first stop should be dinner at Cascada right here at Pronghorn Resort. Cascada offers a luxurious culinary experience and the best mountain views in Central Oregon. Delight in farm-to-table, carefully-crafted cuisine from our award-winning Executive Chef Kevin Linde.
A constantly rotating menu allows Chef Linde the ability to choose ingredients based on seasonality with a focus on local farms and purveyors. Pan-Seared Scallops with chorizo, corn and cilantro; Wild Boar Tenderloin with braised, local mushrooms, sunchokes, tarragon créme sauce and pickled scapes as well as fresh handmade pastas are just a few of the seasonally inspired dishes. For an extra special experience, choose “Mercy of the Chef,” a six-course tasting menu prepared exclusively for your entire table.
Go To: Bos Taurus
For an amazing steak-focused experience, head to the boutique, chef-driven American steakhouse in the heart of downtown Bend. You’ll be greeted by a complimentary glass of Proseco and warm popovers with black sea salt and honey butter. Then choose from an incredible selection of Japanese Miyazaki A5 Wagyu, and if you’re really serious, the Allen Bros. Porterhouse for Two. There’s also plenty to love on the “Not Steak” menu including a seasonal Agnolotti and PNW Chicken Roulade.
Go To: Miyagi Ramen
New to the Bend restaurant scene is the town’s first ramen shop. Miyagi Ramen is located in the popular Box Factory near the Old Mill District. The counter service shop is already enjoying a cult-like status. Choose from four styles of ramen: Tonkotsu, Black Sesame Dan Dan, Spicy Miso and Smoke Shitake-Cashew (vegan). Sit on the patio on a warm summer day, or inside and admire the street-like art murals in the casual, hip space.
Go To: El Sancho
If you love tacos, and who doesn’t, a trip to El Sancho is a must when visiting Bend. This hidden gem is located on the east side of town and were it not for its bright yellow exterior and glass encased sundeck, you might drive right by and not realize it’s a restaurant serving up some of the tastiest, inexpensive eats in town. Great margaritas, fried plantains, soups and seasonal specials as well. Come hungry. Leave happy.
Go To: 5 Fusion
This sleek, modern sushi bar and restaurant in downtown Bend has won its fair share of accolades including 2014, 2015, 2016 James Beard Award Semifinalist. Chef Joe Kim’s approach to his cuisine is beautiful and brilliant. There are almost too many stellar dishes to mention here. From perfect nigiri and sashimi to a visually stunning Bi Bim Bap, 5 Fusion is a place to explore and be inspired by every dish that reaches your table.
Go To: Wild Rose Thai
Since the moment it opened its doors, Wild Rose has been a much-loved destination for delicious food, colorful ambiance and friendly service helmed by a local family. This is northern Thai food, so you won’t find pad thai or peanut sauce here. Step out of your comfort zone and get familiar with the intoxicating flavors of this incredible cuisine. The constant line out the door will tell you, delicious flavors are inside!
For: A Great Salad
This one is a literal “toss-up” between the Washington Power Salad at Washington and the Jackson’s Bleu at Jackson’s Corner. We suggest you try both and let us know if you can choose a favorite!
For: Brunch & Bloody Marys
Go To: The Victorian
If you’re dreaming of eggs benedict and bloody marys, The Victorian is the place for you. Located on the west side of Bend, you’ll want to arrive early as there’s always a wait. But the wait feels like a celebration here with drinks and friends in front of a fire pit. And the wait is always worth it.
For: An Ocean Roll
Go To: Sparrow Bakery
One of Bend’s claims to fame is the one and only Ocean Roll by Sparrow Bakery. Their pillowy croissant dough magically circles around layers of sugar, vanilla and cardamom. It’s warm, comforting and not something you’ll want to share. Grab one at the Scott Street bakery or the Northwest Crossing location.
For: Global Eats
Go To: Spork
The New York Times called Spork “culinary magic.” This restaurant started out as a food truck many years ago, and is now one of the most popular casual dining spots in Bend. Enjoy globally inspired street food like Spicy Fried Chicken with kimchi, Lomo Saltado, Spicy Pork Noodles, and daily specials that are always “extra special.”
Go To: Bonta
If there’s one thing most people want while on vacation, it’s ice cream. Bonta Natural Artisan Gelato is a popular spot for tourists and locals. Their small-batch ice cream is hand-crafted every day with ingredients sourced from the Pacific Northwest. You can now find pints of their gelato in local grocery stores, but be sure to stop into their scoop shop in downtown Bend.
For: Cold Brewed Coffee
Go To: Riff
Riff is the first cold brewed coffee to come on the scene in Bend, and they are doing everything right. The hip and inviting coffee house in the Box Factory doesn’t feel like your typical corner coffee house. That’s because it isn’t. The vibe was designed to be more brewery/pub/restaurant. Enjoy great cold brew coffee riffs with interesting and tasty takes on coffee-inspired food and cocktails.
For: Fried Chicken
Go To: The Tin Pig
This fried chicken is served in the form of a food cart sandwich. Find the extra crispy, southern style offerings at the Tin Pig in The Podski on Arizona Avenue, just a few blocks from downtown Bend and across the street from the Box Factory. There is classic, deluxe, buffalo-style and Nashville-hot to choose from. All sandwiches are seasoned perfectly and served on soft bread from Sparrow Bakery, with mayo and pickles.
For: Happy Hour
Go To: 900 Wall
The Happy Hour at 900 Wall is well-known by locals and for good reason. Great wines, cocktails, small plates, sandwiches and pizzas are available at discounted rates 3 pm – 5:30 pm nightly. There’s a wide variety to choose from so get there early. We love the oysters in the half shell, deviled eggs, fried green beans and prosciutto pizza. There’s even a delicious, juicy burger on the happy hour menu.
For: Poolside Smoothies
After all of that delicious restaurant hopping in Bend, you’ll be craving something light and healthy. Head to The Trailhead Grill for a fresh smoothie (the Power Green is our favorite way to detox) and get your health kick by the pool. Maybe swim a few laps afterwards in the year-round heated pool at the Huntington Lodge, or head to the Trailhead Fitness Facility for a workout or fitness class.
Plan a getaway to Pronghorn Resort and enjoy the culinary hotspot of Bend, Oregon!