It’s natural that the Willamette Valley, known for award-winning wines, would also have a wealth of excellent restaurants. After all, wine perfectly paired with a superb meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures. This creative and diverse restaurant scene has grown from the same fertile soil that nourishes the acres of vineyards. Not only did the winemaking valley attract talented chefs, but farmers as well. This partnership created a thriving food culture with some of the best restaurants found in the Northwest. The choice of cuisine is globally inspired but locally sourced, with settings from elegant multi-course meals to quick gourmet bites between wine tastings. Whatever dining experience you choose, the outstanding pinot noirs will taste even better alongside an amazing meal.
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10 Great Restaurants in the Willamette Valley
The restaurants in Oregon Wine Country redefine standard expectations with their own creative twists and unique styles. Find your individual favorite from this eclectic list:
- Pura Vida Cocina & Arte – Step into this colorful, casual restaurant in the heart of McMinnville. The fresh Latin-inspired dishes will ignite your taste buds.
- The Barberry and 1882 Grille – Choose between two great restaurants in one building. Both serve up fresh seasonal Northwest cuisine. However, Barberry is the place for a dry-aged steak with a smooth whiskey drink. While the 1882 Grille is a casual place for great pub food and enjoying the view from a rooftop deck.
- Bistro Maison – Pair your Oregon pinot noir with classic French dishes such as escargot, coq au vin, or steak au poivre. This old-school French bistro mixes country charm with a quiet elegance.
- The Dundee Bistro – A local favorite and celebrating 20 years of great, wine-focused food. Talented chef Chris Flanagan creates sophisticated dishes using the freshest local fish, meat and produce.
- Tina’s Restaurant in Dundee is also guaranteed to serve up a great meal while you’re in wine country. It’s a family-owned establishment, serving up delicious and unique renditions of the classics. Like many of today’s greatest restaurants, they make superb use of locally-sourced ingredients, which rotate seasonally.
- The Horse Radish – Stop here between wine tastings for out-of-this-world sandwiches, soups, and salads. Or even better, pick up a picnic lunch to enjoy at the vineyards.
- The Joel Palmer House Restaurant – Jack Czarnecki (a James Beard Award-winning author) established this restaurant and more importantly, put Oregon truffles on the map. His son Christopher now runs the kitchen that serves mushroom inspired creations.
- Try Sub Terra in Newberg for an exquisite meal in a beautifully ambient wine cellar. The flavors are bold and unique, and sure to wow even the most discerning of palettes.
- Ruddick/Wood – This renovated 1920s garage turned casual restaurant and tavern serves up wonderful wood-fired dinners in downtown Newberg. All the innovative new-American dishes use locally sourced, seasonal vegetables.
- Thistle – This intimate bistro has a loyal fan base for their farm-fresh, seasonal menu. However, they’re also known for the most magnificent cocktails. The eclectic space fills up quickly so reservations are strongly recommended.
- La Rambla – For 15 years diners have savored the Spanish tapas and sangria served in this fun cafe. Known for their paella and other favorites such as lamb nachos, braised beef empanadas, and crispy pork belly.
- If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth but still delicious, stop in at Cartlton Corners in Carlton. This former gas station offers incredibly delicious, casual plates. They’ve been known as the best burger in Yamhill County. They also have a great growler refilling station filled with Oregon beers and ciders.
Are you hungry yet? With beautiful scenery, outstanding wine, and exceptional restaurants, the Willamette Valley is a playground for the senses. Plan the most delicious vacation this spring, and pair it with amazing food and wine.