17 Best Restaurants in Central Oregon, Oregon

Ariana Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This sophisticated spot tucked inside a Craftsman bungalow has drawn national acclaim for its European-inspired fare, available à la carte and in the form of an ever-evolving six-course tasting menu.

1304 N.W. Galveston Ave., Bend, OR, 97703, USA
541-330–5539
Known For
  • an Oregon take on European classics
  • intimate dinner-party atmosphere
  • extensive list of Pacific Northwest wines
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues. No lunch

Spork

$$ Fodor's choice

Interpretations of street food staples inspired by the co-owner/chef's travels in Southeast Asia and Mexico take center stage at this local hot spot. Originally opened as a mobile kitchen housed in a 1962 Airstream, the restaurant keeps the good vibes alive with its spacious, plant-filled dining area and its creatively decorated bathrooms. 

Terra Kitchen

$$$ Fodor's choice

Redmond’s new sit-down vegetarian restaurant may seem like an odd addition in a community known for its cattle ranching, but it’s been making a splash with locals and visitors alike with its plant-filled dining room and its beautifully presented plates and cocktails. The menu changes seasonally and relies heavily on produce sourced from Central Oregon farms. 

509 S.W. 6th St., Redmond, OR, 97756, USA
541-615–8001
Known For
  • decadent desserts like brûlée cheesecake with marionberry compote
  • tapas-style dishes
  • fantastic cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Tues.

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10 Barrel Brewing West Side

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One of Bend’s favorite brewpubs, 10 Barrel’s founders faced threats of boycotts from many fans when they sold the operation to conglomerate Anheuser-Busch in 2014. Thankfully, the tap list at their original outpost remains one of the most creative and varied in this very suds-obsessed city and the beer still pairs best with the signature pizzas.
1135 N.W. Galveston Dr., Bend, OR, 97701, USA
541-678–5228
Known For
  • innovative brews
  • patio with fire pits
  • noisy dining room

Crooked Roots Brewing

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Fill up on pizza at this downtown spot, which specializes in thin-crust pizzas fired up in a gas-heated stone pizza oven. They also have salads if you've got a hankering for something lighter. As the name suggests, they also have an extensive tap list featuring house brews as well as beer, wine, and cider from across the state. 

420 N. Main St., Prineville, OR, 97754, USA
541-362–5583
Known For
  • gluten-free and keto options
  • welcoming to families
  • foosball, video games, and a pool table to add to the fun

Jackson's Corner

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This family-friendly community restaurant is housed in an unassuming vintage building tucked into a neighborhood near downtown. The eclectic menu leans heavily on locally grown and organic dishes, such as seasonal market salads, homemade pasta dishes, brick-oven pizza, and delicious baked goods.

Lone Pine Coffee Roasters

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Watch staff roast beans through picture windows at this popular micro-roaster and café, known for espresso drinks fashioned from single-origin coffee. A young crowd descends on the shop midmorning for a light breakfast of pastries delivered daily from Bend’s Sparrow Bakery; show up early to snatch a flaky Ocean Roll.

Pine Tavern

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A pair of ponderosa pine trees actually grow through the back dining room in this downtown landmark, which two venturesome women opened in the height of the Great Depression. As the longest-operating restaurant in the city, it keeps old-timers coming back for what hasn’t changed: the focus on traditional American cooking and the warm scones with honey butter.
967 N.W. Brooks St., Bend, OR, 97701, USA
541-382–5581
Known For
  • an idyllic patio overlooking Mirror Pond
  • comfort food classics like meat loaf and three-cheese mac
  • happy hour specials

Pizza Mondo

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The Maui Wowie and Run Little Piggy are just a few topping combinations at this New York–style pizza restaurant downtown, a fan favorite among families and hungry hikers. Visit the cozy digs for the lunch special—pizza slice, salad, and soda—or order an "after mountain special" (two slices and a beer) in the late afternoon.

Sisters Bakery

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In a rustic western-looking former general store built in 1925, Sisters Bakery serves up house-baked donuts, pastries, cookies, and pies, coffee concoctions made with beans from Sisters Coffee Co.

Sno Cap Drive In

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Since the golden age of the automobile, this iconic drive-in has served sizzling hamburgers, crispy fries, and handmade milk shakes and ice cream. Stop in for a good helping of roadside Americana, though expect lines in the summer, when travelers driving across the mountain stop here for lunch.

Tastee Treet

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The stuff of childhood memories, this old-school establishment is locally renowned for its traditional burgers, hand-cut French fries, and milk shakes. Saunter up to the horseshoe-shaped counter to sit on swiveling stools and chat with locals and out-of-towners, some of whom never miss a chance to drop by while passing through.

Terrebonne Depot

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Former food-cart proprietors operate this traditional American restaurant and full bar in an old train depot, where you can chow down on burgers and nachos after braving the Misery Ridge Trail at nearby Smith Rock State Park.

400 N.W. Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne, OR, 97760, USA
541-527–4339
Known For
  • warm, welcoming staff
  • fantastic Cuban sandwich
  • sizeable happy-hour dishes for a late lunch
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

The Cottonwood Café

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Occupying a cute cottage hemmed by a white-picket fence, Sisters’ signature brunch spot serves breakfast all day. The menu features such recognizable dishes as scrambles, hash, and eggs Benedict—all elevated by the chef’s attention to sourcing ingredients from regional growers and bakers.

The Open Door

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This wine bar and Mediterranean-inflected restaurant exudes an artsy, small-town eccentricity, with the dining room’s mix of mismatched tables and chairs opening into a gallery displaying work from regional craftspeople. The rather tacky art and trinkets all look swell after a few glasses of vino from the well-curated bottle collection.

303 W. Hood Ave., Sisters, OR, 97759, USA
541-549–6076
Known For
  • boards with charcuterie from Sisters Meat and Smokehouse
  • regular live music performances
  • a leafy patio
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

Three Creeks Brewing Co.

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The oldest brewery in town, Three Creeks offers a selection of beers at its brewing facility and brewpub that play on Northwest culture and the outdoor lifestyle. The brewery system is visible from the pub, which serves a range of burgers, pizzas, salads, and other bar mainstays along with lavish desserts. Order a frothing pint of the popular Knotty Blonde, or try one of their seasonal ales.

Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails

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The blended menu of Northwest specialties and Cajun influences has made this elegant but welcoming restaurant (named after a style of Creole music) a popular lunch and dinner spot for more than a decade. On the menu, fillet medallions, chicken, and pasta sit alongside jambalaya and redfish dishes. In warm weather, ask to sit on the patio.

919 N.W. Bond St., Bend, OR, 97701, USA
541-312–2899
Known For
  • barbecue shrimp with southern grit cake appetizer
  • fun, friendly staff
  • seasonal specials