Coastal views don’t get any better than in Lincoln City, Oregon. With seven miles of soft, sandy beach, there are plenty of vistas to view. Pairing that view with a cocktail and fresh seafood is the coastal cherry on top of the cake. Fortunately, in Lincoln City, there are more than a few ocean-view dining establishments to whet your appetite.
Fathom’s Restaurant, located on the top floor of the Inn at Spanish Head, takes oceanfront dining to a new level…or in this case fathom. Perched high above the Pacific Ocean, this AAA Three Diamond award winning establishment features coastal cuisine with a bit of flair. Try their crab and shrimp encrusted halibut, made with piquillo peppers, a house cream cheese and parmesan sauce, or the grilled wild Pacific salmon. Pair it with their signature French onion soup, a local favorite, and a glass of wine from Oregon’s own Willamette Valley. Between sips, make sure to keep an eye out for whales offshore from your vantage point. Massive, gray whales make their spring migration in March and April from Mexico to Alaska. A sharp eye can also spot one of their newly-born calves, following Mom closely along the shore.
Looking for a more romantic dining experience? Look no further than The Bay House. This award-winning dining experience features serene views of Siletz Bay where Executive Chef Kevin Ryan crafts signature dishes that are equally as splendid. Their house crab cakes, made with a sundried tomato remoulade is exquisite. Also try the Chinook salmon, caught fresh daily from local fishing charters.
Not in the mood for a formal dining affair? Head to Kyllo’s Restaurant located at the mouth of the D River, the world’s shortest river. Featuring casual coastal dining, try their crispy fish tacos with house made slaw, roasted salsa and chipotle aioli. Or, give their popular Hal Mac, mac n’ cheese with halibut and Dungeness crab a go. Grab a beer and a grass-fed burger with friends at the bar during happy hour and watch the coastal waves roll in.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Oregon Coast without a stop at Mo’s Restaurant. Located in Lincoln City’s Historic Taft District, featuring sweeping views of Siletz Bay, this regional staple practically defined coastal family friendly dining. Some favorites include their fresh Oregon oysters served on the half shell, and the Hot Crab Melt served with Tillamook cheddar cheese. But, the star of the show is their world-famous clam chowder, made New England style with bacon. A recipe over 70 years old, this dish has kept visitors returning to the Oregon Coast for generations.
For these and other dining suggestions, visit OregonCoast.org.