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I appreciate a good restaurant.  But for me, so much goes into an overall great experience and it just isn’t about the food alone.  Ambiance was the number one most important thing when I attended a meeting for the Oregon City Visioning committee. Across all attendees, it ranked in the top three most important priorities for choosing a location to dine or imbibe. My hope is the lighting is always warm toned and inviting. (In other words, it shouldn’t be so bright that you feel like you can perform surgery.)  I love a comfortable chair that allows us to linger and selections on the menu that are more of an adventure. I love great outdoor seating options! Give me an experience.  I can get food in my raised garden bed, at the grocery store and farmers market, but I go OUT for more reasons than quieting my hunger pains.  How wonderful is it to have outdoor seating during warm summer evenings?  Give me unique menu items with combinations or ingredients I have never had the pleasure of trying before… yes please!

An article about the restaurant scene in Oregon City was published on OregonLive. Read it here.

An article about Oregon City was published in the Wall Street Journal “Travelers Guide to Oregon City; Portland without the Weird” in October 2018.

Here are:
#1 – a few local spots to EXPLORE if you haven’t already

#2 – a list of OUTDOOR PATIOS (because who doesn’t love a good summer meal outdoors!)


Stone Cliff Inndate night, great view and ambiance
17900 S. Clackamas River Dr. Oregon City
a log cabin structure with seasonal outdoor seating & lovely views. Recipient of 2017 Diners Choice Award and 2014-2016 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Pioneer Pizzalike stepping back in time in a great way!
13559 S. Redland Rd. Oregon City

Super Tortafast, quick + inexpensive, YUM!
710 Washington St. Oregon City

The VerdictUnder new ownership rates high online, great ambiance
110 8th St., Oregon City

McMenimins Bohemian Brewpubexactly what you expect it will be
102 9th St., Oregon City

Nebbiolo Restaurant & Wine Bargreat ambiance, great wine list
800 Main St., Oregon City
Has events + live music often, they post the schedule on their FB page: Nebbiolo’s Facebook Events

Mi Famigliawood oven, family owned, gluten-free options
701 Main St., Oregon City
My husband had a calzone here that was the size of a small bus.

Weinhard Grillgood happy hour, Taco Tuesday, excellent service
812 Main St., Oregon City

Don Pepesone of our most popular fresh Mexican food spots.
705 Main St., Oregon City

The Wild Hare Saloona gem in disguise, kid-friendly in restaurant, live music in bar
1656 Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City
Nice inside, warm atmosphere – NOT what you think it will look like from it’s strip-mall exterior

Bistro Cubanooutdoor seating too
709 Main St., Oregon City

Ranee’s On Maingood breakfast spot, Bloody Mary’s, rates high online
1003 Main St., Oregon City

Ingrid’s Scandinavian Foodoriginal, unique offerings that rate high online and written about in the Oregonian, shares space with Soban Korean Table.
209 Seventh St., Oregon City

Coasters Crossinghas a handicap ramp and an outdoor patio!  From fish and chips to burgers…it’s all here. Open for Lunch and Dinner, Happy Hour daily + Brunch on weekends.
1757 Washington St.., Oregon City

Beavercreek Saloonthe decor inside makes you feel like you just got off the airplane in Texas. Attached restaurant.  Great Brunch.
21950 S Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City

Toki SushiBig wood booths for meeting people for lunch or sit at the bar with fresh sushi spinning on the conveyor for immediate gratification. Bonus points: bathrooms are clean!
19061 S. Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City

Obviously this is NOT a comprehensive list – that is what Google is for…but if you see something obviously missing that should be mentioned, please let me know! This is more about a way to get started exploring restaurants if you are new to town.


Stone Cliff Inn
17900 S Clackamas River Dr, Oregon City

1900 Molalla Ave, Oregon City

Ice House
1200 Main St., Oregon City

The Highland Stillhouse
201 S. 2nd St., Oregon City

The Verdict
110 8th St., Oregon City

334 Warner Milne Rd., Oregon City

Weinhard Grill
812 Main St., Oregon City

Oregon City Brewing + OP Wurst of Olympia Provisions
1401 Washington St., Oregon City
Impressive beer list

Corner 14 food carts
508 14th St, Oregon City

Rivershore Bar & Grill
1900 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City

Lil Cooperstown
19352 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Dairy Queen
613 John Quincy Adams St, Oregon City

102 9th St., Oregon City

Tony’s Fish Market
1316 Washington St, Oregon City

Coasters Crossing
1757 Washington St., Oregon City

Wichita Bar & Grill
19140 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Fall View Tavern
100 S McLoughlin Blvd., Oregon City
Dog friendly patio

Mike’s Drive Inn
905 7th St., Oregon City
Old-school drive in with picnic tables down the middle

Legend’s Bar & Grill at Arrowhead Golf Course
(Open to the Public!)
28301 S. Highway 213., Molalla, OR
Although this is in Molalla and this site concentrates on OC, I had to mention this beautiful, close spot!

If you know of a location that is not listed or a location on this list has closed, please let me know by clicking here! I strive for a current, updated and detailed list. Thank you for your help!