It’s true that travel writers, vacationers and roadtrippers alike visit Bend for its wealth of adventure. In the past, hiking through the lush Deschutes National Forest or relaxing beachside at one of the crystalline Cascade Lakes may have been the top experiences that drew visitors to Bend. While the endless opportunities for adventure remain, there is a new, delicious drive pulling visitors into town: food.
Best New Restaurants in Bend
The culinary boom brought a surge of new restaurants to the forefront of Bend’s foodie scene. Dotted along the streets of downtown, the Old Mill District and everything between, find new restaurants and food trucks eager to impress and bursting with flavorful energy.
For fresh, seasonal ingredients that transport your taste buds to Europe, Bosa specializes in regional Italian and French cuisine. The restaurant was inspired by the rich food and wine history of the old world and enhance that experience by making homemade dishes from local ingredients.
Blue Eyes Burgers and Fries
A Bend restaurant transporting visitors to a different time is Blue Eyes Burgers. A classic, retro style diner, Blue Eyes Burgers uses local ingredients whenever possible, and offers vegetarian options. Another hit are the beer battered onion rings and specialty cocktails.
Justy’s is the only place in Bend where a bar, grill and beach volleyball pit can be found in one place. Stop by for dinner or sharable bites like the Loaded Tot-Chos (nacho toppings loaded on tater tots) and terrific cocktails—try the St Mule with Crater Lake Vodka, cucumber, mint, St. Germaine and Cock n Bull ginger beer—while playing a game of volleyball, or just hang out on the large outdoor patio.
The Cellar – Porter Brewing Co.
The Cellar Underground in downtown Bend is the latest venture from the owners of Porter Brewing, based in Redmond. At The Cellar, find Porter Brewing’s signature English-style ales, which are unfiltered, cask-conditioned and non-carbonated, just like they’re served at traditional English pubs. Inside The Cellar, visitors will also find Vi’s Pies—a made-from-scratch bakery established by Porter Brewing—featuring vegan, veggie or chicken curry pot pies to enjoy alongside a beer.
Sen Thai Hot Pot and Noodle House
Sen came to Bend ready to impress. Opened by the same owners of downtown Bend’s Wild Rose Thai, Sen brings a unique, unmatched experience to Bend’s culinary scene: traditional Thai Hot Pot. As the broth cooks your food tableside, enjoy the stunning view of Sen’s location next to Mirror Pond.
Top Restaurants in Bend
A fine dining restaurant located at—you guessed it—900 Wall Street, 900 Wall has been a fixture in downtown Bend since 2009. Described as modern American with French and Italian influences, find exquisite pasta, pizza and the signature 900 Wall Burger made with Vaquero Ranch beef. The restaurant is situated in a historic two-story brick building built in 1920, offering historical charm in an industrial chic space, with the option for dining along the sidewalk to take in the atmosphere of downtown Bend.
Bos Taurus is a boutique, chef-driven American steakhouse located in the heart of downtown Bend. The restaurant has been featured in writeups in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Forbes, enticing visitors from around the country to get a taste for themselves. This experience in fine dining features steak cuts and meat from not only across the country, but all over the world. Try Angus beef from Arizona’s cattle country or ribeye all the way from Australia. Pair with a glass from the considerable wine list and enjoy.
Nome Italiano wows the food scene in Bend with the cozy atmosphere and quality Italian cuisine. The restaurant is a new addition to Bend, opening in 2022, but comes from the same Sixtop ownership group as the highly-regarded Bos Taurus, along with Bend’s Miyagi Ramen and Hablo Tacos. A popular spot for fresh oysters and calamari for tasty appetizers, Nome also specializes in pasta dishes such as rigatoni with black truffle.
What started as a mobile restaurant in an Airstream trailer is now a newly remodeled, permanent space on Bend’s west side. An eclectic restaurant with global inspiration, Spork is a go-to spot for many Bendites, and is known for its casual space and delicious eats. Try anything from the pork rice bowl to a refreshing Thai steak salad.
An adventure in fine dining, Ariana Restaurant has stunned visitors and locals alike with a seasonal a la carte menu and a daily six course chef’s tasting menu for years on Galveston Avenue in Bend. This restaurant is only open for dinner, so grab a reservation quickly to secure your spot in this culinary experience.
Bend Restaurant Guide
Although these restaurants may be the pinnacle of Bend’s booming culinary scene, they only scratch the surface. Check out the Bend Restaurant Guide: Savor for other restaurants in Bend that are shaking up the local food scene.
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Hot Springs in Central Oregon Near Bend and Beyond
Oregon is known for being an outdoor paradise; where else can travelers discover misty forests, snowy mountain peaks and vast desert expanses in one day? From the Cascade Mountains to the Painted Hills, volcanic activity has helped shape the many different landscapes of Oregon. Along with mountains and valleys, Oregon’s volcanic past helped create a host of hot springs scattered across the state. These hot springs are natural, hot pools of water—natural hot tubs. Some are more developed and have lodging nearby, while others feel completely remote and undiscovered. So whether it’s a soak under the stars in the high desert or a steamy pool in the forest, there’s a hot spring calling.
Notable Chefs at the Best Restaurants in and around Bend, Oregon
A little known fact that visitors are picking up on, Bend is a foodie paradise. There’s something about our creative, non-traditional attitude and emphasis on local ingredients that just makes great food. Luckily for visitors and locals alike, there are several chefs running Bend kitchens that constantly push boundaries, experiment, and create delicious and innovative dishes across a diverse array of cuisines.
Best Shopping in Bend and Redmond, Oregon
Shopping in Central Oregon has evolved over time, thanks to an influx of outdoor enthusiasts, organic farmers, antique purveyors and entrepreneurs of all kinds moving in, and subsequently sharing their products with the community. This mixed bag of motivated individuals creates a marketplace full of locally sourced, handcrafted items that can’t be found anywhere else. In addition to small, local businesses, Central Oregon’s growth in population in recent years has garnered the attention of some larger retailers, who have opened up shop in Bend and Redmond. Shopping in Bend, Oregon and likewise, shopping in Redmond, Oregon, provides visitors with a look inside our local industries, while simultaneously providing opportunities to purchase from well known retailers. It’s also worth mentioning that shopping in Central Oregon and throughout the state is tax-free, offering shoppers a built-in excuse to buy whatever catches their eye.
Top 5 Tours to Take in Bend, Oregon
Bend is a nature-lover’s paradise blended with a hop-head’s dream; nowhere else will you find this much craft beer and this many outdoor activities. The city’s been growing quickly, reaching 100,000 residents in 2020, and with the growth comes plentiful opportunities for adventure. From walking the very halls that brew your favorite beer to any number of adrenaline-inducing sports, we have you covered for the five best types of guided tours in Bend, Oregon.
Hopless in Central Oregon: Experience Scenic Cideries and Vino with a View
In an area dominated by craft beer, you might be wondering is there anything else on tap? The answer is, ‘Yes’. Central Oregon is home to award winning cideries and wineries and with postcard-worthy views from their tasting rooms – you won’t be disappointed. Named after the Three Sisters, Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards is just over 30 miles from Bend. It’s hard to complain about the drive though when furry faces from the Alpaca farm nearby greet you right before you turn onto the property.
Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver
Imagine this: you’re riding your bike through a rolling meadow, the Cascade mountain range in the background, and the only sound is from the whir of a prop plane taking off against a crisp blue sky. Up ahead, your children pull carrots from their pockets and present them to a gathering of friendly horses in an adjacent pasture.
Get Your “Ah-Ha” Beer Moment at Sunriver Brewing Company
Central Oregon can claim more breweries than quite a few states. We’re not exaggerating. Our region has 30+ breweries. That shows how much we care about craft beer but, it can make it tough to choose where to taste local brews, we get it!
Brew it Yourself at Bend’s Immersion Brewing
Central Oregon’s thriving craft beer scene is a hugely popular experience for visitors to the High Desert. You can drink it. You can take a brewery tour and learn about it. And now, you can brew it yourself.
Bend Area Breweries: Where to Go and What to Get
It used to be our little secret: That along with the countless recreational opportunities in Bend and Central Oregon, there was a burgeoning craft beer scene. That trying to decide which brewpub to hit after a day skiing at Mt. Bachelor was a two chairlift ride discussion. There were options. And lots of good beer.