Central Oregon has some of the most interesting and breathtaking landscapes around. Enjoying a view of the Deschutes River rushing through the high desert, or breathing the fresh mountain air of an alpine scene doesn’t have to be a long way from town—or without an incredible meal. Here are the best restaurants in Bend and Central Oregon to pair a delicious dining experience with a spectacular view.
Bend Brewing Company
As the second oldest brewery in Bend, trust that the food—and brews—at Bend Brewing Company are exceptional. Grab a seat by the window which overlooks the grassy green lawn and enjoy the view with a pint of Bend Brewing Company’s popular Tropic Pines IPA. Better yet, have some shareable bites like the Cajun tots or Wisconsin cheese curds in the outdoor area, and watch paddleboarders travel upstream on Bend’s Mirror Pond. In the spring, goslings waddle into this calm section of the Deschutes.
Sen Thai Hot Pot and Noodle House
Next door to Bend Brewing Company, Sen is a Thai restaurant from the owners of Bend’s Wild Rose, sitting at the edge of Mirror Pond. Dine behind floor to ceiling windows overlooking the picturesque views. The new Bend restaurant features a sleek bar and food prepared beside your table. Choose from a la carte options or a fixed hot pot set. Then, watch the sunset over the river while waiting for the stock to boil before dipping into the delicious dinner.
Along the same street as Bend Brewing Company and Sen, Pine Tavern has a long history in Central Oregon. Dine on the patio with views of Mirror Pond peeking out from behind pine trees. Inside, there’s still a view as the structure of the restaurant is constructed around two giant ponderosa pines that shoot through the roof. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich or a juicy ribeye while looking out over the glistening water.
An upscale grill in Bend’s Old Mill District, Greg’s Grill has a view of the Deschutes and is a prime spot for hearing the tunes of a summer concert at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. On concert nights, head over for a first come-first serve musical dining experience. Sit back and enjoy the signature Greg’s Tillamook Cheddar Burger or a plate of steak and fries while listening to summer tunes as they play just across the riverfront view.
A popular seafood restaurant, Anthony’s is located in Bend’s Old Mill District. After a day of shopping, enjoy a glass of wine or Northwest salmon tacos on the patio. With notable scenes of the Deschutes River winding past the restaurant, Anthony’s has a specialty Sunset Menu that pairs the stunning Central Oregon evenings with delicious fresh oysters and classic cocktails.
Down the road from Anthony’s and Greg’s Grill, Pastini in the Old Mill District is another great place to start the night before a summer concert at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. With the same impressive views of the river emerging from the woods upstream, order a dish of Linguine with basil pesto. After dinner, take a walk on the paved path just outside the restaurant and search for more peaceful scenery.
Ranch House and The Range at Brasada Ranch
For exquisite mountain views, try the Ranch House at Brasada Ranch. A true farm-to-table dining experience, the Ranch House is open for all meals, so you can watch the clear Central Oregon sky expand over a magnificent alpine scene. Start the day here to enjoy cinnamon swirl French Toast and end the day at Brasada’s upscale dinner spot, The Range. This restaurant provides an evolving menu alongside uninterrupted views of mountain peaks in the distance.
Currents at the Riverhouse
Nestled in northwest Bend, Currents is located at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes hotel. Share a romantic dinner or wake up to a bagel with lox all while dining near quaint views of the Deschutes before it travels beyond city limits. The newly renovated restaurant sets a tone of luxury with locally sourced food and drink.
Sunset Dinner at Mt. Bachelor
For a dining experience like no other, head up Century Drive towards Mount Bachelor. In July Mt. Bachelor opens its exclusive and unparalleled Sunset Dinners. Immerse yourself in the alpine landscape and take a short chairlift ride up the mountain to Pine Marten Lodge and dine at 7,800 feet. The menu during the summer season complements the unbeatable views with mouthwatering dishes such as grilled ratatouille or roasted fig tart.
Serving views of Black Butte, the Three Sisters and Smith Rock—as well as incredible appetizers and handcrafted cocktails—the ambiance at The Rooftop in Redmond impresses with each visit. Head over to the SCP Redmond Hotel and climb up to the top of the building to enjoy the scenery of the high desert while sipping on an old fashioned or mocktail, and sharing a plate of truffle fries with friends and family.
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