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Best Downtown Restaurants and Fine Dining in Bend, Oregon

The first thing that comes to mind for most when they think about visiting Bend is the outdoor adventures they’ll be served up. But Bend’s restaurant scene is remarkable, and not to be missed. Maybe you’ve got a few breweries on your docket, but there are plenty of places to eat in Bend, and many come with the added bonus of mountain and river views.

Downtown Bend is the center of all this great city has to offer, and that goes for its restaurants as well. Within walking distance along Bend’s two main drags — Wall and Bond streets — there are dozens of spots to find any food you might be craving, from pizza to prix fixe and everything in between.

a big bowl of ramen noodles with a piece of salmon and a soft-boiled egg
a delicious pizza pie with sausage and slices of jalapeno
spears of grilled asparagus topped with burrata and bacon vinaigrette and on white plate
A couple sip beer at Bend Brewing Company
people eating outdoors

For a truly authentic Bend experience, it’s best to focus your downtown efforts on breweries like Deschutes Brewing or Bend Brewing Co. Both offer excellent American pub fare, tons of craft beer that only flow through their Bend pub taps, and an unmatched Central Oregon atmosphere.

Or swing over to 900 Wall, a cavernous restaurant with the perfect happy hour — think spicy deviled eggs and tempura-fried green beans. This hotspot also has some of the best local main courses in town, including a Carlton Farms pork chop that will change your life.

If it’s fine dining you seek, consider one of Bend’s best restaurants — Zydeco Kitchen + Cocktails, which takes the tastes of the South and gives them a unique Northwest twist. Zydeco offers farm-to-table and seasonal dishes, as well as an exceptional wine list and cocktail menu — this is the spot for a Bend-based celebration. Tim Garling’s Jackalope Grill has been a mainstay in the fine-dining world for more than a decade. This downtown spot features a gorgeous atrium and truly wows with its eclectic Northwest menu. Steak lovers, unite! Bos Taurus starts your meal by having you pick out your knife for the perfect cut for your meat entree, and continues to enchant from there. The name of the game is steak, including Wagyu flown in from Japan and Australia, but don’t miss out on the smoked cocktails or the tasty sides.

Fine dining isn’t relegated to downtown. Ariana is one of Bend’s best restaurants and sits in a little bungalow on NW Galveston Avenue. For adventurous eaters, go for the tasting menu and get ready for a mind-expanding experience. Finally, Trattoria Sbandati is so authentically Italian that it has been known to shut down so the owners can go to Italy in search of more delicious foods to serve. Everything here is made from scratch, and this homemade pasta will truly change your life.

One unique way to enjoy Bend’s great food scene for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is by swinging by one of the city’s many food truck pods. The perfect spot for groups and families who can’t decide what to eat and want to try a little bit of everything. The Podski food cart lot boasts vegan grub, perogies, fresh rolled sushi, cheesecake, and more. Or swing by the Midtown Yacht club to try a Mediterranean fair, delicious pizza, or tacos. With so many carts to choose from, your possibilities are endless; and most lots offer onsite taps and drinks.

two girls checking out the menu at airstream food cart

Top Cultural Places to Eat in Bend, Oregon

Bend’s restaurant scene continues to evolve, and while this may have long been a meat-and-potatoes mill town, you can find some exciting international cuisine here, too. An oldie but a goodie, and a locals’ favorite, is Spork, which began its life as a food cart run out of an Airstream and now is a hopping brick-and-mortar restaurant on NW Newport Avenue. This spot is known for its spicy curry, epic fried chicken and innovative cocktails.

The best Thai restaurant in Bend doesn’t even have pad thai on the menu, and we’re all the richer for it. Wild Rose, a downtown Bend spot, focuses on northern Thai fare — curries and noodle-rich soup that can make you sweat, and also ask for seconds. Or swing by the new Sen, right on the river. This Thai hot pot and noodle shop serves flavorful dishes in a popular new location. A few blocks away, the renovated Bar Rio Tapas & Cocktails, is a funky bar serving up delicious small plates, cocktails, and rocks a great happy hour. With a Mexican and South American inspired menu, this is a must-stop spot.

In the Box Factory, the newest and hippest restaurant enclave in Bend, you’ll find Miyagi Ramen. Start with a base broth, then add ingredients like a soft egg or chicken katsu. Get ready to enjoy! Heading to the Old Mill, check out one of the newest — and most fun — bars in Bend, the Rapa Nui Tiki Lounge. Tiki drinks, bao buns and an occasionally smoke-breathing statue in the corner make this spot a must-see.

a couple enjoying a meal and cocktails at Sen, Bend OR
a top-down view of three delicious looking bowls - a rice noodle bowl, pad thai with shrimp and spring rolls

Explore Nature’s Beauty

From the sagebrush-covered plains of the high desert to the towering pines and majestic mountain peaks, discover the diverse landscape Central Oregon has to offer.