Old Town Florence hugs the Siuslaw River and is home to quirky, artsy beach town shops, comfy hotels and inns, as well as a host of mouth-watering eateries. Are you in the mood for golden, deep-fried fresh fish or creamy, steamy clam chowder? Maybe you’re looking for a small-town brewery that offers fresh, local fare? Perhaps you are on a search for the perfect hand tossed pizza? Historic Old Town Florence has all of this and more. After you stroll the area and get a feel for what this whimsical beach town has to offer, you’ll be hungry. Here is a list of Old Town Florence restaurants you don’t want to miss:
Bridgewater Fish House and Zebra Bar
The Food: You’ll find what you’re craving at Bridgewater Fish House, from fish and shellfish to pasta and salads to plenty of meat dishes. Try the Pacific Oysters for a taste of local, fresh fish flavor. Another favorite is the Grilled Oyster Burger, a satisfying twist on your typical hamburger filled with crispy breaded oysters instead of beef. The fries and onion rings are fried to perfection. They also offer delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
The Ambiance: You will be impressed with the classy, eclectic ambiance of Bridgewater Fish House and Zebra Bar. From the chef’s presentation of delicious menu offerings to the layout of the restaurant, Bridgewater is top notch. Enjoy cozy seating and natural light from the tall storefront windows. You will not only enjoy your meal at Bridgewater Fish House, but you and your family will also enjoy the vibe of this unique Old Town restaurant. Also, don’t forget the Zebra bar. Bridgewater’s full bar, tucked inside the restaurant, has a comfy feel, and the bartenders keep you entertained. You’ll likely be just as happy to sit and sip if there’s no room in the busy restaurant.
Homegrown Public House
The Food: Locally sourced meats, cheeses, and foraged greens? Check. Oregon beers? Check. Accommodations for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free? Check. Homegrown Public House goes out of the way to make sure all appetites are served and satisfied, making this an excellent place for your entire family or a large group of friends to enjoy a meal. Try the Hippy Pie, a savory, vegetarian dish, or nosh on Homegrown’s delicious Seafood Curry if you’re on the hunt for coconut deliciousness.
The Ambiance: While not situated right on the water, Homegrown Public House is a favorite Old Town restaurant for many reasons. With spacious, open seating indoors, a comfortable deck outdoors, and a full bar featuring locally brewed beers, The Homegrown Public House has a funky, hip vibe that will leave you feeling at home. Locals love the relaxed ambiance at Homegrown, and especially the live music this venue occasionally offers. Homegrown Public House also offers the popular “Paint and Sip” – dine on delicious food and paint along with local artists.
The Food: Waterfront Depot is arguably the favorite Old Town restaurant of locals and tourists alike. Waterfront’s menu offers seafood galore with mouthwatering dishes such as Oysters Madrid with chardonnay broth and Crab Encrusted Alaskan Cod. Other offerings include steak, burgers, pasta, and of course, the beloved bowl of clam chowder. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation, they fill up fast.
The Ambiance: A fun fact for local history buffs: The Waterfront Depot is housed in a historic train station. Many decades ago, the Mapleton Train Station was in danger of demolition before it was moved 15 miles to Florence and refurbished into the trendy, comfortable restaurant it is today. Being that it’s a renovated train depot, the restaurant space is quirky and quaint–perfect for a meal with old friends. The window front and outdoor seating at the Waterfront Depot is ideal with the gorgeous and unobstructed river views.
The Food: The Beachcomber Pub has been around since 1936, and it’s still going strong. With a full traditional breakfast you can create your own omelet with farm fresh, local eggs. For lunch you can try their popular “best burger in town” with your choice of bison beef or regular beef. Top it off with beer and you’re set to hit the beach. Come back for dinner and have all the seafood your heart desires.
The Ambiance: This has everything people love about a small town pub. Games, TV, music, good beer and drinks, and a great location. You’ll get a local flair with a bit of a biker feel. You can people-watch while you eat out at a street-side table or inside where the fun is. Bring a friend and enjoy.
The Food: 1285 Restobar is known for mouthwatering, fresh seafood options (the clam chowder is a local favorite) and authentic Italian pizza. The build-your-own pizza and build-your-own pasta options satisfy all appetites. However, they don’t stop at seafood and Italian: At 1285 Restobar, choose from a smattering of delicious burgers, sandwiches, salads, and meats.
The Ambiance: The Restobar Italian cafe is a healthy mix of casual and upscale dining with your choice of seating options: Inside the cafe or outside on the front or back patio. It’s not too spacious inside, so if you want a romantic, quiet date, it might be best to call ahead and see how busy it is. On most days, you’ll find the Restobar packed with locals and tourists alike, a true testament to the delicious food and great service. Restobar is one of Old Town Florence’s gems.
With so many great restaurants in Old Town Florence, you have no choice but to fill your belly with great food! After all that great fare, you might want to give your feet a rest. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay the night, visit the Old Town Inn. Located right in Old Town, it would be our pleasure to accommodate you. Be sure to tell us which restaurant was your favorite and we could feature it on another blog in the future — happy noshing.