From High-End Steakhouses to Juicy Street Tacos and the Best Breakfast in Central Oregon, These Are All of the Bend Restaurants You Need to Know
Located in between the dry climate of eastern Oregon and the dense forests toward the coast, Bend is a popular city for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’ve lived in Bend for years or you’re just passing through, the town’s bustling food scene has a little something to offer everyone.
Today, we’re taking a look at some of the highest-rated and most-popular restaurants in town, including:
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163 NW Minnesota Ave | Bend | bostaurussteak.com
We’ll start our tour of Bend’s food scene at the apex of fine dining experiences – Bos Taurus. From Sixtop restaurant group, the modern steakhouse brings the best beef in the world to Oregon. From the finest American-raised steaks to Australian wagyu to sought-after Japanese A5 wagyu, Bos Taurus lets you sample it all under one roof.
If you’re looking for vegetarian options, Bos Taurus does have a few. That being said, steak is their bread and butter, so to speak. Rib Eye and Dry Aged NY Strip Steak are always popular at Bos Taurus, but don’t overlook the popular crispy pork belly, hamachi crudo, oysters on the half shell, and baby beet salad as well.
“I don't even know where to start.. but hooollleeeee crap! This was hands down the best food Any One of us had eaten , and my sister in law frequents Michelin star restaurants! The service was RIDICULOUS. The vibe was great without the least bit of pretension.” - Yelp Review
1441 SW Chandler Ave | Bend | cascadelakes.com
Now at the heart of a bustling craft beer scene, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago nobody was brewing up IPAs in Central Oregon. That all changed in 1994 with Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. The first and only not-for-profit brewing company in the area, Cascade Lakes is considered a pioneer in the world of Oregon beer.
Cascade Lakes brews the beer they want to drink – and as it turns out, lots of other people want to drink it, too. Their Pineapple IPA has reached near cult classic status, and several of their other brews aren’t far behind. With locations in Bend and Redmond, there is no shortage of fun events to check out. My personal favorite? Bow Wow Bingo, benefitting the Brightside Animal Shelter.
But there’s a reason they’ve shown up on our top restaurants list (although they made our list of best breweries in Bend, too). Patrons love Cascade Lakes’s steak medallions, grilled chicken avocado sandwiches, pork belly, and brisket sandwiches. Be sure to save room for a slice of Mud Pie for dessert!
“This has always been (15 years) one of our local hangouts. Unlike some other establishments that have had service and quality degraded due to COVID, Cascade Brewing seems to be as good or better. The bar here is very active and has kind of its own vibe, if you like ski bars you will like this one. Not too loud and mostly wood stools or seats. If you're looking to find a fun spot, drop in on this one.” - Yelp Review
335 NE Dekalb Ave | Bend | elsanchobend.com
Loosen those collars because the next stop on our list is a casual local chain of taco shops. And maybe loosen your belt a notch too because even though street tacos are small, you’ll quickly fill up on El Sancho’s big flavors as you attempt to sample everything on the menu.
El Sancho has been living up to its mission of providing the community with high-quality, affordable, sustainable food since 2010. From using recycled materials in their restaurant design to cooking in the most energy efficient way possible, you can feel good about supporting this local business from the feet up.
And all of that is even before we get to the food. From juicy carne asada to smoky chipotle chicken, El Sancho packs a lot of good stuff into those tiny tortillas. Try the mahi mahi, the mushroom, or the Oaxacan cheese tacos for something a little lighter, and don’t forget to complete your meal with sides like chilaquiles, street corn, or tortilla soup.
“This is one of the "must have" stops for me. No disappointment again this time..... Maybe you could say it's not elegant but I won't. They have everything I need. The Sancho bowl with barbacoa and an a la carte tamale with the house margarita. Spot on as usual. Well thank you Oregon and El Sancho.” - Yelp Review
330 SW Powerhouse Dr | Old Mill District | boxwoodkitchen.com
Known for its shopping and dining, it’s no surprise that Bend’s trendy Old Mill District is the home of Boxwood Kitchen & Supper Club. Launched as an online restaurant in 2017, Boxwood Kitchen got its brick and mortar location just two years later.
The chef-driven menu at Boxwood Kitchen & Supper Club is classic – full of gourmet updates to your favorite comfort foods, classic cocktails, and of course a selection of local beers and wines. Be sure to try the pork shank or the sesame crusted tuna – you’ll be glad you did!
“This is an amazing restaurant. The menu is short, but it is amazing. And when the food arrived, it certainly didn't disappoint. And the service...perhaps the best I've seen in Oregon. You won't be disappointed...pop over!” - Yelp Review
1955 NE Division St | Bend | boneyardbeer.com
Boneyard Beer exploded onto Bend’s craft beer scene in 2010, and it’s just been picking up steam since. From its humble beginnings in the back of an auto body shop with just odds and ends of hand-me-down brewing equipment to a successful 15,000 barrel/year operation, the folks at Boneyard have been busy. After outgrowing their autoshop, Boneyard expanded to its marginally larger warehouse location. Then in 2018, Boneyard Pub opened its doors, giving the brewing company’s loyal following a place to kick back, hang out, and enjoy some Boneyard beers for the first time.
The Boneyard’s menu features all your favorite bar foods, including vegan and gluten free options. Try their juicy cheeseburgers, Spicy Firecracker Chicken Bowl, Jackfruit Waffle, or Polenta Tots… and of course, wash it down with one of the 20+ local brews on tap!
“Boneyard Pub is a bit edgy, fun and a hell of a good place to get beer. Vacationing in Sunriver we decided to make a beer run in Bend prior to our family vacation. Boneyard proved to be a great spot for picking up some beer. The place looks like a great spot to hang out. They have both indoor seats and outdoor seating. They also had a food truck onsite that smelled amazing. It is 5 stars in my book.” - Yelp Review
801 NW Wall St | Bend | drakebend.com
Sometimes the only thing that can brighten your day – whether it’s one of Bend’s already glowing 300 days of sunshine or there’s been a storm cloud following you around the office all week – is some comfort food. Whatever comfort food means to you – whether it’s fried chicken, pork chops, tender steak, or a salad – Drake has something on the menu for you.
Plus, Drake has a beautiful view of NW Wall Street and NW Franklin Avenue, so you can take in all of the beauty of downtown Bend from the outdoor patio or behind oversized windows as you dine.
“Drake is where I had the best meal of my life. We witnessed the open kitchen and the chefs creating their magic. The service was incredible, but the food! THE FOOD! It was fresh and so delicious you savored every single bite. I would make the 6 hour drive just to dine here again. I cannot recommend this place enough. Drake is the best.” - Yelp Review
395 SW Powerhouse Dr | Old Mill District | gregsgrill.com
Bend’s historic Old Mill District is home to movie theaters, art galleries, shopping, and most importantly, Greg’s Grill. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, Greg’s offers a serene space to share a meal with loved ones and enjoy a little bit of Oregon’s natural beauty.
The menu focuses on contemporary northwest cuisine, including apple- and mesquite-fired meats and a selection of regional beers and wines to pair with your meal. Popular dishes include the sesame seared ahi tuna and slow roasted rotisserie chicken – so be sure to give them a look when you stop by.
“It's been said that what is old is new again, Greg's is a gold standard here in Bend's Old Mill District. Nothing fancy other than the location, but just consistent with a good menu and fair prices. SHORT ANSWER: Yes, highly recommended.” - Yelp Review
62910 O.B. Riley Rd | Bend | themckaycottage.com
The McKay Cottage has a long history in Bend – and we’re not just talking about the 13 consecutive years that the local community voted the restaurant Best Breakfast in Central Oregon. The craftsman bungalow that houses the restaurant dates back to 1916 and was built by Oregon pioneers Clyde and Olive McKay.
Known for creative comfort food, don’t be afraid to explore all of the breakfast, brunch, and bakery items on the menu. From the Baja Chicken Hash Stack to the Stuffed French Toast to Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
“McKays is the best breakfast spot in Bend, hands down! The ambiance, service, food and drinks and impossible to compete with. Be prepared for a wait, especially during weekend brunch because it is the place to be. There is a nice outdoor seating area, complementary water & coffee and the option to order other drinks while you wait. ” - Yelp Review
1227 NW Galveston | Westside |.thedoughnutoregon.com
Before we wrap up our list of the best restaurants in Bend, let’s take some time to talk sweet treats. The Dough Nut is a local shop serving up breakfast sandwiches, soft serve ice cream, and of course donuts – at least until they sell out for the day.
Try classics like fruit fritters, Boston Creme, raspberry-filled donuts, and maple bars, or opt for one of The Dough Nut’s creative specialty donuts. With options like German Chocolate Cake, Piña Colada, and Lemon Meringue, it’s no wonder The Dough Nut just opened a second location in Midtown on Greenwood Ave.
“These donuts are glorious. Dense, moist, not too sweet, and absolutely worth a try. I think their icing is better than other donut places, especially their chocolate icing. The frosting tastes richer and the chocolate actually tastes like chocolate. I love that their donuts aren't overly sweet either, definitely makes it easier on the stomach after eating a couple of them. Highly recommend!” - Yelp Review
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