Enjoy a bite to eat or a warm drink at these South Coast spots.
After a brisk winter stroll on the beach, nothing hits the spot like a roaring fire, especially if there’s something tasty to nibble or sip as you settle in for some quality time with family or friends. From cozy cafes to upscale dining, we’ve rounded up a list of inviting places to revive and refresh on Oregon’s South Coast.
Casual, Old School Charm
Just south of Winchester Bay, Lakeshore Lodge at Tenmile Lake sits on the site of the old Currier’s Village, a 1930s-era resort that attracted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. You may not see any famous faces at this restful place when you visit, but it’s a great opportunity to warm up by the fire and enjoy misty views of the lake from the dining room. Dig into barbecued ribs, brisket or seafood specialties, and be sure to check the events calendar for live music, murder mystery dinners and more.
While the bright blue building may look like a former church with its little lookout tower, Miller’s at the Cove is a lively sports bar just off the marina in Charleston. With a gas fireplace ablaze, it’s a cozy, family-friendly spot to watch the big game while enjoying a Dungeness crab melt, signature chili or gluten-free fish and chips. There’s even hot cocoa for the kids!
The Crow’s Nest Lounge, located upstairs of the Wheelhouse Grill, offers not only a fireplace but also excellent storm watching — gaze out at Bandon Harbor and the Coquille River. Enjoy the homey vibes with a full menu that includes Oregon-made wines, craft brews and coastal winter warmers like oyster stew and clam steamers braised in a rich, buttery broth.
Fresh and Local Fare
Pay no mind to the winter winds as you sink into a leather chair near the woodstove at North Bend’s Wildflour Public House. The contemporary, upscale farm-to-table eatery has tapas-style bites, creative salads and housemade bread. Sip a creative seasonal cocktail and nibble on baked brie with port-soaked figs as you plan your trip to see the holiday lights at Shore Acres State Park.
Watch storms roll in over Coos Bay from the 7 Devils Waterfront Ale House, where every table has an incredible view, especially delightful when you’re seated by the fireplace. You’ll find local sourcing in every aspect from the menu to decor — artwork, pottery, and furnishings are made by Coos Bay artists. Sip a Northwest ale or local wine with mac and cheese made from Face Rock Creamery cheddar.
The world-renowned Bandon Dunes Golf Resort has two great ways to cozy up around either an indoor or outdoor fireplace. At McKee’s Pub, you’ll find hearty pork belly poutine and meatloaf, along with an impressive list of whiskey and single malt scotch. The resort’s new Ghost Tree Grill is an old-school steakhouse and raw bar named after the resort’s iconic ghost tree — a towering Port Orford Cedar snag overlooking the Old Macdonald golf course. Take in sweeping views from floor-to-ceiling windows as you tuck into your aged porterhouse or local oysters.
Warmed by a corner wood stove, you’ll want to linger in Port Orford’s bright and colorful Cafe 2.0. Choose from a tempting array of creative baked goods — think blackberry scones with white chocolate and lavender — along with hearty breakfast bowls, corned beef hash and stellar burgers.
Casual Local Eats and High Tea
Overlooking the Rogue River just upstream from Gold Beach, Indian Creek Cafe is renowned for its hearty breakfasts and a corner wood stove that keeps the place toasty. The vibe is vintage Oregon and the menu includes tempting selections like local berry french toast to veggie eggs benedict with tomato and asparagus.
For over a decade, Chetco Brewing Company has functioned as something of a community hub in Brookings. Warm up by the fire and choose from 20 taps of its award-winning brews, along with kombucha and root beer. It’s dog-friendly inside and out. There’s also a warming fireplace at nearby Fat Irish Restaurant and Pub, where you’ll find traditional pub fare, Guinness stout on tap, and treats like a triple-layer Guinness cake with cream cheese frosting.
Looking for something a bit more elegant in Gold Beach? Book a private, fireside tea at Endicott Gardens, a luxury B&B and spa in the tradition of Italian agriturismo. The owners make teas and other products from herbs and fruits grown in the beautiful gardens, and host occasional afternoon tea events. Groups of six or more can book a private tea anytime.
Header photo: Fat Irish Restaurant and Pub