Set on the banks of the Willamette River, Eugene is home to beautiful green spaces such as the riverside Alton Baker Park, which has several hiking and running trails and Hendricks Park with its magnificent rhododendron garden, as well as fascinating museums and galleries like the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Northwest-focused Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The Fifth Street Public Market features plenty of cafés, coffee shops, and locally owned stores, and there are many restaurants and dining establishments for celebrating love. Here are some of Eugene’s top spots for romantic dining.
© The Vintage
Based in a charming historical house dating back to 1873, the Vintage is a quaint restaurant and dessert bar in downtown Eugene that serves Swiss-inspired fondue and French crepes in a warm and intimate setting. The cozy restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serves contemporary American cuisine prepared using locally sourced and imported ingredients from local butchers and organic farms. Signature dishes include a variety of sweet and savory crepes, fondue, eggs benedict, gourmet sandwiches, and fresh salads, which are accompanied by a selection of classic cocktails and casual wines. The Vintage is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
837 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-349-9181
2.Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar
© Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar
Combining classic Italian recipes with Pacific Northwest style, Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar offers a unique Mediterranean-inspired dining experience. Located in Eugene's historic Broadway & Pearl District, the restaurant features a warm dining space with comfortable décor and a large, traditional bar and a beautiful, old-fashioned chandelier made from multicolored glass. A seasonal menu features wood-fired pizzas, handmade pasta, local produce, seafood and meats, and house-made Italian desserts, and the full-service bar offers a variety of local beers and brews, hand-crafted cocktails, and fine wines recommended by a professional sommelier. Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
174 E Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-342-4141
3.Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria
Hailed as one of Eugene's most beloved restaurants, Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria is an award-winning eatery that offers a family-friendly Italian-inspired dining experience. Established in 1998, the beloved restaurant is based in a charming converted house and serves homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, fresh salads and vegetarian dishes, and ocean-fresh seafood. Old World wines by the glass and bottle make the perfect accompaniment for the delicious cuisine, along with other libations such as classic cocktails and casual craft and draft beers. Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria is open for dinner only, daily.
1646 E 19th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403, Phone: 541-683-6661
© Café 440
Locally owned and operated, Café 440 is an easygoing eatery that serves local American comfort fare and a wide range of libations from a full-service bar. Combining the charm and elegance of an old-school dining experience, the eco-friendly restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Kathryn Nordgren who creates a seasonal menu of modern comfort food such as mac ‘n cheese, peanut chicken bowl, and mango pork tostada and fresh fish specials. The bar offers a variety of casual wines from around the world, craft beers and brews and classic cocktails, and live music is hosted on several nights a week. Café 440 is open for lunch and dinner daily.
440 Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-505-8493
© Café Soriah
Defined by the rich bounty of the Northwest and ancient world spices, Café Soriah is a charming restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean dishes with a Northwest twist. The café takes diners on a culinary journey from Athens to Cairo with an array of sublime dishes prepared using classic recipes with quality local ingredients. The menu brings the Mediterranean experience to life with dishes like marinated beef skewers served with housemade tzatziki, spanakopita, leg of lamb marinated in yogurt, and Greek seafood platter. Lunch dishes range from Mediterranean-style salads, lamb and vegetarian-style wraps, falafel, and pitas, and the bar serves a wide variety of casual wines and craft beers. Café Soriah is open for lunch and dinner daily.
384 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-342-4410
6.Excelsior Inn Ristorante
© Excelsior Inn Ristorante
Based in the Excelsior Bed and Breakfast Inn, the Excelsior’s Ristorante Italiano is an elegant restaurant that offers an exceptional dining experience for both guests and visitors. The restaurant features an on-site bakery that serves fresh bread, sweet and savory pastries, and handmade pasta and a pretty courtyard for romantic alfresco dining. The formal dining room boasts stylish décor and an intimate ambiance and serves authentic Italian cuisine prepared using locally sourced and imported ingredients from local butchers and organic farms. Large windows flood the dining room with natural light during the day, and a full-service bar offers a variety of local beers and brews, hand-crafted cocktails, and fine wines recommended by a professional sommelier. Excelsior Inn Ristorante is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
754 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-342-6963
7.Grit Kitchen and Wine
© Grit Kitchen and Wine
Located in the historic Shamrock House in the Whiteaker, Grit is a farm-to-table restaurant that serves seasonal, delicious food prepared from scratch using regionally-sourced ingredients grown by local farmers and products from pastured animals. Owned by C. Ashley Hawkins, who brings her experience in farming and ranching to the table, the eatery serves mouthwatering dishes such as Deep Fried Cheese Curds, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Braised Lamb, and Bartlett Pear-Almond Tart. The cuisine is paired with fine wines from local wineries, and abroad, craft beers and brews and classic cocktails and the restaurant is open for dinner every evening.
1080 W 3rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, Phone: 541-343-0501
8.Izakaya Meiji Company
© Izakaya Meiji Company
Izakaya Meiji Company is a modern Japanese tavern and neighborhood drinking house that serves a seasonal menu Japanese-inspired small plates and entrées along with craft cocktails and a range of whiskeys in a stylish and sophisticated setting. The restaurant exudes a pub-like ambiance with wooden accents, a full-service bar offering over 100 whiskeys, sake, and shochu, fine wines from around the world, a rotating beer selection, and a dynamic cocktail list. Seasonal menus feature kodachi, fresh soups, noodle and rice dishes, onigiri, kushiyaki, and entrées of fresh fish and prime meats and the restaurant is open for dinner, nightly.
345 Van Buren St, Eugene, OR 97402, Phone: 541-505-8804
9.King Estate Restaurant & Tasting Room
© King Estate Restaurant & Tasting Room
Based at the King Estate Winery at the tip of the Willamette Valley, the King Estate Restaurant & Tasting Room is a beautifully appointed and polished bistro with a relaxed atmosphere that serves contemporary American fare and estate wines. Surrounded by picturesque organic vineyards, the restaurant serves a seasonal menu of carefully sourced American fare featuring fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown in the estate’s organic gardens and orchards. The highly experienced culinary team is talented in wine and food pairing, and the cuisine is paired with exceptional wines from the King Estate Winery and guests can enjoy tastings of several of the estate wines in the tasting room before or after lunch or dinner. The King Estate Restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
80854 Territorial Hwy, Lorane, OR 97451, Phone: 541-685-5189
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Located in the bustling 5th Street Public Market, Marche is a casual, market-driven restaurant with a large exhibition kitchen featuring a beautiful wood-fired oven, a stylish bar and a large outdoor awning-covered dining area surrounded by a garden of fragrant herbs and edible flowers. The seasonal farm-to-table menu features French-inspired and Northwest dishes prepared with ingredients found at the farmer’s market, such as charcuterie and cheese platters, fresh salads and vegetarian plates, homemade soup, and naturally-raised meats and chicken. A full-service bar serves French and Old World wines, craft and draft beers and brews, and hand-crafted cocktails, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
296 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-342-3612
11.Oregon Electric Station
© Oregon Electric Station
Based in the historic Oregon Electric Station, which was designed by A. E. Doyle and built in 1914 as the final stop of the electric railway, the Oregon Electric Station Restaurant exudes a rich, historical atmosphere and promises an incredible dining experience. Globally-inspired and artistically crafted menus feature farm-to-table dishes prepared with sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients that represent the fertile lands and rich history of Eugene. Three elegant lounges offer intimate places for relaxing over drinks from the full-service bar, and live jazz is hosted throughout the week. The Oregon Electric Station Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
27 E 5th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-485-4444
Rye is a French-inspired tavern-style eatery that serves refined French cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a rustic-chic setting. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the restaurant exudes an intimate pub-like atmosphere with a comfortable dining room, an outdoor patio with lovely views, and a full-service bar that offers a wide variety of libations. Open for lunch and dinner; seasonal menus feature market-driven fare made with locally sourced ingredients such as roasted buttercup squash stuffed with rice, goat cheese fries, mussels Veracruzana, duck meatballs, white bean paste, and fresh prawns. Decadent desserts include goat cheese cheesecake, maple pecan buttercups, and coconut haystacks, and signature cocktails, fine wines, and craft beers are available from the bar. Rye is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
444 E 3rd Ave, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-653-8509
13.Sabai Cafe & Bar
Located in the Oakway Center, Sabai Café & Bar is an Asian-inspired restaurant that serves modern Thai and Pacific Rim cuisine in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. The eatery features a refined dining room with an indoor and outdoor patio for alfresco dining and serves traditional Asian dishes such as chicken satay, fresh calamari, Vietnamese wings, green papaya salad, tom yum soup and larb. Other signature dishes include stir-fries and noodles, red, yellow and green curries, and seasonal specials such as Thai teriyaki chicken, spicy cashew noodles, Thai steak frites, and pineapple fried rice. The bar serves sophisticated cocktails like the Rangoon gimlet, and a full beer and wine list with selections from around the world. Sabai Café & Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
27 Oakway Center, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-654-5424
14.SweetWaters on the River
© SweetWaters on the River
Located in the elegant Valley River Inn on the banks of the Willamette River, SweetWaters on the River is a long-standing restaurant with panoramic views and a beautiful covered three-season outdoor deck. The beautiful riverside offers the quintessential Oregon dining experience with seasonal menus of farm-to-table fare made with ingredients sourced from the Willamette Valley wine region, such as Oregon huckleberries, artisan cheeses, and truffles. The cuisine is accompanied by a premium wine list showcasing the best of Oregon's growing wine industry, as well as other vintages from around the world. SweetWaters on the River is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR 97401, Phone: 541-341-3462
14 Best Restaurants in Eugene, Oregon
- The Vintage, Photo: The Vintage
- Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar
- Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria, Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe 440, Photo: Café 440
- Cafe Soriah, Photo: Café Soriah
- Excelsior Inn Ristorante, Photo: Excelsior Inn Ristorante
- Grit Kitchen and Wine, Photo: Grit Kitchen and Wine
- Izakaya Meiji Company, Photo: Izakaya Meiji Company
- King Estate Restaurant & Tasting Room, Photo: King Estate Restaurant & Tasting Room
- Marche, Photo: Marché
- Oregon Electric Station, Photo: Oregon Electric Station
- Rye, Photo: Rye
- Sabai Cafe & Bar, Photo: alfa27/stock.adobe.com
- SweetWaters on the River, Photo: SweetWaters on the River
- Cover Photo: Pixel-Shot/stock.adobe.com