Salem, Oregon, is known for its beautiful scenery and enviable location nestled in the fertile Willamette Valley. It’s one of the top areas for wine growers both in the Pacific Northwest and in the country. This State Capitol city also has some of the best seafood restaurants due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. McGrath’s Fish House is the oldest seafood restaurant in the city, still delivering fresh seafood daily. Newport Seafood Grill serves mouthwatering steaks, along with delectable seafood. Both are musts for foodies visiting Salem who are also looking for a little romance. Here’s the rest of the 25 most romantic restaurants in Salem.
© ACME Café
Serving homemade food from scratch in a neighborhood setting, ACME Café in Salem, Oregon, is a local leader in New American cuisine. The contemporary designed interior features exposed HVACs, track and pendulum lighting, and light-colored walls that add to an inviting ambience. Wood tabletops, hardwood floors, and an old-fashioned, behind-the-counter diner kitchen, makes this an ideal setting for a date night. ACME Café utilizes locally sourced ingredients to prepare their sumptuous fare. Selections include items like parmesan rockfish, chicken fried chicken, and seared rockfish with lemon butter, black pepper, parsley, and shallots. All dinners come with two sides.
110 Hansen Avenue South, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-798-4736
© Amadeus Café
Located in the historic Grey Building in Salem, Amadeus Café believes in providing customers with great food and service. The contemporary interior at Amadeus Café provides an ambience of relaxation and casualness with light colored walls, high ceilings, and exposed HVACs. Hardwood floors, dark wood furnishings, and multiple dining areas make this restaurant an ideal setting for a date night. The culinary team serves “fork-to-mouth” cuisine using only locally sourced ingredients. Menu items include selections like Korean fried chicken, spiced lamb, and grilled salmon – wild caught Coho with sautéed cabbage, mashed potatoes, Latin herb sauce, and asparagus.
135 Liberty Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-362-8830
3.Annette's Westgate Cafe
Large portions of food are just one of the many reasons customers rave about Annette’s Westgate Café in Salem. Patrons also love the all-day breakfast, and the enticing salad bar. The long-standing restaurant exudes comfort and relaxation with an interior of exposed HVAC’s, two-toned walls, and large pane windows. Dark wood furnishings, ceiling fans, and an outdoor dining area that is dog friendly make this venue a desirable choice for the whole family. The all-American menu includes selections like rib eye steak, meatloaf, and salmon fish and chips – Alaskan salmon, coleslaw, and French fries.
1311 Edgewater Street Northwest, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-362-9588
© Bentley's Grill
Bentley’s Grill in Salem is located inside The Grand Hotel serving food inspired by the great Northwest. The elegance of the interior of Bentley’s Grill is captured by its barrel ceilings, show kitchen, and large pane windows. With polished, hardwood floors, cushioned dining booths, and a romantic indoor fire pit, Bentley’s Grill is an ideal setting for a romantic night out. The culinary team sources ingredients from the Pacific Northwest to showcase seasonal changes on the ever-changing menu. Entrées include items like grilled New York steak, seafood stew, filet mignon, free-range chicken, and burnt end mac and cheese.
291 Liberty Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-779-1660
5.Bo & Vine Burger Bar
© Bo & Vine Burger Bar
In 2017, the dream of three friends in Salem came true when they opened Bo and Vine Burger Bar, a place where friends come to hangout, drink beer, and indulge in great burgers. White walls, pendant lights, a gleaming copper counter front, an edgy urban wall mural, and a bank of date night booths create a sleek urban space with clean lines and a minimalist vibe. Guests can dine al fresco on a front patio that seats 16. Burgers are handcrafted and house made French fries and tater tots are served with special sauces. Guests can choose their favorite patty, bun, cheese, toppings, and sauces to build a burger. Even the milkshakes are hand-spun.
176 Liberty Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 971-301-2585
© Christos Pizzeria
Serving classic Italian-American cuisine since 1997, Christo’s Pizzeria in Salem provides patrons with a dining experience they’ll not soon forget. Nestled in the Little Italy neighborhood of the city, the restaurant’s interior features high ceilings, pendant lights, and an open kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows, dark wood trim, and a warm color palette give this restaurant a homey vibe. They believe that serving Italian fare properly means only using the freshest ingredients. Even the pizza dough is made fresh daily. Besides pizza, Christos serves grilled rib eye steak, linguine and clams, pasta alfredo, beef braised short ribs, and veal or chicken marsala.
1108 Broadway Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-371-2892
© DaVinci Ristorante
Recognized as one of the top restaurants in the Willamette Valley, DaVinci Ristorante has been a staple of fine Italian dining in Salem for over 20 years. The epitome of elegance, DaVinci Ristorante features ornate iron, candelabra-style chandeliers, red tile floors, rich wood furnishings and finishes, and plush leather seating. With exposed brick walls, a stylish marble topped bar, and a cozy loft, this restaurant is an in-demand choice for a romantic dinner. The menu, like the seasons, changes to utilize the freshest produce and ingredients possible. Menu favorites include veal Milanesa, center cut filets, pork medallions, and a five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu.
180 High Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-399-1413
Gamberetti’s is an award-winning, casual eatery in Salem serving authentic Italian fare. This modern restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and exposed wood beams. Tuscan-colored walls create a warm and inviting space. Soft pendant lighting, and a loft dining area make this an ideal venue for a romantic dinner. The Italian menu is focused on classic dishes, plus vegan and gluten-free options. Entrées include traditional dishes like Cioppino – a house special with lobster, corvina, shrimp, and clams in a red broth that is as spicy as it is rich, and Chicken Piccata – pancko crusted chicken in a light butter caper sauce with white wine and lemon and a side of fettuccine.
325 High Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-339-7446
9.Gerry Frank's Konditorei
© Gerry Frank's Konditorei
Gerry Frank’s Konditorei in Salem has been a household name in this area since 1982. This bakery/café with a black/white/red color scheme features black and white checkered floors, white walls with red trim, and large windows overlooking the street. Light-colored wood bistro tables and chairs, and fresh flower centerpieces, make this a fun place for an afternoon date. Konditorei, meaning pastry/cake shop in German, this restaurant serves far more than sweets, though diners won’t want to turn down the creatively decadent treats. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus include sandwiches, soups, and salads. There is also a wine list.
310 Kearney Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-585-7070
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© Gilgamesh Brewing
Having recently moved to Salem from the woods of Turner, Oregon, Gilgamesh Brewing occupies a building that runs along Pringle Creek. This contemporary rustic-chic restaurant’s interior features exposed beams, industrial lighting, hardwood floors, and a stone fireplace. Two outdoor patios – one covered and one uncovered – overlook a creek that flows along the back of the property. The tranquil ambience is perfect for a romantic evening. Sourcing ingredients locally for the freshest ingredients, the menu features global and American eats. A few favorites include include steak with Yukon Golds, grilled steelhead, and Vampire Slayer cheese ravioli. They offer a range of house brews where the motto is “There’s a beer for everyone.”
2065 Madrona Avenue Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-584-1789
11.La Hacienda Real
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La Hacienda Real in Salem is an award-wining restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine in a comfortable setting. The bright color scheme enlivens the restaurant with stone floors, multicolored walls, and ornately designed tile work. Suspended lighting, arched doorways, and traditional artwork create a lively space where no detail was spared. The culinary team prepares authentic Mexican fare elevated to the level of artistry with fresh and flavorful ingredients. Guests can expect Mexican favorites like Costillas Verdes tender pork ribs or Mi Jalisco grilled skirt steak. La Hacienda house specials are also must-try dishes. There is a Nachos Bar, a children’s menu, and vegetarian options.
3690 Commercial Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-540-5537
12.Marco Polo Global Restaurant
© Marco Polo Global Restaurant
Serving a fusion of Modern European, Vegan/Vegetarian, and Chinese cuisine, Marco Polo Global Restaurant in Salem presents an eclectic menu of delectable food. The elegant interior design of this restaurant features hardwood floors, recessed lights, and dark wood furnishings. With a stone feature wall, private dining area, and a romantic indoor fire pit, it’s the perfect place for an intimate dinner. The executive chef creates ethnic fusion dishes with locally sourced produce and ingredients. Entrées includes items like Pad Thai, Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo, Smoked Salmon Ravioli, and Veggie Raspberry Pistachio Chicken – parmesan and marinara sauce, chicken fried and breaded, topped with parmesan and pasta Alfredo.
300 Liberty Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-364-4833
13.McGrath's Fish House
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McGrath’s Fish House in Salem has been a staple in this community for almost 40 years. The interior of this restaurant features exposed brick walls, high ceilings, exposed beams, and HVACs. Stone flooring, ceiling fans, wood columns, and a banquette create a friendly, neighborhood vibe. This Northwest original is a crowd-pleaser with fresh seafood that is delivered daily. A couple seafood favorites are Seafood Astoria – petite prawns, grilled fish, fresh Dungeness crabmeat with a white wine sauce, and their signature Halibut Parmesan – Alaskan halibut that has been encrusted in parmesan cheese and grilled. Diners can’t praise this favorite enough.
3805 Center Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-485-3086
14.Nagoya Steakhouse and Sushi
Specializing in sushi and hibachi selections, Nagoya Steakhouse and Sushi provides the Salem community with premier Japanese food and expert service. The interior has a feature stone wall, tile floors, cushioned booths, subtle lighting, and a large sushi bar. Hibachi mains performed by chefs lend an air of exuberance to the contemporary, minimalist space. Guests can expect an array of hibachi and hibachi combo entrées on the menu waiting to be prepared tableside. The extensive sushi menu includes traditional, hand, spicy, tempura, veggie, and Chef’s Special rolls. Love Boat for Two – nine sashimi, one salmon roll spicy, seven nigiri sushi, and one Bozeman roll is a good choice for date night.
3760 Center Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-362-8018
© Rafns’ Restaurant
Serving a seasonal menu that includes artisanal and organic foods, Rafns in Salem has been in business for just over five years, but is already one of this area’s more popular restaurants. The contemporary interior features hardwood floors, white walls, and an open kitchen giving the dining room a clean, country-chic look. Design details include a glass chandelier, wood plank table tops, and distinctive white dinnerware. Large windows, an ornate wood design on one wall, and light-colored furnishings add to the fresh ambience. Rafns has forged a relationship with the local farming community and procures the area’s best ingredients for their menu. Their carefully curated, dinner-only menu features six appetizers and eight entrées.
479 Court Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-580-2936
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© Rudy's Steakhouse
For more than 20 years, Rudy’s Steakhouse in Salem, has been serving in-house, premium, hand-cut steaks. Glass chandeliers, shaded wall sconces, high-back leather chairs, tables dressed in white linens, and a subtle color palette create an upscale ambience. This classic American steakhouse makes their own salad dressings and gourmet sauces in-house. They age their beef and hand cut their steaks in-house, which has led to gold medal winning steaks. Some Rudy’s Steakhouse favorites include large cut filet mignon, roast prime rib, and Rudy’s Tomahawk – three pounds of marbled meat that is ready to be shared.
350 Chemeketa Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-399-0449
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17.The Sassy Onion Grill
© The Sassy Onion Grill
The Sassy Onion Grill in Salem has been serving the Willamette University area mouthwatering American-style breakfasts and lunches since 2002. This laidback eatery features cushioned booth and banquette seating, hardwood floors, and soft-colored walls. It’s the perfect casual spot for a breakfast or lunch date. No matter what time of day it is, they serve their World Famous French Toast with diners’ choice of seasonal berry toppings. Other menu items include from-scratch pancakes, thick-cut bacon, and freshly baked muffins. Big appetites will love the Farmer’s Breakfast – fresh hash browns, any style of two-eggs, toast, and choice of Italian sausage, bacon, cured ham, and pork sausage.
1244 State Street, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-378-9180
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18.Table FIVE .08
© Table FIVE .08
At the corner of High Street and State diners will find the hip and laidback Table FIVE 08. This Salem eatery serves New American bold and flavorful dishes in an open and airy rustic space. Design features include bright colored walls, a spacious dining area, and high ceilings. Hardwood floors, exposed HVACs, and floor-to-ceiling windows complete the look. The restaurant offers gluten-free, vegetarian, and traditional entrées. Mains include everything from a white cheddar burger to halibut to Gouda and Havarti mac and cheese. Other menus include lunch, small, sweet, and bar bites, plus signature cocktails, coffees, and wine.
508 State Street, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-581-5508
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19.The Kitchen on Court Street
© The Kitchen on Court Street
In downtown Salem, The Kitchen on Court Street is a 24-hour restaurant serving classic New American cuisine. The interior features a banquette running along a brick feature wall, hardwood floors, and suspended lighting. With exposed HVAC’s, large windows, and an open kitchen, the restaurant is a pleasant choice for late night eats at the end of a date. The downtown favorite serves their entire menu 24/7, so there’s always something delicious on hand. This includes selections like gumbo, prawns and grits, catfish, grilled ham and cheese, shredded pork sandwich, grilled steak wrap, roast beef, and bacon ranch chicken wrap.
466 Court Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 971-701-6902
20.Tiga Sushi and Asian Bistro
© Tiga Sushi and Asian Bistro
Tiga Sushi and Asian Bistro in Salem offers diners a cross-cultural menu that will satisfy anyone’s craving for Asian food. The interior features dark tiled ceilings, recessed lights, and light-colored walls. Cushioned booths, blonde wood shelves and bistro tables and chairs, and a long sushi bar creates a contemporary, minimalist vibe with clean lines. Diners can expect classic, veggie, fried, and special rolls, plus sashimi and nigiri. There are ten kinds of pho, and a variety of traditional dishes like udon noodle, Mongolian stir fry, Malaysian fried rice, Mandarin stir-fry, and spicy Szechuan dishes with onions, carrots, rainbow bell peppers, and Szechuan sauce.
260 Liberty Street Southeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-339-7846
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21.Venti's Cafe and Basement Bar
© Venti's Café + Basement Bar
Located in downtown Salem, Venti’s Café + Basement Bar provides patrons with a vibrant atmosphere, abundant craft beer, a global menu that’s also vegetarian-friendly. This airy restaurant features an interior of bright colors, exposed brick walls, and hardwood floors. This family-owned restaurant is dedicated to “good, clean food” that is locally sourced for their farm-to-table partners and from the Pacific Northwest that is free of chemicals, preservatives, additives hormones, MSG, and GMOs. Delectable menu items include items like Red Curry Burger, Chicken Caprese Flatbread, and Korean BBQ Tempeh – mixed vegetables, cabbage slaw, sliced avocado, scallions, and garnished sesame seeds.
325 Court Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-399-8733
© Wild Pear
Wild Pear has become one of the trendiest restaurants in Salem with excellent food and a funky vibe. The interior of this contemporary restaurant has a feature stone wall, colorfully designed flooring, and brightly colored walls. With cushioned booths, recessed lights, and a banquette along one wall, the Wild Pear an inviting place to dine. The restaurant serves food with organic and seasonal ingredients to ensure the richest flavors. Menu items include options like Kahlua Pork Sandwich, Seafood and Lobster Melt, French Dip, and Roast Beef and Blue Cheese. All wraps are served with kettle chips.
372 State Street, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-378-7515
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23.Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro
© Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro
Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro in Salem, a restaurant whose owners just happen to double as the chefs, serve food that is inspired from their hearts. A converted house, this cozy restaurant has the ambience of dining at home. Design elements include eclectic wall and ceiling art, brightly colored walls, and a romantic fireplace. It’s a quaint space for an intimate shared meal. Word of Mouth serves an eclectic menu with selections like Rueben-Lover’s Rueben, Cheesy BLT, Grilled Turkey Rachel, and Chopped Chicken Salad – mozzarella, basil, diced chicken breast, Roma tomatoes, and mixed greens.
140 17th Street Northeast, Salem, OR, Phone: 503-930-4285
23 Best Restaurants in Salem, Oregon
- ACME Cafe, Photo: ACME Café
- Amadeus Cafe, Photo: Amadeus Café
- Annette's Westgate Cafe
- Bentley's Grill, Photo: Bentley's Grill
- Bo & Vine Burger Bar, Photo: Bo & Vine Burger Bar
- Christos Pizzeria, Photo: Christos Pizzeria
- DaVinci Ristorante, Photo: DaVinci Ristorante
- Gamberetti's, Photo: Gamberetti's
- Gerry Frank's Konditorei, Photo: Gerry Frank's Konditorei
- Gilgamesh Brewing, Photo: Gilgamesh Brewing
- La Hacienda Real, Photo: Joshua Resnick/stock.adobe.com
- Marco Polo Global Restaurant, Photo: Marco Polo Global Restaurant
- McGrath's Fish House, Photo: Leonid Nyshko/stock.adobe.com
- Nagoya Steakhouse and Sushi, Photo: stockmelnyk/stock.adobe.com
- Rafns’ Restaurant, Photo: Rafns’ Restaurant
- Rudy's Steakhouse, Photo: Rudy's Steakhouse
- The Sassy Onion Grill, Photo: The Sassy Onion Grill
- Table FIVE .08, Photo: Table FIVE .08
- The Kitchen on Court Street, Photo: The Kitchen on Court Street
- Tiga Sushi and Asian Bistro, Photo: Tiga Sushi and Asian Bistro
- Venti's Cafe and Basement Bar, Photo: Venti's Café + Basement Bar
- Wild Pear, Photo: Wild Pear
- Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro, Photo: Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro
- Cover Photo: BlueOrange Studio/stock.adobe.com