Astoria is a beautiful city located on the Columbia River. A smaller population of under 10,000 keeps this area unique, and one of the best ways to do this is eating in one of the several fine establishments in the city. Every kind of food is available in the area, including seafood shacks and fine dining restaurants. Once you and your date have had time to the historic sites in the county, quench your thirst and hunger at one of these places.
1.Albatross & Co.
© Albatross & Co.
When looking for a romantic night out, a trip to albatross & Co. is a great idea. Start your evening with one of the many cocktails and alcoholic beverages offered. Nine different house cocktails are offered at Albatross, including Michigone Mule, Rival #7, and Alsternixe, which all use spirits and bitters for unique flavor combinations. When ready to dine, check out the raw and chilled seafood bar, with daily offerings. Food included grass-fed beef options, gnocchi, and seafood. Dessert options change daily. Most importantly, Albatross is all about all-natural, cruelty-free ingredients.
225 14th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-741-3091
2.Astoria Brewing Company
© Astoria Brewing Company
As Astoria’s oldest microbrewery, the Astoria Brewing Company overlooks the Columbia River. Astoria Brewing Company is more than just a brewery, it’s a restaurant serving delicious fare for the romantic. Along with delicious starters, this Oregon establishment does not fail to bring the seafood with clam chowder, fish tacos, and fish & chips. The fish & chips are made with the house Golden Rye Ale. Of course, every visitor to the brewery must try out one of their house brews, like the Astor Haus Pilsner, Strawberry Blonde, Bitter Bitch Imperial IPA, or the Trolley Stop Stout.
144 11th Street, Astoria, OR 87103, Phone: 503-325-6975
© Baked Alaska
Originally a school project for culinary school, Baked Alaska’s was first thought up in 2000. Chef Holen opened the 7-table restaurant with his wife before moving to the banks of the Columbia River. Baked Alaska is open for lunch and dinner, though a dinner date is much better for romantics. The restaurant is dedicated to providing all natural and sustainable ingredients on the menu. Couples can sit at the bar to begin their night out, or go right into the waterfront dining area to partake in one of the pizza or seafood plates offered. Of course, it’d be foolish to go to Baked Alaska and not try their version of Baked or Half-Baked Alaska.
#1 12th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-7414
4.Bowpicker Fish & Chips
© Bowpicker Fish & Chips
Some date nights are about unique experiences. One of Astoria’s unique options is Bowpicker Fish & Chips. This simple restaurant is on a converted 1932 gillnet boat and serves strictly fish and chips. This simple menu does not mean that this is a boring meal, though. Imagine walking up to an actual boat, requesting fresh albacore tuna chunks beer battered and fried, then served with fries and tartar sauce. Be sure to add some malt vinegar for an added dash of flavor. This is one of the most authentic seafood shacks found in Astoria.
1634 Duane Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-791-2942
© Bridgewater Bistro
One of the most difficult parts of date nights is when one partner has dietary sensitivities. In Astoria, Bridgewater Bistro boasts an impressive 90% gluten-free menu. Gluten-free meals are often the hardest to find, which is why the gluten-free-friendly menus for lunch, dinner, brunch, and dessert are so impressive. Consider trying out one of the delicious menu options, such as the Hungarian mushroom-dill soup, the crispy-skin wild salmon, the pan-fried Willapa Bay oysters, or the smoked mushroom cassoulet. Top off your night out with a cocktail and dessert, such as the honey-almond cheesecake or the upside-down rhubarb cake.
20 Basin Street, Suite A, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-6777
6.Buoy Beer Company
© Buoy Beer Company
The people at Buoy Beer Company work hard to bring creative beers and food to their visitors. Today, patrons can visit the warehouse located right on the waterfront. Those visiting the taproom will find many beers on tap and should consider trying one of their fun creations, like the Benedict Cumberbatch, the champagne supernova, or the Conqueror of the Mash Paddle of Doom. The styles of beer are as vast as the tasting options: citrus sour, India pale ale, German lager, IPA, Gose, etc. The food options on site offer unique twists on some classics, like the spiced pistachios or the Willapa Bay oyster shooters.
#1 8th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-4540
© Carruthers Restaurant
This open warehouse actually has quite the cozy feel, guests have said. The restaurant is situated around a large, open bar, that really immerses the guests into the center of this lively restaurant. The food is always delicious, though guests should anticipate spending a bit more on their meal than at a seafood shack. While an alcoholic beverage is a great way to start off a romantic evening, the food is homestyle, with a big-city feel. Be sure to check out one of the burgers, sandwiches, soups, or salads to stave off the hunger for the night.
1198 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-741-3443
8.Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant
© Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant
If you want your date night to skirt the exotic side, consider checking out Drina Daisy, the Bosnian restaurant serving authentic Euro-Mediterranean food. The chef is a third generation Bosnian, who ran a restaurant in Bosnia for over 20 years. Food is cooked with fresh ingredients, often braised or served in phyllo dough. Well-known Mediterranean favorites, like stuffed cabbage rolls and tomatoes and cucumber salad are also available. Consider ordering a dish with lamb, as they slow roast a whole lamb and offer many tasty dishes featuring the often-underused ingredient. Be sure to top your meal off with a beer or cocktail.
915 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-338-2912
Fulio’s Pastaria & Delicatessen is open for both lunch a dinner. Their belief is that having the freshest ingredients cooked in the simplest manner produces the tastiest food. Along with appetizers like caprese and Ciabatta e olio, there are salad and sandwich options. The pasta dishes are where Fulio’s really shines. Along with common favorites, like eggplant parm and lasagna, patrons can order pasta and fish dishes that would make any Italian yearn for home. Scampi all Checca, penne arrabiata, penne putanesco, and spaghetti a’ Piccolo Mondo are just a few of the options worth trying.
1149 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-9001
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10.Rogue Ales Public House Astoria
© Rogue Ales Public House Astoria
While Rogue Ales can be found in various locations, Rogue Ales Astoria Public House is located on the pier right over the Columbia River. For those who are interested in a fun night out with a romantic setting, the pier is a good choice. Outdoor seating is available for you and your date to look out over the river. Several of Rogue’s beers are always on tap, as well as some spirits, like whiskey. Consider starting off your night with a flight of seven beers to get you in the mood for food. Brew flavors are exceptionally unique, such as the Hazelnut Choctabulous, the Fruit Salad Cider, and their very popular Dead Guy Ale.
100 39th Street (Pier 39), Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 506-468-0923
11.Silver Salmon Grille
© Silver Salmon Grille
Open seven days a week, the Silver Salmon Grille in downtown Astoria is home to a restaurant and saloon. The current bar is over 130 years old and is made of Scottish cherry wood. With such a fantastic saloon, it’s no surprise there are many wonderful drinks available. For those who want to try one of the many martinis or fine wines, bar food can be ordered. Over at the restaurant side, chicken and beef are served but seafood is the star. Consider checking out the coconut beer prawns, the Dungeness crab & flour cakes, or one of the five salmon dishes.
1105 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-338-6640
12.Street 14 Cafe
© Street 14 Café
For those looking for a daytime date, consider stopping into Street 14 Café, where breakfast and lunch are served. Serving cocktails like the Dandy Lion, the Kumquat Drop, the Nordic Mary, and the Elderflower Spritz can get you feeling romantic quickly. Then, jump into a nice breakfast (it’s never too early for a cocktail, right?) of greens & eggs (a salad with pickled peppers and grilled bread), a breakfast sandwich, or a quiche. If you stop by for lunch, gluten-free sandwich options are available. Look into try the soup of the day or make it a lunch combo of both soup and a sandwich.
1410 Commercial Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-5511
13.T. Paul’s Supper Club
© T. Paul’s Supper Club
At T. Paul’s Supper Club, you’ll find tasty food and great drinks. If you make your special date night on a Tuesday, you’ll get there during Burgers & Blues, when live blues music is playing and burgers are on special. Along with the burger, enjoy one of the house cocktails, like the Shanghai Chai-tini, the Frisky Whiskey, or the Dirty Momma. When you’re ready to eat, jump into one of the seafood chowders, like the Poor Man’s Cioppino, and then pick up a burger, sandwich, or whole entrees. Those watching their figure can check out the lighter side menu.
360 12th Street, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-2545
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For over 51 years, The Logger has been serving hungry patrons. Some of the restaurants top specialties are the crispy chicken salad, logger clubhouse, and the logger bacon cheeseburger. All burgers are made with certified Angus beef. Nothing but homestyle food is available at the Logger, with extra fun treats, like fried green beans and house-smoked meats. For those dates that go well, breakfast is offered until 11:30, and have local favorites, like Monte Cristo sandwiches, Texas Toast French toast, and biscuits & gravy. Complete your meal with one of the several decadent homemade cream pies.
42929 Old Highway 30, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-458-6886
14 Best Romantic Restaurants in Astoria, OR
- Albatross & Co., Photo: Albatross & Co.
- Astoria Brewing Company, Photo: Astoria Brewing Company
- Baked Alaska, Photo: Baked Alaska
- Bowpicker Fish & Chips, Photo: Bowpicker Fish & Chips
- Bridgewater Bistro, Photo: Bridgewater Bistro
- Buoy Beer Company, Photo: Buoy Beer Company
- Carruthers Restaurant, Photo: Carruthers Restaurant
- Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant, Photo: Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant
- Fulio's, Photo: Fulio’s
- Rogue Ales Public House Astoria, Photo: Rogue Ales Public House Astoria
- Silver Salmon Grille, Photo: Silver Salmon Grille
- Street 14 Cafe, Photo: Street 14 Café
- T. Paul’s Supper Club, Photo: T. Paul’s Supper Club
- The Logger, Photo: Joshua Resnick/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: smspsy/stock.adobe.com