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.

We recommend that you call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.

1.Astoria Brewing Company

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

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2.Bowpicker Fish & Chips

Bowpicker Fish & Chips
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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

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3.Bridgewater Bistro

Bridgewater Bistro
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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

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4.Buoy Beer Company

Buoy Beer Company
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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

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5.Carruthers Restaurant

Carruthers Restaurant
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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

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6.Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant

Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant
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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

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© Fulio’s

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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8.Rogue Ales Public House Astoria

Rogue Ales Public House Astoria
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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

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9.Silver Salmon Grille

Silver Salmon Grille
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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

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10.Street 14 Cafe

Street 14 Cafe
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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

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11.T. Paul’s Supper Club

T. Paul’s Supper Club
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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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12.The Logger

The Logger
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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

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More Ideas: Astoria Column

The Astoria Column is a tower located in Astoria, Oregon. Built in 1926 and financed by Vincent Astor and the Great Northern Railway, the column is one of 12 historic markers built between Astoria and St. Paul, Minnesota. The column is situated on Coxcomb Hill above the mouth of the Columbian River. Composed of steel and concrete, this structure can be found within a 30-acre city park. The tower measures 125 feet tall and includes an observation deck at the top, which can be reached by climbing the 164 steps of a crafted spiral staircase. The Astoria Column was modelled after the Place Vendome Column in Paris and the Trajan Column in Rome, upon which it is based. There have been several restorations and extensions over the years, with the murals on the column being refurbished in 1995, while in 2004 a granite plaza was added. In May 1974 the column was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Things to do and see

The murals that decorate the column were painted by Attilio Pusterla and Electus D. Litchfield. Created using a sgraffito technique, which is an Italian Renaissance form of art, the murals display 14 events of historical significance concentrating on the prehistory of Oregon. The main focus is on Astoria’s place in Captain Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River in 1792, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the arrival of the merchant ship Tonquin, events that contributed to the foundation of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and areas of Montana and Wyoming. Visitors of all ages travel to the column to view the historic murals, study the artistic techniques, and learn about the early history of Oregon.

After visitors have climbed the spiral staircase to the top of the column, they can take in the view on the observation deck. This space is 110 feet high and framed by a metal fence. The deck allows visitors to take in expansive views of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the Columbia River, Washington, Astoria, and the Pacific Ocean with the height appearing more extreme than it actually measures due to the undulations of the hills below. Further amenities within the area are public restrooms, picnic tables, and benches. There is limited parking for visitors coming by car. There are a number of telescopes located around the base of the column, which enable an unobstructed view of Saddle Mountain and Young’s Bay. Within the 30-acre park in which the column is situated, there is access to the 1-mile Cathedral Tree Trail, which heads through Cape Meares State Park, passing trees and wildlife, including a famous ancient Sitka spruce known as the Octopus Tree. A short distance further to the Oregon Coast lies the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Visitors to the column will also get to view the spiral staircase, which had to be replaced in 2007. By 2009, the stairs had been redesigned and crafted by architects Hennebery-Eddy and were airlifted into place. The stairs are an additional attraction when visiting the area as they are positioned on the interior of the dome, at the top of which lies the state seal of Oregon. There is the Astoria Column Gift Shop located on the grounds, which sells local candy, books, sweatshirts, tees, and balsa wood gliders, which can be thrown from the top of the column or from the surrounding hills. Visitors can view the plaque situated near the column, which commemorates the Community Antenna Television, a pioneering system built by Leroy E. Parsons, who was local to the area. The system involved twin lead transmission wires and redistributed the KRSC-TV (KING-TV) signal in Seattle, Washington, to homes.

Ongoing programs and events

Since its establishment in 1988, the non-profit organization, Friends of Astoria Column, has organized special events throughout the year for public enjoyment and fundraising purposes. Dedicated to public education, preservation, and the stewardship of the Astoria Column, they organize charity events, musical performances, special activities for seniors and children, and even athletic endeavors such as yoga classes each year. School trips also visit the column often for field trips.

1 Coxcomb Dr, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-2963

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More Ideas: Columbia River Maritime Museum

Located in Astoria, Oregon near the mouth of the Columbia River, the Columbia River Maritime Museum showcases the largest collection of artifacts related to the maritime industry of the Pacific Northwest, featuring a variety of interactive exhibits and offering public workshops and event programming.


The Columbia River Maritime Museum Association was created in 1962 to oversee the development of a museum to house the collection of local maritime artifact collector Rolf Klep. Following a major fundraising campaign, the Association acquired the former Old Astoria City Hall building, formerly owned by the Oregon Military Department. The museum was opened to the public in August of 1963 and quickly gained a reputation as one of the foremost museums in Oregon, becoming the state’s first museum to receive national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Throughout the early 1970s, the museum’s collections quickly outgrew its City Hall building location, and a new fundraising campaign was begun for the purposes of developing a new location at the city’s waterfront area, which would allow it to encompass several historic ships docked along the city’s shores. Construction on the new facility began in 1975, and in 1982, the new 37,000-square-foot museum was opened to the public. In 2001, a major renovation project was announced in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary, adding an additional 5,200 square feet of exhibit space.

Permanent Exhibits and Collections

Today, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is operated as a nonprofit organization, funded by the contributions of visitor admissions and private donors. As the official maritime museum of the state of Oregon, the museum is nationally recognized as a leader in maritime museums for its unique, interactive, and comprehensive exhibits. Since its 1963 opening, the museum’s all-donation collection has grown to encompass more than 30,000 objects related to the history of boating and the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest. 33,000 photographs and 12,500 volumes are also contained within the museum’s Ted Natt Library, which is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays and available to researchers and students by appointment.

A variety of interactive exhibits are offered throughout the museum, allowing visitors to climb aboard several ships, including the Lightship Columbia, the first Oregon ship to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a floating lighthouse, the Columbia operated along the Columbia River from 1951 to 1979 and is now open daily for tours with museum admission. Other ships on display in the museum and along the waterfront include the Peacock bar pilot ship, two United States Coast Guard motor lifeboats, and the bridge from the WWII-era Destroyer-class USS Knapp. Permanent exhibits allow visitors to participate in a simulated Coast Guard rescue and experience the height of the salmon fishing era in Astoria. A short orientation film, The Great River of the West, focuses on the plight of bar pilots working in the dangerous conditions of the Columbia River Bar. A number of temporary rotating exhibits have also showcased aspects of Pacific Northwest climate and ecosystems, including Science of Storms: The Extraordinary Weather of the Pacific Northwest and Hurricane 3D, and topics related to the area’s participation in American military conflicts, including A Peaceful Return: The Story of the Yosegaki Hinomaru and USS Shark Cannon.

Ongoing Programs and Education

In addition to the facility’s main exhibits, the Barbey Maritime Center, opened in 2013, serves as a center for boat building and historic preservation efforts and public programming, including classes, workshops, and demonstrations. Housed within the former Astoria Railroad Depot building adjacent to the museum, the Center offers 6,000 square feet of multipurpose space focused around the craft of boat building and its history and role within the culture of the Astoria area. A variety of courses are offered to the public, including courses taught in conjunction with Clatsop Community College. All boat building courses emphasize both European and Native American boat building techniques and are available for participants of all skill levels.

Group tours of the museum are offered for groups of 10 or more, including 90-minute curriculum-incorporated tours for elementary and secondary school student groups. Learning lab programs are offered for student groups, allowing themed exploration of museum exhibits and group workshop activities related to STEM principles and maritime concepts. A traveling trunk program also brings museum collections directly into the classroom, and a traveling museum educator series brings themed content related to Oregon history and aquatic ecosystems into classrooms. All educational programs are supported through the Quest for Truth Foundation and incorporate national Common Core curriculum standards. Self-guided educational tours for school groups may also be scheduled, with educational materials provided for participants upon request.

1792 Marine Dr, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-2323

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