Bend is a small city on the Deschutes River, in Oregon that is home to beautiful natural scenery, ranging from the Cascade Mountains in the west to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the Lava River Cave in the south. The city offers a wealth of places to eat from casual cafés to elegant fine dining restaurants, which are ideal for romantic dinners and special celebrations with loved ones.
1.10Below Restaurant & Lounge
© 10Below Restaurant & Lounge
Located on the lower level of the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend and inspired by the sustainable food movement, 10Below Restaurant and Lounge offers urban-organic cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with regional wines and craft brews. The restaurant’s dining room features tables and booths upholstered in multiple abstract patterns of black and white and a cozy lounge has a blazing fire, comfortable armchairs and a large screen television where guests can enjoy a drink after dinner. The menu boasts contemporary New American cuisine with a focus on organic, sustainable ingredients and includes fresh seafood, salads, chicken, and pasta dishes, along with fine local wines and craft beers. A prix fixe menu featuring the chef's exclusive creations is offered for special events.
10 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97703, Phone: 541-382-1010
2.5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
© 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
Located in the heart of downtown Bend and led by a James Beard Award nominee chef, 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar is a sleek, modern eatery with high ceilings that serves Asian fusion plates, sushi, and signature cocktails. The award-winning restaurant offers guests a unique and memorable dining experience with two distinct menus that blend key elements of Asian and European cuisine into a mouthwatering fusion of flavors. The Hot Fusion menu features dishes with a kick, while the sushi bar boasts extensive offerings of freshly made sushi, rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and tempura. The cuisine is accompanied by a list of handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and other drinks. 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar is open for dinner only, seven days a week.
821 NW Wall St #100, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-323-2328
© 900 Wall
900 Wall Restaurant is an airy eatery serving locally sourced New American cuisine with strong French and Italian influences accompanied by a variety of wine flights and signature cocktails. Set in a 1920 two-story brick building that blends industrial-chic design with historical charm the restaurant is helmed by Chef Cliff Eslinger who creates seasonally inspired and responsibly sourced menus with dishes prepared using fresh, local, organic, responsibly sourced ingredients. A lovely outdoor patio and bar seating can seat up to 200 guests, and two private dining spaces with French glass doors are perfect for intimate functions or romantic occasions. The wine cellar boasts over 200 labels, and the full-service bar offers a variety of signature cocktails, bubbles, and other libations. 900 Wall is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
900 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-323-6295
4.Anthony's at the Old Mill District
© Anthony's at the Old Mill District
Located in Old Mill District, Anthony's at the Old Mill District is a popular restaurant chain that specializes in serving Pacific Northwest seafood and local catches, along with regional beers and wines. Part of a family of unique restaurants located throughout the Pacific Northwest, the locally owned and operated restaurant prides itself on offering guests an unrivaled dining experience with the freshest seafood, including catch-of-the-day fish, shellfish, lobster, and oysters. Diners can enjoy spectacular views of the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters Mountains from the elegant dining room or the outdoor patio, and a selection of worldly wines, handcrafted cocktails, and craft beers are available from the bar. Anthony's at the Old Mill District is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
475 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702, Phone: 541-389-8998
© Ariana Restaurant
Set in a cozy Craftsman bungalow on the Westside of Bend, Ariana is an intimate restaurant that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Owned and managed by Chef Andres and Ariana Fernandez, the welcoming restaurant serves a seasonal menu of inventive New American cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce accompanied by globally inspired wines and signature house cocktails. Guests can select dishes from an a la carte menu or taste a five-course Chef’s tour of menu favorites along with an extensive collection of wines from Oregon and Washington. The full-service bar also serves creative signature cocktails, distinctive spirits, and liqueurs, and decadent desserts can be enjoyed in front of the crackling fire. Ariana is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
1304 NW Galveston Ave, Bend, OR 97703, Phone: 541-330-5539
© Bistro 28
Bistro 28 is a warm and welcoming neighborhood restaurant that serves a menu of small and sharing plates prepared in a from-scratch kitchen. Located in the Athletic Club of Bend just of Century Drive, Bistro 28 is the sister restaurant to downtown Bend’s award-winning Zydeco and serves dinner seven days a week. The restaurant serves shareable plates and entrées of steaks, chops, chicken, and fish prepared in a live wood-burning stove or in a mesquite rotisserie and handmade pizza grilled to perfection in one of two wood-fired ovens. A full-service bar offers a variety of drinks, including local craft beers on tap and by the bottle, an extensive West Coast wine list, and signature cocktails. Guests can dine fireside year-round and on the outdoor patio during the summer months.
The Athletic Club Of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr, Bend, OR 97702, Phone: 541-728-0065
© Bos Taurus
Bos Taurus is a classic American steakhouse that serves prime cuts of beef from all over the world, including A-5 wagyu from Japan, Australian Wagyu, and the best-sourced meat in the US. Located in the heart of downtown Bend, the contemporary steakhouse boasts chic interiors with an industrial vibe, an open-air kitchen with a custom cast-iron searing slab, and cozy leather dining booths. In addition to an array of world-class prime steaks, the menu also features a selection of non-beef dishes such as handmade pasta, fresh seafood, salads, and sides. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive list of wines from around the world and signature cocktails prepared by expert mixologists. Bos Taurus is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
163 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-241-2735
8.Brickhouse Steak & Seafood
© Brickhouse Steak & Seafood
Set in the historic building that once housed the Bend firehouse in downtown Bend, Brickhouse Steak & Seafood serves USDA naturally raised and hormone-free prime steaks, and naturally farmed chicken, pork, and lamb dishes. The charming restaurant has a cozy ambiance with soft lighting and is perfect for a romantic dinner or a special celebration. In addition to prime steaks of the highest quality beef, which are wet-aged an additional 35 to 65 days and hand-cut to exacting standards, the menu also features entrées of homemade pasta, fresh seafood, salads, sides, and decadent desserts. A hand-curated wine list features a selection of global wines, including value wines and rare finds, signature cocktails, and craft beers. Brickhouse is open daily for happy hour and dinner, seven days a week.
5 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-728-0334
9.CURRENTS at the Riverhouse
© CURRENTS at the Riverhouse
CURRENTS at the Riverhouse is an elegant restaurant set within a stylish business hotel overlooking the scenic Deschutes River. The contemporary eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, as well as brunch on the weekends and has a charming outdoor patio where diners can enjoy great food and drinks against a backdrop of spectacular views. The restaurant serves a menu of contemporary Pacific Northwest cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and is accompanied by a selection of innovative craft beers on tap and by the bottle, global wines, and signature cocktails. A stylish lounge is an ideal spot to sip a signature cocktail or an elegant northwest regional wine by the glass and bottle.
3075 US-97 BUS, Bend, OR 97703, Phone: 844-857-6854
10.Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
© Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House is an offshoot brewpub of the renowned Deschutes Brewery that serves locavore fare for lunch and dinner along with locally brewed beers by the bottle and on tap from the brewery. Deschutes Brewery is family and employee-owned brewhouse that produces a variety of ales and brews, including six year-round brews, four seasonal, six Reserve series brews, and a special “Bond Street” series inspired by their original pub on Bond Street. The brewery offers free daily guided brewery tours starting from their Tasting Room, which also serves a beer-centric menu of cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including spent grain from the brewing process. Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1044 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97703, Phone: 541-382-9242
Drake is a bright eatery on the corner of Wall Franklin Street in downtown Bend that serves innovative American comfort food and handcrafted cocktails in a warm and welcoming setting. Retro neighborhood café meets elegant bistro at this brasserie-like eatery which offers a menu of creative and inspired comfort food like fried chicken, hearty burgers and fries and double thick milkshakes. Perfect for date nights and special celebrations, Drake features romantic outdoor seating under hanging baskets for dining outside in the summer and a cozy dining room for wintertime. Signature dishes include a duck fat Sazarac and savory popcorn, and an extensive wine list has a selection of worldly wines. Drake is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
801 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-306-3366
© Greg's Grill
Situated in the heart of the historic Old Mill District, Greg’s Grill is a sprawling woodsy-chic American restaurant overlooking the Deschutes River that specializes in wood-fired meats and fresh seafood. Surrounded by art galleries, theaters, boutiques and bars, Greg’s Grill is an excellent spot for a special occasion or romantic celebration with a soaring ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows boast beautiful views of the Deschutes River and the Cascade mountains. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, Greg’s Grill serves menus of contemporary Northwest cuisine such as prime steaks, fresh seafood, grass-fed chicken and succulent ribs, all of which are grilled to perfection in a mesquite-fired rotisserie. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of wines, beers, ciders, and craft cocktails that can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio in the summer months.
395 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702, Phone: 541-382-2200
Take a trip to the Middle East with eclectic dishes like elk chili, rose harissa Caesar salad and Moroccan camel wings at Joolz. Mezze meets mesa at this vibrant restaurant which serves locally sourced Middle Eastern fare with a Northwestern twist in an exotic setting. Guests can enjoy a selection of small plates and specialty drinks during Ecstatic Hour, and a variety of entrées for dinner from Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is perfect for groups of friends wanting a fun night out or couples looking for an intimate space for a romantic dinner for two. Joolz is open for dinner, Monday through Saturday.
916 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-388-5094
14.Kayo's Dinner House & Lounge
© Kayo's Dinner House & Lounge
Opened in 1982, Kayo’s Dinner House & Lounge is a refined mainstay with a cozy dining space, a crackling fireplace, and a warm and welcoming ambiance. Located on Third Street, Kayo’s Dinner House serves a menu of fresh seafood and prime steaks, handmade pasta and hearty sauces, fresh salads, and sweet desserts. Diners can enjoy a range of specials throughout the week, including Taco Tuesdays, fresh oysters on the half shell on Wednesdays, Ladies Night on Thursdays, and Happy Hour all week. The restaurant caters for private dining and celebrations and is a perfect spot for date night. Kayo’s Dinner House & Lounge is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
415 NE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-323-2520
© Level 2
Located in Old Mill District, Level 2 is a swanky restaurant and bar that serves Asian fusion cuisine in an industrial setting. Set on the second floor in the mill’s original Fuel Building, the chic, urban restaurant has seasonal outside seating that boasts breathtaking views of the Deschutes River and the Cascades. Their menu includes a variety of appetizers, small plates, and entrées prepared from locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, along with house-made desserts, home-baked bread, and specialty cocktails. Level 2 caters for private events and parties and is an excellent spot for a romantic dinner for two. Level 2 is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
3298, 360 SW Powerhouse Dr, Bend, OR 97702, Phone: 541-323-5382
16.NINETEEN at Awbrey Glen
© NINETEEN at Awbrey Glen
NINETEEN at Awbrey Glen is an elegant restaurant based at the Awbrey Glen Golf Club off Mt. Washington Drive in the northwest part of the city. Helmed by Executive chef Darrin Hauser, the aptly named restaurant overlooks the 19th hole and features an elegant dining room with large windows and charming outdoor patio where diners can watch the golfers at play. The menu features gourmet cuisine perfectly prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce such as New England clam chowder, sous-vide cooked beef tenderloin with duxelle mushroom cream sauce and house-mashed potatoes, and seafood pappardelle in a garlic-basil cream sauce. NINETEEN at Awbrey Glen is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Saturday and Sunday brunch.
2500 Awbrey Glen Dr, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-317-2885
17.Noi Thai Cuisine
© Noi Thai Cuisine
Located in the Royal Hawaiian Center at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Bond Street, Noi Thai Cuisine is a Thai restaurant that serves authentic upscale Thai cuisine in a classy, elegant setting. Part of the Bai Tong family of restaurants, Noi Thai Cuisine offers a variety of traditional Thai dishes from the heart of southeast Asia that can be enjoyed individually or in a family-style of sharing plates. The menu also features a selection of royal Thai dishes, similar to those that are served to the Thai Royal Family, such as Angry Ocean of stir-fried lobster, squid, prawns, scallops and mussels stir-fry, and Red Curry Roast Duck with Thai basil, fresh local pineapple, and lychee fruit. Noi Thai Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
2301 Kalakaua Ave C308, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-664-4039
18.Pine Tavern Restaurant
© Pine Tavern Restaurant
Founded in 1936 by Maren Gribskov and Eleanor Bechen, the Pine Tavern Restaurant is one of Bend’s best restaurants. Situated at the foot of Oregon Avenue overlooking Brooks Street, the old-school American eatery has a comfortable dining room known as the Garden Room with two gigantic Ponderosa pine trees, crisp linen-covered tables, and fine China. Renowned for its freshly baked scones with honey butter, the restaurant also serves a menu of hearty cuisine such as classic meatloaf, fried chicken, beer battered fish and chips, and barbecue baby back ribs. The Pine Tavern Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
967 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-382-5581
Spork is a vibrant restaurant with a brick and mortar casual counter service, a lovely outdoor patio, and a dining room that seats up to 50 guests for lunch, dinner, and cocktails. Located on Bend’s west side, the restaurant began as an eco-conscious mobile street food kitchen based in a classic 1962 Airstream Tradewind. The eatery specializes in Mexican eats and Asian fusion cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional organic produce, along with handcrafted cocktails. Their seasonally changing menu features daily specials, small plate, and delicious entrées, and the full-service bar offers house-made non-alcoholic options, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, kombucha, and cider. Spork is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
937 NW Newport Ave, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-390-0946
20.The Blacksmith Restaurant
© The Blacksmith Restaurant
Located in the historic 1923 Pierson’s Blacksmith Shop with brick and stone walls, cozy leather dining booths and an elegant copper bar in the heart of downtown Bend, the Blacksmith Restaurant is a hip steakhouse that serves prime steaks, fresh seafood, handmade pasta, and delicious desserts. Exuding a romantic ambiance with subtle lighting and stylish décor, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or a special celebration. The menu features signature dishes like the Mac and Cheese flight, Shrimp and Grits, crab corn dogs and the ultimate Tomahawk of a 24-ounce bone-in Ribeye. Desserts include Fostered bananas split, and the full-service bar offers an extensive list of craft beers, fine wines, and handcrafted cocktails. The Blacksmith Restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week and hosts live music every Tuesday and Friday night.
211 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-318-0588
21.The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
© The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin is a cozy eatery with woodsy-chic décor in the heart of downtown Bend that serves creative, contemporary New American cuisine and inventive craft cocktails. Renowned as one of the best spots in town to enjoy a range of signature cocktails mixed by expert mixologists against a backdrop of sexy music by resident DJs, Dogwood Cocktail Cabin serves a variety of small plates that are creative as the cocktails such as coconut shrimp, spring risotto, steamed beef dumplings, and crispy Brussel sprouts. The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and hosts Cabin Fever every day.
147 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-706-9949
22.Tim Garling's Jackalope Grill
© Tim Garling's Jackalope Grill
Located on Lava Road in downtown Bend, Tim Garling's Jackalope Grill is a romantic white-tablecloth New American restaurant that serves prime steaks, fresh seafood, small plates and sharing platters along with handcrafted cocktails and globally-inspired wines. Helmed by Chef Tim, the restaurant prides themselves on serving innovative cuisine prepared with fresh, local, sustainably produced organic products from regional family-owned businesses. Signature dishes include Berenjenas la Taberna, Roasted Candycane Beets with Burrata, Cioppino-Style Seafood Pasta, and Imperial Stock Ranch Rack of Lamb. Tim Garling's Jackalope Grill is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
750 NW Lava Rd #139, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-318-8435
© Trattoria Sbandati
Located off Mt. Washington Drive in northwest Bend, Trattoria Sbandati offers an intimate and authentic Florentine-style Italian experience. Owned and operated by Chef Juri Sbandati, who was born and bred in Florence and learned to cook from his mother and grandmother, the restaurant offers a menu that takes diners on a culinary journey through Italy with platters of antipasti and appetizers, handmade pasta and sauces, wood-fired pizza and fresh seafood and meat dishes. Of course, there are decadent desserts to top off the menu like homemade tiramisu, and a hand-curated selection of wines from Italy and around the world, craft beers and ales, and imported liqueurs and spirits. Trattoria Sbandati is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
1444 NW College Way #4, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-306-6825
24.Washington Dining & Cocktails
© Washington Dining & Cocktails
Washington Dining and Cocktails is a stylish restaurant and bar that serves New American cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in an elegant, lounge-style setting. Located on Mt. Washington Drive, the restaurant offers a menu of classic, nostalgic dishes with a creative touch including fresh seafood and prime steaks, refreshing salads with locally sourced produce and a variety of toppings, and Italian-influenced appetizers and desserts. Brunch is served on Sunday and features signature dishes like the omelet with goat’s cheese, avocado and cherry tomatoes, and a buffalo chicken salad. The cuisine is paired with classic wines, seasonal craft cocktails, and a variety of brews on tap. Washington Dining and Cocktails is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
900 Northwest Mount Washington Drive, Bend, OR 97701, Phone: 541-640-8257
25.Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
© Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
Located on Bond Street in the heart of downtown Bend, Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails is a friendly neighborhood eatery with contemporary décor, a creative menu of innovative and locally sourced fare and a warm and welcoming ambiance. The menu focuses on Northwest cuisine with a Southern twist with dishes prepared using locally sourced, organic, hormone-free, and pesticide-free ingredients from regional farmers and producers. Signature favorites on the menu include Acadian Flatbread, Artichoke & Corn Fritters, Blackened Redfish, and NW Reserve Ribeye Steak, while desserts like Almond Wet Cake and a decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake shouldn’t be missed. The restaurant even offers Lady’s Homemade Dog Biscuits for four-legged friends. Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner seven nights a week.
919 NW Bond Street, Bend, OR 97703, Phone: 541-312-2899
25 Best Romantic Restaurants in Bend
- 10Below Restaurant & Lounge, Photo: 10Below Restaurant & Lounge
- 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar, Photo: 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
- 900 Wall, Photo: 900 Wall
- Anthony's at the Old Mill District, Photo: Anthony's at the Old Mill District
- Ariana Restaurant, Photo: Ariana Restaurant
- Bistro 28, Photo: Bistro 28
- Bos Taurus, Photo: Bos Taurus
- Brickhouse Steak & Seafood, Photo: Brickhouse Steak & Seafood
- CURRENTS at the Riverhouse, Photo: CURRENTS at the Riverhouse
- Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House, Photo: Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
- Drake, Photo: Drake
- Greg's Grill, Photo: Greg's Grill
- Joolz, Photo: Joolz
- Kayo's Dinner House & Lounge, Photo: Kayo's Dinner House & Lounge
- Level 2, Photo: Level 2
- NINETEEN at Awbrey Glen, Photo: NINETEEN at Awbrey Glen
- Noi Thai Cuisine, Photo: Noi Thai Cuisine
- Pine Tavern Restaurant, Photo: Pine Tavern Restaurant
- Spork, Photo: Spork
- The Blacksmith Restaurant, Photo: The Blacksmith Restaurant
- The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, Photo: The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
- Tim Garling's Jackalope Grill, Photo: Tim Garling's Jackalope Grill
- Trattoria Sbandati, Photo: Trattoria Sbandati
- Washington Dining & Cocktails, Photo: Washington Dining & Cocktails
- Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails, Photo: Zydeco Kitchen & Cocktails
- Cover Photo: bobex73/stock.adobe.com