Perhaps the most unique feature of Bill's is the live music, typically once a week on Thursdays. The restaurant / bar / tavern and brew house is split into two sections. When you walk in the front door the area to the right is the bar and strictly for the 21 and over crowd. To the left is the all-ages allowed area.
Local craft beer is usually on tap but on the particular day I ate here the beer was not ready quite yet, according to the brewmaster that decides when it is ready to serve.
Many of those that eat and drink here are locals, at least on weekdays, and you can find that the regulars are greeted on a first name basis.
Favorite Dish: What I had was the three enchaladas plate, which wasn't really that much food (I wasn't after a huge amount) for $7.50. It fit the needs but is more expensive than what you might pay in communities closer to farm areas. A cranberry juice and soda was $2.50.
Perhaps the most unique feature of this restaurant is that it looks directly out at Haystack Rock. There are quite a few restaurants in Cannon Beach, but very few are this close to The Rock.
However, it is only a rare few tables that get this view. Most of the restaurant does not have much of a view of anything, as the windows and seating is not arranged to take advantage of this. Also, the way the property is arranged, there is a large fence on the south west side, due to nearby hotels and condominiums. if you want a view of The Rock during your meal, you are really better off bringing or buying a picnic lunch, though the wind will make it a challenge to keep your food in your presence.
I went during the week, off-peak tourist season, at about 11:15 am for lunch, so the chances of getting a view table was far more likely (it worked). Trying to get a view table at peak eating times would likely yield a view of a wall.
The restaurant is really intended to meet the needs of the nearby hotel guests, and therefore is a somewhat more formal affair than you would find elsewhere in Cannon Beach. However, the tourist traffic is sufficient here that they have all types come through their doors.
Favorite Dish: What I had was the Razor Club - "A sesame-crusted razor clam, bacon, lettuce, tomato and jalapeno-lime jelly on a toasted house-made Kaiser bun. Served with French Fries". It should be noted that the jalapeno-lime jelly is not sufficient to make this sandwich extremely hot - it is just enough to add a little bit of flavor (and I am speaking as one that doesn't generally eat highly hot foods). The standard price is $14.99, and for $1.50 you can substitute garlic fries.
The Gower St. Bistro is located adjacent to the Cannon Beach Hotel. We have been here several times and have enjoyed many things on the menu. The service is very good and the ambiance charming and elegant. The dining room is rather small, so it is good to make reservations here in the summer months. We like to dine out on the small patio area when the weather is warm.
This is one of our favorite places to dine in Cannon Beach. The desserts are also not to miss and there is a bakery case where you can purchase items to go.
Favorite Dish: The Wild King Salmon, the Meatloaf, Caprese Salad, Gnocchi in Brown Butter, Chocolate Pot de Creme, Apple Pie, it's all good here!
The Wayfarer is located at the Surfsand Resort in the gorgeous coastal town of Cannon Beach. The dining room is spacious and the best views of Haystack Rock can be seen from the tables in the back of the restaurant. It's worth the wait to request one of these tables.
We have dined here a few times and it's always good. The Wild King Salmon Entree is very good and they have a nice innovative list of salads, also. We enjoyed the one with the sliced pears and feta cheese.
The dining room can be noisy at times as this is a family-oriented hotel. The service is also very good here.
Favorite Dish: The Wild King Salmon, Clam Chowder, Pasta, all desserts
Newman's @ 988 is located in a small mustard-yellow colored cottage turned restaurant. Inside ambiance is very nice and elegant. The dining room is small but there are also a few tables set up outside for dining when the weather is nice.
We have only dined here once but it was very good. John Newman is the ex-Executive Chef at Stephanie Inn, a highly acclaimed fine dining restaurant in the area.
Favorite Dish: The Tomato Bisque was creamy and just right. The chocolate Pot de Creme is outstanding. I also enjoyed the Lobster Ravioli dish that was served in a small plate portion. One of our favorite places for fine dining in the area.
Located in downtown Cannon Beach, this small little Bistro is producing some of the finest food in town. The dining room is rather small but there is also a small bar area in the front of the restaurant that will serve you if the main dining area is full.
The food is very fresh and there are specials daily you will want to ask your server about. The are also listed on the small chalkboard in the main dining room.
Favorite Dish: The Greek Lemon Soup is not to miss. Lots of lemon flavor with rice, this can be included with your entree. Another favorite of ours is the Salmon Special, perfectly prepared. Save room for the decadant desserts, your server will present a tray for your to choose from.
Make reservations on the weekends and busy summer months from July-Sept.
Do yourself a favor and wander the beach a bit, then wind up in this tiny little wonder called Fultano's Pizza. There, an outdoor patio lets you soak in the rays, ocean air and sometimes the sunset colors, with the sound of the surf not too far away.
The penne pasta with meat sauce is a monster and a half of gourmet pleasure. These meatballs are exceptional, with a marvelously multi-layered taste to them, like the subtleties you find in fine wine. The meat sauce is partially responsible for this, also with a few layers of goodness all its own. This place is a truly epicurean discovery, yet not only is it totally kid friendly but thoroughly has a romance element as well.
Their pizzas are plentiful and varied, including a seriously delectable pizza with a sauce made from mashed grapes. You’ll find it fabulous. There’s really not anything like it. 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street. (503) 436-9717
Favorite Dish: Love, LOVE L O V E the penne pasta and that homemade sauce. I'm actually quite addicted to it.
While in Cannon Beach for my sister's wedding, my boyfriend, two of our friends and I decided to try Bill's for the infamous ales and simply because we were starving. At first it seemed like a nice place: it wasn't busy, the atmosphere was laid-back, and the waitress seemed nice enough (just not super outgoing)...but then the food came out and our orders were wrong (and we ordered simple burgers and seafood). We weren't in a hurry so we asked the waitress to correct them, she apologized and said she'd correct the problem, but never did. However, my friend then had a medium-sized spider crawl out from her lettuce, and that pretty much was it for the meal. Although my friends and I enjoyed each others company, the restaurant seemed a little out-of-it. We did get somewhat of a discount for our troubles, but it seemed to be more of an inconvenience to them (even though we were the ones inconvenienced!). Overall...not the best experience. Just be careful if you eat there.
Favorite Dish: The Blackberry Ale, however, is tasty and FABULOUS! I would go back just to get a pint next time...no salads for me.
Dining Room at the Stephanie Inn
its a small, intimate candlelit restaurant which seats maybe 40-50 people. The 2 chefs create a different menu every evening. There are 2 dinner seatings, during which time the chefs have a presentation where they explain the menu and how it was prepared.
The meal was fantastic. Dinner began with potato leek soup with bacon, which had a hint of cream and some mild spices, and was absolutely delicious. Salad is served next. For the main course, there was a choice of entrees- sesame crusted salmon with white wine sauce and cous cous or lamp with sage and garlic. I can't speak for the lamb, but when the salmon came I cleaned my plate. Last, but not least, was a dessert of Bailey's cheescake with ice cream, hot fudge and shortbread cookies. You will not leave here hungry, nor short on calories to be burned up hiking Oregon's coastal trails the following day.
Mo's is a regionally famous restaurant started way back in 1946 as a small place in the marina at Newport, Ore., as "Freddy's and Mo's." The original is still there, and I remember it from the late 1960s, very small and intimate with a garage door (put there after a customer drove through the front) that opens in the front.
Sen. Robert Kennedy stopped there while campaigning for president in 1968, and later Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and others filming "Sometimes a Great Notion" were regulars.
Now there are Mo's -- much roomier and with great views -- in Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach and other Oregon coastal towns. The one in Cannon Beach is at the south end of town at Tolovana beach, and has a great view of Haystack Rock in the distance. Don't park at Mo's and walk to the rock though .... it's a lot farther than it looks.
Mo's has a gift shop where you can get souvenirs.
It also sells clam chowder starter, at the restaurants and in some Oregon grocery stores.
Favorite Dish: I always have clam chowder at Mo's, as it's almost the best anywhere, thick and creamy with lots of clams; a bowl is $3.95. Going to Mo's is like a coast tradition. (Except for Old Town Cafe on Friday's in Joseph.) I usually also get homemade bread. Sometimes I'll also have a oyster dinner.
While it's mostly seafood, there's also hamburgers and chicken strips on the menu.
I think the most expensive dinner is $10.95, so its very reasonable place to eat; decent food, but definitely not gourmet.
When it's really, really busy at meal time in the summer there's occasionally a short wait for a table.
I'm not sure what the building was before it became La Fiesta, maybe a bank. But step inside and you are transported to any given Mexican chain in the southwest.
Favorite Dish: Coming from Arizona, we know our Mexican food. La Fiesta does a pretty good job. But for us accustomed to the Sonoran style, La Fiesta doesn't cut it. My chilie relleno apperared to be a bell pepper, and my husband's dish was so unmemorable he can't remember what he had. The local hispanics we saw dining there were eating hamburgers.
But again, this is my Sonoran opinion. There were many unfamiliar items on the menu which may have been the house specialties, but we, stuck in our ways, were not wiling to try them. Considering the rave reviews I have read in the weeks following our visit, this was to our disadvantage.
There were some stale chips at the bottom of our basket, but the salsa was terrific!!
Its a little easy to overlook this tiny fish & chip shop in downtown Cannon Beach. They don't advertise much, and they aren't listed in the abundant "Dining in Cannon Beach" publications found all over town. I'm guessing at this, but I think the restaurant is a renovated home circa 1940. Its old, its small, its friendly, and its great!
Favorite Dish: After suffering through multiple low-carb, no-carb, health food venues, Neptune's was a welcome escape to a better place in a better time. My husband, thoroughly disgusted with finding not a decent bacon cheeseburger west of the Great Divide, finally had one at Neptune's. He was satisfied for days. I of course went with the fish n' chips. There is choice of fish, but I stuck with the standard Cod. It was excellent; light, flaky, battered well, and crisp, with a choice of tartar sauce and malt vinegar. But what really stands out are the FRIES. Being a connoisseur of french fries (and my waistline shows it), I can say without reservation that Neptune's fries exceed even my high expectations. Thin and crisp, yet soft inside, they almost appear to be coated with batter as well. You will not be disappointed here, as long as you forget your no-carb lifestlye for an hour or so.
Cool log cabin with average fare. Nothing special to note, but be prepared that this isn't a fancy spot.
Old, dirty furniture and food that serves it's purpose. Expect to see a lot of older folks here. Fatty food, lots of gravy.
Plastic glassware, which is a personal pet peeve of mine. Hate it.
Favorite Dish: no favorite
American cuisine, with slow but friendly service. Always a wait to get in and good food worth it.
Probably my favorite in town despite the shortcomings. Young, inexperienced workers - but they typically try very hard. Food is a tad on the greasey spoon side, but a great burger evertheless.
Great choweder and ice cream too. I hear it shines at breakfast time, but can not attest to that.
Favorite Dish: bacon burger, oh yeah
Pizza by the slice and optional salad. You can dine in or grab some at the back shop.
Good pizza, no great. Better than what you'll find elsewhere. Just plan on waiting a bit, always a crowd.
Friendly folks run the place.
Favorite Dish: The pep. pizza is probably as basic and as good as it gets here.