The North Oregon Coast is a foodie’s fantasy come true year-round, but local flavors really sparkle over the holidays. Here are a few suggestions where you can savor the season along the Pacific Northwest shoreline.
Photo Credits to EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School
At the EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School, chefs Bob and Lenore Neroni’s culinary classes (also known as dinner shows) allow you to enjoy their coastal cuisine. Additionally, they teach you how to make it to savor with family and friends at your holiday table. EVOO’s mission hasn’t wavered since the couple opened the school in 2004: create menus that inspire guests to recreate at home, focus on taste and use fresh and use local ingredients prepared with simplicity and style. During the class, Bob and Lenore bestow tips and encourage conversation on food safety and sustainability, best practices in your kitchen, wine as food and the benefits of a pleasant dining space.
A popular holiday dinner show includes the Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, starting at 5 p.m. This class pays tribute to Bob’s Italian family tradition of feasting on seven different varieties of seafood and avoid eating meat the night before Christmas. If you can’t make that one, there's also a New Year’s Eve Show and Party on December 31, starting at 6 p.m. It’s a fun way to both learn about and dine on the festive flavors of the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, while making some new foodie friends too!
In addition to the Christmas Eve and New Year's events, EVOO has other December dinner shows scheduled. So, make sure to reserve your seat at the table by calling 1-877-436-EVOO (3866). Reservations cannot be made online.
Photo Credits to the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
Cannon Beach also holds its Holiday Foods Around the World celebration, December 26-30, with different restaurants highlighting international menus, traditions from various countries and cultures, and food and beverage specials. For more information, contact the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce at (503) 436-2623.
If you don’t have plans to cook over the holidays, no worries! Below are a few more North Oregon Coast restaurants that will be open and ready to share the merriment.
Photo Credits to Bridgewater Bistro
The Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria will be open December 24. Owners Tony and Ann Kischner say they’re taking the last reservations at 8 p.m., and will be closed Christmas Day so their staff can get home to enjoy time with their families. But on Christmas Eve, patrons are welcome to enjoy the Bistro’s regular menu, along with some holiday dinner specials to be announced by the chef, while dining next to the restaurant’s 15-foot Christmas tree. Menu items make the most of fresh ingredients highlighting the region's flavors and include seafood, steak, poultry, vegan and gluten-free options. Ann has also scheduled a jazz piano player for the evening to tickle the ivories with seasonal tunes and other pleasant dining music.
To add to the experience, the restaurant also offers views of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the Columbia River and area hillsides from each table and is housed in a remodeled vintage cannery on a site that was once a historic boatyard. Please note the Bridgewater Bistro is a popular spot on Christmas Eve, so reservations are necessary if you want to guarantee a spot. To make yours, call (503) 325-6777.
Photo Credits to Pacific City Pelican Brewing Company
In Pacific City the Pelican Brewing Company will be open on Christmas Eve from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Christmas Day from noon to 6 p.m. The brewpub and restaurant will feature the regular menu, holiday specials and its winter seasonal Cascadian Dark Ale, called “Bad Santa.” Overlooking Cape Kiwanda and Oregon’s largest Haystack Rock, this location is Pelican’s original site with distinctive and seasonal brews, tasty beer cuisine and take-your-breath-away scenery. Restaurant managers say no reservations are required for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but it may be a good idea to call in advance, (503) 965-7007, to see if there’s a wait.
In Seaside the Twisted Fish Steakhouse and Sports Lounge will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On December 24 it will offer its regular menu including steaks, seafood, angus burgers, baby back ribs, fresh salads, appetizers and selections for kids. On December 25 there will be an all-you-can-eat buffet with an abundance of holiday favorites to fill your plate.
Twisted Fish will also be hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration in their Sports Lounge with a DJ and dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Restaurant managers say no reservations are required for any of the holiday events and some pricing details for the Christmas buffet are still being worked out. Call (503) 738-3467 for more information.
The 42nd Street Café & Bistro in Seaview, Washington, will also be offering its regular menu plus New Year’s Eve specials for diners to enjoy in a festive environment decorated in full celebratory flair. Owner Blaine Walker is looking forward to the party and says, “We always like to show off on New Year’s Eve.”
Known as the “original roadside cafe,” the staff is always welcoming, and the menu is a showcase of seasonal seafood favorites, casual homestyle temptations and tantalizing desserts including homemade ice cream. There’s a fully stocked bar with a variety of beers, wines, ciders and creative cocktails. And, while 42nd Street will be open for New Year’s Eve, it will be closed New Year’s Day as well as from December 17-25. Reservations are required for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Call (360) 642-2323.
These are just a few of the parties getting started along the coast. Check back next week for more holiday happenings to make the most of your seasonal celebrations. And be sure to see our Daytime Events page as well as our Nightlife page for everything underway on the North Coast.