Heading to Yachats between Christmas and New Year. Had a dreadful meal last time in the burg at a rather large restaurant in the middle of the town, ocean side. Anyone out there have any suggestions--even up to Walport since we're heading from that direction.
Hey! we went to Yachats! No significant advice---we mostly bought seafood and cooked. I seem to recall a place on the 101 going north [ocean side of the street] that had pretty good phily cheesesteaks. Otherwise, I think our big meal out was some brew pub in the town north of Yachats with the Aquarium.
good luck! the beach must be awesome there in the winter
Used to be a place in town called La Serre which was very nice, homey, sort of Pacific NW meets French, but if you enjoy anomalies when you dine, you should drive down the coast to the Japanese restaurant, Yuzen at Seal Rock, with a Japanese sushio. It is bizarrely situated in a Bavarian-style building and the suchi and sashimi really hit the spot after a morning at the acquarium in Newport.
I adore the Drift Inn. Unlike the couple of more expensive places in town, you get the impression that locals eat...well, the locals drink there, at least. The food's designed for travelers, but moderately priced, well made, and in a cozy atmosphere. It's got razor clams and live music, and what else can you ask for when you're driving up the coast? The seafood burrito is lovely.
It is totally worth it, though, to stay in a cute little cabin with a kitchen just to make breakfast in the morning with local seafood.
last fall we had a surprisingly good meal at the yachats river inn. it's right in town where i think the chowderhouse(?) used to be. ocean side of 101 just north of the landmark or so. it was attempting to do more high end preparations and had a pretty good wine list. it was far and away the best meal i 'ver ever had in yachats and i've been going there for almost 20 years. also the fish market called the lighthouse deli in south newport is totally our favorite place to get crab, oysters etc. it has some tables for sit down too. where are you staying? we always stay at the shamrock lodgettes. never had a bad time there, and the setting is gorgeous. have fun, i'm jealous.
Stayed at Shamrock Lodgettes in June and liked it a lot. Had dinner at Drift Inn and though it didn't suck, it wasn't all that good.
I would drive a bit north to Newport and go to Local Ocean on the Bayfront. It's better than anything we found in Yachats (just north). http://www.localocean.net/
BTW, two things worth doing in and south of Yachats near there:
Smelt Sands State Recreation Site, http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_... An excellent whale watching and photography viewpoint. Walk the historic 804 Trail (1.5 miles round-trip, short but beautiful).
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area - http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw/recre...
About 5 min. south of Yachats, a temperate rainforest with 26 miles of hiking trails through a beautiful redwood forest. One of the highest points on the Oregon coast w/stunning panoramic ocean views. In addition to hiking the lower trails near the Devil's Churn, take the hike that includes the West Shelter viewpoint, a stone structure built in the 1930s - one of the best views at the coast.
we got married in the stone shelter at cape perpetua. it is beautiful. plus devil's churn is an amazing sight. in warmer and drier months the hike over the north side of heceta head is fantastic (starting at carl g. washburne state park, where the primitive campsites are excellent by the way, but again for the warmer months) but the lighthouse is a can't miss even this time of year. the little state park right in downtown yachats has excellent tidepools. i think it's just yachats state park.