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Recent visit to Lincoln City/Depoe Bay/Newport area...where to eat?

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After many visits to the area, I still think that the Bay House in Lincoln City remains the #1 fine dining restaurant on the central OR coast. Others may disagree, but after several meals here, this restaurant remains very consisitent in food, service and ambiance. The location is perfect...on Siletz Bay, and has great views at sunset. The service is always very professional. Foodwise, it reslly is very good...not especially creative, but very solid it everything. I had a delicious Dungeness crab cocktail, followed by a wonderful lamb loin. The wine list is excellent, and everything was right on. They do have a more casual bar/lounge which specializes in small plates...very nice.

We had a very nice, but still somehow disappointing meal at Beck's at the Whale Cove Inn in Depoe Bay. This is also a beautiful setting right on the coast. The chef Justin is a graduate of the CIA, so he's obviously well trained. The food was good, but somehow too cutesy and precious. I had the Pork Belly appetizer which consisted of a perfectly crisped and juicy piece of meat, but it was served with a sweet corn ice cream! I personally found the combination weird, and off-putting. Something tart, crunchy, or sour would have been much more appealing...perhaps sour cherries, pickled vegetables...or kim chee, etc. The sweet ice cream didn't work for me. The following lamb shank which I had was delicious, but somehow also too cute...perhaps, small would be a better word. Desserts were good, and my guest was pleased with his dinner. This is really a very nice restaurant, with professional, pleasant and competent service, but I guess I just like more basic, less experimental/cutesy food.

For lunch in the area, Tital Raves in Depoe Bay, Blackfish Grill in Lincoln City, and Saffron Salmon or Nana's Irish Pub in Newport are all fine.

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Saffron Salmon
859 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365

Bay House
5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

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  1. We also like the Bay House quite a bit-glad to hear it's still holding up since our last visit on our honeymoon 5 years ago.

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    Bay House
    5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

    1. Restaurant Beck: The restaurant enjoys incredible ocean views and dining at sunset is a magical experience. This restaurant is trying hard to be a fine dining experience, in an Oregon style. Unfortunately, it falls short. We found the service to be friendly and competent, and laid back. Some of the food was quite good, some just ok. A butternut squash soup was excellent, a lamb entrée was very dry and stringy. I cannot provide more details as I did not take notes and the menu is not posted online. One thing that really surprised us was that the menu contained very few items that are actually from Oregon. The only seafood option was Maine scallops. No salmon, no other seafood from the West Coast. There were some items from a nearby farm (Barking Dog), but they were a relatively small portion of the menu. The cost of the meal was considerably less than we would have paid in Washington DC (where we live) for a similar meal without the view, so we forgave the less than perfect details.
      Restaurant Beck
      2345 S Hwy 101
      Depoe Bay, OR 97341
      (541) 765-3220

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      Restaurant Beck
      2345 S HWY 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341

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      1. re: foodtrip

        As you can see from my post above, I fully agree with you that Restaurant Beck misses the mark. Being frequent repeat visitors to the OR coast (we always stay at the Channel House Inn, same owners as the Whale Cove Inn where Beck is located) we very much wanted to love Restaurant Beck. We enjoyed our dinner there, but were really disappointed that it really did not live up to its potential. Unfortunately there is nothing outstanding ( food, service, ambiance) on the central OR coast, but for our money, the Bay House in Lincoln City, is still the best.

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        Bay House
        5911 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

        Restaurant Beck
        2345 S HWY 101, Depoe Bay, OR 97341