Discover Bend’s Culinary Delights: 12 Must-Try Restaurants for Every Food Lover
Welcome to Bend, Oregon’s dynamic food scene, where diverse flavors meet stunning landscapes. This city is a food lover’s paradise, offering an array of culinary delights. From cozy comfort food to elegant fine dining, Bend caters to all tastes.
Our top two spots for dining here are Spork and Bangers & Brews. Read on to know more.
We’re taking you on a tour of 12 must-visit restaurants in Bend. Each spot is unique, with its own flavor and flair, reflecting the diversity and creativity of the city’s food scene.
An outlet that was once on wheels, Spork earned its current permanent spot in 2013 and is a local favourite for international cuisine. Your dining experience at this casual restaurant is flavoured not just by food but also by the atmosphere, and the reasonable price point is the cherry on top.
Try their Chilaquiles, with crunchy tortillas in spicy chili sauce, or the Spicy Fried Chicken, crispy and juicy.
Their Peanut Tomato Curry, blending crunch and smooth curry with jasmine rice, is unmissable for a flavorful meal.
What to order: Chilaquiles, Spicy Fried Chicken, Peanut Tomato Curry
Address: 937 NW Newport Avenue, Suite 130, Bend, OR 97701
A Thai restaurant that doesn’t serve pad thai! Yes, Wild Rose specialises in Northern Thai cuisine that involves using your hands as utensils, and tasting food differently. This family-run restaurant welcomes you with a warm, cosy, and lively atmosphere, and is perfect for hosting large groups.
Prepared following the co-owner/chef’s grandfather’s secret recipe, Grandfather’s Tom Kha Soup should be your first order here.
Their Gai Tod Nam Pla wings, marinated in fish sauce, are crispy and flavorful. Don’t overlook the Khao Soi Curry noodle soup and the Thai chili Moo Gratiem pork stir fry.
What to order: Grandfather’s Tom Kha Soup, Gai Tod Nam Pla, Khao Soi Curry, Moo Gratiem
Craving sushi in Bend? Kanpai is the go-to spot for the locals. From a multi-course omakase tasting menu to a-la-carte sushi rolls, ramen, and exotic seafood dishes, this place has something for everyone.
Their Broiled Tomato Specialty Nigiri, a unique creation with tuna, scallops, and ponzu, is a must-try. Vegetarians will adore the Godzilla Roll, while the Steak N Eggs showcases a fusion of flavors with seared fillet mignon and wasabi pepper aioli.
What to order: Broiled Tomato, Godzilla Roll, Steak N Eggs
A modern, chef-driven American steakhouse, Bos Taurus is known for perfectly seared steaks, best enjoyed with their unique selection of local wines. With an open kitchen, exposed red brick walls, and a high ceiling, the decor here is refined chic, making it a great spot for romantic dates and celebrations.
Begin your meal with the sublime Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine. The Omi Princess A5 Strip Loin, imported from Japan, and the Allen Brothers Petit Filet Mignon with Brown Butter Bearnaise are exemplary choices for steak lovers.
What to order: Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine, Omi Princess A5 Strip Loin, Allen Brothers, Chicago Petit Filet Mignon
After closing down during the pandemic, Cuban Kitchen is back with a bang, bringing along authentic Cuban flavours to the city. Walking through the doors, you’d be instantly transported to a warm beach with palm trees, savouring yummy food and refreshing drinks.
Their Roast Pork and Ropa Vieja are standout dishes, with the pork marinated in herby mojo and the beef slow-cooked in tomato sauce.
The traditional Cubano sandwich, paired with Sweet Plantains, encapsulates the essence of Cuban cuisine.
What to order: Roast Pork, Ropa Vieja, Cubano, Sweet Plantains
At Parrilla Grill, a west side staple in Bend, you get to enjoy inventive fusion Mexican eats. This upbeat joint is perfect for a lazy weekend meal, or even to grab a few wraps to go when you’re in a hurry.
Hefe’s Fish Tacos, a hugely popular dish at Parrilla Grill, will please you with its authentic Mexican flavours and is easily one of the best tacos you can taste in Bend.
You can also have it as a wrap – Hefe’s Fish Wrap, which will be even more filling with rice, beans, and all other elements that make a perfect burrito.
Their Famous Clam Chowder has a separate following of its own!
And the Classic / Fajita wrap hits the spot just right.
What to order: Hefe’s Fish Tacos, Hefe’s Fish Wrap, Famous Clam Chowder, Classic / Fajita Wrap
900 Wall has been serving modern American cuisine with an Italian/French twist for over a decade in downtown Bend. The industry chic decor blends well with the old building’s historic charm, and the place is suitable for all kinds of diners.
Their Spicy Deviled Eggs and Peel & Eat Shrimp are intriguing starters. The Prosciutto Pizza, with crispy crust and truffle oil, and the rich Carlton Farms Pork Chop are highlights, followed by the Pumpkin Cheesecake for a sweet finish.
What to order: Spicy Deviled Eggs, Peel & Eat Shrimp, Prosciutto Pizza, Carlton Farms Pork Chop, Pumpkin Cheesecake
Filling the spot for a much-needed Korean restaurant in the area is Yoli, a rookie to downtown Bend’s culinary scene. The dining space is modern, minimalist, and elegant, service is excellent, and this can be a nice hangout spot for friends and colleagues.
The Korean Fried Cauliflower, tossed in gochujang sauce, is a recommended start. Savor the smoky and sweet Kalbi, or opt for the Dolsot Bibimbap, a sizzling stone pot dish that gets crispier over time, offering a unique dining experience.
What to order: Korean Fried Cauliflower, Kalbi, Dolsot Bibimbap, Black Sesame Chocolate Ice Cream
Address: 1133 NW Wall Street Suite 100, Bend, OR 97701