Nestled in the Cascade Mountains at over 3,600 feet in elevation, the historic former logging town of Bend, Oregon is home to world-class ski resorts, miles of hiking trails and a wealth of activities. But Bend is so much more than skiing and the great outdoors. Being that the area is a popular vacation destination that attracts visitors from around the globe, it’s no surprise that the town boasts a wealth of culinary variety, with talented chefs from many different cultural traditions calling Bend home. A handful of impressive new eateries have recently opened their doors, and we’ve picked out the best new Bend Oregon restaurants for you.
Solomon’s at Tetherow Resort
61240 Skyline Ranch Road
Located at the acclaimed Tetherow Resort, Solomon’s is one of Bend’s premiere fine dining experiences. Boasting beautiful views of the Cascades from their casual yet elegant dining room, Solomon’s features a rotating menu consisting mainly of locally acquired meats, vegetables and seasonings. If you are looking to experience unique gastronomical creations such as Elk Rack, Steelhead Vera Cruz, and local Wagyu Tenderloin, look no further. Reservations are recommended when you plan to eat at this Bend Oregon restaurant.
163 N.W. Minnesota Avenue
Whether your palate is pleasantly simple or highly discriminating, Bos Taurus has you covered. This wonderful new steakhouse in downtown Bend features the finest cuts of beef from around the globe and a delectable selection “not beef” menu items, such as Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Beet Salad, Colorado Lamb Rack, and Line-Caught Washington Halibut. Seating fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
El Sancho Taco Shop
335 N.E. Dekalb Avenue
Don’t let the outside looks of El Sancho Taco Shop deter you from eating at this new Bend Oregon restaurant. Though the funky little yellow building they’re in looks like a run-down roadside stand that got teleported from the side of a Mexican highway, El Sancho definitely has the most outstanding Mexican food around and is lauded for having the best tacos in Bend.
900 Mt. Washington Drive
Inspired by a passion for the Bend area and Oregon’s wealth of local seasonal ingredients, Washington is the hottest new kid on Bend’s culinary block. Presenting casual upscale dining in a swank yet rustic ambiance, Washington’s menu boasts traditional American fare with a stylish twist and includes local favorites such as Elk Swedish Meatballs and Grilled Steelhead Trout. Daily specials, a raw seafood bar, build-it-yourself salads, and a take-out window add to the list of Washington’s unique offerings.
Mantra Indian Kitchen and Tap Room
744 N.W. Bond Street
Hailed as the finest Indian food in Central Oregon, Mantra Indian Kitchen is the longtime vision of owners Jassey Uppal and Arun “Runi” Srikantaiah. An informal setting, excellent food, great service, and modest prices along with a stellar menu have fast made Mantra Indian Kitchen a Bend favorite. Believe us when we say everything on the menu in this Bend Oregon restaurant is delicious!