For anyone fishing the Astoria area, the food scene is pretty amazing for a little town of 10,000. I always enjoy getting recommendations on where to eat when I’m visiting a new area and figure my fishing customers will appreciate the same. Below you will find some of the area restaurants, shacks and breweries that I do have experience with, but there are certainly lots of additional options that continue to pop up or I just haven’t had a chance to get to.
This is one of my favorite places in Astoria. My wife and kids eat here pretty regularly during the seasons and it is conveniently located right next to Astoria West Basin. For my fishing customers that are staying at the Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa or the Rivershore, this restaurant is right next door to you. The place is casual, but the experience leans more towards fine dining. They have a great wine list, many gluten free options, live music on many nights and a beautiful view of the Columbia River while you eat. This place will get busy, so you might want to call for reservations.
I really enjoy the coffee and food here. I can’s speak beyond breakfast, but I’m sure they do great. On days off from fishing, I enjoy sitting at one of the side walk tables, enjoying a nice Americano and then whatever interesting that they are cooking up for breakfast.
I’ve had the opportunity to eat with clients here and really thought the brew pub food was great. The place is comfortable and the service decent enough. I haven’t eaten here a ton, but everything I have tried I’d eat again.
For some of the best fish and chips you won’t be disappointed by visiting this landmark in Astoria. This place is popular and there is almost always a line. Bowpicker’s fish is always albacore tuna and the result is fabulous. There’s only a few picnic tables and the hood of your car to eat on, but I guess that’s part of the experience.
Buoy 9 – Hammond
Located across from the boat ramp in Hammond and right next door to the South Jetty Inn, Buoy 9 is a favorite as a post-fishing grub stop. I’ve never had a bad anything on the menu, but if I were to have to chose a favorite, the Prime Rib is consistently well prepared. You don’t need to worry about your appearance, many stop in right after coming off the water.
Dairy Maid – Warrenton
A great little burger and fries shack in Warrenton. The folks that work there have always served me well and the food has always been up to par if you’re looking for something quick and easy after you get done with a day of fishing.
Fultano’s Pizza – Warrenton and Astoria
Fultano’s makes a decent pizza. Nothing designer-like, but the sauce is excellent and the ingredients always appear fresh. All you can eat pizza and salad bar is always a hit on Monday nights. It’s even sweeter when Monday Night Football starts :-). Also, the Fultano’s in Warrenton is attached to a great little bar called Bubba’s. It is a “Steeler Backer” bar and the relationship that the bar owner has with the Rooney family is a nice story.
I think there is enough on this list to get you through your stay and by all means, let me know what you think of the various restaurants that I have recommended.