This list goes from north to south.
* BRIDGEwater Bistro (Astoria; bridgewaterbistro.com; tel. 503/325-6777): It’s dressy if you want it to be, but since this is the Oregon coast, it’s casual, too. It’s also one of the top restaurants in Astoria. Bridgewater’s sits on a pier right on the river so you’ll have great view of the mighty Columbia as you dine on ciopinno, fresh halibut in season, or one of the daily fish cakes.
* Clemente’s (Astoria;www.clementesrestaurant.com; tel. 503/325-1067): At lunchtime, stop in at this crisply attractive corner restaurant and enjoy a halibut or oyster sandwich, or fish and chips made from freshly caught halibut, salmon, cod, or oysters. Everything served here is locally sourced if possible, and you’ll never go wrong with the seafood. . .
* Roseanna’s Oceanside Cafe (Oceanside; tel. 503/842-7351): You can expect a long wait to get a table here on a summer weekend, but the view of the haystack rocks just offshore makes this place a must-stop stop on the scenic Three Capes Scenic Loop. . .
* The Irish Table (Canon Beach;tel. 503/436-0708): It’s a small restaurant with a small menu, and it sits on the main road through Cannon Beach so it doesn’t have a view, but diners flock to The Irish Table for filling delights like shepherd’s pie, lamb chops, and a selection of fresh fish, simply prepared.
* Newman’s at 988 (Cannon Beach; www.newmansat988.com; tel. 503/436-1151): The menu is French- and Italian-inspired but relies exclusively on the freshest ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. The cooking is inventive, the dishes are beautifully presented, and there’s a good wine list.
* Stephanie Inn (Cannon Beach;www.stephanie-inn.com; tel. 503/436-2221): The fine-dining restaurant at the Stephanie Inn is a lot more formal than most restaurants on the Oregon coast, but the seasonally changing menu presents diners with the freshest local products, and the cooking is creative without being overbearing.
* Restaurant Beck (Depoe Bay; tel. 503/765-3220): With windows that look out to Whale Cove, one of the prettiest little coves on the Oregon coast, this stylish, modern restaurant is a foodie’s dream come true—highly creative cuisine and a view to match. Sunset dinners are unforgettable.
* Tidal Raves (Depoe Bay; tel. 541/765-2995): When the surf’s up, you can practically forget about getting a table at this oceanfront restaurant. The windows overlook a rugged shoreline known for putting on some of the coast’s best displays of crashing waves.
* Local Ocean (Newport; www.localocean.net; tel. 541/574-7959): The fish couldn’t be any fresher—it comes from boats that unload their fresh-caught fish right across the street from this airy Bayfront restaurant. Get whatever is in season and maybe share a small plate or two.
* Alloro Wine Bar (Bandon; www.allorowinebar.com; tel. 541/347-1850): The ingredients are local, the cooking style is Italian, and the result is an unusually tasty and satisfying meal. Serving both locals and international visitors who’ve come to Bandon to play at the world-class Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, this little restaurant is surprisingly sophisticated and yet deliciously simple. Come for a glass of vino if not for dinner, and check out the crowd.
* The Gallery (Bandon Dunes Golf Resort; www.bandondunesgolf.com; tel. 888/347-5737): You don’t have to be a golfer or even a guest to enjoy dining on the 18th hole at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The resort’s fine-dining restaurant is just that—fine dining, with great service, great wine, and great food, all of it sourced locally and prepared with creative simplicity to bring out all the flavors.