6 Restaurants in Bend, Oregon During a Quick Trip

For the short but sweet visit from friends and family members, you might be wondering where to go for good eats and drinks. In between strolls through Shevlin Park, a drive up to Tumalo Falls, and heading back from Smith Rock, make these family-friendly stops while entertaining or hosting out-of-towners for some of the best food in Bend.

On Tap Food Cart Lot

On Tap in Bend Oregon as the sun sets in the background
Photo: On Tap

For those arriving later in the day, head straight to On Tap Bend. If they’ve never been to Bend,  visiting at least one of the local tap houses is a must. Relish in On Tap’s relaxed beer garden while sipping on cold ones and noshing on nachos and tacos from Barrio. Try the coveted dumplings and noodles from Himalayan Bites followed by indulgence in a bowl — vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup and candy toppings from Shaka Shave Ice

Plate of dumplings and side salad from Himalayan Bites at On Tap in Bend Oregon
Dumplings and Noods from Himalayan Bites; Photo: Kasey Yanna

On Tap offers live music on most Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays. There’s plenty of space to let the kids run around and make new friends. And with over 30 varieties of craft beer, cider, wine, and kombucha on tap — plus six food trucks that can please any palate — this tap house is always a good idea.  After a few pints and bites at On Tap, you and your guests will leave with happy hearts and tummies.

Visit On Tap
1424 NE Cushing Dr, Bend

The Commons Café & Taproom

View of Mirror Pond in Bend Oregon from the Commons cafe
Photo: The Commons

Kickoff your morning with breakfast bites and coffee from The Commons. Sip on local Thump coffee — or, later, afternoon pints — while lounging in Adirondack chairs on the patio. Stay for Cypress Southern Kitchen’s pop-up, which starts serving at 11 am on weekends. Sunday brisket, anyone? Before leaving their courtyard, walk down the steps in front of The Commons to soak up the picturesque view of North Sister. Then, take a stroll through the beautiful and historic 100-year-old Drake Park.

Visit The Commons
875 NW Brooks St, Bend

The Lot

The Lot in Bend Oregon food carts with blue skies
Photo: The Lot

To burn off some of that morning energy, walk the trail along the Deschutes River through Drake Park. If you’re cruising around with kids, The Lot is a great place to run around and make a few playground pit stops. As lunchtime approaches, walk the 5 blocks to one of Bend’s original food cart lots, The Lot. There, you’ll find a variety of cuisines and some of the best food in Bend.

Cup of fried chicken bites tossed in a spicy sauce and topped with sesame seeds sit in a blue and white checkered basket
Fried chicken bites from Fricken Faco; Photo: Eat Drink Media

Start with a shared basket of A’ la Carte’s parmesan garlic fries. The covered taproom rotates its 16 tap handles with local and regional beers, ciders, kombucha, CBD, hard seltzer, and wine. The Lot also offers free wifi, so it’s a great spot for work and play. When your tummy starts growling, you can’t go wrong with Fricken Faco’s fried chicken cart or a Super Gyro from Greek Street. Greek Street also serves fancy bottles of apple juice that are a hit with the little ones.

Visit The Lot
745 NW Columbia St, Bend

Boss Rambler Beer Club

View of Boss Rambler Beer Club in Bend Oregon
Photo: Boss Rambler Beer Club

It’s happy hour! And, your friends like beer, you say? Enter Boss Rambler, where there are as many taps as there are Adirondack chairs. Located just a block away from The Lot and near Downtown Bend, Boss Rambler’s patio is always a popular hub for gathering. And, with the recent addition of Unkle Kate’s Bait Shoppe just outside the patio, you can snack on fresh Maine lobster rolls. Boss Rambler was recently named #3 Best New Brewery by USA Today Readers Choice, and Best New Brewery in 2020 at the Oregon Beer Awards.

Visit Boss Rambler Beer Club
1009 NW Galveston Ave, Bend

The Podski

Thailandia Food Cart at The Podski in Bend Oregon
Photo: Kasey Yanna

Before you know it, dinner time arrives. What started out as a place for friends to rock out over jam sessions and sell beer in their downtime has evolved into one of Bend’s most popular food cart lots. The Podski is located across the street from The Box Factory, and hosts some of the best food carts in town for lunch and dinner. Start with Thailandia’s Panang curry with chicken (spicy level 3, if you’re feeling brave!) paired with Thai iced tea. For the table, split a variety of pierogies from Big Ski’s Pierogi, sushi rolls from ju:no, or carne asada quesadillas from Earl-n-Mabel. Of course, you can’t leave without tasting Toasty’s legendary vegan crunch wrap supreme — they’re famous around here!

Visit The Podski
536 NW Arizona Ave, Bend

The Grove

Hand holds a campfire sundae from Elly's at The Grove in Bend Oregon
Campfire Sundae to end the evening; Photo: Eat Drink Media

Finish off the evening with dessert and a nightcap. Grove is Northwest Crossing’s newest (and largest) food and drink gathering spot and dining hall, and host to several new and expanded restaurants in Bend. Here, you won’t just find some of the best food in Bend, but some of the best cocktails, too.

Its resident bar, Waypoint, serves elevated cocktails in a casual setting. Sip on their Marimezcalita or special Tiki drinks on Tropic Tuesday. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Elly’s Ice Cream. Choose your scoop flavor, or go all out with their campfire sundae — complete with a torched, locally-made marshmallow.

Visit The Grove NWX
921 Northwest Mount Washington Drive, Bend


  • KaseyYanna

    Kasey is a food enthusiast and the founder of Freedom Feels LLC, providing one-stop-shop communications support to education leaders and changemakers.

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