Sunriver Restaurants: Where to Eat and Drink on Your Vacation

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Sunriver is one of Oregon’s most popular summer destinations. The high desert resort town boasts a family-friendly resort, abundant vacation homes, and a plentitude of outdoor activities. However, deciding where to eat in Sunriver might be overwhelming between planning your stay and making travel plans. Luckily, we’ve created a guide to Sunriver restaurants so you can have the best experience possible. From Sunriver Resort’s lodge dining to the many options at The Village at Sunriver, you’re sure to find the best Sunriver restaurants for your trip or staycation.

Sunriver Resort

When staying at Sunriver Resort, finding the perfect place to eat is easy. With three lodge eateries and a poolside café, these Sunriver restaurants are just a few steps from your room or vacation home. Whether you’re here for the winter Sunriver Resort Food & Wine Festival, or summertime swimming at The Cove, these eateries will fuel you for adventure.

The Spotted Frog

Poolside service and bar seating are both available at the resort pool’s café. Exclusive to guests of Sunriver Resort, The Spotted Frog serves munchies like guest-favorite soft pretzel sticks and beer cheese and heartier options like the Delux BLT. Snack on pizzas for the whole family, while enjoying beer, wine, and cocktails by the pool.

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Lodge Kitchen

Sunriver Resort’s Lodge Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, the best time to visit might be for brunch, where kids can enjoy buttermilk pancakes paired with healthy and delicious smoothies. On the contrary, parents can sip on Sunriver Bellinis while enjoying crab cake benedicts and blueberry pancakes. For a real treat, order a sour cream coffee cake for the table to start!

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Heart brunch at Lodge Kitchen in Sunriver, Oregon

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Owl’s Nest

For a slightly more elevated dining experience, head up the stairs to Owl’s Nest. Open for midday tapas and dinner, enjoy offerings like charcuterie plates, oyster shooters, and jalapeño cheese dip. For a lighter dinner, opt for one of their farm-to-plate salads. Alternatively, try the pork belly mac and cheese for a more savory and filling dinner. Owl’s Nest is also open for weekend brunch and late-night happy hour.

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The Backyard Café & Bar

Sunriver Resort’s Backyard Café serves as a casual outdoor dining hub as well as the 19th hole. Sit around the fire pit with a cocktail overlooking the green, or grab a breakfast burrito with the family before heading out for a swim. The Backyard Café is located on the ground floor of Sunriver Resort, beneath the Lodge Kitchen.

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Family-Friendly Restaurants

Undoubtedly, Sunriver, Oregon, is a beautiful vacation destination that offers a plethora of family-friendly activities. While most Sunriver restaurants are family-friendly, these places really stand out. Whether you’re hitting the slopes in the winter or exploring the great outdoors in the summer, there is something for everyone in this charming town!

And, when it comes to dining, Sunriver does not disappoint. With a wide range of eateries that cater to families with kids, you can enjoy delicious meals without worrying about your little ones getting bored or restless. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Sunriver, Oregon so that you can plan your next meal with ease.

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Blondie’s Pizza

Everyone loves a good build-your-own pizza place, right? Blondie’s has been serving Sunriver since 1989, including lunch service from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. From calzones to salads, Blondie’s serves hot and cold sandwiches on freshly-baked bread alongside hearty wraps. If you prefer to leave it up to the pizza professionals, choose from one of Blondie’s specialty house favorites.

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Hola! Nouveau Mexican-Peruvian Cuisine

Sunriver is just one of six locations for Central Oregon favorite, Hola! Nouveau Mexican-Peruvian Cuisine. Awarded with “best margarita” year after year from Bend locals, Hola! Serves delicious tacos and enchiladas, as well as fresh ceviche and a variety of cocktails. Order tapas-style and share plates with the entire family, or opt for their loaded burritos. Whatever you choose, the Deschutes River waterfront establishment makes for a serene location.

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The Wallow Bar & Grill

Get ready for some down-home comfort food! The Wallow Bar & Grill is known for its cozy plates like Cajun BBQ prawns over polenta cake, spicy chicken sandwich, and Thai red curry bowl. Stop by on weekends for hearty brunch plates like loaded biscuits, gravy, and chicken fried steak. Don’t miss out on their loaded Bloody Marys!

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Breakfast at The Wallow Bar & Grill

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Zeppa Bistro

Located just minutes from Sunriver Resort’s main lodge, Zeppa Bistro sits on Caldera Springs Lake. The casual Italian-inspired eatery is dog-friendly for al fresco diners, with a stunning view of Obsidian Lake and Mt Bachelor. Order a brick oven pizza for the whole family to enjoy, and end your evening roasting s’mores over the stone fire pit.

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The Village at Sunriver

From walking to biking, The Village at Sunriver is close to nearly every vacation home in this resort town. Thus, making it easy for the entire family to grab brunch or breakfast, a casual lunch, or a tasty dinner. Try a few of these top-rated Sunriver restaurants when visiting The Village at Sunriver.

Sunriver Brewing

It’s not a trip to Sunriver without visiting its namesake brewery and pub. Sunriver Brewing might be known for its craft beers, but guests would be remiss not to try some of their famous food items. The indoor and outdoor brewpub serves amazing General Tso fried cauliflower, steelhead sandwiches, and Wagyu sliders. Beer aficionados should try the Cocoa Cow float—a scoop of Tillamook vanilla ice cream over a pint of their chocolate milk stout. Wow!

Wagyu sliders from Sunriver Brewing in The Village at Sunriver. | Eat Drink Media

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The Fold Craft Pizza & Kitchen

Made-from-scratch craft pizza, folded sandwiches, and baked brie are just some of the dining options at The Fold in Sunriver. For a share plate, start with the maple brown sugar drumsticks—they pack a slight punch and pair best with a cold beer. Share the crowd-pleaser Caeser salad with the table, or choose the burrata and arugula salad before indulging in a Sweet Cheesus pizza.

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Café Sintra

Named after the resort town of Sintra in Portugal, Café Sintra is one of Sunriver’s most popular breakfast restaurants. Here, they offer a variety of Benedicts, omelets, and breakfast sandwiches. Do you have a sweet tooth? Indulge in the Belgian waffle with whipped cream and berries, or thick slices of French toast.

Yum! California Benedict from Café Sintra

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For a slightly more traditional Italian dinner, make reservations at Marcello’s. Whether it’s a date night or family dining, Marcello’s has a menu option that works best for you. Order directly from the menu, or follow their family-style guide for half and full trays of appetizers, pasta, and entrees. Don’t skip their flourless chocolate cake for dessert!

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Goody’s Chocolate & Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream and chocolate are the specialties of local favorite Goody’s Chocolate and Ice Cream. Goody’s has been operating in Central Oregon since 1984 and has since expanded to multiple locations in Bend and Sunriver. Visit this classic ice cream parlor after dinner with the family, or cool off midday with a double-scoop of your favorite flavor in a waffle cone.

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You can smell the aroma of cones wafting through The Village

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Golf Courses

Sunriver, Oregon, is an outdoor adventurer’s haven. Here, several golf courses are featured as “Top 100 Golf Courses” as named by Golf Digest. For the 19th hole, visit one of these cafés just steps from the green.

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The Turn at Crosswater

Resort guests can enjoy a day hitting the links at Crosswater, named one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses” by golf digest. After playing nine or 18 holes, head to the north end of Crosswater’s clubhouse for craft beers, wine, cider, and a full menu. Enjoy views of the green while relaxing along the 19th hole!

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McDivot’s Café

Whether it’s before hitting the putting green or after a round at Woodland’s golf course, you can grab casual breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches at McDivot’s Café. Alternatively, you can hang out on the patio and sip on local beverages while others play a round of golf.

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Fine Dining

In Central Oregon, “fine dining” is a fairly loose term. However, if you seek a more elevated dining experience, try one of these upscale Sunriver restaurants.

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South Bend Bistro

Picture this: sitting beneath the twinkling lights of South Bend Bistro’s patio on a Central Oregon summer evening. For a luxurious libation, try their $32 Blanton’s Manhattan or opt for a refreshing strawberry French 75. Savor plates like roasted duck, steak tartare, and pan-seared sea scallops. And, they even offer a kids’ menu that features petit steak and seared salmon.

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The Grille at Crosswater

Available exclusively to guests of Crosswater Club and Sunriver Resort, The Grille at Crosswater offers a slightly upscale dining experience. While you can still order casual fare like their Deschutes burger, you can opt for filet mignon or seared Idaho trout. However, it’s worth noting that The Grill at Crosswater enforces a dress code listed as “Country Club Elegant.” A complimentary shuttle is available to Sunriver Resort guests, allowing you to enjoy some Oregon wine and safely return to the resort.

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You’re not alone if you’re visiting Sunriver for the outdoor experience. The SHARC (Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreation Center) is one of the biggest perks of visiting this Central Oregon resort town. Its several outdoor pools and slide make it a water park paradise! But, when it comes to planning lunch for the whole family, you probably don’t want to worry about packing up a cooler. Luckily, Sunriver’s SHARC has excellent dining and drinking options.

Bigfoot BBQ

Fans of Bend’s Bigfoot BBQ food cart will enjoy the satisfying offerings during a day at the pool. Through the summer season, Bigfoot BBQ serves their popular dishes like loaded fries and barbecue plates at SHARC. Skip the packed lunches and spend more time swimming, pool-side lounging, and floating SHARC’s lazy river; pop over to the counter at Bigfoot BBQ and get lunch for the whole family.

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Loaded (AKA Sasquatch) fries from Bigfoot BBQ

Brown Owl

Get your favorite drinks at SHARC from Brown Owl. They offer tasty smoothies, along with beer and wine cocktails by the can—like wine Palomas and sparkling wines.

Best Restaurants in Sunriver, Oregon

It’s clear that Sunriver, Oregon, is a food lover’s paradise, with an abundance of excellent dining options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch or a fine dining experience, the restaurants in this area will not disappoint. From locally sourced ingredients to innovative menus, these eateries offer a range of cuisines that cater to every palate. Bookmark this guide to find some of the best restaurants in Sunriver. Happy dining!

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