When you come to the Oregon Coast, you naturally expect to find restaurants that specialize in the bounty of the Pacific. You won't be disappointed. Seafood restaurants are found everywhere along the coast, from the "big cities" like Astoria and Newport to the tiniest fishing villages. Seafood is also prepared in the majority of other restaurants, but the specialty seafood restaurants provide the greatest variety and often the freshest fish. Many of them get their fish directly from fishermen. They say that yesterday, your dinner was swimming in the Pacific, and it's true!
The most famous seafood restaurant on the Oregon Coast is Mo's, or more accurately all the Mo's, because there are six of them. Established more than a half century ago, the first Mo's is still in operation on the Newport waterfront. They are actually two there now, plus three more (Florence, Lincoln City and Cannon Beach) that operate year round and another at Otter Rock that's open for the summer only.
When you're in Ilwaco, Washington, stop in at Ole Bob's restaurant on the waterfront for fish freshly caught. In Astoria, fine seafood is available at the Silver Salmon Grille. Make sure to attend the annual Astoria Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival in April.
Another North Coast legend is Dooger's, which started with a single restaurant in Seaside on Broadway and whose food can now be enjoyed in Long Beach and Warrenton as well.
The Port of Garibaldi has several good seafood restaurants, including a local favorite Fisherman's Korner. Farther along Tillamook Bay in Bay City is the Fish Peddler on the dock, surrounded by oyster shells. In Tillamook itself, try out Kendra's Kitchen. Kendra moved her restaurant from Netarts a few years ago to be closer to most of her loyal customers.
Kylo's is a well regarded seafood restaurant in Lincoln City, with a wonderful location overlooking the ocean at the D River. The Bay House on Siletz Bay is famous for both its food and its upscale wine list. Gracie's Sea Hag restaurant in Depoe Bay is a favorite with locals as well as visitors.
The best oceanview restaurant in Newport is definitely Georgie's in the Hallmark Resort. Cross the Yaquina Bay Bridge to get to Fishtails in Aquarium Village, which unfortunately is only open for breakfast and lunch.
In Yachats, you can dine at either the Adobe Resort for a view of the ocean or Ona Restaurant overlooking the Yachats River. The publishers of Oregon Coast Magazine recommend the crab-encrusted halibut at The Depot on the Siuslaw River in Florence.
In Winchester Bay, check out Griff's. It has the same name as another Griff's on the dock in Port Orford, but they are no longer connected.
Nor'wester is a fine restaurant open for dinner only at the Port of Gold Beach. In Brookings, you can buy seafood on the menu at the Chetco Seafood Company or buy something to take home.