Salem, Oregon is known for a rich history and culture, yet its growing culinary scene is also gaining recognition. Innovative chefs have brought their culinary talents to Oregon’s capital city to deliver many unique dining options. An abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients grown in the Mid-Willamette Valley are central to a variety of unique dishes.
Ready to sip and savor all that downtown Salem has to offer? These recommended restaurants are a short walk from the Salem Convention Center.
Looking for quality and convenience? Look no further than Bentley’s Grill! For more than a decade, Bentley’s signature Northwest-focused dishes, craft cocktails and a robust beer and wine selection has been a staple in Salem. Adjoining the Salem Convention Center, this fine dining destination was closed during the pandemic. It’s expected to open again in the fall of 2022 with a refreshed menu!
Craving Italian? DaVinci Ristorante and Wine Bar has wowed diners for 20+ years with a seasonal menu featuring delicious Italian fare. The award winning Basil & Board turns pizza into an art form with house-made dough and fresh ingredients — plus their rooftop patio offers amazing views of downtown. Gamberetti’s Italian Restaurant, a beloved Salem institution, is known for fresh pasta dishes and Italian flavors.
Traveling with a large group? Salem has many foodie destinations perfect for groups! The Yard Food Park features close to 18 food trucks with a range of crave-worthy menus. As a bonus, dining often includes entertainment.
Craving Tacos? Azul’s Taco House is a must-visit spot! Their menu features traditional favorites along with unique combinations. Pair locally-made hard cider from La Familia Cider Co with your meal and you’ll find taco nirvana.
Want to try one of Salem’s favorites? The Wild Pear consistently receives high praise from both locals and visitors. Founded by two sisters, the menu features salads, homemade pizza, beautiful desserts and specialty dishes inspired by their Vietnamese heritage.
Looking for variety and ambiance? Taproot Café and Lounge is a local favorite billed as a “must-visit for those looking for fun, earth-friendly experiences”. A diverse menu, handcrafted cocktails and a signature cool, easygoing vibe keeps locals returning.
Ready for the perfect local coffee spot? Archive Coffee & Bar is a small-batch roaster renowned for its creative craft coffee drinks (plus cocktails!) with bold, bright flavors. Governor’s Cup Coffee Roasters, Salem’s oldest craft coffee roaster, is also a great option for fresh-roasted coffee with smooth, easy flavors.
Where’s an amazing breakfast? Start your morning off right at Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro, praised for their creatively delicious breakfast choices.
Craving sushi and/or Asian cuisine? Tiga Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro offers sushi and Asian fare in an elegant, modern atmosphere.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Salem, Salem Convention Center offers world class catering and is walking distance to top restaurants, shops, and attractions. Just 47 miles south of Portland and 64 miles north of Eugene, the Salem Convention Center is ideal for your next event or meeting!