BLOG: Best Seafood in Coos Bay
Seafood lovers are in heaven here in Coos Bay. Whether you prefer your fish raw, cooked, prepared by chefs, or caught yourself, there is an entire world of food from the bay and sea to indulge in.
Located in North Bend, this neighborhood establishment serves fish, crab, sandwiches, and more, but this fish house is well-known for its delectable chowder. Made with an abundance of clams, half-and-half to make it extra creamy, and other freshly savory ingredients, this is where you want to come for your ‘chowda’. With their great service and consistent quality, the locals keep coming back.
Situated in the historic Empire zone of Coos Bay, this bistro blends fresh seafood caught from right in the area with seasonal produce. They offer a relaxing dining atmosphere, and the chefs are continuously inspired by the local flavors, using both traditional and modern Japanese techniques in preparing your meal. Their menu is designed to keep you coming back with their fresh, healthy, and delectable combinations.
Located right along Highway 101 in town, Shark Bites’ combines a coastal-inspired casual atmosphere with stellar seafood. They offer a surprising variety of seafood entrees, along with burgers, tacos, and a great kids’ menu. The crab cakes in particular are amazing and thoughtfully prepared. Serving lunch, dinner, and brunch every day from 11am-1pm, they have a nice list of cocktails, wines, and rotating draft beers.
You simply cannot find seafood fresher than what’s on offer here at the market. Period. The owners have their own fishing boat if that gives you any indication. Wild-caught and locally-harvested clams right from the waters off of nearby Charleston are a staple. Everything in their seafood case is locally caught, ready for you to bring home and cook on your own. But they also serve great seafood baskets and chowders if you just want to drop by for a quick meal. Their entrees are lightly breaded to bring out the real flavor of moist and juicy seafood and is served up with a friendly smile, and piping hot.
What was formerly Unger’s is now a relocated gem next to the Railroad Museum along Highway 101. Situated perfectly inside a renovated houseboat, it features a large outdoor deck that is pooch-friendly. But never mind the seating, you will come here for the affordable fish and chips, seafood platters, and chowder bread bowls. They also serve burgers, salads, and other casual dining staples for those palettes that do not crave the flavors of the sea.
If you’re willing to travel a little further south to Bandon, Tony’s Crab Shack on the world-famous Bandon Boardwalk can’t be missed! Call ahead or prepare to wait, as this menu of cold crab cocktail, oysters, crab sandwich, grilled halibut, smoked salmon alfredo, fish tacos and classic coastal dishes are in high demand. Tony hails from New Jersey and has perfected his craft over the past 25 years. His motto is ‘Always Fresh, Never Deep-Fried’. Check out their menu for mouth-watering dinner ideas.
Catch Your Own Seafood!
Coos Bay is nestled along Oregon’s largest bay, and as such, is prime ground for fishing, crabbing, and clamming. You don’t have to be a professional fisherman to take advantage of the plentiful opportunities of catching your own seafood. There are several places to rent your own clamming gear and crab pots, and boats. If you’re a newbie, join one of the local fishing tours and join in the fun.
The lower bay is “marine dominated,” meaning the freshwater influence is small, offering some of the coast’s most productive shell-fishing opportunities. Once you’ve got your catch for the day, take it to any one of several restaurants in the area and they can cook it up for you! The tastiest meal in Coos Bay is one you have caught yourself!