There is nothing like a heaping bowl of hot Clam Chowder to warm you up after a day of fishing, shopping, Whale Watching, checking out Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park or any of our other attractions.
A few weeks ago, we conducted a very unscientific and unofficial poll on our Facebook page to settle a debate we’re having here at The Visitor’s Center. The topic? Which local restaurant serves the very best clam chowder? It’s a question our visitors often ask, and though we all firmly have our own opinions, we wanted to know what you thought.
Many of you weighed in with a very interesting range of suggestions in a variety of locations, but we’re looking for the best spots right here in Coos Bay/North Bend/Charleston. Here are the local places that our Facebook fans claim to serve up “the best clam chowder in town.”
Unfortunately, we cannot list every single recommended place in this post, so if you don’t see your favorite local restaurant mentioned here, speak up! Leave a comment! Here are some of the spots mentioned by our fabulous locals and Facebook followers:
Winner: High Tide Cafe, 91124 Cape Arago Hwy, Charleston
It should come as no surprise that the High Tide Café in Charleston, Oregon is the winner of our unofficial Facebook poll. High Tide has won multiple awards for their chowder and is a consistent favorite among locals and visitors. Dawna B. posted “The best way to have their famous clam chowder is to also order a grilled cheese with shrimp. Simply wonderful!!!” Who can argue with that? With its roaring fireplace, awesome fish & chips, great beer, and over the top Clam Chowder, it’s definitely worth the trip! Served daily and definitely a meal all on its own.
The chowder served up at these dining establishments were also recommended with great enthusiasm multiple times in our poll and worth a visit next time you’re visiting Oregon’s Adventure Coast.
The Plank House Restaurant 3201 Tremont Ave, North Bend
The Plank House Restaurant in The Mill Casino not only has some of the best clam chowder in Coos Bay, North Bend, and Charleston, this restaurant has one of the best views of the bay!
Fisherman’s Seafood Market 200 S Bayshore Dr, Coos Bay, OR 97420
This local gem, famous for their chowder, fish & chips and local fresh seafood case, can be found floating under the boardwalk, off Highway 101. Hours are seasonal so call before making the trip: (541)267-CRAB(2722).
Shark Bites 240 S Broadway, Coos Bay
Open since 2008 and owned by Coos Bay locals, their clam chowder is also a local favorite. The restaurant also offers an excellent selection of fresh and local seafood options.
Captain’s Choice Family Fish House 1210 Virginia Avenue, North Bend
Known for its friendly service and great food, this North Bend establishment also needs to be on your itinerary. We hear their chowder in the bread bowl is “to die for”, and with a great view of the bay, you can’t go wrong.
Other Fan Favorites
Our Facebook community also showed some love for the clam chowder served in these local eateries.
Chuck’s Seafood 91135 Cape Arago Hwy Charleston, OR 97420
Local Tip: Get the chowder to go…eat on the Charleston docks or up at Cape Arago.
The Coach House 604 6th Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Miller’s At the Cove Sports Bar & Grill 63346 Boat Basin Rd, Coos Bay
Blue Heron Bistro (they have a secret recipe chowder) 100 W. Commercial Ave Coos Bay
Cafe 1297 in 3 Rivers Casino in Coos Bay- 1297 Ocean Blvd NW, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Fisherman’s Grotto 91149 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay, OR, 97420
Sizzler 3390 Broadway Ave, North Bend, OR 97459
We were surprised too, but one of our fans claims they have the best!
Rodeo Steakhouse Grill (inside the Super 8 Coos Bay/North Bend) 1001 N Bayshore Dr, Coos Bay, OR 97420
Tip: One of our fans says they serve clam chowder on Fridays and it’s the best!
Hilltop House Restaurant and Lounge– 93405 Willsey Ln, North Bend, OR 97459
Didn’t see YOUR favorite? Give them a shout-out on our Facebook page or leave a comment!