Yamhill County has some exceptional dining opportunities. From Cajun to Costa Rican to French to Thai, the county covers a wide culinary variety for being a non-metropolitan area. The most glaring deficiency is the lack of an Indian restaurant, which leaves us scratching our heads. Also missing are Mongolian, Ethiopian, or any Middle Eastern restaurants (though a Lebanese food cart hangs out at Staples). No, it's not Manhattan, but really, you could stay for a long time and have trouble eating at all the truly quality restaurants nearby. Here are some of our favorites and please let them know you're staying at Bella Collina Bed & Breakfast.
A new restaurant on Third Street as of 2019, these guys are fierce about pizza. By their own description, they “traveled to Italy, studied our asses off, and went full on Vera Pizza Napoletana (that’s as serious as it sounds).”
A small restaurant, it only seats 22 patrons. It is pricey but has some remarkable food. We haven't sampled it much because it doesn't cater broadly to vegetarians, but we hear it is worth trying.
We love this place. It remains the best Thai restaurant we have visited outside of Thailand itself. Fast, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.
La Rambla is Sherwood's favorite restaurant, not only for the excellent Spanish cuisine (mainly tapas), but the atmosphere is relaxed and intimate, hitting just the right balance of classy, fun, and delicious.
The laid back 1882 Grill, features outdoor dining on the third floor of a renovated historic building. Enjoy a selection of deluxe burgers, oven fired pizzas and signature sandwiches.
True French cuisine, served with the polish and savoir-faire that you would expect from a French restaurant. The presentation is elegant, the food delicious, and the environment is quiet and inviting. In the summer, the outdoor patio is a good choice.
McMinnville has maybe five Chinese restaurants (why?) but only two Italian restaurants, and Nick's is the one to go to unless you're just grabbing a bite at Geraldi's. Nick has gotten awards since way back. This is where Nicholas Cage and the other movie stars go when they drop into Mac (not very often). Upscale, great food, price is surprisingly reasonable.
It’s the new hot spot in Mac. If you are wanting to switch it up with a burger and beer, you won’t go wrong here. Once a ballet studio, it’s now a popping dinner spot. We haven’t had a guest disappointed yet choosing Two Dogs Taphouse.
Outstanding renovation of an old hotel in downtown McMinnville. They have a rooftop bar and restaurant that has the best views available downtown. The service is sometimes a bit slow, sometimes fine. The food is good, but not mind-blowing.
A perennial favorite. If you like good Angus beef, they raise it themselves on their nearby ranch and it gets top ratings. The atmosphere is casual and family-oriented. The servers are delightful and we've never found a loser on the menu. We hear the beer is good, too.
Want Mexican? This is the place. Lots of food, fast service, a fun place to hang out, and it really tastes great.
A Costa Rican delight. We highly recommend it, especially if you are GF because there are lots of options. High quality classic Latin American dishes with fresh, local ingredients. Highly regarded and certified as authentic by friends of ours who know these things.
Dayton & Amity
There is a restaurant in Dayton? Yes, and baby, it is uptown. Feel free to dress up if you like, because this little spot leans toward the swanky. We hope you like mushrooms, because the chef and owner, Chris Czarnecki, is a mushroom freak. Chris once found a cluster of Chanterelle mushrooms on some property of one of our friends and was nearly apoplectic with excitement. He is top-notch. It's worth a visit just to meet him.
This is a traditional Mexican American restaurant. The service is friendly and fast, and the food is pretty good too. PLUS, if you would rather eat in, El Toro Loco delivers to Bella Collina. There’s nothing fancy about the place, just good reliable food.
Sandwiches with attitude! Quality meats and cheeses, local fresh veggies, soups, salads, and sides dishes. Hummus plates, Cheeseboards. And now serving Saturday dinners. Call in advance for take-out orders.