Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner on the North Oregon Coast and Manzanita Area

Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner on the North Oregon Coast and Manzanita Area

Looking for a wonderful Christmas Eve or Christmas Dinner Near Manzanita, Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Tillamook, and Pacific City?


Both readers of our blog and visitors to our beachfront Manzanita Vacation Rental website frequently contact me to find out where to find the perfect holiday dinner on the North Oregon Coast and Manzanita area.



Please note that most restaurants report if business is slow, they will close early in respect for their employees, so calling in advance is a safe bet.


As usual, we have the insider's scoop for you. Below you'll find the restaurants open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, in addition to some of the local events (found at the end of this post) - follow along!


Christmas Dinner in Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler


As many of your know, we have a special fondness for our three Village area, comprising Manzanita to the west, Wheeler to the east, and Nehalem in the middle.


We were thrilled to find one of our very favorite restaurant in Wheeler, Rising Star Cafe, planned to be open on Christmas Eve ! What a wonderful holiday gift!



Are you a fan of Rising Star Cafe? If not, definitely add "dinner at Rising Star Cafe" on your To Do list - or your Wish List to Santa!


Owners Pepi Gabor and Ron Minschwaner make an awesome duo, with Ron in the kitchen and Pepi crafting luscious desserts and making sure all guests are as happy as Nehalem Bay clams.


As they write on their Mission Statement found on their website, they strive to create a restaurant that is an extension of [our] home: both in hospitality and quality.  We proudly source from local farms and when possible, use organic ingredients. We are chameleons, in that we reinvent on a daily basis, keeping the meals you receive here the freshest and of the highest quality.


Happily, we think they've exceeded their goals! And they're open on Christmas Eve. How lucky can we get?

  • December 24th, Christmas Eve: Festive Dinner, two seatings, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Reservations required.



Just to give you an idea how wonderful the food is at Rising Star Cafe, here's a peek into one of their wonderful dinner offerings on a recent winter menu:


Black Cod – king of comfort black cod is sautéed with soy mirin & lime sauce, a touch of sesame seeds and satsuma oranges, served with creamy mashed potatoes, and sautéed fresh veggies. Roasted Pumpkin Risotto –– creamy, comfy roasted pumpkin risotto with braised vegetables and vegetable stew, comes with local greens and roasted sweet potato wedges. Alaskan King Salmon - best of the west, Alaskan, sublime w/Willamette Valley pinot noir & red grape reduction (includes a bit of Vermont maple & fresh lime juice) served w/creamy mashed potatoes, sautéed local vegetables & citrus beurre blanc Braised Angus Rib Eye Steak – rib eye steak cooked your way, served with fire roasted vegetables, savory bread pudding, and black angus beef bone broth demi-glace and sautéed fresh vegetables.


If that's not enough to convince you, Sunset Magazine named Rising Star Cafe among the Best Road Food Stops for Food Lovers, aptly describing the experience as ...makes all the miles worthwhile. Ron and Pepi offer outstanding local seafood (and a full bar!).



Health Conscious Travel wrote all it takes is one great chef and you’re set, and he’s here in Wheeler, having relocated from top restaurants in various coastal settings, including Cape Cod. Both nights we ate there, the tiny dining room was packed with diners who couldn’t stop commenting on the freshness and creativity of the dishes.

Be sure to make your reservations early -- they fill up quickly! 503-368-3990 Note: cash or checks only.


Manzanita Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


Manzanita Beach Life Note: We regularly check with these restaurants, but sometimes hours are changed. Be sure to call ahead so you're not disappointed.


Also open for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinners in the Manzanita area are:


  • Bread and Ocean: Open Christmas Eve until 2:00 pm. 503-368-5823

  • El Trio Loco: Open Christmas Eve until 7:00 pm 503-368-8746

  • Manzanita Lighthouse Pub & Grub: Open Christmas Eve until 2:30 am. 503-368-4990

Pacific City Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Pacific City:

  • Pelican Pub and Brewing: December 24th, open until 11:00 pm. December 25th, open 12 - 6, reservations only. 503-965-7007



Tillamook Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Tillamook:

  • Dennys: 24/7, they're always open! 503-815-8061

  • Chinese Garden: Open both Christmas Eve and Christmas, depending on business. Call for hours. 503-815-8382

  • Rodeo Steakhouse and Grill: Open December 24th until 5:00 pm. 503-842-8288


Garibaldi Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


The following Garibaldi restaurant is open Christmas Eve:

  • Ghost Hole Public House: Open Christmas Eve until 2:00 pm. 503-322-2733



Cannon Beach Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Cannon Beach:

  • Bill's Tavern: Open Christmas Eve until 10:00 pm. 503-436-2202

  • Cannon Beach Cafe at Cannon Beach Hotel: Open Christmas Eve 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 503-436-1392

  • Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market: Open Christmas Eve until 6:00 pm. 503-436-9130

  • EVOO Cannon Beach: December 24th, Feast of Seven Fishes, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Their special event continues Chef Neroni’s family tradition on the Italian side–to feast upon seven different varieties of seafood, thus avoiding meat the night before Christmas. Reservations Required. 877-436-3866

  • Morris' Fireside Restaurant: Early closing on Christmas Eve. Call for hours. 503-436-2917

  • Pelican Pub & Brewing: Open Christmas Eve until 11:00 pm. 503-908-3377

  • Pig 'n Pancake: Open Christmas Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-436-2851

  • Stephanie Inn: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Call to be added to wait list. 855-977-2444

  • Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge: Open Christmas Eve until 8:00 pm. Open Christmas Day until 8:00 pm. Call for reservations. 503-436-1108



Hwy 26 to the Oregon Coast

  • Camp 18 Restaurant, Elsie: Open Christmas Eve until 1:00 pm. 503-755-1818


Seaside Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


In Seaside you'll find the following restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

  • Bella Ristorante: Open Christmas Eve until 4:00 pm. 503-738-6203

  • Dooger's Seafood & Grill: Open Christmas Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-738-3773

  • New Garden Asian Cuisine: Open until 9:00 pm. 503-738-9639

  • Maggie's on the Prom: Open Christmas Eve until 7:30 pm. 503-738-6403

  • McKeown's Restaurant & Bar: Open Christmas Eve until 8:00 pm. 503-738-5232

  • Pig 'n Pancake: Open Christmas Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-738-7243

  • Yellow Curry Cozy Thai: Open Christmas Eve until 9:00 pm. Call regarding Christmas Day hours. 503-739-7272

  • Tora Sushi: Might be open depending on business. Call for hours. 503-738-5226



Gearhart Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


In Gearhart you'll find the following open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

  • McMenamins Sand Trap Restaurant and Pub: Open Christmas Eve 7:00 am - 1:00 am, Christmas Day 7:00 am - 11:00 pm. Serving from their regular menu. 503-717-8150

Astoria Restaurants Open Christmas Eve / Christmas Day


You'll find the follow Astoria Restaurants open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

  • Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until 11:00 pm. 503-325-1787

  • Astoria's Portway Tavern: Open Christmas Eve until 1:00 pm. 503-325-2651

  • Baked Alaska: Open Christmas Eve until 8:00 pm. 503-325-7414

  • Bridgewater Bistro: Open Christmas Eve until 9:00 pm. Call for reservations. 503-325-6777

  • Buoy 9 Restaurant, Hammond: Open Christmas Eve until 9:00 pm. 503-861-2962

  • Carruthers: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until 11:00 pm. 503-975-5305

  • Dooger's Seafood & Grill: Open Christmas Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-861-2839

  • El Tapatio: Open until 8:30 pm Christmas Eve. 503-325-1248

  • Fulio's Pastaria and Steakhouse: Open Christmas Eve until 10:00 pm. 503-325-9001

  • Pig 'n Pancake: Open Christmas Eve until 3:00 pm. 503-325-3144

  • Rogue Ales Public House: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until 9:00 pm. 503-468-0923

  • T Paul's Supper Club and Urban Cafe: Open Christmas Eve until 10:00 pm. 503-325-2545

  • Silver Salmon Grille: Open Christmas Eve until 8:00 pm. 503-338-6640

  • Street 14 Cafe: Open until 2:00 pm on Christmas Eve. 503-325-5511

  • Tora Sushi: Might be open depending on business. Call for hours. 503-325-2586



Check Back - We'll Be Listing Christmas Events on the North Oregon Coast!


Let us know if you would like your event included. Otherwise, we are scouting down the best and brightest Christmas celebrations on the Oregon coast.


We love the holiday season at the Oregon Coast - Especially Manzanita.


It's the perfect location to be peaceful and grateful, surrounded by friends or loved ones.

We hope you have a very Happy Holiday, wherever you are and however you celebrate the holiday season this wintertime!


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