Charcuterie plate, bowl of mussels, french fries, and a cocktail from Bistro MaisonUpdated March 22, 2021

As we’ve begun to yearn for McMinnville’s epic outdoor dining scene of last summer, restaurants have responded by raising dining tents throughout McMinnville, putting a halt to the monotony of a COVID winter. Luckily, we Oregonians are of the hardy sort, and outdoor dining in the winter has become a welcome adventure.  Here are some places to enjoy a meal out this weekend.*

Downtown Historic District:

1882 Grille (Thursday-Sunday, hours vary): They have multiple heated covered and uncovered patio areas.  They also welcome well-behaved pups!

Bistro Maison (Tuesday-Saturday, 5-10pm):  We’re happy to find that in-person fine dining options are still available this winter!  The covered tables are limited, so definitely call ahead.

Blue Moon Lounge (Open daily, 7am-11pm): “The Moon” as locals call it is known for their prime rib specials on Friday nights, as well as affordable drinks.

Crescent Café (Thursday-Sunday, 7:30am-2pm): Crescent Café is one of McMinnville’s favorite breakfast restaurants.  Make your reservation and bundle up!

Golden Valley Brewery (Open daily, hours vary): You’ll find plenty of outdoor seating here, and they’ve got a firepit to warm you up as well.

Los Molcajetes (Open daily, hours vary): You’ll get delicious food with huge portions here.  You’ll be sure to warm up with their tortilla soup and a margarita!

McMenamins Hotel Oregon (Open daily, hours vary): Enjoy plenty of options for covered outdoor dining, including the rooftop, multiple heated ground level tents, and sidewalk tables.

Morning Thunder Cafe (Open daily, 8am-2pm): This breakfast/lunch spot is a local favorite.  Their tent just popped up and we’re looking forward to warming up to some delicious biscuits & gravy!

Pura Vida (Monday-Saturday, hours vary): Pura Vida has been killing it with their to-go options throughout the pandemic, and have just opened for outdoor seating this week.  Reservations can be made online.

Red Fox Bakery (Tuesday-Saturday, hours vary): Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Red Fox Bakery.  Everything is made from scratch and is so delicious.

Red Hills Kitchen (Thursday-Sunday, hours vary): This is probably the classiest tent in town, and they have heat blowing in to keep it nice and toasty.

Two Dogs Taphouse (Wednesday-Sunday, hours vary): Two Dogs has been open less than a year, but has already become very popular.  They’ve got 7 tables outside on the sidewalk, and if rain is expected, they’ll put out some pop-up tents.  Seating is first come, first served.

Outside of the downtown core:

Alf’s Homemade Ice Cream and Burgers (Open daily, hours vary): Alf’s has an appealing retro feel in both the menu and the decor.  Prices are affordable and there’s a lot of space to spread out on their patio.

Conservatory Bar (Thursday-Monday 4-11pm): The team at Conservatory Bar have curated a rotating menu of craft cocktails and seasonal dishes that feature as many local ingredients as possible.

The Diner (Open daily, hours vary): Classic diner menu made to order from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. They also have espresso, beer, and wine.  There are only a couple of outdoor tables, so get there early!

Grain Station Brew Works (Open daily, hours vary): While we miss dining inside of the cozy renovated old timber barn, we appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the great beer and food under the large pop-up tent or the covered gazebo outside.

Mac Market (Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-8pm): There is an abundance of outdoor seating at Mac Market, and most of it is covered.  Grab hot coffee or tea, a cocktail, beer, or wine from inside, and many food choices are available as well.  The rotating menu at Collab Kitchen never disappoints, cure your sweet tooth at gluten-free bakery Flour & Fern, or visit the food carts outside, which include Crave MinidonutsThe Red Fork, and sometimes, Hawaii Five-O-Three.  Hours of the food trucks and Flour & Fern vary.

Mezcal Sabores  (Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm): Mezcal has two heated tent areas in their back courtyard.  Everything we’ve tried at this family-owned restaurant has been delicious, but this time of year, we really recommend their flavorful pozole.

Tequila Grill and Tacos el Gordo food stand (Open daily, hours vary): Tequila Grill and Tacos el Gordo are right next to each other and share their heated (mostly covered) outdoor patio space.  Both do a high volume of business and have great food.  We love all of the hot sauce options to choose from at the food stand.  Both are definitely a local favorite.

*It’s important to check with the businesses directly to see if reservations are needed, or to ensure that their status or hours have gone unchanged.  Also check with your favorites that are not listed, for we may have missed seeing a tent pop up, and more restaurants are adding outdoor opportunities regularly. We will do our best to keep this list current, but remember that these days things can change quickly.  Let us know if we need to make an update.