When the chefs at The Bay House want some fresh italian parsley, french tarragon, or lemon thyme to season freshly caught halibut from Captain Mike Fitzpatrick or organic vegetables from nearby Barking Dog Farms, all they have to do is snip some from the herb garden outside. That dedication to fresh, local flavors elevates each dish, and it's also won the restaurant recognition from Oregon Coast Today and a bevvy of awards. To complement the seasonal dishes, which often feature seafood, duck, and beef, diners choose wine from a sprawling wine list that's about 70 pages long—the same length as War and Peace: Tiny Print Edition.
The Bay House's spacious windows let in views of Siletz Bay, which laps a rocky shore right outside the restaurant. In two formal dining rooms, servers whisk plates to white-draped tables and booths. The Bayside Lounge's plush dining chairs and leather couches gather around a rustic stone fireplace and tables topped with a single rose; the laid-back space sometimes hosts live blues artists and other musicians to serenade lounge-goers.