Eugene — a Foodie City
A gourmand's farm-to-table experience is approachable and thriving in Eugene. In fact, COVID-19 safety guidelines facilitate a more personable dining experience. Always pristine, Eugene's top restaurants now cater to fewer customers at a time. Come experience inspired dishes reflecting the region's bounty from Dungeness crab, salmon fresh from the local rivers, mushrooms foraged from the foothills to produce grown on small family farms and grass-fed beef from local ranches.
Three Eugene-Springfield neighborhoods stand out as foodie paradises: downtown Eugene, Eugene's Whiteaker Neighborhood and Springfield's Main Street. These unofficial food hubs have attracted innovative culinary talents and passionate locavores, resulting in some amazing culinary offerings. We also recommend booking the "Taste Eugene Foodie Tour" offered by America's Hub World Tours for a flavorful introduction to downtown Eugene. Now offered as a private walking tour, this is a great way to experience a greater number of dining establishments.
In response to new dining guidelines, most restaurants require reservations and have limited seating. But with so many restaurants to choose from, you'll be able to easily pull up a seat to a fantastic meal. It will take several days to sample Eugene's best farm-to-table restaurants, so book yourself an extended foodie staycation. Stay in lodging central to great dining or pick a hotel with a fun dining package.
We've compiled a list of some of our favorite restaurants below. Please note that some restaurants are only offering take-out or delivery at this time.
And then there are the local fermentors and distilleries. The craft beverage industry flourishes in Eugene - Springfield, garnering regional to international recognition. Taste world famous Pinots, mix it up right with a unique distillery, sample cider from community gleaning, or try unusual drinks from braggot to mead to house-made sodas.
Every Saturday the Lane County Farmers Market sets up downtown. Come browse farmers' stands overflowing with fresh cut flowers, herbs, produce, fruit, preserves, canned seafood, artisan condiments, baked goods, fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, mushrooms and more. If you are staying in a vacation rental or extended stay lodging, you can shop and cook up your own locally-sourced meal!