An important night out deserves a dining experience beyond the typical. The restaurants on this list, with their exceptional food and elevated atmosphere, are perfect for date night or a memorable celebration. What makes Eugene's food scene so wonderful is that you can feast on creations from notable chefs without the big city parking issues or waiting lists a month out. It is recommended that you make a reservation at these locations in advance but you won't need to wait forever for a seating. 

Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria

Beppe & Gianni's Trattoria has been both a popular business dinner destination and a romantic favorite for many years. The pasta is perfection and the wine list is sizable but nothing compares to their tiramisu. So, if you devoured every bite of dinner and don't think you can eat a whole dessert, take a slice to go so you can end your perfect night with no regrets. 

Set in a historic home, the restaurant features several intimate and elegant dining rooms, a small bar and outside patio dining. Just a few blocks from the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, this venue is often bustling, so plan ahead as seating is first come, first serve.

Dining in Lion & Owl's airstream
: Gwyneth Manser

Dining in Lion & Owl's airstream

Lion & Owl

This innovative and adventurous restaurant offers a fun, contemporary twist to fine dining. Lion & Owl is known for their weekend brunches but also offer dinner on Thursday - Monday nights. Browse their bubbly drink menu for a celebratory toast. Their menu changes seasonally but you can expect to find items such as caviar, Dungeness crab and foie gras for those with expensive tastes. In 2023, Lion & Owl's chef, co-owner Crystal Platt, was nominated for "Best Chef in Pacific Northwest" by the James Beard Foundation.

PartyBar summer dish

Party Bar Summer dish

Party Downtown & Party Bar

Party Downtown showcases organic, locally sourced ingredients and a creative approach to food that makes even familiar dishes like a burger feel new and exciting. The menu changes seasonally and is a great way to enjoy the flavors of the northwest. If you fall in love with the flavors in your meal (and trust me, you will), you can bring home some sauces and other items from their market store in the back of the restaurant. Hours are limited, so plan ahead.

Sabai Cafe & Bar

Located at Oakway Center, not far from Autzen Stadium and downtown Eugene, the Sabai Cafe & Bar presents Thai and Pacific Rim cuisine with thoughtful design and full flavor. A sophisticated, contemporary atmosphere that invites intimacy; Sabai is what date night dreams are made of. The date night experience can continue later into the evening at the adjacent Hyatt Place hotel's rooftop bar. Reservations are strongly recommended.


Handmade pasta and delicious wine selected by an Ambrosia sommelier in this charming historic building in downtown is a common way to congratulate a recent University of Oregon graduate or celebrate a new year. The elegant bar and upstairs dining provide romantic elements, while company parties and business entertaining are perfect in the banquet spaces. Reservations are recommended.

Rye Restaurant cocktails
: Melanie Ryan Griffin


rye's menu is a sophisticated world tour of tastes from Greek to French and beyond. Even though the dinners are deeply satisfying on their own, the dessert pairings are the star of the show. Each dessert is expertly paired with a spirit meant to accentuate the flavors. They offer eleven different dessert pairings which are the perfect way to finish an evening. There is a beautiful bar with authentic cocktails, and dimly lit booths and corner tables. Reservations are recommended.

Bar Purlieu

For a modern French experience near downtown Eugene, visit Bar Purlieu.  The Chef's Tasting Menu designed by Chef Brandon Lang is a surprise selection meant to be shared which makes dining with loved ones feel even more special. Reservations are recommended. 

Cafe Soriah Margarita by Melanie Griffin

Cafe Soriah Margarita

Cafe Soriah

The warm way guests are greeted, the spices and the ambiance make the dining experience at Cafe Soriah unique. This Mediterranean restaurant has been acknowledged as one of Eugene's most romantic destinations time and time again. The beautifully presented Lamb Shank is sure to impress. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Marché & Le Bar

Marché is one of Eugene's best-known and most celebrated restaurants for fine dining. This French-inspired restaurant focuses on seasonal, market-fresh ingredients. A James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for "Oustanding Restaurant 2019", Marché brings the same uncompromising quality that Chef Stephanie Kimmel started with more than 20 years ago.

Tucked in among upscale boutiques at 5th Street Public Market, Marché is both romantic and perfect for entertaining clients. Start in the bar with a cocktail and oysters on the half-shell. There are no bad options on this carefully crafted menu. Reservations are recommended. 

In Springfield

Tavern on Main in Springfield, Oregon

Tavern on Main in Springfield, Oregon

Tavern on Main

Tavern on Main is full of charm and Jazz era style. This upscale bar + kitchen is reminiscent of the Roaring 20s which makes it feel dreamy and special. The cocktails are great and so are the mocktails. 

George + Violet's 

Located on Main Street in Springfield, George + Violet's is a unique smoked meats and ramen restaurant. Chefs Andrew and Katie Francisco source local and grass-fed beef and organics. From smoked duck breast to grilled tofu miso broth, enjoy wholesome, flavorful and gourmet dishes. Songs could be written about how heavenly the fig leaf ice cream sundae is and still you wouldn't be prepared.