“Vita,” as it is known affectionately by locals, is hands-down our favorite Crescent City restaurant. Primarily a breakfast and lunch spot, it's the best place to pick up some sandwiches and other goodies to bring on your outdoor adventures!
What makes Vita special is their house-smoked meats and fresh-baked breads and pastries. Our favorites are the bahn mi and the roasted veggie & pesto sandwich. Their fresh juices are delicious, and their soups are my favorite way to warm up on a rainy day. Be sure to grab some ranger cookies to go!
With a huge menu and a great selection of super-fresh seafood, this place is a hidden gem located in the Crescent City Harbor. Whether you're looking for fish tacos, clam chowder, ceviche, cioppino or a great grilled tuna sandwich, the seafood here is top notch!
Technically not in Crescent City, “Vista” is located in Brookings, Oregon, just north of the California border and about 40 minutes from Crescent City. This where we go for a world class grass-fed burger and awesome beer, sometimes with live music to boot. Don’t miss out on the cheese curds!
Oxenfre Public House
Most of our friends will tell you this is hippest joint around, frequently hosting eclectic local and touring live music acts from as far as Seattle and San Francisco. Another Brookings, Oregon establishment, Oxenfre serves up classy gastro-pub food with a great selection of beer and wine and prohibition era-inspired cocktails. Our favorite is the hot pastrami sandwich on pretzel bread, served with truffle parmesan fries.
Port O’Pints Brewing Co.
Setting foot in our friendly local microbrewery feels a bit like walking onto the set of “Cheers.” It’s a nautical twist on a traditional Irish pub, serving up several rotating styles of beer made on-site, from a great double IPA to a fantastically creamy stout on nitro. Their food is fresh and tasty, too! If you're looking for some live music, this place is your best bet for some great tunes.
Wild Rivers Market
If you’re craving a kombucha, some healthy snacks, or locally grown produce, this natural foods store is our go-to stop. With a great selection of local and organic products and a super friendly and helpful staff, you can skip the crowded aisles and long lines of chain grocery stores.
Ocean Air Farms - Farm Stand
Pick up some fresh organic fruits and veggies and support our local sustainable agriculture movement. Currently the farm stand is open Saturdays from 10am-5pm, with hours expanding in the summer time. Located at 2420 Moorehead Rd. in Fort Dick (15 min north of Crescent City).
Starting each Saturday in June, downtown Crescent City comes alive with tons of local crafts, fresh produce, food vendors, live music and cooking demos. Whether you’re looking for driftwood art, succulent seashell terrariums, gorgeous ceramics, carved redwood burls, or just a snack and some fun stuff to look at, the farmer’s market is the place to be on a Crescent City Saturday morning or afternoon.
A smaller market is offered on Wednesdays from 9 am to 1 pm across from the Redwood National Parks Visitor Center, 2nd and J Street.
Where to stay
Our favorite getaway, and a very special place. The Requa is tucked away just south of Crescent City, where the Klamath River meets the Pacific. This historic family-run inn was built in 1914 and has a small, intimate feel. Each room is unique and beautifully decorated, and many have breathtaking views of the Klamath River. Sometimes we just come for dinner - their amazing, multi-course prix-fixe dinner is served family style at round communal tables, giving you the chance to get to know other travelers, get their recommendations, and exchange stories. The kitchen sources their ingredients locally, makes everything fresh, and pays great attention to detail. The service is always friendly and highly professional. After dinner, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of tawny port, and/or a fresh baked cookie while relaxing in the lobby, which is really more like your classy grandma’s comfortable living room, full of beautiful antiques and historic photos. Be sure to take a relaxing dip in the hot tub before falling asleep to the sounds of the rushing river. Bliss!
You don’t need to stay at the inn to have dinner or breakfast there, however they do require reservations. Reach them at (707) 842-1425 or visit their website here.