Here are a few distinctive eateries in town where you’ll be treated to first-rate food and welcoming hospitality.
One of several superb craft breweries in town, Backside has one other important asset: a wood-fired brick pizza oven that turns out tasty pies (the chicken-garlic is a favorite of regulars) to pair with their IPAs and velvety stouts.
A longtime favorite for creatively prepared contemporary fare, this casual, upbeat spot in the heart of downtown will wow you in the morning with pumpkin-cranberry ricotta pancakes or wild grilled salmon Benedicts, then tempt your palette later in the day with mango-mahi tacos or blue-crab and prawn salads. There’s an extensive drinks list, too.
Tuck into heaping platters of pulled pork, baby-back ribs, sausage links, beef brisket, and tender chicken—all of it slow-cooked over applewood. This is fall-of-the-bone barbecue at its best. Sides of corn fritters, barbecue beans, waffle fries, and potato salad complement the main dishes, and there’s a good selection of local beer and wine.
A great choice if you’re headed out for a day or hiking or biking in the countryside, this unassuming shop serves up mammoth sandwiches, including gyros with local lamb, satisfying Reubens on marbled rye bread, and some of the juiciest burgers around.
McMenamins Roseburg Station
Oregon’s quirky McMenamins restaurant group operates this lively brewpub set inside Roseburg’s gloriously restored 1912 Southern Pacific railroad depot, which is decked with local photos and memorabilia.
True Kitchen + Bar
Set in a stylish storefront space with soft lighting, natural wood accents, and a gas fireplace, this convivial downtown bistro is a go-to both for expertly crafted cocktails—from blackberry margaritas to clove-infused Sazeracs—and innovative American fare, including first-rate steaks and seafood grills.
Dine beneath a shimmering crystal chandelier in one of the exquisite dining rooms or outside on the inviting patio—every seat in this superb farm-to-table restaurant that occupies a stately, cupola-crowned Victorian mansion exudes old-warm charm. Be sure to enjoy a nightcap in the cozy Reform Bar, with its encyclopedic list of barrel-aged bourbons.