Dining in Sunriver | 15 Local Favorites

You’re all settled into your vacation home. There is a beautiful, well-stocked kitchen, but you just don’t want to cook. Have no fear, grab the family and head out to one of these many local restaurants to grab a bite! Whether you need breakfast before your big adventure or want to grab lunch as you explore the area, here are our favorite options for dining in Sunriver.

Here Are Our 15 Favorite Options for Dining in Sunriver

The Basecamp Grill – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The Basecamp Grill is a small, casual restaurant with some big flavors. We highly recommended trying a breakfast burrito on your way up the mountain to keep you going strong all day. Homemade flavors and a wide selection are sure to fill everyone’s bellies. This restaurant is conveniently located on Spring River road, right on your way up to the high country.

Big Belly Burger’s and Brew – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Big Belly’s has darn good burgers and sandwiches at a reasonable price. Be sure to order a Bloody Mary Slider if you enjoy a good and full Bloody Mary! If you do go that route, you might want to share your meal or plan on grabbing a to-go box – servings are generous. Big Belly offers plenty of traditional breakfasts as well. Head over to the Sunriver Business Park to enjoy this restaurant option!

Blondie’s Pizza – Lunch and Dinner

Pizza is in the name, but you will find so much more at Blondie’s. From sandwiches and wraps to calzones and salads, you’ll be sure to find something that everyone in the crew desires. If you’re tired from the adventure of the day, Blondie’s delivers after 5pm in Sunriver. For an easy and tasty way to enjoy dining in Sunriver, give these guys a call!

Café Sintra – Breakfast and Lunch

For Portuguese inspired cuisine and a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, head over to Café Sintra for breakfast or lunch. This restaurant is a local favorite and serves some scrumptious meals. Favorites include their unique selection of eggs benedict and pizzas with a Portuguese twist. Grab a mimosa and soak up the flavors.

Carson’s American Kitchen – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The views, the food and the atmosphere are all reasons to make your way to the Sunriver Resort Lodge for a meal at Carson’s. Chef Travis Taylor has created a seasonally-driven menu that will always surprise and delight diners. Dishes include only the freshest ingredients and pair perfectly with locally inspired cocktails. Dine on mouth-watering dishes while soaking up the view of the Meadows Golf Course with the Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.

 

El Caporal – Lunch and Dinner

Serving traditional Mexican cuisine and great margaritas, El Caporal is conveniently located for dining in Sunriver Village! Their prices are quite reasonable.

Hola – Lunch and Dinner

Serving Mexican-Peruvian dishes, Hola offers a unique menu and one-of-a-kind margaritas. Don’t miss out on their Guacamole Fresco, made right at your table. Located off of circle 3 on the river in Sunriver the atmosphere is bright and funky with some amazing scenery. This restaurant is seasonal, so be sure to give them a call to ensure when they are open. They are typically closed during winter months.

Good to Go – Lunch

Good-to-Go Food and Fun specializes in packing you some great food to take with you on any adventure. Give them a call before heading out on your relaxing float, invigorating hike, or any day trip from Sunriver and you won’t be sorry. You can also swing by as you wander through the Sunriver Village and they’ll whip up your lunch right there.

Marcello’s – Dinner

Since 1980, Marcello’s has been serving authentic Italian cuisine to the Sunriver community and its visitors. Although this is a fine dining experience, the restaurant is family-friendly and offers amazing specials each night of the week. Cozy up on a cold evening with some delectable pasta near the restaurant’s fire or hit the lounge for a more casual feel. Visit the lounge between 4-6pm and take advantage of some amazing Happy Hour specials.

South Bend Bistro – Lunch and Dinner

South Bend Bistro has offered Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine served in a friendly and relaxed environment for over 10 years. With a beautiful outdoor deck for dining in Sunriver, the South Bend Bistro is a wonderful spot for a romantic night out. With a large selection of wines and Italian-trained chef Jeremy Buck, you will not be disappointed. You will want to call ahead to make reservations for this night out.

Subway – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Subway is located in the Sunriver Business Park right next to the gas station. Grab a trusty Subway sandwich before heading out on your next adventure.

Sunriver Brewing Co. – Lunch and Dinner

With locally-brewed beer and unique menu, you won’t want to miss visiting the Sunriver Brewing Company. For a tasty appetizer, check out the IPA-battered portobello mushrooms or fried avocado followed by a delicious burger or specialty sandwich. Bring the kids and still hold a conversation with your dining companions as the kiddos head over to the kid zone right in the restaurant. With toys galore in a large space of the restaurant, your kids will be entertained without your help until the food is served.

Twisted River Tavern – Lunch and Dinner

With incredible views, delicious drinks, and a delectable menu, the Twisted River Tavern is worth visiting. Located at the Sunriver Resort Lodge, all are welcome and reservations are not required. Start out with some bacon fried brussel sprouts and a cocktail followed by a mouthwatering entrée and go home with a happy belly.

Village Bar & Grill – Lunch and Dinner

For some good old pub fare and a casual, family friendly atmosphere, head on over to building 7 for a tasty meal. In the warmer months, the Village Bar and Grill offers lovely patio seating where you can sip on a cool cocktail and munch on a snack in between your Sunriver activities.

The Wallow Bar & Grill – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

This is one of our local favorites for dining in Sunriver. This casual and laid-back environment is truly a hidden gem. Head out of Sunriver and across Harper Bridge to find The Wallow and soak up the quality food at a reasonable price. You will know your trip was worth it when you walk into big smiles and a warm atmosphere.

The Most Breathtaking Late Summer and Fall Hikes near Sunriver

Hiking is a great summer activity, but some tend to enjoy the adventure and exercise from a hike in the late summer or early fall. By late September the heat has lifted and the colors in the sky and of the Earth are rich. It’s easy to feel a bit more connected to the beauty around when hiking during this time. If you’re looking for beautiful fall hikes near Sunriver, you won’t want to miss exploring these areas!

Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Hikes near Sunriver:

Fall River Falls

The Fall River is a tributary of the Deschutes River. It is a large spring creek that flows for eight miles into the Deschutes River. Grass and willow trees border the clear river as you hike through a beautiful forest with leaves and grass changing to orange and yellow in the fall.

To get here, drive out of Sunriver and at the traffic circle and take the 1st exit onto S. Century Drive. Turn left onto S. Century Drive after .6 miles. After 3.1 miles, turn right to stay on S. Century Drive. Drive up this road for 10 miles and you will see a gravel road on the left. Turn there and follow the gravel for about ¾ of a mile until you see parking near a bridge.

From here, you will find an inviting and well-maintained trail that weaves along the Fall River; a beautiful and crystal-clear river. Fed by a series of springs, the river is quite cold and you will enjoy snapping photos more than jumping in. Walk up the trail and you will be rewarded with a view of the beautiful and clear falls. This is one of our favorite hikes near Sunriver.

Upper Deschutes River Trail

hikes near sunriverThe Deschutes River Trail extends over 15 miles from Sunriver at Benham Falls to Bend at Meadow Picnic Area. As you weave through the shaded forest trail, you will be rewarded with sunny breaks that offer bursts of color from aspen groves and grassy meadows. You may choose any starting point and any distance for your hike as there are at least 8 trailheads along the route. The closest to Sunriver is the Benham Falls area. This is a great place to start, as it is located at the south end of the trail and you can walk the trail as far north as you wish. Find a detailed map of the trail and trailheads here.

Dog-loving hikers, be sure to bring your leash along, as the trail does require your fur-babies to be leashed at all times. The trail is open to hikers and mountain bikers alike, so be aware of speedy adventurers on two-wheels. Some of the most colorful fall hikes near Sunriver are along the Deschutes River Trail near the Slough Trailhead, Dillon Falls, and the Aspen Trailhead. The colors in this area are not to be missed, especially in October, so don’t forget your camera.

Green Lakes, Three Sisters Wilderness

For those interested in a longer but equally breathtaking day hike, this is one you’ll want to check out. A round trip hike of 8.4 miles will weave you along Fall Creek through a lush forest and stunning views. You will be rewarded with an obsidian flow before you end at the Green Lakes, located at the saddle between South Sister and Broken Top.

To get there, follow signs to Mt. Bachelor. Once there, drive right on past Mt. Bachelor, past Sparks and Todd Lakes until you see a sign for Green Lakes and Soda Creek Trailheads.

Whatever hike you choose to do be sure to stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, and have fun!

Fall Activities in Sunriver | Floating the Deschutes River

With 95 miles of river, the Deschutes has something for everyone. Floating the river is an extremely popular activity during the summer months. Fall floats, however, can be even more enjoyable. With less people, less heat, and more colors, floating the Deschutes River in September and October is one of our favorite activities in Sunriver.

If you’re looking for activities in Sunriver, here are our favorite float ideas:

LaPine State Park to Big River

Arrive at LaPine State Park by driving south on Highway 97 and turning right onto State Recreation Road. Drive about 4 miles into LaPine State Park and follow signs to the boat launch. You’ll want to be sure to leave a car at the Big River boat ramp so that you can shuttle yourselves and your boats when your float is over. To get to Big River from Sunriver, drive out to the main traffic circle (with the waterfall) and head west on S Century Drive. Turn left onto South Century Drive for 3.1 miles and then turn right onto S Century Drive for 2.8 miles. The boat launch will be on your right just before the bridge.

Keep your eye out for wildlife while you float, as there will be lots peeking out from the trees and brush. You will also pass the “Big Tree,” or “Big Red,” Oregon’s largest Ponderosa Pine. Standing for more than 500 years, this tree is 162’ tall and almost 29’ around. There are spots to pull over in this area to explore and get a close view of the tree. You can spot it from the river by looking for a giant tree with a wooden fence around the bottom of it. Bring your lunch, lots of water, and some sunscreen and you’ll be set for this 2.5-hour float.

You can rent your kayaks and paddleboards from Good 2 Go Food & Fun, located in the Sunriver Village. Save time by renting your floating devices from these guys and having them make your lunch. They’ll pack delicious sandwiches with chips that are ready to go on your safari with you. Not only will you find your boards, life jackets, and lunch here, you can also have them shuttle you to and from the float. For $50 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under, the crew will load your group into their van and put your rented boats onto their trailer so you won’t have to think about another thing until they pick you up at Big River!

Harper Bridge to the Benham Falls takeout

If you’re looking for a longer float, start at Big River boat launch and plan your float down to Harper Bridge. To park a car at Harper Bridge, drive out of Sunriver to the main circle (with the waterfall) and take the first exit west on S. Century Drive. Rather than turning right onto S. Century Drive, go straight. You will see cars parked along the road and then see the bridge. You will want to parallel park along here to have your car waiting for you at the end of your float.

During this float, you will see some of the forest filled with wildlife, but a lot of it is weaving through the communities just outside of Sunriver. You’ll also see some beautiful homes and most likely some heron and deer on your way. The float is all flat water, so you can kick up your feet and float the day away. This float will take about 3-4 hours, so again, be sure to bring plenty of food and water aboard. Good 2 Go Food and Fun will be happy to rent your floating devices and pack your lunch for this float as well.

Forgot your outdoor supplies? Grab sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and more at the Camp Abbott Trading Co. in the Sunriver Business Park. Enjoy the fresh fall air and beautiful scenery on one of these fall activities in Sunriver.

Your Guide to September Events in Central Oregon

Our goal at Village Properties is to provide you with the perfect home for your Sunriver visit and ideas of things to do during your stay, and Central Oregon has lots of great events all year long. Here is a list of some great things happening in the area along with brief descriptions. Check out the below list of September events in Central Oregon. We hope you enjoy all that Sunriver has to offer.

Check out our list of September events in Central Oregon:

All Month Long – Yoga Month at the Sunriver Resort

September Events in Central Oregon- Yoga MonthSeptember is National Yoga Month and the Sunriver Resort is celebrating health, wellness, and vitality all month long! The resort is featuring a variety of events and programs to educate and inspire a healthy lifestyle, including dining specials with clean eating menus and special yoga-themed cocktails. Needless to say this is one our favorite events in Central Oregon.

Yoga Class Schedule

Mondays
4:45pm – 5:45pm – Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays
11:00am – 12pm – Nature Yoga
4pm – 6pm – SUP Yoga (weather dependent)
Wednesdays
4:45pm – 5:30pm – Yoga Nidra
Thursdays
8:45am – 9:45am – Hatha Yoga
11am – 12pm – Nature Yoga
Fridays
4pm – 6pm – SUP Yoga (weather dependent)
Saturdays
8:45am – 9:45am – Hatha Yoga
11am – 12pm – Nature Yoga
4pm – 5pm – Yoga Happy Hour

Backyard Happy Hour

Join the party Saturdays 4pm-6pm for one hour yoga classes on the backyard lawn.
There will be yoga from 4pm to 5pm at $10 per guest (with reservations required 24 hours in advance) and food and drink specials at The Backyard Bar afterwards from 5pm to 6pm.

September 8 – Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Les Schwab Amphitheater

Michael Franti and SpearheadSeptember Events in Central Oregon - Michael Franti, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine. Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic. Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry and long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows. He will be playing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend on September 8th. Doors open at 5pm. Low profile chairs, yoga mats and blankets are allowed.

September 9 – SROA Community Garage Sale at the SHARC

SHARCFrom 9am to 1pm, Sunriver homeowners will be compiling their unwanted treasures for you to enjoy! Swing by and see what gems you might find.


September 9 – Second Saturday Party at The Artists Gallery in Sunriver

September Events in Central Oregon - Artists GalleryCome visit The Artists Gallery of Sunriver for a free Second Saturday Party with local artists! Enjoy light appetizers and a glass of wine or local microbrew while viewing the creations of some of Central Oregon’s most talented artists, many of whom will be onhand to discuss their works. The Second Saturday Party is Saturday, September 9th 4 – 6pm in the Sunriver Village Artists Gallery.

September 10 – John Butler Trio at the Athletic Club of Bend

Clear Summer Nights 2017 Concert SeriesSeptember Events in Central Oregon - John Butler Trio takes place at the Athletic Club of Bend. Enjoy the fantastic music of the John Butler Trio while relaxing under the Central Oregon night skies!


September 15 – 16 – Bend Oktoberfest in Downtown Bend

Bend OktoberfestSeptember Events in Central Oregon - Oktoberfest is one of the most anticipated events of the year! Free and open to all ages, Bend Oktoberfest is a place for great beer, fun games, silly events, and being a part of the Bend community. Join us for the wiener dog race, traditional music, dancing, beer bong, stein holds, and so much more!

September 15 – 16 Uncorked Two-Day Wine Event

September Events in Central Oregon - UncorkedEnjoy wines, chocolates, and cheeses from across Oregon during this two-day event. Uncorked will also feature food and live music.


September 23 – Discover Nature Festival at Riverbend Park

September Events in Central Oregon - Discover Nature FestivalThe 2017 Discover Nature Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at Riverbend Park in Bend. This free event will feature over 35 nature education, outdoor recreation, and health and wellness activities. Bring the kids and enjoy the wonders that nature has to offer.

We hope you enjoy these September events in Central Oregon!