Dining out is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s wonderful to let someone else do the cooking and the cleaning – and it helps end the “what should we have for dinner?” loop. Complemented by Walla Walla’s wine industry, there are many amazing restaurants in Walla Walla that not only pair well with wine, but have choices everyone in the family will love, even the littles. Whether you are looking for family-friendly dining in Walla Walla, a date night place or just a night off from dishes, here are a few highlights for you to consider when looking for those must-try restaurants in Walla Walla.
If you are looking for a dining experience, try the Whitehouse-Crawford. Established in a renovated 1904 mill, it’s a gorgeous brick building with an even more gorgeous dining room. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 100-year-old wood floors and original glass, this restaurant is worth a visit just to look at, but you will want to stay for the food. Whitehouse-Crawford uses locally sourced ingredients, so the menu changes with the season, but it’s always an eclectic mix of dishes from all over the world – including Chinese steamed buns, Japanese-style fried chicken, mushroom ravioli, wild boar with mole and rava dosa, an Indian semolina crepe with spiced vegetables. They take walk-ins as well as reservations. For more information, visit the Whitehouse-Crawford website.
55 W Cherry Street, Walla Walla
The Maple Counter Café
There is nothing like a scrumptious breakfast and folks at The Maple Counter Café know it. They specialize in breakfast and lunch, serving up handcrafted dishes. The owners are third-generation restaurateurs, so they know what they are doing. Everything is made from in-house recipes, that includes batter from scratch, not mixes, and using a sourdough barrel to create light and fluffy pancakes. Even the syrups and toppings are prepared from scratch. Whether you try the crepes, pancakes, eggs, a Monte Cristo sandwich or the bayou burger, this is truly a meal you won’t soon forget. For more information visit The Maple Counter Café website.
2096 E Alder Street, Walla Walla
Don’t be fooled by the fact that Andrae’s is a food truck as it’s of the highest rated dining places in Walla Walla and is run by French Culinary Institute graduate, Chef Andrae Bopp. The food truck serves gourmet and comfort foods to visitors and is also available for catering, including vineyard dinners. The menu includes something for everyone from biscuits and gravy and shrimp po boys to hot dogs and tacos. Barbecue lovers will also be pleased to see many smoked items on the menu, as well as southern-style pulled pork. For more information visit the Andrae’s Kitchen website.
706 W Rose Street, Walla Walla
The Marc Restaurant
If you need choices, try The Marc Restaurant inside The Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla. With six in-house chefs, the restaurant serves a wide variety of options and can cater to vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets. They specialize in Pacific Northwest cuisine so look for jumbo diver scallops, Wagyu beef and seasonal seafoods. The Marc Restaurant is known for preparing dishes that pair perfectly with local wines, but it also has a good kids menu as well, with many favorites including chicken fingers, pizza, steak, mini corn dogs and more. Leave room for the gorgeous desserts, such as a cast iron strawberry pie. For more information, visit The Marcus Whitman Hotel website.
6 W Rose Street, Walla Walla
The sister restaurant to Whitehouse-Crawford, Brasserie Four is a French cuisine lover’s dream. The modern looking dining area is full of local art and you will find local fine wine and Stumptown espresso, which is roasted in Portland, Oregon. The Brasserie Four menu has everything you could want from French cuisine, from steak frites and boeuf bourguignon to pate de foie de poulet and bouillabaisse. The restaurant has a kids menu and can also make anything on the adult menu at half-price for a kid-sized portion (for children 12 and under). If some in your party are not a keen on French cuisine, they also offer draft beer and pizza. For more information, visit the Brasserie Four website.
4 E Main Street, Walla Walla