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“The Drake in Bend - Quality Local Food”
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Ranked #12 of 463 Restaurants in Bend
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin
Description: DRAKE is an authentic neighborhood joint serving up creative and inspired comfort food in downtown Bend, OR. DRAKE's Chef Ryley is reinventing American classics with a modern, fresh flair. Specialties include daily fresh fish and risotto specials, mussels and fries, poutine and an array of burgers, salads, small plates and sides. DRAKE serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. Take in the view from over-sized windows on the iconic corner of NW Wall Street and NW Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend. On warm days enjoy prime outdoor seating on the bustling sidewalk. Inside, you'll enjoy a diner inspired ambiance with a beautiful hand crafted bar, an open kitchen with front row counter seating and comfortable booths. We are passionate about hospitality and we insist on delivering sincerity to every guest, every time. We want you to have a great experience at DRAKE from beginning to end, that’s our mission and that’s why we love this business. We gladly accept online or phone reservations and walk in diners. Please do not hesitate to call us to discuss your reservation needs.
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Drake is located right in the heart of downton Bend, outdoor seating is available. Had a great server - John, started off with their signature drink - Auto Drake, it was excellent. Then had the Beet and Plum salad, wow, what a great taste! Also tried the deep fried pickles which were fantastic and a great dipping sauce. Found out that almost everything in the restaurant is prepared at the restaurant and lots of locally sourced food is brought in. For the main course we had the salmon and the pasta specials of the day - both were excellent. Left feeling very satisfied - not stuffed with quantity but satisfied with quality.

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Had a great meal here! The staff were very friendly, especially our waitress, who was really nice to our kids. She brought our drink order very quickly, especially considering that the place was completely full when we arrived. My burger was outstanding. Seriously. Best burger ever. The kale salad wasn't bad either. And the kids looked pretty happy with their food too. I wish this restaurant was local to where I live!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Great service, amazing atmosphere & the food was perfection. I loved the fish and chips and the grapefruit champagne!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

After a long day of hiking at Crater Lake National Park, it was wonderful to sit down to simple pleasures made fresh and new. My husband says the pork and beef meatloaf with fried kale was the best he has ever had. I loved the golden beet gazpacho soup as well as the seared Oregon albacore with eggplant, jalapeño and saffron. The beer and wine selection were very good as well.

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1  Thank Jeanine G
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Its nice to have a few alternatives in Bend that are not in the brew pub style that most restaurants here seem to have gone too. We don't need 10 of those restaurants within a few blocks folks! So Drake is a welcome alternative that is a very large step up in quality from that style.

The menu is interesting; lots of choices for many different palates. And whatever they offer is designed and executed with care and expertise. We walked in towards the middle of the afternoon - hungry but not knowing whether lunch or dinner was being served. Lunch. We ordered the fried chicken and fish tacos and were not disappointed. The chicken had been braised previously - and then breaded and fried to order. So it was not greasy or oily, was cooked all the way through and delicious with a light cornbread batter. The two pieces of chicken sat on top of a wonderful house made fingerling potato salad that was not your Mom's or grandmothers - unless of course they were gourmet cooks. House made pickles and vegetable garnish accompanied this dish. Attention to spicing, moisture content, salt etc demonstrated the chefs attention to detail.

The fish tacos were equally delicious. Some fish tacos we find boring; little pieces of warm fish in soft tacos with some salsa. These started with generous pieces of coated and fried cod. To that they added pico de gallo, a little mango, a wonderful aoli to provide the moisture, mashed avocado and red onion. A wonderful blend of tastes and quite savory.

We had superb service - but were the only people there in the middle of the afternoon - so not a fair test. Also interesting was their selections of beer - although they are NOT a brew pub. They also offer a full bar and bar seating if you are alone, or if the tables are full.

Highly recommended - and we will definitely be coming back when we are in Bend.

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