Newbergundian Bistro brings a taste of France to the Willamette Valley dining scene. Located in the heart of Newberg, Oregon, this cozy restaurant effortlessly combines upscale cuisine with a casual atmosphere. It's an ideal spot for lunch or dinner while visiting nearby wine country.
When it comes to wine growing climates, Oregon's Willamette Valley and France's Burgundy region have a lot in common. That's why both areas produce some of the world's finest Pinot Noirs. So what better way to blend the two than by enjoying some authentic French cuisine in the gateway to Oregon wine country?
From tender Steak Frites to Cassoulet to Coq au Vin -- and a wine list that includes bottles from both Oregon and France -- a visit to the Newbergundian Bistro will satisfy all your French culinary cravings.
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Familiar French Cuisine
The menu at the Newbergundian Bistro is full of comforting French flavors.
These include simple dishes like the Chicken Salad, made with green apples, French tarragon, fresh herbs, and almonds.
Or try the Matelot de Mussels, a delicious seafood starter featuring bacon lardons, garlic, shallots, and leeks.
Heartier French dishes include Cassoulet (with Toulouse sausage, smoked pork loin, confit duck, bacon, and white beans) and Coq au Vin (with Red wine braised chicken, forest mushrooms, and mashed potatoes).
During our visit to the Newbergundian Bistro, we opted for a classic French dish, as well as one of their other specialties.
Steak Frites ($22)
I'm a sucker for Steak Frites. Chances are, if it's on the menu, I'm going to order it. And the one here didn't disappoint.
Made with Hanger steak, confit scallion and a house steak sauce, it hit all the right notes. The meat was tender and flavorful enough that it didn't really need the steak sauce. And the fries were hot and crispy. It was everything you look for in steak frites.
Fish and Chips ($20)
Marlynn opted for the Fish and Chips. Made with beer battered halibut, and served with coleslaw and tartar sauce, it was comfort food at its most satisfying.
The fish was light and flaky and the cole slaw had just the right amount of tanginess.
The Wine List (and more)
The wine list is relatively extensive for a restaurant this size, but given the bistro's name, you may be surprised by the lack of bottles of from Burgundy. In fact, you'll find only one -- Le Domaine d’Henri Premier Cru Chablis -- a fruity white.
If you're in the mood for French wine, there are plenty of others to choose from, including a few from Champagne as well as Bordeaux.
There are quite a few wines from around the Newberg area as well, including several Pinot Noirs, Pinot Blancs, and Chardonnays, as well as the 2019 Shallow Seas Rosé, a bright, acidic wine with hints of strawberry.
If beer is more your style, their menu features more than two dozen, including IPAs, pilsners, stouts and more.
Wine country casual may be the most fitting way to describe the dress code here. You'll feel as comfortable wearing jeans and a t-shirt as you would a button down shirt and sport coat. (and the same for the ladyfolk). If you're heading out for wine tasting after your visit here, whatever you planned to wear at the vineyard will likely work.
While the focus is more on the adults here, kids are certainly welcome. And chances are they'll find something to like on both the lunch and dinner menus, which include items like grilled cheese, burgers, and the fish and chips mentioned above.
No, reservations are not required or accepted, so it's best to come with a little flexibility in your schedule in case you need to wait a bit for your table.
Yes, there are a few menu items which are vegan, including the Squash Fritter and House Salad.
Marlynn and I had a relaxed, satisfying lunch at the Newbergundian Bistro. The variety of the menu and availability of authentic French food makes this eatery a welcome addition to the list of great Willamette Valley restaurants. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere was unstuffy, and the vibe was unpretentious.
If you're in the mood for a tasty, easygoing lunch or dinner during a visit to Oregon wine country, consider a stop here and enjoy a bit of France in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
Address: 203 Villa Road, Newberg, OR 97132
- Wed-Thurs 11am-8pm
- Fri 11am-9pm
- Sat 9am-9pm
- Sun 9am-8pm
Phone: (971) 832-8687
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