Where to Eat in Aurora: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Velvet Mowry

Aurora is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. Before being incorporated as a city, it was the location of the Aurora Colony, a religious commune founded in 1856 by William Keil who named the settlement after his daughter. The population was 918 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Aurora

1. White Rabbit Bakery

21368 Highway 99e NE, Aurora, OR 97002-9201 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 503-267-9044
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

White Rabbit Bakery

Reviewed By Ryan C - Eugene, Oregon

We headed out to see tulips and found the White Rabbit...very cute, good sandwiches, coffee. Wish we had seen the 1/2 sandwich and soup...next time. Lots of interesting roads and history in the valley if you get off the highway, I5. Even just 99E is better.

2. Backstop Bar Grill

211 N Grant St, Canby, OR 97013-3629 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 503-263-6606
Excellent
58%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Backstop Bar Grill

Reviewed By isildor - Fair Oaks, California

For big city dwellers this will be Just a warm meal, but for Canby it's a big deal. It's almost a bad imitation of Newberg's "Cooperstown". The service however is prompt. Enough tv's to make you dizzy, but some people enjoy that.

3. Dar Essalam

29585 SW Park Pl, Wilsonville, OR 97070-6879 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout African, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 503-682-3600
Excellent
84%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 162 reviews

Dar Essalam

Reviewed By newyorker1953 - Wilsonville, Oregon

Drove by the restaurant today and thought, hmmmm, why not. So glad we did. Service is so efficient. Several people serving, cleaning tables, and what ever else needs to be done. Food was excellent. Good flavors, tender meats, tasty lentil soup, and excellent tea. Baklava for desert with almonds and ice cream was the perfect finish. We will be back.

4. Top O Hill Restaurant

25496 S Highway 99E, Aurora, OR 97002-9320 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 503-266-8382
Excellent
30%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Top O Hill Restaurant

Reviewed By greenbeetlegirl - Brookings, Oregon

I tend to be somewhat generous on restaurant reviews, recognizing that tastes differ. So the good is that the coffee was excellent, hot and fresh. Unfortunately the food was not.

We stopped for lunch at this roadside diner that has seen better days. Usually that is a fun choice for me -- I like roadside diners. My companion ordered the chili size, and though the french fries were decent, the sandwich "just didn't taste good." She kept tasting it all day, and was unable to eat dinner that evening due to an upset stomach.

I ordered soup and salad, the closest I could find to a vegetarian choice. I prefer vegan or vegetarian meals, but am willing to be a little flexible when I travel. The soup was navy bean, straight out of the can, some sort of off-brand since Campbell's would have been a huge improvement. Very bland, metallic, and just plain bad. The salad was edible, but extremely basic: big chunks of iceberg lettuce, a few carrot shreds, stale croutons and bottled dressing.

The dinner specials for the week were posted on a board. After our lunch experience I would be terrified to order liver and onions or prime rib!

The reason I rate this a 2 rather than a 1 is the excellent coffee, and fries and salad that were at least edible. If you just want coffee, stop here. If you want food, continue on down the road!

5. Ladybug Chocolates

266 NW 1st Ave Ste A, Canby, OR 97013-3700 Takeout +1 503-263-3335
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Ladybug Chocolates

Reviewed By Mokihana W - Clackamas County, Oregon

Oh my goodness, this place is wonderful! If the chocolate aroma doesn't get you the minute you walk in the door, then the candy will. Chocolate of all kinds, and the choices are...well, let's just say that there's chocolate for every taste. And yes, they do have chocolate ladybugs! This is a great candy store!

6. Human Bean

318 SW 1st Ave, Canby, OR 97013-3817 Takeout Breakfast, Dinner +1 503-263-2326
Excellent
70%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Human Bean

Reviewed By Leesab23 - Hillsboro, Oregon

We got 4 drinks and paid with different sets of monies and even the girls there were extremely busy they made change with a smile. They made some good drinks, except mine was way to sweet, but I was going for a Smores and they didn't have graham cracker so I said use hazelnut and marshmallow. Next time will go with one flavor. They were friendly though.

7. El Chilito

403 SW 1st Ave, Canby, OR 97013-3818 Takeout, Seating Mexican Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 503-266-4966
Excellent
70%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

El Chilito

Reviewed By Ida M - Salem, Oregon

Tiny little stand with all the usual tasty Mexican plates. The pork and chicken enchiladas were stuffed full of tender meat! Very limited seating- a few stools and one table inside and a few picnic tables outside. We sat with two strangers who said the place is very popular with the locals - who call ahead and pick up their orders. Went here based on all the great reviews and were not disappointed!

8. Christa's Cafe & Antiques

21620 Main St NE, Aurora, OR 97002-9222 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 503-780-3539
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Christa's Cafe & Antiques

Homemade soups and sandwiches, desserts, a variety of drinks including espressos, wine and beer. Also a variety of antiques and vintage collectibles.

Reviewed By Linda C - Moorpark, California

I make a mean mushroom soup, but Christa has me beat by a country mile. It was absolutely loaded with mushrooms and extremely flavorful. Hubby and I also split a real good grilled cheese sandwich, and he enjoyed his cup of split pea soup. This...MoreThank you very much for the lovely comments. We enjoyed serving you. Please visit again soon!

9. Oswego Grill

30080 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070-8908 Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks SGD 5 - SGD 41 +1 503-427-2152
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

Oswego Grill

"Upscale Elegance at a Casual Price!"

Reviewed By larkinjl - Medford, Oregon

We all know it is difficult to serve a party of 12. Yet these folks did quite well. The servers seemed a bit disengaged but got the job done. We had a variety of appetizers which we all sampled. Everyone seemed quite pleased with their entrees. One oddity: the colleague sitting next to me, wanted a baked potato with his steak. Nope, if ain't mashed, it ain't happening. The place reminds me of Stanford's in Lake Oswego, which is a good thing.

10. Langdon Farms Golf Club

24377 NE Airport Rd, Aurora, OR 97002-9552 Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 503-678-4653
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Langdon Farms Golf Club

Reviewed By DewPortland - Portland

This old barn converted to a restaurant has fast, efficient, and friendly service.
The food came out quickly and hot.
We enjoyed a Langdon Philly Cheesesteak with house made potato chips and a delicious chicken salad sandwich with walnuts and cranberries on croissant.
The Philly looked more like a loaded prime rib sandwich and was outstanding.

The high ceilings make the restaurant hard to heat so it was chilly at ankle level.

It is well worth a visit.

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