Where to Eat in Madras: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Madras (/ˈmædrəs/ MAD-res) is a city in Jefferson County, Oregon, United States. Originally called "The Basin" after the circular valley the city is in, it is unclear whether Madras was named in 1903 for the cotton fabric called "Madras" that originated in the city of Madras (now Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, India, or from the name of the city itself. The population was 6,046 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County.
Things to do in Madras

1. Rio

221 SE 5th St, Madras, OR 97741-1603 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 541-475-0424
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Rio

New restaurant in little Madras serving fresh, gourmet Mexican and tantalizing margaritas. The food is unusual, beautifully presented and the owner is a gem. Cost is very reasonable. Meals are quite large (enough for 2).

Reviewed By CRB42 - Bend, Oregon

Great little spot in Madras. Service is friendly and attentive. The food is delicious! Guacamole at the table w all fresh ingredients. The 7 pepper mole is amazing! Will stop on our way thru every time!

2. Eagle Bakery

123 SW H St, Madras, OR 97741-1106 Takeout, Seating American Breakfast +1 541-475-4593
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 40 reviews

Eagle Bakery

We heard about this bakery while dining at a local mexican restaurant. Open Friday from 8 to 5 and Saturday from 8 to 2. The bakery is inside a cottage style home that has been fixed up so cute and clean. We were greeted by the owner and his niece and offered to try fresh cherries from Kimberley, Oregon when we entered. They have bakery items for breakfast and lunch: ham & cheese rolls, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pull aparts and I saw a sign saying they have biscuits and gravy. They also have cinnamon bread, garlic bread and a few other kinds. We were offered to try the whoppie pies, I had chocolate and my husband had the lemon, very fresh and tasty. We bought the turnovers, apple and marionberry, snickerdoodle cookies and bread pudding. If you are heading north turn left before reaching the Erickson market. If heading south they have a small sign on the corner.We split a marionberry turnover and the crust is amazing, the best we have had in Central Oregon. They also have pies and much more. A great place to stop before heading to the lake or into the mountains.

Reviewed By N0rmalee - Bossier City, Louisiana

Went here for lunch and only option was clam chowder and I don’t eat fish/seafood. But it turned out they had ham and cheese or sausage and cheese rolls that look like large Cinnabon’s. Very good actually. Lots of pies, cakes, and breads that looked marvelous. They are moving to a larger location soon but currently in a former home fixed up really cute.

3. Madison Coffee House & Laundry

319 SW Madison St, Madras, OR 97741-1340 Cafe +1 541-475-2299
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By Robyn D - Beaverton, Oregon

We needed a coffee stop on our way from Portland to Bend, and one of our driving companions found this place on Yelp with some good reviews. It has a large, open seating area with lots of windows. The server was excellent - very friendly and helpful. The soup smelled great too and they also have some sandwiches on the menu. It was mid-morning, so we had the marionberry scones - they were great, coffee, and iced tea. I'd definitely stop here again.

4. Black Bear Diner

237 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741-1311 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 541-475-6632
Excellent
40%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 251 reviews

Black Bear Diner

Reviewed By WaynenBev S

This is a great place to eat for breakfast lunch or dinner. The food is always wonderful. There is a large variety to choose from on the menu. The service is friendly fast and accurate.

5. Dairy Queen

483 SE 5th St, Madras, OR 97741-1502 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food +1 541-475-2337
Excellent
39%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
6%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By PALTravel - Portland, Oregon

I love a blizzard every once in a while and always order a 1/2 heath and 1/2 butterfinger. Today, after a long, hot drive from Portland, I decided to not wait until Prineville for my blizzard. Prineville, Redmond and Bend DQ's are all EXCELLENT and every one of them happily serves my requested blizzard.

The person ordering in front of me (drive-thru) wasn't moving so much have been ordering for a thousand people. It was so long that I backed up and parked to go inside and order. The driver was still at the drive-thru ordering when I went inside. Then, of the four people there, only ONE was helping customers at the counter.

Finally, I was able to order and when I placed the order I was told that they couldn't do 1/2 of one ingredient and 1/2 of another. They didn't have any way to mix it. REALLY? This is the first DQ that told me they couldn't do it ... then one person overhead the conversation and said they'd have to charge me double in order to do that.

I turned around and left.

The WORST customer service -- actually no customer service. I won't give up on Dairy Queen, but I will never spend money or time at the Madras location.

6. Geno's Italian Grill

212 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741-1322 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 12 - SGD 34 +1 541-475-6048
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 86 reviews

Geno's Italian Grill

Reviewed By Spencer M - Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Stopped in Madras and asked the nice young lady at Quality Inn where to go for dinner. She sent me to Gino's and it was a great experience! My spinach manicotti was excellent and the Washington state wine a great match. Service was prompt and attentive and the atmosphere relaxed comfortable and slightly upscale. Highly recommend.

7. Starbucks

80 NE Cedar St, Madras, OR 97741-1956 +1 541-325-0460
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
33%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By BlueC0llar - Hood River, OR

Yes it's Starbucks which can be a God send when you need it, and yes I still stop here everytime throuth. But, skip it if you can since the wait is never short and sometimes 20 minutes. The problem is that it's a small opporation inside of Safeway, and it's the only good coffee around. So only stop if not in a hurry. Most drinks available and very few food items.

8. Great Earth Natural Foods

46 SW D St, Madras, OR 97741-1315 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 541-475-1500
Excellent
56%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Great Earth Natural Foods

Reviewed By Sean B

We thoroughly enjoyed our sandwiches. This was definitely a great choice for lunch while we were visiting Madras. The service was phenomenal. Our food was promptly served to our table. We enjoyed the New Yorker, Classic Ham sandwich, and Thai Chicken Peanut Wrap. (Our preference was in that order -- the New Yorker was outstanding.) The staff was friendly and shared their personal local experiences with us. Great Earth Natural Foods is highly recommended.

9. La Posada Mexican Grill

84 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741-1427 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Spanish Lunch, Dinner +1 541-475-3034
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

La Posada Mexican Grill

Reviewed By pandpCalifornia - california

usual mexican fare but very fresh and friendly people. we ate out doors in their little side patio and had a great large margarita that was perfect for our lazy day

10. Mexico City

48 SW 4th St, Madras, OR 97741-1427 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 541-475-6078
Excellent
54%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Mexico City

located next to the Best Western Motel

Reviewed By Kerrie C

First, the chips! They're made in house without any lard, in what the owner calls his "secret way". They are crispy and very flavorful and not greasy at all.
The salsa is so-so. Very very mild.
I ordered the "Acapulco Enchilada" and was VERY pleased with it. Very generously stuffed with bay shrimp and fresh pico de gallo, they weren't drowned in sauce, which made the taste that much more prominent. The beans were tasty as well and are delicious on the aforementioned chips. The rice is another so-so item. Also made without lard, it was a little glumpy and somewhat bland, but certainly not BAD. At $11 it comes in at a reasonable price for real food. One can easily spend that much on fast food and ingest total garbage. I look forward to coming back for dinner with Hubby and friends!

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