Carousel Restaurant & Bistro
25 N. Front St.
Phone: (509) 248-6720
This exceedingly quaint restaurant serves tantalizing French and French-inspired dishes, prepared with locally sourced ingredients and accompanied by world-class wines, which include prestigious Northwest selections and Old World gems. The historic nature of the setting, originally an opera house built a century ago, adds an extra layer or two of charm.
Cowiche Canyon Kitchen + Icehouse
202 E. Yakima Ave.
Phone: (509) 457-2007
This spacious, lively spot (pictured above) in downtown Yakima offers a sleek setting for revelry. Board-formed concrete walls give the airy dining room a modern look, while its patio and stylish lounge diversify the environment. The refined pub menu includes more than just burgers—but the burgers, ground in-house and served on house-made buns, are pretty darned good. Artisan cocktails, local craft brews and Washington wines, satisfy most thirsts.
28 N. 1st St.
Phone: (509) 426-2220
This quaint spot in downtown Yakima offers creative, contemporary dishes that tap into the bounty of Northwest farms and seafood purveyors. Depending on the season, the choices can include an elk tartare, Dungeness crab poutine or a pesto garganelli with sweet corn, Soil to Sky tomatoes and feta. The frequently changing menu offers à la carte items in shareable portions as well as a 7- to 8-course "hands-free" chef's tasting menu. Beverage options showcase local wines, craft beers and craft spirits.
Jeremy's 1896 Public House
1232 Wine Country Road
Phone: (509) 786-7492
Pizzas, burgers, salads and sandwiches star on the menu at this casual, family-friendly spot. The pub is set in the one-time home of E.W.R. Taylor, the first mayor of Prosser. The beverage selection includes more than 20 beers on tap, cocktails and local wines. The spot is about a mile off I-82, and it offers discounts to those staying in local hotels or at the nearby RV park.
Los Hernández Tamales
3706 Main St.
Union Gap, WA
Phone: (509) 457-6003
A modest, family-run tamale stand might not sound like wine-country cuisine, but in-the-know foodies swing by this spot, which earned a James Beard Foundation America's Classic Award in 2018, as often as possible. The Hernández family's team makes chicken and pork tamales from scratch, with masa made from house-milled corn. And their asparagus tamales, made with pepper jack, are a celebrated rite each spring, during the local asparagus season.
Los Hernández Tamales: West Valley
6411 W. Nob Hill Blvd. Ste. 102
Phone: (509) 367-6480
The Hernández family opened a second location of their landmark tamale shop in Yakima's West Valley in February of 2019. The shop showcases the pork and chicken tamales, with masa made from house-milled corn, available in the original Union Gap location, which remains open—and as busy as ever. The world-famous asparagus tamales, featuring locally grown asparagus and pepper jack cheese, will be available in late April, into May, depending on the local asparagus harvest.
Provisions Restaurant + Market
2710 Terrace Heights Drive
Phone: (509) 452-8100
With polished woods, cafe lights and a sunny patio, this fun spot, just a short drive from downtown Yakima, offers a stylish setting for delicious comfort foods, prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The beverage menu showcases Northwest craft beers, artisan cocktails and wines from all over. Among other items, the attached market carries salads, sandwiches and other grab-and-go items.
Second Street Grill
28 N. Second St.
Phone: (509) 469-1486
This fun, lively downtown Yakima spot offers steaks, pasta, sandwiches and burgers in a refurbished brick space and, when the weather cooperates, on its sidewalk patio. A bank of screens above the center-island bar makes it easy to catch a game. Twenty-four mostly Northwest beers on tap, regional wines and specialty cocktails cater to a variety of thirsts.