I love when I find a small town that has great dining options, and Ellensburg, WA, fits the bill.
I was wondering where to eat in Ellensburg when I was planning my trip, and as I did my research, I realized I’d be spoiled for choice!
This little college town has a brewery, wine bars, a cocktail lounge, ice cream, and several fabulous restaurants, and there are far more Ellensburg dining options I haven’t gotten to try yet.
No matter your taste, you’ll surely find something you like out of these 6 of the best Ellensburg restaurants.
Not sure what else to do in Ellensburg between all your different meals? I’ve got you covered. Check out what to do in Ellensburg, WA here!
Best Ellensburg Restaurants & Bars
Iron Horse Brewery & The Pub
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If you are a beer lover, your first tour of Ellensburg’s restaurant scene should be at Iron Horse Brewery & The Pub.
The Pub is their official tasting room for their beer, and they also have a large outdoor patio perfect for distancing.
They serve up a variety of fun and tasty pub food like Finger Gun Beer Pretzel , Chckn Crry Sld (not a spelling mistake– that’s the branding!), and a Sloppy Jared… similar to a sloppy joe, but with their own unique twist on it.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 412 N. Main Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926
Ellensburg Pasta Company
If you are craving Italian food while visiting Ellensburg, head to Ellensburg Pasta Company for some of their enticing pasta dishes!
Local favorites include their Fried Lobster Ravioli, Asiago Chicken Linguini, and Shrimp Primavera.
They also have soups, salads, light and healthy meals, and kids options — something for everyone at this beloved Ellensburg restaurant!
The bar Bruce’s Place is connected to the restaurant and serves up more traditional pub fare if that’s something you’d prefer. Either way, you’re up for some of the best of the Ellensburg food scene!
Budget Tip: The best bang for your buck can be had here! For an Ellensburg cheap eats treat, grab a a cup of homemade Creamy Tomato soup for around $3.50!
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
Address: 600 N. Main St. Ellensburg, WA 98926
Starlight Lounge & Dining Room
I’m always game for happy hour because it is budget-friendly and you get to try more for less!
The Starlight Lounge and Dining Room is an Ellensburg restaurant that’s both historic and classy, and to boot, they make amazing cocktails!
During their daily Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m., appetizers are half off (making them roughly $4-$6 during Happy Hour). Well drinks, drafts, house wines, and their signature Starlight martinis are $1 off.
They also have daily drink specials. (A $5 Long Island Ice Tea – yes please! That’s my night sorted.)
Tip: I’m a tequila drinker and the bartender made me a Rico Suave, which wasn’t on the menu. It was fabulous. Ask for one if you enjoy tequila like I do!
Hours: Monday to Saturday lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday to Thursday dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 402 N. Pearl St. Ellensburg, WA 98926
Brix Elevage Wine Co.
If you got a hankering for pizza and wine, stop by Brix Elevage Wine Co. for one of the best Ellensburg restaurants for pizza.
They feature local wines, including their own Raised By Wolves, and local beer.
The pizza menu has great options like the Wisconsin (yep, its loaded with cheese — as it should be!), Sedona with artichoke hearts, pine nuts and kalamata olives, and the BBQ-inspired Ellensburg Cowboy.
They also have paninis, salads, and tarts.
Tip: If you order off the Nibble menu, the Devils on Horseback is a crostini topped with brie and prosciutto and a side of fig jelly – my favorite.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Address: 109 W 3rd Ave. Ellensburg, WA 98926
Last time I drove through Ellensburg I stopped to walk the trails at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park and then rewarded myself with an ice cream from Winegars!
They’ve been churning ice cream for over sixty years, and in 2013 were declared the best ice cream in the Northwest. I think they know what they’re doing, and why it’s an Ellensburg foodie favorite!
Tip: If you are in a hurry, the 111 E. University Way location has a drive-thru.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: There are two locations in Ellensburg. 111 E. University Way and 1013 E. University Way. Ellensburg, WA 98926
And those are my favorite Ellensburg restaurants, bars, and food stops! Did I miss anything on my visit to Ellensburg?
I’d love your suggestions for where to eat in Ellensburg on my next visit!