This town, built on vineyards and wineries, is also known for tasty Thanksgiving dinners. If you prefer to dine out on the big day, visitors to Yakima have plenty of options. Mel’s Diner is a classic in downtown, opened in 1982 and famous for the incredible holiday menu. The classic American diner usually serves burgers, shakes and fries worthy of your drool, but on Thanksgiving you’ll find the classic menu on hand.

Other dining options include the local Shari’s and Apple Tree, and Legends Casino dishes up their famed Thanksgiving buffet spread. Carved meats including turkey, smoked ham and prime rib are right next to the Bistro Bar with soups, salads and a selection of breads. Your favorite sides, plus decadent desserts including cobblers and pies, make this a tasty pick for Thanksgiving.

The Day After

Don’t get too stuffed on Thursday, because starting on Black Friday the wineries and vineyards go all out. Thanksgiving weekend is a biggie for locals with the Wine Country Thanksgiving. Most wineries are open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the three days following Thanksgiving and offer seasonal specials including food and wine pairings with holiday twists.

It’s one of the biggest events in the Valley, and there are too many events to make it to all of them. Start plotting your itinerary now, perhaps with a dabble of Black Friday shopping, and discover some new wines that make perfect holiday gifts.

Where will your long weekend begin?



Can you Catch the Crush? Now’s your chance on October 14 – 15 at Wine Yakima Valley where a bevy of wineries celebrate the harvest season at this annual event. Every winery has its own festivities from grape stomps to crush activities, live music, wine tasting (of course) and free-run juice. Get a premium pass and you’ll enjoy VIP benefits reserved just for pass-holders during this epic weekend. It’s just $30 when purchased online.

This time of year, you’ll need a jacket and good walking shoes to triumph in Yakima wine country. Keep in mind that wineries always run out of glasses. Keep yours from your first stop, or bring one. A designated driver and identification is required. Some wineries waive tasting fees for premium pass holders, so make sure to check out the details as you plan your itinerary.

Who’s Pouring?

In the Yakima Area, check out AntoLin Cellars, Treveri Cellars, Owen Roe and many more. Zillah Area wineries include Cultura Wine, Dineen Family Vineyards and Agate Field. Agate is retiring, which means fantastic pricing on retirement deals—get ready to stock up!

There’s also Sunnyside/Grandivew/Prosser area wineries including 14 Hands, Co Dinn Cellars, Thurston Wolfe Winery and Chinook Wines. Head to the Red Mountain area for Chandler Reach Vineyards, Cooper Wine Company and Purple Star Winery. Get your pass online now and save!


Treat Dad to a feast fit for a king at the local Bob’s Burgers and Brew where burgers (and a lot more) are done right. Enjoy a special dining experience with fast, friendly service and full flavors you’ll never forget. Only the best ingredients are used, and there are over 20 burgers on the menu along with the tender hand-picked cod dishes. Grab a sandwich, grilled on a French roll, and don’t forget about the luxury salads sure to satisfy even the biggest appetites.

Bob’s is also open for breakfast as well as a massive Sunday brunch. Available to cater to parties of all sizes, choose from the fire-side room or a banquet hall. Whether Dad wants an eggs benedict and French toast or the biggest deluxe burger in town, Bob’s is the place to be with beer on top, handcrafted cocktails and a pub with plasma televisions.

What’s on the Menu?

Burgers are king here, starting with the Western BBQ Burger with six ounces of beef topped with American cheese and smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce. Try the Guacamole Bacon Burger with Hormel smokehouse bacon, pepper jack cheese and house sauce. The Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple Burger is a sweet surprise, with Swiss cheese, savory sauce and grilled pineapple rings.

Here for Sunday brunch? Don’t miss out on the all-you-can-eat buffet with the ultimate omelet station as the star! From flapjacks to house potatoes, hash browns to scratch biscuits, it’s the ultimate meal for the dad in your life. (Plus, the Bloody Marys are famous!)



Although the Pacific Northwest is well-known for sustainable fare and locally-sourced ingredients, sometimes you need authentic Indian cuisine to pair with that perfect regional wine. Taj Palace is Yakima’s premier Indian restaurant, known for having traditional curries and tandoori dishes as well as an impressive lunch buffet.

It’s recommended you make a reservation for dinner because, as Yakima’s only Indian restaurant, tables can fill up quickly. Specials fuse classical dishes with Washington favorites, like the Wild Salmon dish that is marinated with Indian herbs and spices and served with a house salad.

Spicing Up Your Getaway

Tandoori options fresh from the clay oven are popular, like the Tandoory Murg featuring a full chicken leg quarter marinated in a creamy yogurt and offset with vinegar and spices before being served to your table on a sizzler. Also try the Rack of Lamb and numerous naan specials, like the sweet Kabuli Naan with cashews, raisins and cherries.

Save room for dessert, like Rasmali, a delicious food consisting of homemade cheese patties swimming in an almond-sweetened cream. Coconut and mango ice cream are also sweet ways to cool off this summer!



Big, juicy, homemade comfort food at its finest. In Yakima, you’ll find a plethora of burger destinations, starting with Bob’s Burgers and Brew. Pairing your favorite sandwich with craft cocktails and beers, this local chain is a favorite hangout. Try the Ranch Burger with smokehouse bacon and American cheese, the Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple for a touch of sweetness, or the Bleu Cheese with an addictive special sauce.

Miner’s Drive-In is a touch of nostalgia with a drive-through window that’s been slinging burgers since 1948. Jumbo patties and shakes are staples, and it’s where you’ll get traditional burgers done right. Double down with the patties, choose your toppings, and always leave room for one of their famed monster shakes.

Burger Up!

Try Famous Burger and Teriyaki Sandwich for some American-Asian fusion. It’s a no-frills establishment with counter service, best known for their namesake burger. However, there’s a variety of other burger and sandwich options, some featuring sweet and sour sauce while others put chicken as the star.

Burger Ranch is a local favorite, known for their from-scratch offerings and the freshest ingredients around. Here, you’ll find classic burger concoctions, but you can also customize your burger to suit your whims. It’s a great choice for a quick and delicious bite.



Book your table now at Carousel, the only French restaurant in Yakima and always a popular choice this time of year. Established in 2003, authentic French cuisine is the specialty here, featuring original recipes from the French chef and owner. The bistro is elegant, tucked into the Historical District with romantic ambiance and a welcome refuge.

Open for brunch and dinner, with a bistro always available, you can start Valentine’s Day with apple-cinnamon stuffed French toast or lemon ricotta pancakes for something sweet. Get the potato pancakes for brunch, or go savory with a French omelet or quiche du jour. A lamb burger, pulled and smoked chicken sandwich, or croissants with a side of crème brûlée are always in season.

Dinner Out

The Bloody Mary Bar is the focal point of brunch, but at dinner, it’s all about the appetizers like escargot, a boar plate with foie gras, frog legs and an artisanal cheese plate. That sets you up for traditional French onion soup with baguette, chicken braised in red wine, rack of lamb, rabbit or duck entrees.

For dessert, try the chocolate mousse, pumpkin-spice bread pudding, cherries jubilee or house made brittle trio. A chocolate martini, Irish coffee or Spanish coffee are also favorite ways to end this decadent meal.


If you really want to wow Dad this Father’s Day, book a reservation at one of Yakima’s top ranked steakhouses. Black Angus features holiday specials like the fire-grilled fresh artichoke, jumbo shrimp cocktail, wagon wheel sample platter and, of course, your favorite cuts from filet mignon to New York strip. Their peanut butter cup pie, sky high mud pie and chocolate chip cowboy cookie are just a few of the delights on their separate dessert menu.


Kyoto Sushi and Steakhouse gives you the best of both worlds if you can’t decide between great steak and Asian flavors. With a massive lunch and dinner menu, it can be hard to decide! Do you want to start with miso soup or fried scallops? The hibachi dinner special offers filet mignon, lobster, scallops and more while dessert ranges from fried banana ice cream to chocolate lava cake.

Big Steaks!

Creekside West Bar and Grille is a local staple where Thai chicken nachos, bacon gorgonzola fries, killer clams,  and steak burgers are sure to please. Try the blue buckle BBQ burger, battered steak fries, or their famous mac and cheese.

George’s Steakhouse is a little known, best kept secret where the locals flock for fresh ingredients, locally sourced cuts, and some killer secret recipes! Where will you book this Father’s Day?

Spending Mother’s Day in the beautiful and charming wine region of Yakima is a gift in itself. But what if you really want to treat mom this holiday? For many, the Waffles Caffe is the idyllic breakfast hot spot. Famous for monstrously big Belgian waffles and their old fashioned banana split with whipped cream, strawberries and more, everything here is supersized and super-sweet for moms with a sweet tooth.


Afterward, drive the canyon road from Yakima to Ellensburg, a gorgeous highway with vistas, desert hills that seemingly never end, and stunning geographical tones along the hillside. Ellensburg also has a number of fantastic restaurants and cafes. This scenic canyon drive adds only an additional 15 minutes to your drive, making it well worth it.

Yakima Secrets

This year, a special Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with Jazz Crush at the Sawyer House is featuring sparkling wines, live jazz and bottomless mimosas! Enjoy the Jazz Crush Combo and Rondi Marsh, partnering with Treveri Cellars, for a day of tastings at this child-friendly party. Kids’ activities include a bubble machine on the sprawling lawn and making Mother’s Day cards. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 5-15, and kids ages 5 and under are free. Book your tickets early, and treat mom to wine tasting in Yakima like never before.

This luscious buffet features Essencia Bakery and Catering providing items such as brioche orange French toast, asparagus and leek frittata, cinnamon beehives with raspberry cream scones, herb sausage patties, baked ham with an apricot glaze, eggs, granola and fruits, rosemary country red potatoes, beef satay with mango sauce, and much more.

Craving a slice of sizzling pie while traveling in Yakima? There are some great pizzerias in town, many of which will deliver right to your Yakima hotel! Russillo’s Pizza and Gelato offers New York style pies and a generous wine/cocktail menu. Try their Neopolitan, Pollo Blanco, Taco Pizza or their vegetarian options. The pork masala sandwiches are to die for too!


Tony’s Big Cheese Pizza is locally owned and operated, known for the Pura Carne all meat pizza and the Puros Vegetales all-veg choice. Add on chicken wings, Italian cheese bread or extra homemade sauces. All dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is top notch.

Grab a Slice

MOD Pizza is a Northwest chain that’s the pizza equivalent of Chipotle! Build your own personal-sized pizza on site and watch it being constructed and then baked in the wood pizza oven. The toppings are all locally sourced and you can come up with some quite unique combinations.

Westside Pizza features Garlic Chicken pies, Chicken Caesar pizza, Tropical Heat and a great all-veg option. Their desserts are what really set them apart, with the PB&J sticks, butter cinnamon stix, and dessert stix with apple, cherry or raspberry options.


Romance and the Pacific Northwest go together like rain and the coast (in this region, that’s a given!). You’re in wine country, which means every restaurant is brimming with special bottles—or you can make a day of tasting at cellars this February 14th. Reservations at Zesta Cucina are always a sure bet at this steak and seafood destination with an intimate setting. There’s Gasperetti’s Gourmet Cuisine, one of the oldest bistros in town with a special V-Day menu.

Go to Gilbert Cellars for light bites and impressive tasting flights all day long. The Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail might not have the most romantic name, but it’s in a gorgeous setting with award-winning vino. Wine Yakima Valley is one of the biggest wineries in the area, and their special selections make every sip memorable.


Go Out with a Bang!

Local florists can create arrangements featuring local blooms and plants that you’ll never find anywhere else. Shirley’s Flower Shop is well-known for their creative bouquets, and Bella Fiore Floral and Gift Shop is where you’ll find flowers, cards and local gifts for the special someone in your life.

Craving a little more sweetness at the end of the day? Go to Essencia Artisan Bakery for a Euro-inspired treat or La Morenita Bakery, open until 9pm, for a diverse mix of options. There’s always Baskin-Robbins for a comfort scoop, or Pepe’s Bakery for something with a little more flair.