Start the day at Green Salmon Bakery and Cafe (220 U.S. 101, 541/547-3077, 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $2–9) for fresh breads and very good pastries plus soup and sandwiches for lunch. This lively café, which has a number of environmentally friendly practices, such as using collected rainwater to mop the floors, doubles as a hangout for the local alternative community.
Heidi’s (84 Beach St., 541/547-4409, noon–5 p.m. Sun.–Mon., noon–9 p.m. Wed.–Sat., $7–12) is a quintessential Yachats  business. This tiny shop serves soup, sandwiches, and wonderful pies in a modest little space that fronts the bay. Grab a cup of coffee, a slice of pie, and a patio chair and watch the waves roll in. Everything is homemade and served with charm and care. Dinners feature pizza and homey Italian comfort food, including good lasagna; if you want to bring dinner supplies back to your vacation house, Heidi and her crew make it easy by selling pasta, sauces, and meatballs to go.
The carefully restored but fun-loving Drift Inn Pub (124 U.S. 101 N., 541/457-4477, 8 a.m.–10 p.m. daily summer, 8 a.m.–9 p.m. daily winter, $6–20) offers seafood dishes, crunchy salads, fish-and-chips, and other well-prepared pub grub in a casual atmosphere. There’s often really good live music here, making this a lively spot whether you’re here to eat or to quaff a pint or two. Families are welcome.
The simply decorated bay-view Yachats River House (131 U.S. 101 N., 541/547-4100, www.yachatsriverhouse.com , lounge 1 p.m.–close Wed.–Sun., restaurant 5 p.m.–close Wed.–Sun., $17–28) serves seasonal organic cuisine such as grilled fresh seafood, tandoor-cooked Chinook salmon, and cumin-crusted lamb with saffron aioli. For diners along the central coast, this restaurant, with attentively prepared food, excellent service, and an amazing view, is good news indeed. The lounge is also a good place to stop if you are finding Yachats  to be the sort of extra-relaxing place that permits you an afternoon glass of wine and a snack.
On a bluff overlooking Smelt Sands Beach is the glass-enclosed Adobe Resort (1555 U.S. 101, 541/547-3141, 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5–9 p.m. Sun., $15–27). Two side-by-side semicircular dining rooms, with windows on the crashing surf, are a great place to start the day for breakfast or end it with a romantic evening meal, with such favorites as pan-fried oysters, salmon, and steaks. Ask about the loft, where elevated coastal views provide photo-ops; this is the perfect place to nurse a drink. A Sunday champagne brunch is served.