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Wild River Brewery And Restaurant

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2 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Eatery

249 North Redwood Highway
Cave Junction, Oregon, 97523
United States

(541) 592-3556 | map

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Troyone:
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The place is kind of dark and there is no bar. The arcade noises were some what annoying. Once you order your food and beer they will bring it out to your table. Appeared to have a patio area.

All stainless steel tap nozzles and the kitchen was partially in the open (I did not see where the pizza was made). The restroom was clean. The wood tables and chairs were set up like a small cafeteria.

Service was alright.

The beers are served with refridgerated glasses and no cask option. Out of the many beers available the possible notables were the IPA, ESB, Kolsch, and the Barleywine.

Their main specialty is pizza and that was alright.


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Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Had not been here in some time, but was in the area wine tasting, and felt the need for a cold brew and some food before leaving town.

If memory serves, this place at one time was called Cave Junction Pizza Brewpub. The name has changed, but the focus and atmosphere are pretty much the same. The place looks like your typical pizza hut or straw hat pizzaria... as you walk in, there is a modest salad bar in front of you. You turn to the right and walk up to the counter space where you order your food and beer. The menu consists of a large selection of pizza choices and pub grub, with some "gourmet" pizzas on the back page. This day we opted for the pesto primevera, which was an interesting blend of veggies, pesto and sliced almonds. It was surprisingly tasty (the pizza here used to be pretty mediocre back when it was Cave Junction pizza) and good size (ordered a medium, which easily fed two hungry adults). Back to atmospere.... if you turn around from the counter you will see a good size dining area with tables, chair and benchs. WR is very much a no frills operation, with dried peppers and parmesan cheese shakers on each table and not much else. The layout is very informal, and it's the sort of place where you see quite a few families going for a low cost "dining out" pizza option on a Sunday afternoon. There's also a small outdoor patio on the back, where you can take your pizza if you feel like eating outside. As for service, it was friendly and quick, which was all we required. I doubt the folks working here knew a whole lot about the on premise beer, but that wasn't required and they didn't volunteer any information. On this particular day, I think there were roughly 10 or 11 house beers on tap, and I think they had some macro swill in bottles for those who just had to order a miller or bud lite with their meal. The options available were pretty predictable (no one is going to mistake this place for Deschutes), consisting of a wheat beer, ESB, a stout, a pale ale, an IPA, etc. I opted for the IPA, which reminded me very much of the IPA from McMenamins. It was a pleasant, nothing extraordinairy beer... perfect for washing down the pizza here.

Prices were reasonable. I think the pie, a pint of beer and a glass of wine cost right around $25 (maybe a bit less than that).

While Wild River is hardly what I would call a beer desination, it's something to keep in mind if one happens to be in the area and is in the mood for a cheap meal and a decent pint of beer to go with it. The beer here is passable and the pizza decent. Also, an afternoon here won't break the bank, which is always something I can appreciate. It's a place I'd stop by again if I happened to be in the area.

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Photo of Jake00002
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was camping in Oregon and made a trip into town for some pizza and brews. I had heard about this place and though I'd give it a try. It was a Wed. night around 8:00 with about 2 other families quietly finishing their dinner. I ordered a Sicilian pizza which was pretty good.

For beers I had their ESB, which was all right, their IPA which was decent, their Dry Irish Stout which was all right, and I had a taste of their other Double Eagle Stout which I though was their best choice, too bad they were closing and I didn't get a full pint.

A nice quiet place, the man taking orders seemed to know what he was talking about and was friendly. If I ever go through Cave Junction again, I'll be sure to stop in for a pint.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I recently had the good fortune to find myself passing through Cave Junction, OR en route to no place in particular, and stopped in at the Wild River Brewery and Restaurant for pizza and a pint. The restaurant is very much a pizza parlor though they also allege to serve burgers and sandwiches. There is no bar here to speak of. No wine or liquor available that I could see. Just beer and soft drinks and some very lamentable coffee. Orders are placed at the counter.

The main room is a single open space with long tables that seat ten or more people. Murals on the ceiling depict a blue sky with puffy white clouds, hot air balloons, and skywriting spelling out “Wild River Brewing”. A back room holds overflow but there was no overflow to speak of when I visited at 9PM on a Friday night in May, and the back room was roped off and dark. A player piano slumbers against the north wall. There’s a jukebox, an air hockey table, and a few video games that huddle in a gaming alcove. The venue is thankfully devoid of a television.

Behind glass doors a modern brew facility produces some first-rate beers. I enjoyed a fabulous IPA and sampled a distinctly artistic doppelbock called Hibernator (8.5% ABV). Wild River bottles six or seven of their house beers, which are available to go at $1.75 apiece for 12 oz. bottles. The six-pack price of $7 makes for a decent value and they are happy to mix the different styles for a sample sixer. I walked away with their ESB, a nut brown ale, a honey wheat, and an imperial stout. The honey wheat bottles had no label. “Ran out,” I was informed.

Banners hanging from the rear wall proclaim a number of GABF awards including a silver medal for Harbor Lights Kölsch which appears to be a local favorite except among the waitstaff. My waitress informed me that she never drank, “that microbrew stuff.” How sad.

Wild River has another brewery / restaurant in Grant’s Pass where they recently opened a new pub. They also have a pizza parlor in Brookings. It was a great and unexpected pleasure to find such a terrific source of beers in this sleepy town beside the Redwood Highway. Wild River produces some truly delicious beers. Their pizza however, sucks.

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Wild River Brewery And Restaurant in Cave Junction, OR
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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