You’ll Fall in Love with this Classic American Diner on the Coast

by | Aug 10, 2023 | Food, Food & Drink, Restaurants

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Leona’s Cafe in Reedsport is just about the cutest, most charming, small-town restaurant you can find these days. Inside this open and bright cafe you’ll find classic American diner food for breakfast and lunch, perfectly cooked and friendly employees greeting you at the door. When you walk inside you may feel like you’re stuck in time (in the best way possible) with its “grandma’s kitchen” vibe. 

inside seating
Seating area, photo by David Gremillion Google Local

Located in the Safeway shopping complex right on Highway 101, Leona’s is unsurprisingly packed with locals as they combine their daily errands with a visit to this much-beloved neighborhood cafe. It’s also a popular spot for tourists and beach goers who are craving a home-cooked meal, so don’t be surprised if Leona’s is recommended to you by your hotel staff if you’re just visiting the area. 

omelete and hashbrowns
Omelete and hashbrowns, photo by Justin Feral-McWhirter Google Local

Leona’s is the place to go in town for both breakfast and lunch. For breakfast you can’t go wrong with their handmade three-egg omelets, the Sasquatch with ½ lb country fried steak and two eggs cooked how you like them, the Golden Malted Waffle that comes topped with strawberries and whipped cream, or their Mondo Breakfast Burrito filled three eggs, sausage, onions, red potatoes, cheese, and salsa all wrapped in an extra large tortilla.

french toast and egg
breakfast with french toast, photo by Tyler Willford

For lunch, try their famous Elk burger, the Broadside Burger that comes on a hoagie roll with grilled onions, mushrooms, and American cheese, their homemade Tri-tip chili, or one of their specialty sandwiches like the Hawaiian served on sourdough bread with cream cheese, Canadian bacon, pineapple rings, tomato, and cheddar cheese.

club sandwich
Club sandwich, photo by Justin Feral-McWhirter Google Local

The restaurant has been open since 1989 and for 25 years was run by Merle and Leona Hausmann, who the cafe was originally named after. The Hausmann’s also own another Reedsport favorite, the always delectable Sugar Shack on N 3rd St. 

elk burger
Elk Burger, photo by Tyler Willford

Back in 2014, longtime Reedsport residents and Leona’s regulars, Patricia and Einar Warming, bought the cafe from the Hausmanns after the two couples had become close friends over the years. When the time came to pass the reins, Leona and Merle couldn’t dream of better successors than Patty and Einar. The Warmings (who actually met at Leona’s years before—how cute!) have now been making this already-wonderful restaurant even more welcoming and homey for nearly ten years.

The prices are more than reasonable, the portions are generous, the genuine friendly service will blow you away.

Hours: Every day, 6:30am - 2:00pm

Phone: (541) 271-5297

Address: 1501 Highway 101 S, Reedsport

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Written By Diana Flowers

Diana is a writer living in Portland with her delightful son and crotchety cat. Growing up in the area, family vacations were often to nearby destinations reachable by car. She has since expanded that love of local road trips and has been all over the great state of Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest, frequently pairing backpacking trips with exploring new towns and regions.

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