Oxbow Restaurant & Saloon
The Oxbow Restaurant and Saloon is located in an old-west style building built in 1902 in beautiful downtown Prairie City, Oregon.
New owner-operators, Phil and Carol, took over operations on May 13, 2010. They have completely revamped the menu, offering only the finest available ingredients, including Choice Angus steaks and hamburgers, jumbo prawns and Mahi Mahi fish fillets. Every plate is made to order and guaranteed to satisfy.
The Oxbow is now open seven days a week to serve you, offering lunch and dinner meals along with a full service bar and a large selection of both bottled and tap beer. Any pie lover would be sorry if they passed up a piece of Carol' home made pies, made fresh daily. Hard ice cream is also available in the most popular flavors.
Other highlights include satellite TV, free Wi-Fi internet, and a large back lot for parking RV's, trailers and big rigs.
Stopping at the Oxbow Restaurant & Saloon is well worth the stop even if you're not hungry just to view and photograph the two hand-carved antique back bars that adorn the restaurant (Read about their remarkable history below).
If you would like more information or would like to make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 541-820-4544. Phil and Carol look forward to providing you a memorable dining experience with their "Greet You At The Door" service, quality hot and fresh meals, and out of this world, old west ambiance.---------------------------
A bit of HISTORY! The building housing the Oxbow Coffee House & Restaurant was built in 1902. Originally, it was "Knight's Butcher Shop", hence the stone carving of the bull, "Ferdinand", on the building's cornice.
With the passing of the horse and buggy days, the building was converted into an auto repair shop. The earliest automobiles were driven off Front Street and straight through the building for repairs.
Over the years, the building has been home to several taverns and other eating establishments. The mahogany and rosewood "Twin Virgins" back bar is in it's original condition, although, not it's original location.
The "Ladies" were carved in Milan, Italy, circa 1879 and then transported by ship across the Atlantic Ocean and up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Missouri, where the W. L. Louis company completed the woodwork for the back bar.
Upon completion, the back bar was sent by sailing ship around Cape Horn to it's final destination in Oregon. The 21,000 mile journey through treacherous waters took nine months to complete.
Once in Oregon waters, the bar was transferred to a stern wheeler for it's trip up the Columbia River. The trip overland from the Dalles was by horse drawn wagons as the bar made its way to Prairie City, where Gold was King and many a prospector raised his glass to the beautiful Ladies.
The "Ladies" found a home in the Heininkraft Saloon in Prairie City where they watched fortunes made and lost over a period of 60-70 years. Eventually, the saloon building had deteriorated so badly that it had to be torn and the "Ladies" and their back bar were moved its present location in 1959.