But why wait to experience great food with a Pacific Northwest flair against the backdrop of the beautiful Rogue River and iconic Caveman Bridge?
Taprock features breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as holiday special events. Local beer and wine are also featured, and your wait staff will be happy to make pairing recommendations. You can eat inside the fishing lodge-inspired restaurant or enjoy riverfront dining on the deck in the warmer months.
Either way, you’ll want to check out the décor both inside and out. Right below Taprock is the Hellgate Jetboat launch and there is a lovely walkway featuring animal statues and local plants and flowers leading you to the river’s edge.
Bring your appetite for the Lodge Breakfast, featuring eggs from Willamette Valley Farms, Northwest potatoes of your choice, and Zenner’s sausage or Daily’s smokehouse bacon. It also comes with a legendary blueberry muffin, which is a Taprock specialty. Or try the Campstove Skillet or a Focaccia Breakfast Sandwich.
For lunch or dinner, it doesn’t get more Northwest than the Sasquatch Sampler, an appetizer platter to whet your whistle. Or choose one of Taprock’s enormous entrée salads, an artisan sandwich, or a basket of seaside delights.
Taprock is also famous for its seafood and steak entrees and an incredible build-your-own mac n’ cheese. Top it with cheddar beer cheese sauce, bacon, chicken, ham, sweet peppers, grilled onions, jalapenos, crispy onion straws, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and/or a balsamic glaze. The restaurant also features a great selection of gluten-free and vegetarian options, so it should be easy to satisfy everyone in your party.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert at Taprock Northwest Grill! A salted caramel brownie or some Jack Daniels bread pudding is sure to hit the spot.
Taprock is a great place to close that business deal, enjoy after-work drinks with your friends, spoil that out-of-town family, or enjoy a romantic date night with a river view.
Taprock has become known for its ambiance, friendly service, and impeccable food. It doesn’t matter the day of the week, Taprock ensures that every meal is a special occasion. Taprock also has Doordash, so you can order your favorite dish to come to you!
Taprock is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed Christmas), and is located at 971 SE 6th St. in Grants Pass.
For more information on hours, or to view the restaurant menu, visit www.taprock.com. You can also check out the current specials, including a special Valentine’s Day menu. Or consider Taprock for your next banquet or large event. You can also reach Taprock Northwest Grill by calling (541) 955-5998.
Taprock Northwest Grill is following the trend of using local ingredients wherever possible while still serving up fairly traditional American food.
After dining there recently with my family, I felt like I had eaten at the house of a grandmother who is a particularly good cook.
The lodge-style restaurant, at 971 S.E. Sixth St., Grants Pass, offers views of the Rogue River and is filled with paintings and sculptures of wildlife, including blue herons, black bears, foxes, cougar and elk.
My husband and I ordered off The Rancher's Table section of the menu. Entrees there come with a choice of soup or salad, cooked vegetables and a choice of a Taprock signature side — bacon cheddar potato pancakes, baked potato, creamed spinach, garlic-infused rice, cheesy zucchini gratin or Parmesan and sour cream Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.
From past experience, we knew to order Taprock's mashed potatoes, which take the popular American side dish to a whole new level of creamy deliciousness.
My salad came with Romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, black olives and chunky blue cheese dressing.
For my entree, I chose rosemary chicken breast ($13.99), which was described on the menu as a boneless chicken breast lightly dusted with seasoned flour, rosemary and garlic, then grilled and sprinkled with fresh chives. I would rename it "garlic chicken breast" because of the strong and flavorful garlic. The thin chicken breast wasn't overly breaded or greasy, but still had an old-fashioned comfort food taste.
The side vegetables were stir-fried zucchini, red bell pepper and onion. The mashed potatoes, as always, stole the show.
My husband ordered Oregon Trail Steak, which came with two hearty, crispy onion rings atop it, vegetables and the mashed potatoes in their own bowl so they wouldn't soak up the blood from the steak. Although he ordered the steak well done, it came out still red in the middle.
Optional butter on the steak gave it a creamy, slightly sweet and extra rich taste. As for the portion size, my husband said a steak lover with a big appetite would probably wish for more.
Our kids shared a smokehouse bacon burger with Tillamook sharp cheddar ($12.49) off Taprock's Mountain High Burgers menu section, and the burger was indeed tall. Taprock's burgers are made with grain-fed beef from Northwest ranches and a choice of sides, including endless Idaho fries. The bacon comes from Daily's Premium Meats in Montana.
Our server brought two plates for the kids without us having to ask, and because the fries were endless, we also quickly put in an order for a second round of fries. Splitting the burger and fries worked for my kids, because my daughter usually eats only half a burger, and my son leaves behind most of his fries at other restaurants.
Taprock has salads with Northwest ingredients, including Oregon hazelnuts, Washington apples, Rogue Creamery blue cheese and Dungeness crab from off the West Coast. Prices range from $10.99 to $15.99.
Seafood and artisan sandwiches further the theme of American-style food.
On the slightly more adventurous side, Taprock offers tacos ($13.99 to $15.99) with a choice of meats and shredded cabbage, cilantro, green onion, chipotle mayonnaise, cilantro lime sour cream, carrots and guacamole. The tacos come with rice, beans, salsa and lime. The restaurant also has a few Italian-style pasta choices with chicken or seafood and Alfredo sauce or pesto ($16.99 to $21.99.)
A variety of Northwest beers are on tap, and the restaurant has a range of wine, liquor and cocktails.
Thomason Hospitality Group, owner of Elmer’s Restaurant in Roseburg, is scouting locations to bring Taprock Northwest Grill to Roseburg.
Taprock is an $8 million upscale log cabin restaurant set on the Rogue River in Grants Pass near Hellgate Canyon. Owner Dave Thomason said that location is not necessarily what a Roseburg Taprock would look like.
“That is a not prototypical,” Thomason said. “We are looking for what would be a second company-owned store with the intent of franchising it.”
The owners of Elmer’s started Taprock in Washington to franchise it to existing Elmer’s operators, but they decided to keep their focus on Elmer’s and sold the Taprock brand to Thomason. He had already opened the second store in the Grants Pass location and now wants to take advantage of the work already done to franchise it.
“It’s a very difficult process to take any store, to take it through the legal process to franchise it,” Thomason said.
He said has not pinned down a location yet, but he is in discussions with land owners on potential sites for a toned-down version of the Grants Pass eatery. Thomas Hospitality recently purchased both Human Bean locations in Roseburg.
Grants Pass, Ore. — A Grants Pass restaurant now has a broken fountain after a driver ran into it. It happened around 3:30 a.m. last Friday at Taprock Northwest Grill.
The restaurant said a driver hit black ice coming over the bridge and hit the fountain in the parking lot. The driver ran over the electrical controls for the fountain’s pumps and broke parts off the rocks.
Taprock said according to police, no drugs or alcohol were involved. The driver wasn’t seriously hurt. Structural damage is still being evaluated.