I'm conflicted with my priority for highly recommending this coastal stop on Hwy 101. Could it be the freshness and quality of the food. Maybe that's where the party begins. There's the understated commitment by the sommelier, too. Wine occupying wall space on the trek to the dining room is a welcome distraction. The whiplash experienced as you reel from the wine racks to the spectacular ocean views generates a lightheadedness that quickly passes as attentive staff get you comfortable for a memorable culinary treat.
My visit included a halibut and a pasta entree, along with house salad and a round of oyster shooters. The wine was a pinot noir, an Oregon mainstay. The Bay House is really relaxed with a great touch of class. While the price of admission is on the $$$ side of dinner economics, the value measures up quite nicely. The BH works for that special event or just a yearning for a great coastal meal. It easily qualifies for my Clean Plate Initiative, right down to the last bite.
Make a reservation; the place is small, but can accommodate a group. Probably leave the kids with the sitter. Lincoln City has a handful of good restaurants, but Bay House sits on top in every category.