Ashland's oldest restaurant and first public cocktail lounge

Omar’s History

In 1946 Omer and Hazel Hill personally constructed Omar’s Streak & Chicken House on the former Berkeley Hot Springs site, finding numerous mastodon bones during the excavation process. The top caliber experience Omar had gained working with the Harvey railroad houses, the Brown Derby and Savoy Hotel in Hollywood soon established Omar’s as one of the premier dining spots in Southern Oregon.

Successors Al and Betty Jo Brown continued the traditions of fine food and friendly, neighborhood bar from the mid-50′s to 1973.

In July 1974, Don Mercer, Roller Yondorf and Dave Wiley continued the tradition of fine food and service until 1980 when Bruce Dwight became the third partner (after Dave’s departure). The trio remained so until 2001 when Don and Bruce became partners. Don ,deciding to retire, sold his interest to long time Omar’s Chef James Williams and Jen Sink, long time bar manager.

Winds of change came again in the fall of 2016 when James, who literally grew up working at Omar’s, redirected his life towards new challenges and opportunities.

As proprietors, we do our utmost to retain the traditions of our predecessors – friendly, comfortable atmosphere, caring service and dependably great food and drink at reasonable prices. You are invited to see and taste why Omar’s has served this region during eight decades.

We have been making our customers happy since 1946.

That is why if you are not completely satisfied with any of our meals. we will replace it free, guaranteed.

Thank you for dining with us, Bruce, Jen & Staff