Our Story

The finest of Pacific Northwest food and wine served in a comfortable, authentic 1938 art deco environment.

The Valley Cafe has been one of Ellensburg’s finest restaurants for over eighty years. Since 1930, when Jessamine and Gust Carras started the Valley Cafe, it has been a popular spot for locals and travelers alike. In 1935, the Carras’ employed the Spokane architecture firm of Matthew and Kaiser to remodel and design the best in art deco restaurants. The remodeling combined the highest quality materials and art deco design. You can see this in the custom made mahogany booths and backbar, which contains refrigerated reach-in and display case areas. The sandwich counters were made with the latest in materials-Formica. The floor with its inlay linoleum hardly shows the signs of over 75 years of use.The 1938 vintage menu, displayed on the backbar, lists over 300 items and gives you a feeling for the cuisine of the era.  The intent of the Valley Cafe, printed on the front of the menu by Mr. Carras, still holds true today: We earnestly endeavor to give you always the finest of foods, well served, at fair prices, and sincerely hope you will enjoy dining here. Gregory and Kathleen Beach, proprietors

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One of the Most Outstanding Restaurant Wine Lists in the World.

Wine Spectator Magazine

Restaurant of the Year in 2000.

The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers

Outstanding Washington Wine List winner since 2000.

Wine Press Northwest

Top Honor Award consecutively since 2003, and in 2008 received their singular Winemakers Choice Award.

The Washington State Wine Commission