The Noble Fox: Silverton, OR (restaurant review)

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Great Location

The Noble Fox is located in a beautiful old building at the heart of downtown Silverton, Oregon. From the moment I saw the restaurant, I wanted to check it out, and I told Brian that I needed to have lunch one day on The Noble Fox’s creekside balcony.

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Back door of Noble Fox with balcony over creek
Back end of the Noble Fox, with the balcony visible.

With such a picturesque location, how could it not be an amazing place to eat?!

So on date night a couple of weeks ago, Brian surprised me by parking us over in downtown Silverton so we could walk over to The Noble Fox.

View of War Memorial Garden walk in Silverton, Oregon
Memorial Walk in downtown Silverton

The late afternoon sunshine made Silver Creek even prettier than usual, and the crisp winter air nipped at our noses as we strolled.

Silver Creek, Silverton, Oregon with pedestrian covered bridge and balcony over creek.
Silver Creek with covered pedestrian bridge and balcony overlooking creek

Silverton has many historic murals around town about famous residents and accomplishments. I am usually in a hurry as I pass through (unfortunately), so it was nice to have a few minutes on that night to read the stories and enjoy the paintings.

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Soon the cold was seeping into my coat and I was ready for an early dinner. 

Inside The Noble Fox

Woman standing in front of door at Noble Fox.
Ready to have dinner at the Noble Fox

The first thing I noticed as we stepped into The Noble Fox was the big glass windows and the logo on the door. The fox in top hat and bow tie reminded me of an old English pub sign.

As I stepped in, I noted the wooden half walls that divided the bar area from the rest of the main room and the dark wood shelves which house the bar’s extensive collection of whiskey, bourbon, and other spirits.

Whiskey and spirits behind the bar at the Noble Fox
Spirits behind the bar at the Noble Fox

The Noble Fox exudes character and old charm. Much of the wood seems to be original, and many of the furniture pieces are antiques. It felt like stepping into an old pub after a cold day of hunting. You almost expect to see someone walk in with their hunting hounds and a brace of rabbits over their shoulder.

Interior of the Noble Fox restaurant seating area
Fireplace seating at left

The hostess offered us the option of sitting by the small fireplace or near the back door. We started by the fireplace but quickly relocated to the other table since it was more comfortable. The server handed us our menus and the drink menu, which was a multi-page booklet!

Man at table in Noble Fox restaurant looking at menus.
My date!

Drinks and small plates

As we looked over our drink options, Brian noticed that one of my favorite drinks, Cocoa Cow (Sunriver Brewing), was on tap. I’ve only ever had it from a can, so I was super excited to try it on tap!

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It arrived with a foamy top, and I savored the slightly sweet, porter-like drink as I decided on a small plate to share. 

Woman holding glass at a table in the Noble Fox.
Enjoying our drinks

The bacon-wrapped dates were calling my name, so I ordered them. While we sipped our drinks (Brian’s was a latte), we talked about the attention to detail that was clear throughout the restaurant.

The drink menus were leather with the embossed Noble Fox logo on the front, an understated but classy touch. Our drinks came with small leather coasters as well. 

Embossed leather cover of menu at the Noble Fox restaurant.
Leather stamped Noble Fox

The server set down the bacon wrapped dates, a masterpiece of presentation. Tiny flakes of basil and slivers of sumac-preserved lemon with a sprinkle of saffron topped the dates, which were darker and crispier than I expected, almost burnt-looking. 

Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chèvre at the Noble Fox
Our bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chevre and drizzled with balsamic reduction.

The taste was unexpected too— a citrusy taste akin to marmalade, but more floral. It reminded me of British mincemeat, fruity and spiced. The chèvre stuffed inside the dates complemented the sweetness perfectly. We savored every delicious bite. 

As our entrees arrived, Brian had nearly finished his latte, so he asked the server to bring him a glass of water. She informed us that it was already coming — she had noted his nearly empty cup and the bartender was already filling the water glass. We were impressed by her attentive service!

Dinner Menu at the Noble Fox restaurant
February dinner menu at the Noble Fox

A New Experience

If you’ve seen Pixar’s Ratatouille, you may remember the scene when the food critic tries Remy’s ratatouille dish. The camera pans back, and the food critic becomes a little boy again, having ratatouille as a portion of comfort food in his mother’s kitchen.

I had always considered that scene a bit over dramatic— can familiar tastes bring up those kinds of experiences and memories?

Steak bites with fries entree at the Noble Fox restaurant in Silverton, Oregon
Steak bites and fries

That’s exactly what happened for me as I took my first bite of the steak bites and fries. The entree reminded me of dinners with my grandparents as a college student.

I was transported back to warm summer evenings on a Craftsman-style porch, with the San Gabriel mountains to the north, and the sun setting down Washington Blvd in Pasadena, California.

I remembered the garden-fresh tomatoes, lightly sautéed. A properly cooked steak without any excess seasoning— excellent without being flashy. I also caught hints of lemon throughout the dish.

My grandpa was a short-order restaurant cook in his youth, so when I say that a dish reminds me of his cooking, it is one of the highest compliments I can give.

Dining room
Front dining room at the Noble Fox

Excellent Entrees and Dessert

Brian’s curry was excellent as well. It was slightly sweet, due to the presence of the mango chutney, and the subtle warmth of the curry was perfect for the chilly winter evening.  I’ve never had curry that included cauliflower and chickpeas, and I liked the interesting texture.

It was a unique dish, and ideal comfort food.

Curry Chicken bowl entree
Curry chicken bowl

As much as I had hoped to eat out on the back balcony, it was way too cold for that! So Brian stepped out to snap a few photos while I finished my dinner.

Back balcony seating area at the Noble Fox, overlooking Silver Creek in Silverton, Oregon.
Back balcony seating at the Noble Fox, overlooking Silver Creek in Silverton, Oregon

I say “finishing,” but the portions were too large to finish, so we got some boxes. Plus, I still wanted to try dessert!

Dessert offerings at the Noble Fox restaurant in downtown Silverton, Oregon
Dessert menu

We ordered the peanut butter chocolate ganache cake and the salted caramel brownie with ice cream. The cake was okay, and the peanut butter ganache in the center tasted just like roasted salted peanuts, but very smooth in texture, like caramel. We took most of it home to share with our kids. 

Chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache
Peanut butter ganache chocolate cake

I enjoyed the salted caramel brownie with ice cream. It has a pretzel base crust, which makes the whole brownie almost taste like a chocolate chip cookie and brownie together.

Salted caramel brownie with ice cream
Salted Caramel Brownie with ice cream

Both of our desserts were rich and flavorful and probably go best with coffee or a drink to cut the richness. That’s what we plan to do the next time we have dessert at The Noble Fox.

A Lovely Evening at The Noble Fox

Nighttime view of the dining balcony at the Noble Fox.
A beautiful place to enjoy dinner, on a warmer evening!

We enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and attentive service at the Noble Fox. It seems like the perfect place to go for drinks with friends after work (Cheers, anyone?) or to enjoy a nice adult dinner after a day at Silver Falls State Park. We look forward to returning soon. 

Check out our other Silverton area restaurant reviews!

The Noble Fox is one of many fantastic restaurants in Silverton that we’ve enjoyed. If you’re in the mood for sushi, we recommend Akatsuki Sushi just a couple blocks away. For a nice romantic dinner, check out the Magnolia Grill at the Silverton Inn and Suites. If you’re in the mood for a burger and fries, Silver Falls Brewery Ale House is only a block away, and a 15 minute drive to Marquam will bring you to the Markum Inn, another great burger spot.

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I’m Jenn Warren, Co-Founder and Content Creator for Dinkum Tribe. I'm a Third Culture Kid (TCK) from Jamaica and California, married to my college sweetheart. I've been a missionary kid, pastor’s kid and (former) pastor’s wife. My husband and I traveled as pastors for 12 years throughout the United States and Canada before becoming travel content creators.

I love living in Oregon and exploring new places with my family. We’ve road tripped over 30,000 miles across the United States and Western Canada with our six children since their infancy. Prior to our marriage, I also lived in Spain for a summer and spent another summer in Mexico.

I’ve homeschooled our six children for over 10 years, and served on the board of a homeschool co-op for 4 years. Several members of our family are neurodivergent (gifted, ADHD, cPTSD), and I’ve spent 5+ years learning how to accommodate neurodivergent needs as well as supporting the resultant mental health challenges (anxiety, depression).

I’ve also served as a support group leader and co-director of Pure Life Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports families struggling with sexual addiction.

I write about family travel and road trips, millennial marriage, general parenting, homeschooling, parenting neurodivergent children, grief, and abuse recovery.


  1. I would love to try and visit this place once Im back in Oregon. There’s so many things to see.

  2. This restaurant looks divine, and now I want to go here when I’m in the area again! It looks so darling and that menu – OMG!

  3. Noble Fox, a place full of magical delicious food that keeps me captivate and spellbound. I want to go to this place right now! 🙂

  4. What a great little restaurant! I would love to spend an evening on this porch, digging into yummy dishes like these steak bites and fries and hearing the stream flow by. So cute and quaint. I’ll make sure to visit when in the area.

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