Cle Elum means “swift water,” and its origins come from the Kittitas tribe, whose members resided here and relied on the nearby Yakima River for their livelihood. The city was incorporated in February 1902, built with a prosperous coal mining industry and a railroad infrastructure to support it. The city also had a thriving lumber business and at one point had the largest sawmill in the eastern half of the state. Today, the city has a population of almost 2,000. And of course, while the great outdoors are the main draw to Cle Elum, there are many delightful opportunities to explore quaint shops, restaurants, taverns, and other attractions in the town, such as the historic Carpenter House Museum. Here are some of our favorite places to eat, drink, and relax.


Owen’s Meats – Established in 1887, specializes in high quality fresh and smoked meats

The Orchard – highlight local foods and skilled chefs as they take the best local ingredients and create edible artwork

Cottage Café – In-house bakery, full service cocktail lounge, and breakfast all day! Open 6am – Midnight.

Señor Bones – Big Gourmet Burritos, Fresh Salads, Tacos, and more

Beau’s Pizza – Truly a diamond in the rough, Beau’s Restaurant is open for dinner Thursday to Sunday nights and for Lunch on the weekends

Sunset Café – Traditional American dining that is sure to satisfy the largest of appetites!

Sahara Pizza – Fast and friendly delivery with every order! Sahara Pizza has a number of locations throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

Basecamp Books & Bites – is a community gathering place, it’s a spot to grab a bite or read a book

Stella’s – Visit Stella’s for homemade and organic breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee or drinks!

Cle Elum Bakery – freshly made pastries, muffins, and breads