Wild River Cave Junction
The original and still the best! Wild River Pizza has been a Cave Junction landmark, owned and operated by the Miller family, since 1975. Nestled in the heart of the Illinois River Valley, among such natural wonders as ancient Redwood forests and the Oregon Caves, Wild River Pizza in Cave Junction is a well-known destination for hungry tourists and locals alike. Our handcrafted Pizzas, Sandwiches and Broasted Chicken have been consistent favorites, served over the counter from a traditional pizza-parlor style kitchen. Down-home decor and massive Redwood slab tables make for a cozy yet expansive dining experience in this original location. See our Menu.
When they served their first pizza at the grand opening in 1975, a large crowd of helpers, friends and neighbors were present and waiting hungrily. So they chopped that first pizza into many pieces, so everyone could have a bite. It turned out to be a great way to serve pizza, especially to large parties. "We just kept cutting it that way because it worked!"
Cave Junction Wild River makes pizza in a style found nowhere else. Sauces and toppings are slathered all the way to the edge of the dough and even overflow the crust a little. Once the pie is baked, we cut it into perfect-sized pizza morsels using our unique "party cut". Owners Jerry and Bertha Miller tell the story: When they served their first pizza at the grand opening in 1975, a large crowd of helpers, friends and neighbors were present and waiting hungrily. So they chopped that first pizza into many pieces, so everyone could have a bite. It turned out to be a great way to serve pizza, especially to large parties. "We just kept cutting it that way because it worked!" Among our local customers (many of whom are in the second or third generation as our friends and patrons), we often hear the humorous remark that no other pizza restaurant cuts pizza correctly.
Wild River Pizza now boasts a total of five restaurants from Brookings Harbor to Medford. In 1990, a 7.5-barrel brewery was added on to the original restaurant, and now Cave Junction Wild River has had the longest continuous run of operations of any brewpub in Southern Oregon. The restaurant serves 8 or more hand-crafted Wild River ales and lagers, brewed in traditional styles with ingredients and recipes tracing back to old world Europe.
From the beginning, Wild River Pizza has partnered with Taylor's and Sons, Cave Junction's local producer of gourmet sausage. Taylor's Sausage is one of Southern Oregon's best-known brands, and they are the exclusive supplier of Pepperoni, Linquica, Sweet Italian Sausage, Polish Sausage, and many custom products to all Wild River restaurants. Their freshness and quality cannot be beat.
The Millers have always been grateful to the community which has blessed them with such success. When their children were still in school, the Millers got in the habit of donating and supporting student groups. Soon, they were regarded as a "go to" source for school support in the community, and became major benefactors of many sports and other programs. Locals showed their appreciation by supporting the restaurant, and this happy relationship continues to this day. Giving back to the community is a core mission of all five Wild River restaurants.
Come and savor the fresh, unique flavor at Cave Junction Wild River!