About Rennie’s Landing
Comfortable and Casual
At Rennie’s Landing, you’ll find a tradition of over 35 years under original ownership located right at the University of Oregon campus. Come enjoy a fresh cooked meal, your favorite libation, root your team to victory, or just confabulate. We love our Ducks, but opponent’s fans are welcome too. Play some pool (it’s free on Sundays), check out our wine selections, or try our trademark Rennie’s Lemonade. Join us for sports via satellite and cable on our 6 large flat screen TV’s, or head upstairs to relax on the deck overlooking the campus — there’s a TV out there too. You’ll find a full bar serving cocktails, Pacific Northwest and California wines, and popular brews on each floor!
We celebrate just about any occasion, so check in regularly, as there’s likely a party going on. Special events include St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, and even a white elephant gift exchange on Christmas night! Every Tuesday is Trivia Tuesday at 9:00 pm. Win prizes! We have heated, covered outside seating for smoking. When the chill is on, gather with your friends around the fire pits to stay warm and cozy.
Fresh Food and Libations
On weekdays, Rennie’s opens at 7:30 am, and 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. We begin serving full breakfasts as soon as our doors open, until 10:30 am on weekdays and 11:30 am on Saturday. Sleep in on Sundays — we’ll serve you breakfast and a Bloody Mary until 1:00 pm! Try our famous Huevos Rancheros. ¡Muy sabrosos!
Our menu also features a wide variety of burgers made with locally raised, grass-fed beef, Gardenburgers® and natural chicken breast sandwiches, delicious salads, and a fresh fish and chips plate that would make Captain Nemo jealous. Or try a bison burger — wow! — health food on a bun! Our soups are homemade and often with a “kick.” The 10 oz. rib eye will have you planning a return visit. We have wraps, assorted grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta & quesadillas, and many new and updated items in 2016. We are now serving our full menu ’til closing.
We have a rotating menu of beer, wine and hard cider. Our wine selections include specially priced varietals.
Upstairs, you’ll find our signature metal artwork of a McKenzie River boatman by internationally acclaimed Sculptor of Steel, Eugene’s David Thompson. The upstairs bar is also the permanent home to paintings by local artist George von der Linden, he carved the large whale over the fireplace, too! History buffs, check out the large aerial photograph of the University of Oregon campus taken in the early 1930’s. Its purpose was to site the current Knight Library. It’s right over our front door. See if you can find the house that became Rennie’s in the picture.
Do you know Rennie’s has a sister pub in Corvallis? Clodfelter’s is located in the OSU neighborhood and is a friendly place to stop if you are in town for a sports event or just a visit. Check it out at 1501 NW Monroe Ave, www.clodfelterspub.com or call 541-758-4452 for more information.
A Brief History of Rennie’s
The site of Rennie’s Landing was part of a plot originally owned by James Henry D. Henderson. He is best known for settling a dispute concerning the future home of the University of Oregon. He sold 17 acres of the land across Kincaid Street to the Union University Association. The organization then promoted Eugene as the University’s home. The Eugene Bible University, now NW Christian University bought the site in 1910. They gave some of the land to the trustees of the YMCA and YWCA, one of whom was Prince Lucien Campbell. In 1916 the YWCA sold the land to the Sigma Nu Alumni Association for $750. As the fraternity was then and is now on East 11th, the reason for the purchase is unknown. The association sold the property to John Rennie. The deed was recorded in 1922. The building now housing Rennie’s Landing was built by John Rennie in the early 1920’s. City records are incomplete as to the exact date. John Rennie, the youngest of nine children, was born in Salem in 1880. His parents arrived in Oregon from Scotland via San Francisco a few years earlier. Rennie worked in sales for J.K. Gill Company until his death in 1929. He also homesteaded land on the McKenzie River near the present-day site of Rennie Public Boat Landing. An aerial photo above the front door shows the house and campus in the early 1930’s. The current owners remodeled the house from September 1980 until February 1981, opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1981.