Celilo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
336 reviews
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Celilo Restaurant and Bar is located in the heart of downtown Hood River, Oregon and our doors open to the town's center on Oak Street, which is lined with boutiques, galleries, sports shops and hotels. At Celilo, we are committed to a healthy and sustainable future. In all that we do, our focus is on the local community, and that hasn't changed in the 20 years we have been in the restaurant business in Hood River. We source high quality, fresh food grown miles from our doorstep. Our menus are built in response to what is in season and at its peak at any given day in the Gorge. Therefore, they are always changing. Our guests have come to expect something new and surprising at every visit. Our long-held partnerships with local farmers, foragers, ranchers, wine growers...is unmatched and our menus show off the bounty they bring to the Gorge. Dine in casual elegance in a room built by local artisans. Come see for yourself what the Hood River Valley has to offer!
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MA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good service. Showed up 30 minutes early for our reservation and they got us right in.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, we had an absolutely amazing dining experience. Wait staff was wonderful, food was amazing and the classic old fashioned was the best I've ever had. Highly recommend!

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AC
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful service and truly delicious fresh local food. Melt in your mouth pork.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Celilo was great. We went in for my husband's birthday, and our waiter was really great. She was subdued, knowledgeable, and came by just enough to make sure our meal was good without being overbearing or overselling us. That is the benefit of servers with years of experience (read, over 30- possibly even over 40). They are focused, friendly, and can read their clientele quite well. Too young, and (with some exceptions) they are not interested in really providing a great experience. Cudos to Celilo for having her on staff.

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CM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time at Celilo. Food was fabulous- and we
are from Portland where we have awesome food on every corner!
The table behind us was getting pretty loud but more towards the end of our meal. I know it's hard to ask people to keep it down! Just hard to talk or relax over the noise.

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MJ
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celilo is the place to go when I’m not cooking at home. Chef Ben chooses all organic ingredients and prepares a wide variety of stellar dishes. Everyone is super-welcoming. All the servers are highly professional, prompt, and very kind.
Why go anywhere else?????
🌹🌹🌹❤️❤️❤️

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SV
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten many times at Celilo and the food is always good. The dinner we had the other night was superb! I have never been disappointed with their food and service. They are innovative with different kinds of appetizers, main dishes, etc. I am always ready for another meal at Celilo. The octopus appetizer was wonderful as were our main dishes of mushroom/goat cheese ravioli and seafood risotto. My mouth is watering as I type!

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P
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The table we were seated at was very cramped & we could barely move the entire time. The server was not attentive. Food took a long time (around 40 min) and it was not cooked right. Pasta was sour tasting & awful. Steak was cooked wrong. The only good thing was the bread. All & all it was overpriced food that tasted blah or not good. We’ve been here before but this experience will keep us from returning.

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R
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I was on business and dining alone. There was no hurry and my server understood that I was taking my time.
the food was excellent and the wine was very good. The wine list was extensive but also featured several local wineries. The Pots de Creme was the best I have had. If there appear to be no reservations at the time you would like, call the restaurant. I had to eat later than I wanted due to table availability, but when I arrive, the restaurant was only about 30% full. I could have eaten earlier but they reserved many tables for walk ins.

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KH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Lots of choices make me want to return to try more options. The mussel appetizers are the most plump, tender and tasty I have had anywhere. Small, but excellent wine selection. Great entrees.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was great!!! The service was exceptional and the food and drinks were so delicious!!

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JT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE was our 3rd time at Celilo and we had a wonderful time! We come every year from Portland for NYE and the food and service are always excellent. I think our servers name was Lindsey and that was our second time having her and she is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend Celilo if you're going to be in Hood River!

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J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took a while to get service, but once we did, it was great.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for our anniversary. Didn’t like being seated in an open 2 top table when there were other intimate tables avail. Entrees were good. Wished they had more options for appetizers. Service was adequate but there were times when it was lacking. Overall a good dining experience and would probably visit again.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed all around! Drinks and food were delicious and despite having a toddler with us everyone was super friendly and made our experience wonderful! We will definitely be going back.

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Had dinner there for the first time. Dinner was not good. Expensive, which is fine and I am willing to pay, but not for what we got. Carrot soup appetizer was good other than that nothing else was good or worth it. Go somewhere else!!

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DA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the Gorge. Great wine list!

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b
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celio is a wonderful place for happy hour or a regular meal. The attention to detail is evident in every presentation. Always look forward to eating there when we visit Hood River.

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KK
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went here for lunch before the Mt Hood Railroad. The service was incredibly slow considering the place was empty. Food was at the wrong temperatures - some too hot, some cold. Veggie burger mediocre. Squash soup was good, but pumpkin seeds on top too chewy. No kids menu, have to modify some of the adult items. Dessert took 10 minutes for melted cups of ice cream.

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JP
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the second year in a row we’ve chosen Celilo as a special Christmas dinner with friends and family. The food is excellent though not a great number of options. The service is outstanding!

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RK
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great.

Food: a) main courses were real good, b) the appetizer salads were OK.

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GF
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was spot on. Food was good. The salads and soups we ordered were fine-nothing wrong with them but lacked seasoning/dressing/flavor. The special-mushroom ravioli was outstanding. Our server was top notch and recommended a very unique and delicious local wine. I’d say the value of the bottle list is great with so many good selections at a less than standard restaurant markup. Overall we had a great meal but would opt for more interesting starters next time. I would highly recommend Celilo if you are in the area and want a more elevated dining experience.

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r
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Always fresh and flavorful. Our server was extra friendly, patient and attentive. Without a doubt our favorite fine dining spot in Hood River.

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c
Portland
59 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spend special occasion evenings often with Chef Ben and his front of house partner Jacqueline. Our 27th anniversary dinner this evening was another of a series of awesome culinary experiences!! Thanks for a great evening to all at Celilo!!

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AM
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, amazing drinks! Very good service. We had a very good time on our Saturday date.

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H
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celilo never disappoints! Creative and delicious menu using local and seasonally themed ingredients. Good wine choices and great wait staff.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a wonderful birthday dinner for our son there. Always enjoy the food, atmosphere and well worth the drive from Portland.

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A
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous entrees and even better wine selection.

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l
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly prepared, creative dishes in an extremely comfortable setting. Well done!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Friendly staff. Delicious food!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was excellent
Great waitress. But food came very slowly.

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CV
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner! Decided to spend a day in Hood River for my guys birthday and we had a great time. Ended our evening at this farm to table reatuanrant and couldn't be anymore pleased! Would totally recommend for date night. Great atmosphere/ambiance.

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SS
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Service and food exceptional. Really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant. A pleasant experience in the heart of Hood River.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal, fresh ingredients exquisitely prepared. Highly recommend.

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LS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great choice for my wife’s birthday with good friends! The food was great, and the tomato salad was the best she’s ever had.

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DM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing: from the home made crackers, bread and whipped butter, to the cocktail and seafood risotto: creamy but not heavy, seafiod was not over-done but juicy and fresh. Plum tart was just the right finish. I am an espresso snob but the double espresso was perfect. What I appreciate is that they asked me when I want my espresso served. I like it with the dessert, not after, so it was right on point. I regret not asking for the tart dough recipe, I’d lime to be able to make those tarts at home.

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was wonderful! Loved the atmosphere, staff and food.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the wine, the ambiance... Only surpassed by the wonderful, warm and personable service. Thank you for a memorable evening.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at this restaurant is magnificent. This is the place to go in Hood River.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

While the food and service was good, they love to have additional food items on the plate not listed. For me, I have an allergy to Collard Greens. Most of the dishes had those in them. So I specifically went for a dish that didn't have it listed. Well surprise, there were sauteed greens on my dish that weren't even on the menu. And it took a while for them to figure out if it was collards or just Kale. My husband finished about half his meal before they came back with an answer. Also the wine list is massive, but if you plan on getting a bottle, watch out for the corkage fee. I would think a typical corkage fee maybe 5$. Nope, plan to take on another 25$ into your bottle. That's just outrageous.

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