Celilo Restaurant & Bar

4.7
281 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Fri/Sat/Sun: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(541) 386-5710
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ben Stenn
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Private party facilities
We have a curtained off room that seats 8 people. We also are open to closing the restaurant for certain functions.
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Catering
Celilo Restaurant and Bar has been honored to cater weddings, family gatherings, business dinners, team building events... at venues that simply take your breath away. From small, intimate farm dinners to large, corporate events atop spectacular vistas alike- these events in the Gorge are wondrous! With our focus on local, fresh and healthy foods, we count ourselves the luckiest caterers in the world to be located in this incredible food and wine producing region. We off full service packages, including bone china, Schottwiesel glassware, flatware, linens...
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Cross street
1st St
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 281 People Are Saying
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food
4.7
service
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was good but the service was very poor. We had lunch on a slow Saturday. The server was not at all attentive. Pretty disappointing.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent as always. Celilo is our default weekend date-night eatery during the summer months. Unfortunately during the Winter we cant eat there and get home without driving in the dark and the eyes aint what they used to be.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great meal to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. A bit too noisy for him to really enjoy.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We enjoyed Celilo so much for dinner with visiting friends that we all chose to make the hour drive again three days later. Nothing else like it in the Gorge. Excellent food, wine and service. The chef was even willing to share a recipe with us. Very unusual and generous. Thank you. We'll definitely return. Next visitors arriving soon!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Delicious, seasonal-inspired food. We loved their vegetables and the fish was creatively prepared. Decent wine menu, some fun options from the local Columbia region.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

It’s always sensational to visit Celilo. It is an all-inclusive neighborhood gem. Chef Ben is incredibly creative in the kitchen. All the servers are professional and accommodating, welcoming and compassionate. Please visit Celilo—-you’re guaranteed to return often!!!

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Outstanding as usual. We brought visiting relatives so they could share West Coast/ local cooking at its best.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Our experience was excellent. Prompt seating with a reservation, full restaurant. Excellent menu, quality wine list. Good service, very attentive.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Friends came to town, so we brought them to Celilo, our favorite restaurant in Hood River. It did not disappoint. Our friends are residents of a large city with a growing reputation as a dining mecca, so they know quality when they taste it. They raved about Celilo's food and commented on the ease of conducting a conversation without needing to raise their voices, much less shout over ambient noise. Can't recommend this place highly enough!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had a lovely anniversary meal, and because I’d put a note in Open Table about our occasion, our server brought us champagne with our dessert. All the food was excellent, from the chilled corn soup, to the mushroom fettuccini, to the New York steak. And the sorbet was amazing. Outstanding service and we will go back again and again.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

My wife and I came here for our 41st anniversary and she said it was the best New York steak that she ever had. My cast iron paella was superb and gave me some great ideas to plagiarize when we get back home. What a great dinner

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

As always a great dining experience. I enjoy the fact that the menu changes with the seasons and available local ingredients.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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was not working. Very pleasant outside. Food was great as was the wait staff

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We all enjoyed the mushroom pasta... was wonderful to be in a place where we. Old talk to each other and hear without yelling. Want to come back for more wonderful eating.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Excellent higher end dining experience. Excellent PNW cuisine, great atmosphere. Service was just right and the ambient noise level was just right.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Family vacation

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We had a great dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Food was wonderful (mussels, trout and salmon). Wine was also great. Service easy very attentive and friendly.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Everything was excellent, except the charcuterie appetizer, which was sparse for the money.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The food was good and locally sourced. The wait staff was attentive and friendly.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Fabulous fresh food. The salad was amazing. The salmon main course was spectacular.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The seafood was excellent and the service very attentive.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Dining at Celilo was fantastic from start to finish. Entering Celilo my eyes were drawn to gorgeous artwork and as I was led to my table, I witnessed more lovely art I believe created by the same artist. I really enjoyed this dining experience as the food was beautifully designed and plated but also it was great tasting, and fresh. All was stellar --first course, entrees, and desserts. Oh and primo coffee too.

I savored the Semolina crusted fried Idaho trout fillet, black beluga lentils, mirepoix vegetables, and sautéed French beans with dill yogurt cream and NOBO Farm micro greens. Desserts were shared and very good.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

From the moment we walked in, this night was a treat! The service was impeccable and so friendly, the food unbelievable (I almost cried when eating the first few bites of the special), to the location and everything beyond. Highly recommend!!!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I did not expect a restaurant in a town so small and out-of-the-way as Hood River to serve the best cheeseburger I have ever tasted. It was made of sirloin ground in Celilo’s own kitchen, and it came perfectly cooked rare. The bun was also locally baked. Now, several days later, I am still craving another.

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The pork dish was terrible. It tasted old....definitely not fresh!!! Chick pea dish was below average .Salads were good. Service was good. Desserts were ok

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We have been dining at Celilo for ten years, maybe longer, and it is a favorite! The skillet roasted mussels, a regular menu item, are fabulous; salads are always fresh and lovely, and pasta and seafood dishes are out of this world. Lovely cocktails, and a very nice wine list - by the bottle or by the glass. We always look forward to dining at Celilo when we are in Hood River or nearby.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Celilo is by far our favorite restaurant in Hood River. We drive 5-6 hours once or twice a year to the area, and never fail to have at least one meal at Celilo. If we lived in Hood River, we might not need a kitchen at all.

Celilo is elegant all the way through. The food is magnificent. The service top notch. The ambiance just right. It's mature without being over the top, and yet my child is always welcome. It's foodie heaven. The presentation is creative, but it's the flavor combinations and ingredient quality that truly stand out. The menu changes regularly and honors the local producers. The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive, but not fawning. The chairs are comfortable, the lighting dim enough to be moody but not dark, the menus and silverware and china all high quality. The cocktails are creative and divine.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Great spot for foodies in Hood River! I plan to go back when I’m in the area again!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Celilo has become one of our regular restaurants in Hood River. We go there at least once a month or more often and have been since they opened. In a town overrun by summer visitors, Celilo has never lost their understanding of what a really good restaurant should be. They are one of the few treasures still remaining in Hood River

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We love this place. We go to Celilo everytime we are in Hood River, OR. And have been doing so for the past 10 years. Consistently great place to eat and get together with friends.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We LOVED this dining experience! The semolina crusted trout was fabulous. We enjoyed clams for our appetizer, they were pleasingly PLUMP and tasted as if they were harvested that morning. Even in comparison to some of the fine dining we have sampled on the OR/WA coast, this dish won! I must have dunked half a loaf of bread in the clam sauce, I didn’t want to let go of a DROP!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I have written several reviews on Celilo Restaurant. Food and beverages are outstanding, in my humble opinion its the best foodie restaurant in the Gorge. We arrived in time for happy hour and had the semolina crusted Willapa bay oysters with my martini and Jeani's mellow yellow. We moved into the dining room where I had the Cast Iron Paella and Jeani had the Chickpea Spaetzle - both excellent dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The fettuccini with basil pesto was really taken up a notch with the addition of hot peppers. Spectacular! As was the Blood Orange Margarita. Great birthday lunch for a friend.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

No seasonal cocktail on the menu, so the bartender whipped up a raspberry mint martini for me. It was fantastic. Asparagus soup was very good. Asparagus salad was excellent, but a little on the small side. Spinach salad was much bigger. Chickpea local cheese spaetzle was melt in your mouth delicious. Every bite was incredibly good. Chicken dish looked really good. Paella was a little on the small side. My husband had a pasta dish that was a little small but very rich. Probably could've used a few more veggies to fill it out. Trout entrée sounded amazing. I wish I could've ordered everything on the menu.. All indoor seating, but it felt good to be in the air conditioning on such a hot night. Very slow service, but it didn't matter to us because we were enjoying a long leisurely dinner with friends. Love their seasonal menu. Seems they genuinely are committed to buying from local farms!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Niece’s college graduation

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

this was our second time dinning at Celilo, it's been great both times, excellent service!

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Had the blue cheese burger and it was overcooked, the bun was burned and drenched in butter and the fries had been sitting for some time prior to delivery. I have been here in the past and recalled fantastic burger and sweet potato fries (several years ago). What happened??

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

An amazing find in Hood River! We were not familiar with Celilo, but reviewed the menu and thought the options were intriguing. This was one of the best meals we've had in a long time (and we're foodies). Ordered the baked chicken which was had a perfect skin crunch and tender meat. The taste was incredible with beets, turnips and roasted radishes. Also ordered the chickpea spaetzle which was very unique. Great taste combo with pea puree, pea vine salad and asparagus. So unique and so tasty. Our service was exceptional as was the atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our server was really attentive and gave good suggestions.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent service by Rachel! Spinach salad...best spinach I've every had. ...chicken with cherry reduction sauce. Awesome!

Thank you cello. 😀😀😀

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