Celilo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
299 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 299 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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KE
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice spot!! Not a noisy raucous frat party by any means

Civilized with terrific service second time there will try to work it in the theft time we’re
in Hood River

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LW
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time here and we enjoyed the Setvice which was very very good. The food (I had the veggie pasta and SO had the steak) was quite good. We had the mussels for an app and they were second to none) was good. The pasta had perhaps too much basil in it but it was done well.

We would go back.

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m
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A jewel of a place ! Great food and great staff!

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MT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Hood River for our wedding anniversary. A friend recommended Celilo for dinner and it was wonderful. The food and wine selection was superb. We will be back again when we head to Hood River for a visit.

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DA
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are sad that winter is upon us and from now on we would have to drive in the dark to get home so will have to wait until Spring to visit Celilo again as it is by far our favorite restaurant in The Gorge.
The food is wonderful as is the presentation and waitstaff, hard to ask for more. The bar offered a lovely array of original cocktails.

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DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Menu is very limited. But what they serve, they serve well

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MJ
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always stellar! ❤️❤️❤️

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BH
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celilo is a local treasure. The best restaurant in Hood River. Probably be good to keep it a secret from the summer mobs.

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SR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good except for my husbands steak being over cooked. We were going to replace it but it took to long for our server to come around and by then I was almost done eating. He just ended up eating it but I felt bad.

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RG
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ribs so dry they were inedible. Sent them back. Paella had small bits of meat and not a lot of flavor. Beet salad and gazpacho lacked flavor as well

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JE
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. My wife ordered salmon and it was excellent. I ordered BBQ pork ribs. The bbq sauce was applied so heavily and was so strongly flavored, it was all you could taste. I would suggest ordering the ribs with sauce on the side. The green salad and Caesar salads were very good. Nice selection of beer and wine.

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r
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I both had the King Chinook Salmon. Perfectly done and nicely presented.

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MJ
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational Celilo, as always!!!! Celilo is the go-to place for any occasion. All organic, all welcoming, all professional, all delicious. THANK YOU!!!!!!

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KS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Celilo for lunch and/or drinks, but this was our first dinner there. From walking through the door to be seated to departing after dinner, the experience was wonderful. The hostess, the wait staff and the chef (Jacqueline) were attentive, congenial and made us feel relaxed. Our meals were both very good, huckleberry cake sublime and the Brick House Gamay Noir, perfect. This was one of the nicest and memorable anniversary dinners we've had. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate our 38 years!

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CS
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

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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DA
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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LM
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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r
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MJ
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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DA
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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JE
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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IN
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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SC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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DA
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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S
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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DE
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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VW
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Family vacation

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OT
Phoenix
208 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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AS
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Indiana
34 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood was excellent and the service very attentive.

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FC
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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