Celilo Restaurant & Bar

4.7
243 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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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!
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
1st St
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 243 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our server was really attentive and gave good suggestions.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great in all aspects except for the ubiquitous noise level found in almost all dining places these days.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Celilo is without any doubt, the best restaurant and value in Hood River. We live locally and go often. This time it was for a wedding anniversary. But, special occasions are not needed. Go early and get reservations...on weekends.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Another wonderful birthday dinner for my awesome wife served up by Chef Ben Stenn and his great crew!! Thanks Celilo!!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We had a really nice dinner at Celilo - our server was very friendly and had some excellent wine suggestions for us that we really enjoyed. The restaurant is romantic and nice for a special occasion, but also laid back and comfortable. Will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food, great wine selection and outstanding service. Our server even helped us find one of Hood River's rare taxis back to the Columbia Gorge Hotel

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This was my first time in hood river and I thought I was going to have a great meal. To my surprise my meal and others at the table were absolutely horrible. We ordered the asparagus soup and it had absolutely no flavor it was disgusting. Nothing made it taste any better then when it came out of the kitchen. Next our entrees. These weren't any better. I personally had the blue corn pasta with the meatballs. The pasta tasted like sawdust literally no flavor once again! I have to say the meatballs were delicious. Someone else at my table ordered the fettuccine with mushrooms and once again no flavor. I don't know what they cooked these meals in but this restaurant needs to learn what spices and garlic are because there flavoring needs some work. For a bill that ended up being $180, this place is not worth this kind of money. If you do decide to go here stick with proteins don't get the pasta.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

This is a real gem. Attentive service without being intrusive, truly excellent food, a fine wine list and an atmosphere conducive to quiet conversation. If I didn’t live in Southern California I would make this a regular treat.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Salad was great! Our food was inventive and very good! She forgot yo put in our desert ahead of time, so comped it...love this place!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

My boyfriend and I found Celilo online and decided to give it a try while on a scenic drive to Hood River. We were delighted by the quality and taste of our meals. While I was quite pleased with the asparagus and oyster mushroom fettuccine my boyfriend ate the best pork of his life. The wine was delicious as was the cheese platter. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and accommodating from the moment we entered Celilo. We are already planning another visit to the area, so we can return for another fabulous meal.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Besides our delightfully gregarious, articulate waitress (forgive me, I cannot remember her name), the atmosphere, creative menu and presentation, and sheer quality of food made this an unforgettable experience. Well done, folks!

We'll be back. I promise!

PS: we'll definitely be telling friends about this place.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

great meal, had fresh pasta with farm fresh sauces

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Once again, Amazing. Our favorite place to eat in Hood River. It's worth the 40 minute drive just for the dining alone. We know it will all ways be exceptional......

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Again, a dreamy sojourn at Celilo. Who could ask for more than to be embraced as soon as we enter and to be treated like royalty as always? THANK YOU, EVERYONE!!!!!! XOXOXO

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Looking forward to in season carrots and the return of the carrot cake!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Celilo? The most welcoming home away from home. I have my own "universal center" which is my kitchen at home. When we wish for a sojourn elsewhere, we choose CELILO!!! Organic, home-prepared, local goodness. More important than the food, the entire staff welcomes us with open arms. Who could ask for more????

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Drove out to Hood River on a nice Saturday and had lunch at Celilo. It's a rather large restaurant, and attractive enough, but very few patrons were there while we ate our lunch. I had a mushroom pasta dish that was one of the Specials while my companion ordered a salmonburger. Unfortunately, neither dish had much flavor! We shared a panna cotta dessert that was, like the entrees, nothing much to write home about. Next time we get out to Hood River we are likely to try something else.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our waitress didn’t realize that she did not put in 2 main entree orders until after we flagged her down to ask her why we were still waiting for them- after 3 others in our party had practically finished their entrees. We ended up canceling one of the missing entrees and opted to go ahead and get the other entree after she told us that it would take 10 minutes to come out from the kitchen. The entree took longer than 10 minutes to come out. She demonstrated minimal regret for her major service error and didn’t offer any compensation for our delayed meals or her error. Then, she seemingly left the restaurant (but, did not inform us that she was leaving) and passed our party on to another waitress for the remainder of our dinner experience. Disappointingly poor service considering the price point of the menu items for this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My girlfriend and I have been going to Celilo when we have a chance for 6 years, that means summer and Fall when we dont have to drive back home in the dark since our eyes aint what they used to be.
The food is always creative and Chef uses local ingredients. If your idea of a great place to eat is gauged by the quantity of food and how much you will have for lunch tomorrow Celilo probably isn't for you. If you appreciate a meal that is visually inviting, served at a table with linen table cloths, taste divine then I suggest you give Celilo a try. I have not eaten at all the restaurants in the North West but I have eaten at some of the best and Chef Ben is, in my humble opinion, one of the best Chefs in the North West and certainly the best in the Colombia River Gorge area.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Celebrating a bday after climbing dog mountain 😊

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2018

You guys totally didn’t do the simple birthday request I had for my wife. We’ll try again next April.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We eat at Celilo often and have always enjoyed great meals and wine. This visit was no exception. Our favorite spot in the Hood River area for a nice dinner experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent service from beginning to end. We had the Spaetzle and the Pork two ways specials. Both were amazing. Tried the lamb salad as an appetizer and the bar tender made fantastic cocktails.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Good food and very nice wine list! Strong recommendations!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Ben was our server. He was fantastic! Celilo is our favorite restaurant in the Gorge.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our first time at this restaurant, and was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the delicious food options, excellent wine list and service. Will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Have been going to Celilo for yrs. our first & fave go to in H.R. however On 4/13 was our first time disappointed. I had the fettuccini w/ 2 types of mushrooms(not the special) and it was watery with little flavor. My husband had the lamb (was the special) & he was disappointed in that it didn’t have much flavor & too much fat.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

awesome and highly rec for a special treat out of PDX!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We are not in Hood River often. When we are Celilo is a must. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This place is consistently good. We have been coming for years and we are always impressed with the meal and the service.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Celilo never fails to knock it out of the park!! Chef Ben Stenn is an artist and committed to quality!! Stacy Birch is an awesome server!! There for my birthday. Always a go to!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Every trip my wife and I take to Hood River has to include dinner at Celilo! It's always the highlight of our trip! The menu is varied, the portions generous, the desserts divine and we've always had great service. We're by no means foodies, but we know what we like and Celilo never fails to satisfy!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had an amazing dinner here - really excellent food and just the right portions for three of us not interested in too much food. We also wanted a less sweet margarita option and asked if the bartender could do a spicy tart version for us - oh my, he made us the BEST margarita ever!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Incessantly pleasing in every way. Celilo is the castle at which we are continually treated like royalty.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Love this place. Came back two times in a weekend. Loved everything we tried.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food. Ordered the steak.



Had an issue with the glassware used for drinks: there's a common odor when glassware isn't washed well. I received a drink with a funky "dog" smell emanating from the glass. I asked for a replacement glass, and, unfortunately, the glassware smell the same, perhaps less funky.

I am very familiar with this smell when restaurants have dishwasher issues. Please correct this, or guests will leave the restaurant not feeling completely satisfied.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always a great spot for dinner in Hood River.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

A lively environment upon entering, however we were seated in a small niche where there were three tables. Could not see the environment. For the price the food was only good. I think the experience would have been better if we were not placed in the "little" room.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It's always a joy to visit Celilo. The food is consistently excellent, as is the service. We almost always eat there when in Hood River.

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