Simon's Cliff House

3.9
125 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Casual, romantic and unobtrusive with the legacy of 1920’s elegance, Simon’s at the Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa offers Northwest American Cuisine with a flair of Europe. Our high-quality meats and cuts from the local R-Ranch are impressing our discerning guests with a unique flavor and tenderness among other gourmet dishes and fresh salads.
We promote the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including its produce and wines.
Surrounded by enchanted gardens and lawns, a dazzling view of the Columbia River, the Gorge and our own Wah Gwin Gwin Falls, Simon’s is definitely worth the trip to enjoy its every aspect.
Simon’s Cliff House is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with its renowned 7 course Sunday Brunch and the daily Happy Hour at Valentino Bar.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Northwest, European
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 10:30 am
Sunday Brunch: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lounge Hours:Sunday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 10 pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(541) 386-5566
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Alejandro Marquez
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Entertainment
Live Piano music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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NT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had dinner alone and it was so very comfortable and delightful. A great menu, reasonable prices and terrific ambiance!

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j
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

With a stunning view, this old beauty is a wonderful place to have a quiet brunch. The brunch is substantial and yummy!

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service great. Food was just ok for the price. I ordered a $40 rib eye steak. It didn't have any seasoning on it. And it sure wasn't the best steak I ever had. The fingerling potatoes and root veggies seemed like they were from yesterday. Dried out.

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RK
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food staff and service I will highly recommend Simons to my friends and family.

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DL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, had an enjoyable evening at the Cliff house. The view is beautiful, the restaurant is quiet and the food is quite good. The hotel and dining room is charming (from the 20s), but it's in need of a makeover in the not too distant future. I would dine here again.

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LH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

our food was good - the service could be improved. it took until after salads to learn the bar did not have the ingredients for the cocktail ordered. Wrong salad brought to one person. Server couldn't remember which meal went to who. As soon as dessert was delivered, the bill was left and we were never asked if we needed anything else. Our table was next to the door to the kitchen area so a lot of traffic and chatting with wait staff.

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CH
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was so disappointing! We booked a breakfast reservation for 10:30 on a Sunday morning. When we got there, they told us that they are now closed from 10:30 to 11:00 to get ready for brunch. We were not happy! We couldn’t wait because we had a plane to catch.
We spoke to the manager who talked to the dining room and they said we could be seated and they would begin serving us the first courses of the brunch. We sat for over 10 minutes and no one said hello or acknowledged us in any way. We finally got up and left!
We have wonderful memories of visits to this beautiful place from past experiences. Unfortunately, we will not go back!

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JK
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Our luncheon was tasty and the ingredients were fresh and well prepared.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Dessert looked great but was hard.Prime rib a little tough. Great historic place!

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DL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch. Michala, our server was very gracious and engaging. Presentation is superb. Brunch offers mimosa with champagne or apple cider; Yogurt parfait served in champagne glass; assorted fruits, small pastry, cheese & crackers. Also included is an entree and s selection of small bite desserts. Brunch is served on Sunday 10:30 - 2:00 and is reasonably priced at $32 pp.

Columbia River Gorge Hotel and Simon’s offer a beautiful view of the Columbia River and the Gorge. Highly recommend—worth the drive!

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, classic surroundings, super view.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary experience, Gabriel and the other staff we amazing, the food and service were out of this world!

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RW
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had breakfast. The setting is lovely. The device was friendly and gracious. The fruit cup that came with my order was wonderful with berries and melons. We enjoyed the experience.

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The one man band was soooooo bad and soooooo loud I couldn't even tell you what we had to eat. Wont be going back !

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was slow and they food was horrible! Our steak was the worst we’ve ever had!

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was non existent ... food of banquet quality. Don’t go.

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YB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for the Sunday brunch. The service was good. The food overall was disappointing. I remember the 7 course brunch of many years ago and this is not remotely similar. Yogurt was very sweet (peach flavored). The cheese plate was sliced supermarket cheese, the fruit was ripe but a blackberry had mold. Busicuits were good; the scone was good, however chocolate chip was not the best choice to complement the fruit and cheese (served at the same time). Mimosa’s had fresh orange juice but little champagne. We had to ask for coffee. We only had our water filled for the first time at the end of the meal. The chicken pot pie was good. I would not recommend for brunch. We left disappointed and longing for the good old days - when fresh tayberrys were served with the waterfall of honey that is still touted on the menu but not served.

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HW
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My sister and I took a quick trip from Portland out to Hood River to pick up my wine shipment and wanted to have lunch somewhere with a view. This place certainly delivered.

First off - Joel, the seating host was phenomenal. Great energy, attentive, accommodating, and excellent table side demeanor.

Our server was polite, informative, and didn't bat an eye at my sister's special request for her sandwich.

All of the food we had was very tasty (sandwiches and salad) and we enjoyed our Pinot Grigio.

Great experience here, we'll certainly return!

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R
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was Ok. Service was terrible. Priced a little high for what they offer. Nice historic location. Maybe a better place for a drink and a quick bite on the patio.

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W
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were treated wonderfully and fed well during a 12 person get together with family and friends. Thank you Tim & Corey.

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SR
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My dinner was the Tuscan chicken. Delicious! The other meal was the rib-eye steak which was over cooked and in our opinion and a bad cut. Should have gone with another steak, the fillet. We’ve had it before and it’s really good. Overall it was a great meal...minus the steak. Will go back.

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F
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem, food and service was excellent, highly recommend

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C
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

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b
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We bought the coupon from costco and was more than pleasantly surprised. We had gone to el gaucho the week before and for half the price my steak was better.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good, not excellent. Service was poor. Waited 30 minutes for desserts. Had to get up and go find waiter. He said desserts would be ready in 1 minute, took another 5.

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MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The charming gardens and dining room of this historic hotel (The Columbia Gorge Hotel) is not to be missed. The evening began with handcrafted cocktails from the Valentino Bar. Simon's Cliff House chef prepared a memorable local steelhead trout entre. The side dishes and desserts were excellent as well. Wonderful service and quiet ambience made for a perfect evening.

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C
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good but not great Kobe NY. Side dishes were excellent. Service was very good. The property is just amazing.

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SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We three old friends met to visit over lunch. We had a delicious meal, great service and a memorable experience. We look forward to our next meeting there.

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m
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here for our 30th wedding anniversary, as we would have liked to have spent our first wedded night there, but didn’t get to.
We were not disappointed. Our dinner and service and room were all fantastic.
When we were waiting for the check , our server Corey came up and put a handmade card on the table and said “Happy Anniversary from your Kids” We could not believe it . Our grown children had paid for our dinner bill ahead of time and blew us away. I was speechless and my husband was in tears.
Thank you for making our anniversary so special and memorable !

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JF
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The scallops melted on my mouth.
The local beef (filet mignon) was delicious!
The view over the Columbia gorgeous as werr the beautifully manicured gardens of the hotel, vomplete with natural stresm and waterfall!

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JD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, superb service, relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely go again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Old school place. We went for the prime rib special on a Thursday night and they ran out of prime rib. The prime rib was good. The sea scallops were really good. The parpadelle pasta was fresh and very good with capers and onions. The service was five star. This place is like a trip back in time as it’s looks almost all original. If you are looking for five star service and old school ambiance then this is your place. The property has amazing views. It’s not five star food but it’s an experience place. I highly recommend the permanent residence tour with Rick!!! Gabriel and his son are a great serving team and they are always their when you need them.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a fantastic romantic first date with excellent service and excellent food. The grounds and view are beautiful. The wine and deserts were excellent. Great time.

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service,nice ambiance. Great views of the Columbia River. Scallops were excellent - as good as we’ve ever had anywhere. Fillet was excellent. Highly recommend.

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N
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience and food, wait staff a little too full of themselves and hovering but some of you probably like all that attention. We don’t.

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MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful meal and excellent service! Gabriel and Rick were both delightful people.

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We thought this would be fine dining and were here for a very special, romantic birthday dinner on a Friday evening while staying at the hotel. The dinner service was far less professional than we'd expected and the food was not exceptional, just ok-to-pretty-good. Not fine dining, but the view was lovely. The service during Saturday breakfast was much better. Though the food was still not exceptional, the view was still lovely and made for an enjoyable experience.

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TE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We ate there on a Sunday night. The place was very uncrowded and the service was attentive. I ordered the duck breast, rare-medium rare, but it came medium-medium well. Not ideal, but not worth sending back. The cherry reduction it came with did not seem to be a good pairing, as I felt it was too sweet. My wife's pasta dish was disappointing as it didn't meet her expectations given the menu description. The water was concerned, and offered a couple of fixes, but ultimately no adjustment or change was made. The full charge for this uneaten dish appeared on the bill. The view of the Columbia River from our table was outstanding.

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SS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for Mother's Day brunch. Food was delicious and can't beat the view! Service was exceptional as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner menu (best steak ever), congenial, attentive, calm service, and the view and historical environment can't be topped. Highly recommend.

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