Simon's Cliff House

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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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MarkN
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Spent our 41st Anniversay dinner with them, they could not have been more attentive

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Virgie
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Valentine's Day dinner experience was great. Nice waiter. The breakfast staff seemed shorthanded, but the food was delicious.

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KariW
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This place has a lot of potential just misses the mark. It’s looking very rundown and the servers were very scattered and not really with it, forgetful and not really attentive in the way you want. We were one of two tables in the whole restaurant. Expected more from $32 brunch did accommodate a non egg eater but had to get the manager involved as there was nothing else to choose from on the menu as reg menu wasn’t available. Food was luke warm at best. Plenty of other places far better. Location is decent but a long drive for us for so so experience as a birthday brunch.

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LeannaO
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had Sunday brunch and it was very good. We will go again. Even my 8yr old daughter loved the brunch.

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VictoriaC
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and accommodating. I took my mother here for her birthday and they worked extra hard to make our dining experience special. They even offered a complimentary birthday dessert upon my request. The ambiance is beautiful and relaxing. Everything from the soft jazz music playing in the background to the clean, classy attire of the white table clothes against the high back maroon chairs. The view and property is breathtaking! Even in the chilly winter weather it is worth the trip into the Columbia River Gorge.

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WilliamC
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter was very attentive and the food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Day brunch — I ate WAY too much food!

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CherylH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance, staff and delicious food provided a most wonderful experience as we began 2020 with a decadent brunch at the Simon’s Cliff House!

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ShirH
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Breakfast was a set menu with entrée options that were decent, but scones/biscuits were cold, hard, and dried out, and cubed cheese had been refrigerated too long and dried out.

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ShirH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Dinner meal was not what we expected; the salmon was tasteless and the riced potatoes (with the chicken entrée) tasted of plastic as if they had been prepared in a microwave pouch.

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vipLorriR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service & food! A winning combination! We are coming back for New Years Brunch!

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vipSusan
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

You would think on Christmas they would have brunch. We arrived at 11 and they were only serving lunch.
Food was cold and blah. Should have gone elsewhere

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GatorForLife
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We came for the High Tea, something they do once a year at the holidays. The view and this property can't be beat. But the tea experience was sub-par. Our tower came in a broken frame that was leaning precariously over. We laughed about it with our server, but honestly, how does that thing even leave the kitchen? The food itself was below average, egg salad, salmon spread, nothing special, and we didn't even realize that the top tier of biscuits, scones, and biscotti was missing butter and who knows what until we saw another service after ours with that on their tower. The final plate of sweets that came out looked like what you would buy at Costco from the frozen section, and tasted like that too.

Come for the view and the grand property. But plan to eat some place else.

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JimL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been staying at the Columbia Gorge Hotel every December for 31 consecutive years. While we miss the extensive Christmas decorations they had back in the day, we still love the atmosphere at this grand hotel.

The service in both the hotel and restaurant this year and quality of the food and drinks were excellent! Thanks and see you next December!

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batman
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Great view of the Columbia Gorge from our table by the window. Live piano music. Be sure to go out onto the patio and look at the dramatic waterfall!

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KarenG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having never been there, the entire dining experience was memorable. The hotel is well maintained, the staff was attentive and friendly, and the food was excellent. I will definitely be going back.

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Portlandborn
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We've been coming to the hotel for Thanksgiving dinner for years...it was grand when you got a fixed course meal...when the hotel reopened with a buffet the first year was exceptional...since then...not so much!

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vipSherriR
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love coming here. We had the filet mignon and the salmon. The steak was perfect but my salmon was very dry. Overall we had a great time and the service was top notch.

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TimothyG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The hotel needs updating and a thorough cleaning. The food was oversold by server and very overpriced. Noise level was low because there were only a few other diners. However the pianist/singer from the empty lounge came to our table while we were eating and that was slightly uncomfortable
It could be a fine hotel again...they need to put some money and time into the property.

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Robin
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding meal here for my mom's 70th B-day. Prices were surprisingly reasonable for this beautiful setting. Highly recommend!

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vipmike
Portland
62 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meals and service, the view is outstanding.

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Foodie79
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful views and great food! I honestly haven't had scallops that good in a long while. We love the Columbia Gorge Hotel for it's history. The grounds are beautiful and it's nice that it has such a good restaurant. Breakfast was just as good.
The decor could use an authenticity refresh time actual 1920s since it was done in the late seventies but the food and service were top notch.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Week night dinner for our anniversary. Nice beautiful view.
Food was fine, not exactly how I ordered it prepared.
Too bad you removed the Fishermans stew from your new menu. I had planned to order it after looking at your menu online.
Our dinner server might use a few tips on timing, my salad came along side my dinner; would of preferred it prior to main meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you're vegan and you add any special requests the restaurant will not contact you if they can't or will not accommodate.
It is what it is. The server was very sweet and polite. Bottom line is that my wife being vegan didn't complain and make an exception in her normal eating choices. They could do better in communicating with their customers if they won't accommodate special requests.
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DavidS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great views of the river, besutiful grounds, snd food was goid. Not a large menu option.

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JeffR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Very sad. Waiters were polite but clueless. Fish dishes were uniformly overcooked.

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vipJoAnne
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a beautiful setting, with views of the Columbia River and even Mt Adams. It is an elegant restaurant, but I was disappointed in some of my meal. The Caesar Salad was excellent, but the rack of lamb didn’t have much flavor and the crust was uninspiring. The vegetables were nice, but needed a bit more flavor. Our server was excellent and made a very good wine recommendation.

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James
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

While the staff was very polite and nice, there was a large amount of disconnect from the seating, to the presentation of the food. The menu online did not match that of the menu we received, but that was not a large issue. The staff not knowing the names of the cheeses presented or other items served was odd. The presenting of honey, a largely depicted "part of the experience", 10 minutes after the scones were served was not too ideal. When asked if we needed any condiments, my daughter asked for some catsup for the potatoes. We were quickly provided two small containers. The shock came when after putting it on our plates and taking the first bite, we quickly discovered we had been provided sriracha hot sauce in error. Well, it looked like catsup anyway. We were then provided catsup and some new potatoes. The omelet was great. The desert was good too. To us a Sunday brunch in this setting should have a flow of service and food however, in this case, flow was lacking completely.

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RandallS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Meal was good overall but somewhat spoiled by use of the lower floor as a wedding venue. Music from the DJ was far too loud below us.

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vipJhc3
Palm Springs
131 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The two things that made our meal here so wonderful were the view and the service. The dining room overlooks the Columbia River from a high bluff. Diners look down upon the gardens and walks of the hotel (the Columbia Gorge Hotel) to the broad expanse of the river, which was dotted that evening with windsurfers taking advantage of the strong early evening breezes. We were also most happy with our server, Tim, who was prompt and friendly. He offered honest opinions on the dishes we considered ordering, guiding us to choices that turned out to be just what we wanted.

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SarahH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had reservations and was the second person to be seated and our cheese/fruits and pastry tower did not come out till after our main meals arrived. How did people who were seated after us get theirs. I had people in town was Texas and I wanted to impress them with this wonderful meal and I was so disappointed.

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Barbara
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, great food, easy to make reservations. We mis judged our travel time and it was very easy to alter the time. Great service to boot

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vipRESJ
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Old World charm and great view of the Columbia River and Gorge. Service was impeccable for the location. Food was tasty and well presented. Despite upscale feel and appearances prices were very reasonable. My wife had the prime rib special for the evening, which was outstanding. I had a seafood pasta with smoked salmon, shrimp and crab ravioli. It was presented in a cream sauce which was a bit heavy for my liking. Only negatives were that desert was nothing special and the wine bottle prices seemed high. Would go again when in Hood River.

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CarlP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Featured prime rib was up to par. Potatoes too dry. Vegetables too few. Wife's scallops were quite good. Were back for happy hour the next day. Deep fried fish unfortunately had oily streaks that are unpleasant to the taste buds. A bit surprising as most bites of the fish were quite tasty. Wife had the spicy shrimp that were too dry as is frozen and refrozen before cooking. Too bad that in Oregon you did not have any really good porter or stout beers available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
106 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were engaged at the Columbia Gorge Hotel almost 40 years ago so, of course, this place holds a special place in our hearts. That being said, the hotel has changed hands at least once that I know of. The new owners have done a great job of increasing the service and offerings at the hotel including the Cliff House dining room menu and its attention to detail. The wait staff from the greeters to the bus boy and girl to the waiter were all very well trained, knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, and professional. The chef prepared a wonderful variety of offerings. Both of our meals were fantastic and we had pasta!!! We were very happy with the food and service.
We dined in the bar one night and that was great, as well.

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Candy
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was our 40 anniversary

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful river views and the food was outstanding

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GregoryC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff made a memorable, celebratory dinner even more of a special occasion.

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BobHoodRiver
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went to Simon's for the Thursday night prime rib dinner. Great value and good beef.

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JackL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. The main course, the sides, the dessert, the service, the view.

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