Simon's Cliff House

3.9
141 reviews
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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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PO
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, romantic, and delicious birthday celebration for my partner and love. Our reservation at the window was perfect. Tim, our waiter as attentive but never overbearing. He asked lots of questions and offered suggestions. The meal was exquisite and the service made it a memorable evening.

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RC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We dined for the Sunday Brunch. I felt the menu didn't match what we received. It used terms like "variety", and I think I read "endless" which lead me to believe there might be a station or location to choose what danishes, muffins, scones, fruit, cheese etc I would want to have. This wasn't the case. They delivered 2 scones, 2 biscuits, some cheese, and some fruit. This didn't feel like a large variety. I ordered an omelet which contained a lot of oil underneath it. The side potatoes were not oily or greasy, which was odd that the omelet was. For the cost of the brunch, and the way it was advertised, I felt the delivery was pretty underwhelming.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice for a special occasion. Salmon sandwich was good. Slow service but you can enjoy the spectacular view while you chill.

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b
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was just ok. Place is great. I'd stay at the hotel but eat first.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time! The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, plus the food was wonderful! It was a perfect evening, and we will definitely be going to Simon’s again,

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went here for Valentine’s Day 2019. It was absolutely amazing. They even gave me a rose at the end of the meal. My boyfriend ordered the salmon and I got the chicken. Each bite of both entrees were incredible. The restaurant’s menu is a little pricy, but it’s worth it because of how good the food is. The reason why I put 3 stars for service is because there were only about 5 couples in the whole restaurant and it took the waiter awhile to fill up our water glasses each time. For dessert we ordered the carrot cake and passion fruit crème brûlée. Both were amazing. This is by far THE BEST place to eat in hood river if you want a good meal. This is also my now, new favorite restaurant!

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food tasted great. Gabriel and Cosette we're very attentive and hospitable.

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D
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Old school, in a good way. Setting is gorgeous. Service was impeccable. Good wine list with moderate prices. Food is good but sort of old fashioned, e.g. lots of sauces. Went out of their way to accomodate my wife who has celiac disease.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding lunch! The ambiance of the old majestic hotel is worth the trip but the food was delicious and the service was over the top!!!

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a
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time eating at Simon's Cliff House and we couldn't have pick a more memorable place to celebrate with dinner before bring in the New Year, 2019. The appetizers we're awesome, as were the entree's and the service was exceptional! We will definitely eat at Simon's Cliff House again. Thank you

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J
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing find. We were staying at the Columbia Gorge Hotel (a great place for a romantic river-view room), where Simon's is located. One section of restaurant looks over the Columbia River. It was a decade birthday stay, so we wanted something special. He started with a sweet potato curry soup and followed with scallops with wild rice and a mix of root vegetables. Her's was a basel-tomato soup and then river-caught salmon (steelhead?) with wild rice and brocolini. All washed down with a very acceptable house champagne. We are both pretty picky about food quality and both meals far exceeded our expectations. We didn't have much room for dessert, so shared a flourless chocolate cake that was truly decadent. Other dessert options also looked delicious (bread pudding, creme brulee, a chocolate cup filled with white chocolate mousse), all made in-house. One big shock was the price -- $120 including a generous tip for Gabriel, our waiter; how can they charge so little for such a fine meal? Breakfast menu was hard to choose from, ending up with eggs Benedict and French toast, fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit, and coffee/hot chocolate. All were excellent. The Sunday brunch is legendary, and if the normal breakfast is a clue, would be worth a special trip. We'll stop here again, for sure.

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CO
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were greeted by the host with the statement that the wait staff was short handed (likely due to "Christmas Flu"). The starters for the fixed menu were different from that on the website. Soup spoons were not provided. We had to ask for bread, even though "bread service" was spelled out at the top of the list of mains available on the fixed menu (eventually) handed to us. The main was of adequate quality, but the side vegetables were barely warm. While our (over committed) waiter seemed proficient enough, it was amateur night as far as his support staff was concerned. This was our third visit to Simon's Cliff House and we have been underwhelmed all three times. It is unlikely that we will return.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Our dining experience was a good one. The prime rib was not the best we have had, however, the courses that preceded it were creative, tasty and a joy to the palate. We also understand that serving that many people on Christmas Day is a challenge and we look forward to returning to sample the chef's offerings when there is not a set menu. The ambiance was quiet pleasurable and comfortable.

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for providing a wonderful Christmas dinner for my Mother and me!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Stayed at the hotel for a weekend getaway with my husband and baby. Went to the restaurant for dinner. It was wonderful and the food was delicious. The staff was friendly and very accommodating with my 7 month old. The scallops were the most memorable part of the meal for me.

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BF
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view and delicious breakfast including local fresh fruit at a very reasonable price. The wait staff were attentive and friendly. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast. Thank you!

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NT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 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
40 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 17, 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 8, 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 28, 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 19, 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 11, 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
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 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 20, 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 15, 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
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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

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YB
San Francisco
6 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 4, 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 2, 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
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 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 29, 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 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Anniversary

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b
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 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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