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The Glass Onion

604 S. Columbus Ave, Goldendale, WA 98620-9257
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Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Goldendale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $25
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Vegetarian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Our food is prepared from scratch by Chef and owner Matt McGowan with fresh local ingredients. We have fresh seafood, brick oven pizza, hickory smoked barbecue and also vegetarian cuisine. The beer and wine list features wineries located here in the Columbia River Gorge and microbrews on tap. We are available for private parties, catering and also feature special events such as wine dinners and artist receptions hosted by local photographer and owner, Maren McGowan. We offer fine dining in a casual and comfortable environment. Come visit us today!
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94% Recommend
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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We found this gem while traveling south from B.C. to Hood River. Very good food. Service is average. Very imaginative menu. Good wine list. We enjoyed the meal very much, especially watermelon salad. It seemed unbelievable to find good cuisine in a small farming town, literally out in middle on nowhere. Well worth the stop.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Best thing Goldendale has going for them! Not much to this little town but they have a fantastic restaurant! Loved the salad rolls with the mango in them! And the salad was the freshest! Must if went out to backyard and picked it! Yum yum!!!'

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We appreciated this restaurant taking our reservation for just a half hour before they closed, but we were completely blown away by the food. The restaurant is in a charming rehabbed home, with excellent photographic art, mostly taken by one of the owners, but it doesn't look like a gourmet heaven. However, the food was simply amazing. A number of... More

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Bend, Oregon
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Based on the location, this is not the type of dining I planned on running into. Great food, good service, and nice atmosphere. They even had kid menus and crayons! Very modern dining for a very small town. The menu was full of fresh, local ingredients that went straight into the flavor. If I'm in the neighborhood, I plan on... More

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Richland, Washington
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Artistic, creative menu and presentation. I love being in a historic house with a wraparound porch! And the classy background music completes the elegant picture. I'll eat here every time I'm in Goldendale!

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I understand now why the other reviewer said they would drive a hundred miles round trip to eat here because I would too! My mom had the salmon salad, I had the sirloin (cooked perfectly with a delicious sauce), my son had a cheese pizza, my daughter had grilled cheese, and my husband had a Caesar and the ribs special.... More

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San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

As a former chef and world traveler, I was expecting very little to be happening in this tiny little blue-collar town in Eastern Washington. I was given a recommendation by another chef, and had tongue firmly planted in cheek. Oh, heavens! One of the finest meals my partner and I have ever had. Fresh, delicious ingredients coupled with brillliant seasonings... More

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Hood River, Oregon
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a great place! Wonderful food and friendly atmosphere. Service was spot on and with a smile. The first time I was here I heard it was good but it exceeded my expectations. We had an array of things and each wonderful. I feel lucky we got in during the busy weekend. Don't miss this little gem!

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Battle Ground, Washington, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We chose the Glass Onion based on its Tripadvisor rating. There were six of us and we were seated in a room off the main seating area and promptly forgotten about. When the server did come over after 15 minutes, she said she'd be back after she made a coffee drink for another table. She finally returned and we ordered... More

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marenmcgowan, Owner at The Glass Onion, responded to this review

I’m sorry to hear that you were not impressed with your experience at our restaurant. Since you said that you were “promptly forgotten,” I would like to mention that your party called ahead to request a reservation and were told that we were full and could not seat you for 15-20 minutes...however, your party arrived at the restaurant 5 minutes... More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We rode up here on a bike so the food tastes especially good today. We are regulars. I had a salmon salad and my wife ordered a fish taco, drinks were a lemonade and Marshall's Reisling. Great as usual .

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