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“Not To Our Liking” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Celilo Restaurant & Bar

Celilo Restaurant & Bar
16 Oak St, Hood River, OR 97031-2310
541-386-5710
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Ranked #17 of 112 Restaurants in Hood River
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: At Celilo, we are committed to a healthy and sustainable future. Our menus feature Pacific Northwest cuisine made with fresh and local ingredients.We hope that you will join us in our dining room’s warm atmosphere, created by local artists and craftsmen.
White Salmon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Not To Our Liking”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The ambience here is truly delightful. Not so the food, or the prices. My wife and I were here with a group of friends to celebrate one of their birthdays. Our first experience and our last at this restaurant. While we applaud the use of local ingredients and support of our local growers (we are local) we find it difficult to see the connection to the high prices. Further, and we recognize that this may just be personal taste, we found the portions small and the food not to our liking. Organic, healthy food does not warrant high prices and while we found the presentation of the items served to be wonderful it did not make the food any better.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Hood River, Oregon
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Fresh, inventive food ....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Great food, inventive mix of ingredients without being too gastronomically clever. Locally sourced ingredients when possible. Ambiance is great - nicely appointed dining room - not too loud, not too stuffy - made you want to linger. The bar area is lively and inviting as well.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words, Kris - sourcing our ingredients locally is so important to us, we are glad to know our guests care about it as well. Thanks!
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Seattle, WA
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7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful restaurant and excellent food. I've attached photos. We were very happy with our experience and will return again when we return. Our server took extensive time to explain the menu and again described each dish on delivery. The photo is of the roasted duck with wild rice and tart cherries. We also had the pork, grilled oyster salad and a cheese sampler that came with their house made bread and crackers. We enjoyed their very good wine list and started off with their Champear, the house champagne with Oregon Pear Brandy. The server took the time to tell us in detail about their dedication to good local organic food even though they were quite busy. I'd say Celilo is a must in Hood River and outshone all the other restaurants we visited there.

Visited January 2014
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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you so much!
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Go elsewhere...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The food was mediocre at best. The service was absolute sheit. I watched as people who were seated at least ten minutes after us were served at minimum ten to fifteen minutes before us. I make every attempt to give the benefit of the doubt. Our order was taken by a woman that after she took our order was never to be seen again. She wasn't even dressed like the other servers. Very strange. After extensive dialog between my girlfriend and I we agree that something had to have happened, but what? There was no acknowledgment of the screw up just some shady attempt at brushing it aside. There are far better places with far friendlier people in Hood River, do yourself a favor and just pass this one up.

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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you so much for the feedback. We are really concerned that you had this experience, it is definitely not what we are striving for. It would be so helpful to us to know what day and approximate time your visit occurred. We have a staff meeting today and we will definitely discuss your review and see where we went wrong in our timing and staffing. We hope you'll give us another try in the future, and apologize for the less than awesome experience you had. Thanks again.
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Tigard, Oregon
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT CHOICE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We were wandering around Hood River and came upon this gem. Had not eaten here before, but menu was enticing. Both had the pappardelle which was house made pasta with lamb, squash and herbs topped with their own ricotta cheese and it was excellent. We topped off the meal with a fresh fruit tart, which is made on the premises. Service was also excellent. Atmosphere was very welcoming. Would definitely return.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Wonderful! Thank you for the kind words and yes, please do come again!
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