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“Love, love, love this bistro”

White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro
Ranked #23 of 142 Restaurants in Hood River
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Description: White Buffalo is dedicated to great bottles of wine, tasty food, and friendly people. We are a combination wine shop and wine bar & bistro offering more than 200 wines from around the world. We specialize in Northwest Wines and fresh simple cuisine. Our goal is to match people with delicious bottles of wine. We offer 10 or more wines daily to enjoy by the taste or glass for a small fee. We are happy to suggest wines from our daily tasting menu or a perfect wine for any occasion. We also offer wine classes and a great environment for learning about local wines.
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Description: White Buffalo is dedicated to great bottles of wine, tasty food, and friendly people. We are a combination wine shop and wine bar & bistro offering more than 200 wines from around the world. We specialize in Northwest Wines and fresh simple cuisine. Our goal is to match people with delicious bottles of wine. We offer 10 or more wines daily to enjoy by the taste or glass for a small fee. We are happy to suggest wines from our daily tasting menu or a perfect wine for any occasion. We also offer wine classes and a great environment for learning about local wines.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Best kept secret. Don't be in a hurry, just come in, enjoy a glass (or bottle) of wine or beer and have the food. YUMMY!!!

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

I must say that I rarely write a review that does not invite a re-visit. This one will be different. The owner seemed exasperated in general and was extremely slow to take our orders. When the orders were finally taken, she took them one at a time and left the table between each order and delivery. Several the beverage items that we requested were not available to us, both wine and hard ciders. Not everyone ordered food, but what food we did order took forever to get there ( how long can it take to heat up premade food?) and then was nothing special. I am still scratching my head over the two glowing reviews that sent me there in the first place. Hmmmmmmmm is all I have to say. I know that everyone has their bad days, but sorry, White Buffalo, we will not be returning.

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Thank Penny G
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We were hesitant with the giant white buffalo statue outside a plain, side of the road building. Once inside, it was just lovely, quaint bar, outstanding selection of wines... and the food. Well, the vegetables and meat come directly from the farm, fresh as can be. Excelent selection of intenresting entrees, we couldn't make up our minds. The service was a little slow, however everything is made to order and some entrees clearly state a long cooking time... so don't go if you are rushed. However, is you want to sit back with a great glass of wine, relax and enjoy a good meal, this is a must.

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Thank sarah g
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Seriously the best food ever. My husband just returned from Rome and serious fine dining and said this was the closest anywhere in the States has come to rivaling Rome's bistros. Dates & parmesan appetizers melted in our mouths. Grilled cheese for adults was honestly the best meal I've ever had. Carmelized onion, bacon "jam" gorgonzola & provolone. I don't have the words, it was just crazy good. The owner, Mary, couldn't have been more friendly--just the right mix of homey kind advice on wine and just plain nice. Every bit was great, fresh from the kitchen, not reassembled food reheated. Go to Applebee's or Denny's (blech) if all you want is quick. Go to the White Buffalo if you want to guarantee the best dish you've ever tasted. If you live in or visit the Pacific Northwest (especially the Columbia River Gorge) there's just no excuse not to eat wonderful food, and this restaurant is the epitome of wonderful regional food. Prices were terrific. You'd see double these prices in Seattle.

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Thank VeryMary87
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WhiteBuffaloWines, Owner at White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

Thank you so much for your review! It means a lot when customers come through and really enjoy their time with us. You guys rock!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Owner Mary Gumm was extremely rude. Didn't keep us updated on our take out order. After 50 minutes she let us know they didn't have the salad dressing we ordered. After an hour we told her we would just take what was made. They hadn't started on our appetizer or our chicken dish and the rice wasn't finished. She brought out our salad and pretty much threw it across the counter at us. To her credit she didn't charge us. But also didn't give us anything to eat the salad with. The salad was suppose to be an Oriental Chicken Salad. It had lettuce with a few carrots a few wontons and a very overcooked dry chicken breast. And the Black Cherry dressing tasted more like vinegar than anything. There is nothing oriental about that salad!!! Surprised they are still in business but I guess if you don't mind waiting for an hour and a half for your dinner I guess that's ok. Not for us and we do like fine dining!

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Thank Pat B
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WhiteBuffaloWines, Owner at White Buffalo Wine Bar and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2013

“We’re sorry we let you down on your take-out order. We had a large event going on, were swamped, and staff was working as hard as they could. I should have come out and offered to deliver to your room, and kept you more up-to-date on your order. We strive to learn from our mistakes and take your comments to heart. As a small business, we truly do get up every day with the goal to do our best, but sadly, this time, we let you down.”

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