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“Best restaurant in the area”

Celilo Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #8 of 139 Restaurants in Hood River
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Edison, New Jersey
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in the area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

Thanks to Trip Advisor, we selected this restaurant for a liesurely dining experience and we were not disappointed. Understand that we visited here in early October and the restaurant was not crowded. That said, the server was excellent and made several good suggestions and was very attentive. The food was excellent, from the salad and soup to the entrees and deserts. One of our party had a Bistro (or shoulder) steak that was very flavorful. The lamb was delicious. The salmon was fresh that day and melted in your mouth. Finally, a pasta dish was also very good. The deserts...well you'll just have try them yourselves. The restaurant's ambience if very nice, modern and, tonight at least, quiet. Overall, chef Ben Stenn presents a gourmet meal at reasonable prices.

Visited October 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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205 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Pleasant evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

We asked a number of locals for their favorite restaurant in Hood River and all of them mentioned the Celilo. Always trust the locals. The paella special for the night was perfectly seasoned and the mussels plentiful. The berry martini was a perfect starter - not too sweet. Unfortunately, the service was a bit slow. Not sure if the management had been surprised with a big travel group of 24 or if they just didn't plan staffing for it. We waited far too long to be served. Maybe that is why when we called for reservations we were told they did not take reservations for after 6:30 pm but if we came they would probably be able to seat us.

  • Visited October 2013
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New York
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99 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“High expectations and still pleasantly surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch at Celilo today and I have to say it was the best meal I've had in quite some time, certainly in this area. I had the portobello sandwich and my husband had the turkey with bacon and Tillamook cheddar cheese. Both were excellent. The side salad that came with his was crisp with a nice vinaigrette. I had fries on the side and while they could have been crisper they had great flavor. The service was very friendly; everyone was extremely nice and courteous. I would definitely return.

Visited September 2013
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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words. We are always trying to encourage more people to come to Celilo for lunch, and your review will help! Much appreciated!
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Hood River, Oregon
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143 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Wine Dinner Pairing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Fortunate enough to be one of a few attendees at a recent Marchese Wine and Celilo Dinner pairing. The five course diviner was exquisite! Of signficance was the Uovo - pulley egg ravioli porcini mushroom affair. From the service to to the detail Chef Ben Stenn put into the meal. If you grace Hood River as a visitor or happen to live here make a point to share this culinary delight.

Visited September 2013
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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you so much for coming to the Marchesi dinner and for taking the time to write your review. Celilo hosts several special events like this wine dinner throughout the year and we certainly do appreciate our guests' input - Thanks again!
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Houston, Texas
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309 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
“Nice place for lunch.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

Stopped for lunch in Hood River, neat town. The restaurant is in the old downtown area. Was a beautiful day so we sit at a side walk table. Hubby had soup and salad, the black bean soup was "wonderful". I had grilled prawns and salad, prawns were done very nicely, salad was a mix of fresh greens. Price was reasonable. friendly staff. Very clean busy restaurant!


Would definitely ate here again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Genevieve S, Public Relations Manager at Celilo Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are always hoping to encourage more people to come to Celilo for lunch and we certainly appreciate your visit and your input! Thanks again and we're so glad you enjoyed your meal.
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