We were in the area for a couple days for a jet boat trip in Hells Canyon. We ate dinner at the Hells Canyon Inn twice. Both times the food was just excellent. Easily on par with any pub/steak restaurant in larger cities. Being the only restaurant so near to Oxbow it is great to have such good food available. This is a rural area so be aware they may shut down by 8pm or so. Nice waitresses both nights.
The food: Friday night is smoked prime rib (only Friday). The rib is smoked all day and goes fast (dinner starts at 5pm). We reserved four steaks for 7pm and ended up ordering two 14oz steaks for two couples. They have a deal for $3.50 extra you can split and get sides for both people. The steak was a great med-rare to medium smoked piece of prime rib. I think it is locally sourced from what the waitress said. The clam chowder was the second best I’ve ever had (the best is Salty’s in Washington). The second night we had burgers and I asked if they could do a prime rib sandwich with prime rib from the previous day. They did it and it was a great sandwich. The burger my wife had was very good and I tried a couple finger steaks and they were good too. Fresh cut fries, good jo-jos, and I had a good baked potato too. I look forward to the next time I’m in the area to stop in for a great meal. Definitely recommend this place.