The 10 Best Restaurants In Hood River, Oregon

Photo of Marcelina Morfin
9 February 2017

A picturesque community situated at the crossroads of the Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Mountains, Hood River is brimming with outdoor adventures and to fuel those activities, many incredible restaurants. Inspired by the abundance of local ingredients, talented chefs throughout the town create delectable choices to suit every taste. Here we take a look at some of the sweet and savory treats that can be found in Hood River, Oregon.

Interior of Boda’s Kitchen | Courtesy of Boda’s Kitchen

Boda's Kitchen

Deli, Market, American, Contemporary, $$$
Owned and operated by Sirota and Matt Johnston, Boda’s Kitchen is a wonderful downtown gourmet deli, market and catering venue. Procuring high quality, seasonal ingredients many of which come from local sources when possible, the dishes often change daily in order to reflect the freshest products available. Some of the enticing options on the menu include lemon herb rubbed rotisserie chicken, the grilled cheese panini with caramelized onions, smoke gouda, and gorgonzola on house-made focaccia, and the veggie sandwich with roasted red pepper, grilled vegetables, hummus, provolone, and organic greens.

Brian’s Pourhouse

Nestled inside in a charming gray house in downtown, Brian’s Pourhouse features cuisine inspired by the incredible bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Seeking out the best local ingredients, the culinary team creates a variety of delicious dinner options every night. Within a comfortable atmosphere, guests might savor recent highlights such as the pan-seared chicken breast with sausage gravy, grilled asparagus, and green garlic mashed potatoes and the shrimp and grits with gulf shrimp, Spanish piperade, tasso ham, and yellow stone ground grits. Vegetarians will enjoy the quinoa pilaf with crimini mushrooms, spinach, peas, port braised red onions, asparagus, and an egg. To complement the meal, creative cocktails, global and local wines, plus local microbrews are also available.

Brian’s Pourhouse, 606 Oak St., Hood River, OR, USA, +1 541 387 4344

Celilo Restaurant & Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom
Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom | © Silvia Flores
Specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine, Celilo Restaurant and Bar is a friendly venue serving lunch and dinner alongside complementary drinks. Procuring the freshest local ingredients available to them, which often include naturally raised and organic products, Celilo’s team delights customers again and again with its seasonal fare. Inside is an inviting space adorned with local art. Here, guests can enjoy meals such as the house-made pasta with local mushrooms and asparagus sautéed with garlic, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil then topped with grated lemon gremolata and grana padano cheese and the hanger steak finished with a red wine sauce and served with golden potato purée, collard greens, kale, and pickled red onion.

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom is a fun place to gather with friends and family to sample hand-crafted brews and tasty eats. Offering guests a variety of mainstay brews, including the Hop Lava, a Northwest IPA, along with seasonal, one-time, and experimental offerings, the brewery also has a menu featuring an array of appetizers, salads, pizzas, and sandwiches. A highlight is the asparagus pizza, their speciality pie, which is topped with a flavorful combination of lemon-oil marinated asparagus, whole milk mozzarella, ricotta sopraffina, oven-roasted tomatoes, and crushed pink pepper.

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, 8 Fourth St., Hood River, OR, USA, +1 541 387 0042

pFriem Family Brewers

pFriem Family Brewers is a beautiful establishment serving Belgian-influenced artisan brews and cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Located across the street from the Waterfront Park, the brewery features an award winning tasting room and great outdoor space from which guests can take in stunning views of the great outdoors. Try one of several brews on tap, which may include the IPA with notes of pine and grapefruit, the Belgian Strong Blond with pear and clover flavors, and the barrel-aged Flanders Red, alongside complementary dishes. Meals to note are the vegan Moroccan stew with chickpeas, preserved lemon, quinoa, olives, and cauliflower and the mussels and frites made with pFriem Wit, fennel, and saffron cream.

pFriem Family Brewers, 707 Portway Ave., Hood River, OR, USA, +1 541 321 0490

Pine Street Bakery

Bakery, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Pine Street Bakery is a bake shop and café located in the Heights neighborhood. A warm, inviting place, locals gather here to take delight in a host of sweet and savory items all made with local ingredients. The menu changes frequently in order to reflect what is available from local purveyors. The café’s menu features everything from pastries to bread to cookies to pies to muffins to breakfast and lunch options, including sandwiches, soups, and salads. Savory highlights include the gorgeous breakfast sandwich, which is a biscuit with frittata, cheddar, and choice of meat, and the baker’s sammie with light meat, cheese, and house vinaigrette.

River Daze Café

Cafe, American, Vegetarian
The team at River Daze Café team uses only high quality, natural ingredients, oftentimes organics, from the local area, including their own farm. Making everything from scratch down to the mayonnaise, the café has something for everyone, which can be enjoyed within a natural light-filled space adorned with art. Notable choices include the T-Rex breakfast sandwich with an organic egg, cheese, and choice of meat all on a house made English muffin and the turkey melt sandwich made with turkey, bacon, organic white cheddar, tomato, lettuce, and onion on choice of bread.

Sixth Street Bistro

Bistro, American, Seafood, Vegetarian, $$$
Sixth Street Bistro is a culinary gem serving guests a taste of the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by the area’s bounty, the menu features a host of local ingredients sure to sate anyone’s hunger from meat eaters to seafood lovers to vegetarians. Within a laid back space with art-adorned walls and other décor, including a tandem bicycle hanging from the ceiling, guests can enjoy a variety of items, such as the ‘singletrack’ barbeque bacon cheeseburger topped with Pendleton barbeque sauce, bacon, and cheddar and the fish and chips made with Alaskan cod and served with house-cut fries and house-made tartar sauce. Daily specials plus local wines and brews are also available.

Solstice Wood Fire Café & Bar

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American, Italian, $$$
Solstice Wood Fire Café and Bar is a family friendly restaurant, complete with a play area for children, serving delicious, creative American and Italian food. Within a light-filled space decorated with local artwork or on the patio, guests can savor everything from wood-fired pizzas to sandwiches to entrées and more all made with the best seasonal and organic products from local purveyors when possible. Innovative must try choices include the award winning country girl cherry pizza with cherries, chorizo, goat cheese, mozzarella, and marinara and the yellow red curry quinoa with choice of protein. Hand crafted cocktails plus local wines and beers are on the menu as well.

Stonehedge Gardens Wine Country Bistro

Bar, Bistro, American, $$$
Nestled in an idyllic location is the lovely, family owned Stonehedge Gardens Wine Country Bistro. Between the delicious cuisine made with local products when possible and the beautiful lush vegetation surrounding the property, it is easy to understand why this bistro is a popular destination. Guests may choose to sit inside the renovated home with its cozy dining rooms and fireplace or outside on the patio complete with trees, waterfalls, and romantic lighting while savoring their delectable meals. Highlights include the portobello mushroom ravioli with pears and onions; the seafood linguini; and the steak Diane. A great selection of wine plus tantalizing desserts are also available at this bistro.

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