The Ten Best Restaurants in Hood River for 2023

You’ll find some of the best restaurants in Hood River nestled in our downtown area and along the riverfront. And one thing they all seem to have in common is a shared goal to support local farms and artisans. Reading the menus at these restaurants in Hood River is often an insightful education on the nearby producers bringing the freshest ingredients to the table.

The majority of vacations to Hood River are focused on outdoor recreation: it’s all about skiing at Mount Hood, hiking the Gorge, or kite-surfing on the Columbia River, but you’ll be thoroughly impressed by the culinary scene here as well. From white tablecloth, fine-dining to casual eats by the river, you’ll find an array of choices to fuel up for your next hike or a soft place to rest your tired muscles. We also have one of the most creative and vibrant craft beverage scenes in all of Oregon.

Before you start making your dining plans on your next trip, be sure to check out the options for lodging in Hood River. Our historic Inn is in the ideal location for outdoor adventures by day, dining out in the evenings, and returning to relax after dinner. We include a beautiful fresh breakfast each morning of your stay, and you’ll love our elegantly appointed accommodations. Join us in the northwest this spring and summer, and make a reservation today!

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Our Favorite Restaurants in Hood River

Hood River is known for its abundance of farmland surrounding the downtown area. You don’t have to go far to find where these local chefs get their inventory. We often hear our guests comment on how the meals they have in town are some of the freshest and most creative they’ve experienced! Below, you’ll find ten of our favorite restaurants in Hood River that won’t disappoint.

  1. Sushi Okalani: Hands down the best choice of sushi restaurants in Hood River; you’ll love the vibe at this cozy spot. Reserve a table, sushi bar, or even one of their back private party rooms.
  2. Kickstand Coffee and Kitchen: This is our go-to neighborhood coffee shop and cafe for lunch and dinner. You’ll find fresh baked goods, house-infused cocktails, small plates like coconut shrimp or crispy cauliflower, and full-fried chicken dinners. Definitely add this to your list of best restaurants in Hood River!
  3. The Gorge White House: Just under a 10-minute scenic drive from our lodging in Hood River, this 30-acre orchard and farm is quintessential Northwest casual dining with picnic tables and striking views of Mount Hood. The food cart serves Mt. Shadow beef burgers, creative flatbread combos, and sandwiches.
  4. pFriem Family Brewers: Take in views of the talented kite surfers on the Columbia while you sip your Belgium blonde ale by the outdoor fire pit at this riverfront brewery and restaurant. Find things like artisanal barrel-aged beers, pimento cheeseburgers, pickle plates, and seasonal salads.
  5. Lake Taco: If you’re in the mood for traditional Mexican fare, this little walk-up and drive-thru spot has it! Located just a few minutes from our lodging in Hood River, grab some street tacos or burritos.
  6. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe and Bar: This stalwart wood-fired pizza on the riverfront serves traditional and creative pies with toppings like cherries and chorizo or pear with blue cheese. Save room for the wood-fire s’more with chocolate ganache, buttery pecan crust, and house-made honey marshmallow, all toasty and warm in a mini cast iron—it’s worth all the calories.
  7. Broder Ost: This is one of the best restaurants in Hood River for Scandinavian treats. Head to this popular lunch spot downtown for Aquavit bloody Marys, Swedish meatballs, and smoked seafood boards.
  8. Ferment Brewing Company: This open and airy brewpub is an excellent choice of restaurants in Hood River for outdoor dining, beautiful views, a fantastic fried chicken sandwich, and handcrafted ales.
  9. Riverside Restaurant: For fine dining Italian cuisine, an Oregon-focused wine list, and dreamy views of the river, head to this fancy spot on the waterfront. Chef Mark DeResta loves to create innovative and modern takes on classic dishes with a Pacific Northwest twist.
  10. Celilo Restaurant: This woodsy fine dining space has a lovely selection if you want to indulge in local seafood and northwest ingredients. The menu changes frequently, but expect dishes like black cod with miso dashi broth, clam fettuccini, and house-made pan-fried green lentil cakes.

As always, we’re more than happy to make reservations at the local restaurants in Hood River or offer personalized suggestions during your stay. Feel free to ask any of our warm and welcoming staff members.

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The Perfect Lodging in Hood River

As a guest at our lodging in Hood River, you’ll love to enjoy our daily happy hour! We offer a small menu of delicious nibbles from 4 to 6 pm. The perfect time to relax on our comfy front porch, back yard by the fire table, or terrace. All made better and more relaxing with a beer or glass of wine!

We serve local selections from Double Mountain Brewery, pFriem, Everybody’s Brewing, Full Sail, and Working Hands, and wines from Evoke, Idiot’s Grace, Analemma, COR, and Syncline. These can be pairings for our charcuteries, hummus plates, or casual accompaniments to in-house snacks. This is the perfect stop before heading out to one of the many excellent restaurants in Hood River nearby.

Our Inn has an array of lodging options, from cozy and comfortable guest rooms to larger family-friendly suites. You’ll also have access and be encouraged to make yourself at home in our shared spaces. Our spacious backyard has open seating with a fire table for evenings of wine and conversation. You’ll also love our hot tub for relaxing under the stars and resting those tired muscles. Book today

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