WHERE to EAT

There are so many choices on where to eat in the Columbia River Gorge! Whether you’re considering dining out for a special event or want to relax after a day of play and exploration, the Gorge and surrounding area offers a variety of culinary choices. Outdoor dining with spectacular views is an added feature at several establishments, inviting you to enjoy the scenic Cascade Mountains and Columbia River while you eat. Many restaurants take pride in using locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms and local waters. Explore all the options of where to eat on your next trip to the Gorge.

Patio dining in the eastern Gorge with a view of the Columbia River
Backwoods Brewing Company, a family-friendly pub in Carson, WA

Backwoods Brewing Company

FAMILY FRIENDLY PUB WITH EXPANSIVE OUTDOOR SEATING

This family owned brewery has been serving up delicious beer, creative pizzas, smoked meats, and other fine dishes since 2012 in Carson, WA. With dog friendly outdoor seating and beautiful views of the Cascade Mountain Range in the pub’s lower field, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a well earned meal after a day exploring the PNW.

1161 Wind River Hwy, Carson, WA    509-427-3412     visit website

The Balch Hotel is an historic country inn with casual, vintage charm located in Dufur, Oregon

Balch Hotel

RATED #1 FAN-FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION IN THE GORGE!

The casual, vintage charm of this historic country inn, surrounded by rolling hills and big sky, invites a clarity of mind that settles the soul. With 300 days of sunshine, this boutique destination offers an artisan bistro, spa and garden grounds with breathtaking mountain views. Perfect for retreats, weddings, corporate meetings and workshops. Just 15 minutes off I-84 at The Dalles. The magic is closer than you think!

40 South Heimrich, Dufur, OR     541-467-2277     visit website

Lodge and dine with stunning views at Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn and Bridgeside Restaurant in Cascade Locks, Oregon

Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn and Bridgeside

SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY THE VIEWS FROM OUR BACKDOOR

With stunning views and spacious guestrooms on the banks of the Columbia River at the Bridge of the Gods, the Columbia River Inn is a perfect location for any Gorge adventure. Only 44 miles from downtown Portland and close to waterfalls, hiking/biking trails, the Historic Columbia River Highway, sailing and outdoor activities. Indoor heated pool and spa, plus dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner next door at Bridgeside.

735 WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks, OR     800-595-7108     visit website

For premier riverfront lodging and dining visit the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn and Riverside restaurant.

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn and Riverside

PREMIER RIVERFRONT LODGING AND DINING

The perfect base for all the area offers, on the Columbia River shoreline with the very best river views and full-service hospitality. Indoor or outdoor dining at Riverside with fresh, all-natural food, shoreline pool and spas, and a shoreline path linking to the waterfront and downtown Hood River. Choose from many room types or suites. For larger groups, space is available for meetings, retreats and banquets. Find us at Exit 64 off I-84.

1108 E Marina Way, Hood River, OR     800-828-7873     visit website

Elk Ridge Restaurant provides casual dining with a full bar at Elk Ridge Golf Course in Carson, Washington

Elk Ridge Restaurant

WHERE CARSON EATS BREAKFAST

Elk Ridge Restaurant is a casual dining restaurant in Elk Ridge Golf Course. Local Executive Chef August Johnston serves your favorite comfort foods for breakfast and lunch daily, along with a full bar serving all your favorite drinks. Check out our outdoor patio overlooking Elk Ridge Golf Course, the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat and your favorite beverage.

1 St. Martin’s Springs Road, Carson, WA     509-427-0127     visit website

The Dalles is the eastern gateway to the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is sunsational

Explore The Dalles

CREATE YOUR ADVENTURE IN SUNSATIONAL THE DALLES!

This is where discovery meets history at the edge of the Columbia River. Just 90 miles east of Portland, The Dalles is a year-round escape with 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. This is the place where fishermen catch 12-foot-long river monsters, where bikers race to the peaks of Mount Hood, and where people of all ages can experience the art, culture, and history of The Dalles.

404 W 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR     541-296-2231     visit website

Freebridge Brewing & Pub is a craft brewery and pub based in The Dalles, OR

Freebridge Brewing

BREWERY & PUB IN DOWNTOWN, THE DALLES

Craft brewery & pub based in The Dalles, OR making Northwest ales and German lagers. The pub menu rotates seasonally and features gourmet Detroit pizzas, house smoked meats, scratch made soups, and fresh locally-sourced salads and sandwiches. Housed in a rare “US Mint” building, constructed  in 1864, and with the restaurant perched above the brew floor, you’re welcome in to enjoy a unique, warm atmosphere. “Authentic Beers for Authentic People”

702 E 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR     541-769-1234     visit website

Hotel Stevenson is a newly re-invented boutique hotel in Stevenson, Washington

Hotel Stevenson

NEWLY RE-INVENTED BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN THE GORGE!

A jewel in the heart of the outdoor enthusiast’s playground, located in the city center of Stevenson, Washington, nestled in the Columbia River Gorge. Originally built in 1909 as the Colonial Hotel, this rediscovered building went through an extravagant transformation in 2020 to restore its original use. With a blend of modern architecture, original historical details, the reinvented Hotel Stevenson spreads its wings as an upscale, boutique hotel. 77 Cork & Tap Bistro located inside Hotel Stevenson specializes as a wine bar serving local taps and small plate foods.

77 SW Russell Ave, Stevenson WA     509-219-5009     visit website

Experience the dynamic menu of Paco's Taco's food trucks in Hood River and Parkdale, Oregon

Paco’s Tacos

ALWAYS FRESH, ALWAYS AUTHENTIC. THE BEST IN THE GORGE.

Experience the dynamic menu of Paco’s Tacos in the Gorge. With two food trucks in Hood River and one in the Upper Valley with Parkdale specializing in fresh grassfed meats! We cater the best Mexican food with special party caterings including weddings, graduations, birthdays and more. Check out our variety of styles of tacos, burritos and more. Known  for our award winning seller meats Alpastor and Birria! Also serve Asada, Carnitas, Chicken Veggie and more!

416 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR     541.490.3774
3631 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR     541.352.7101
6045 Dee Hwy, Parkdale, OR     541.399.5280     Instagram/Facebook: PacosTacosOfficial

Skamania Lodge offers delicious dining options while gazing at stunning river and mountain views in the Columbia River Gorge

Skamania Lodge

DINE WITH A VIEW

Skamania Lodge offers a variety of delicious dining options for sit down, table-side service. Engage in lively conversations while gazing at stunning river and mountain views. Dine inside or out on the patio and feel the energy of Skamania’s fun and casual Northwest atmosphere, all while enjoying an elevated taste on your plate.

1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA      844-432-4748     visit website

Thunder Island is an adventure-based brewery that’s been handcrafting beer in the Pacific NW since 2013

Thunder Island Brewing Co.

BEER BREWED WITH ADVENTURE

Thunder Island Brewing Co. is an adventure-based brewery that has been handcrafting creative and innovative beers in the Pacific Northwest since 2013. This Cascade Locks brewery makes crushable beers inspired by a love of outdoor adventures, with a nod to local history and respect for all that the scenic Columbia River Gorge has to offer.

601 NW WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks, OR    971-231-4599     visit website

Troutdale Station supplies Troutdale and surrounding area with wide variety of food and drink from around the world.

Troutdale Station

OREGON’S PREMIER FOOD CART DESTINATION

We supply the Troutdale and surrounding area with a wide variety of food and drinks from around the world. Our amazing Troutdale Station has 24 small businesses with a 60 Tap Bar that operates year round. We truly love being your favorite food Cart Pod and are excited for you to continually try new things. We offer a friendly family environment that is safe for all ages. We pride ourselves in the cleanliness of our pod. Open 7 days a week.

151 SW 257th Avenue, Troutdale, OR     visit website