Cascade Dining Room

27500 E Timberline Rd
Timberline Lodge, 97028
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Kind of a mixed bag. I was expecting a lodge like one of hte big National Park lodges (yosemite or Grand Canyon), but the lodge is much less grand. It's like hte little cousin of those lodges with low ceilings, kind of primitive furnishings (very, very uncomfortable chairs in the dining room), and nothing particularly grand in the decor. Yes, if you can get a window seat, you can see the mountain and that is spectacular, but the dining room is small and somewhat crowded. So, the atmosphere disappointed us. Then we saw the prices--felt like we were in San Fran or chicago, not Mount Hood and while the other great lodges tend to have high prices, they also have great atmospheres, so that seems a bit disjointed. Having said all of that, however, we had a good experience probably because of our waiter (who was accomodating, easy going and informed without being remotely snobby or ingratiating. It seemed like he really enjoyed his job) and because some of the food (once we got them to cook it right) really stood out. Start with drinks: we were hoping for a tasty cocktail but they have no cocktail menu (they do upstairs in the bar but the two establishments don't seem particularly in sync--when we asked for one vodka, the waiter said we could get it upstairs but not downstairs) and we couldn't think of an easy one of the top of our heads. We settled for two gin martinis and a schramsberger (sp) half bottle of blanc de blanc champagne which we were familiar with and were fond of. We then perused the wine list for a bottle of red for dinner. It's almost entirely Washington and Oregon wines with a heavy emphasis on pinot noir and washington Cabs. We don't know much about these areas and our waiter wasn't really up on the wines either. So, we took a stab and got a meritage from oregon which ended up being quite good, a mix of cab, cab franc, merlot and malbac. For our starter we had three of the cheeses. They have five cheese choices (but they were out of one). These are good sized pieces and are served with honey, hazelnuts and four tiny pieces of bread that seemed to have been sitting around getting stale for the day. Again, the disjointed nature of the high quality (rogue valley, etc) cheese with this crappy bread seemed to be a common theme. The meal started out pretty badly. We had two salmon entries which were served with a large scallop on chickpeas and peppers. The salmon and scallop was so overcooked, it was hard to believe the chef let it out of the kitchen. We noticed the same horribly overcooked salmon on other tables. We did return this and the waiter was immediately and appropriately responsive. The new salmon and scallop came out beautifully. Clearly, the chef knows how to cook it right, so why not do so the first time? the brisket was served in a rootbeer sauce. It was bad. The taste was good but the briskey was not well cooked. It was tough and dried out. The hamburger was beautiful. I ordered it medium rare but it came out medium. But still, that worked. It was served with a large sun dried tomato (I mean large) and that was also very tasty. It came with thin, french style fries which were so tasty we ordered a second batch. Dessert included a salted (very salted) caramel icecream that also came out very melted--again, someone, waiter or chef, should be returning that and getting a fresh bowl. We also had a chocolate hazelnut ice cream which was not metled, and a lavender creme brulee which had no indication whatsoever that lavender had ever come near it. On the other hand, it was rich and creamy with a lovely bruleed crust. This seems like a place that could put out some really good meals but the schizophrenic quality and lack of quality control really drag down the overall experience. You can't park near the hotel (it's saved for hotel guests) so you have to park down the hill. This is fine, but can be quite cold by the time dinner ends.
Sitting in this historical lodge gets 1 star..views 2 of the parking lot to valley forests is amazing. The staff is really attentive, passing by frequently to refill coffee cups and remove dishware. The chairs are hardwood..no cushions and reminds me child proof anti-tip chairs. I only had their breakfast and was not impressed with the warm and cold breakfast combination for $13 with coffee and OJ included. The OJ is freshly squeezed and super naturally sweet. Continental breakfast consists of tiny dry bite size pastries, custom made granolas with lots of cinnamon sugar, yogplait brand yogurt, and seasonal fruits (melon, cantalope and watermelon). I think the convenience of the location is why people eat at this place. Otherwise, driving to town ?30-40minutes away, will allow you to have much better quality and modern setting with equally pretty views of Mount Hood. I find most things look better from a distance; Mt Hood is no exception. Bottom line, if you must, then eat here; otherwise, I would save the gastronomical experience for Mt Hood cities near Columbia Gorge.
Last night was magical. A real Oregon Sunset Magazine moment! We drove up to Timberline from Portland with our visiting cousins to enjoy the end of a beautiful warm day. This took 52 minutes according to Waze. The views were fantastic. We had reservations at 6:30 and were seated right away at a great table facing a southern view of the Cascade range. The room was full. We immediately ordered drinks and our very friendly staff brought us a tasty appetizer on the house. We ordered salads, butter lettuce with all the goodies you would expect. It was large and we could have shared. Very good. My hubby ordered the curry pineapple soup. Very good except for the pineapple:). Our dinners were excellent. Salmon, steak salad, pork chops and the burger. All cooked perfectly. Desserts were scrumptious. We ordered the skillet chocolate chips cookie. On the menu it said we needed to wait 15 minutes for it to bake fresh. No problem. I will do this again. And stay at the lodge next time. Lovely dining experience. Reservation highly recommended.

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Timberline Lodge

27500 E Timberline Rd
Timberline Lodge, 97028
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