One of the most romanticized historical periods was the Old West, and The Dalles, OR was right in the center of all the new exploration and settlements happening at the time. In 1876, John and James Baldwin opened the Baldwin Saloon and it has been a Columbia Gorge favorite ever since!
Although much has changed over the last 135 years, the Baldwin Saloon has remained a prominent fixture in The Dalles community. Through those years the Baldwin Saloon did not always remain a restaurant. Changing ownership a number of times the building was not only a saloon but a brothel, steamboat navigational office, warehouse, coffin storage site for neighboring mortuary (now the Clock Tower Ale Pub), and state employment office and a saddle shop. Finally in the early 1990’s the building was sold to the current owners who sought to restore the building back to its original glory. Restoring the sight while updating it with modern amenities and building codes was quite a task, but the end result was flawless. Pieces from the original Baldwin Saloon can be found around the restaurant; however the new Saloon has a more simplistic, modern look to it. The current owners have eloquently combined past and present aesthetics to create a warm and welcoming ambiance for their patrons.
Guests of Celilo Inn should definitely stop by the Baldwin Saloon, not just for the great ambiance and a glimpse of the past, but for the delicious food as well. The restaurant is not just a historical spot but has amazing food! There is something for everyone, but seafood lovers will be especially impressed by the menu. One of the most popular dishes the Baldwin offers is the Seafood Bouillabaisse—a fish stew with fresh mussels, clams, prawns and the catch of the day.
If you’re looking for an after dinner drink, the Baldwin Saloon is the place to be. With over 10 specialty cocktails and a wide variety of wines and beers you will definitely find the drink for you!
If you’re staying at the Celilo Inn, a meal at the Baldwin Saloon is a must!
For more information and suggestions on restaurants in The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.
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