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Gem Creole Saloon

236 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4819
+1 503-883-9194
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“crawfish” (16 reviews)
“hush puppies” (17 reviews)
“fried chicken” (19 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
236 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4819
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1 - 10 of 136 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Genuine Creole restaurant with authentic gumbo and all the Louisiana dishes that you would expect. The service was great, the drinks from the bar were tasty, music was eclectic mix of classic rock and blues so they had everything we needed to feel like we...More

Thank Garrick_nyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us dined at Gem Creole Saloon and we all agreed that the food was delicious. A variety of dishes were ordered, both cajun and other. We were seated quickly (Wednesday evening) and the service was very friendly and efficient, providing good information on...More

Thank Bill2100
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful review. We hope you visit us again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this was a great experience. After a full day of winery visits our group decided to stop by this little jewel. We ordered a variety of Cajun dishes. The oysters Rockefeller were the standout of the evening. Aneamie (sp?) was a delight at the...More

Thank LSL_Foodie
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your great review of the Gem. We hope you visit us again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us stopped here for lunch after the 2017 eclipse. The town was a zoo - we were obviously not the only eclipse revelers who chose to eat in McMinnville. And the restaurants were packed. We lucked into the Gem, catching them at one...More

Thank PatB-Sonoma
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review. I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit except for the wait. Hope to see you again someday.

Reviewed 10 August 2017

The biscuits are out of this world. The food is very authentic and good! I live here and visit often.

Thank Carol L
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful review!

Reviewed 10 August 2017

It's not unusual for our family to eat here about once a month. Not sure how authentic it is but it is always tasty! We love to jalapeño cheddar hush puppies, the blackened catfish and po'boys. Great drinks to, try the hurricane. Our favorite spot...More

Thank Denise P
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your great review. So happy the Gem is you favorite spot in Mac!

Reviewed 8 August 2017

The fare here is more pub style than New Orleans--shrimp/fish entrees were overdone with mushy side dishes. Very little offered that reflects the vibrancy of New Orleans flavors.

Thank sunshine_susan
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I appreciate your feedback and will check on the prep with the kitchen. I hope you will come visit and try us again.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

First dined here after a trip to the Big Easy. Hard to beat food in New Orleans but this restaurant makes a gallant effort

Thank Steve C
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your great review. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come to see us again.

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Super friendly staff and nice atmosphere. First time going, for some reason. Really enjoyed the shrimp and grits. Big, tasty shrimp with delicious, creamy grits. I was excited they offered beignets, but they just didn't live up to the memory of them. The only time...More

Thank Kathy V
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write your great review.

Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Best etouffee outside of New Orleans. Spicy warm and loaded with crawfish. Crawfish fritters to start made a very special meal!

Thank CESloan470
Kathleen238, Owner at Gem Creole Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. So happy you enjoyed your food. Hope to see you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
16:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 236 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4819
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  McMinnville
  • Phone Number: +1 503-883-9194
Description
The Gem Creole Saloon is located in the same historic building that hosted the Gem Saloon in the 1800's- Featuring such New Orleans - inspired classics as fresh oysters, gumbo, crawfish étouffée, poor boy sandwiches, broasted chicken and hot buttermilk biscuits. The Gem is a laid-back place to gather and savor these popular southern dishes. With a full bar, the Gem's patrons can sip handmade southern cocktails, a hugh selection of boubons, whiskey flights, craft beers and a large selection of regional wines. The sounds of blues, zydeco and New Orleans jazz and viewing Sporting Events are provided for guests to enjoy while visiting the Gem.
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