About Us & Our Mission

Cooking With Fresh Ingredients & Supporting the Community


About The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion resides in a classic Bungalow style home built circa 1903. Commonly known as the "Erland House" it remains part of Goldendale’s historic home tour.

Renovations began in July of 2007 by restaurant founders Maren McGowan and Chef Matt McGowan. Doors opened for business December 20th of that same year. Since then, The Glass Onion has become a sensation locally and regionally, garnering accolades such as "Best of the Gorge" multiple years in a row. Visitors routinely rave about the Glass Onion as a "hidden gem" at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

In late 2016, the McGowans decided to focus their effort and talent in a new restaurant venture located in the Tri-Cities called the Dovetail Joint. Longtime employees Tracie Johnson and head chef John Nichols agreed to take over operations with Vancouver resident and longtime friend, David Gregerson, as owner.

Our Mission

Our mission here at the restaurant remains the same: provide excellent food made from scratch with fresh & local ingredients, reduce carbon footprint by recycling, using sustainable products, purchasing locally support our community by purchasing from local farmers, supporting local organizations, participating in local events.

As a side note for all the Beatles fans out there, the name is from the song the "Glass Onion" on The White Album. Also, a glass onion is a British term for a monocle.

Touring the Area?

Find out more about experiencing Goldendale, Washington by visiting the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce website.

You can also learn more about the Goldendale Historic Homes Self-Guided Tour by downloading the guide here.

Fresh ingredients from local farmers market

The Glass Onion Reservations


To make a reservation, please call us at:
509-773-4928
We are open Wed - Sat, 11:30am - 9pm and Saturday 11:30am - 8pm
Thank you!


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