About The Joel Palmer House
Mushrooms are the heart of what we do at the Joel Palmer House. We have always endeavored to obtain seasonal and local ingredients and we use many locally produced greens, herbs, and vegetables, some of which come from our own culinary garden. We are frequently inspired by ingredients found in the cuisines of France, China, Thailand, Poland and India, so we call our cooking "freestyle." Our dishes pair well the celebrated wines of Oregon, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Our extensive, Oregon-focused wine list has been awarded the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Of special note, The Joel Palmer House ranks as one of Oregon's finest historic homes and is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Oregon Historic Register. Built in 1857, the house is Dayton's oldest standing structure. When weather permits, guests can enjoy their dinner on our outdoor patio, soaking in the last rays of sunshine in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.
Dayton, OR 97114
Contemporary American, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner: 5pm - 9pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available
2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot
Private Party Facilities:
The facility is perfect for special events such as birthdays or rehearsal dinners as well as business meetings. A/V equipment and setup available. Multiple fixed menu options from which to choose.
Private Party Contact:
Christopher Czarnecki: (503) 864-2995
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for private lunches of 10 or more. Call for more information.
Special events listed on our website: www.joelpalmerhouse.com and see regular updates at www.facebook.com/thejoelpalmerhouserestaurant
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The Joel Palmer House Ratings and Reviews
The food was amazing. The menu under-promises, the chef over-delivers. To clarify a bit, the less appealing something sounded on the menu, the better it tasted on the plate. Explore outside your normal palate a bit for this place - you won't regret it. My wife and I did 5 courses with half glass wine pairings per course (recommendation of our server) + foie gras and shared everything with no regrets. The pairings were fantastic and every dish but a few met or exceeded our somewhat high expectations. They also provided several amuse-bouche which which stuck to their theme of under-promise and over-deliver. Yum.
The service was great. Our server knew all the right things to say, and didn't hesitate to say them. That being said, my wife and I both felt like they (our server and runners) lacked charm and elegance. When we're paying several hundred dollars for a single meal for 2 we expect better than great, we expect phenomenal. There's no tipping allowed, which was a surprise (more under-promise, over deliver). This is an N=1 assessment, but I'm guessing the great vs phenomenal service is related to the lack tipping. Money is a the great motivator, they say. Still - this is not a complaint. The service was great.
Very elegant, quaint restaurant. Parking was not an issue, though the very main lot fills up fast, there is more parking very close by. The service was superb and the overall ambiance of the place is very warm and inviting.
The food was amazing! However, it is hard for me to comment fully on this as I went for Valentine's Day and there was a special 5-course set menu, instead of the regular menu. However, everything I had was very well prepared and flavorful.
As of when I went, they are also a gratuity-free establishment. This means your bill doesn't even have a tip line, and gratuity and everything is wrapped into the prices. What you see is what you pay. They apparently compensate their employees more thoroughly because of this. I thought that was awesome.
It looks like they have a very nice patio outside for when the weather warms up. Will definitely go back.
This was a special occasion, celebrating my wife's birthday with both of my adult children and their partners. luckily, we had the back room to ourselves which was fantastic. The service was great and the chef came out to talk to us x2 which was wonderful. It was a miserable night weather-wise and the "experience" not just a meal at The Palmer House made it all wash away. We will definitely make the drive again and I would recommend it to anyone.
The specialty is mushrooms which is why I would recommend it. The environment is perfect for a special occasion in a historic house in a lovely small town. The ingredients were local and the flavors were innovative. There was only one concern. The risotto had cold spots as if it was reheated carelessly.
Celebrating a good friends birthday. We both selected the 5 course menu and chose different menu items to share. I especially enjoyed Heidi's Mushroom Tart, Elk Rib-eye and Pan Seared Duck Breast! The food and service was exceptional!
Service was excellent. The risotto had good flavor but had no mushroom pieces in it. The rice was mushy. I had the prime rib and it was a bit overdone. My friends had the Stroganoff and they both enjoyed it. One wished there were large enough chunks of mushroom to enjoy them.
First, you probably need to love mushrooms in order to appreciate this restaurant. Otherwise, it might just seem expensive, although everyone will recognize top-notch service. I had the mushroom tart and it was basically heaven and very filling. Be aware of that as you choose other courses. It is absolute perfection with the Joel Palmer pinot noir. The only dish my table had that was unremarkable was the mushroom pasta. It was fairly bland. The beef stroganoff is not like any you have had...well, probably not...but totally yummy.
The concept of doing everything mushrooms intrigued us so we went. A few of the dishes were interesting and good - Heidi's mushroom tarte, beef bourguignon. Others like the highly touted mushroom soup was very ordinary and thin. The mushroom risotto was very pedestrian. I opted for the elk ribeye and found it to be tasty but the lentils and peppers that came with it somehow destroyed the mushroom mystic. The desserts were tasty and I would recommend the candy cap mushroom pot de creme and the bread pudding.
Overall I would not dissuade you from going but don't have the high expectations that I had. With lower expectations you will be much happier.
This is probably the 5th time we've eaten here. They are very consistent with great service and good food. The only complaint I would make is that the menu is also consistent, and needs some life pumped back into it. Surely there is something else you can think of to do with your local mushrooms! We'll definitely be back though.
Food was pretty bland, ingredients were good for sure but the salmon was super dry and the sauce did not work with it on the night we were there. not a lot of creativity to the food and wine list was pretty expensive, could at least bring it down a bit being in the heart of wine country. A place to go for some history and a quiet dinner but I wouldn't drive out of my way for the food.
We enjoyed the mushroom soup and tarte. The filet mignon was fork tender and the beef stroganoff was amazing. After an amazing meal, expectations are high for the last course and we were a little disappointed by the selection and execution. The candy cap pot de creme and lemon cake did not live up to our expectations. We overhead the couple next to us say that the brownie was very dry and so we decided not to order that. I am wondering if the pastry chef had a bad night because the last time we were there, the desserts were fabulous. The chocolate truffle that comes with the bill more than made up for the lack luster dessert. Wow, they were amazing.
For years, when we thought of the ultimate dining experience, it was The Palmer House. We live in McMinnville and always fell back on the elegant quiet atmosphere, good food and special attention. For my 50th birthday, I was ushered down a red carpet in my driveway and whisked away to the Palmer House. Now, 12 years later, (with other special meals in between) we had reservations last Thursday night for my mother's 97th birthday. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. 97 is something to celebrate. I chose wine and my husband ordered a Pilsner off the menu and was informed they had no beer on hand. So much for his cheery toast to my mom. We were served wonderful hand crafted bread, but after two bites, I had to pull a long blond hair out of my mouth. It was at this point, I knew I had become "THAT customer" after having commented on not serving my husband a simple beer and handing the server the blond hair. If you are a mushroom lover, by all means, you should give this restaurant a try if your wallet is fat. EVERYTHING is mushroom, including the cheesecake. I am not a fan of mushrooms. I do not eat beef. I know that in years past, I could find something delicious to eat at the Palmer House that was not beef, salmon or duck. Just one chicken dish would have been awesome, but as it was I ended up having a cup of mushroom soup (aka gravy) and a simple green salad. My husband and mom had beef stroganoff for $35 each and the portion left him hungry to the point he ate again when we got home. Sorry, Palmer House. We have adored you for years, but this time it was sad to realize we probably won't be back.
Our group of four had an excellent experience at the Joel Palmer House! Great food, attentive and friendly service and very good local wine. Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms!! The chef/owner was very friendly and knowledgable and we enjoyed our conversation with him. It's definitely worth the drive from the Portland/Vancouver area.
The mushroom dishes and the beef stroganoff were fabulous. The steaks, not so much. Our sommelier went home before we made it to the second course of the 5 course meal which was disappointing. He was knowledgeable and we would have appreciated him letting us know so we could have used his expertise in pairing the rest of our meal.
This place was recommended by the place we were staying at--La Bastide. It was excellent!! We tried all the mushroom dishes we could. Even the mushroom dessert.
We had had a nice day of wine tasting, and this just topped off our evening. Very impressed by the staff, food, and ambience.
Thank you for a lovely evening.
The group from Omaha, Nebraska.
We have always enjoyed eating here but this time we left hungry, after spending over $100 each for dinner. My two slices of duck looked really lonely on the plate. Better to add a side dish or two - potatoes or a veggie - customers feel like they are getting a little something for their $60 entrée. And the slice of cheesecake for dessert was so small it was almost funny. Love the mushroom soup though.
This was a priority destination for our second visit to Oregon wine country, but sold-out menu items and chaotic service created a disappointing experience. Entrees and appetizers were delicious, as was the wine, but we'd have loved to consult with the sommelier before we ordered instead of halfway through dinner. The follow up email with a risotto recipe was a nice touch though.
I gave Joel Palmer House 4 stars across the board. The ambiance was terrific given the age and history of the place. I tried the duck and it was perfectly prepared. The pot de creme desert was the highlight of the dinner!
Areas for improvement were service and wine list pricing. The service was above average in general but somewhat forgetful. The wine list was over-priced relative to retail pricing/restaurant pricing.
Always visit the Joel Palmer House when visiting the area. This year was not as exceptional as in the past, but still a pleasant experience. There were four of us and three ordered the filet mignon. Unfortunately, one person had a filet continuing large pieces of fat with the center of the filet completely raw (ordered medium rare). The service, as always, was the best one could ask for... Will visit again in the next few weeks and update our review.
We have eaten at this restaurant many times over the past 20 years and are never disappointed. We love the mushroom based dishes and enjoy talking to Chris, the chef. We always liked to visit with his parents Jack and Heidi when they were still actively involved. Sitting outside on a nice summer evening enjoying a wonderful meal was the perfect way to spend time with our friends. They had never been there and enjoyed it very much.
They had a fixed price menu which included an appetizer, a main course and dessert. All were very delicious. Their sommelier recommended wine to go with each course. We each had a half glass of each. We ate outdoors in a wonderful setting. We both had Heidi's Three Mushroom Tart , for an appetizer. Very excellent. I had a creamy Beef Stroganoff served over rice; my wife had Duck Breast Roulade. She tasted my dinner, and wished she had ordered the beef. The duck was good, but the beef is one of their specialties. We rounded off our meal with a lemon blueberry tart. The whole experience was fantastic,
While out of our price range for everyday dining, we dined here for our 7th wedding anniversary, and found it delightful.
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