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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 setting outdoors was lovely as was the weather. The service was excellent. The food was generally good. As an appetizer the steak tartare was rather bland but improved with the addition of a bit of salt and pepper. My date had an appetizer of mushroom torte which was delicious. The entrees of stroganoff and sturgeon were quit good with the stroganoff being the better of the two. Dessert consisted of average at best chocolate cake and cheese cake that was acceptable.
Overall this experience was good but ruined by the exhorbitant price ($198 for two including two glasses of wine and a cup of coffee) which spoke to me as an overreaching attempt at self importance.
We were pleased with almost all of the experience. There were two notable exceptions.
The corkage fee of $25 is definitely excessive. I dined there in April and it was $20, which
is bad enough. I would certainly tell people about that.
There was a young woman whose attitude we found offensive. I could not quite tell her
exact position. We had not seen each other for awhile and dined leisurely. The restaurant
was far from crowded, but this young woman kept coming around and seemed to feel
we were not welcome any longer. I would give Joel Palmer one more try, but if she is
around that would be it.
The beef stroganoff was essentially beef over the mushroom risotto. We asked for a wine pairing with our meals and the sommelier made us feel like we were inconveniencing him by asking for this service to accompany our $100 5 course meals we both ordered. Ambiance was ok. Music selection very bizarre concoction of everything from Frank Sinatra to Imagine Dragons. Happy we tried it but would not go back. Mushroom soup was bland and flavorless.
My girlfriend and I came to Dundee Hills for Wine tasting & horseback riding to celebrate our two year anniversary. I found this restaurant online and booked a reservation and was happy to see a 630 spot open on a Saturday.
We arrived early, got sat within a minute of being in the door and had water and bread right away. We both had a 3 course meal... I had Beef Tartare, Duck Breast, and Mango Ice Cream. My girlfriend had Mushroom Risotto, Beef Stroganoff, and Apple Bread Pudding (I think) and the Stroganoff and Risotto were amazing.
Servers were great, chef visited us midway through our entrees, and overall we loved our experience.
We had a great experience at the Joel Palmer House. The service was attentive and personal. The recommendations from the sommelier were tailored and helpful. The menu was diverse and every dish paired well with the wine selections. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion dinner. Get the mushroom tart and the stroganoff!
First of all, if you love mushrooms and mushroom dishes, then, you have found nirvana. If you're a history buff, then this house provides that answer, too. A basic tasting menu with an emphasis on the family's mushroom dishes makes this a wonderfuk repast. Go for the mushroom soup and the beef stroganoff and you will be thrilled with the flavors. Love that the family has continued the traditions.
I ate here almost 15 years ago and was excited to come back!
The service was prompt and very friendly. We tried a couple different bottles of wine our waiter recommended and they were both excellent.
My friends I dined with had never been and they were all very excited by the food. The quality, flavors and presentation were excellent.
Most of us had the duck, which was amazing. One friend tried the stroganoff which has a huge hit as well.
I was slightly disappointed by the deserts. They weren't bad, but were not as good as I had hoped. We tried the white chocolate mousse, I think a tart? and the cheesecake. The cheesecake was definitely the winner.
This was a delicious restaurant with a unique menu. I hope to come back in the fall when there are more mushrooms in season!
I have had better food at a number of bars. This is not fine dining food. It's uninspired and a complete rip off. I have no problem dropping money for an amazing meal but Joel Palmer House was a comple disappointment. I would not recommend spending your hard earned cash here.
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.
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