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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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/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
We were looking forward to dinner here. However on the night we went they seemed to be mailing it in. The service was sporadic. Two different times they served the wrong course to the wrong person. Easily corrected but not expected in a restaurant that costs $100 plus per person. One dessert we ordered was inedible. Seemed like they forgot to cook it. Should never have left the kitchen. They replaced it when we complained. The rest of the food ranged from OK to good. When we left--a little after 8:30-- there was no staff in the dining room. Seemed like they had disappeared. Too bad--we wanted to like this experience.
We eat here three years ago and could not wait to return. We were disappointed...the mushroom soup was watery and had little mushroom flavor. It was served in a small bowl-like taurine without the beautiful white cream mushroom design. The mushroom tart lacked density and was "floating" on a thick brown mushroom gravy. The mushroom Risotto was overcooked to the point of having the texture of overcooked rice. The service was great...Andrew was on his game, as was the "bread lady!" Off night? JPH was not that busy. Sadly, it seems JPH has lost the luster it had brightly demonstrated three years ago.
After reading a few of the recent less than stellar reviews, I was interested to dine here again, having not been for a year or so. Although there has been some staff turnover, we had great food and service. The food was as good as ever, the service was timely and considerate, and the experience of dining on the patio on a beautiful summer evening as special as ever. Andrew is a good addition to the staff.
Charming historic home on beautiful grounds, as welcoming as the staff! A warm night in wine country, we chose to dine outdoors. The food was creatively conceived and flawlessly executed and served. My mushroom tart was extraordinary and the angel hair pasta with chanterelle cream sauce was topped with at least a half lobster!
The crepe with apple persuaded me to withdraw my vow to forgo desert. Dale's steak tartare was dusted with white truffle powder, his duck with foie gras sauce and apple memorable! Amuse bouches were refreshing and interesting. We look forward to returning!
Joel Palmer house NEVER disappoints On a scale of 1-10, this is a solid 15!!!!!!!
We recommend the 5 course tasting menu, each course has two choices, two people can pretty much taste the entire chefs repertoire by ordering opposite. Wines by the glass make great accompaniment and the cocktails are created and crafted by a true master of the art. On this occasion, my traditional Makers Mark old fashioned was crafted WITHOUT club soda, used a proprietary bitter, and was a revelation!!! I'd buy the bitters to add to my home bar.
Mushroom centric may sound odd to the uninitiated- but be adventurous- give JPH a try, grarantee you won't be disappointed!!!!!
The Joel Palmer House provided a wonderful, upscale experience! The food was high quality, creative, and all around delicious. Even if you're not a huge mushroom fan, the menu would still be pleasing. Staff was attentive but didn't hover. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasion dining and I would return again.
We were in Dayton for the eclipse and staying with relatives. This is the second time we have been there and the food was as great as the first time. I want to try everything! Also, for one price, you get an appetizer, main course, and dessert. I like that.
The menu is creative with vegan options. The wait staff is exceptional - professional and well trained. We thought there would be more mushroom options. The elk was tasty but tough. The beef stroganoff was tasty but very rich so beware for sensitive tummies. Outdoor seating is pleasant but can get very cool in the evening. Blankets and/or a working propane lantern would be helpful. Very expensive.
Very enjoyable. Expected Stroganoff to be on pasta, but rice OK. Thought the cheese plate to be a little undersize, no blue. In France the cheese plate would be twice the size, but they wouldn't have the nice accessories either. Appreciate quiet allowing for easy conversation Good music choices. Flood always top quality..
This was our second visit to the Joel Palmer house. It met and exceeded all our expectations. The food was wonderful and the service was attentive. We enjoyed a wonderful 2 1/2 hour meal during sunset. We will continue to recommend this restaurant to all of our friends that enjoy forged mushrooms. We also enjoyed our conversation with Chef Czarnecki after our meal. Recommend the Joel Palmer house for any occasion where you want good food and a great evening.
After seeing some of the reviews we were a little concerned as to what our first experience was going to be like, but after our dining experience we left so well satiated and happy. The people who give this place poor reviews must be poor customers and ones that no one could please. Always go and have fun. The pairings were incredible and the mushroom risotto to die for. Both my wife and I had the stroganoff and found it exquisite and very enjoyable. Will definitely go again!👌
We were profoundly impressed by every detail of our dining experience at the Joel Palmer House. We recently moved to Oregon from Washington, DC and had heard good things about this restaurant and their chef Christopher Czarnecki's cuilinary artistry--and after this evening's very special event we did not leave disappointed. One of the finest restaurants we've enjoyed in the Washington, DC area is "The Inn at Little Washington" and we can honestly say that our magnificent meal at the Joel Palmer House definitely held its own in comparison (which is saying a lot). Besides the amazing assortment of tastes and perfect presentation, our reservation requests had been carefully considered even to the point of the restaurant playing a poignant song by Eva Cassidy (who was from where we lived in the DC area) as they brought our desserts with lit candles to celebrate our most special occasion. We are just so grateful to each and every person at the Joel Palmer House restaurant that contributed to an absolutely wonderful memory and celebration. Very gratefully yours, Dr. Kevin R. Mitchell and Family
Excellent food and atmosphere. Go in the summer and ask for the outdoor seating in the shade. Service was outstanding. The mushroom dishes were fabulous, and the waitress kept bring delicious bread. A little spendy when you add in a couple bottles of wine; for a party of 5 we spent over $500, so it's definitely a special occasion type of place, but for what it is, it's hard to beat.
While the food was very good it seemed we were an afterthought the entire meal. We were not greeted by a host when we arrived at the entrance so we stepped out the door to see if we were in the right spot. After a few minutes a waitress saw us an ask if we had been helped. She seated us and said someone would come by regarding drinks but again we were left alone. We watched the wine steward/ maitre'd attended to every other table and never once the entire meal address our needs. The food was very good and the server who adopted us was nice, not to mention perplexed as to why we were left unattended. We will not be going back and will not recommend to friends.
Not a good experience for us. We sat inside on a Wednesday night, everyone else was outside, so the service was slow. Apparently, they had four people quit in the last week. The mushroom soup was hot and very flavorful. The arugula salad was delicious. My sturgeon entre was not even warm, and my husbands beef stroganoff was a disaster. Dessert was good. I woke up around 2 am and was sick to my stomach, felt even worse at 6 am. I don't recommend this restaurant.
An excellent experience. Great food and service. The staff were attentive. Questions were answered with regard to food. Staff provided recommendations when asked. Overall we had a great meal and a lovely experience. I would recommend the Joel Palmer house to anyone wanting to have a lovely evening.
We have been to The Joel Palmer House several times in the past although not for a couple of years. After this most recent experience we will not go again. With the possible exception of the entrees there was nothing really special about the meal and certainly not for the price. My wife enjoyed her entree but mine (a pasta dish) could have been warmer. Even the signature soup (mushroom) seemed to be watered down. Our biggest complaint, however, was the service. There seemed to be plenty of servers and those that filed the water glasses and brought the bread did an excellent job, but it took the longest time before we were asked if we wanted to order a beverage before dinner and even longer before our meal order was finally taken. It appeared that several people tried to be our main server but no one actually did the job well. Finally, it took three attempts before the correct bill was brought to our table. The first bill was for drinks only-and not our drinks-even though we had ordered the three course meal. The second bill charged us for an additional appetizer when the server had said we could substitute an appetizer for the desert offering.
The tasting menu was awesome. Got two bonus plates along with the five we each ordered- on the house! Gratuity free establishment. Courses were exceptional and service impeccable. Highly recommend adding the food gras and trying the wild mushroom risotto, incredible!
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