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.
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: 5038642995x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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
This was my best meal while in Oregon. C ...
This was my best meal while in Oregon. Chris Czarnecki the chef is great!! From his portion sizes to the presentation the flavors the foods that he is putting together were just absolutely fantastic! The ambience of the was an old historic home in Dayton, OR and the servers were great! None were too pushy or hovered while we enjoyed what was in my opinion a better meal then Jordy. I said that his friend had a lot to live up to after a fantastic meal and while very good nothing blew me away. Chris is a great treasure to have in Oregon and is in my opinion creating great dishes. I had the Elk Ribeye and it was fantastic perfectly prepared. We also tried the Sturgeon that was so well put together it was full of flavor with the aoli and quinoa. The mushroom tart was also a unique and tasty appetizer. I would recommend that anyone going to Willamette and looking for a great evening of good food and great atmosphere give this a try.
We have been to Joel Palmer House many t ...
We have been to Joel Palmer House many times and have always loved the food. However, this time we were disappointed. I ordered the steak tartare, and although the steak itself was excellent, the dish was tasteless (the tartare itself) and served with odd accompaniments, especially the brioche. Nothing sweet should be served with steak tartare. The stroganoff was very good, but not excellent, and it needs to be excellent to contain that many calories. The fish special was delicious. Plates were very small (portions). We were expecting so much but we didn't think we got that much, at least compared to when we were there before. We have eaten there when Christopher was chef, yes, also when his dad was in the kitchen when we thought everything was amazing. I wish I could write a superlative review, but I can't. We eat out a lot and we travel a lot, plus I love to cook, so we experience a lot of wonderful food. I am telling you this but I would never write this on a public website, BTW.
A totally satisfied dinner experience! ...
A totally satisfied dinner experience! We ordered the chef's specialty-mushroom related dishes from start to finish, the food is artfully presented and the taste is just perfect! This quiet and traditional facade restaurant certainly offers traditionally great meals with modern twist.
Thiswasmy3rdtimein6years togothere. It's ...
Thiswasmy3rdtimein6years togothere. It's pricey, butworth the spurg onceinawhile. Justwonderful alltheway.
This place was recommend to me by my cow ...
This place was recommend to me by my coworker. It was an exceptional dining experience and I wait for an opportunity to go back.
The Joel Palmer House, as usual, was exc ...
The Joel Palmer House, as usual, was excellent at our recent birthday celebration event. The service was impeccable, and the food was exquisite. I'm never disappointed.
We were a party of four adults traveling ...
We were a party of four adults traveling through the wine country and also enjoying fine dining restaurants for dinner. This fit the bill!. All of us enjoyed our meals. The mushroom soup was delicious. The filet mignon with porcini pepper sauce was done perfectly and sooo good. I had the Candy cap mushroom crème brulee for dessert, with trepidation, but it was very good, also. Not really a mushroom taste... The service was very nice also.
food is beautfully served, but very average
This was a very expensive meal. I know small portions and vertical food are all the rage, but this was extreme. Very small amount of food, mixed with flowers (yes. from the garden). The setting is beautiful the service was great except for when the server brought us more bread, and by more I mean the third very small slice, and then a minute later returned and removed it. I feel should have been at least asked if I wanted it. Overall? Very average food. I suppose I should have gotten all excited about having rose petals and pansies mixed into my average tasting food, but I prefer a little more food, and better tasting food.
Quintessentially Willamette Valley
The Joel Palmer House continues to be an outstanding restaurant. Our guests, who had never before visited the Willamette Valley, were impressed by the quality of the cooking, the diligence of the service, and the character of the wine list. Truffles, mushrooms, and Pinot noir; who could ask for anything more?
Awesome as always.
Awesome as always.
Good, but not great
The food was good, but not as good as on my last trip to Oregon. It seemed more emphasis was placed on making the plates look pretty than making the food taste great. Flowers on virtually every plate. The service was chaotic. Two different people came for our drink orders. We then ordered the 3 course meal and placed our order for everything, including desert. Later, yet another person brought the menus back for our desert order. The staff really needs to talk to each other.
Amazing dinner and dining experience. Th ...
Amazing dinner and dining experience. The wine cellar tour by the chef Was the best!
Chris Czarnecki, fourth generation restaurateur and chef, makes magic with wild mushrooms. The mushroom soup was heavenly as was the mushroom tart. I had sturgeon for the first time; it was wonderful. Almost fifty years ago when I was a college senior, I had gone to his grandfather's restaurant, Joe's, in Reading, Pennsylvania, (also known for wild mushrooms) and it was such a memorable experience I made sure to go to the Joel Palmer House when I was on vacation in the northwest. I am so glad I did.
Joel Palmer never disappoints. It has Or ...
Joel Palmer never disappoints. It has Oregon's best cellared vintage Pinot Noir . The food is excellent and the atmosphere pleasant
It was a beautiful evening. We had the c ...
It was a beautiful evening. We had the chef's tasting menu, the food was wonderful - the courses were paced nicely so you didn't feel rushed. The special treats were amazing! The staff was very attentive. I would highly recommend Joel Palmer to my friends.
Very impressed that chef Chris was in th ...
Very impressed that chef Chris was in the dining room taking orders, talking about wine and checking in on the diners.
Chef Chris is a third generation cook. H ...
Chef Chris is a third generation cook. He specializes in fine foods elegantly presented. His mixture of taste is wonderful. We would go back in a heartbeat.
This is the place the rest of the Willam ...
This is the place the rest of the Willamette Valley restaurants are judged by. The service is unmatched. The food is never less than superb. I love eating inside or out.
Special Occasion or Just a Night Out...
Joel Palmers House doesn't disappoint. Waitstaff the best. Wine List killer. You can't go wrong with the family recipe mushroom soup or the mushroom tart. We like to see what the chef has found in his garden that day, always a surprise and memorable. We don't go often enough.
Everything was done very well, with one ...
Everything was done very well, with one minor exception, that being that the mushroom soup was just a little over-salted. Great service!
Overall food was very good but the mushr ...
Overall food was very good but the mushroom soup was more like mushroom gravy. We sat outside and there was a loud obnoxious potty mouth group (oblivious to other diners including kids). They really spoiled the lovely setting for us.
Service was surprisingly slow
Been here before and had a great dinner experience. But, the night we were there, it was busy and probably was the reason service wasn't spot on. Staff is very friendly though and obviously were working hard.
Although the service was great, the staf ...
Although the service was great, the staff serving is very young and not knowledgeable about what they are serving. The food was wonderful, but I feel like the vegan dish should be at a reduced price. How can 2 mushroom patties equal the same as elk steak or duck. The rock star dish is the creme brulee.
We are reluctant to share this special place, but the they absolutely over achacheive, and deserve the recognition. Our most favorite place, and always leave thankful.
Overpriced, average food.
Limited menu is not good when the restaurant is out of items early in the evening. The selections were scant but scanter when they are out of an item or two, very early in the evening. They said they print the menu everyday but apparently they were unaware of what was in the pantry. Generally when the menu is short and the kitchen is out of an item there is a substitute item as a backup plan by the chef. The portions were very small. Short list of the variety of wines by the glass. Once again they were out of some selections. We eat in some very expensive restaurants and this was priced up there but the food was not up to par. Our recommendation would be to lower the prices to see more repeat customers.
Exceptional from start to finish
From the greeting to attentive yet not smothering service, our experience at The Joel Palmer House was exceptional. Both prix fixe options are flexible and varied in their offerings, and the seasonality focus was perfect. We'll be back for certain, and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.
Went to Joel Palmer House for the first time (even though I have lived in Oregon all my life) to celebrate my wife's birthday. Dayton is a sleepy little town and we drove past the restaurant the first time. What a gem! The setting was wonderful. The old house is amazing, but since it was a beautiful day, we sat outside (yeah, in Oregon, in April!) The staff was all very professionally friendly. The maître d' was very knowledge able and we enjoyed 1/2 glasses of a local Sauv Blanc as well as the Joel Palmer House Cuvee 2011 Pinot (which was amazing, check out 2011 whenever you can). The food was incredible. Wild mushroom soup, wild mushroom tart, filet mignon with wild mushroom sauce and foie gras, lobster pasta with mushroom essence, all delicious. Only note that kept the service from being excellent (5 out of 5) was a small breakdown in timing with the kitchen and the servers at dessert service that lead to a slow wait and some incorrect deliveries of product (wrong table?) Overall, well worth the money and a treat for any occasion.
Fantastic food, wine overpriced
Fantastic food, nice ambiance, overall the wait staff was attentive (other than the sommelier). The wine was very overpriced, even for a restaurant of this class - you're better off bringing your own and paying the $20 corkage fee per 750 ml bottle. Not a great price performer but probably worth going to for a very special occasion. I doubt I'll be back very soon.
Good food, terrible service.
We dined there last Saturday night. The food was excellent, but the service was terrible. We had to wait a long time between courses and had to ask for a second glass of wine. Also, for such great food there was no explanation as to what was on the plate.
Outdated, overpriced, over salted The c ...
Outdated, overpriced, over salted The charger plates had a layer of dust on them which echoed the decor which appears to have not changed in 40 years. The only stars were attentive service and a great wine list Food (other than dessert) was deplorable. Both pastas were overlooked into a mush, dishes were slathered in salty sauces. A scallop dish was so fishy rendering it inedible.
Joel Palmer House, Nails It!
Regan and team were simply a delight and true hosts. We had a rare night with friends away from kids and they ensured it was special. The food was excellent, along with the wines. A special place. GO!
Joel Palmer House hit it out if the park. Food was great as we're all the servers who helped us.
We enjoy foraging and cooking wild mushr ...
We enjoy foraging and cooking wild mushrooms and after hearing about mushrooms on the menu at the Joel Palmer House, we knew we needed to make a reservation. We were impressed by the numerous options on the menu and loved the Stroganoff and the perfectly cooked elk. Every course showed attention to detail looking like a beautifully sculpted, photo worthy, piece of art. The 5 course option allowed us to try multiple dishes and the portion sizes were perfect.
Joel Palmer House
Very good for a romantic special occasion. The service was excellent as was the food and drink. Our waiter made us feel very special.
Although we had reservations, were told our table wasn't ready because they had so many walkins. Some foods were not available due to overbooking . Service was also slow for same reasons. Manager openly admitted this. She did apologize profusely and waived 20$ corkage fee. We were embarrassed however, as we were entertaining guests.
The 2 choices ($59 or $85?) were exorbitant for the size, quality and service. Mushroom soup was nothing amazing ... veggie polenta was very disappointing ... they forgot our desserts .. and they automatically charged a table of 2 an 18% gratuity. We will not be back and we will make a point to inform our wine friends to avoid the JP House at all costs.
Good food and gracious staff
Our food was perfect from beginning to end, the wine list was impressive, all presented by a very skilled and friendly staff.
We were so looking forward to our first dining visit to The Joel Palmer House, four in our party. We made our reservations for mid-week menu special. Have to say without going in lengthy detail that this visit was disappointing. We hope that we have a better experience on our next visit. If The Joel Palmer House wishes to contact me regarding our dining experience, that would be fine.
Don't believe the hype
We were so excited to try the Joel Palmer House after going to the Willamette Valley for 5 years straight and hearing about it. We stayed away initially as my husband isn't a big fan of mushrooms. The rest of us in the part are and he agreed to try it. We were so disappointed. The mushroom soup should have been called mushroom gravy, there was not a truffle to be seen, it seems that this restaurant invented their menu in the 1970s and never updated it as that was the feel of the place and the cuisine. If you're looking for an amazing dining experience in the valley, check out The Painted Lady. You will not be disappointed. For a less formal affair, La Rambla and Gem are great in McMinnville and Jory at the Allison Inn is always a winner, especially for brunch.
We have dined here several times. This place never disappoints. The quality of the food along with the excellent wine list and the wonderful service makes this one of our favorite places.
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