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, 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
This was a priority destination for our ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ti ...
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 includ ...
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.
We have made it a point to visit The Joe ...
We have made it a point to visit The Joel Palmer House when traveling through this area every 1-2 years. The servers were great, but having dined there many times over the years, we felt on this recent trip, the food had become marginal for the high price. I had the duck breast which was prepared perfectly, but it was paired with mushrooms, blueberries and zuchini that, in my opinion, could have been better composed as the sides did not complement the duck. My husband had the elk entree which was too salty. We sat by the window, which would have been nice under normal circumstances, but there were several flies buzzing around the window and us. One fly ended up floating in my wine glass (the waiter kindly offered another glass of wine). We do not plan to return.
As usual the food was outstanding (this ...
As usual the food was outstanding (this is not our first time). The sommelier was excellent and very helpful. However the service was fair at best with a definite sense that there was a lack of coordination among the staff.
- Nobody was there to greet us when we arrive. We had to look for somebody to help us.
- The table cloth and one plate had spots of appeared to be blood. They were changed only after we requested it.
- We were told by one staff that we could order any cocktails. After waiting for 20 mn, the sommelier told us that he could not make one of the cocktail ordered. We had to wait another 15mn for the drinks to the point that food started to arrive.
- The staff that took our order disappeared not to be seen again. The sommelier appeared to be the only point person around the tables
- Once the food started to arrive everything went smooth until the desert and check for which we had to wait quite a bit. We asked to have our deserts boxed because we had another engagement. The deserts were brought in their plate.
Never fails to impress or delight the pa ...
Never fails to impress or delight the palate. Attention to detail, marvelous plating, interesting combinations of proteins and mushrooms.
Also VERY accommodating to the vegitarian in our party. In fact, I would have been totally satisfied with the vegitarian presentation!!
First rate in all respects.......
We were on vacation in Oregon and our ho ...
We were on vacation in Oregon and our host suggested this restaurant . The evening started with us going to the entrance that was marked(front door of victorian house ) it was locked. The hostess came and opened it. But she told us everyone knows to go the the back door.
We were seated in what was the parlor 5 tables and we were the only ones there. The Sommelier came asking which wine we would like we ordered The Joel Palmer House Pinot Noir. They advertised an extensive wine list,but there were only 4 or 5 Pinot Noir.
We started with the mushroom soup and the three mushroom tart both were very good.Then for the main course my husband had Beef Stroganoff over rice and I had the Duck Breast with a Blueberry Reduction. The stroganoff was just ok the amount of rice with it couldn't have been more than 2 teaspoons. My duck was very over cooked ,I asked for rare. Our desserts were the bread pudding which was very dry and the apple cake which was Ok.
This whole meal took over 2 hours and not once did the Sommelier come and pour more wine or did anyone come and refill our water. We waited more than 20 minutes for our bill and finally flagged someone down on their way to the kitchen. Service was HORRIBLE!! I guess that's why they automatically add 18% to your bill,no one would leave near that amount for this lousy service!!
Everything was great. The only thing I d ...
Everything was great. The only thing I didn't like was the tip being added automatically. I usually tip 20% or more if service is great. And it was. But if it's not I don't like losing my day so. Plus they would have made 2% more at least!
Had to wait 15 minutes before anyone cam ...
Had to wait 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. We requested outside and was told by hostess that there were no seats available outside for us. We were sitting at the window and noticed that there were many outside tables open for at least 1 1/2 hours after we were seated. Not sure what that was all about.
We used to go here all the time when it ...
We used to go here all the time when it was still run by original owners. It has definitely changed and was very disappointing. Service is stilted instead of relaxed, friendly and professional like it used to be. Food is not nearly as good. Even the signature mushroom soup and Heidi's mushroom tart seem to be a different recipe. Extremely and ridiculously expensive for what you get. We sat outside, which used to be a very pleasant experience. Now, next door seems to be a dirt bike course - very noisy, and smelly from fumes! Overall, kind of a weird experience and will not go back.
The food was awful and the waitstaff was ...
The food was awful and the waitstaff was inexperienced and couldn't describe the dishes.
The menu included a "Vegan Dish Du Jour" so we assumed they would be able to create a delicious vegan entree with whatever fresh ingredients they chose. The vegan entree arrived and it was a small ramekin of polenta with cut up carrots on top. Any decent chef would be ashamed to serve this as a main entree. It could not even be considered an appetizer portion....and they charged $28. Worst dining experience ever.
Although there were a lot of servers, se ...
Although there were a lot of servers, service was spotty. After ordering a very nice bottle wine, the wine Stewart never checked on us. Upon receiving our order, no server ever checked on us. My duck was served cold, and it took me several minutes to find someone to resolve the issue. I think while the restaurant is well staffed, everyone has a role and does not look outside their maybe responsibility. Not warm and friendly but great food
We decided to dine at the Joel Palmer ho ...
We decided to dine at the Joel Palmer house on our recent visit to the Oregon wine valley because of the good reviews and their specialization in mushrooms. The food was extremely average and we were disappointed they served button mushrooms on one of the entrees. The soup was very bland and the beef stroganoff was the other extreme with being overly salty. The servers were all young an inexperienced, including the wine sommelier. Because we ordered the 5 course dinner with both a light and heavy entree he offered to serve us half glasses of wine so we could have a white and a red (we didn't want to drink much), which was awesome. But the red I was served came from a bottle that had been opened for a while. I noticed immediately and was very disappointed neither the person who poured or the person serving it noticed.
I came here for my birthday, and it was ...
I came here for my birthday, and it was wonderful! The service was amazing. Never ran out of bread, it was perfect. The only thing that I was disappointed with was the dessert, the chocolate soufflé didn't have any melty chocolate in it, and it was slightly dry, but other than that it was good. Great experience!
Chris Czarnecki has a delightful re-crea ...
Chris Czarnecki has a delightful re-creation of the family's restaurant that uprooted from Reading PA twenty years ago and moved to Dayton.
The focus is mushrooms and the area's wines. The experience was wonderful.
We hadn't been here for about 10 years; ...
We hadn't been here for about 10 years; and it is just as good under the management of the next generation, as it was 10 years ago! Always a joy to eat the mushroom inspired dishes. The soup, risotto were wonderful. The sturgeon was delicious as was the beef stroganoff. All well prepared and hot. Desserts were delicious too. Good coffee and tea service--Hot, not lukewarm! Beautiful summer night, beautiful setting and dinner out on vacation with my sweetheart and no kids! What could be better!
Very disappointing vegetarian options. ...
Very disappointing vegetarian options. The team model of table service also ended up feeling very impersonal. Nobody seemed interested in how we were enjoying our food. The two vegetarian options offered both seemed like afterthoughts. We had a dish which was essentially like ramen with a few vegetables and thin pasta in broth. The creme brûlée was also disappointing, with a strange dry crumbly texture. I left hungry. We have eaten here before and had a much better experience, so they may just have had an off night, but it was memorably poor dinner for a premium price.
I'm not going to pretend that I'm a food ...
I'm not going to pretend that I'm a food critic by giving a lengthy review of each dish. Bottom line, the food was amazing, service was wonderful and the wine was well paired. It's a beautiful little place with a good feel to it. Will definitely be coming back.
Food it was mostly good. Fllet was cooke ...
Food it was mostly good. Fllet was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. The Bananas Foster was a disappointment. Bananas and accompanying cake were dry. While mushrooms are a theme here, they are not overbearing. Our biggest complaint is that it seemed a bit pricey for three courses. And since a pre-fixe menu was the only option we were kind of stuck. In a situation like that, you sometimes get stuck ordering things that you normally would not order and that is what happened us. But for others it might work well.
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