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The Joel Palmer House
The Joel Palmer House

The Joel Palmer House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.joelpalmerhouse.com
  • Phone: (503) 864-2995
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner: 5pm - 9pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Czarnecki
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • 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
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available
    2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot
A word from 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. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "A perfect spot to enjoy a special night. A tiny town with a powerhouse perfect restaurant."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "The menu on 8/26/2014 was all about celebrating the local mushrooms. The soup was savory, the mushroom tart was flavorful and the filet was tender. The angel hair with mushrooms and lobster was dressed with a delicate creamy sauce. The artisan cheese plate rounded out the meal nicely. Extensive wine list. The desserts were interesting. The restaurant is located in a house dating back to around 1857. Very romantic. It is a great value at $49 for a three course meal. Had a nice birthday dinner."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We both enjoyed the vegetarian tasting menu. The variety of mushroom related dishes was excellent with a nice balance of simple and more complex dishes on various courses. The service however was confusing to say the least. We were waited on by 6 separate servers at different points in the evening so it was hard to tell if anyone was even monitoring the progress of our meal. Had to flag down staff twice to get another glass of wine and the last three courses on our six course tasting menu were spaced about 25 minutes apart which is way too slow for a tasting menu. There were only 3 reds by the glass on the menu and they ran out of my selection after my first glass. They did comp a replacement that was nowhere close to what I ordered."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Beautiful Historic home is the setting for a lovely dinner. Fabulous service throughout the meal. The menu is delicious and sure to delight especially if you are fond of mushrooms. Mushroom soup and mushroom tart were out of this world. My husband enjoyed the beef stroganoff very much for the main course and I had the Quinoa cakes. Don't miss the bread pudding dessert! My only regret was not asking for a table outside on the patio."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We dined at the restaurant with 7 of us and the staff didn't skip a beat! The wine list is amazing, food even more amazing and service was top notch. They had someone doting on us all the time, but not in an annoying way. The wine list is huge, but there is a great first page of wines where "you can't go wrong". This is an absolute must if you are in the area!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Over all the food was very good. Loved the mushroom soup! The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. The wine list extensive! Great spot for a special occasion. We dined inside, but the outside looked beautiful! The only downside was a terribly noisy person at the table next to us. She was so loud in fact, that we could hardly hear our waiter or each other. I rated the noise level as "Energetic" because there wasn't an option for obnoxious! But then, I'm sure that rating was for the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. Aside from that diner, the noise level was moderate. I should have asked to be moved, I'm sure the wait staff would have been accommodating!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Vegetable and starch portion miserly. otherwise, nice place for dinner."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience. All the food was excellent. I had the beef strognoff, which was a very unlikely dish for me to choose, but I am so glad I did! I think I preferred it to the sturgeon and the elk ribeye that others shared with me, both which I assumed i would like better. The dish had a lot of very tender beef over rice, not noodles. The mushroom creme sauce was amazining, not too heavy and lots of mushroom flavor. I would love to dine there on a regular basis...but my wallet won't allow me!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Sitting out on the patio on a beautiful summer evening is one of the best dining experiences in the Northwest."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We hate to miss an opportunity to eat at the Joel Palmer House, so try to include it whenever visiting. For a couple who enjoy a great dinner for the wine as much as for the food, the menu here is perfect for the luscious Pinots of the Willamette Valley. We can no longer eat enough to take on the larger prix fixe mushroom tasting menu, but the 3 items for $49 is perfect when we order different items and trade bites. On this visit, we rated both our appetizers– mushroom soup and tart– and entrees– stroganoff and filet mignon– as outstanding. We added one of the "indulgent" sides, the mushroom risotto, which was on par. The only disappointments were a bread pudding dessert, which was on the dry side and weak on flavor, and a high corkage fee."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We celebrated our 58th wedding anniversary at Joel Palmer House and it was a wonderful experience. The food was wonderful and the service was friendly, efficient, and extremely helpful. It was a great experience."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The menus are mushroom-centric, most collected locally by the chef. The mushroom soup is not to be missed, unlike ANY mushroom soup you've ever had. The mushroom tart starter is also amazing. We had sturgeon, stroganoff and elk rib eye. All perfect, served all together. Deserts are fantastic. Creative, not overdone, and just the right amount. Great value for money!!!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Not quite know what to expect, we were blown away by the food and great wait staff. Thanks for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Lovely ambiance in this old home. Very welcoming. We were told about the delicious specials that night and went with the 3 course dinner. The mushroom tart was to die for! It was like a wedge of mushroom pie. The mushroom soup was very good, but wished I had gotten the tart. I had the filet mignon with a mushroom risotto which was cooked perfectly. The duck breast was not asked a temperature preference and was quite rare. We were waiting to confirm our dessert choice when the bill arrived. We ordered the cheese course and another glass of wine. There were so many servers they got confused, and brought out the same glasses 5 minutes later. They took them back. All in all, definitely go for the food and enjoy."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food is delicious and inventive. When we reserved, there was no warning that a private party had the patio. The inside restaurant was freezing cold, to the point that I couldn't wait to get out of there (I was wearing a sweater). My view was of the open door to the kitchen. My dining partner's view was the parking lot. No salt and pepper on the tables--a red flag that the chef may be pretentious and arrogant. Let people add salt and pepper as they wish! There were so many servers on duty, that someone stopped by literally every three minutes. We could not carry on a conversation because we were constantly interrupted. My water glass need not be full to the brim every instant. The wait staff needs to back off."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We loved the food! It was a speial touch that the wonderful chef came out and talked with us. We got to ask him about where he finds his truffles and mushrooms. Very interesting guy!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I am not sure if we have just been spoiled with better local restaurants but we were a bit disappointed with our recent visit to The Joel Palmer House. The food was ok, good at best. We had expected much more for the price. Who knew three flavorless green beans, some soggy fish, and some overly salted quinoa was considered gourmet? There were roughly eight different people that served us so we did not even know who our official server was. We had to ask nearly half of them for a wine list. Eventually the gruff, humorless, almost advice-less sommelier came over with the sub-par list. We are in the middle of wine country and the list did not reflect that. Overall, there are much better places around this area for much less money."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My wife and I totally enjoyed this experience. The combination of great food and excellent service made for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Easily one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. The food was immaculately and thoughtfully prepared, and the service (minus one little glitch) was superb. The back-servers ensured water glasses were never empty, we always had bread if we wanted it, and the clearing and marking were impeccable. One thing I appreciate in a restaurant is when one guest finishes and others are still working, the clean plates remain on the table (unless pushed aside) to make sure the guests who are still eating do not feel rushed. Again, I can't say enough about the food and the service. If you have a chance to eat here don't pass it up. We had the mushroom prix-fixe and paired with Pinot Noir were in heaven. Thanks for a great experience."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "All servers were attentive and friendly!! Great food, as always. We love dining here. Only wish that they were open on Sunday nights as we would stop on our way back from the coast"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "This is an amazing experience. Different from most restaurants in that it specializes in mushrooms and is a bargain at any price but especially compared to wine country restaurants in Calif."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Overall, a very good place to dine. Unfortunately, it used to be a great place to dine. The food used to be to die for, now it is just very good. The three mushroom tart, for example, had a tough crust, not a tender, flaky one. The mushroom risotto was made with long grain rice, not Arborio rice, so some grains were mushy and some were not completely cooked. The flavor was intensely mushroomy, and very good. Just a textural issue. Everything else was excellent, the filet with foie gras was really good, the candy cap crème brulee was superb. Overall, I would try it again if I was in the area. It may have just been an off night. We have eaten there before and had wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had tried to make a reservation last year when we were in Oregon, but the restaurant was closed. We went back again to Oregon this year (we are from NJ) and thankfully we were able to have dinner here. Without a doubt....it was excellent. We did the mushroom tasting menu and everything was delicious, especially the soup and sturgeon. Wait staff was excellent...always making sure that we had enough bread, water, whatever the need. Cannot say enough about this restaurant. We also thought it was very nice of the Chef (Chris) to come out and talk to people."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We loved dining outside at this wonderful restaurant that a local recommended. Attentive and friendly staff brought us beautifully prepared flavorful dishes. Their specialty is mushroom inspired dishes. We met the chef after dinner and he generously shared some of his preparation tips. Wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Impeccable service, outstanding food in a lovely garden setting (we sat outside). Frozen soufflé dessert was divine. Best meal we had during our 10 day stay in Oregon. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The experience of different flavors that work well together make the eating delectable."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is our third time to the Joel Palmer house and as usual it was a superb dining experience. The food is fabulous. The service is wonderful. The atmosphere is perfect. Not too formal yet not too casual either."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Party of 3 we had, they automatically added 18% tip! usually tip 20% anyway but, but service was poor, AND they added 18% to the 2 bottles of wine, which took the wine "steward" 20 minutes to bring to the table. Many great choices in the area, this is not one."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My family and I had a great meal here after a day of wine tasting. We were able to sit out side in the garden which was perfect. The mushroom soup was unbelievable. I usually don't eat red meat but ventured out and had the elk. I did not regret it. It was flavorful, lean, and tender. I will have to come back to have the tasting menu. Unfortunately everyone at the table needs to participate to do the tasting."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fabulous once in a lifetime experience! The mushroom madness was so delicious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our second visit and it was even better than the first. The food was excellent from the first course to the last and the service staff was first rate. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were a group of 5 and we were all attracted to the same entrees. The restaurant specializes in mushrooms: ones they cultivate as well as wild ones they forage for. Although they had tasting menus, we were allowed to skip dessert for a $6 credit off the meal. We all got a complimentary amuse bouche of carrot tartar to start, which had a wonderful texture. We were told that it cooked sous vide. Then we each ordered the mushroom tart (a standout) or the mushroom soup all beautifully presented. The big surprise was the beef stroganoff. The meat was very tender but still reddish pink inside because it was cooked "sous vide". We ate inside, although all the other diners that evening were dining outside. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food tends to be rich, emphasizes fresh wild mushroom preparations, which are creative and delicious. Wine list is extensive and features Oregon pinots noirs. Food service friendly and fine but not outstanding (and, it has been better here in past visits); wine service couldn't be beat. An excellent place."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was mmmmm scrumptious, a little pricey but well worth it"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Our dinner was outstanding! This has to be the best restaurant in Oregon and one of the top 10 in the U.S. All courses used wild mushrooms and the meals were exquisite. Go there and enjoy a meal of a lifetime."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I had the 3 course meal and added a mushroom risotto...excellent! First, the server provided a taste of a carrot tartar. It was soooooooooo good! Then, he brought out my appetizer...a mushroom tart. It looked like a slice of mushroom pie with a mushroom sauce on the side. It was light and very good! The mushroom risotto was next...very good. For an entree, I had the elk ribeye. Yum! Then, they brought out a small glass that was partially filled with a cold tomato soup on one side AND a a minced cucumber\ginger on the other. (The cumber\ginger was awesome!) For desert, I had a creme brulee with a candy cap mushroom. The maple flavor from the candy cap mushroom is amazing!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Sturgeon, filet mignon, elk - all were great. Interludes - cold soups were very refreshing."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We go to The Joel Palmer House every time we are visiting the area!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The care and attention to flavor paid to the food prepared was beyond what I expected to find in little Dayton, Oregon. The executive chef himself came out to ensure we were satisfied with our meal, and we were beyond happy. The three course meal provided us with a very delicious variation of what was to be offered and I will never forget the Elk Ribeye."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We made the reservation in advance of our trip and did not know what to expect. We have good food in south Louisiana and are frequently disappointed when traveling. We were not disappointed. The food was different and uniquely featured mushrooms but was excellent. The presentation and service were outstanding. Eating at Joel Palmer is special and should not be missed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014