The Peerless Restaurant
The Peerless Restaurant

The Peerless Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peerlessrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5414886067x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Northwest, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Ketner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Peerless Catering will work to customize food, wine and cocktails to fit your catering needs and budget.
  • Private Party Facilities: Voted the "RESTAURANT WITH THE BEST BANQUET ROOM" in the Ashland’s Sneak Preview newspaper reader's poll. Let us guide you through each step of planning a private, corporate or holiday party in one of our private dining rooms.
  • Private Party Contact: Crissy Barnett 5414886067x
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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between "A" & "B" Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street
A word from The Peerless Restaurant
Located in the heart of Ashland’s Historic Railroad & Gallery District, The Peerless is a lively neighborhood restaurant, wine and cocktail bar, just a garden apart from our historic boutique hotel THE PEERLESS HOTEL.

Our dinner menu features an array of small plates, as well as steaks, and seafood that capture the flavors of the seasons and essence of the Pacific Northwest. Our amazing executive Chef Ketner previously worked as Executive Chef of the highly acclaimed “Hilo Bay Café” on the Big Island of Hawaii, where for over 10 years he helped bring traditional Hawaiian cuisine and Pacific Rim fusion to new heights, earning it the “Hale ‘Aina Award” for “Best Big Island Restaurant” four times. Ketner has also generated national media attention in magazines such as Food and Wine, Gourmet, and Sunset Magazine and is included in the 2013 edition of Best Chefs America.

Cheers,

Crissy Barnett
Owner
The Peerless Hotel & Restaurant
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Peerless Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (55)fit for foodies (48)special occasion (38)romantic (30)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (21)good for groups (19)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Dissapointed
    Local
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been fans of The Peerless for years, and until now, have never been disappointed. We chose to dine here for our anniversary for that reason. The food was not up to the Peerless' standards, perhaps the result of a change in chefs. The wait times between courses was very long. Our waiter was great, and looked professional, but some of the staff looked disheveled.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Birthday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were asked by our waitress if we were celebrating a special occasion. We were pleasantly surprised to be asked. We replied it was one of our birthdays. We anticipated some recognition. None appeared.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Falstaff
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Elegant and efficient! The ambience of the garden dinning is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    sldugan
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food and dining room were wonderful. Our waitress was a bit odd and we had annoying flies pestering us throughout our meal and we were seated inside.... but I would definitely dine and stay at this location again in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Peerless one of the tops!
    PeerlessPerfection
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We so enjoyed our dinner at The Peerless. They accommodated our desire to be seated outside and even offered to adjust the umbrella to keep the sun out of one of our parties eyes. The food choices were interesting and prepared well. The French Onion soup was outstanding! A very nice evening. We didn't go back towards the bar but I would like to another time. Plus, we loved the small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We dine one evening at the Peerless when we come to Ashland each year and it's lovely to sit in the garden with its strings of lights and gentle fountain on a summer evening. My husband was very happy with the halibut, and the strawberry rhubarb pie was yummy. The servers are cordial and helpful and it's always a relaxing, enjoyable time. We have also eaten there pre-theatre and that works too - the staff are prepared for both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We arrived and thought we could sit outdoors. This was not possible. The host put us inside, ok with this. However his rude behavior at seating us was not expected. We will not go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New chef and staff need work
    foodguy47VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    There's a new chef from Hawaii, and the food hasn't come together. The crab cakes were mushy and nob crab-full (too much filler); the ono was slightly overcooked and the sauce didn't quite go; and the dessert with mascarpone instead of whipped cream was cloying. Staff was a bit too much in your face.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Wonderful ambiance and interesting menu full of unique dishes. Fun to find something new to try. Great combinations of flavors in food and drink. The soup is an amazing treat. The salads are delicious. The small plates are clever. Wonderful service! I truly enjoyed my meal and time spent there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new chef's arrival
    nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We all gathered before our play on Saturday evening. We had an early reservation. By the time our waitress took our order, the special fish had sold out. The waitress justified the news by telling us that she had to tell 2 additional tables that they had run out of the item. Later, an incorrect item was brought to the table, but our other diner did not make a fuss. We traditionally dine at this restaurant 3-4 times a season, when we come up to attend plays. The rest of our meal was tasty. We will be back for another visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UncleBill
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food at Peerless is always wonderful and adventurous. The wine delighted the group and the desserts were a fitting conclusion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater dining
    SouthernvisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was very good, service was good, but couple of requests got slow response. We had the window table on a hot evening, evidently not a good idea. They did make the effort to get us out in time for our play!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food
    1eyedlady
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I found the decor and food to be excellent. They offer a little something for all palates. I had the watermelon and arugula salad. It was great. Had the sampler plate and strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert. It was all great, service was excellent. Definitely a place to revisit on the next trip to Ashland.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; bad acoustics/decor
    RaySF
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    New chef from Hawaii. Excellent food with a Hawaiian flair. Sampler plate with chicken wings, sliders, and hummus with pita bread excellent. Short ribs excellent. Very busy Happy Hour Bar in restaurant with lots of noise that carries over into the restaurant. Decor is straight out of the 1980's.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good place
    BillC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I commend the good service, the new chef, and the quiet atmosphere. Two good places to eat: the Peerless and Coquina.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific food and location
    rumms
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My husband and I had dinner at the peerless before heading off to the play. The food was outstanding, the atmosphere was great and service was impecable. It was a great beginning to a wonderful evening. Gourmet food at its best. It a "must-do" restaurant!Magical
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Peerless in the garden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a lovely dinner in the garden. We had a very nice table with a view of the flower topped fountain. The service was great. The spicy prawn appetizer was excellent as was the eggplant Parmesan. The only weak item was the bland rubbard pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Peerless - Great
    rdesign
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Consistently great food & service, wonderful ambience, great gardens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First-rate restaurant
    Frank
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our first visit to the Peerless restaurant. The outdoor dining area looks very appealing but we opted for the cool and quiet interior dining area due to the afternoon heat. The service was first-rate; the staff kept in mind that we had a theater date to make and attended our order with that in mind. The fish dish was the best my companions could remember ever having. The seasoning and sauces were perfect. My steak was perfect. Dessert was another treat. All in all the Peerless will make your dining experience something to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh carefully prepared delights
    eduardo7VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A new chef but as good as ever... with added Hawaiian touches. Small plates and appetizers add a bright flair. Thoughtfully assembled wine list... almost reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    TUTZ103VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We drive I-5 from Seattle to Southern California about six times a year and we found The Peerless Restaurant online and tried it out. WE LOVED IT and decided that Ashland and The Peerless would be a stop for us when we could do it. We never had a bad experience until last Saturday night. The service and food were not good at all. This was the first time this had happened. We will probably try again in hopes that this was just something that happened once and that the quality is still up there.
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  • Great Food...but reduced scope
    Cory
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food here is great and the service staff, as well. However, I liked the menu better when there were more small plates. I'm not usually going to come to a place like this for a burger....drop them. I'd prefer more small plates and more entree choices...perhaps leave the regular entrees alone but have more specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy hour
    Robert
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We have been here for dinner on a number of occasions but thought we'd try their happy hour. We were not disappointed. It was just as good as their full course dinners, and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • 7/4/2014
    andy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We have eaten at Peerless every time we are in Ashland, either for happy hour or full dinner. This time we did both on consecutive days and enjoyed it greatly. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Choice
    sandraanderson
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Some in our party had hearty while others had light. Always consistently good. Waitress was attentive to our time constraints. Nice outdoors but because it was so hot we ate in the pleasant indoor area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • flawless again
    GemmaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We love coming here with other couples as they have such a wide variety of dining options on their menu. You can do a small plate up to a full entree with whatever delectable sides appeal. We shared the crispy kale with our entrees, all the vegetable sides are delicious. I really like the range of options, big appetite satisfied as well as the not so hungry. Our server was so nice, always a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Nancy
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Fantastic food! The sample appetizer platter was delicious. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Peerless Experience
    Wblackbu
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We come to Ashland each year for the plays and to go to Peerless. Wonderful food, a great bar, and friendly staff make this a " must-go" each time we are in town. I can't wait to go back next year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    tandt
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This restaurant has been a gem for years. Our largest visit was wonderful as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable setting, great soup!
    DKSF
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The highlight of our dinner was the broccoli cheddar soup. It came with a generous portion of toasted cheddar floating on top. Truly spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dinner on Tuesday was outstanding, so I ordered the same items. Unfortunately, my rare lamb was overcooked this time. They did redo it for me, so all was well. Just not consistent.
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  • nonicknameVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Oysters on the half shell were very tasty. I tried the small rack of lamb. Delicious, and cooked to perfection, (rare). Fillet of beef very good. Beet salad very tasty. Service was excellent and the server was knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great choices
    oregonVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    There was a lot of great choices on the small plate menu. I ended up with the sampler of the night along with Lamb meatballs and calamari that were both 10's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always dependable
    PDXFoodies
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This little Ashland gem is always on our list of must do restaurants in Ashland where we attend OSF. Adjacent to the charming and timeless Peerless Hotel, this restaurant stays in front of the changes in the culinary arts and presents well designed and well balanced offerings, reasonable portions, an excellent but not overpowering wine list and pleasant efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, abysmal service
    nepsVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food, when it arrived, was fantastic. Had to wait half an hour for bread! Had to wait half an hour for someone to take the dessert order. We were consistently ignored or neglected by our waiter. I would recommend it - with the proviso that the food is wonderful, and the service might be terrible. Maybe it was just our waiter. I sure hope so, for the sake of the restaurant and the chef.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caymanmama43VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We returned to Peerless for the third year in a row on our annual Shakespeare Festival week and were disappointed that the quality of the food had declined. The hamburger was overcooked, the mac'ncheese with pork was heavy and had a strange flavor and the fish was not up to par and served with broccolini that had turned yellow. Our previous meals there had been delicious, so we were very surprised at this.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience and food
    MarindocVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We've eaten at Peerless numerous times while at Ashland's Shakespeare Festival and have been through several changes in ownership and chefs. While the quality of the food and ambience was excellent, we (seniors) felt the restaurant might benefit by a return to the many appetizer portions the menu had in the past (for us smaller eaters). The quality of the food was superb, but found us only ordering an appetizer or two for the four of us and three entrees. The wine selection is excellent and fairly priced and spirits are ample pours and very good selection. We were too full for dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Expensive mostly good food.
    MonaMu
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    pleasant dinner. darkly decorated in a calm style & chairs are comfortable. Its on the pricy side, ex entree for $17 scallops: 2 "pretty good!" large scallops, in a little sauce, on a little plate. Veggies very yummy, not overdone $5 more. All pieces of the meal are more $, unless you get a casserole like Mushroom risotto (mine made vegan), good but way greasy $25. Fancy tacos "alright, nothing special" The 7" mushroom pizza "very good" Crusty pan fried chicken (? name) "tender, moist & very good". The water is not filtered (it often is in Ashland, even in inexpensive restaurants ). So 2 hours, 5 meals and 1 glass of wine for $140.oo Two of us said they would come back and check out the happy hour some day. We were all glad we went.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    winendineme
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Beautiful day to sit on the patio. Menu very limited but still nice. Service very good.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Outstanding Dinner at The Peerless!
    OregonNat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife, a good friend, and I enjoyed a very fine meal at The Peerless. All three of us agreed that the food was outstanding (My NY steak was terrific -- tender, flavorful, and done perfectly!) Other dishes we particularly enjoyed included the duck confit, butternut gnocchi, flash-fried kale, and asparagus bisque. The interior of the restaurant is subtly rustic and quiet; we could easily hear each other without raising our voices. Our server was attentive without hovering, which we appreciated. The Peerless has a well-deserved reputation in Ashland, and we are looking forward to more visits, particularly as the weather warms and the terrace is open for dining. I would definitely recommend this place to others -- foodies particularly!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 91 reviews are from the The Peerless Restaurant reviews archive.