The Joel Palmer House

4.9
1590 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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AnneW
Portland
5 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had and I have eaten at many amazing restaurants. The sommelier was extremely personable and found an absolutely superb Pinot for us that complimented every aspect of the meal. Each course was truly perfect for the intense combinations of flavors to perfect seasoning. The service was impeccable. We know that it will be our go-to restaurant for future special occasions even though we live about one hour away. Really a gem of a restaurant in Oregon Wine Country!!!

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FrancieR
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I were there three hours, relaxing and enjoying savoring each course and talking. The wait staff and sommeliers were attentive and engaging. Wonderful evening. Delicious fine dining.

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CarrieA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really special and wonderful place to enjoy a multi-course dinner. Especially if you love mushrooms. Staff, cuisine, wine list, ambiance all top-knotch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Yes, the Sommelier was very knowledgeable And professional. He pointed us to some fantastic wines. The food was outstanding.
To be honest, It would’ve been a five star rating all around except for the fact that the young staff didn’t feel the need to wear a mask. My husband has cancer. I don’t believe we should have to divulge that to the restaurant - or frankly anyone - simply understanding some people that come to your restaurant are Vulnerable would be service oriented.
Their respect for or comfort- leaning over the table, in our air space without a mask is inappropriate. Their comfort before our comfort. That’s not service oriented. We wore masks for them. They did not wear a mask for us.
We loved the dinner, but will not Go back until the pandemic is over. And when we do go back we will understand we are not the priority.

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TimW
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been 20 years since I dined here, and I was not disappointed on my return trip. While the 5 course "Mushroom Madness" ($95) is a good option, we choose to go big with the 10 course tasting menu ($145)...it was worth every penny. Each new course was a surprise and a step above the previous! Creative pairings and stunning presentations make this foodie's heart very happy!

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RossH
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting menu. Loved everything, especially the mushroom bisque. Would not recommend the escargot.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a very special experience! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for an anniversary, birthday or holiday celebration.

The historic house is a perfect setting for an intimate dinner, with a European feel. The fragrance of mushrooms embraced us at the front door. And from course to course, we were taken on a culinary adventure! It was everything we had hoped for!

We happened to visit at the end of November for their multi-course mushroom dinner. Wow! If you love mushrooms, and have dreamt of a meal where their earthy potential could be uniquely reimagined in multiple courses, look no further.

It has not been easy for fine dining establishments the last couple of years, but we have to give high praise to the Joel Palmer House’s team for delivering a perfect evening with outstanding execution & service.

Thanks!

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ChuckS
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food is sopmethong you cant find anywhere else in the area and it was all delicious!

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vipnicoleh
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a remarkable dining experience. I highly recommend this for a superb culinary and well thought experience.

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DiningDez
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely no complaints and only compliments to the entire staff. Everything was above and beyond. Fine dining experience not to be missed.

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KariB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Staff not wearing masks and leaning frequently over tables into one's space (keeping water glasses 100% topped up after every sip for example). Food was all good, only some of it truly amazing.

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viphonger
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have not eaten there in years & decided to give it another try. While hospitality in the valley has progressed over the last 10 years, nothing has changed at JPH. Same menu, same food just a lot more expensive.
There is a big tent to accommodate outdoor eating (larger than indoor dining space). There were only 3 occupied tables, felt very desolate and the metal outdoor furniture was not that comfortable for an almost 2hr meal.

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DanG
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like mushrooms you, as we do, you can’t beat it. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere was quiet and private. One of our favorites!

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MattW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we’ve ever had. They took extra special care of us on for our anniversary and the service and meal blew us away.

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vipHappyEater
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The mushroom soup and foie gras were my favorites, along with the chocolate dessert. I would go back and I think you should give it a try.

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MonicaS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We loved everything! Cannot wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel Palmer house is an absolute must for a special occasion! The chef has a gift for cooking and presenting outstanding Quality food. Their passion shines through the tasting menu! I will tell everyone about this place and we will be back for sure! The service and wine selections are second to none. Please make the trip to the Joel Palmer House restaurant! You will never forget your experience and you will leave full and satisfied.

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michaelj
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner the mushroom soup was to die for. Beef stroganoff was out of this world and the Roasted Duck was amazing.

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MARCL
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. I wish I would have done the Omikase menu. Even though it costs more, I wish we could have tried most of the dishes instead of being limited to just 4. Food was great. Service was good. Wine list is extensive and features a great range of Oregon Pinot Noir wines.

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vipRyanJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in years. And I eat out a LOT. The team, the venue, the food - pure magic. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed selections from the Mushroom Madness menu, all beautifully presented and served. And the tastes — each dish rich with umami, perfect in texture. We enjoyed some Argyle bubbly and a good Pinot with our meal, and finished with a treat — a glass of 1880 Madeira, a small taste for each of our party. An evening to remember. Thank you, Chef Christopher and all who helped to make our unforgettable dining experience.

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GaroK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nothing was impressive.. the dishes were all cold all true out the duration of dinner..

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vipLBG8
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, made with care and precision. Nice location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! The sommelier was great and made wonderful recommendations! We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and would highly recommend to all those who appreciate a thoughtful and creative menu and impeccable service!

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washburn
Columbus
53 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - top to bottom!! It’s a “when in Tome trip”

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AmyS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As with our previous times at Joel Palmer, the food was amazing! The service was even better- if that is possible. We enjoyed visiting with Gregory, the sommelier, and all of the wait staff were engaging and fun. Our fellow dining guests were great too! Joel Palmer will continue to be our anniversary tradition!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food solid but waiter acted like he couldn’t care in the least about providing good service.

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TrishD
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delectable, with the mushroom tart as my favorite of the 10 course chefs menu.

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BigAl
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal. Modern twists on many older classic dishes which were heavy mushroom based and quite delicious. Service was excellent and staff was lovely. Highly recommend

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DottieM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was very special. Food was fabulous and service fantastic. I feel the corkage fee is too high as are the prices of the wines. I was disappointed that nothing special was done, even though we were celebrating both a birthday and an anniversary!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came as family from Atlanta and Los Angeles and had a wonderful experience with the staff

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CherylP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience, food was excellent, service was attentive, servers were extremely friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want an elevated dining experience.

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ivettes
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing from A to Z

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Levi and the entire staff were awesome. Food was amazing. Presentation was beautiful. Cocktails were delicious. Overall experience was A+++. We will definitely make this an regular stop when we travel through the valley. Thanks everyone!

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vipJR1960
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal. Everything was delicicious but I particularly loved the mushroom tart, and the Candy Cap Mushroom Creme Brulee is not to be missed! The service was great! I was concerned the experience would not live up to the hype and prior reviews but we were not disappointed. A very enjoyable evening. I would highly recommend if you are visiting the Willamette Valley.

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Debbie
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is fantastic. We have eaten here twice in our travels to the area. Don't let the price deter you. The food is exquisite and the service is top rate. You won't be disappointed.

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Andante
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening, the service was impeccable, the food is always outstanding, we enjoyed a nice bottle of Brickhouse wine. Highly recommended

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SharronR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Joel Palmer house is a dining experience not just food. From the moment you walk in you are greeted by courteous staff that know their business on service. They had just the right amount of service without being hovering. Each course was a gastronomic success in my book. Pricey but worth every penny for the experience

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food. We did that 10 course chefs creation. We enjoyed each dish! And the servers are very knowledgeable about their wine.

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LynnW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We been to Joel Palmer House a few times. This was our anniversary and they brought us glasses of champagne. Nice touch. Food, as always, is excellent. Perfect amount of time between courses. Staff was engaging and charming. It makes us feel like a sophisticated night out. We're so fortunate to have this level of a food adventure in our region.

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The Joel Palmer House is rated 4.9 stars by 1590 OpenTable diners.

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