The Joel Palmer House

4.9
1595 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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MJConser
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I agree, we had truly the most creative meal we've ever eaten! It was very clear that it was well-imagined, superbly sourced, perfectly prepared and plated, and then served with the greatest care. Absolutely Fine Dining! I recommend you find time to enjoy this Gem!

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MarkB
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible wine selection. Great food. A memorable experience.

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vipyumm
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Six of us had the 5 course Prix Fixe. Found each dish to be well prepared and presented. This chef ha a talent including mushrooms in his dishes. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

AW
AnneW
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Amazing food and the sommelier was so friendly and approachable with excellent wine recommendations. Truly a wonderful evening and will be back for spring menu!!

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KathrynS
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very pampered by the staff. Sommeliers were both knowledgeable about the wines and which ones paired nicely with our mushroom madness, 5 course meal. Every course of food melted in your mouth and the presentation was lovely. The dining area made me feel like I was home and the music that was playing was relaxing. Overall, an absolutely wonderful dining experience! Thank you all for a superb evening.

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vipLAF1
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations - food was beyond delicious, setting was lovely and wait staff was exceptional. The only tweak I’d recommend is having all servers wearing masks. A few chose not to and apparently it is not company policy. It may prevent us from returning until Covid is fully in the rear view mirror.

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ChuckO
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the five course meal with a wine chosen by the sommelier. We would give way more than 5-stars if that was possible. This restaurant is known for their mushroom dishes and they didn't disappoint. Need to watch the movie "Pig" as this restaurant is featured in it. Definitely a place for special occasions.

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LasloK
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic gourmet dining centered around mycological treats. A bit pricy but warranted by the quality. We had the 5 course tasting menu which would be our choice in the future as well. It is 35 minutes from our location but worth the experience. Be prepared to spend over $100/ person.

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CaroleD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The service people were not all wearing masks. When asked about this, they had no policy and our server had no idea who had been vaccinated or not. The servers were often reaching over us and talking loudly to be heard and the noise level when more than one server was speaking was very difficult to hear the presentation of the courses. Once we found out they had no Covid protection policy for patrons and staff we were not happy and very concerned we may have made a terrible mistake staying and exposing ourselves to Covid. We have been extremely careful and dined out in the US very infrequently in the past 2 years. Having just traveled in Europe, where vaccination is checked upon entry, this cavalier attitude is what causes the spread during indoor dining. The food was all room temperature, nothing was outstanding. We received no service on our wine and poured for ourselves which in retrospect was fine keeping exposure to unmasked staff to a minimum but not what was experienced in the past. I hope with the renovation, not only will there be physical improvements but staff and Covid policies will be implemented or I will not return. I will now ask any restaurant before making a reservation. Lesson learned.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful in every way

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bobc
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The Beef Stroganov used fatty meat, not up to parr. No salad dish available. The service was excellent as usual. We didn't feel the menu of items as good as in the past. Overall, somewhat disappointed in the experience.

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PatriciaK
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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Jeanne
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional in every way. Service, Food, Ambience--all was on point. They specialize in mushrooms so if you're a fan of mushrooms this is your place. The mushroom soup is rich and exquisitely served over a bed of risotto. Each course is better than the last--and save room for dessert as its worth the wait.
As we were leaving we realized the Chef worked with Nicholas Cage to prepare for the movie Pig (filmed in Portland). But the history of this place goes back much farther --several generations in fact. Treat yourself!

SG
vipShandraG
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a romantic setting! Christmas decorations we’re festive and the service staff all very courteous and professional!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing time - not just the meal, but the entire experience. The service was friendly, they thoroughly explained each and every dish with every course. They had insightful recommendations as well. The historic Joel Palmer House serves as a beautiful locale, and the Christmas decor was festive. And the food.. the food! It was amazing.. the variety of tastes tickled my tastebuds. Each course provided another creative blend of flavors, and they added some pallette-cleansing bites between a couple of the courses. This was truly a treat to experience.

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JoyKeen
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a decade since the last time we ate here and I admit I expected it to be dated and stuffy. Boy, was I wrong! The service was friendly, the ambience was cozy and the food blew us away. Chris has definitely taken the reins and run with it. The desserts though...absolutely beautiful and fantastic. Butterscotch cotton candy on top of my candy cap creme brulee! Where has this been all my life?? And pop rocks with the chocolates had these two Gen Xers giggling all night. They really made my husband's 50th birthday something special.

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AnneW
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the top three dining experiences of my life. Every dish shines. Some will obviously be more pleasing to your palate than others, but each uses its ingredients beautifully. My only sadness was that they don’t currently have a paired wine flight. They said that was due to short staffing and that they hope to have it back soon. (I will note that despite whatever shortage of staff they may have been experiencing, the service we experienced was excellent—attentive without being an interruption.)

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FrancieR
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
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 on November 30, 2021
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 on November 30, 2021
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!

CS
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.

KB
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.

HE
vipHappyEater
San Francisco
75 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.

MA
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
3 reviews
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.

GK
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..

LB
vipLBG8
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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The Joel Palmer House is rated 4.9 stars by 1595 OpenTable diners.

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