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The Joel Palmer House, Dayton, OR

The Joel Palmer House

4.7
4.7
1959 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.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Northwest
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 864-2995
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Czarnecki
  • Private party facilities
    The facility is perfect for special events such as birthdays or rehearsal dinners as well as business meetings. Multiple fixed menu options from which to choose.
  • Private party contact
    Christopher Czarnecki: (503) 864-2995
  • Neighborhood
    Dayton
  • Cross street
    6th
  • Parking details
    Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available <br />2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,959 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Best Service

  • Portland / Oregon

    Best Ambiance

  • Portland / Oregon

    Great for fine wines

  • Portland / Oregon

    Contemporary American

  • Willamette Valley

    Most Booked

1,959 Reviews
  1. MadisonP

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, atmosphere was very intimate, and the service was impeccable! Absolutely will be recommending to friends and family. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!

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  2. Cppd

    Portland

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was the most underwhelming meal ever. For two people, 3 drinks total, the bill was over $500. Undercooked rice, oysters close to going bad, burned sauce, underdressed greens. The prix fixe menu prices rivaled that of a Michelin star level restaurant. The service team is kind and they accommodated a substitution when we realized we could not order off the regular menu due to the valentines holiday week. The chef should not allow anything but perfect food to leave his kitchen for the price of this experience and this was not even close to that. Truly and genuinely disappointed. For reference we had dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant the night before where the food was impressive, taste fresher, portions bigger, service same, and price was HALF including more drinks!!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my fourth time here and it lived up to my previous experiences. The food was outstanding and the service was unmatched!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was extraordinary, bar none. The food was amazing and beautifully presented. The wine selection was phenomenal. They were very accommodating to my husband’s food preferences, and the mixologist was able to whip up several delicious custom drinks, including mocktails. The house itself is a beautiful setting. Overall, an amazing experience for those who are looking for an elevated dining experience.

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  5. pamela

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    overall, great dining experience at the Joel Palmer house! our party selected the omakase experience, and were all full and satisfied. the staff were attentive, professional, and knowledgeable.

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  6. GrammyB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food variety was excellent, the presentation of each dish stunning, and the carefully balanced flavors in each dish made each bite exquisite. The elegant, quiet setting combined with the warm, friendly, attention to detail service provided by the staff were a perfect complement to the food. A personal visit from the chef was the icing on the cake. It wasn’t our first visit, and it won’t be our last. This is not a night of dining out , but an evening of perfection to be remembered for a lifetime.

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  7. ConcernedCitizen

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff are very friendly and attentive. Very fancy, but not stuffy. Formal, but personable. Food is wonderful. Chef is personable and visits your table. If money is no object, this is a splurge you should treat yourself to!

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  8. MarcD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything they say it is, and more. Michelin star-class dishes, fantastic Oregon wine cellar, great staff.

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  9. brichman

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner and experience. The food was incredible - definitely try the scallops! - and the service was above and beyond. A great celebratory dinner spot and a must try for weekend visitors!

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  10. Kevin

    Portland

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Great service from Mark, Alex, Levi and the rest of the staff.

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  11. SusanP

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time there. I am very much a savory person not sweet. A few of the courses I had were too sweet for my pallet. Lovely place. A bit too spendy for me.

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  12. BillP

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best in Oregon food, service and ambiance. Gave a "Good" rating for "Value" as the prices can be breathtaking, depending on your choices. "Value" is subjective. It was well worth it for our special occasion. We'll be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly amazing experience. The food is incredible and the staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The chef’s menu is well worth the price . It is particularly special during the holiday season.

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  14. Glenn

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a top-notch experience. Very classy but not pretentious. Service is superb and food is incredible. they only offer a prix-fixe menu now.

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  15. JulieB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic on all levels! Food, drink, service and ambience all perfect. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience all around. From the moment we were greeted at the door to our table, the explanation of the menu, the exquisite multi course dishes, WOW! Every bite was amazing. Mushrooms, mushrooms and mushrooms. And the cheese cart and dessert board, every detail was thoroughly thought and delivered. We shall be back soon.

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  17. julie

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing attention to detail, creative dishes, fabulous flavor profiles, very sophisticated and competent team members, local foods and herbs and garden, and sommeliers are excellent and wine list is local, aged and great! Cheeses for cheese course are fabulous. First rate all the way around

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  18. AmandaL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! I especially loved the whimsical dessert.

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  19. EmilyW

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I hadn’t visited in 17 years, and it was just as wonderful as I remembered it. Beautiful dining rooms in a gorgeous setting, plus stellar food and service. We loved each of the courses on the Mushroom Madness menu, though I wish I’d skipped the mushroom pate and gotten the elk carpacccio, which was divine. My husband woke up today and said,”That was one the best meals I’ve ever had.” Everything was so good! The wine list is expansive, but very few bottles of non-Pinot Noir and even fewer bottles below $250. After a day of wine tasting Pinots, we really wanted something else and/or a wider range in pricing. Even still, the wines by the glass list has variety, and our choices worked out beautifully with the menu. Will definitely return, and I won’t wait so long next time around!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding experience. The food was beyond exquisite as well as the service, atmosphere and the wine and cocktails. We are already planning to go back in the spring .

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  21. JaneW

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SO special: delicious, beautiful, professional, personal. We've never had a better meal out. Anywhere.

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  22. DanD

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal! Excellent service! Love going here as often as possible. They have a great team of people in front and in back and they all work well together. Always a memorable experience!

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  23. JamesN

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was creatively prepared. I was surprised how limited the menu was. Very different from my previous visits to the restaurant. I also think that the menu is very expensive for what you are getting.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris and Levi delivered big time Food was awesome and pairings were amazing

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  25. DanteC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greta service, great meal, great ambience. Will definitely be back.

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  26. Scott

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic! We were able to be seated early, and Levi organized a ride to get us back to our hotel. The wine recommendation was perfect. The food was unique and delicious. Service was top-notch. We can’t wait to return! We 100% recommend The Joel Palmer House.

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  27. MeganB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience! They went out of their way to make it truly special for us. The wait staff were top notch and so funny and personable. We will be back for sure!

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  28. JLTPDX

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good and unique. Many of the dishes were incredibly rich and the portion sizes were perfect. The desserts were super cute and amazing tasting. Can’t wait to go back!

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  29. Michelle

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible dining experience! Highly recommend... you will not be disappointed.

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  30. MattP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience!! Great food, pairings, and very personable staff.

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  31. JeffP

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places to go for a fantastic dinner

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  32. Erin

    Anchorage

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my boyfriend’s birthday and had an amazing experience. Did the full deal and it was totally worth every penny.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Levi set up an interpreter for my girlfriend and i so she could enjoy the complex menu. that's unheard of. We had an amazing curated experience from start to finish. Cannot recommend The Joel Palmer House enough.

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  34. AmyS

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing!!! We come every year for our anniversary and just celebrated our 20th.

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  35. KathyR

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A unique, flavorful menu. Absolutely delicious! Fantastic service.

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  36. dac3

    Raleigh

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you want a fabulous meal - this is the place to go. We had the 5 course mushroom dinner - every course was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was superb - not rushed at all. The 00 VGR was a superb Pinot Noir. This is a very special place to have dinner.

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  37. LoriA

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re looking for a dining experience and not just a meal this is the place. My husband and I had the Mushroom Menu which was delicious from start to finish. I especially loved the elk carpaccio first course. And even though I had 3 pieces of their excellent focaccia I still had room for the delightful pumpkin cheesecake. The cocktails are imaginative and tasty as well. The service is attentive but not intrusive and the setting relaxing. We also had a fun and interesting conversation with the chef. This is a great special occasion restaurant which I look forward to visiting again.

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  38. EaglePat

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    In terms of food, it was hit and miss. the carpaccio was excellent and unconventional, yet the mushroom soup tasted frankly more like a sauce than a soup. As for the rest, the fact that I hardly remember what I ate is a sign that it had no impact on me. Furthermore, the entire menu felt more like a money grab with buzzy upsale ingredients such as caviar, truffles and foie gras. As for the wine list goes, while extensive it was overpriced. In the end, price for value this place was an insult to my palate and my wallet. In terms of service, the staff was rigorous and very attentive but the Maître D was simply from another era...arrogant and stuffy for no reason. He would make a great TV show sitcom character. To top it all off, when came time to pay, I gave the Maître D my credit card, he left and then came back and said loud enough so other customers could ear "do you have another credit card, this one bounced". My response was simply "it is impossible, I most likely just need to enter my pin" (especially for a $500ish bill for 2 persons) and indeed when I entered my PIN all was accepted. It was obvious to me that his jump to conclusion was intentional and mean. In a nutshell, I would never go back there and never recommend this place.

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  39. SandyP

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, trying small portions of food! Grand finally was the desert for fall time! We got 10 courses of their choice.

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  40. MarkH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Joel Palmer House provides a bang-up meal and experience. Outstanding doesn't come close to describing it. Perhaps glorious! The staff are friendly, polite and polished, without being aloof. The plated courses are beautiful to behold and are beyond delicious. This is a restaurant to sample exquisite and sometimes exotic fare. Prices are in the upper range, but are well worth it. Wild delicious mushrooms are delicately integrated into each dish. You can't go wrong, especially for a special occasion.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Joel Palmer House is rated 4.7 stars by 1959 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Joel Palmer House

600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

Additional information

  • Cross street
    6th
  • Neighborhood
    Dayton
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Northwest
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available <br />2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Veteran
  • Executive chef
    Christopher Czarnecki
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (503) 864-2995
  • Private party facilities
    The facility is perfect for special events such as birthdays or rehearsal dinners as well as business meetings. Multiple fixed menu options from which to choose.
  • Private party contact
    Christopher Czarnecki: (503) 864-2995
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