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The Joel Palmer House

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1332 Reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1332 people are saying
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vipcheryl
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prix fix menu with an emphasis on mushrooms in each course. Sat outside under the patio covering with lovely views of the yard.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food was excellent and beautifully plated with several choices as part of their prix fixe. And their outdoor patio is lovely

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LindaW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have wanted to try this restaurant for some time. Finally able to go. They are still sorting their plans. The table service was very good. We did the Omekase. The oyster was wonderful, and the sturgeon and elk were very impressive. A couple of the items were a little too salty for my taste. Love the creme fraische mushroom drawn in the soup, which was also very good. We had a very pleasant evening.

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vipeyeluvfood
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing, unique experience! We opted for the 10 course chef’s dinner, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tasty, unique courses, and the dessert was sublime. Our sommelier and service staff was perfect. I definitely recommend for a special night out!

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JayW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here every year on our anniversary, the whole experience so good. The service, food, ambiance - all so good. We ate here on our 38th wedding anniversary, enjoyed it immensely!

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JaimeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very unique tasting menu with local flavors, all of which were delicious. Don't let the "mushroom menu" scare you off, the mushrooms were never overpowering in the dishes, only complimentary. I loved the quaint refurbished old house atmosphere, super cozy and classy at the same time. Chef even came out to say hello. Overall a wonderful experience!

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MorganA
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were dining here on our honeymoon. The service was top notch! I started to feel sick half way through the dinner and the staff was so helpful bringing me tea and boxing up our final two courses. They were so attentive and really focus on providing great service.

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AndrewH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a gem. What a perfect night. The food was on point, the wine paired nicely, and the people were above and beyond, and this made the entire experience. We will be back and thank you for the nice evening Joel Palmer House.

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vipfoodie
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday amazing

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DebraP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Historic house, very friendly staff. Great food. Make amazing things with mushrooms.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was great, although a bit overpriced. Dinner for 4 was $500 including a bottle of wine. I would not mind paying this for NY or Paris at an exceptional place, but for Dayton Oregon the pricing is way over the top. Not sure if so would go back because of this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food. Impeccable service. Extensive wine list. This is a must go back! A true gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff. Delicious, local and original food. A perfect experience for that special occasion.

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vipMariaB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful setting. Most courses delicious. Elk was not edible. Didn’t care for the fish course either. Very unusual for us. I’ve eaten wild game on different safaris in Africa. We eat fish 4x per week. All else was fantastic

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DJasonC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and outstanding service. Highly recommend the Palmer House to anyone who cares about quality food and service.

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BarbaraG
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary, and it turn out the new sommelier is our neighbor!!

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GeneQ3
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very pleased with food prepared by Chef Chris.
Yes, mushrooms were involved , as everyone knows. Yet the preparation and introduction of other ingredients just blended so well. Then on top of that you add the wine pairings by Sommelier Alexis and the food just popped.
Definitely a fine dining experience and fit for foodies.

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Krebscy
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outdoor seating was a bit odd, but the food was very good.

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DanielB
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Fantastic service. The quality of the dishes on the tasting menu was disappointing. Dishes had little plate appeal and the flavors did not stand up to the pricing. The best item was the mushroom tart. It was great.

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CindyL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, highly recommend.

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JimO
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had patio seating with a 6:45 reservation and it was a perfect evening. The staff was very attentive and took care of our every need. The food was fabulous with a very nice selection to choose from. The chef came out afterwards to see how everything was, which added a touch of class to the evening. Would highly recommend Joel Palmer to anyone looking for a romantic, wonderful evening for having dinner.

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KurtB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wonderful restaurant. We’re from New Orleans and appreciate and understand good food. This was excellent and very much worth the drive. Ingredients were fresh, sauces were amazing, and the assorted cheese plate at the end was to die for. Wait staff was attentive and friendly. A truly great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish!

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Jareds
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent and the people are super friendly.

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RobinM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe eating here during the Pandemic! Food was great, as well as the ambience! We’ll be back...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

No acknowledgement of celebration. The painter lady was much better.

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Juliej
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was highly recommended to us by several friends and since we were in the area we went. Due to coronavirus we sat outside and the view was very peaceful. Food, service and ambiance exceeded our expectations.

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Mindy
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal! Mushroom soup and Elk Steak were excellent. Beef Stroganoff was liked by all 4 of my guests.
Will be coming back.....

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely setting for outdoor seating. The dinner was fabulous and the service perfect. If you are looking for that special occasion location, this is it!!!

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vipJeanA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd annual birthday dinner with our son. Could not find a bad thing to say if we tried. If we lived in OR you would see us regularly!

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LarryB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our steak was over cooked. However the waiter took care of this item

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JudeG
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience as always! The mushroom tart is to die for!

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EmilyW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner - the ambiance, food and wait staff service were all incredible. We will definitely go back!

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a garden setting and great wine list.
The oysters, salad, wild mushroom tart and cheesecake were outstanding.
We loved the house white violin chardonnay too!
Memorable meal!

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Nate
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, amazing service, and wonderful atmosphere for outdoor seating. Highly recommended!

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vipkathleenb
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was very nice except we waited for easily 15 minutes before anyone came near us. Even then we had to flag someone down to get service. Some sort of confusion and they promptly responded which we appreciated. Still, that continued throughout the meal. It was unclear that the right hand knew what the left hand was doing.

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MaureenF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dinner. The service is incredible and the food is delicious. Well worth the trip!

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Foodlover114
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Very friendly and personable staff who were very vigilant about doing what they can to keep a safe distance when can. Food came out amazing and their wine selections is local and great as well. I will always recomend this place if you want to go out for a nice dinner and you love mushrooms. Still good even if mushrooms are not your favorite thing.

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Returncustomer
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining out experience since the covid 19 lock down & restrictions.
what a treat it was. We dined on the patio. It was very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable. All employees wore face masks and the tables were spaced far apart. All of our food was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The chef/owner came out during our meal to see how everything was. We will definitely be returning soon I hope.

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