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About The Joel Palmer House
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.
Dayton, OR 97114
Contemporary American, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner: 5pm - 9pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available
2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot
Private Party Facilities:
The facility is perfect for special events such as birthdays or rehearsal dinners as well as business meetings. A/V equipment and setup available. Multiple fixed menu options from which to choose.
Private Party Contact:
Christopher Czarnecki: (503) 864-2995
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for private lunches of 10 or more. Call for more information.
Special events listed on our website: www.joelpalmerhouse.com and see regular updates at www.facebook.com/thejoelpalmerhouserestaurant
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The Joel Palmer House Ratings and Reviews
This was a special family dinner to celebrate the holidays and a great experience for all of us. We had the Mushroom dinner and my only complaint was that there was too much food. I felt overwhelmed by the time dinner was through. This probably wasn't true for the men in our group, however. The service was exquisite as was the restaurant's attention to detail - heated cream with our coffee, a locally focused wine list, quiet and attentive service. We will come back again.
Old World attention to detail. Chris Czarnecki has taken his international chef experience and brought it home to Oregon. They coax intense flavors out of everyday mushrooms in so many ways. Our recommendations? Don't miss the tart and don't snack before you arrive!
Carl & Kate Giavanti
We had a fabulous meal at the Joel Palmer house. The service was impeccable and the food was superb. We arrived nearly an hour before our reservation, but they happily accommodated us, and from start to finish our experience was outstanding. Mushrooms are a specialty here, and every dish we tried tasted divine. We will return to the Joel Palmer house - hopefully soon!
Christopher is an excellent chef and host for the restaurant. The Joel Palmer House is a unique restaurant and offers a very memorable dining experience. We enjoyed our meal very much and were delighted to have found this lovely restaurant located in an historical home with a 4th generation chef at it's helm! (note to Christopher: we couldn't see your sign on the corner at night - it would be much easier to find your wonderful restaurant if the sign was lit up!)
Disappointing dinner experience. Food was too fussy and mushrooms were not true stars. Soup was starchy and flavorless, beef tenderloin and elk were cooked to perfection but smothered in brown flavorless sauce. Candy cap crème brûlée was tasty. I love mushrooms and I expected to eat a lot of them instead I barely got a hint of them
The food was very, very good and the service excellent! However the added gratuity on the bill was not appreciated. That should always be up to the guest to make that decision. And that makes me not as likely to recommend it to others, as I have done in the past.
We had a wonderful experience at the Joel Palmer House as we prepare to welcome baby #2. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly for the 5 course tasting menu. The courses were paced perfectly, and interspersed with lovely amuse bouches to delight us. The restaurant is quiet but perfect for intimate conversation. The wild mushroom soup was delicious, as were the salmon and the duck breast (perfection!). What a treat!
While we had high hopes for this well-known and established restaurant, my wife and I were quite disappointed with the overall experience, especially for the money spent. Wait staff were very professional, kind and pleasant. I reserved via OpenTable and denoted we were celebrating my wife's b-day, which was never mentioned by anyone. Other than that, they were truly on top of things.
The ambiance was what we expected and were hoping for; a quiet, old-fashioned environment created from a historic Oregon home, with a rich history to it. Very lovely. Our complaint is singularly with the food itself. As a family-owned restaurant since the early 1900s (starting in Philadelphia I believe, pre-"Palmer House" days), they are now on their 4th generation chef. While I appreciate the family tradition and heritage this brings, the food we ate tasted like it came from the 1930s; dated and covered with a "wedding buffet" mushroom gravy that had us unable to differentiate between dishes.
We both realized going into this experience that mushrooms are "their thing", and so anticipated some creative expressions and interesting food pairings. Instead it seemed as if the menu hadn't changed in many decades, leaving behind many of the culinary discoveries and innovations cultivated during this time.
The big hurt, however, wasn't so much the sub-par food but rather the massive price tag attached to it. We have had some outstanding dinners for the price we paid (not to mention the overpriced house wine, another gouge). In those cases, we always leave feeling lighter and almost refreshed. At The JP House, however, we left feeling bloated and improperly nourished.
We had heard many good things about The Joel Palmer House. We have foraged for mushrooms and we were interested in trying their menu. The food and service were excellent, but not truly worthy of the expense. We were particularly surprised at the wine and coffee prices. We did it once, but can find other equally fine dining at more competitive pricing.
We come to Portland and the Willamette 2-3 times a year, and we often considered the Joel Palmer house but the mixed reviews and location always made us keep looking. This trip we spent one night in a vintage Airstream at The Vintages (which was a great way to spend a night in the Valley), and the Joel Palmer House was just down the street. We were celebrating my wife’s birthday, so we decided to splurge. Well...long story short, we shouldn’t have. Service, food and setting are stuck in the past, and everything was way overpriced. And just to be clear, we love mushrooms. The recipes and presentation haven’t been updated in years. We had a $40 2012 Brooks Reisling that was musty and for the two of us our check was $240, including the automatic 18% gratuity that was added to the check. Seriously, if you enjoy fresh, local, innovative farm to table cuisine, don’t waste your time and money. Don’t even be tempted. It really was that bad. Next time we will stick with Red Hills Market.
We were looking forward to dinner here. However on the night we went they seemed to be mailing it in. The service was sporadic. Two different times they served the wrong course to the wrong person. Easily corrected but not expected in a restaurant that costs $100 plus per person. One dessert we ordered was inedible. Seemed like they forgot to cook it. Should never have left the kitchen. They replaced it when we complained. The rest of the food ranged from OK to good. When we left--a little after 8:30-- there was no staff in the dining room. Seemed like they had disappeared. Too bad--we wanted to like this experience.
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