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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.

600 Ferry St
Dayton, OR 97114
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner: 5pm - 9pm

Cross Street:
6th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 864-2995

Website:
http://www.joelpalmerhouse.com/

Parking Details:
Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available
2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot

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. A/V equipment and setup available. Multiple fixed menu options from which to choose.

Private Party Contact:
Christopher Czarnecki: (503) 864-2995

Additional:
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

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4.5

service

4.6

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4.5

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4.1

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83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (38)
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Romantic (25)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Healthy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Organic (6)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Scenic View (3)
Casual (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The one thing that we all wanted on the menu was not available. Very disappointed.
Overall, everything was super delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

The presentation and food was eccellent.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, an exceptional meal from start to finish.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The experience, both food and cost , were memorable. The food was excellent and creative. The wine pours were very conservative. The prices were beyond the experience.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

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!)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Again, a great dinner at the Joel Palmer House! I've never been disappointed here. Spent some of the time in conversation with other couples celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries. Worth the drive!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

My only regret is we didn't come here sooner. Fantastic place, staff and food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wow and wow.

Mushroom tart.

Thank you Chef Chris.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I wasn’t impressed with the mushroom soup (their specialty), but the “mushroom”creme brûlée was fabulous! We had a great time with the wait staff and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great experience. Great food and exceptional service. A unique venue. Loved the mushroom tart, beef stroganoff, and pumpkin ravioli.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fine dining with attention to every detail. Outstanding food quality. Extensive but pricey wine list. You won’t be disappointed.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent atmosphere! We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

I make better mushroom soup.
Food edible but not worth the price.
Will not return.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My mother advised me if I don't have anything good to say, don't say it. A meal in Spring was quite promising, this one reminded me of mom.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great experience
Thank you

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The elk steak, filet, and stroganoff were well liked at our table.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Perfect end to a road trip vacation. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Very enjoyable evening. A Willamette Valley classic.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was amazing. We were lucky enough to have the chef help to serve us and he was a delight! We would definitely dine there again

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. Do not miss the mushroom tart nor the creme brûlée. I enjoyed the elk very much. The house wine was terrific too.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The traditional family recipes are amazing. Perfect place for an anniversary dinner. Impeccable service.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Phenomenal meal with top notch service. The food is fantastic and a favorite when we visit Oregon.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fantastic food and excellent service. Expensive but worth it

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Rating was lowered because food was uneven. Some dishes were great others were to salty.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 29, 2017

From service to wine list and food..hands down amazing!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Amazing wait staff. Very attentive. Knowledgable and friendly wine steward. Phenomenal food. Chef came by our table to check on us. Prices very reasonable for this quality of food/wine/service. Great setting in the old house!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Wonderful! The foood unbelievably delicious! Loved the atmosphere, the staff and enjoyed having the owner and Chef stop to say hello!
We were visiting from Atlanta, Georgia. Thankful to have eaten at the Palmer House!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

After seven years, i still rembered this gem. Mushroom theme is great and we were not dissapointed once again. Id only suggest a few more non pinot reds.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

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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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We were very disappointed with JPH. After reading the mixed reviews, it was hard to know what to expect. We went based on a personal referral from an acquaintance who wrote about the Willamette Valley. There were too many negatives to mention here so I'll just say that there are many other restaurant options in the valley with better food and atmosphere for a far better value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We eat here three years ago and could not wait to return. We were disappointed...the mushroom soup was watery and had little mushroom flavor. It was served in a small bowl-like taurine without the beautiful white cream mushroom design. The mushroom tart lacked density and was "floating" on a thick brown mushroom gravy. The mushroom Risotto was overcooked to the point of having the texture of overcooked rice. The service was great...Andrew was on his game, as was the "bread lady!" Off night? JPH was not that busy. Sadly, it seems JPH has lost the luster it had brightly demonstrated three years ago.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Food and wine were excellent; although the wine was a bit pricey. A great special occasion restaurant.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Was delicious. Expensive for sure. We live in the Pearl with lots of great dining options but was nice change of pace .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Organic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our meal was delicious and memorable. The service was above and beyond. The entire staff made us feel welcome and we enjoyed our entire experience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 8, 2017

great meal, outstanding service, mushroom tart "best first course ever"

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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