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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
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.
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.
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.
We were really looking forward to trying the Joel Palmer House, so I made a reservation to celebrate the beginning of a new school year (I'm a teacher). We were promptly seated, but from that point the service was incredibly inconsistent. It took an awkwardly long time for anyone to approach us to take our drink order or answer questions about the menu; after that, the timing of the courses felt rushed. By the end of the meal, when the last course was being served, we were offered the check but no coffee or espresso. We left unimpressed, particularly since service was included in the price of our meal. It was a high price tag for poor service, to be honest.
With all that said, the food did not disappoint. Very good. Had the service been better it would have been a five star experience all-around.
After reading a few of the recent less than stellar reviews, I was interested to dine here again, having not been for a year or so. Although there has been some staff turnover, we had great food and service. The food was as good as ever, the service was timely and considerate, and the experience of dining on the patio on a beautiful summer evening as special as ever. Andrew is a good addition to the staff.
Charming historic home on beautiful grounds, as welcoming as the staff! A warm night in wine country, we chose to dine outdoors. The food was creatively conceived and flawlessly executed and served. My mushroom tart was extraordinary and the angel hair pasta with chanterelle cream sauce was topped with at least a half lobster!
The crepe with apple persuaded me to withdraw my vow to forgo desert. Dale's steak tartare was dusted with white truffle powder, his duck with foie gras sauce and apple memorable! Amuse bouches were refreshing and interesting. We look forward to returning!
Joel Palmer house NEVER disappoints On a scale of 1-10, this is a solid 15!!!!!!!
We recommend the 5 course tasting menu, each course has two choices, two people can pretty much taste the entire chefs repertoire by ordering opposite. Wines by the glass make great accompaniment and the cocktails are created and crafted by a true master of the art. On this occasion, my traditional Makers Mark old fashioned was crafted WITHOUT club soda, used a proprietary bitter, and was a revelation!!! I'd buy the bitters to add to my home bar.
Mushroom centric may sound odd to the uninitiated- but be adventurous- give JPH a try, grarantee you won't be disappointed!!!!!
The Joel Palmer House provided a wonderful, upscale experience! The food was high quality, creative, and all around delicious. Even if you're not a huge mushroom fan, the menu would still be pleasing. Staff was attentive but didn't hover. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasion dining and I would return again.
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