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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
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Creative Cuisine (9)
Cozy (8)
Authentic (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

JP House is very consistent in providing an excellent array of excellent and interesting food. The wiat staff are very well trained, courteous, and informative. We have dined there several times and it continues to be a "must go" when we are in the area. Do everyone else a favor and leave your noisy children at home.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

Made the reservation weeks ahead of time for Valentines day based on reviews. We arrived and no one was there to greet us and waited five minutes to finally be seated by a person who said she would go and find our server. The table we were seated at was literally in the entry way by the entrance where we checked in, there was a curtain to separate us from the entry way. No one ever came and introduced themselves as our server and we sat for 20 minutes before someone actually poured us a glass of water and asked if we would like any bread. Again we are sitting close to the entry way and my wife was getting cold every time the door opened. Again we were going on good reviews or we would have already left. Still nobody came to ask us anything or offer a menu other than the girl who gave us bread and water and said someone would be with us soon. Another couple came in and was seated and received service immediately and we had been there for over 30 minutes by this time now. About that time some one walking by asked us if we would like the bottle of wine we brought opened and we eagerly said yes and asked if we were going to get any service or even what the menu was for the evening now we are 45 minutes in. Finally a person walked by and dropped off two menus showing what the meal that was being offered for the evening. Again the couple that arrived way after us were well on there way to great service and had there meal service started we are now over an hour in and still no server. Finally we caught someone walking by and asked if we could order we literally would have walked out at this point had we had other options. Still no server we asked the girl who was pouring water for us to take our order so we could at least eat and leave. Still over 1 1/2 hours no one came to introduce themselves as a server. The food was not good and we should have asked for our money back. This was a horrible experience with a high cost with a 18.5% gratuity added to the bill (For What?)

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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful experience. Great service and food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We love this place! The menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season, the service is top notch, and the food is to die for!

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner with my daughter for a birthday celebration. The service was amazing and the food was very good! We had the 3 course dinner and the portions were perfect. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

An Oregon original that always delivers. Joel Palmer House is an outstanding restaurant and their mushroom appetizers and entrees are exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic, we plan to bring our daughter and son in law for their anniversary and our friends want to go back with us soon..nice to leave and say no way I could make that.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food. Great service. Delicious, well thought out menu. We were freezing during dinner and dined in our coats.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This is a phenomenal spot, and a rather hidden gem. The food was absolutely incredible, the service was top notch and professional, and even though, by the time our dinner was over the restaurant had gotten busy, the chef still took the time to come out to our table to make sure our meal was satisfactory. I cannot say enough about this location, and it's only a matter of time before we're back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Incredible. That mushroom tart will haunt my dreams forever.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Had a wonderful time and dinner was delicious, we will definitely be returning

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 20, 2017

If you love mushrooms this is your place.
The biggest problem is that it is difficult to find as the lighted sign is barely visible after dark.
Interesting food, but not a place for repeat visits.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

The presentation and food was eccellent.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 6, 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 2, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 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 18, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Wow and wow.

Mushroom tart.

Thank you Chef Chris.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 14, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 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 20, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on October 19, 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 18, 2017

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 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 14, 2017

Great experience
Thank you

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 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 12, 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 10, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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