This place was amazing!! Definitely a hidden gem in Oregon! The Joel Palmer house brings back a sense of class and sophistication that today's otherwise formal dining is missing. The staff is friendly, prompt, and spends the right amount of time with their customers where you can tell they truly care but also do not want to be in your way at all times. The food was hands down some of the best I have ever eaten!! The Chinese 5-Spice Duck was OUT OF THIS WORLD and my husband is still raving about his Filet En Croute. I will most definitely be back to the Joel Palmer house.
The food was outstanding with creative ingredients, locally farmed food, unusual items like elk (which was succulent) and the desserts .... wow amazing !!
Lovely evening! Very quiet, great food, altogether wonderful dining experience! Chef came out to see if we were happy...that's always a good sign! Wonderful way to end a fun day of wine tasting!
Read the negative reviews and can't agree: nice selection of background music, warm greeting on arrival and attentive service. Of course food is interesting here since it is a mushroom-centered menu.
My mushroom soup took some time to get used to: very intense, but I really enjoyed it. Steak was so tender and encased in a light pastry. My partner's meal was quite enjoyable as well.
So it was a unique experience. But must say price was not justified by that experience. Had a view of the backyard and parking lot. Required gratuity is part of a new wave, and I don't like it.
It's set at 18% and ironically we would have tacked on 20%.
And don't ask when making reservations if it is a special occasion (I stated it was a birthday celebration) and then never say a word!
We loved our experience at the Joel Palmer House. Service was attentive and the food and wine were delicious. The 3-course menu was top-notch and was offered at a very reasonable price. The only recommendation I have is to offer some lighter appetizer courses and desserts. The food was delicious but it was rather rich so that we could not finish our meals, despite our best efforts! Not a bad problem to have . . .
As always the Joel Palmer House was a wonderful dining experience. Our friend was retiring after 25 hers working in Emergency Medicine and I could think of no better place for him to leave this wonderful profession than the Joel Palmer House. The food was excellent and the service was terrific. The staff made it a very special experience for Dr. Wade Webster. The experience is very expensive, but the food, service and ambiance is exceptional. We were honored that the chef even came out and asked us about our meal. We will be back and we will always recommend the Joel Palmer House to our friends.
High end dining in a country setting. Original menu with local flair with special emphasis on mushrooms. Great place for Birthdays & Anniversaries. Price Fix menus greatly appreciated. Reliably Excellent.
Excellent destination venue after wine tasting or for a special occasion. Fresh foraged mushrooms a specialty. Fine local wines featured. Attentive service . Pleasing presentation of each dish. Try the beef stroganoff, a family recipe. Will definitely return.
This restaurant has a good reputation based on word of mouth. However, I found the service to be poor and the food ordinary. I brought someone special there for a birthday, thus disappointed with my choice. Do not recommend this restaurant over other options nearby.
Love this place. Have been many times, but food was a little off tonight. Rice with beef stroganoff was a bit undercooked and first wine was off. Usually, a phenomenal meal but tonight underperformed.
A Sunday drive to wine country and topped off by a wonderful dinner at the Joel Palmer House. True to their reputation, they specialize in mushrooms and they are delicious, whether in a tart, in the tenderest Beef Stroganoff I have ever had, and even in the dessert. A drive well worth it!!
Creative, delicious cuisine made with passion! Chef Chris prepared a fantastic meal that focused on locally sourced ingredients, especially mushrooms which are his specialty. Each dish integrated the theme wonderfully. In addition to having a great meal, our chef was an excellent host who showed great hospitality.
Good food with a tasting menu, with a special focus on mushrooms. Family-owned, friendly, cozy.
I don’t want it to come across as if we had a horrible time. We had a pleasant time, but it was just that, pleasant. The experience felt monotone. The food was beautifully presented, but was lacking elsewhere. The risotto was void of acid, and really left my palate wanting more than just the richness provided. The lentils served with the Elk Ribeye were raw (yes, I know they are supposed to have bite and texture). The meat of the Ribeye itself was unrecognizable as it was completely drenched in the rich sauce that completely muted every other element of the dish. Both of the desserts were texturally unappealing although had good flavor. The highlight of the food was the gazpacho intermezzo, as it was the one item with finesse and dimension.
In all, I was not impressed with the food. The service was kind and polite, albeit without personality. Perhaps we will try it again in a different season, as I am always up for giving places a second chance.
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.
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?)
Wonderful experience. Great service and food.
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!
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.
An Oregon original that always delivers. Joel Palmer House is an outstanding restaurant and their mushroom appetizers and entrees are exceptional.
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.
Great food. Great service. Delicious, well thought out menu. We were freezing during dinner and dined in our coats.
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.
Incredible. That mushroom tart will haunt my dreams forever.
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
Had a wonderful time and dinner was delicious, we will definitely be returning
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.
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!
The one thing that we all wanted on the menu was not available. Very disappointed.
Overall, everything was super delicious.
The presentation and food was eccellent.
As always, an exceptional meal from start to finish.
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.
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!)
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!
My only regret is we didn't come here sooner. Fantastic place, staff and food.
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.
Wow and wow.
Thank you Chef Chris.
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