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Thu, 4/26
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8:30 PM
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The Joel Palmer House

4.6
909 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Tuesday through Saturday for Dinner: 5pm - 9pm

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Phone number
(503) 864-2995
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Czarnecki
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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.
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Private party contact
Christopher Czarnecki: (503) 864-2995
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th
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Parking details
Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available
2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot
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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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Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 909 People Are Saying
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4.6
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was outstanding with creative ingredients, locally farmed food, unusual items like elk (which was succulent) and the desserts .... wow amazing !!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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 . . .

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Good food with a tasting menu, with a special focus on mushrooms. Family-owned, friendly, cozy.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful experience. Great service and food.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 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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5.0Dined on February 9, 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.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Incredible. That mushroom tart will haunt my dreams forever.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

The presentation and food was eccellent.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

As always, an exceptional meal from start to finish.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!)

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Wow and wow.

Mushroom tart.

Thank you Chef Chris.

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5.0Dined 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

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