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The Joel Palmer House, Dayton, OR

The Joel Palmer House

4.8
4.8
1686 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
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.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 69 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Northwest

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 864-2995

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Dayton

  • Cross street

    6th

  • Parking details

    Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available <br />2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,686 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Portland / Oregon

    Best Food

  • Portland / Oregon

    Notable Wine List

  • Portland / Oregon

    Romantic

  • Portland / Oregon

    Special Occasion

  • Portland / Oregon

    Contemporary American

  • Willamette Valley

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  1. FL

    FLXCindy

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Had the 5 course mushroom tasting menu with my husband for his birthday. The first course (he had soup & I had the mushroom tart) was our favorite. The rest of the dinner was not memorable. My husband enjoyed his sturgeon, but my duck was so so. Overall, we were expecting “wow” and what we got was “not bad”. Staff were extremely attentive- almost to the point of distraction.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience. Excellent service, creative chefs, largest wine selection. An absolute must. A place we like to go to regularly.
  3. PF

    PiensaFood

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was a nightmare. We were really excited to enjoy the experience. It was a total nightmare. The plates, all of them extra salty, extra mini mini samplers. Even the bread was a disappointment. Chairs were plastic, uncomfortable. Tent outside dirty. Neighbor screaming and coursing. Extra expensive for the horrible taste. And the service extra fake and uncomfortable. Worst decision to celebrate our anniversary there. Save your time, paladar and money. Don’t do it.
  4. p

    prdunn3

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great everything
  5. RS

    RichardS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great.
  6. JG

    JoeG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for anniversary dinner. Food was great. Service was incredible. Extensive wine catalog. Sommelier was very knowledgeable and helped us choose the perfect wine. All around a great experience.
  7. P

    Pablo

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal I've had at Joel Palmer in the last many decades. Definitely upped their game.
  8. BB

    BeausBoys

    Oklahoma City

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire evening was fabulous. Our 5 courses were as good as any we’ve ever had, as the three of us all took different items on each course. The service was very good - smart, informative & very prompt. The Drink list was great & the wine list spectacular, but reasonable. We’d go back any time!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! Great food, service, and atmosphere.
  10. MH

    MarkH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Chris Czarnecki continues to amaze us with his delicious, enticing and beautifully displayed meals. The dessert as well was a sculpture in chocolate and marzipan - "into the woods mushroom hunting". I think he has a pastry chef who does the desserts. All so spectacular and flavors and experience that linger and create memories.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, this was a remarkable dinner in the most inviting historic building. We were honored to spend our anniversary at The Joel Palmer House while visiting Oregon wine country. The staff were friendly and attentive, we were well taken care of throughout the evening. I could not believe the flavors and delicacy of the menu items. I so enjoyed everything and keep dreaming about the dishes. The menu is exquisite, the wine list is extensive, and the atmosphere is absolutely perfect for a celebratory dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful dinner highly recommend the mushroom madness menu
  13. DL

    DavidL

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What’s wonderful experience. Food was excellent as always. Service was attentive and friendly
  14. LS

    LisaS

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful dinner. Saved goat-cheese cheesecake dessert for breakfast. Excellent!
  15. K

    Kathy

    Baltimore

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The five course set menu was wonderful with 2 or 3 choices for each course. Our server very graciously agreed to a pause between courses 3&4 because we were starting to get full. The service was well done and the ambiance of the restaurant was lovely…well chose music, quiet conversation, etc. I would return.
  16. T

    Table42

    Portland

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a very special martini. The bartender made me a basil martini. That was just one thing that Was so right with the service. The answer to most requests was an immediate yes, if not it was “I will check and we will figure something out”. The food was delicious, served at the perfect pace. We had the tasting menu and it was worth every dollar. Well done! Chris and the team!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! Did the omakaze tasting. The food was incredible! Not as heavy on the mushroom as I was expecting but everything was well executed. Would go back again.
  18. MZ

    MarkZ

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Celebrated our anniversary. They made us feel special. Definitely a place for special occasions or celebration. Historic house nicely appointed worth visiting
  19. JW

    JoeW

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way. It's expensive, but it is everything a dining out experience should be.
  20. G

    Garth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had heard about the place for years and finally made it out. Both service and food were phenomenal.
  21. JV

    JoshV

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience!
  22. DH

    DougH

    Portland

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience! The food is incredible, the service is excellent, the new remodel was well done and the staff is extremely friendly. Good times!
  23. N

    Nick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We believe this was our 7th annual Joel Palmer House experience, to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We will surely be back again next year. Brought our own bottle of pinot noir to compliment the 5 course tasting menu meal. Every course is a well thought out moment that we won't soon forget, along with the handful of surprises along the way. For a guy who thought he didn't like mushrooms this place has made me a believer. Attentive staff, delicious food, perfect outdoor ambiance and a dessert menu catering to anyone's preference made for another wonderful anniversary dinner. Thank you Joel Palmer House!
  24. SJ

    SamanthaJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing! Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!
  25. SS

    StacyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just had one of the best meals of our lives. We were absolutely spoiled at the Joel Palmer House tonight. We did the Omakase menu and felt it was worth it. Each course was so beautiful we found ourselves taking pictures of our food (something we never do!). The cheese selection was the best we have ever seen. Our desert was absolutely incredible. I can’t not mention the staff who were all so fantastic. They were so kind to our son who shared in our anniversary dinner. We absolutely enjoyed every minute and bite of our meal.
  26. M

    Moto

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex, Levi and all were fantastic, and it's nice to see it's somehow become an even more incredible dining experience. We'll be back soon! Fungi heaven!
  27. b

    bryceschroeder

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    first time at Joel Palmer of what will be an ongoing favorite... sumptuous meal served and presented of local foraged and grown cuisine, featuring mushrooms. This paired with an impressive cellar of local wines and incredible serving staff made for one of the best evenings and meals I can remember.
  28. HB

    HeidiB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat. Experience is epic. Staff is very knowledgeable. Chef is amazing. We were treated with the best service anyone could imagine asking for. Chef came and checked on us. Food was amazing.
  29. MT

    MasaT

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose Joel Palmer for our 15th anniversary which I wanted it to be special and I truly felt I made a right choice.
  30. JC

    JeffC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have worked in fine dining and foodservice all of my life and have never had a better experience.
  31. JA

    JeanA

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, an exceptional dining experience!
  32. YF

    YFog

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful restaurant. Best kept secret in Dayton. Wonderful food!
  33. DW

    DebW

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a dream come true. It was better than expected. I got to sit outside and enjoy the view of the yard. Service was exceptional, sommelier friendly and knowledgeable. Food, exquisite. This is my heaven. I had the 5 course mushroom and hope to come back one day for the special 10 course. Chef Chris came out and talked to me. 7th heaven.
  34. BP

    BillP

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was well and carefully prepared. The menu, though limited, allowed for sufficient choices. The service was very attentive (a little too attentive at times, but that's not a complaint). The experience is, by design, intended to allow for a slow and relaxed evening. JP House is expensive, as everyone knows, and I'd consider it just a bit overpriced, but you leave at the end of the evening feeling like you've been handled and carefully attended to.
  35. LB

    LindsayB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy our anniversary dinner at Joel Palmer House!
  36. GS

    GordonS

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our 44th anniversary. unbelievably good! for a hole in the wall town, what a great restaurant!
  37. DL

    DLV2

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I celebrated our first year wedding anniversary so we received complimentary champagne from Argyle vineyards. Every was excellent, the service, the meals, the pace of servicing the food, the ambience. A bit pricey but fine because it was a special occasion. Highly recommended restaurant. Top notch all around. Diana & Lisa
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, best experience ever!! Service was phenomenal!
  39. PK

    PenKaz1804

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and wine, pleasant and very hard working staff - a must do when in the area.
  40. PR

    PaulR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Feels like a restaurant you would find in New York. Felt very upscale and an excellent dining experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Joel Palmer House is rated 4.8 stars by 1686 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 69 times today
Google Map for The Joel Palmer House

600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114

Additional information

  • Cross street

    6th

  • Neighborhood

    Dayton

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Northwest

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Parking Lot and Street Parking available <br />2 Electric Vehicle charging stations free for use in our parking lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Veteran

  • Executive chef

    Christopher Czarnecki

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 864-2995

  • 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

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