This place reports to be great food in Salem. It was mediocre at best especially for the money we paid. This place is overrated and over priced. Service was a bit slow and again the food was not as good as it should have been and I had a ribeye. Could have cooked it at home better. Fish was a bit overcooked and small for the price.
We attended this event assuming it was to be held in the restaurant. Instead it was in a large room in the hotel that is in severe need of updating.
We wanted to try out the restaurant, and I guess we should've gone on a regular day.
All in all tho, it was a decent brunch. The server was attentive and very kind.
The lady handling payment was not so much.
This was recommended to us by a local. They felt that this was a high end place. Perhaps we are spoiled which is why we did not like it. Its hotel food. The Lamb was horrible. We basically were in a bar setting with tables pushed together. The server did not know much about wine. We wanted a more exclusive table and dinning experience this is not what this was. The best thing was the lady singing on stage. She was good.
Compared to a lot of the other Easter Brunches in the area, this is very reasonably priced, has a large variety nice food, wait staff is friendly, and for children the visit of the life sized Easter Bunny is a special treat.
I have had their fish twice now and both times it was very good. I had the Halibut once and the Salmon the other time. I suggested they put a parmesan encrusted Halibut on their menu also. They have a really good steak fillet as well. Good food and nice environment.
Food was good but over priced. For what we paid service was less than adequate. We went on Valentine's evening and we were disappointed. Atmosphere and service reminded us of a pancake house type restaurant.
A last-minute (2 days in advance) reservation for Valentine's Day to a new-to-us restaurant was most fortunate. It was terrific!! We both ordered the special, that came with a delicious salad of baby greens and fresh berries. The service was great, the food delicious and plentiful. We'll definitely go back again.
How a "grill" can serve a NY Steak that is: 1) not actually a NY cut of meat; 2) folded over on the end to get the intended thickness; and 3) still not manage to get the grill temperature right... Well, that would be the Willamette Valley Grill in a nutshell.
Oh, but don't bother complaining... They simply won't care! I am truly surprised that this establishment is on OpenTable... If I could vote for them to be removed, I would happily do so.
The establishment is more of a tavern than a restaurant... I should have gone to the Newport Grill around the corner!!!
We had the thanksgiving day brunch and were very disappointed, however this experience was probably not representative of the regular service at the restaurant. They held the brunch in one of the hotel conference rooms and while there was a large selection of meats and desserts, there were very few additional hot dishes. They had stuffing which I did not try because it looked like a waste of calories and mashed potatoes (which were good) but it would have been nice to have a hot vegetable, even just some green beans or corn would have been nice. They did have a salad and vegetable tray with dressing. Mostly I was disappointing because I thought the meal would be in the restaurant and for $30 per person I would have like a little more ambiance. The food that they did have was okay, but nothing spectacular. Also do not put scented candles on dinner tables please.
This used to be a really nice place to dine. Now its like eatingin a noisy cafateria. Food was ok, menu way ove priced for such a venue. many items we asked for they were out of. Not going abck
Excellent food. Poor timing, meal came 2 minutes after the salad. Basically sitting in the bar and not a real dining area. The area formerly used as the dining area appeared to be undergoing work. Hope so. I'm not sure we'd put up with the unprofessional service and ambiance for the admittedly excellent food.
High praise for the halibut fish and chips and a perfectly prepared rib eye.
We ate there for Mother's Day brunch. The food and decorations were great however the surroundings were outdated. If you are just going there for the food, would highly recommend it.
The good: the omelet maker, who did as good a job as can be done -- perfect! Also the prime rib carving station, which provided ample slices of surprisingly good prime rib. The bad: most of the steam table items were not hot enough, and the chicken breasts were surprisingly bland. Charging extra for drinks (coffee, hot chocolate) was tacky, and the ambiance was nonexistent. We will not return.
Although the food and presentation remain of high quality, the fact that the noisy bar is in the dining area makes for disturbing background. The acoustics of the dining area made reasonable conservation difficult, the noise was beyond energetic. We realize that liquor sales are more profitable than food services. We just miss having a quality dinner in a respectful atmosphere.
me and my boyfriend went for valentines day, i enjoyed my food more than he did (they were pretty skimpy with his short ribs) but the drinks were great and my halibut was delicious. they had a special valentine's menu which made ordering super easy.
Very disappointed. My meal was half wrong, sons and grandma all wrong. Son ate my meal because he was hungry and didn't eat his when he got it back because he was full. I didn't get anything to eat and my grandma ate dinner by herself. And only a few tables were set so there was no reason for the long wait to get the wrong orders or re-orders.
This was our 3rd time at Willamette Grill and by far our worst. Even though we visited at 3:30pm on Valentine's Day and there were 2-3 other tables in use, the service was very slow. Also, our food was quite overcooked. While we very much enjoy eating here, we will have to think twice before we do so again.
Too bright, a cafeteria feel - Food was good - one waitress for the entire room was not enough for a Saturday night.
Bowl game on the T V at the bar O K if that is the ambiance one seeks. WVG is neither Sports Bar nor Dining - seems confused about it's identity. Could be really good as one or the other - the decision has not been made and neither clientele is satisfied.
Although the main dining room is now reserved for groups, the food remains great. The mixed drinks are well done. For some reason, local folk and Red Lion guests, don't utilize the fine menu, reasonable prices, and nice service provided.
A friend and I ate here on Thanksgiving. The food was excellent and so was the service. Plenty of choices in salads, fruits, deserts, and your choice of Turkey, Primerib or Ham, all cooked to perfection. I would definitely dine here sgain.
This is the 2nd year we have gone to the Thanksgiving brunch. This is also the 2nd year where no sweet potatoes were served which is a must for my wife. I also heard two other people ask where the sweet potatoes were. We will look for another place for future holiday buffets where sweet potatoes are served.
The server was very good. I was traveling with an extremely picky eater and the waitress was more than patient with the 20 questions (or was it 200). As for my meal, the lamb was excellent - perfectly cooked to just barely medium rare - which is what I ordered! The portabella fries were good, but I think they might have been better in a tempura-style batter (as it says in the menu) instead of the beer-batter. I do give the waitress extra points for noting the difference at the time we ordered them. All in all, if I find myself in Salem, OR again, I would go back.
Remodel made dining room into open, noisy room with all hard surfaces. Very loud and cafeteria like. No more intimate spots and bar with tv's is right in the dining area. Sorry to see such a decline.
pleasant atmosphere. Gourmet food well prepared.Service went very well-responsive. Would go back and recommend. Bar with tv on one side of room for those special games.
My husband and I have enjoyed this restaraunt as a special occasion place for years but our last experience was a little disappointing. I love the decor but the upholstery on our booth was badly worn. Most of the food was very good but my halibut was overcooked. There were many empty tables for a Saturday night and most of the guests were in shorts. I'm sure they were hotel guests but it didn't make it feel like the fine dining experience we were looking for. We won't give up on it yet but I hope they make some improvements.
Arrived & waited a good 20 minutes before even being recognized and seated. Once seated given water and waited a good 20 minutes before our order was taken. Mind you, only 5 tables occupied and 2 wait staff on duty. Order was finally taken and our entree of crab/artichoke dip took 10 minutes later to arrive. And when it arrived you wondered if the crab got up and walked away. Our meal finally came a good twenty minutes later and it was just okay. Entree salad was just that, no crackers or bread and plenty of red cabbage and dry chicken? The bbq rib platter was just ribs and homemade fries and no catsup or bbq sauce offered. Asked about bread which we had been told came when you were seated. Flys and cobwebs in the window next to our table.
Food choices are quite nice and we enjoy the the flavors and seasons of the dishes. The chef does a nice job of the side dishes the accompany each menu item. The food is nicely prepared and service has always been good. The ambiance was rated a bit low because the restaurant has all the makings of fine dining, but lacks some intimacy or a nice touch would be to have tablecloths.
Had never eaten here before. My wife and I both had the surf and turf (steak and shrimp). Excellent meal, we would recommend this place to our friends to eat.
Good menu selections, chosen items prepared quickly and were hot and fresh, bread under baked but tasty. Attentive service. Comparable pricing with other similar venues. Plan on returning.
Our group had 7 p.m. dinner reservations on a Thurs. On entering, a sign says "you will be seated promptly". Wrong. No one was at the reservation desk and one waitress was taking an order and facing away. We weren't even acknowledged for at least 5 minutes. Our waiter appeared 5 or more minutes later and we were given menus. After ordering, we waited well over 30 minutes for food (I think the waiter refilled our water one time early in the waiting.) The food WAS excellent but table-clearing was very slow and partly done by the only other wait-person working. Then the check was slow to arrive. There was little to no attention from our waiter during the meal. (Only 4 other tables were ever occupied during our visit.)
I had the fresh lamb chops and that were excellent and prepared perfectly. My wife ordered chicken, and while tasty, was a bit over done for her liking. We brought our own bottle of wine and they opened for a reasonable $10 corkage. The menu had a varied list and it appears that most people would be able to enjoy from a wide selection at decent prices. Definitely will go again.
Service and food were excellent. I had the seared ahi and my wife had the beet salad. They both were very delicious.
We had All you can eat Primerib. Good food. Our server worked very hard. It does seem they were a bit shorthanded. But, everyone was friendly.
Willamette Valley Grill does a great job on their steaks but some times simpler is better. The meat high enough quality to not need to be drenched in sauce. I recommend asking for the sauce on the side if you like to taste your ribeye. Every time I order seafood here I end up sending it back for being overcooked or for a metallic taste. To their credit, the staff will work hard to ensure you get food you will enjoy.
The atmosphere is great. The tables are separated by curtains to add to a sense of privacy and romance.
For the quality of the food, the restaurant is well priced. Once in a while you can find a Groupon for half off, making my above mentioned small inconveniences more than forgivable.
Great Mother's Day brunch the last couple years, although it seemed like there were some foods missing this year. And the dessert table should have had more different items. The food is really good, and there is a good variety.
We came to dinner and the waiter tried hard but was quite inexperienced, he was very pleasant but that was it. I had a rack of smoked ribs which were over cooked, and had far to much black char on them; crunching charcoal is not my idea of a savory meal. My fiancé had the prosciutto wrapped filet, which was luke warm outside and cold in the center. The waiter called the prosciutto bacon, which further showed his inexperience. I know they are trying to create ambience, however the seating arrangement and decorations looked like a cheap attempt. In the end I would not recommend this place to anyone. I can go to many other places, dine on better food, and spend less money.
Worst brunch ever - we will not ever go there again. We were seated, then our table of 10 guests went to get food. A waiter never came to our table to bring drinks (even though other tables had drinks.). We finally hunted one down when we were beginning dessert. He asked me how many coffees and I said 10. He acted like he didn't believe me and proceeded to ask each guest at the table if they wanted coffee. They all said yes. He returned 5 minutes later with coffee in mugs. By this point we were nearly finished with the dessert. He gave everyone their coffee and returned a few minutes later with the cream. He never returned. I guess this brunch only let's you have one cup of coffee and no juice or anything else to drink.
We usually really like this place- and had been for Easter Brunch before- in the actual restaurant. We were surprised and a little disappointed that it was held in the ballroom of the hotel- far more impersonal. If we had been warned that it would be in the ballroom, we would have made other plans. It would have been great had we had a large group. The four of us were seated at a large 10 man table and it was weird. The guy they had playing the bad electric piano in the back just sounded like a bass player just dinking around in the corner of the room. The food was reasonably good. Service was so-so. We will go back to the regular restaurant, wehre the service and the food are usually excellent- just not the Easter Brunch again.
Enjoyed a lovely brunch with attentive service, regularly refilled buffet and food to meet everyone's tastes.
I have heard lots of people commend this restaurant. I have wanted to give it a try. The Easter Brunch was fabulous! We hit it at a very busy time and realized they were busy. The wait staff was attentive, though spread thin. Everything we ate was superb! We'd frequent the restaurant again for brunch or even book it for a meeting. I wasn't too thrilled with the ambiance, but I knew going it that it wasn't an intimate place to dine (therefore the 4 stars).