The Joel Palmer House

★★★☆☆
  • 600 Ferry St

    Dayton, OR 97114

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  • 503-864-2995

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Flawless! Our group of 4 discriminating foodies all agreed that this was an excellent dinner.

We did the Mushroom Madness tasting menu. ($80 per person) The menu was slightly different then on the website. (The restaurant prints a

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Flawless! Our group of 4 discriminating foodies all agreed that this was an excellent dinner.

We did the Mushroom Madness tasting menu. ($80 per person) The menu was slightly different then on the website. (The restaurant prints a

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Great reputation for good food and good staff. Fun for me to visit as I used to visit the Palmer House as a kid before it was a restaurant. I am so glad it continues - it is a treasure.

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Great reputation for good food and good staff. Fun for me to visit as I used to visit the Palmer House as a kid before it was a restaurant. I am so glad it continues - it is a treasure.

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Great food. If you like mushrooms, try the mushroom feast here if you can. It is expensive but SO good!

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Great food. If you like mushrooms, try the mushroom feast here if you can. It is expensive but SO good!

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Went to Joel Palmer House for our wedding anniversary - it has been written up in numerous publications. Food and service were good but (my opinion) too expensive for what you got. I was also not wild about there automatically adding a 15% gratuity.

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Went to Joel Palmer House for our wedding anniversary - it has been written up in numerous publications. Food and service were good but (my opinion) too expensive for what you got. I was also not wild about there automatically adding a 15% gratuity.

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This restaurant is listed in the book 1000 Places to See Before you Die. We're glad we did. The food was delicious and very special. We're recommended our sister and brother-in-law eat there when they visit the area this month. The scallops I had were the best I'd ever had, and the Pinot Noir indescribable. A must when in the area.

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This restaurant is listed in the book 1000 Places to See Before you Die. We're glad we did. The food was delicious and very special. We're recommended our sister and brother-in-law eat there when they visit the area this month. The scallops I had were the best I'd ever had, and the Pinot Noir indescribable. A must when in the area.

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I am an employee at JPH and just wanted to let you know our employees are treated very well. The gratuity is added in on the bill, but we all are compensated, front and back of house. We also have medical and other benefits available to us. So please, don't avoid trying us out based on someone's impression the employees aren't treated well. The fact is this is just not true.

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★★★☆☆

I am an employee at JPH and just wanted to let you know our employees are treated very well. The gratuity is added in on the bill, but we all are compensated, front and back of house. We also have medical and other benefits available to us. So please, don't avoid trying us out based on someone's impression the employees aren't treated well. The fact is this is just not true.

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Just FYI the service change they add on instead of tip does not go to the servers or the kitchen staff (unless you include the owners). They do pay a bit more than minimum wage to servers but still.
The food is mostly uninspired. Support restaurants that treat their employees well instead.

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Just FYI the service change they add on instead of tip does not go to the servers or the kitchen staff (unless you include the owners). They do pay a bit more than minimum wage to servers but still.
The food is mostly uninspired. Support restaurants that treat their employees well instead.

Pros: Nice house.

Cons: The service charge does not go to the staff!

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I have eaten here several times , each time everything was great . The cost of the meal is high .After reading the other reviews which were negative ,somehow it dosent fit. I have sent a lot of people there and no one has a bad experence.
Take the time and try it yourself .

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★★★★★

I have eaten here several times , each time everything was great . The cost of the meal is high .After reading the other reviews which were negative ,somehow it dosent fit. I have sent a lot of people there and no one has a bad experence.
Take the time and try it yourself .

Pros: Great example of Oregon Food

Cons: Little Pricy

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We really had high expectations of this restaurant but were sorely disappointed. After a day of wine tasting we were both hungry, we both opted for the mushroom madness menu being foragers ourselves. Here the mushrooms did not disappoint but the menu did. The first course of "risotto" was like over cooked Mexican rice with truffle flavor, every time i have had a good risotto it is creamy and runny with the flavors of the broth and essence of mushrooms, this was so thick the chef was able to plate it in a quenelle, I don't even think they used arborio rice. The soup was a stunner, matsutake mushrooms and nori; very good. The other soup, wild mushroom kind of blah. We had the tasting menu and these bowls of soup were like 12 oz. both creamy and filling. Filet was good in concept but this thing was like 10 oz. how am I suppose to eat this hunk of meat after 3 full size app courses? It only gets better, my wife had the stroganoff, the beef tasted old (slightly sour), the mushrooms were gritty with sand and there was a tree leaf in her dish... yes a full sized partially decomposed leaf from the forest floor, she actually pulled it out of here mouth and lost her appetite. We relayed out complaint to the server and they took it off the bill. dessert was forgettable, with raspberry coulis, whipped cream and a mint leaf (never seen that before). The craziest thing was that as soon as our plates were picked up the next one came out immediately, just back there keeping warm under the heat lamp, we felt rushed, no time for conversation or any time between all these rich courses. Like other reviewers we thought the food was good but too rich, portions too large, too tired and not refined enough for the price. At the end you don't even have to worry about calculating a tip, it is automatically included in the tab at 18% and added to the bill. We didn't feel like fighting any more we just wanted out. Its too much of my time and $175 I will never see again.

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★☆☆☆☆

We really had high expectations of this restaurant but were sorely disappointed. After a day of wine tasting we were both hungry, we both opted for the mushroom madness menu being foragers ourselves. Here the mushrooms did not disappoint but the menu did. The first course of "risotto" was like over cooked Mexican rice with truffle flavor, every time i have had a good risotto it is creamy and runny with the flavors of the broth and essence of mushrooms, this was so thick the chef was able to plate it in a quenelle, I don't even think they used arborio rice. The soup was a stunner, matsutake mushrooms and nori; very good. The other soup, wild mushroom kind of blah. We had the tasting menu and these bowls of soup were like 12 oz. both creamy and filling. Filet was good in concept but this thing was like 10 oz. how am I suppose to eat this hunk of meat after 3 full size app courses? It only gets better, my wife had the stroganoff, the beef tasted old (slightly sour), the mushrooms were gritty with sand and there was a tree leaf in her dish... yes a full sized partially decomposed leaf from the forest floor, she actually pulled it out of here mouth and lost her appetite. We relayed out complaint to the server and they took it off the bill. dessert was forgettable, with raspberry coulis, whipped cream and a mint leaf (never seen that before). The craziest thing was that as soon as our plates were picked up the next one came out immediately, just back there keeping warm under the heat lamp, we felt rushed, no time for conversation or any time between all these rich courses. Like other reviewers we thought the food was good but too rich, portions too large, too tired and not refined enough for the price. At the end you don't even have to worry about calculating a tip, it is automatically included in the tab at 18% and added to the bill. We didn't feel like fighting any more we just wanted out. Its too much of my time and $175 I will never see again.

Pros: Cute house, good mushrooms

Cons: Tired food, overpriced, not really a tasting menu but 5 full plates

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Dinner was a scrumptious finish to our tour of Oregon Wine Country. The mushroom tart is divine, and the pork loin was the perfect fall dinner. I also recommend the white chocolate and cherry bread pudding. The only problem with dinner was that I ate too much. But, I'd do it again. Service was attentive. The wines are quite expensive compared to retail, so it may be worth paying the corkage fee.

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★★★★★

Dinner was a scrumptious finish to our tour of Oregon Wine Country. The mushroom tart is divine, and the pork loin was the perfect fall dinner. I also recommend the white chocolate and cherry bread pudding. The only problem with dinner was that I ate too much. But, I'd do it again. Service was attentive. The wines are quite expensive compared to retail, so it may be worth paying the corkage fee.

Pros: If you love mushrooms, you will love the food here.

Cons: Great wine prices, but expect to pay double retail.

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Tried making reservations on the net, never received a reply. Had to make reservation by phone.
This was suppose to be a special Dinner for our 37th wedding Anniversary, this restaurant was of my choosing, I'm lucky my wife did not divorce me.
We chose our entree leaving the rest up to the Chef/Owner.
My wife ordered Seabass, her favorite dish, not only was the fish not fresh, I suspect it was not real Seabass, the flesh being much to grey and fat. My Pork tenderloin was acceptable but the sauce was to salty. What really blew my mind was when the waitress came over to take away our plates, she never questioned the fact that my wifes plates had not been touched.
To add insult to injury, they automatically add 18% gratuity.
The evening was not memorable, but as Wll Rogers said, good judgement comes from experience, which mostly comes from bad judgement.
Michael D.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried making reservations on the net, never received a reply. Had to make reservation by phone.
This was suppose to be a special Dinner for our 37th wedding Anniversary, this restaurant was of my choosing, I'm lucky my wife did not divorce me.
We chose our entree leaving the rest up to the Chef/Owner.
My wife ordered Seabass, her favorite dish, not only was the fish not fresh, I suspect it was not real Seabass, the flesh being much to grey and fat. My Pork tenderloin was acceptable but the sauce was to salty. What really blew my mind was when the waitress came over to take away our plates, she never questioned the fact that my wifes plates had not been touched.
To add insult to injury, they automatically add 18% gratuity.
The evening was not memorable, but as Wll Rogers said, good judgement comes from experience, which mostly comes from bad judgement.
Michael D.

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Four of us dined at Palmer's last night (July 06) and had wonderful entrees - my husband raved about his pork tenderloin, the sea scallops were delicious and the crusty copper river salmon was also ranked highly. The mushroom risotto was wonderful - maybe some truffles in there - and mushrooms added to entrees added delightful aromatic flavors. We sat outside which was very comfortable with nice garden views. The service was very good. The home made blueberry ice cream and peach tart were a treat. The mushroom tart was a bit salty I thought.

After reading the January review I was concerned about our restaurant selection but fortunately that proved quite overblown. If driving an hour through the countryside from Portland to Dayton, is too much for you - don't do it. While we didn't eat inside because the garden was too inviting, we did check out the interior of the restaurant, and yes it is an historic house. They do have some separate rooms for private parties. It didn't appear cramped to me as the Jan. reviewer suggests, but quiet and intimate.

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★★★★★

Four of us dined at Palmer's last night (July 06) and had wonderful entrees - my husband raved about his pork tenderloin, the sea scallops were delicious and the crusty copper river salmon was also ranked highly. The mushroom risotto was wonderful - maybe some truffles in there - and mushrooms added to entrees added delightful aromatic flavors. We sat outside which was very comfortable with nice garden views. The service was very good. The home made blueberry ice cream and peach tart were a treat. The mushroom tart was a bit salty I thought.

After reading the January review I was concerned about our restaurant selection but fortunately that proved quite overblown. If driving an hour through the countryside from Portland to Dayton, is too much for you - don't do it. While we didn't eat inside because the garden was too inviting, we did check out the interior of the restaurant, and yes it is an historic house. They do have some separate rooms for private parties. It didn't appear cramped to me as the Jan. reviewer suggests, but quiet and intimate.

Pros: Delicious food with interesting sauces and ingredients, easy to find, good service

Cons: a distance for most of us

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After an hour drive from Portland, we were escorted to a table right by the front door. It was cold and cramped. The service by the young waitstaff was very attentive and personable .
The menu was at least 30% more than the website pricing indicated, which would not have been bad had the food been up to snuff. The sauces had too much salt and the mushrooms specialties were just buried in the food instead of being highlighted and embellished. The food in and of itself was only mediocre.
The unanimous vote from our party was way over-priced and way underdelivered.Save your money and the gas.
We won't be back!

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★★☆☆☆

After an hour drive from Portland, we were escorted to a table right by the front door. It was cold and cramped. The service by the young waitstaff was very attentive and personable .
The menu was at least 30% more than the website pricing indicated, which would not have been bad had the food been up to snuff. The sauces had too much salt and the mushrooms specialties were just buried in the food instead of being highlighted and embellished. The food in and of itself was only mediocre.
The unanimous vote from our party was way over-priced and way underdelivered.Save your money and the gas.
We won't be back!

Pros: waitstaff, home-like ambience

Cons: Food, Distance, Cost/Value

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Cuisine very rudimentary. Mushroom and meat dishes were of a "Sizzler" quality - Filet ordered med-rare sent back twice as it was med-well. No appology, in fact server disdainful and rude. 6 disappointed people - Do yourself a favor -- dine elsewhere

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★☆☆☆☆

Cuisine very rudimentary. Mushroom and meat dishes were of a "Sizzler" quality - Filet ordered med-rare sent back twice as it was med-well. No appology, in fact server disdainful and rude. 6 disappointed people - Do yourself a favor -- dine elsewhere

Pros: understaffed, mediocre-poor cuisine

Cons: poor service, overpriced, servers bad attitude

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After dining there on a Saturday night for my wives 50th b-day, we were appalled. There were so many "shortcuts" that seemed to be taken in the cuisine. The "faux gras" was an insult to any duck or goose who have gracioulsy given up their livers for our dining pleasure. Nothing more than a chicken liver pate with some soggy field greens. When my wife recieved her scallops, we questioned there doneness. black and charred on the outside but raw and cold inside. We asked politely if we could have them cooked a little more. "there is no way that my dad will cook them again", as he took away the plate leaving my wife with no dinner, and very disapointed. wet soupy mashed potatoes, over cooked broccoli, boiled rice, and a starter that they called risotto was dry and crumbly with some cheese. WHAT A JOKE THE FOOD IS.

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★☆☆☆☆

After dining there on a Saturday night for my wives 50th b-day, we were appalled. There were so many "shortcuts" that seemed to be taken in the cuisine. The "faux gras" was an insult to any duck or goose who have gracioulsy given up their livers for our dining pleasure. Nothing more than a chicken liver pate with some soggy field greens. When my wife recieved her scallops, we questioned there doneness. black and charred on the outside but raw and cold inside. We asked politely if we could have them cooked a little more. "there is no way that my dad will cook them again", as he took away the plate leaving my wife with no dinner, and very disapointed. wet soupy mashed potatoes, over cooked broccoli, boiled rice, and a starter that they called risotto was dry and crumbly with some cheese. WHAT A JOKE THE FOOD IS.

Pros: Nice Patio, Attentive staff

Cons: , TERRIBLE VALUE

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Only a remarkable restaurant will lure Portlanders out of the city. Wanting to try this place for a long time, we were greatly disappointed. The wine list is remarkable, but the food is far from remarkable. We suggest the chef spend less time on the wine list and coming up with ways to see how many different mushrooms can be featured on the menu, and more time practicing his culinary skills, of which there were few. Recently we learned from a server that the waitstaff do not receive the 18% mandatory service charge that customers must pay. Make your own judgement.

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★☆☆☆☆

Only a remarkable restaurant will lure Portlanders out of the city. Wanting to try this place for a long time, we were greatly disappointed. The wine list is remarkable, but the food is far from remarkable. We suggest the chef spend less time on the wine list and coming up with ways to see how many different mushrooms can be featured on the menu, and more time practicing his culinary skills, of which there were few. Recently we learned from a server that the waitstaff do not receive the 18% mandatory service charge that customers must pay. Make your own judgement.

Cons: price, uncreative, limited menu

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Wow, I have been to the Palmer House three times now, and every experience has been memorable. The food is fantastic, the service is attentive, the wine list is extraordinary and is every bit worth the drive. We are planning to go back again and again! The Palmer House is Northwest cuisine at it's finest!!!

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★★★★★

Wow, I have been to the Palmer House three times now, and every experience has been memorable. The food is fantastic, the service is attentive, the wine list is extraordinary and is every bit worth the drive. We are planning to go back again and again! The Palmer House is Northwest cuisine at it's finest!!!

Pros: Food, Wine, Service

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I've read some reviews here by people who had complaints about Joel Palmer House, but they are just wrong. Why? Because my wife and I had one memorable meal there!

The food was impressive! The fois gras was "melt in your mouth" and the filet mignon was done perfectly. The dessert chocolate galois cake with butter cream frosting was simply unbelievable!

As for the staff - they were friendly and very attentive, without being intrusive. What more can you ask for? Jack comes out of his kitchen and says hello - something I wish more chef's would do. The Cuneo Cellars wine blew me away! I should have bought the bottle.

If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy place to eat just outside of town where the food and staff are great - you've got to try this place out! My wife and I will definitely be back!

JLD

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★★★★★

I've read some reviews here by people who had complaints about Joel Palmer House, but they are just wrong. Why? Because my wife and I had one memorable meal there!

The food was impressive! The fois gras was "melt in your mouth" and the filet mignon was done perfectly. The dessert chocolate galois cake with butter cream frosting was simply unbelievable!

As for the staff - they were friendly and very attentive, without being intrusive. What more can you ask for? Jack comes out of his kitchen and says hello - something I wish more chef's would do. The Cuneo Cellars wine blew me away! I should have bought the bottle.

If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy place to eat just outside of town where the food and staff are great - you've got to try this place out! My wife and I will definitely be back!

JLD

Pros: Great Food, Good Wine, Attentive Staff

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Ditto with the review below. To drive this far in the "hope" they will actually be open was a waste of my time. Also, don't depend on what they tell you over the phone. We called to confire they were open before we drove out on a Saturday afternoon but I guess they decided to close early. Is 7:30 early to close a restaurant in wine country?

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★★☆☆☆

Ditto with the review below. To drive this far in the "hope" they will actually be open was a waste of my time. Also, don't depend on what they tell you over the phone. We called to confire they were open before we drove out on a Saturday afternoon but I guess they decided to close early. Is 7:30 early to close a restaurant in wine country?

Cons: the drive, hours of operation

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We had a wonderful Valentines dinner here, the drive and surrounding scenery definitely add to the experience. Be sure to have dishes with a truffle base, their specialty. Soup was excellent and so were the chicken and seafood entree, unfortunately I dont remember the name. The service was wonderful at this hidden gem.

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★★★★★

We had a wonderful Valentines dinner here, the drive and surrounding scenery definitely add to the experience. Be sure to have dishes with a truffle base, their specialty. Soup was excellent and so were the chicken and seafood entree, unfortunately I dont remember the name. The service was wonderful at this hidden gem.

Pros: ambiance, soup

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after 3 unsuccesful attempts of dining at this establishment, i strongly urge you to call ahead to see if they are even open. these attempts were made during what they call their "open hours". this is truly a destination restaurant and a waste of time to find they are closed, especially driving from portland. i have never experienced this before and will very unlikely make another attempt. very dissapointing!

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★☆☆☆☆

after 3 unsuccesful attempts of dining at this establishment, i strongly urge you to call ahead to see if they are even open. these attempts were made during what they call their "open hours". this is truly a destination restaurant and a waste of time to find they are closed, especially driving from portland. i have never experienced this before and will very unlikely make another attempt. very dissapointing!

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My girlfriend and I went for the third time on Saturday night, food was great, service was great, attitude was poor.
Don't go if you might look a little "different". My girlfriend and I have tattoos, yet we have good jobs and make good money. For some reason, the staff kept rushing us to get out as soon as we could. I don't know if our looks had anything to do with it, but there was definitely a funny vibe.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I went for the third time on Saturday night, food was great, service was great, attitude was poor.
Don't go if you might look a little "different". My girlfriend and I have tattoos, yet we have good jobs and make good money. For some reason, the staff kept rushing us to get out as soon as we could. I don't know if our looks had anything to do with it, but there was definitely a funny vibe.

Pros: food

Cons: expensive, bad parking, attitude

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