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Joel Palmer House

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600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114-9789 (6th)
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have made it a point to visit The Joel Palmer House when traveling through this area every 1-2 years. The servers were great, but having dined there many times over the years, we felt on this recent trip, the food was marginal for the high price. I had the duck breast which was prepared perfectly, but it was paired... More 

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Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very good food, well presented and ability to bring your own wine which you've just bought from the many wineries in the neighbourhood.

Thank FrankieT63
Newberg, Oregon
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice setting , old home turned into restaurant has a nice feel and they serve great wines and food . The disappointing part was at the beginning when they gave us water and delicious bread and then took a long time to come back for our order :( service was good from point of taking out order on . I... More 

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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We think the problem is that no one person is responsible for your table. It took way too long to get water and a menu. Too long between dishes; we had to ask for the last two of the five courses. My husband finished his coffee long before dessert came. Yes, mushroom tarte excellent (more like a cake), mushroom soup... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of friends spotted this restaurant on Yelp a few months before our trip to the Willamette Valley, and the Joel Palmer restaurant did not disappoint! The beef stroganoff was the most amazing I have ever had; perhaps one of the best dishes I've eaten anywhere! The mushroom tart was also amazing. I ordered the cheese plate for dessert,... More 

Thank SeaSmoke74
Edmond, Oklahoma
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I are doing a wine tour of the Willamette Valley. The Joel Palmer House was recommended to us, so we decided to check it out. We had 6:30 reservation and the door marked entrance was locked. The hostess came and unlocked it and told us everyone comes in the back way. We were seated inside and were... More 

Thank Carriem12105
Yamhill County Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a fan of Joel Palmer House from when it first opened, I think you will be disappointed as we were. It just isn't the quality of service or food that it used to be. Even the signature mushroom soup and mushroom tart seem to have gone through a recipe modification. Service is okay, but stilted. It used... More 

Thank Calor
Dayton, Oregon
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can you say to describe an evening at the Joel Palmer House. Incredible not enough. Delectable not enough. This is a restaurant that exemplifies what a restaurant should be. Great service, unbelievable food. Wines that put it all together. This is worth the trip to the Willamette Valley. Thanks to Chris and his staff.

Thank Allen M
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110 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at the Joel Palmer House Restaurant in Dayton. We had trouble finding this restaurant in Dayton, because it is hidden behind trees and the sign - which is very discrete for a restaurant of this reputation - is only visible when coming from the East. Since it was a warm summer evening, we could sit ouside in... More 

Thank TightLoops
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

We were fans of Joe's, a restaurant in Reading, Pennsylvania, and were dismayed when the owners, Jack and Heidi Czarnecki, uprooted and took over Joel Palmer House in Oregon. Finally, 20 years later, we made it cross-country and found that son Chris proudly and capably carries on the family tradition. The focus is mushrooms and local red wines, as in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114-9789
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Dayton
  • Phone Number: 503-864-2995
Our family business took shape when my great-grandfather, Joseph Czarnecki, opened Joe's Tavern in 1916 in Reading, Pennsylvania. His son, Joseph Jr., carried on the tradition, transforming the original tavern into Joe's Restaurant and changing the focus to fine dining and wine with wild mushrooms (a family passion) as the centerpiece. My father, Jack Czarnecki, followed in his father's footsteps, taking Joe's Restaurant to a new level while maintaining the mushroom theme. Despite the success of Joe's, our family's lifelong desire was to combine great mushroom hunting with fine wine. This dream was fully realized in 1996 when my parents, Jack & Heidi, purchased The Joel Palmer House and moved the family and the restaurant west. Our cooking revolves around wild mushrooms and truffles which we gather ourselves and with friends. We have always striven to obtain locally raised ingredients in our cooking, and we use many locally produced greens, herbs, and vegetables. Frequently we will use ingredients found in the cuisines of Mexico, China, Thailand, Poland, and India, so we call our cooking, “freestyle”. And, of course, we are working hard to create dishes which match the glorious wines of Oregon, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.

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