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Joel Palmer House

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600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114-9789 (6th)
+1 503-864-2995
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Salem, Oregon, USA
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2014

A truly tremendous meal. Party of four, we all went with the "3 Course Tasting Menu", which actually comes with more than three courses if you include the carrot tartare and the gazpacho, both of which were delicious. The mushroom soup and the mushroom tart were both fantastic, and the Filet Mignon was one of the best I have ever... More 

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West Linn, Oregon
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2014

This was our second trip to this restaurant. This time we chose the tasting menu as a table. This place specializes in mushrooms and most of the dishes were chosen to show off mushrooms. The food was excellent, some of the best I have had in the area, and with the testing menu we got a sampling of the soups,... More 

Thank Sjcbulldog
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2014

Having dined at the Joel Palmer house once before, my wife and I were looking forward to celebrating her birthday there along with another couple. Unfortunately, they seem to have slipped a bit since our last visit. Like our first visit, the mushroom soup and tart were outstanding. I, along with one of our friends, ordered the filet mignon. The... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is the second time we came here for dinner with the same friends. Last time two of us ordered the signature Stroganoff and ordered it again. This time it came with rice instead of noodles - and a small amount of rice at that. When mentioned to the wait staff they said it was never offered this dish with... More 

1 Thank ProfessorWit
Parkland, FL
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 2, 2014

Traveled from South Florida and found this little gem to have my birthday dinner. The food was very good and loved the ambiance.

Thank GymratParkland_FL
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2014

We had looked into places for a nice dinner during our Oregon winery tour and the mushroom focus said try me. We had a nice table in the "backyard" on a chamber of commerce evening, very nice. The food was good, more than enough (appetizers were pretty large portions and really rich) but not quite excellent. We talked to the... More 

Thank CheeseheadGourmand
Virginia, USA
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171 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a our fourth visit over 7-8 years, but being from the mid-Atlantic region, we also visited the Reading location a number of times. We love mushrooms, love old-fashioned good service, love quiet restaurants so we can talk, love good wine -- so Joel Palmer is a treat we wish we could enjoy more often. (But we have the... More 

Thank Pat T
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 23, 2014

This was the site of our first date and since then we've come each year to celebrate our anniversary (now married!). It never disappoints. An excellent mix of fancy and down to earth. Amazing service without pretension. It's a must-do!

Thank Denise C
West Coast
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2014

A group of 8 ate in the upstairs dining room. When we were seated the room was cold and we had to close the window. Bread was served to al 8 of us and it took asking a waitress after several minutes to provide butter for the bread. The 3 course meal was simply okay for the premium price and... More 

1 Thank Redstr
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2014

Never have I had mushrooms prepared so magnificently. I thought I knew what a good mushroom dish tasted like, and then I came to Joel Palmer House where my mind was blown. You MUST try the mushroom soup, risotto, and anything else that's put in front of you. The atmosphere was warm and comfortable and the staff was lovely. Can't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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: +1 503-864-2995
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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