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“Peaceful patio fine dining on a very hot day”

Peerless Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #8 of 161 Restaurants in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between "A" & "B" Street
Description: Located in the heart of Ashland's Historic Railroad & Gallery District, The Peerless is a lively sophisticated neighborhood restaurant & bar (located next to our historic six-room luxury inn "The Peerless Hotel") . The Peerless can be experienced in our relaxing dining room, friendly & intimate bar (Happy Hour from 5-6:00 Tues-Sat)or alfresco in our enchanting gardens. Our dinner menu features an array of small plates, as well as steaks, seafood and vegetarian entrees that capture the favors of the seasons and essence of the Pacific Northwest. Our extensive wine list showcases the best of Southern Oregon, the Willamette Valley, Washington and California as well as selections from classic old world wine regions. The Peerless approach to dining offers you a wonderful opportunity to celebrate fine wines, delectable food and good conversation in a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Reviewed August 19, 2009

This place isn't exactly kid friendly, yet we had a great time and excellent food with our four year old son. He is used to being dragged to fine dining all over the place, so he is pretty good about it. Not recommended for most kids, though. The food was sophisticated yet uncomplicated, pleasant bites, and it was nice sitting by the fountain on the patio. Our other choice would have been Amuse but it seemed so cramped in there, seating wise, and other reviewers mentioned that too. We opted for a few small plates and there was just enough room for dessert, perfect. One odd note: I had a Kir Royale and it was clear-ish, seemed to be missing the traditional creme de cassis. Tasty nonetheless. The previous evening we ate at Pasta Priatti and the food was mediocre at best, though the service was super nice and friendly, so we were glad to get some finer fare at Peerless. Great location, great little area, and next to delicious hipster coffee spot Noble.

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Reviewed June 12, 2009

This restaurant is so good that we went back two nights in a row to try the other small plates we missed the first night. First of all, the "small plates" are not all that small, compared to other restaurants. Two plates each and you have a full meal. Owner Crissy Barnett, (also owns the Peerless Hotel next door) and Chef Mark Carter team up to run a great restaurant. Dine in the bar area, indoors dinning rooms or on the outdoor patio . . . all good choices depending on your mood.
We had eight dishes, all very good. Best dishes: Lamb Meatballs stuffed with Oregon blue cheese, Charcuterie (three meats, artisan cheese, etc ... very well presented), Mushroom Escabeche (with cured duck ham, soft poached egg), Roasted Red Beet & Golden Beet Salad. Very good dishes: prawns with ginger lemongrass and sambai hoeny; Chicken Tagine Moroccan style with cinnamon couscous and ginger ham.
Didn't get to try, but looked great: baby back pork ribs with Vetnamese glaze; Grilled skirt streak with swiss chard, carmelized shallot and red wine reduction.

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Reviewed June 8, 2009

This was our fourth visit to this restaurant. Each time we have found the food delicious, the service prompt and friendly, the decor lovely.

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Reviewed May 3, 2009

I have dined at Peerless from time to time since it opened, usually at someone's invitation. Those dining experiences have always been been pleasant and I have enjoyed the restaurant but it has never been one of those places that I can hardly wait to get back to.

Several weeks ago I went with an out-of-town friend who was eager to return to the Peerless, one of her favorite haunts when she and her husband lived in Ashland. We sat in the bar area and had a great time which included the friendly, knowledgeable service and really good food. We opted for three small plates and shared a beet salad. It was more than enough as the small plates (about $10) are not that small. The atmosphere is conducive to conversation and when we were the last of the customers, no one seemed eager for our departure. This is a professional staff that is enthusiastic about the food and seems to care about the customer's dining experience. A very nice evening.

It now has become one of those places that I can hardly wait to get back to. I have already returned twice to take friends, serious food people, who, like me, hadn't been there for a while. So far everyone has approved. I personally prefer the informality of eating in the bar and enjoy sharing a variety of foods. Each night I have trusted Bill with the wine selection and have not been disappointed.

With some restraint you could have a nice, modestly priced, light dinner. So far I haven't managed the restraint part.

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Reviewed July 29, 2008

After walking to the Peerless from the center of Ashland at the conclusion of a Shakespeare matinee, we decided to make a reservation for later in the evening, and DRIVE back. The restaurant is out of the way, compared to many of the other places in town, but the walk or drive is well worth it. We were so glad that we decided to sample the small plates on the menu and would particularly recommend the duck, the lamb meatballs and the butternut squash gnocchi. Our meal was perfectly paced ( which we sometimes find to be problematic when ordering tapas or small plates), and our server could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. A highlight for us was the fact that they ran out of creme brulee - and offered to substitute a Grand Marnier souffle fresh out of the oven instead! It was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. We would highly recommend visiting Ashland and going to the Peerless Restaurant.

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