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“Fun with Fungus”
Review of Joel Palmer House

Joel Palmer House
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Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 6th
Description: 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.
Aurora, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
248 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Fun with Fungus”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Joel Palmer house is fantastic out of the way dining experience. We make the trip down from Portland about once a year for special events. Although it is not inexpensive, they have tasting menu that is reasonably priced given the atmosphere and the food ($50 for 3 courses) and there is a spring special on tues-thurs.

  • Visited January 2013
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Salem, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
288 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Very unique ambiance”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Loved the fact that they grew most of their own veggies and herbs. It is an old house made over into a restaurant. I thought it might be a bit expensive, but food was delicious

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Detroit, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Creative cuisine and something different.”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

It's always nice to come across a diamond in the rough, and the Joel Palmer House is that diamond. I lovely farmhouse in rural Dayton...step inside and you'll know you've found something good. The setting is a warm house with no more then 4-5 tables per room and I saw 3 rooms. In the summer, there might be outside dinning on patio in the summer. The crisp white-shirted waitstaff immediately helped us order an array of interesting cocktails, included a mushroom infused martini. The menu is of medium size and everything sounded good...the best kind of problem. I had a few oysters on the half shell to kick things off, followed by a delicious slice of mushroom torte that was served nice and hot. The pureed red pepper sculpted into a mushroom shape was a nice touch. People who had ordered the fois gras, and the mushroom soup were also satisfied. Then the big decision...what to have for supper...I went with the family recipe beef stroganoff mushroom masterpiece, though the elk and sturgeon entrees also sounded appealing. I wasn't disappointed with my choice...rich, creamy, and delicious on a cold rainy night. I almost forgot the WINE...we went with private label Joel Palmer House cuvee pinot noir...WOW for a house wine...it embodies exactly what Oregon pinot is all about. We ended the night with some fairly standard desserts and called it a night. We were out the door at under $100/person including tip and plenty wine. Well worth it.

  • Visited November 2012
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Hamel, Minnesota, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“This is worth a special trip.”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a fantastic dining experience. Chef Chris does everything right. Cozy, not too noisy, atmosphere, wonderful food and great all Oregon wine list, and attentive service. All four of us left smiling and commenting how glad we were we had come. Foodies will love this place and the rest of us will be very happy to tag along. The specialties of the house almost all include mushrooms. The mushroom soup from Chris's grandfather's recipe and the mushroom torte are must haves or, at the very least, steal a taste. It's pricey but totally worth it. We are already trying to figure out how we can get back there.

  • Visited November 2012
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Bethlehem, PA USA
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“The Drive is Worth It!”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Located about 45 minutes southwest of Dayton in Willamette Valley wine country, the Joel Palmer House is an exceptional dining experience. Everything from the setting (a restored Victorian home that is cozy, but also bright and warm) to the service to the presentation to the food and wine is a Wow Experience. Chef Christopher Czarnecki is a master with creative dishes and a deft touch from appetizer to main to dessert. Try the multi-course "all mushroom" menu. If you are a mushroom lover, you'll never have it better! The wine list is massive and and inspired.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Steve T
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