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Joel Palmer House

600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114-9789
+1 503-864-2995
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“mushroom tart” (65 reviews)
“beef stroganoff” (35 reviews)
“wild mushrooms” (19 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR 97114-9789
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

I try to go here at least once a year. It's a great place and always has been. The amazing mushroom dishes are wonderful and the wine selection is so good.this was the first time I was in the outside Seattle in area. It was...More

Thank Jan L
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We had a hard time finding plant based eating in the Willamette Valley. Palmers said they would accommodate us, but we just thought the few times we do stray in the year we would try at this charming place. Well, the sturgeon and the elk...More

Thank Kathy K
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Chef/Owner is great and took the time to show us around. Food was amazing and wine choice was excellent.

Thank butler68
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic server, pretty good food, great wine tasting, but the patio was loud and we were smashed in a corner. I would like to go back again but try siting inside instead.

Thank ljp2281
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We grabbed a last minute reservation at 5:00 pm since we had not had lunch. We were the first patrons to arrive, and were seated in a bleak corner with good views to the kitchen and restrooms. The next patrons to arrive some 15 minutes...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We eat here three years ago and could not wait to return. We were disappointed...the mushroom soup was watery and had little mushroom flavor. It was served in a small bowl-like taurine without the beautiful white cream mushroom design. The mushroom tart lacked density and...More

Thank Bill95403
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We did a wine weekend getaway and got reservations at Joel Palmer. Though we've been here before, we thought why not again (since the menu changes seasonally). For main dish I got the filet mignon en croute while my significant other got the duck. Both...More

Thank Ready2Travl2
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We had a early dinner on the patio. Five amazing course centered around wild mushrooms. First mushroom soup, then my wife had mushroom risotto I had a mushroom tart, then sturgeon over quinoa, then elk ribeye over green lentils topped by pan roasted mushrooms, and...More

Thank debordski
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Well, friends told us not to miss this restaurant soooo we went with high expectations and were rewarded with an absolutely wonderful meal. It began with a tiny carrot amuse bouche followed by a mushroom tart that was rich and delicious. Then a tiny serving...More

Thank Sandy C
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Joel Palmer House is a good solid restaurant - worth the visit. Charming place, great for dates, couples and small intimate gatherings.

Thank kejohnson311
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Gloria L
14 May 2017|
Response from Jim S | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do. But with such a wonderful wine list, we didn't really care about the cocktails.
Gloria L
14 May 2017|
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Response from RCamargo_Denver | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do.
Tom L
26 July 2015|
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Don't know. Go on website
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
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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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