Dayton >Food & Dining > Joel Palmer House
600 Ferry St, Dayton, OR | Directions 9711445.217814 -123.079517
Overpriced mediocre cuisine & bad attitude :( – Cuisine very rudimentary. Mushroom and meat dishes were of a "Sizzler" quality - Filet ordered med-rare sent back twice as it was med-well. No appology, in fact server disdainful and rude. 6 disappointed people - Do yourself a favor -- dine elsewhere
Faux Gras????? – After dining there on a Saturday night for my wives 50th b-day, we were appalled. There were so many "shortcuts" that seemed to be taken in the cuisine. The "faux gras" was an insult to any duck or goose who have gracioulsy given up their livers for our dining pleasure. Nothing more than a chicken liver pate with some soggy field greens. When my wife recieved her scallops, we questioned there doneness. black and charred on the outside but raw and cold inside. We asked politely if we could have them cooked a little more. "there is no way that my dad will cook them again", as he took away the plate leaving my wife with no dinner, and very disapointed. wet soupy mashed potatoes, over cooked broccoli, boiled rice, and a starter that they called risotto was dry and crumbly with some cheese. WHAT A JOKE THE FOOD IS.
Skip it – Only a remarkable restaurant will lure Portlanders out of the city. Wanting to try this place for a long time, we were greatly disappointed. The wine list is remarkable, but the food is far from remarkable. We suggest the chef spend less time on the wine list and coming up with ways to see how many different mushrooms can be featured on the menu, and more time practicing his culinary skills, of which there were few. Recently we learned from a server that the waitstaff do not receive the 18% mandatory service charge that customers must pay. Make your own judgement.
Excellente! – Wow, I have been to the Palmer House three times now, and every experience has been memorable. The food is fantastic, the service is attentive, the wine list is extraordinary and is every bit worth the drive. We are planning to go back again and again! The Palmer House is Northwest cuisine at it's finest!!!
Exellent! – I've read some reviews here by people who had complaints about Joel Palmer House, but they are just wrong. Why? Because my wife and I had one memorable meal there!
The food was impressive! The fois gras was "melt in your mouth" and the filet mignon was done perfectly. The dessert chocolate galois cake with butter cream frosting was simply unbelievable!
As for the staff - they were friendly and very attentive, without being intrusive. What more can you ask for? Jack comes out of his kitchen and says hello - something I wish more chef's would do. The Cuneo Cellars wine blew me away! I should have bought the bottle.
If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy place to eat just outside of town where the food and staff are great - you've got to try this place out! My wife and I will definitely be back!
Don't waste the gas – Ditto with the review below. To drive this far in the "hope" they will actually be open was a waste of my time. Also, don't depend on what they tell you over the phone. We called to confire they were open before we drove out on a Saturday afternoon but I guess they decided to close early. Is 7:30 early to close a restaurant in wine country?
Special occasion – We had a wonderful Valentines dinner here, the drive and surrounding scenery definitely add to the experience. Be sure to have dishes with a truffle base, their specialty. Soup was excellent and so were the chicken and seafood entree, unfortunately I dont remember the name. The service was wonderful at this hidden gem.
cerrado – after 3 unsuccesful attempts of dining at this establishment, i strongly urge you to call ahead to see if they are even open. these attempts were made during what they call their "open hours". this is truly a destination restaurant and a waste of time to find they are closed, especially driving from portland. i have never experienced this before and will very unlikely make another attempt. very dissapointing!
Don't go if you're young – My girlfriend and I went for the third time on Saturday night, food was great, service was great, attitude was poor.
Don't go if you might look a little "different". My girlfriend and I have tattoos, yet we have good jobs and make good money. For some reason, the staff kept rushing us to get out as soon as we could. I don't know if our looks had anything to do with it, but there was definitely a funny vibe.
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