Willamette Valley Grill

This review came in from Ociana on 05/08/08
While I am hesitant sharing it with others, I have a tasty little secret here in Salem. The Willamette Valley Grill has all you can eat prime rib dinner every Monday and Tuesday night for only $20. It is served with a dinner salad, broccoli and mashed potatoes. We ate there on 5/6/08 and it was quite good prime rib. The first cut is about a half inch thick, with subsequent cuts more like a quarter inch. They offer it from rare to well done and it comes with au jous and horseradish. The meat was quite tasty and well cooked and the broccoli was prepared in a butter sauce and was quite delicious. The mashed potatoes had a slightly sweet flavor to them and, while tasty, were not quite that creamy garlic concoction I was hoping for. My dining companion took on the challenge of "all you can eat" seriously and he consumed a whopping 10 portions of prime rib! The waiter and chef said that it was a record, the previous had been 8 portions. The service was very friendly and attentive and the food was good.


Reviewed on 10/24/07
Meeting a friend for breakfast turned into a great discovery for the Eat Salem blog. Because of it's proximity to the freeway, I suggested to a friend that I meet him at the breakfast buffet inside the Red Lion Hotel on Market Street. To my surprise, the buffet was gone, replaced by the Willamette Valley Grill. My immediate reaction to the change was overwhelmingly positive. The dining room is very clean and nicely decorated with curtains separating different sections of restaurant. Chandeliers hang over tables giving it the elegant feel of a high end restaurant. The breakfast menu is limited, with entrees like pancakes, waffles, eggs, omelets and oats. Prices range from $6 for Flapjacks to $13 for the Crab and Lobster Frittata. I ordered the Oregon Breakfast, which was two eggs, bacon, new potatoes and toast. Without a doubt this is the best breakfast I've eaten in Salem. The thick cut bacon was sprinkled with fresh pepper and very meaty. The eggs, which they boast are "cage free", were cooked perfectly and not at all greasy. My wife ordered the Eggs Benedict and was also pleased by her meal. The word may not be out yet about the Willamette Valley Grill because the place had very few customers, even for a late breakfast. Next time you see a line in front of Busick's or White's, I say head north to Market street and get a gourmet meal at the WVG. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so I had to use my cell phone to get these pictures of my meal and the dining room. If someone wants to get a couple of photos inside that are good, I will replace these. Send them to my email at eatsalem@gmail.com.

14 comments:

jeff said...

Seems kinda spendy... at least at Busick Court you know you are getting enough food for the next couple days.... :)

foodtroll said...

The real question is whether their burger is any good. Anyone had it?

Anonymous said...

I love this place for a nice dinner. I've never been disappointed. It's a nicely decorated, intimate place with an attentive (but not overly so) wait staff. The bread is great. The clam chowder is incredible and all the salad dressings are homemade. (try the honey mustard). I've tried and really liked the ribs, duck breast tacos, griled pasta and seafood and the spinach salad.

On a recent visit, we ordered the crab cake appetizer. They were light, delicate and filled with crab in a great sauce. The steak is what I usually go there for. I love the flat iron steak. It's so tender you barely have to use a knife to cut it. You choose the style you want it prepared with. Last time we went, I had it in the French style and it came with a red wine reduction and these little blue cheese croquettes. The sides are great too. Very rich. Dessert was creme brulee and it was very good. The steaks are right up there with the best I've had anywhere. Definitely the best I've had in Salem.

I'll have to check it out for breakfast; it sounds very good.

Jasindra said...

I stopped in here for breakfast last saturday morning at 9:45am and waited for 11 minutes (I timed it) before walking out the door. There were two groups seated and eating. Five tables sat unbussed. I stood at the door, walked in and picked up a menu. I looked in the lounge but no one was there. I did not see one member of the wait staff serving the other tables. The menu looked good and the placed looked clean (other than the tables that needed cleared) but I received no service. I'll have to reserve judgement for later but it will be a long time before I go back.

Jasindra said...

Well, I guess it wasn't such a long time as I took my mom out to breakfast a few weeks ago and we went to Willamette Valley Grill. We shared a Crab & Lobster Fritatta and it was quite good. The jam they bring with the toast was very tasty as well. This time we were seated immediately and there were two people on staff.
Ironically, it was the same day of the week and time as I had previously been there. This time we actually got service and it was good.
I will go there again :)

jeff said...

Saw in the S-J that they now have some fondue specials on Wednesday nights that looked very reasonably priced. I just might have to drop by there... too bad it's just a bit spendy for an Eat Salem night.

Salem Man said...

WVG has not been ruled out for Eat Salem night. Prime rib monday, sounds pretty good to me.

K & N said...

Mmmmm, prime rib!
It's been waaay too long since I've eaten a slice of good, roasted, red meat.

Wayne said...

Forget about the Wednesday fondue night...that is, unless you like stale bread (croutons, anyone?), flavorless "cheese soup" and cold-in-the-middle keilbasa. Wow, it's advertised for only $5.50 for fondue. But, of course, it's ala carte. The cost for 4 of us? (add 3 salads and 4 cocktails) ninety three bucks.
Oh, by-the-way...we were the only ones there the entire time. I guess the word has already gotten out that it's horrible. Typical hotel restaurant: overpriced and poor food. If you want fondue, go to the Rheinlander in Portland. BIG thumbs down on WVG!!

Pam said...

I went to fondue night this past Wed and I have to agree with the earlier posting. It was the worst fondue I've ever had. The bread had a lot of rosemary, which overpowered the cheese. The cheese wasn't tasty. The whole thing was pretty gross. However, for $5, I wasn't too upset. At least I didn't break the bank trying it. The server was nice, and pretty prompt.

Anonymous said...

My girl friend and I tried the fondue as well and thought it was good. We tried both the smoked cheese and the swiss cheese and we could not stop eating them. I would agree with the bread being a little dry but when I make fondue at home I toast my bread....its all around better....crunchy goodness. Since we liked the fondue so well, I had to return and try the Flat Iron steak I read about in an earlier post...they where right that steak is awesome.

As far as giving WVG two big thumbs down....get out of here. You tried one menu item and shot the whole restaurant down. Did you try a steak...did you try the breakfast...did you try the caesar salad. I like the look of the restaraunt. I like the service. And I like the food

Anonymous said...

In early July we decided to give WVG a try after seeing its splashy ads in the SJ. As we were coming from south Salem and running errands, we called to make sure we could eat up until 2:00 pm and were assured by a man's voice that there would be no problem. We arrived at 1:40 to a "closed" sign in front of the closed-curtained entrance to the dining room. We entered anyway and the empty-except-for-one-couple barn of a room greeted us. A non-smiling woman approached to shoo us off, we explained the phone call. She went to check, leaving us hovering, then begrudgingly sat us and flounced off. We looked at each other and got up to leave - talk about bad karma. She came dashing up to us as we parted the curtains to ask why we were leaving and was told that she was rude and we won't be back. And we won't. So there's no judgement on the food, but when oh when will restaurants learn that we eat out for a variety of reasons: one of them being the warmth and sense of community we feel in the atmosphere. "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant", Anne Tyler, should be required reading for all who choose to serve us. End of story? Starving, we drove over to McGrath's Fish House off Lancaster, had marvelous grilled scallops, and were treated royally.

Anonymous said...

when oh when will customers realize that their ALWAYS right

Anonymous said...

Groupon's current deal is $20 for $40 Worth of Dinner at Willamette Valley Grill and Bar.