Eola Inn is closed--click here for info on new tenant Rock n Rogers.
I recently read a comment on Eat Salem that said the Eola Inn in West Salem had reopened. I was eager to go give it a try. What a great location for a restaurant! I've never understood why it has failed to prosper in the time we've lived here. The exterior, though clean and tidy with fresh paint, strikes me as out of date or needing something. Maybe the addition of cedar shakes would add more interest? Or maybe I watch too much HGTV and I'm being too picky? N and I, opened the door and stepped inside. We noticed a musty smell. Perhaps it's the smell of old building or an old air conditioning system, but thankfully once you spend a few minutes inside it's not as noticeable.
As we stepped past the the check-in area, there were several tables for two covered with blue and white linens in front of the big picture windows with an up close view of the Willamette River. Throughout our meal we were entertained by the boats and water skiers zipping up and down the river. Plus, two Osprey were diving and fishing for their dinner while we enjoyed ours.
Our attentive server immediately brought us ice water and a basket of tasty rolls with whipped butter. N and I, both ordered the T-Bone steak (medium rare) with garlic mashers and a dinner salad for $16.95. N had a Rogue Dead Guy Ale and I decided on a Blue Moon beer for a change. Our server suggested a wedge of orange to go with the Blue Moon. I wasn't sure I'd like a squirt of orange in my beer, but it was a smooth compliment to the light flavor. Our dinner salads featured croutons, a slice of beet and cucumber and a small wedge of tomato on top of iceberg and romaine lettuce. The dressing was served on the side, the way I like it, but the greens could've been fresher.
Our meals arrived just as I took my last bite of salad. Our 1/2 - 3/4" thick(?) T-Bones were just a smidge on the medium side of medium rare. They were juicy, nicely seasoned and flavorful. The fluffy garlic mashers had the savory, delicate flavor that suggested the addition of not just your everyday garlic, but roasted cloves of garlic. N and I, are thinking that next time we'll try one of their seafood entrees and maybe save room for dessert. Eola Inn Restaurant 4250 Salem Dallas Highway Salem, OR 503.581.1305
Currently they're open 24 hours everyday.