Eola Inn Restaurant

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 The exterior, though clean and tidy with fresh paint, strikes me as out of date or needing something.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.

12 comments:

jeff said...

Looks like someone worthy of the location might have finally taken over. My wife and I went out there in one of it's previous (the previous?) incarnations and while it was okay, it was pretty much a deep fried food place. Heartburn city, as I remember.

Anonymous said...

In its last incarnation it was an awful awful place. Did I mention it was awful?

Valley Dweller said...

Went in there last weekend after years of driving by and being curious. The restaurant area feels like a retirement home honestly. The bar however is very cool. All mahogoney and Black leather, good prices and a great, relaxing view of the river. Stop in for a drink or try out the dining area if you're over 70.

Anonymous said...

DON"T GO THERE! Recently had an event scheduled for over 3 months for approx. 30 people. When we arrived in the banquet room, they had 3 people total on staff. Including cooks, bartenders and waitresses. Food came out 1 plate at a time for over 3 hours and it was mediocre at best. I had people actually ask for a box as soon as there plate arrived due to the lengthy wait. As far as alcohol, they had 1 Coors Light bottle in the entire joint. ONE!! How does that happen. I wouldn't even give it 1 star out of 10 possible. Avoid at all costs.

Anonymous said...

If you're an elderly person who's lost there sense of taste or a drunken lotto player, this is the place for you. Looks like it's been decorated (inside and out) by the same people too. The food we ate was edible, but not even worth writing about. It's got an odd vibe that I just can't seem to put my finger on. The waitress was really nice, but we were baffled that she was working at such a 3rd rate establishment. Guess with the economy people will take what they can get! Seems like the location has (had?) potential, but it sure isn't being tapped. Gotta say it's not worth the drive for the "food" or risking your life to try pulling in or out of the parking lot with the way the traffic on Hwy 22 is. PASS!

pookie565 said...

My Husband & I stopped here to grab a beer & maybe a quick bite. Since we've eaten here before we knew the food was nothing to write home about, but we like the view & atmosphere in the bar. After walking in, disrobing our motorcycle garb, we sat down...and waited, and waited. One server had 5 mniuntes to play video poker with another patron, before she was off shift & left. The other server was playing the video game at the bar, then she was off shift also. Both of these servers had time to stop & chat with the customers that already had food & drinks. The server who just came onto shift never acknowledged us, thus we left after 10 minutes. Went to Bentleys & enjoyed our drinks & food was great!

Anonymous said...

This place is lousy! The wife and I stopped by for breakfast and it was nothing but as grease bomb.

Anonymous said...

and they charge $1.95 for coffee.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame, isn't it? I don't think it's possible that the same people are running it-the ones who were going to turn it around.

Anonymous said...

I can not say anything good I was there on a bussiness meeting and ordeed the prime rib and was told that i cound not order rare since it was made two day before and was "warmed". I should have passed before this point but I was not thinking I was in a meeting. When it came IT WAS COLD AND FATTY NEVER again.

Rebekah said...

Just drove by and saw this place was closed again.

KandN said...

For the best, IMO.
How can things go from looking somewhat promising (if you could overlook the musty smell) to absolutely dismal in just a little over 2 years??