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Bring on the Second Annual Taco Crawl!

Thursday, April 28th, 2016


Who has the Best Tacos in Downtown Salem?

That’s the question everyone wants to know during the 2nd Annual Taco Crawl: Best Taco 2016 happening May 5th-7th, 2016.

Bentley’s Grill is thrilled to be a participating restaurant this year. “Last year was so much fun!” says our Special Events manager Soraida Cross. “I saw so many of my friends out running around eating downtown.”

Downtown Salem foodies are invited enjoy this three day culinary experience starting on Thursday, May 5th (a.k.a. Cinco de Mayo) in participating local restaurants. We will be competing with other downtown restaurants in a fun competition in the following taco categories: Hottest, Most Creative, Veggie, Overall Best Taco, and the Jose Cuervo Honorable Mention.

This festive event is happening concurrently with the very popular Cinco de Micro Brewfest at The Salem Convention Center.

The 2nd annual Taco Crawl is presented by The Space Concert Club and Downtown 365 as part of the growing “Better Food Downtown (BFD)” Movement. “Since last year was such a success, I was hoping that Salem would enjoy some friendly competition.” said Taco Crawl organizer Freddy Ruiz Jr. “The next steps for the Taco Crawl or the ‘Better Food Downtown’ might be organizing events that raise lots of money for Marion County Food Share.”

To learn how you can participate in this celebration of delicious food, please visit Click Here for this year’s schedule and additional information.

Our Step by Step Guide to a Great Graduation party!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Class of 2016!  Got a Graduation Celebration coming up? It’s time to book your graduation party! Call our Events Coordinator at 503-779-1413 for details.


Ahhh, that special time of the year is approaching and soon many students will be turning into graduates. Whether that means graduating from high school or college it’s no small feat and traditionally calls for a celebration (a graduation party if you will)!

Regardless of the size, date, or theme of your party by following these tips you are guaranteed to have a special day that you’ll remember for years to come.

Step One: Create a Guest List

Determining the number of guests at your graduation party is a critical piece of information and should be done as soon as possible.  This determines just about every detail of your event!  Once you are closer to the date of the event, you’ll want an accurate headcount so you can work out the logistics with the event venue  event space and have the menu prepared.

Step Two:  Find the Perfect Venue

Picking the right venue for your graduation party is a must. It needs to offer enough room for all your guests to move around comfortably so they may socialize and congratulate the guest of honor. Bentley’s Grill offers several private dining room options to accommodate a range of party sizes. Visit our Special Events page to find which room best fits your party.

Step Three: Send “Save the Dates” & Invitations

Once you book your event (as early as possible), it’s time to get the word out!  Let’s face it, this time of the year is absolutely packed full with events, celebrations, and most importantly competing graduation parties. Send out “Save the Date” invites to your guests as soon as possible! A few weeks before the actual event you should send out invitations with the relevant info (time, place, date, etc).

Liberty Room Bentley's Grill

Step Four: Plan the Menu

At this time of the year people will be taking part in many, many graduation parties. Set yours apart with an unbeatable menu. The Bentley’s Grill event staff will work with you to create a fantastic menu befitting of your party. We don’t like to brag, but… our food is considered by many to be top notch! Here’s what Lisa W. had to say of her experience planning an event with us:

“We recently celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and I had the pleasure of working with Bentley’s Grill and their event staff to coordinate a formal dinner using their Liberty room. The event staff as well as the wait staff were very easy to work with and made the whole experience quite lovely. We worked with them to create a special menu which included a filet mignon that was, according to my husband, amazing. If you have an event to hold, I highly recommend working with Bentley’s Grill.”

Step Four: Arrange for Photos to be Taken

A graduation’s no small feat and certainly one you’ll want to remember and share for years to come. Consider having someone taking photos of the event. They don’t have to be professional, it can be as simple as having someone with an iPhone, just ensure someone is snapping some pictures. There’s nothing as grating as organizing an incredible event and being left without a single photo to prove it.

Step Five: Prepare a “Thank You For Coming” Gift Bag for Guests

Though this is certainly not a necessity, a small “thank you for coming” gift-bag can be a nice inexpensive touch to set your party apart from the rest. This can be as simple as a bottle of water, some candies, mints, or a thank you note.

Most important of all is to have a great time at your party and share that special day with the graduates. If you decide to book your party with us we’ll be doing our part to ensure you’ll be doing just that.

Please contact our special events coordinator, Soraida Cross, at 503-779-1413 to book your graduation party soon!

Photo by: By AKS.9955 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drum To Visit Bentley’s Grill During Annual St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl

Monday, March 7th, 2016
Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Photo via Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums on Facebook

Erin go Bragh! Our annual St. Patty’s Day celebration is back on Thursday March 17, 2016 and will include an Irish-inspired menu with dishes like Shrimp Galway, Guinness Wings, Suipear Beili (Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage), Irish Stew and much more.
Add a shot of Irish whisky and a Guinness Stout, and you’ve got the perfect St. Patty’s Day dinner!

Click here to download our 2016 St. Patty’s Day Dinner Menu.

In addition to delicous food and drink, the Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums will again make an appearance at Bentley’s Grill at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. as part of their annual Pub Crawl in and around downtown Salem, OR. Decked in full kilt regalia, this Great Highland bagpipe and Highland pipe-band style drumming band never disappoints.

The annual Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drum St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl has been a favorite local tradition since the organization launched in 2008. The purpose of the organization is to support the Salem Professional Firefighters by performing at parades, memorials, fire department functions, and other civic and community events as requested.

All of the musicians are Salem firefighters, but it is not an official function of the fire department. And none of them knew how to hold a bagpipe, let alone play one, when they joined the corps.“Our main mission, though, is to honor firefighters and public-service officers through their promotions, graduations from the firefighting academy, retirements and memorials,” says Station No. 4 Battalion Chief Cord Von Derahe in this Statesman Journal article.

Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums

Photo via Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums on Facebook

Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums are always a treat!


On their way into Bentley’s Grill! Image Credit: The Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums

See them here on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2016 (see schedule below).

Pub Crawl

Learn more about the organization and how you can support them at

Bentley’s Grill is THE place to be for Saint Patrick’s Day on Thursday March 17, 2016! Come out, join the party and bring all your friends with you. Good food, great specials and the best wine selections available in downtown Salem. RSVP TODAY: 503-779-1660.

Bentley’s Grill Named 2016 Oregon Wine A-List Restaurant!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Wine Specials at Bentley's Grill

The 2016 Oregon Wine A-List Award winners have been announced, and we’re proud to report that Bentley’s Grill is among them!

Sponsored by the Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board (OWB), Oregon Wine A-List Award winners were selected by a panel of wine and culinary experts and announced earlier this year.

“The Oregon Wine A-List program continues to grow in scope and visibility every year,” said Ellen Brittan, chairwoman of OWB. “The on-premise channel is vital to the continued growth of our industry and we are thrilled to recognize the restaurants and wine professionals who wholeheartedly support and recommend Oregon wine to their guests.”

Oregon Wine A-List Awards at a Glance

Formerly known as the Superior Cellar Awards, The Oregon Wine A-List Awards honor restaurants —both in-state and outside of Oregon—that promote and feature the wines of Oregon on their wine lists and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the diverse regions, varietals and producers of Oregon. All nominated restaurants were carefully reviewed by a select committee of Oregon wine industry professionals.


We are so honored to be recognized with this prestigious award. We are committed to offering our patrons a distinctive selection of wines from Oregon on our by-the-bottle and/or by-the-glass wine lists along with our Wine Tastings featuring a local winery every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.


About Oregon Wine Press
Oregon Wine Press is a monthly consumer publication dedicated to Oregon wine, Pinot noir, food, vineyards, winemakers, and insider-industry happenings. Established in 1984, OWP was acquired and re-imagined in 2006 by the News-Register Publishing Co., which is located in the heart of Oregon wine country, McMinnville, Oregon. Visit

About the Oregon Wine Board
The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research, and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions. Visit

Oregon Wine Tastings Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Bentley’s Grill!

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Bentley's Grill Win

Are you a fan of Oregon wine? If so, you will be happy to know that our Wednesday Wine Tastings will continue this spring and summer! Come to Bentley’s Grill every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Willamette Valley wines have developed a reputation of being among the finest in the world, and many of it’s acclaimed wineries are right here in our own backyard!

This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. Special food pairings and happy hour options will also be available for purchase during the tasting.

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

Our featured wineries for our *Spring Wednesday Wine Tasting series will be as followed. Mark your calendars!

March 9th Willamette Valley Vineyards
March 23rd Firesteed Winery
April 13th Pudding River Wine Cellars
April 27th Johan Vineyard
May 11th Bethel Heights Vineyard
May 25th Left Coast Cellars
June 8th La Chouette Vineyard
June 22nd Chateau Bianca Winery
July 13th Illahe Vineyards
July 27th Namaste Vineyards
Aug 10th Cubanisimo Vineyards
Aug 24th Eola Hills Wine Cellars

*This schedule is subject to change at any time without notice, please contact us at (503) 779-1660 for information.