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TripAdvisor Awards Bentley’s Grill with Certificate of Excellence for the 3rd Year in a Row!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Certificate of Excellence

Service with a Smile
For the third year in a row, we have been presented with a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site!

Now in its 5th year, the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.

Did you think TripAdvisor was only for hotels and resorts?

Nope! The Certificate of Excellence celebrates excellence in all sectors of the hospitality industry, including restaurants like us! In fact restaurants account for 52% of Certificate of Excellence winners.

This is a special honor because it is given only to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor like these:

“The restaurant was extremely helpful and clearly knew the drill making it so easy for me to make decisions. We had our own room called the Wine Nook for 11 people. They had a separate table for delicious appetizers and one for gifts. It was intimate without being claustrophobic. Everyone loved their meal. We had 4 choices and the portions were very hearty. The meat and fish were perfectly cooked. Service by Amber was attentive without being over intrusive. They tailored the menu to congratulate our Willamette graduate. Earlier in the weekend we did wine tasting to chose our wine- which added to the fun. – Karla A May 19, 2015

“The restaurant has a very nice selection of entrees to choose from as well as Soup of the day which was delicious, seafood choices, steaks, etc. I can tell you, I didn’t have a meal that wasn’t excellent.” -pam15801 May 14, 2015

“Bentley’s Grill in the Salem Convention Center was the choice location for a group of British women recently. We meet bi-monthly in friends’ homes but sometimes venture out on the town for a meal. I decided to see how America presented “Fish & Chips” and requested the sweet potato option. When my plate was served, it received “Oohs and Aahs” from the group who all wanted a taste! It was so good, that after sharing, (and eating a small portion) I had the rest boxed up for my husband to taste! I know a group of ladies who will be returning, and I can imagine what their order will be….. And guess where my husband and I will be going and what we will be ordering?” -BritLadyKeizer April 6, 2015


Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. To qualify for this award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by TripAdvisor users.

We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is being recognized in positive reviews on TripAdvisor!  We are not always perfect, but we strive for perfection and your feedback helps us to grow and to serve you even better. Let us know how we are doing! Visit to share your opinion.

Taste Our Famous Dungeness Crab Cakes at the Historic Deepwood Estate Annual Wine and Jazz Festival!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Deepwood Estate

Look for Us at the Historic Deepwood Estate Annual Wine and Jazz Festival June 27, 2015

The Historic Deepwood Estate Annual Wine and Jazz Festival is without question one of Salem’s most elegant affairs; and we are so thrilled to be a part of it once again!

“I love this event and I go every year without fail,” one blogger writes on her site.

The event benefits the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization preserving Historic Deepwood Estate, a Salem Oregon treasure.

Bentley’s Grill will join other local gourmet food vendors offering small plates to party guests to pair with local wine and beer as they stroll through the beautiful gardens of Salem’s Historic Deepwood Estates mingling with winemakers.

The event features 17 wineries and two stages of live entertainment by Island Jazz Quintet and one of Portland’s premier Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands, Picante.

We will of course be serving up our customer’s favorite, Dungeness Crab Cakes. Our crab cakes consistently receive praise from our guests both in person and online. “They were mostly crab and didn’t have a lot of filler. They were perfectly crisp on the outside without being burnt, but warm all the way through,”writes one Yelp user. “…gotta try the crab cakes,” says another.

Best Crab Cakes in Salem

So mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27th and get your tickets, you don’t want to miss this special evening!

Tickets can be purchased at all 9 Roth’s Fresh Market locations or you may Click here to learn more and to buy your tickets. For more information call (503) 363-1825 or email

photo credit: Roger Lynn via photopin cc

Annual St. Patty’s Day Celebration Featuring the Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drum is a Local Favorite!

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums are always a treat!

Bentley’s Grill is THE place to be for Saint Patrick’s Day on Tuesday March 17, 2015! 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.

Our annual St. Patty’s Day celebration will be on Tuesday March 17th and will include Irish-influenced meals such as chicken wings tossed in Guinness stout barbecue sauce, Guinness-braised short ribs, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and so much more.  We can’t wait to reveal our delicious St. Patty’s Day drink specials, you won’t want to miss out!


Corned beef & cabbage- Bentley’s Grill style. YUM!

While our guests always enjoy our Irish inspired menu and Drink Specials, it is perhaps the spirited performances by the Salem Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums that everyone seems to enjoy the most. Decked in full kilt regalia, the 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.

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

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.

See them here on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 PM and again from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Here are some pictures from previous events on The Salem Block. Learn more about the organization and how you can support them at

If you have not made your reservations, be sure to call 503-779-1660 or book online.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday February 17th here at Bentley’s Grill!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Tuesday, February 17th is known all over the world as Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras, the festival New Orleans is famous for; but if can’t make it down to the French Quarter this year, celebrate Mardi Gras with us at our annual Fat Tuesday celebration!

We are  bringing in the spirit of New Orleans with delicious Cajun food &  Drink specials!

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, occurs on the day before Ash Wednesday and is a day of celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or beverage that you give up for Lent.

New Orleans has made this celebration famous and has a long standing tradition of wearing Mardi Gras beads and giving them to others. So Bentley’s will of course be providing Mardi Gras beads!!!

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to have a great time on Fat Tuesday!!   Come to Bentley’s for some fun!If you know of another party as cool as this one, we’d be surprised! Make your reservations today!!

Best Wines to Pair With Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Valentine's Day

Through the years, our restaurant has become an increasingly popular destination for couples to spend a special night out. Perhaps it’s our downtown location, delicious food, cozy atmosphere, full service lounge bar or a combination of all the above. We almost forgot to mention our wine bar offering more than 200 premier red and white wines by the bottle and over 40 by the glass!

Inside the Restaurant

When couples are looking for the finest in Willamette Valley fare, they come to us. Valentine’s Day weekend is around the corner and we recommend making your reservations as soon as possible by calling (503) 779-1660.

To get the most out of your dining experience, we have some tips to help you pair your meal with the right wine. Our Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich, is here to help our guests navigate their way through our wine and food menu.

Arygle 2010 Brut Rose

“Valentines day is always a good reason to share some bubbly with that special person that is near and dear to your heart,” says Mark. “Arygle 2010 Brut Rose almost goes hand in hand with this special day.”

Arygle 2010 Brut Rose was reviewed by Wine Spectator gave it a score of 91 points and described it as “delicate wisps of watermelon, rhubarb and loamy earth combine enticingly in the aromas and flavors of this delicate and dry rosé sparkler”.

Stolen Kisses

Another wine Mark suggests for your lovely evening out is “Stolen Kisses” by Treos. This wine is predominately a Pinot Gris with a “slight kiss” of Muscat. Wine Spectator says, “Stolen Kisses is a deliciously refreshing wine with a blissful aroma and a touch of sweetness that lingers on the lips and in your memory”.

Dine with us on Valentine’s Day when Bentley’s Grill will offer Stolen Kisses by the glass as well as an irresistible cocktail topped with St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and a twist. Make your reservations now!