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Featured Wine Tastings This Month from Mohonia Vineyards and Left Coast Cellars!

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Mahonia Vineyard

Mahonia Vineyard will be pouring in our lobby September 10th 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Left Coast Cellars

Left Coast Cellars will be pouring in our lobby September 24th 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

The Willamette Valley’s climate, nutrient-rich soil and local passion for fine wine is the perfect blend for wines of all varieties. Here at Bentley’s Grill, we like to celebrate the rich selections of local Oregon wine, and support our local vineyards by featuring tastings just for you!

Join us for the popular “Wine Tasting Wednesdays” at Bentley’s Grill! Stop on by every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and taste new wines from our featured local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region.

During the tasting events, guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour. Our featured wineries this month are:

September 10th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mahonia Vineyard

Winemaker Chris Berg (Roots Winery & Vineyard) has produced spectacular results for Mohonia Vineyards. Many sommeliers and top wine buyers believe their 2010 Pinot Gris is one of the finest Oregon Pinot gris, ever! The 2010 Pinot noir and Chardonnay promise to continue this trend. Click here to learn more about them.

September 24th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Left Coast Cellars

Founded in 2003, Left Coast Cellars carefully crafts exclusively estate-grown Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Viognier and Syrah. Their specialty is single vineyard wines.  Learn more.

Mark your Calendars! Here are some upcoming wine tastings at Bentley’s Grill:

Oct. 8 Chateau Bianca
Oct. 22 Namaste
Nov. 12th Cubanisimo
Nov. 24th WVV
Dec. 10th Eola

Please Donate to MDA to Help Special Events Coordinator, Soraida Cross, Get Out of Jail

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Soraida Believe it or not, I’m going to jail and I need your help. While it’s not a real jail, it’s even more important as I’m raising bail to help children and adults with muscle disease in my community who are supported by the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
- Soraida Cross, Special Events Coordinator for Bentley’s Grill & The Salem Convention Center

Our own Soraida Cross, Special Events Coordinator for Bentley’s Grill and the Salem Convention Center, is doing time!!  But it’s not what you think.  She has committed to being a “Jailbird” in the 2014 Salem Lock-Up benefiting Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Soraida has until September 18,2014 to post “bail” of $2,400 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. If she doesn’t make it, we just don’t know what we will do!  Who else is going to plan your rehearsal dinners, reunions, birthday parties and more?

So please help us keep Soraida out of MDA “jail” and help her raise bail!  Donations can be made securely on Soraida’s page, and are tax deductible.  Give whatever you can, no amount is too small.  You can also help by sharing this link with your friends and family.

All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases. This is critical work, and together we can make a difference!

About MDA Lock-Up
The Lock-Up is the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s premier fundraising program. These high-profile events occur all across the country at various times throughout the year. Business and community leaders agree to be “put behind bars for good,” where they utilize use their vendors, co-workers, family and friends to get donations that will go toward their “bail.” Each Jailbird has weeks to raise their donations. That way, on the day of the Lock-Up event, they can enjoy the Lock-Up experience by networking with other business leaders and meeting with the individuals and families that they’re helping in their community. All funds raised by the MDA Lock-Up assist the Association in providing lifesaving research, a nationwide network of medical clinics and accessible summer camp experiences to individuals and families affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Erath Winery & Johan Vineyards Wine Tastings this Month!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Oregon Wine Tasting

As wine lovers, we consider ourselves fortunate to be situated here in the Willamette Valley, also known as Oregon Wine Country. The perfect combination of our temperate climate, nutrient-rich soil and passion for great wine results in the production of some of the finest wines in the world.  And what better way to celebrate the rich selections of local Oregon wine by bringing the tasting rooms directly to you?

Guests will be happy to know our popular “Wine Wednesday” tastings continue this month through September! Come by 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. This is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to enjoy wine from some of the best winemakers in our region. Guests can also enjoy special food pairings and happy hour options during the tasting events.

Our featured wineries this month are…..

August 13th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Erath Winery

Now in it’s 4th decade, Erath is a true Oregon wine pioneer and embraces its leadership role with grace. Regardless of season or the year, Erath is a place for Pinot discovery. We could say more, but we’ll let Erath Winery Winemaker Gary Horner tell you in his own words:

Learn more by visiting

August 27th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Johan Vineyards – Elegant Oregon Wine

Located in heart of the Willamette Valley, Johan Vineyards produces premium quality wines that showcase their meticulously farmed estate vineyards, and feature each individual growing season. Their wines offer elegance, balance, complexity, and ageability.
Learn more about them by visiting

Photo Source: Johan Vineyards on Facebook

Photo Source: Johan Vineyards on Facebook

Coming up…..

September 10th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Mahonia Vineyard
September 24th 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Left Coast Cellars

More About Bentley’s Grill Wine Selection
Our Oregon wine section has been recognized by esteemed publications such as Wine Spectator & Oregon Wine Press (who has honored our restaurant with multiple Superior Cellar Awards) and more. Click here  to see our full selection of wines

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Elegant and Easy Wedding Rehearsal Dinners at Bentley’s Grill

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Rehearsal Dinner Salem Oregon

Anyone planning wedding or celebration in the Downtown Salem, Oregon area should know that there is no better place to host your rehearsal dinner than Bentley’s Grill!

If you are searching for a rehearsal dinner venue that is elegant but not stuffy, provides service that is attentive but not overbearing, and features Northwest wines and cuisine in a convenient downtown Salem setting with free parking……you might want to check us out!

Our goal is to make every event special, no matter the occasion. The Bentley’s Grill catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember. Here is sneak peek at a sample rehearsal dinner menu:

First Course

(Please select one)
Classic Caesar Salad: Crisp romaine hearts, shaved parmesan cheese and roasted garlic croutons
tossed in our house made zesty Caesar dressing

Bentley’s House Salad: Mixed greens tossed in honey balsamic vinaigrette, topped with
sun dried tomatoes, grilled onion and roasted garlic croutons

Entrée Course

(Please select one)
Black Angus New York Steak: Open fire grilled to order and served with roasted garlic
mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables finished with your choice of…Red wine demi glace, Sauteed medley of farmed and foraged mushrooms, Oregon blue cheese butter

Steelhead: Fresh filet served over Herbed Risotto finished with warm Oregon white truffled Crab & Arugula Salad

Artichoke Chicken: Pan seared breast of chicken topped with a sauce of artichoke hearts, Roma tomatoes, capers, white wine and lemon, served over herb risotto with seasonal vegetables

Butternut Squash Ravioli: Tossed with sage– parmesan cream sauce and topped with crushed ameretti biscotti


(Please select one)
Crème Brulee with rolled gauffrette cookies

Dark Chocolate Marquise with hazelnut anglaise, local berry sauce

Rehearsal Dinners

We understand that every rehearsal dinner is different and we are here to accommodate your group and your wishes. But don’t take our word for it- just ask these happy customers who have shared these recent reviews:

“The atmosphere is great for small meetings; we visit frequently for business meals, friends getting together or even a romantic night out. I personally enjoy sitting by the firepit for ambience. When I end up in Salem, I can’t think of a better place to dine!”
-Jeff A. on Yelp

“We chose Bentley’s for a family dinner after our daughter’s graduation because of location. We will return for the food and service!”-Kathy B. on TripAdvisor

“Ever get the feeling like you want to run back to the chef and give him a high five? Well that’s how I felt while dining here at Bentley’s Grill.” -Cassandra E. on Yelp

“Bentley’s is a great place if you want to take someone special to impress, meet your friends for a drink or take business clients for lunch. Great atmosphere and with great food and drinks, definitely a winning combination.” -lcm51 on TripAdvisor

“A group of about 20 people was in our dinner party. We had a room to ourselves. The servers were very good and attentive, which can sometimes be a problem in large groups. Not here, everything was perfect.”-Cody P on TripAdvisor

“…I was absolutely astonished how wonderful everything was. From the employees, to the atmosphere, to the wine selection to the quality of the food.” -Buzz M. on Yelp


So which room is right for your rehearsal dinner? Here are some locations you can choose from:

The Liberty Room

  • Newest Private Dining Area inside Bentley’s Grill
  • Versatile seating arrangements
  • Can accommodate up to 30 people in a banquet setting
  • Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties

Wine Nook

  • Semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill
  • Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant
  • Perfect for smaller groups up to 15 people, birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more.

The Board Room

  • 1,204 square foot meeting room inside The Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Catering Available from Bentley’s Grill
  • Flexible, elegant, meeting space
  • Can accommodate up to 60 people
  • Ideal for corporate events, trainings, special events, and cocktail receptions.

The Marion Room

  • Spacious room inside the Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Can can accommodate up to 100 people
  • Available after 12pm each day
  • Ideal for corporate breakout space, luncheons, receptions, hosted dinners, hosted dinners, and more!!

For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email

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Bentley’s Grill Serving Tasty Bites at the 2014 Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Deepwood Wine and Jazz FestThe annual Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest has grown into one of the most beloved local events of the summer, and we are honored to be a part of it once again!

This elegant affair features music, food and fine wines from local wineries and will take place in the beautiful gardens of Salem’s Historic Deepwood Estate Saturday June 28th, 2014 from 4-9pm.

Bentley’s Grill is proud to join other local gourmet food vendors to offer small plates priced at $5.00 or under selected to pair with the wines offered.

Participating wineries include: Abiqua Wine Vineyard, Ankeny Vineyard Winery, Arcane Cellars, Bradley Vineyards, Cubanisimo Vineyards, D’anu Wines, Gilgamesh Brewing, Hanson Vineyards, Honeywood Winery, J. Wrigley Vineyards, Keeler Estate Vineyard, Macindoe Family Cellars, Methven Family Vineyards & Winery, Nobel Estate Vineyard & Winery, Ribera Vineyards, Stangeland Vineyards, Trinity Vineyards, Willamette Valley Vineyards

This year’s event also features two stages with two fabulous performers: The Ivie-Meziere Band featuring Ellen Whyte … and Picante’ bringing Hot Latin Rhythms to the gardens!

The Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest benefits the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization preserving Historic Deepwood Estate, a Salem Oregon treasure. Tickets can be purchased at all 9 Roth’s Fresh Market locations beginning May 15, 2014 or by clicking here (scroll to the bottom of the page). For more information call (503) 363-1825 or email

Deepwood Estate

2014 Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest
Saturday June 28th, 2014 4-9pm
Historic Deepwood Estate
12th & Mission Streets, Salem, Oregon
Free parking at 12th & Lee Streets

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