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What are the All-Time Best Bentley’s Grill Seafood Dishes?

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
Shrimp Chipotle Caeser Salad

Shrimp Chipotle Caeser Salad

This one’s for all the seafood lovers out there! Bentley’s Grill’s often changing menu has given us the opportunity to cook up many exciting and mouth-watering seafood dishes, always made with the freshest local ingredients. In our time preparing these different appetizers, salads, and entrees, there are certain dishes that have become fan favorites.

Since we have some exciting changes coming up on our menu in the not-so-distant future, we’d thought it be fun to take a look back at some of the “All-Time Best” Bentley’s Grill Seafood Dishes as determined by you!

Northwest Seafood Chowder

Seafood chowder

This New England style chowder is made with bacon, clams, Oregon bay shrimp and assorted fresh fish. Really, it’s no surprise that this is one of our signature dishes and an absolute fan favorite. Get this bowl to start your meal on the right foot!

“The seafood chowder(w/bacon!) was actually my favorite part.”

“The second night appetizer we shared a bowl of the Northwest Seafood Chowder – this is definitely a must try – our daughter says this is now her favorite “soup”. ”

“I had the seafood chowder which was excellent.  Lots of seafood and not to heavy on the potatoes.”

Chowder was fantastic.”

“Bentley’s attentive staff, fresh foods and delicious seafood chowder make this a great place to have a good visit with friends while enjoying a meal in a lovely atmosphere.”


Seared Pacific Ahi Tuna Salad


Our Seared Pacific Ahi Tuna Salad, a mouth-watering mix of spinach, yaki soba, wasabi, and of course seared pacific ahi tuna. Whether you’re a fan of salad, seafood, or Japanese cuisine, this is the dish to try.

Ahi yakisoba salad? Fire pit? Stocked bar? Friendly service? In Salem? Yup.”

“We enjoyed the seared ahi – tender and nicely grilled”

“Perfect meal!”

“Had the ahi unexpected meal”


Grilled Prawn Salad

Grilled Prawn Salad

We could speak all day about this delicious salad, but we’ll just let the ingredients do the talking: arugula and romaine mixed with mama’s lil goat horn pepper vinaigrette, topped with marinated grilled gulf prawns, pancetta, grilled onions, tomatoes, avocado and shaved parmesan. Hard to stay away from this one when it’s on the menu.




Rock Fish Seafood Pasta

Oregon Rockfish

Rockfish over a bed of pasta, undoubtedly one of our most popular seafood dishes.

“The first day I had the Oregon Rockfish entree which was excellent.”


“The rock fish was excellent”


Grilled Peach and Apricot Shrimp Salad

Grilled Peach and Apricot Shrimp Salad

This farm fresh salad is a perfect mix of peach, apricot, candied walnut, and of course shrimp. The unbeatable blend of flavors make this salad a favorite to order whenever it’s on the menu, and it’s beautiful to look at to boot!


Dungeness & Red Crab Cakes

Dungeness & Rock Crab Cakes.

No All-Time Best Seafood Dish list would be complete without our signature Dungeness and Red Crab Cakes, served over sesame slaw with pickled ginger and tobiko aioli. We’d like to say you should share these with friends, but that may be too much to ask once you take a bite.

“Great happy hour menu – gotta try the crab cake!!”

“I ended up ordering their crab cakes and they were amazing!  They were mostly crab and didn’t have a lot of filler.”

“I really like the crab cakes and the ahi.”

“The Crab Cakes and Coconut Shrimp were one of my favorites.”


There you have it, our All-Time Best Seafood Dishes. Of course, a changing menu means these may not be currently available; don’t fret, they may be back sooner than you’d expect!

In the meantime, why not take a look at some of our All-Time Best salads and apps, entrees, and drinks? Or better yet, study our current menu!

Your Favorite Appetizers, Drinks and Entrees at Bentley’s Grill

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

“I’ll Have What They’re Having!”

One of the advantages of living in the digital age is the ability to decide which dish you’d like to order before you even set foot in the door of a restaurant!

Whether you’re a meal pre-planner or a try-your-luck kind of a diner it can never hurt to see what people are saying. Many of our guests are able to find photos and read real reviews about our dishes before they come in. To save you some time, we thought we’d share some of these recommendations with you!


Favorite Appetizers

Best Crab Cakes in Salem

Crab Cakes

“Great happy hour menu – gotta try the crab cake!! “

“The crab cakes. Goodness. Best ever. “

“I highly recommend their steak, burger, crab cakes and pork chop.”

 “I ended up ordering their crab cakes and they were amazing!  They were mostly crab and didn’t have a lot of filler.”


Northwest Clam Chowder

“The second night appetizer we shared a bowl of the Northwest Seafood Chowder – this is definitely a must try – our daughter says this is now her favorite ‘soup’ “

“I had a cup of Northwest seafood chowder and the filet mignon, both were delicious and my steak was cooked to my order. “

“Bentley’s attentive staff, fresh foods and delicious seafood chowder make this a great place to have a good visit with friends while enjoying a meal in a lovely atmosphere.”


Baked Goat Cheese and Romesco

“The latest time we started with the baked goat cheese in romesco sauce appetizer, it was delicious!”

“The goat cheese and romesco dip, I could have eaten a vat and not gotten sick of it.”

“The Goat Cheese, Romesco Sauce, and Crispy Bread were delightful as well.”


Favorite Entrees

Black Angus New York steak with melted blue cheese butter, mashed potatoes and vegetables

New York Steak

“Both my wife and I had the Black Angus New York Steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables – again an A-MAZING dish! Phenomenal!!”

“The steaks are always cooked perfectly and last night was no exception.”

“…it had perfect marbling, a nice crust, and cooked to a perfect medium rare (the way all steak SHOULD be cooked).  Served at a 30 degree angle, resting on a serving of garlic mashed, I was in pure heaven.  One of the best steaks I’ve ever had.  “


Free Range Chicken

“My favorite so far is the free range chicken with potatoes and veggies. Ask for the Dijon sauce on the side: you’ll get more of this amazing “gravy” that you can dip your chicken in. Best ever.”

“Myself I had the Free Range Chicken with sautéed medley of farmed and foraged mushrooms – A-Mazing!”

“Fabulous food!!! The roasted chicken with potatoes were wonderful! The chicken flavorful and moist, even the breast!!”


Pork Rack Chop

“Eating at Bentley’s is a real treat. The double thick porkchop is cooked to perfection. “


Favorite Drinks


“I met a friend for lunch and had the best Absolut dirty martini. Nice big fat olives and wonderful flavor.”

“The Oregon Pinot Noir wine was to die-for and the service was attentive and kind.”

“The martini offerings were good and they were excellent.”

“…And finally, both evenings we enjoyed their “Grand” Margarita, grand, very grand!”


What They Love About Our Restaurant

Fire Pit at Bentley's Grill

“The food, ambiance and the service were first rate. If we were back in the Salem region we would visit Bentley’s.”

“If you have an event to hold, I highly recommend working with Bentley’s Grill.”

“There is a lovely firepit in the center of the restaurant to warm you up during cold rainy days, I tried a lot of different dishes, and loved them all. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you order.”

“Needless to say, both evenings were spectacular; seating was immediate, ambiance great for ANY occasion, and the staff was extra friendly and provided great service even when things got to be a bit busy. This restaurant is a must-try if you are in the Salem area!!!”


If you’re so inclined we’d love to have your thoughts too! This feedback is greatly appreciate by us and extremely useful.

As our chefs create new items for the menu they consider and review guest input which means YOU can play a crucial role in the next great dish at Bentley’s Grill! Feel free to review us at any of the following websites:


Open Table

Urban Spoon

Trip Advisor


Bentley’s Grill is Among Gerry Frank’s Picks!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Gerry Frank

Gerry Frank. Photo via;

It’s been a great month at Bentley’s Grill! We were thrilled to see that our restaurant received a big time shout-out from writer Gerry Frank in February 5th edition of The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“Whether you’re visiting for lunch, dinner or a drink in the lounge, Bentley’s offers a creative spin on traditional fare. Their innovative lunch and dinner menus reflect a Northwest-inspired cuisine with occasional Asian flavors in select dishes. Much of their focus remains on choice steak, fresh seafood like Oregon bay shrimp, pastas and salads – hearty and light. Their crab cakes are an especially good choice of appetizer and the Korean chicken lettuce wraps are quite popular amongst the regulars.”-Gerry Frank

Click here to read the entire story on The Oregonian.

This is high praise coming from the guy that literally wrote the book on Oregon living (seriously, check out the bestseller, Gerry Frank’s Oregon sometime)! Gerry also writes a regular column for the Oregonian, Gerry Frank’s picks, where the Oregon guru shares his recommendations on local gems worth checking out along with a bit of Oregon history and trivia.

A special thanks goes out to Gerry Frank and The Oregonian for featuring us!

What Do You Recommend Ordering at Bentley’s Grill?

Monday, April 13th, 2015
The Dagwood

The Dagwood is one of our Signature Favorite Sandwiches at Bentley’s Grill

These days, restaurant patrons have more options than ever when it comes to choosing where to dine, and what to order. Many of our guests do their research in advance and leave feedback of their experience on review sites like:


Open Table

Urban Spoon

Trip Advisor


As restaurant, we value your feedback on these sites. We want to know what we are doing right, and what we could do better. In fact, our Chef reviews all of our guest input when working on our new menu items. We realize that we are not always perfect, but we aim to please and to earn your patronage.

We also appreciate knowing what your favorite menu items are. Next time you are wondering what to order, or looking to try something new, check out some of the recommendations from these guests we found on the review sites mentioned above.

Great Specials

Pan roasted smoked duck breast

Pan roasted smoked duck breast

“Had the duck special – it was perfectly cooked and delicately seasoned. A very enjoyable meal.”

“Grilled Steak Salad- this was a special on the menu, I loved it so much the first night that I decided to have it the second night. I recommended it to my dinner companion and she loved it too.

“Fabulous food!!! The roasted chicken with potatoes were wonderful! The chicken flavorful and moist, even the breast!! My husband has the pork tenderloin with pomegranate and garlic sauce, so much flavor in one bite!!”

Pork chop

Pork Chop at Bentley’s Grill

“Gotta Try the Crab Cakes”

“Have been three times now, every time they had very good food especially the crab cakes!!!”

“Great happy hour menu – gotta try the crab cake!!”

Dungeness & Rock Crab Cakes.

Our Crab Cakes are one of our most popular food items

Guests are Happy with our “Happy Hour” Specials

“The happy hour appetizers are delicious and could easily become a meal.”

“The service is always consistent friendly helpful staff. The food has always been pleasing as well price, and portion, I really enjoy the happy hour menu- cocktails….”

“Excellent lemon drop martini and the Best restaurant macaroni and cheese….We will be back!”

“The scallop and lobster crepe with the garlic cream sauce is perfect. The seared ahi is good, but very small pieces compared to many others. The goat cheese and romesco dip, I could have eaten a vat and not gotten sick of it.”

Coconut Prawns with Mango Salsa for Happy Hour @ Bentley's Grill daily from 4-6pm in bar

Coconut Prawns with Mango Salsa for Happy Hour @ Bentley’s Grill daily from 4-6pm in bar


Crispy zucchini fries

Have you tried our Crispy Zucchini Fries?

Ahi Tuna Bentley's Grill

Ahhhhhh….Seared Ahi Tuna. Mmmmmmm

Korean Lettuce Wraps & Veggie Stir Fry

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps are always a hit!

“Always come here when I’m in the area, usually for lunch. The veggie stir fry is really good and just recently tried the Korean chicken lettuce wraps which were great!”

“Just tried the Korean lettuce wraps they were spicy and slightly sweet. Try them.”

“The veggie stir fry is really good and just recently tried the Korean chicken lettuce wraps which were great!”

“The first night I had an appetizer which was a Korean lettuce wrap, slightly spicy but great.”

Vegi Stirfry

“Cheesecake to die for!”

Turtle chocolate cheesecake

Turtle Chocolate Cheesecake

Great Steaks

“My steak was cooked perfectly, garlic mashed potatoes and a side vegetable were great too.”

“This was an amazing steak! Yummmy and the mushrooms were heavenly. Toped it off with a bottle of wine and enjoyed my amazing room and hotel.”

Black Angus New York steak topped with blue cheese butter

Black Angus New York steak topped with blue cheese butter


Fine Dining Bentley's Grill

Burgers, Sandwiches & Fries

Bentley's Burger

Bentley’s Burger

“My husband ordered the Bentley burger and he ordered it med-rare and it came out exactly the way he wanted it with a plate full of fries. The fries were hot and crunchy and I was lucky he was willing to share.”

“I tried the Cubano sandwich. The sandwich is a treat: a taste sensation.”

“Their burger was very reasonably priced at something like $10-$11, and it was very good, the bun seemed homemade and really made the burger for me. Will definitely go back at some point!”

“…a Bentley Burger grilled exactly as ordered, well-done yet not dry and thin fries that had that perfect crispness.”

Fish & Chips

Fish and Chips


“….it was the best clam chowder soup I had ever had.”

“The Thai Spice Mussels (special) were unbelievable….had the seafood chowder which was excellent.”

Seafood chowder

Oregon Rockfish

“I have eaten here on two occasions and have been very happy with both meals. The first day I had the Oregon Rockfish entree which was excellent. My second meal was the Free Range Chicken with roasted red potatoes.”

“Food choices arrived including a classic Caesar salad with chicken (the small size being perfect with the added meat), Oregon rockfish (moist, accompanied by veggies..delicious)…. All four of us left happy and full.”

Rockfish Bentley's Grill

Rockfish at Bentley’s Grill is a popular choice

Next time you dine with us, let us know how we’re doing! Ask your server about our daily specials and seasonal dishes. Hope to see you soon!

We Rock!! Bentley’s Grill Receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Again!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Certificate of Excellence

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

That’s right, we said travel.  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 bed and breakfasts, bakeries, attractions, parks, museums, and restaurants like us!

Making You Happy Makes Us Happy.

Making You Happy Makes Us Happy.

This is a special honor because it is given only to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor…..that means YOU!  Our customers!

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 translating into 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.