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It’s Oregon Wine Month!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Photo @ Left Coast Cellars

It’s May, and you know what that means? It’s Oregon Wine Month! Nearly 700 wineries throughout Oregon are celebrating our outstanding wine right now!

“Some of the world’s finest wines are made right here in Oregon,” said David Beck, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board, which manages the month-long promotion. “Oregon Wine Month is an opportunity for wine enthusiasts in Oregon and beyond to experience the diversity and quality of Oregon wine.”

This year’s Oregon Wine Month campaign will celebrate Oregon winemakers who celebrate the earth – those who have a particular dedication to environmental stewardship, to growing grapes that best express the soils and to preserving the land for future generations of winegrape farmers. With 45% of Oregon vineyards certified sustainable and many more farming this way, Oregon has more certified sustainable acres than any other winegrowing region in the U.S.

Oregon Wine

We don’t mean to brag, but our extensive Oregon Wine list and our commitment to celebrating and promoting local wineries have been recognized by organizations like Wine SpectatorOregon Wine Press, and The Oregon Wine Board to name a few.

Be sure to join us in The Grand Hotel Salem Lobby 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. Special food pairings and happy hour options will also be available for purchase during the tasting.

Our featured wineries for upcoming Wednesday Wine Tasting series are as followed. Mark your calendars!

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.

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 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

Three Food and Wine Pairings to Try Right Now

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

There is no question that food and wine belong together. When the perfect match is made, they simply bring out the best in one another.

Bentley’s wine steward, Mark Jacklich, is always happy to offer his insight and experience when you are selecting the perfect wine to accompany your dining selection from our menu ‐ or to sip while relaxing in our wine lounge. Let Mark help you choose from our robust wine selection that caters to every taste and every occasion.

Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps & Brooks Riesling

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Our popular Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps have a spice component that pairs nicely with a Riesling. This appetizer features chicken marinated in garlic and chili then crispy fried and tossed in a savory Korean BBQ sauce. The dish is then topped with house made spicy cucumber Kimchi and sesame seeds. Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour.

The wine paring Mark suggests with this dish is a dry Brooks Riesling.

Brookes Riesling

With flavors of Bartlet pear, honey and lemon, this wine is medium bodied with great acidity and a dry finish that makes it a perfect counter part to the complex flavors of the Korean Chicken Lettuce Wrap.

Carlton Cellars Sauvignon Blanc with Oregon Rockfish

Oregon Rockfish

The moist, flavorful Rockfish fillet topped with parmesan-herbed bread crumbs pairs nicely with a light, crisp sauvignon blanc.  We recommend a glass of Carlton Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.  With subtle notes of fruit and citrus, this dry wine is a great way to enjoy this popular local dish served with lemon beurre blanc, risotto and seasonal vegetables.


Witness Tree “Chainsaw” Pinot Noir & Harissa Steak Salad

The medium bodied Witness Tree “Chainsaw” Pinot Noir offers lovely fruit flavors as it evokes the aromas of fresh berries and dried herbs. This wine is an ideal pairing with a our ever popular, “Harissa Steak Salad”, a dish comprised of grilled romaine hearts topped with Harissa (a spicy chile sauce from North Africa) marinated steak, capers, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, toasted almonds & red wine vinaigrette.


Diners’ Choice Winner: Great For Lunch

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

The Club Sandwich

It’s official! Bentley’s Grill is the place the go for lunch!

How do we know this? Based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews, Bentley’s Grill has again been listed among Salem’s best restaurants and is the recipient of this month’s OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Award. We have been designated by verified OpenTable diners as “Great For Lunch”.

Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews and sort the results by category to help users discover new favorites. Bentley’s Grill is OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Most Booked Restaurant in Salem.

Come in and try some of the new items on our NEW Lunch Menu like-

“Chicken Sandwich”– grilled chicken with caramelized onions, arugula, tillamook smoked
cheddar cheese, aioli on ciabatta

New Chicken Sandwich at Bentley's Grill

New Chicken Sandwich at Bentley’s Grill

“The Vegetarian”– roasted red pepper goat cheese, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, tomato, onion, avocado, and grilled zucchini

The Vegetarian

“Prawn Linguini”– prawns and fresh linguini in a creamy white clam sauce topped with tomatoes.
Prawn Linguini

Diners also love our classic favorites like ”

“Pulled Pork Sandwich”– topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, Memphis slaw and frizzled onions.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, Memphis slaw and frizzled onions at Bentleys Grill.

“Fish and Chips”-fresh rockfish fillets fried in widmer hefeweizen beer batter, served
with cole slaw, fries & crushed artichoke tartar sauce
Fish and Chips

 fish and chips

Fish and Chips

“Northwest Seafood Chowder”– People say it’s the best!

Seafood chowder

“Harissa Steak Salad”– grilled romaine hearts topped with harissa marinated steak, capers, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, toasted almonds & red wine vinaigrette

Harissa Steak Salad.

Harissa Steak Salad.

“Dungeness & Rock Crab Cakes”– two golden crisp crab cakes, on sesame slaw with pickled ginger and tobiko (fish roe) aioli

Dungeness & Rock Crab Cakes.

Dungeness & Rock Crab Cakes.

And of course- “Bentley’s Burger”– 1/3 pound of grilled fresh-ground chuck, tillamook cheddar cheese,
pepper bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato and onion with our signature spread on a kaiser roll

Bentley's Burger

Ok- technically, it’s a burger….BUT the Bentley’s Burger is so delicious, it needs to go on our list of favorites.


Items from our new lunch menu are available Monday-Saturday 11am- 4pm, along with other delicious and amazing lunch specials that you just have to taste for yourself! Click here to download our Menu.
Follow our Facebook Page and Instagram feed to see some of our popular lunch specials. Join our E-Club today to start receiving special discounts and coupon codes!

Please visit our OpenTable page to read more and/or to make a reservation.

About OpenTable Restaurant Reviews
Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions. Diners who recently honored an OpenTable reservation are invited via email to submit restaurant feedback using an online form. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, and the UK. The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 20 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.

Open Table Diners Choice Award