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Holiday Food & Wine Recommendations

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Bentley's Grill Wine

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.

While there are no pairings listed on our regular menu items (which changes seasonally), there is always a wine to compliment the dishes available. All you have to do is ask and we will help you make a selection sure to please the senses.

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. Here are some of his holiday tips-

What Pairs Well With A Holiday Meal?

M.J: ”A great pairing for the holidays is sparkling wine. The bubbles work wonders with the variety of foods set on the table. Two of my favorites are Argyle Brut as well as their Argyle Brut Rose’.

If you had your heart set on a red the most versatile ones would be Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah. For Pinot Noir I would suggest something with good weight and big flavor, Angela Estate 2010 from Yamhill-Carlton is one that I’ve had recently that comes to mind.

For Zinfandel and Syrah there is some wiggle room based on your personal preference, styles very but either would work well.

What Do You Recommend Pairing with dishes from our “Small Plates” menu?

M.J.- Our Seared AhiKorean Chicken Lettuce Wraps are 2 dishes that have a spice component that pairs nicely with a Riesling.  Try our by-the-glass dry Riesling from Pacific Rim, Wallula Vineyard 2010. The subtle floral aromatics, balanced acidity and low residual sugar make this wine a great counter to both dishes that feature pepper induced heat characteristics.

Ahi Tuna

Try our Seared Ahi Tuna

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Korean Lettuce Wraps

Do You Have a Favorite Holiday Drink?

M.J.- During the holidays, I always enjoy relaxing with a nice hot cup of mulled wine. This drink is great because it is one of those things you always get right, everyone has their own style.

While some places use cheap red wine for this holiday favorite, I prefer something a little more desirable to the palate, while still not breaking the bank. I suggest Trinity Vineyards Syrah or Eola Hills Cabernet Sauvignon.

I hope you all enjoy your holiday season and I leave you with this mulled wine recipe. Feel free to make it your own and have fun experimenting!

Mark’s Mulled Wine

6 whole allspice berries
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 whole star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced
3 large strips orange zest
3 large strips lemon zest
2 (750-ml) bottles red wine
3/4 cup honey

Add ingredients to slow cooker or large pot and heat thoroughly. Serve warm in mugs.


It’s National Pasta Month! Mmmmmm…..Pasta

Friday, October 9th, 2015

National Pasta Month

 Bentley’s Grill = #PastaPride

Did you know that October is National Pasta Month? At Bentley’s Grill, we are not afraid of pasta, we celebrate it!  We do pasta so well, you’d think we have team of authentic Italian cooks working away in our kitchen!

Our guests can’t get enough of our menu pasta dishes like Smoked Mac & Cheese, Gorgonzola Butternut Squash Ravioli, Chicken Fettuccine plus countless Lunch and Dinner Specials made with fresh seasonal ingredients.  We take a great deal of pride in our pasta dishes, as you can see.  Just take a look below at some of our recent specials.

Fresh bucatini pasta tossed with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, olives, capers and white anchovies.

Fresh Bucatini Pasta Tossed with Olive Oil, Garlic, Tomatoes, Olives, Capers and White Anchovies.

Cajun Prawn Fettuccine

Cajun Prawn Fettuccine

Rotini Pasta,

Rotini Pasta, Grill Andouille Sausage and Thick Cut Pepper Bacon Tossed in a Double Cream Gouda cheese sauce topped with toasted Parmesan bread crumbs

Penne pasta

Penne pasta tossed with sautéed onions and peppers, chicken and Andouille sausage with a Cajun Parmesan cream sauce

Pumpkin Asiago Ravioli

Pumpkin Asiago Ravioli

Our popular Vegetable Stir Fry

Vegetable stir fry

Rockfish Served Over Bed of Pasta

Rockfish Served Over Bed of Pasta

Rotini with pancetta

Rotini with Pancetta

Cajun Pasta

Cajun pasta!! Andouille sausage, chicken, garlic, sautéed onions and peppers in a Cajun sauce tossed with fettuccine

Braised Short Rib Ragu

Braised Short Rib Ragu

Is your mouth watering yet?  We think you better come by for Lunch or Dinner (or both!) as soon as possible to see what our talented chefs are cooking up these days.

In the meantime, Happy National Pasta Month!  We hope you will enjoy these fun facts about pasta.

Sourcing Local Ingredients from Salem’s Wednesday Market

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Salem's Wednesday Market

Altaman Adolphues, aka “Chef Alt”, searches for fresh produce to use in our daily specials at Bentley’s Grill.

Since opening our doors, Bentley’s Grill has been committed to the sustainability movement in Salem, Oregon along with our sister companies, The Grand Hotel Salem and The Salem Convention Center.

Not only are we recycling and waste free champs, we strive to use fresh and locally produced ingredients in our dishes whenever possible.

On any given Wednesday (during the warm weather months) you may spot one of our chefs like Altaman Adolphues, aka “Chef Alt”, searching for fresh ingredients at Salem’s Wednesday Market.  The summer months are especially exciting as we always find a rich selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables (among many other treasures).

Using locally grown produce not only supports our local economy and sustainability, it simply tastes better.  Our local farmers markets are great places to find delicious treats like fresh heirloom tomatoes to go in our Chipolte Chicken Caesar Salad (one of our recent specials of the day) and fresh raspberries that find their way on to our delicious salads & drink specials.

Altaman Adolphues Salem Farmers Market

Chef Alt comes prepared as he searches through the many vendors here at Wednesday Market.

Altaman Adolphues at The Farmers Market

Summer Menu at Bentely's Grill

Chipolte Chicken Caesar Salad

Summer Salads

Fresh local raspberries find their way into our salads.


The weekly market is operated by the Salem Saturday Market and takes place in historic downtown Salem on Chemeketa St. between Liberty and High on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm through October 14th.

About Salem Saturday Market
The mission of Salem Saturday Market is to provide local growers of agricultural products, producers of prepared foods, artisans and crafters with the opportunity, sites and services to market their products directly to the consumer; to enhance the quality of life in the Willamette Valley by providing our community with a vibrant, environmentally responsible gathering place; and to strengthen and encourage community support for our local economy.

Seven of the Best Looking Sandwiches You’ve Ever Seen at Bentley’s Grill

Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Dagwood Sandwich

The Dagwood Sandwich- it’s a Bentley’s favorite!

August is National Sandwich Month!

When the fourth Earl of Sandwich allegedly invented the sandwich almost 300 years ago, surely he did not imagine his creation would someday grow into a worldwide foodie obsession. We love sandwiches so much, that the entire month of August is devoted to celebrating America’s most beloved convenience meal.

In honor of National Sandwich Month, we are paying tribute to some of our favorite sandwich creations here at Bentley’s Grill (these go way beyond PB & J). From warm Pulled Pork sandwiches simmered in honey BBQ and topped with Tillamook sharp cheddar, Swiss cheese, house made ‘kraut, Memphis slaw & frizzled onions to our classic Dagwood Deluxe with Roasted turkey breast, bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato & onion- we have a sandwich that is well suited for every taste bud.

Celebrate National Sandwich month by coming in and trying some of these for yourself! Click here to see our lunch menu for more details and follow our Follow our Instagram Feed to see more delicious sandwiches and specials at Bentley’s Grill!

Warning- the content of these photos may cause side effects such as immediate cravings, mouth watering,  a growling stomach and an uncontrollable desire to race to Bentley’s Grill to order a sandwich.  

Grilled Turkey and Swiss with fresh Arugula, Avocado and Garlic Aioli

Grilled Turkey and Swiss with fresh Arugula, Avocado and Garlic Aioli

The Dagwood

The Dagwood is so good, we have to show it again.

grilled Portabella mushroom sandwich

Myst try the Grilled Portabella Mushroom Sandwich

Bentley's Grill Prime Rib Sandwich

Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Double Cream Gouda and Sautéed Peppers & Onions. Yes please.

Turkey Bacon Melt Salem Oregon

All hail the Turkey Bacon Melt!

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.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, Memphis slaw and frizzled onions….one of the daily specials we have featured at lunch.

Portabella mushroom club

The Portabella Mushroom Club sandwich is so delicious, we’re listing it twice!

2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

2015 Restaurant Wine List Awards

Fourteen restaurants in Oregon have been awarded the prestigious 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and guess which one is among them?

If you said Bentley’s Grill, you’d be correct! This year, Wine Spectator recognized more than 3,600 restaurants from all over the globe, including 14 here in Oregon. The awards recognize restaurants featuring wine lists that are judged to be interesting, appropriate to the restaurant’s cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine enthusiasts.

Wine Spectator

The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program has honored the world’s best wine programs since 1981. The complete list of award winners is featured in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator, which also includes detailed analysis of wine list trends and full profiles of the new Grand Award winners.

All of the restaurants can be found in’s free Restaurant Search, where you’ll find information about their wine selections, cuisine, prices, key staff and more.

Wine Spectator is the #1 Epicurean Magazine for Affluence, Fine Dining and Travel. Published 15 times per year, Wine Spectator offers an exciting, insider’s view of the good life, including fine dining, wine, travel and entertainment. Wine features wine ratings, tasting reports, news, editors’ blogs, videos and other original content.