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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.

Great Steaks! June is National Steakhouse Month.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Bentley's Grill Steaks

“Grilled to Perfection” - Choice steaks served nightly at Bentley’s Grill.

Since June is National Steakhouse Month, we thought this would be a great time to highlight our steaks, which have earned a reputation as being among the best in downtown Salem, Oregon.

Our chefs take a great deal of pride in the quality, flavor and the presentation of our steaks like Filet Mignon, Black Angus New York Steak and Bistro Steak.

When you dine on steak at Bentley’s Grill, it’s more than just a meal. To us, our steaks are an experience to be enjoyed by guests that honors a history and tradition of the great American Steak Houses.



To achieve this, we prepare our steaks using the highest quality cuts of meats we can find to give you that “melt-in-the-mouth” effect.  We add a special blend of seasonings and carefully grill them to perfection.

To compliment the flavors, we serve our steaks with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, then finish them with our guest’s choice of local Northwest ingredients such as a medley of locally farmed and foraged mushrooms or Oregon blue cheese butter.

Combine this with excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere and the result is a meal our guests rave about.  Here’s a sampling of what some of our pleased diners had to say:

“We moved to Dallas from Denver, Colorado, where there are many excellent restaurants, including some high quality steakhouses from which to choose. We would put Bentley’s right up with the best in Denver.” -Posted on Open Table

“Probably one of the best restaurants in Salem and has been since it opened. The food is always good an the service is very accommodating. We take friends there when we’re deciding where to go for dinner in Salem.” -Open Table Reviewer

“The steaks are always cooked perfectly and last night was no exception.” -Posted on Yelp

“I had the New York steak and it was cooked perfectly.”–Posted on Open Table

“One of the better places to dine in when you’re wanting fine dining in SalemI’ve always enjoyed their Bently’s burger, filet mignon, and sirloin steak..”-Posted on Yelp

“This was an amazing steak! Yummmy and the mushrooms were heavenly.”-Posted on TripAdvisor

“Steaks were cooked to perfection.” -Posted on Open Table

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

“The New York steak was fantastic!!!!” -Posted on Open Table

“Always a great place for new York steak, although many other items are great.”-Posted on TripAdvisor

“The dining experience was great. The food was excellent and the service was superb.”-Posted on Open Table

Our chefs have prepared a lunch and dinner menu for Bentley’s Grill with the Northwest Diner in mind.  See our current Dinner Menu and Lunch Menu.  Don’t forget to ask your server about nightly specials!


Celebrate Oregon Wine Month All Summer Long at Bentley’s Grill!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Oregon Wine MonthOregon Wine

Are you a fan of Oregon wine? If so, you probably may have heard that May is Oregon Wine Month!  Did you know that Oregon is home to more than 450 wineries and Oregon Wine is a $3 billion industry? That’s cause for celebration!

Oregon Wine Month celebrates the growing community of Oregon winemakers. Throughout May, many of Oregon’s wineries will have special promotions, activities and tastings to celebrate.


At Bentley’s Grill, we treat every month like Oregon Wine month! Willamette Valley wines have developed a reputation of being among the finest in the world, and many of its acclaimed wineries are right here in our own backyard!  Every second and fourth Wednesday, we feature a local winery from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Our featured wineries this summer are

Chateau Bianca Winery on May 27th

Cubanisimo Vineyards on June 10th

Namaste Vineyards June 24th

Willamette Valley Vineyards July 8th

July 22nd Van Duzer Vineyards July 22nd

Eola Hills Wine Cellars August 12th

Bethel Heights Vineyard August 26th

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.

Be sure to celebrate Oregon Wine Month by visiting your favorite winery, and purchasing Oregon wine at participating restaurants and retail locations.

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