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Have You Ever Tried Ecological Wine?

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Oregon Wine Tasting

We’re big fans of sustainability. Operating as a sustainable restaurant has been a guiding principal of Bentley’s Grill from the very first moment we opened our doors 11 years ago. In fact, we were the first restaurant to become EarthWISE certified in Marion County! We could devote an entire post to talking about our commitment to sourcing local foods, recycling, composting, our obsession with being “waste free” (and we did), but in this post, we want to talk about wine.

Ecological Wines are a growing trend among wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. Simply put, they are wines that are made with the bare minimum of intervention, such as chemicals or pesticides in the vineyard. Typically these wines are unfiltered, which means they tend to have a cloudy appearance brought on by the presence of sediment.

Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Since the wine goes through little “interference,” many claim that the flavors are stronger and purer. As you can imagine, these wines are growing in popularity among customers looking for the healthiest possible alternative for their meals.

Several of our local Willamette Valley vineyards are producing delectable Ecological Wines to try! Just take a look at our evolving wine list.  Better yet, stop in and ask our Wine Steward, Mark Jacklich, for his recommendations!

Of course, if you’re looking for more traditional white, you can always find the very best in reds and whites at Bentley’s Grill. 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. Come join us for a tasting and perhaps soon we’ll be pouring you a glass of Ecological Wine to go with your meal.

Savor our Dungeness Crab Cakes and So Much More at “Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon”

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Ah, summer is coming to a close in Oregon, do you know what that means?  The Oregon State Fair is just around the corner. And you know what that means?  It’s time to get your tickets to Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon Wine and Cuisine!

And guess who will be there? Yup- WE WILL! This magical of evening of wine and delicious meals from Oregon’s top restaurants (ahem- like ours) is taking place 4PM-9PM Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Oregon State Fair.

Try our famous Dungeness Crab Cakes along with other small plates as you sample wines from world class Oregon wineries Ankeny Vineyard, Chateau Lorane Winery, Firesteed; along with delicous brews from Base Camp Brewing Company, Gilgamesh Brewing to name a few.

It would take us the entire page to list every terrific winery, brewery, restaurant, and distillery taking part in the event; be sure to visit the official Pairings! page to see the complete list!

Purchase tickets to this unmissable evening here.

Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Photo Source Pairings! 2015

Wine Paring Tips

As the name clearly implies, Pairings! is an evening filled with… well, wine pairings! To get the most out of the experience one needs to be aware of the right combinations when pairing wines and food. They don’t all go together equally well, after all.

Here’s a great visual guide from that show which type of wine goes best with different foods.

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That said, you probably don’t want to carry this sheet around with you as you’re enjoying the evening. Keep these simple tips in mind to make the most out of your wine pairings.

Avoid Pairing Bitter with Bitter

Don’t overload your tastebuds by mixing bitter foods with a bitter wine! Bitter wines can be mixed with saltier, fattier foods to bring out the hidden flavors.

Choose Wine Sweeter Than the Food

A good rule of thumb to follow is to ensure that your wine is sweeter than your food, otherwise you can expect your wine to taste bitter and tart.

Your Wine Should be More Tart Than The Food

Then again, your wine should be more tart than the food you’re munching on, otherwise you can expect the wine to taste flabby.

Earth Flavors Bring Out An Earthy Wine

Earthy food flavors (such as mushrooms) bring out fruitier flavors of an earthy wine. A winning combination!

Focus on the Wine’s Characteristics

At the end of the day, the real key is to focus on the characteristics of the wine and match accordingly. The food should heighten the flavor of the wine, not fight against it.

When in Doubt, Ask

At Pairings! you will be greeted by sommeliers and experts who can guide you in the right direction and offer advice on what food will go best with the different wines they have to offer.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be wining and dining at the top of your game. Enjoy!

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!

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:


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