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Planning a holiday party? Bentley’s Grill has you covered!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Event Space at Bentley's Grill:Grand Hotel Salem

It’s about that time of year again, time to break out the break out the decorations, start doing some shopping, and mentally prepare for the holiday season ahead! With all the coordinating and traveling you may have planned, wouldn’t you like some help with the hosting of your next holiday party?

If so, then look no further! The event spaces at Bentley’s Grill and The Grand Hotel Salem are perfect for any activity you may plan, from holiday parties to wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners to reunions; we can even accommodate meetings for small, medium and large groups.  Our talented event planning specialists are here to assist you with everything from seating to menu planning so you can have some peace of mind (quite important in the holidays).

Liberty Room Bentley's Grill

Event Spaces

The question you’ll have to ask yourself is what kind of space do you want for your event. Here is a brief overview of some of the spaces we have available to guests looking to hold an event.

The Liberty Room

  • Newest Private Dining Area inside Bentley’s Grill
  • Versatile seating arrangements
  • Can accommodate up to 30 people in a banquet setting
  • Ideal for Holiday Parties, Reunions, Business Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Receptions, Birthday & Anniversary Parties

Wine Nook

  • Semi-private dining environment in Bentley’s Grill
  • Guests will enjoy the elegance and atmosphere of our restaurant
  • Perfect for smaller groups up to 15 people, birthday/anniversary celebrations, after hours cocktail party and more.

The Board Room

  • 1,204 square foot meeting room inside The Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Catering Available from Bentley’s Grill
  • Flexible, elegant, meeting space
  • Can accommodate up to 60 people
  • Ideal for corporate events, trainings, special events, and cocktail receptions.

The Marion Room

  • Spacious room inside the Grand Hotel in Salem
  • Can can accommodate up to 100 people
  • Available after 12pm each day
  • Ideal for corporate breakout space, luncheons, receptions, hosted dinners, hosted dinners, and more!!

In addition to our beautiful space and professional service, your holiday guests will enjoy the convenience of our downtown Salem location, complimentary underground parking, complimentary WiFi, seasonal decorations inside The Grand Hotel in Salem lobby, and the unique cozy ambiance you’ll only find inside our restaurant.

Best Crab Cakes in Salem

Fresh Catering

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without food, and the Bentley’s Grill catering team brings the Northwest’s freshest seasonal offerings to the table. Select items from our extensive menu or work with our staff to create a customized meal that you and your guests are sure to remember. Read about some of our favorites dishes here!

Holiday Party Planning Tips

Bentley’s Grill will take care of the hard part of the party so you can focus on socializing and having a good time. To that end, here are some tips that’ll make your life even easier and guarantee your party be a hit.

Set The Date

The holiday season’s a busy time, you’ll want to set the date as soon as you can. You can even send out a communication to get an idea of a preferred date from your guests (such as lunch versus dinner, weekday versus weekend) and from there go with the majority.

Finalize Your Guest List

4-6 weeks before your party, you should make a list of who is coming to the event. Not only will this help come time to book the event space but it will help you determine if any guests have special dietary needs.

Send out invitations early

People’s calendars start filling up quickly in the holidays. Aim to send your invitations at least a month in advance to guarantee you’ll have guests. Include an RSVP element to your invitations to accurately track your guest numbers.

Pick Your Music

Unless you’re planning to have a DJ, consider making a playlist ahead of time. With Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and iTunes, this is easier than ever before.

Consider Activities

This could depend on the type of gathering you’re planning, but some holiday parties are known for having humorous/fun activities such as white elephant gift exchanges, secret santa, ugly sweater contests, and so on. Of course, there’s nothing worse than a party forcing an activity on a group that is content to be socializing with one another, so you must consider your audience before planning mandatory activities.

Hire A Photographer

Sure, everybody will have their smartphones out and be taking pictures, but you still can’t beat the quality of a professional photographer with professional equipment (sorry Instagram).

Make Goody Bags

It’s the holidays! Treat your guests with goodie bags to take home. It can be anything from chocolate to wine to any other treats that are appropriate for the group.

Organize Transportation

Even though we’re located in the heart of downtown Salem, you and your guests may be coming from a greater distance. By hiring a van for the evening you can ensure your guests get to and from the party to a convenient drop off point without dealing with long wait times or uber surcharges.

With all those tips in mind, you’re bound to have the best holiday party your guests have attended. But don’t wait too long, the holiday season is busy and we fill up fast! For questions and space reservations, please contact Soraida Cross at 503-779-1413 or email

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!

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!

Save the Date! The 2013 Civil War Dinner & Auction is Back November 21, 2013

Friday, October 11th, 2013
Theresa Greco and Soraida Cross at the Salem Convention Center

Theresa Greco and Soraida Cross at the Salem Convention Center

Oregon Football fans!  Mark your calendars for Thursday November 21, 2013 when one of the most anticipated events of the entire year comes to The Salem Convention Center!

That’s right, the Bonaventure Senior Living Annual Civil War Dinner & Auction is back! We take Oregon football seriously around here, so we hope you will join us for one of the best Civil War parties in town!

PrintThis is your chance to support your team, have some fun AND raise money for a great cause in the spirit of the  annual Oregon “Civil War” when team rivals University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State University Beavers meet up in a heated match-up.

Tickets to the Civil War Dinner & Auction are $100 each and includes a gourmet dinner, beverages compliments of Gilgamesh Brewing and Columbia Distributing, fun with Duck and Beaver mascots, cheerleaders, an exciting silent and live auction, a photo booth provided by Erich McVey Photography, and more!

The best part is this event unites everyone to raise funds for Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties. All you have to do is wear your colors and represent your team! So get your tickets now! Wear your colors with pride and join us for this fun event.

The Boys & Girls Club Civil War Auction
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Salem Convention Center
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Tickets: $100

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