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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!

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!

What Do We Mean When We Talk About Sustainability?

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Don't worry, we've got your back.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.


Sustainability has been a guiding principal of Bentley’s Grill from the very first moment we opened our doors in 2005. It defines who we are and has shaped our business practices for over a decade. But when we talk about sustainability what do we really mean?

Buying Local Healthy Ingredients

We know that buying the best and freshest local produce doesn’t just mean our food tastes better, it means our food is healthier too. When possible, we source our ingredients from local vendors and growers.  It’s not uncommon to find our chefs spending their Wednesdays finding the freshest, healthiest ingredients at Salem’s Wednesday Market. By buying local, Bentley’s Grill supports the local economy and long-term sustainability.

Replacing Garbage Cans with Recycling and Composting Cans

Instead of one-dump-fits-all garbage cans we use recycling and composting cans to separate our trash, ensuring that every bit of waste is placed into its proper receptacle. It’s only when trash is separated accordingly does it becomes clear how much extra waste is created every single day.

Committing To Recycling

When we say we are committed to recycling, we absolutely mean it. We recycle our plastic wrap/bags, paper, newspapers, cardboard, Styrofoam, tin, metal, light bulbs, batteries, ink cartridges, milk lids, plastic ware, straws, stir sticks, key cards, and even old CD’s. We recycle everything but the kitchen sink because frankly we need it.

Creating a Waste-free House Front

We strive to keep the front of the house as close to waste-free as possible. To this endeavor all tickets, straws, bottles, napkins, corks, and other waste are either recycled or composted. 

Training our Team to Ensure Sustainable Practices

All the previously mentioned practices are encouraged and maintained through our enthusiastic and committed team. By educating our employees in recycling procedures (what can and can’t be recycled) and our waste-free front policy we have cemented our philosophy of great meals through sustainable practices. 

Being Recognized and Certified for Sustainability

These policies are what lead us to become the first EarthWise certified restaurant in Salem, an honor we don’t take lightly. We’ve completed Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge, and in 2011 were named “Large Sustainable Business Of The Year” by Mid-Valley Green Awards!

These recognitions are a testament to the hard work of our team, but in the end of the day are not the reason we maintain these practices. We do it because we believe that sustainable practices are better for our customer, our team, and our planet.


That’s what we mean when we talk about sustainability.



TripAdvisor Awards Bentley’s Grill with Certificate of Excellence for the 3rd Year in a Row!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Certificate of Excellence

Service with a Smile
For the third year in a row, we have been presented with a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site!

Now in its 5th year, the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.

Did you think TripAdvisor was only for hotels and resorts?

Nope! The Certificate of Excellence celebrates excellence in all sectors of the hospitality industry, including restaurants like us! In fact restaurants account for 52% of Certificate of Excellence winners.

This is a special honor because it is given only to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor like these:

“The restaurant was extremely helpful and clearly knew the drill making it so easy for me to make decisions. We had our own room called the Wine Nook for 11 people. They had a separate table for delicious appetizers and one for gifts. It was intimate without being claustrophobic. Everyone loved their meal. We had 4 choices and the portions were very hearty. The meat and fish were perfectly cooked. Service by Amber was attentive without being over intrusive. They tailored the menu to congratulate our Willamette graduate. Earlier in the weekend we did wine tasting to chose our wine- which added to the fun. – Karla A May 19, 2015

“The restaurant has a very nice selection of entrees to choose from as well as Soup of the day which was delicious, seafood choices, steaks, etc. I can tell you, I didn’t have a meal that wasn’t excellent.” -pam15801 May 14, 2015

“Bentley’s Grill in the Salem Convention Center was the choice location for a group of British women recently. We meet bi-monthly in friends’ homes but sometimes venture out on the town for a meal. I decided to see how America presented “Fish & Chips” and requested the sweet potato option. When my plate was served, it received “Oohs and Aahs” from the group who all wanted a taste! It was so good, that after sharing, (and eating a small portion) I had the rest boxed up for my husband to taste! I know a group of ladies who will be returning, and I can imagine what their order will be….. And guess where my husband and I will be going and what we will be ordering?” -BritLadyKeizer April 6, 2015


Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. To qualify for this award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by TripAdvisor users.

We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is being recognized in positive reviews on TripAdvisor!  We are not always perfect, but we strive for perfection and your feedback helps us to grow and to serve you even better. Let us know how we are doing! Visit to share your opinion.