In a quiet Victorian house a block off Newberg’s busiest street hides one of the Willamette Valley’s finest gems. But it’s not so hidden anymore, as The Painted Lady has been recognized by Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, and Zagat, among others, for its excellence in Northwest cuisine, wine pairings and service.
Chef Allen Routt heads up the kitchen to present exciting flavor profiles of locally fresh foods in each of the four courses. The menu changes with availability from farmers and ranchers. In the early spring, the amuse bouche featured local red and golden beets… even Curt the vegetable-leary Iowan appreciated the creativity and tastiness. The house-made gnocchi is often a star of the first course, although the pate sings with complex flavors that get high reviews. In the seafood course, local halibut, salmon or steelhead are often among the choices, while the main entree list itself has a wide variety of meat choices that shine with modern flair of their own. My duck was super juicy and crisp while Curt’s steak was the perfect cut done just so. And dessert… I had the Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Tart with a little dessert wine. Good grief, what a treat.
That dessert wine I had was arranged by Jessica Bagley, as General Manager and co-owner with her husband Chef Routt. She has established a wine list at The Painted Lady that garners praise from all around, including winning the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. The list is extensive in Oregon and international selections.
For an adventure down a nicely planned path, during the winter and spring months, Allen and Jessica work with local vintners to present a Winery of the Month set menu in addition to the regular menu. This three course meal is designed to highlight the best tastes of a local winery with specially prepared pairings. They also host winemaker dinners throughout the
year… and will be co-hosting (with Bergstrom Winery) a dinner at the James Beard House in New York next Monday, June 14!
Not being a large restaurant, you can expect personal service throughout your dinner at The Painted Lady. It also means that we highly recommend planning ahead with reservations. We also recommend having a light lunch so that, as your mom said, you don’t spoil your dinner. This is one of the pricier choices in the Valley; Curt and I make it a special occasion dinner. But any day can be a special occasion, right?
The Painted Lady Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It is located at 201 S. College Street, Newberg, OR 97132. 503.538.3850