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Before you make a reservation at The Painted Lady Restaurant, here are five things you should know about the restaurant.
1. Anticipate a culinary gem. The Painted Lady is a premiere culinary destination in Oregon. Since opening in 2005, the intimate restaurant has enticed epicures to taste a sense of place in the heart of Oregon pinot noir country. The elegant prix fixe affair is orchestrated by the husband-and-wife team, Jessica Bagley and chef Allen Routt. The two taste through boutique local wines and seasonal ingredients daily to discover the most stimulating matches for five and seven-course dinners to pique all the senses.
2. Expect elegance. When you imagine The Painted Lady, think Audrey Hepburn. The secret to the exquisite experience at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is elegance and simplicity. The 10-table restaurant is set in an intimate, historic Victorian home. Candles flicker from every corner, and a candelabra casts a warm glow from the hearth. The cuisine is refined, yet modern with a touch of whimsy.
3. Discover the bounty of Oregon. The Painted Lady offers two tasting menu options, either a five or seven-course prix fixe menu; there isn't an option to order items à la carte. Both tasting menus are an ode to simple, local ingredients; the chef celebrates local farmers, fisherman and foragers and as a result the ingredients shine.
4. Taste the terroir. The Painted Lady offers two all-Oregon wine pairing options with each prix fixe menu. This is an opportunity to learn about the geography, history and wines of the Willamette Valley and across the state of Oregon. The wine list features approximately 150 pinot noirs of more than 400 wine selections. You can taste through time and place with one of many verticals of local pinots, with the oldest vintage dating back to 1999.
5. Escape for an epicurean weekend. The Painted Lady restaurant offers a two-day cottage stay that is a bon vivant’s dream. The first night is a wood-fired pizza pie dinner from a custom-built brick oven. The next day holds a surprise, gourmet picnic lunch to take wine tasting and touring, followed by dinner at the restaurant. On Sunday morning, brunch is brought to cottage. Private cooking classes with chef Allen Routt are also an option to explore.