I think I have found my dream restaurant. If I was to design my own restaurant, it would look just like Filberts. On a drive leaving Salem and heading towards Portland, my sister and I stopped for lunch at a new restaurant in Aurora. If you’ve never been to Aurora, you really should. It is a quaint little town with many thriving antique shops and just a short drive from I-5. Filberts Farmhouse Kitchen fits right in, inside a newly renovated extensive farmhouse, picture perfect in bright white.
We arrived for a late lunch around 3:00 and as it wasn’t rushed, were able to visit with our waiter who was super friendly. The interior was gorgeous – with white marble looking table tops, dark wood booths, a lamp and electrical outlet (for charging those phones while you eat) in every booth. Vintage artwork hung on the white walls. Black and white upholstered chairs decorated the light-filled dining lounge, while darker colors were in the simple yet elegant bar area with upholstered red seats and (thankfully!) no television in sight. The music was on-point with my personal favorite music playing in the background – think 40s, Bing Crosby, Harry Connick Jr, Louis Armstrong, Not too loud – just the right level for ambience and still be able to carry on a conversation.
My sister and I split a hamburger and an Oregon style salad – trying to be good by eating a salad, but unable to resist a few french fries and a burger. Both were excellent.
They also have an event space downstairs, outdoor seating on the deck, and an entire other room still to be open. They’ve only been open a month, but appear to be doing a good business. I’d recommend calling for reservations if you are heading there for dinner.
This restaurant gets it – it’s all in the details. Not too fussy, not too stark, it is the perfect balance of old and new.
Filberts Farmhouse Kitchen, 21317 HWY 99E, Aurora, Oregon 97002