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Posted by HealthyEater on 07/24/2009
I went on a company dinner there. The meal was free, but still an unpleasant experience. I asked the waiter for the Spanish Mackerel and asked if he could make it light and cook it with very little fat. He said, sure, very little fat. The dish came back swimming in olive oil. On the bottom of the two fillets was a 2 inch thick puddle of oil, smothering even all the veggies. I couldn't eat any of it!
Posted by SR on 05/30/2009
Everything fried here is good -- the crispy troutlings, the shrimp -- in the apps dept. The octopus app was OK. In the entree dept., both fishes were forgettable to not very good. My wife got the cod with blood orange and other citrus -- tasted like a mushy dessert. I had the bacon-wrapped trout, which was flavorless and not even very appetizing. A truffled orzo side, on the other hand, was addictive and decadent. For dessert, the sticky toffee pudding was fantastic whereas the single slice of birthday cake, while a great fun idea for a dessert, was pretty good. There were some chocolate crunchies inside that made it nice, but beyond that: Eh. Not really worth a return visit, but if you'd managed to order with a lot of luck, you could leave happy. That shouldn't be the case at a good restaurant, though.
Posted by anonymous on 03/12/2009
We were a party of 6 at The Harrison. We went there to check out the private dining room and sample the food for a 60th birthday celebration i am making for my sister from Utah. As far a the private party room, it is perfect for an intimate dinner party of not more than 22 people. It is in the basement in a wine cellar, and the atmosphere is incredible. So if you're having a small party, this is definitely the place. ( And i checked out many rooms in the city.) As for the food, i was really pleasantly surprised. The 6 of us all ordered different appetizers, entres, and desserts, and everybody tasted everyone else's, and we all came to the same conclusion- excellent food! So we're reserving the private party room, which by the way is very reasonable, by city standards, and has a teriffic selection of foods. Also, this is the only place that i found that would bake you a birthday cake by their own pastry chef and just substitute it for dessert selections. For every other private room i looked at, you had to bring your own cake and they charged you $2.50 per person to plate it! Not a big expense, but just a little way The Harrison shows that they want to be accommodating to their patrons. We all just loved this place, had a fantastic evening, and will not only go back for the party, but also just for dinner.
Posted by CaviarDreams on 01/17/2009
I was invited to an event at the Harrison for a friends birthday party. I was surprised when I was lead downstairs to their gorgeous wine cellar. It was like we had the place all to ourselves, service was attentive and outstanding. The hors d'ouevres were amazing (loved the little spring rolls) We joked that we felt like royalty sitting around the large wooden table and high-backed chairs...I had the squash salad and hanger steak, both of which were perfectly prepared. The birthday cake was a great surprise for the birthday boy, and tasted great too! A few of us ended the night upstairs at the bar and loved the pear sidecars!!! Can't wait to go back!
Posted by diningcompanions4ever on 09/20/2008
there's nothing really worth coming back for at the Harrison. Things started out poorly with attitude from the hostess and never really recovered. It's hard to rave about the food when the olive oil and water were highlights of the meal. Service was lacking attention. Overpriced for unimaginative and uninspired food.
Posted by ASL on 08/07/2008
I was at The Harrison a few weeks ago and have no plans to return. We went on a Thursday night and arrived 15 minutes early for an 8:30 reservation. The hostess told us they were not ready for us and to please wait. So we walked outside and noticed that they had over 10 tables set up outside. We came back after ten minutes and she asked us if we had a reservation. Not a great way to start. The appetizers were fine, but nothing special - beet salad and crayfish raviolini. the arctic char was fine, but the lamb chop was a disappointment. The piece of meat had muscular fibers throughout the entire piece. I told the waiter and he reported back that the chef stated that all the lamb chops are like that and offered to give me another entree. All of their lamb chops are poor cuts? So I waited 10-15 minutes for my pork chop, which was not that great and had little flavor. During my wait, my wife was reluctant to eat her meal. Not a good way to enjoy dinner. The smores parfait was a joke in my opinion. The wine list was fine, but pricey. They did nothing for us, which would have been a classy move. Maybe this place was great at one time, but it is not a place that is worth going to now.
Posted by anon on 04/20/2008
took a great date here. Food was amazing. We ordered the Alaskan Char and lamb chops with the cajun ravioli appetizer (was a special). Ambiance was perfect. Candles, classy yet unpretentious, good music and plenty of privacy. Great service, waiter walked us through his favorite dishes. Don't go with the pretzel tart. Would definitely go back. awesome evening.