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About Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has a reputation for excellent cuisine and warm hospitality in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Our beautifully-appointed restaurant, The Harvest Room, overlooks the fabulous North Saskatchewan River Valley in Edmonton, the largest urban parkway in North America, and upholds Canadian tradition in grand style. The menu brims with the best Alberta beef -- all the bounty for which Alberta's heartland is famous -- and our superb wine list complements any selection. At The Harvest Room, enjoy everything from our quick start breakfast buffet and A La Carte,Express lunch,fine dining to family meals to Afternoon Tea and snacks. After a magnificent dinner, treat yourself in the Confederation Lounge to one of our many single malt scotches or a decadent Mac martini. With a wide range of specialties, our executive chef always prepares outstanding dining experiences.Follow our executive chef,sergejost@chef_jost in twitter.
LOCAL. SEASONAL. SUSTAINABLE
Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6
Canadian, Afternoon Tea
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Buffet : Mon - Fri 6:30am-10:00am , A La Carte untill 11 am
Sat,Sun & Stat.Holiday Breakfast Buffet & A la Carte 7:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Wednesday 11:00am - 2:00pm ( served in the lounge)
Lunch: Friday 11:00am - 2:00pm ( served in Harvest room )
Lunch: Sat,Sun & Stat.Holiday 12 pm - 2 pm
Royal Tea & Tour : Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:30pm-9pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking Fee of $22 for 4 hours. Other parking available at Impark Parking lots near the hotel.
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Ratings and Reviews
Overall a great meal. Went here on Easter Sunday for dinner and had the three course dinner with my wife. Had the scallops and chowder for appetizers and the lobster duo and steak for the mains. Appetizers were the highlight. Did not enjoy the costumed easter bunny going around patting peoples' heads, however we understood it was the intention to get people into the Easter mood.
Server seemed a little busy with him not coming back to check on us very often at all. This wasn't much of an issue as the meals came plated as described.
We arrived to a fairly empty restaurant. We ordered from the 45 minute express lunch. We would have been out in close to 45 minutes had the server completed our bill in a timely manner. There were too many tables for the number of staff. After we drank our waters they were not refilled. On the upside the food was delicious and enjoyed by all.
We spent a weekend at the Hotel Mac and had a wonderful dinner at the Harvest Room. It was cozy and romantic. The dinner was delicious and they accomodated my husband's requests to modify his meal a little. Our server was very friendly and knowledgable about the wine list. We really enjoyed our weekend and our dinner was the icing on the cake.
The entire experience was as to be expected for the price point apart from one detail. The waiter kept addressing my wife and I as "you guys". This is the kind of greeting I'd expect at a Boston pizza in a shady neighbourhood where people let their kids smear ketchup all the way out the front door, NOT in a distinguished dining establishment such the Harvest Room.
We waited a long time to be seated. Then placed in a corner when nice tables were open the rest of the night. Informed them we had a groupon when we were seated. At the end of the meal were told it was not good for what we had ordered. So we never got the full value of it. Our server was lovely, the steak was good. That was about it.
We have previously had some very good dinners here, but this one was just ok. The waiter seemed pushy. We were looking at wine by the glass -- he told us that we should get a bottle since it would be better value, even before we had ordered. Even though we each only wanted a single glass of wine.
Both salads arrived without and salad dressing on them. We complained and the issue was resolved with us receiving new salads within 5 or 10 min. The entrees were just so-so.
My salmon was a little under cooked for my taste and was a little fishy ... only very fresh salmon would be good this way, which was not the case. The portion was smaller than I would expect for $38 (and the same size as the lunch salmon I ate here back in December) and didn't seem to be pistachio crusted as the menu described. The beurre blanc was overly salty.
My husbands' venison was also just ok.
They did make up for the salad by offering us each a glass of sparkling wine, which was appreciated. Overall this was ok, but not what I expect for the price or for the fairmont reputation.
I have been here before and again it was VERY cold in the room. The food is totally first rate and a very good price. It is no more an elegant dining experience . People seem to dress in everything and anything. Staff to be honest were not very good at all. Many mix ups with food etc. Parking near the venue a nightmare.
The food was delicious. The disappointing thing was the long wait. It almost felt as if we were forgotten at times. Server was nice but it seemed as though, given the non-busyness, food took much too long (our entrees took 30 minutes after our appetizers were removed).
Staff was very friendly and attentive, room was nice but a bit cold. Appetizers were terrible. Walnut salad was just a costco salad with walnuts and shaved parmagan for $17, and when they say 'scallop', it is literally one small scallop, which was cooked well but for $23 I expect more than one tiny scallop in tepid broth with what tastrd like frozen vegetables. As for the main course the salmon was cooked perfectly, but then everything on the plate was coated in way too much beurre blanc sauce, to the point that you could not eat it. The lobster was overcooked and again, far too much butter on the plate. Finally the house wine is not worth the money, get something you know instead. We had a Groupon and when at half the price I would not go back. I am also done with Groupon, experience is always the same. Failing restaurants wasting their last chance to salvage themselves. Too bad, as I said the area is nice if you like nostalgic and the staff was great.
Great meal in a historic hotel located downtown Edmonton. The dining room is set-up for smaller parties, mostly tables of 2 or 4. The noise level is acceptable & the room has a relaxed atmosphere. In summer there is a large patio overlooking the river valley.
The had two differing entrees, the lobster duo and the venison. Both presented professionally, and cooked well. The venison was cooked perfectly & was fork tender. Prices are a bit high, but they do have a 3 course meal with any appetizer, main and dessert which works out cost wise to getting the dessert free. great value.
Grand old hotel is a feast for eyes used to chrome and plastic. And the Patio and Lounge are superb with fine food and accoutrements.
But the Harvest Room, though it has upgraded its seat cushion, remains behind its partners at the MacDonald Hotel: our food was good but spice-less. Our soup bowls clashed with the old heavy white plates. The tables and chairs show gouges and scrapes. The crabcakes fell to pieces, the Asian noodle bowl was pepper-free. The wine was acid-heavy. The birthday dessert was free and deeply appreciated, but its brownie-sized cake was bland. The crème brulee was hard-skinned and tasteless. We had long ago reserved a window table and though several were empty when we showed up, we were told there were not available -- was that because we had produced a coupon when asked to upon arrival? We once loved the Harvest Room. Now, after 2 bland lunches in a year, we accept that a dozen superb restaurant lunches, with real tablecloths and tasty foods, have passed it by. But try the Patio in warm weather and the classic Lounge in cold. They remain great choices. And tour the gorgeous castle-like hotel and its palatial gardens.
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