About Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Edmonton, AB T5J 0N6
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
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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Ratings and Reviews
The entire experience was as to be expec ...
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 ...
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 di ...
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.
Waiter-premium Fairmont ambassador. Curr ...
Waiter-premium Fairmont ambassador. Current Harvest Room Manager has some customer relation Fairmont-style learning. She must have missed the module on how to treat loyal Fairmont customers with grace and respect.
Waited 45 min for our main dish, waiter ...
Waited 45 min for our main dish, waiter tried avoiding us during our wait. No explanation as to why it was late. Restaurant was not even busy. Food wasn't bad. But not good enough for me to return to this restaurant.
I have been here before and again it was ...
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 disappointi ...
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).
Excellent service. Food portions are in ...
Excellent service. Food portions are in line with cost. The foie gras, tenderloin, and creme brulee were spectacular. We were surprised that there were no table cloths, given the historic setting, price points, and professional service.
Staff was very friendly and attentive, r ...
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 d ...
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.
delicious steak frites.....steak was ju ...
delicious steak frites.....steak was juicy and done to perfection....fries were very tasty with the cracked pepper aioli sauce on the side being very unique and tasty.
Caesar salad was too large for two people to share....and not enough dressing
Grand old hotel is a feast for eyes used ...
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.
Service: The waiter gave excellent serv ...
Service: The waiter gave excellent service. Had the buffet and was not please with how it was kept up. There were out potatoes, pancakes, had ask for them to replenish the trays had to wait, and by the time the food on the plate was cold
The food was good and the service was gr ...
The food was good and the service was great but i was still disappointed.i was looking for a really great place and i had thought of the Harvest Room as being the formal dinning room of a 5 Star hotel but the room is small and seems like it has being divided into two as though it was temporarily under renovation---it felt like one of those large hotel ballrooms that are divided into two by a screen to create two smaller venues--high---but narrow and plain. The lack of linen table clothes just added to this. The kitchen looked semi open---with lovely large Copper pots hanging over the counter---maybe like a local Italian trattoria--but they did not really fit the ambience of the The Hotel Macdonald,plus with high bare white walls and no cornicing, this created/set a bland+confusing tone. We had the three course lunch which was good. The salmon was great--the wild mushroom soup +creme brulee were good as was the assorted sorbets(except for the tiny pistachio meringue,which was horrible).But the problem was that the menu indicates three courses---but only two came! The first course was just the side dish of the main course! Thus with a soup or even salad etc---the main course could get cold by the time you get to it! But i did really really enjoy myself and that was due to my guest-who is absolutely amazing company.
We finally tried the Harvest Room after ...
We finally tried the Harvest Room after hearing some good things about it, and while it was pretty good, it wasn't really anything special. Perhaps because we went on a weeknight when it wasn't 'overly' busy they didn't have their 'A' staff on, but our service was shockingly average considering the price and location. We expected much more attentive and friendly service for a higher end restaurant like this one.
The food was good (I had the beef tenderloin, my wife had the salmon) but not 'spectacular'. Again, I don't mind paying a premium for a good meal, but when I do, I expect it to knock my socks off. That goes hand in hand with the service - there are certain expectations that come with a place like this, and I don't feel they were met.
Lastly, they should be embarrassed about the insane markups on their wine selection. Wines that we regularly pay around thirty-forty dollars per bottle for, they're charging sixty-90.
SO in the end, we had a lovely evening and really did enjoy our meals, but they did nothing remotely special to make us consider a return visit.
I took my husband here for some much nee ...
I took my husband here for some much needed adult time. The room was lovely and the waitstaff took very good care of us. The food was AMAZING...we had the lobster and venison which were flavorful and cooked to perfection. Very reasonable prices, and an excellent wine list. Gift cards the Harvest Room will be my new favorite gift to give!
We attended the special Christmas lunch ...
We attended the special Christmas lunch buffet. We were happy to be fit in at such late notice. When we had to change our time, there was confusion between the online scheduling (very handy to have) and the phone call we had to make to change the time.
Th express lunch is excellent value and ...
Th express lunch is excellent value and had wonderful food selections. Ordered the salmon and it was done perfectly. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Lovely setting, Especially nice at Christmas with all the decorations. Express lunch was $25 including salad/soup, entree and dessert. Would highly recommend.
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