Harper's Restaurant and Bar
Harper's Restaurant and Bar

Harper's Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.harpersonmain.com/
  • Phone: 9146932306
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Vergara
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Harper's proud to offer both on-site and off-site catering and event planning. No event is too large or too small. Weddings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, showers, birthday parties, Christenings, 1st Communions, holiday parties, corporate functions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Harper's offers a semi private dining area and Patio that can be reserved for private events. The dining area is perfect for birthdays and intimate gatherings, while the patio is an ideal location for mingling with guests and enjoying the weather.
  • Private Party Contact: Justin Montgomery 8663501531
  • Entertainment: Live Music. Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St between Elm and Chestnut
  • Public Transit: Dobbs Ferry train station via the Metro North Hudson Line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a municipal lot behind the village hall and police station. Street parking is free after 6:00 pm.
A word from Harper's Restaurant and Bar
Harper's Restaurant & Bar is a contemporary interpretation of the American Tavern offering refined food in a casual, rustic setting. A throwback to simpler times with a modern reworking of fresh American food. Harper's is committed to sourcing and using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible.
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Harper's Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (20)great for outdoor dining (19)great for brunch (15)vibrant bar scene (11)notable wine list (8)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (6)romantic (6)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • It's Dobbs Ferry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's not Brooklyn...it's Dobbs Ferry and their NYC pricing needs to be revisited. Service was attentive. Food was good. Crispy pork confit appetizer was a delight and the roasted chicken was moist and well seasoned. Papparedelle was ok but pasta was a bit too dry and clingy and not saved by a decent meat ragu. OK but pricey wine selection for the choices. Wine is a cash cow so I never quite understand why restauranteurs try to squeeze out more than what's reasonable. When you know something is a $14 bottle and it's priced in the $40s -arghhh! Drop prices across the board and watch diners flock in in bottles being uncorked. It's Dobbs Ferry!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Suprise!
    knowgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a nice brunch. Food and Service was good and the staff was especially friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avaj
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    service friendly, food very good, nice choices, outdoor dining lovely
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice add to neighborhood
    vjoneVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Menu could have a little more variety. It could benefit with different dishes on different days. The bar has plenty of spirits and more cocktail, specialty drinks would be great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BlbllVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Loved the market salad...best ever esp the walnuts and beets...hamburger was fresh and cooked perfectly....fries the correct amount of salt.service was friendly..greatly appreciate the efforts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This restaurant was outstanding!
    deejay
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We took our son there for his 21st birthday and the food was absolutely amazing! The choices were so interesting and very well prepared. We had never been to Dobbs Ferry before and I would go back just to have another meal at this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu being tweaked
    jbpd333
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Several menu items were unavailable leaving limited options. Went with the burger which we enjoyed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rapa
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    As a burger lover I can say that Harper's burgers are probably the best I have ever had! Very good cauliflower appetizer. Nice pub-like atmosphere for both couples and families.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • River Town Gem
    rivertownfoodie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Harper's is an incredible restaurant - a place where you will find excellent (eclectic) cocktails, wine, and beer and a great "farm to table" menu. The owners and staff of incredibly friendly and make you feel at home. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch food with outdoor dining
    nynative
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had a wonderful meal in their outdoor patio. Service was lovely and the food was among the best I have had in Westchester. The indoor area was not as user friendly as the outdoor space. It was showing its wear. But for an outstanding meal, outside in the beautiful weather, Harper's delivers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie from Tarrytown
    Tarrytown14
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food is amazing - bold, vibrant, flavorful and inventive yet still classic and unfussy. Our enjoyment of it, however, was seriously compromised by the noise level, especially the music blaring out of the speakers, which we were seated directly under, in the back room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair to good.
    JoJo
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was good bug it was extremely noisy. Service ok but nothing special. Not worth it overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mediocre
    KitKat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It was a lively scene, a bit noisy so hard to hear. The service was very good but the food was over priced for what it was, nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BlbllVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great hamburgers...cooked exactly right..juicy and tasty...super fries not over salted..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Come again
    Food4thought
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This has become our to -go place, when we are in the mood for uncomplicated, yet a bit more upscale dining experience. The food has been consistently good. Occasionally they have the little extra on the menu, which feels a bit forced, but the base is solid. Some appetizer specials fall in that category. We usually avoid them. The bar is well stocked and fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite Restaurant
    MumuVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We love Harper's and have seen it improve over the years. The food is fantastic, and we are discerning customers. The other night we had the special halibut and it was better than most meals at some of the most expensive, NYC, restaurants. The chef has refined his nuanced creativity and the food gets better and better. We also love The Cookery and love sitting outside at The Red Hat for a burger. But, food wise, this place is the best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LindaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Enjoyed my second Harper's experience but note sure I'll race back- primarily because of the noise. The food is interesting and tasty, the service friendly and the atmosphere is Rey casual but cool. Unfortunately you have to shout for your friends top hear you
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 282 reviews are from the Harper's Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Nice little find in the area
    cityslicker
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Discovered this place through Yelp's deal. Was very pleasantly surprised by the food. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Harper's is normally one of our favorites. We live in town and have dinner there at least once a month. They have always struggled a bit with consistency, but last Friday was the worst. First, our drinks were forgotten by the waiter, but we really did not mind. We reminded the hostess and they were quickly brought. Appetizers were tasty. But then an 1h passed; no food. The waiter appeared to avoid us. I signaled him several times. Finally I asked the bus boy to get him. He said he will check; after 30 more min the meal arrived: overcooked spaghetti and snapper which was a tiny tail cut of the fish and had mostly dark flesh which is inedible. It was bland, served with a salad,no carb. I left hungry and annoyed. Won't be back for a while!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good
    DFDiner
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Last night the food was very good for my date and just ok for me. However, on all previous visits I have raved about the meals. Also, service is hit or miss. When I dined there with a friend who is a frequent guest, the service was attentive and personal. When dining with other newbies, the results have run the gambit from attentive to absent, friendly to apathetic. But the Wine is a always delicious. And I keep trying them again (4times so far)
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice addition to the neighborhood
    Chappaqua5423VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Dined at Harpers on a Monday night -- and it's a great addition to the neighborhood. Started with a cheddar and apple salad -- delicious and a very large portion. Had spaghetti with roasted cauliflower which was terrific. My husband polished off his fluke. Service was a little too prompt-- would've liked to relax a little more
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious and unique
    pikyeater
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We really enjoyed all aspects of our brunch from the variety of bloody Mary's to the amazing foods. The flavor was so powerful that we felt satisfied yet not full. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Harper's delight
    Food4thought
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We spend an evening with friends and were happy to be there. The food was ver good, a little on the heavy side perhaps, the chicken liver was a little too buttered for my taste, but overall delicious. We know the place for a while and love to sit over a glass of wine in the little outdoor garden in the back. Indeed, it's a neighborhood gem. Reservations are recommended, the place fills up quickly. The lively atmosphere lends itself to group outings or family brunches. It's to be expected to be loud. I would love to see more dairy and gluten free dining and desert options. Also, no soy milk for coffee, a pity!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    ADYMVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I've had great. Earls here but this wasn't one. My shrimp appetizer was off, the fish I had was greasy and I think undercooked skate isn't pleasant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, casual atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We started with the carrot appetizer, apple-cheddar salad, and a special appetizer of soft cheese with pistachios and honey. Everything was really delicious, especially the special, which was divine, and the carrots, which were a surprising mix of flavors that worked well together. We all had the fish dishes and loved them. I'm not really sure what was in my skate, but the sauce was so different and delicious. The chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert was so yummy!! We sat in the front, so I didn't see much of the restaurant, but there didn't seem to be much atmosphere. Our waiter was nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eftihia
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very good food- not just well prepared but creative too, very comfortable vibe , stylish but relaxed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fail to have a good time here
    Shepherd190
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Harper's is consistently excellent. Their food is always inventive and fresh and wonderfully presented. The bartender is one of those guys who knows that drink mixing is an art and takes inordinate care with the cocktails he prepares. We've eaten there with groups, as a couple and with kids. We even had a birthday party there - they are always wonderful to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    FoodLover
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This place was great. The menu is interesting, the food is good, service was good. We had 6 people for brunch. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    jfb3
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I loved this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Great place to go out for a nice evening close to the waterfront.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Enjoyed Harpers. A little noisy and quite dark. I had a delicious salad of brussel sprout leaves. The grilled calamari (i left off the fennel) was also very well made and full of flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is better than the service
    jst123VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We have been to Harper's several times and always enjoy our meals. However, the service is not as good as the food, which leaves us feeling a bit unsatisfied. The drinks at the bar are weaker than one would expect at a restaurant like this, and when ordering a second round from the table, it took a really long time for them to come. Our server didn't know much about the specials, and seemed annoyed when we asked her questions about it. Nice and comfortable space, though really loud in the room when it's crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CONSISTENTLY GREAT!
    WestchesterFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I've eaten here over a dozen times in the past year. It has never failed to impress. I have tried most of the menu and many specials and have never been disappointed! The Thursday, Friday and Saturday mixologist, Clark, is a real plus for an already special restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pay Attention!
    SalVitro
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I recently had dinner with my wife here. We arrived a bit early, so we had drinks at the bar. Of note, the bartender was very professional and was great at recommending drinks. The barrel aged cocktail was one of the best cocktails I have had in quite some time. We were seated at our table and a waiter came over and took our drink orders. We just wanted a bottle of sparkling water. Then another waiter came over and took our drink order. The 10 mins later, no water, but another waiter came over and asked us for our drink order. We finally get our water. We place our orders for appetizers and mains. Long story short, the food was rather bland, and the waiter forgot multiple items from our order. Overall, good drinks, bad service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite what we were thinking...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Harpers has all the look of a great restaurant--the atmosphere is clean and modern and the service is great. The food, though, leaves something to be desired, especially for the price. We ordered off the restaurant week menu and the appetizers were great--cheddar and apple salad and the chicken liver. Entrees were a little rough. The short rib was really fatty and the duck had the texture of fried chicken.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Find
    Cherikee90
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Harper's has a solid menu of good bites. No matter your taste, there is something for everyone. The only draw back is that the menu is somewhat limited which means it may be a one-trip restaurant. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed the food and
    MSHU
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Worth the trip!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Favorite
    Hikes4Fun
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Things we like: Old style taverns with great food. A carefree and easy tavern ambiance with plenty of elbow room and decidedly good food. We were there for Sunday lunch and were not sure what to expect from the modest exterior, but the interior was simple, charming and relaxing. The menu was interesting leaning to old favorites like (Crouques Madam, Vegetable Frittata, Bibb Salad and Eggs Benedict). The bread was delicious, hinting at better things to come. And everyone exclaimed on their first taste of the food. Another lesson that fresh ingredients, well prepared and properly seasoned go a long way. Something is very right with the Chef. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this restaurant, and
    Ferry
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We love this restaurant, and had a great meal. A few nits, there were two large parties in the back room, so we were seated near the door, which was rather drafty as folks entered and left. Service was superb. I had the short ribs; there were very tastey, but very fatty. I could not eat about 25% of same because of the fat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed to order, slow to deliver
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We were pushed to order entrées at the same time that we ordered appetizers, yet it took a very long time for any if the good to be delivered. And there were not many people in the restaurant at the time, even though it was a Saturday night. The food and drinks here tend to be excellent, but they really need to work on timing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its not the Ferry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    A great local spot with a small but excellent menu and always a few specials to round out the selection choices. We had a great liver pate and a very nice cauliflower soup. The mains were excellent but not quite outstanding. Service is impeccable and the restaurant is warm and inviting. We have eaten here on our occasions and never been disappointed, definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.