Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - University City
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - University City

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - University City

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://harvestseasonalgrill.com/
  • Phone: 2156621100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Wednesday - 11am-10pm
    Thursday-Saturday 11am-2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, American, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Anthony DiPascale
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: N/A

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Walnut Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large parking garage directly across the street as well as street metered parking.
A word from Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - University City
Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar features a local, farm fresh, seasonal menu with many items that are below 500 calories in an upscale casual atmosphere. Harvest also offers several organic wines, beers and specialty cocktails.
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Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - University City reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)great for outdoor dining (37)neighborhood gem (35)great for lunch (31)good for groups (30)special occasion (21)notable wine list (20)romantic (16)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (9)hot spot (8)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Ann1VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've read critical reviews of Harvest, but our experience was fine -- very friendly service and food arrived promptly. Delicious squash soup!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    amargVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Ordered a glass of wine that never came. Waitress never returned after taking our order, until clearing the table and presenting the bill. Had to flag down FOUR workers to get water refilled and still had to wait an additional five minutes. Not cheap. Food was just okay; definitely not worth putting up with the total lack of service. There are much better dining options near Penn.
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  • PRLC Harvest
    howard2VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The entire night was influenced by the front of house checking us in (had a reservation) and then "not having an available table" 10 minutes later. Not only that, but they could not have cared less. We finally got a table in the back corner of the very noisy (in reservation had requested quiet table) upstairs bar instead of the booth we were shown on the quiet first floor. I understand mistakes happen, but the attitude we got was outrageous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worker
    worker
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Mid week dinner with a few friends. Easy to get a reservation, comfortable seating. Portion size was smaller than expected, average in flavor, fine presentation. Greeted by server quickly, but needed to seek her out during the meal. Waited a long time for drinks after ordering them. After inquiring about the status of the drinks 2 were brought, asking about the 3 rd drink after sever checked on it told they were out of the ingredient needed to make the drink. Unlikely to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Joe11
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After booking in advance we were seated upstairs in the bar area, which was empty except for a noisy bunch of students drinking. The food was very average, as was the service. (Perhaps because the waiter was serving tables downstairs) We had hoped to have a good meal in a restaurant atmosphere, with other diners, not by ourselves in a bar. Food requires upgrading, very poor.
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  • Nice surprise worth checking out
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It was a perfect day for a nice dinner outdoors before a movie at International House. Harvest Seasonal Bar & Grill fit the bill perfectly. The outdoor seating area is nicely separated from sidewalk traffic with lovely planters and flowers. Service was lovely and professional. A shout out to Jasmine who was spot on with menu & wine recommendations. The drinks were ok. Food was well prepared. Butternut squash soup a tad too sweet, but had a lovely texture. Appetizers were good, particularly the shrimp appetizer. We stayed with seafood on a Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed the salmon BLT and the fish special. Both were nicely prepared and presented. I appreciated the menu highlighting items that were over 500 calories. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back for another fall "harvest"
    Paul
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We come to Harvest every once in a while, and it's always a great meal. With the seasons beginning to change, the menu here is doing the same, and we got a preview of the fall flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • paintmanbillVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    They changed layout. Converting from dining room to a bar setting. Not sure we like it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • theater nite dining
    travelingtourist
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The entire menu looked terrific so deciding was hard. Appetizers were nice portions. Lots of wine choices. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffet food shouldn't be dry...
    livetoeat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    At my lunch visit, I was thrilled to see a $10 buffet with a number of different dishes--love eating a little bit of this, a little bit of that. However: the most of the hot food was dried up and not good to eat. They need to consider what other buffets do, which is to put hot food in a steamed dish. The dishes that had some liquid in them so that they hadn't dried up (salmon with a sauce, macaroni and cheese, potatoes with cheese on them) were delicious. However, great place for a nonmeat eater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy when in Philly
    18Octdinner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are in Philly about 2x a year and always enjoy stopping in.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    KMF3
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Was pretty disappointed because the menu looked so great online. The food was just okay - nothing special at all. We sat in the bar area and had no waiter (just the bartender) which is fine, but we were totally neglected and the service was very slow - even though the bar area was dead on a Saturday night! Won't be going back.
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  • Nice Place, Nice meal
    Catalina
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I really enjoyed the food here. The vibe was kinda cool as well. I have already recommended this place to friends, and I look forward to returning
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    EvoraS
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had been in University City for 3-4 days. Finding Harvest was an oasis. The food was excellent, portion sizes perfect and the ambience was good. The hanger steak was cooked perfectly (rare). It unusual in the US for steak not to be over cooked - but this was perfect. Great smoky flavour. Fresh salads were crisp and well dressed in a light dressing. Desserts are served in a large shot glass. They are also a perfect size for a sweet finish without being heavy. We shared the strawberry cheesecake and the salt caramel chocolate. Service was a little erratic but as we were in no hurry it didn't detract from the experience. A bottle of NZ Sauvignon Blanc and the bill for 3 of us was $130. Decent value. I would recommend this.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great farm to table
    YummyMama
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Gluten free menu is not just a bland stripped down version of the main menu. The lemon thyme chicken and swordfish were flavorful and fresh. There were enough menu choices to satisfy a picky teen, gluten-free mom & meat and potatoes dad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night!
    EJW7859
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went to Harvest for a family dinner. Service was good...food was good. Worried that it would not be enough for our 3 almost men (boys). We ordered 3 appetizers along with dinners. Maybe on the expensive side, but good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    Dana
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We went to the Harvest Grill for dining days. It was OK, but that's about it. The grilled salmon entrée was tasty and moist, and the udon salad was pretty good. The chicken skewers with peanut sauce appetizer was awful however. The chicken was dry and the peanut sauce must have come out of a jar. The sauce was tasteless and had an odd consistency. The dessert, billed as banana cream pie, came in a cup and had little flavor. One of my dining companions remarked that she hated wasting calories on it. But the ambience is very nice and the place has good outside seating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Healthy and hearty
    DreWife
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Good dining experience. Highly recommended especially to those who are watching what they eat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food but small portions!
    amorosalatte
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We came here for University City dining days and enjoyed the food very much! We chose to sit outside, but didn't feel like we weren't being waited on. We received just the right amount of attention. The food was delicious (scallops were seared BEAUTIFULLY) but the portions were on the small side. Every person in our party of 4 was still hungry by the end of our 3 course meal. Not sure if this is due to dining days or if their portions are always that small. However, I would definitely go back because the food was absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    One of the things that stands out about the menu at Harvest is that everything (with the exception of a few) is 500 calories or less. You can have a tasty meal with little worry about your caloric intake. With regard to the food itself, things are hit or miss. Our appetizer was super delicious while dinner was just okay. My pork chop lacked seasoning (or something). Our server was very well versed and able to make good reccomendations. All in all, I would go back to give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    FoodieGirlB
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I took a friend from out of town here because I'd heard great things about the seasonal menu. We started with appetizers that were ok, but nothing exciting. We ordered a bottle if wine which was good, but we neede to remind our waitress that we hadn't received it after ordering it 15 minutes earlier. Our entrees arrived just after the appetizer dishes were cleared. I ordered the fish tacos at the recommendation of our server. The fish was dry and overcooked, but the tacos were tasty. My friend was thrilled with her salmon dish and raved about the flavor. The best part of the experience was the ambiance. We dined outdoors on the patio and enjoyed the summer weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harvest usually great, but...
    PG13VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We are Harvest loyalists, having first eaten in Glen Mills, then moving to the West Philly version when we moved into the city. However, our last experience in West Philly was not up to Harvest's high standard. The staff seemed distracted and not well-trained. This resulted in poor sequencing of courses, so that my gazpacho arrived with my entree, which was already cool and got colder while I ate. Also, although the hostess found our Open Table reservation, it was later cancelled even though we ate at the restaurant! When I called to have this corrected I was put on hold then shunted to voice mail. Because of our past wonderful experiences we will return, but we sincerely hope for a better experience next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner on outside patio
    LeahVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Four old friends got together for a long overdue dinner and we decided to go to Harvest in West Philadelphia. It was a beautiful evening and we had a very nice meal if shared appetizers in the outside patio. The service was excellent--very attentive without being annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Their shrimp and "crab" appetizer had no crab, or if there was any I couldn't find it. A rip off item.
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  • RosinaVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    First time here, looking forwRd to local fresh food. We did the lunch buffet. It was AWFUL.we are 2 old gals with developed palates. Maybe this food is for hungry college kids who have not refined Taste buds.
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  • Truly impressive
    jessicajade
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The entire experience exceeded my already high expectations. There were maybe only two other tables dining in the whole restaurant, so it made it very enjoyable. The food was outstanding. I've never said "wow" so much while eating in my life. Definitely worth the price. Would absolutely recommend this place to anyone and everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot but hit or miss food
    jwjwVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My daughter and I dined at Harvest Grille a few days ago and enjoyed ourselves. The venue is lovely (we dined outside under an umbrella amid beautiful floral arrangements) and the drinks were delicious. The food itself, however, was hit or miss. The short rib flatbread and the dumplings were nice. The shrimp and crab cocktail, however, was essentially flavorless, and the fish tacos were simply horrible -- they had a strange flavor that tasted like mold. The tacos were so bad that I ate only one and left the other one for the garbage.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Dining in West Philly
    Suzen
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I love going to Harvest. Their menu changes seasonally, they have a great selection of wines that you can drink by the glass or create your own tasting flight, and their outdoor seating is very pleasant. Not too much street traffic and enjoyable ambiance. The food is always yummy. I personally recommend the short rib flat bread, cheese plate, and ratatouille grinder...all delish!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but not terribly special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We enjoyed our food, but weren't blown away by anything. Everything we had was solid, but nothing really stood out. I did appreciate their diverse menu which included a plethora of vegetarian and healthy meat/fish options. So it's a great place to bring a group of diverse eaters. We would go back, especially with family in town. The little dessert cups were pretty adorable actually.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but not-so-good service
    Bobayla
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I come to Harvest a lot because there are a number of dishes we love. The prices are also good. The service is usually okay but last night we waited 10 minutes to be acknowledged by a hostess and about 20 minutes to get a waiter to bring us water. Perhaps they were short staffed. In any event it was sort of embarrassing to bring our first-time guest.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date night!
    Sheldonsmama
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    That was a perfect date night for me and my husband. Amazing food, gorgeous restaurant, and a nice part of the city. The parking was easy, too! That's rare in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a very pleasant experience dining at this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    EMS1
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We were here to celebrate a graduation. The food was wonderful, really enjoyed everything we had. Many of us were on 'diets' of one kind of another so the choices and calorie max options were great. Our waitress was lovely but very inexperienced (by her own admission). That was about the only shortcoming.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • >23 year vegan RN
    veganRN
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The reservations were made and confirmed efficiently using a well-designed website. The service was thorough and the food was delicious. Five out of 6 in our party were vegans and pleased with the menu options. The ambiance (high ceilings, good decor & colors) was very nice when we were there in the afternoon and I can easily imagine it full of people in the evening. If I ever return to Philly, I will definitely at least have a drink at Harvest.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • InfinitoZ
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I came with a group of three on a late Tuesday night. Harvest had a good selection of half-off wine bottles that night. The food was delicious (the pesto flatbread), but entree sizes could have been larger for their price. The dessert was great, and the server even let us try the Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake for free to give them feedback about it as they were still working out the recipe. Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Farm to table-Aok
    Judyr
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were a party of 5 the other night at Harvest-one of whom is a vegetarian and one who is a carnivore who likes things stripped down to their simplest form-the other 3 are easier to please-we all found something that we enjoyed-we shared 3 appetizers, 2 flatbreads and some hummus-My husband had the bison burger-stripped down to its basic form, omitting the aoli mayonnaise and the cheese -our vegetarian enjoyed his mac an cheese and ratatouille grinder- my daughter and I shared the short ribs and the 5 spice duck and enjoyed both-and our other diner said that her pork chop was excellent- The desserts were served in small glasses and we are still talking about which one was the best- We were able to linger over dessert
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch buffet
    Diner67
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I was really impressed with the buffet selection and the price wasn't bad either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 257 reviews are from the Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - University City reviews archive.
  • fabulous food
    meateater
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I went into this experience with high expectations and left with even higher ones....This restaurant satisfies you in a healthy and filling way. everything from the farmfresh fruits that made up the cheese plate to the fresh berries
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    sicstringed
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The atmosphere is great here! And so close to UPenn's campus. The food wasn't anything amazingly flavorful in my opinion, but its all fresh.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    datenightluv
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It was my birthday and I had a great time. Jess was fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.