40th Birthday Awesomeness!
Surprised my wife by taking her for breakfast (sans kids) to kick off her 40th birthday. It seemed like they knew me right off the bat and we got sat at a very romantic table overlooking the river valley. The coffee was fresh and flavourful, and we ordered the lobster benedict and the crab omelette. Both were divine (does that make me a foodie?) and done just right. We topped off the morning with some champagne/orange juice, and they even brought out a special birthday dessert. Great ambiance and the perfect setting to also surprise her with a spectacular diamond bracelet to mark the occasion. Yes, I am the man... But the Harvest Room was the perfect side kick!
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best restaurants
One of the best restaurants in Edmonton, in a beautiful room with an awesome river valley view from some of the tables.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great time at Afternoon
We had a great time at Afternoon Tea at the Harvest Room. Our server was really friendly and helpful. Made us feel very comfortable. It was my neices 10th birthday and they brought her out a special dessert with a candle and made her feel special! The food overall was pretty good.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated our wedding
We celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Harvest Room in the Hotel Macdonald. Our server was Ivan, who was attentive and courteous throughout the evening. Our dinner choices were outstanding- my wife chose sablefish and I chose venison. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and were delicious. My wife chose the scallop as an appetizer, while I had the salmon "three ways". Besides the fact that I only noted two ways that the salmon was prepared, it was a beautiful prelude for the dinner that was to come. The setting for the restaurant is exquisite and perfectly suited for a special occasion, such as an anniversary. all in all, a perfect evening.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Birthday Meal downtown
Prices quite high, but food and service very good. Lobster Raviola and Tenderloin were very tasty. I wouldn't rate them best in the city, but they were tasty. Great view of river valley from the Old Mac as well.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful surroundings in
Beautiful surroundings in historic hotel, great place to go for a client business lunch or if you want to impress someone. While I found the prices for lunch in particular, high, the service is attentive without being overbearing and quality of food is exceptional. The menu is interesting but quite limited.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Santana was the best waiter
Santana was the best waiter we have ever had. He was outstanding. We will specifically request him again if possible.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent service provided
Excellent service provided by Santanya. We appreciated the Happy Anniversary dish with chocolates. The 5 of us enjoyed the appetizers, salad, main entrees, drinks and desserts. We want to make this an annual tradition with our adult children.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were there for quite awhile,
We were there for quite awhile, first having drinks in the lounge and then our meal in the actual restaurant. The service was attentive but certainly not overbearing, the food was amazing, and the little extra touches were great. They brought us a complimentary plate of chocolates for our anniversary (and for almost every other table as well)and we left the restaurant feeling happy and stuffed.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great special occasion restaurant
My wife and I chose this restaurant for our anniversary celebration because we have come to rely on it over the years for consistently high food quality, preparation, and service, as well as the the cozy elegant ambience that the Harvest Room in the Hotel MacDonald offers. One special feature of the menu is the offering of various organic meat and vegetable choices. The chefs show creativity in the blend of flavours - we were not disappointed. If you tell the staff that you are celebrating a special occasion like and anniversary, they will also bring you a little surprise at the end of the meal. This restaurant is on our "must visit again" list.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding as always!
Great meal again at the Harvest Room Amazing lobster chowder and then blueberry crusted venison (I know it sounds odd but was spectacular!) Great food and great service!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A special occasion restaurant
A special occasion restaurant . expensivel wonderful food . service was disappointing but not fair to judge by one waitress . wine list is pricey big mark up .
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food quality was exceptional in terms of presentation, perfect temperature, portion size and best of all, VERY DELICIOUS
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We chose a 6:30 pm reservation on a Thursday and as it was a quiet evening, we received exceptional service from all the staff. My wife requested a gluten-free entree' and the chef came to our table where he explained the selections and made my wife feel very much at ease. Our waiter was very attentive without being intrusive. The food was devine - from the presentation to the flavors. The special touches to celebrate our anniversary were much appreciated!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Steak was so tender and our server was excellent
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Parents Experience
I had made a reservation at the Fairmount Hotel MacDonald for my parents for there for a late Fathers Day and also for a belated birthday due to I work out of town, they loved it the food was great and service was the best and since they have never been there before they are planning to go back for there anniversary and knowing that my parents enjoyed there experience there, I will also have to experience the harvest room.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu was good but nothing speci or noteworthy. Nice surroudings but I wouldn't come for the food. We had hoped to eat outside with the glorious view.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top-notch ambience, food presentati
Top-notch ambience, food presentation, food preparation and taste. Service was outstanding.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Romantic Dinner
Food is great. Wine selection is very broad. Its is more on the expensive side though. Starters from 15-20 $ main entrees from 40 to 50. Id recommend it for special occasion as it is very fancy. I will definitely bring my mom here as she likes sueprise fancy dinners. You can go wrong with this place, if youre on a really tight budget though, this place might not be good :)
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was very attentive but not overbearing, everything she did was timely and she had many tables in her section. Had beef tenderloin and ostrich tenderloin, both perfectly seasoned and tasted really good. Not the best steak I have ever had, but way above average. Bill was not as high as I had anticipated and we had desert and a bottle of wine. Not cheap, but very competitive in the high end market. Only criticism is the rather limited menu, but it has a good variety of protein. Overall outstanding service and a good meal, you can find better steak in Alberta but you would be hard pressed to find better service.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A perfect birthday celebration
I took my wife to the Harvest Room for her birthday as I wanted somewhere special to go and to try one of the most reputable restaurants in Edmonton. The food was amazing, the service was excellent, and the ambience was perfect. I would highly recommend the Harvest Room for an intimate dinner for two with an extra bonus of having one of the best views in the city.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Special Occasion
A beautiful dining room, comfortable spacing between tables.
Attentive service, but not overbearing. Good advice on choosing wine for the entrees.
Shared an appetizer - scallops were perfectly cooked and well presented.
Main courses are varied - the halibut was delicious as was the duck breast.
Always the choice for a special occasion such as an anniversary.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service bar none
Wow, I have never been treated like royalty. The service was attentive, courteous and beyond excellent. Would love to dine here again if i have to entertain bigwigs when i'm back visiting the city. And the food is absolutely divine and perfectly prepared and presented.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice environment, excellent service, very good food. The view of the North Saskatchewan river is great! Enjoyed the tour of the hotel afterwards.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I spent our 12th anniversary having an amazing full dinner service of top notch culinary creations. Our server was personable and attentive but also not disruptive. It was topped off by a personalized anniversary dessert of chocolate and strawberries that was fantastic. Highly enjoyable evening with my beautiful wife (and no kids for 1 night lol). Thanks Fairmont!!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quinoa spinach salad was amazing!
Quinoa spinach salad was amazing! Love the vanilla balsamic. The server was very accommodating for our anniversary, and personalized our meals. The restaurant also let us walk around outside on their beautiful patio!
8/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pricey but good
They always have unique food choices. Some hits and some misses. I just wish the Harvest room was a bit more secluded for seating arrangements. No bad experiences but I do wish it wasn't tiered.... I would've liked to be on the upper tier having said that! ;)
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Harvest Room is one of
The Harvest Room is one of the last traditional fine dining restaurants in the Edmonton area. From the amuse bouche, to the between the course sorbet palate cleanser everything is nicely choreographed and the servers are very professional. The only reason I did not give the food five stars was because they drastically overcooked my steak as I ordered blue rare and was served medium well. The server was wonderful and instantly replaced my steak. Overall a wonderful experience.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner - Aug. 13: We enjoyed
Dinner - Aug. 13: We enjoyed a spectacular dinner & the service provided by Ivan (& Carlos who visited from time to time) was fantastic. Great food & experience. Thank You.
Breakfast - Aug. 14th: While our previous nights experience was very good... the breakfast was unacceptable. The service & table settng excellent ... however our choice of the breakfast buffet was a mistake. The buffet warming trays continuted cooking the eggs benedict such that the sauce was non-existent, muffin a dried-out hockey puck, & poached egg thoroughly dried out. Similar experience with the "pancakes"... dried out & wooden. Both the muffin & pancakes were extremely hard to "cut" they were so overdone... a searated knife was needed. Next time... no Buffet.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Marvelous Night
The service was attentive and considerate. The little plates with fruit, chocolate, and candles were a clever way to mark our special occasions (a birthday and 20th anniversary in Alberta) without spoiling the presentation of the deserts. The ostrich tenderloin was just the right combination of fruity flavours and crunchy textures (the little curls of deep-fried apple come to mind) and the halibut was moist and substantial. The peach melba had a subtle creamy almond flavour, but the lemon tart could have been a bit more assertive with its balsamic strawberries and black pepper crème anglaise to my taste. Overall, an outstanding evening.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent fine dining
Wonderful choices, outstanding food, just the right amount of attention.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Generally food was tasty and well presented but could have been warmer. Ambiance and service awesome.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
High Tea Highly Recommended
My daughter and I joined you for high tea and were entirely pleased with the experience. The menu and service were excellent, as was the ambience. Simply delightful.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner for 2 to celebrate
We had dinner for 2 to celebrate an anniversary. Our server was fabulous, took great care of us. Although I did not like one of the appetizers we chose (not the kitchen's fault, just did not enjoy the taste) the food was terrific and extremely tasty, the portions were larger than I was expecting, which I was glad about.. I had the Duck and my husband had the Ostrich, both fabulous. The server surprised us with a special treat after supper, while waiting for our dessert, to help celebrate our anniversary, and that made the evening more special.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's always nice to taste the rest of the flavors out there.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fine Dining Experience
We, a party of three, picked the Harvest Room because of the long-standing reputation of the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, and because it has a terrace, and view. Our waiter was attentive and never left gaps in the food service. One diner had the chicken offering for diabetics which was good; the second had the breast of duck which was very good, and the third had the Angus Beef tenderloin which was truly outstanding, the best piece of steak he had had in forty years of dining, as he told the Chef ! The desserts, with several being unusual, but limited in number, turned out to be a most satisfying ending to a splendid Anniversary evening, as was the surprise "Happy Anniversary' platter. This is definitely a dining room to return to !
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth the cost
The Harvest Room in the MacDonald Hotel in Edmonton is one of those restaurants that is an experience that everyone should have at some point. the decor is vintage high end with monstrously large cathedral ceilings, and accent lighting that creates an atmosphere designed for that luxury feel. The food is amazing, I had the opportunity to dine on Ostrich, which was cooked to perfection in a blend of tastes and textures that made my taste buds dance with every bite. My wife had Lobster with a Clam chowder that was done in a traditional manner of chunky seafood and the base brought separately to allow you to make the consistency to your preference. Remember that it will take 2-3 hours to eat here.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
We went here for our anniversary. The food was outstanding, as was the service. Would highly recommend the Harvest Room to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classic Done Right
The Harvest Room is in certain ways old school. You won't find the latest micro-gastronomy tricks here but what you will find is excellent service, warm and comfortable surroundings and good food done extremely well. They offer a good selection of wines, especially by the glass. My wife, my son and I had a quiet night out after an emotional burial service. The wait staff was attentive without being fawning, the food was delicious and portion sizes were spot on. The only down side to the whole evening was that it had to end. I would not hesitate to recommend the Harvest Room to anyone.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great friday night experience
my wife and I are from Vancouver and had the chance to eat here as well as stay in this wonderful hotel the hotel itself is fantastic as well as the restaurant the food is second to none and the service was exceptional (thanks ivan) from the moment we sat done we knew we had chosen the right place for our romantic dinner.ive stayed at the empress in Victoria and we will continue to make the Fairmont chain our home away from home thanks for a wonderful time and look forward to returning in the near future
sherry and kevin mccrea
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great thanksgiving splurge
Great food, greater service and the kids treated like royalty.
Lots to be thankful for, thx fairmont!!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Sunday Afternoon Treat
My daughter and I recently attended the "Tea and Tour", which consisted of high tea in the Harvest Room followed by a guided tour of the hotel. Cost of the package was $35 per person. The tea was lovely - nice selection of teas, tasty scones with fresh preserves and Devonshire cream, and a three-tiered tray containing a selection of yummy canapés (smoked salmon, duck, egg salad and bruschetta) and a variety of baking. Service was friendly and attentive. From there we were invited to meet for the tour, which took us through all the main public areas of the hotel plus one of the suites. We were given lots of interesting historical facts about the hotel and the changes it has undergone over the years. All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My two sisters and I took my Dad out to celebrate his 82nd birthday. From the time we arrived until we left, we were made to feel very special. I had requested a table with a view (which we had), all the staff made a point to wish Dad a "Happy Birthday". He was so impressed. The food was amazing and our waiter outstanding. The special added touch of a dessert plate with Happy Birthday written in chocolate was above and beyond. It was truly a special night, great conversation, great ambiance and a time to celebrate and catch up. You made our night a wonderful celebration.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special birthday dinner
Our family of 3 had a birthday dinner on Oct. 24 - we loved everything about it and will definitely be back. Food and service was excellent - we frequent fine dining and many local restaurants and this is by far the best service we have ever received. Our waiter was efficient and really friendly but not overly so and made us feel very comfortable! I am already looking forward to going back soon.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an incredible meal - the pork belly, duck and sorbets were especially memorable. Service was perfect - waiter was informative and attentive yet not 'hoovering.' Pricey but well worth it - creative and tasty food with good sized portions.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent fare and service
After trying many highly rated restaurants in Edmonton's downtown and finding many lacking in either food quality, service or both, I am happy to report that I have finally found a spot I can recommend.
The restaurant was quiet and has excellent views of the river valley.
The food and service were top notch.
We ordered the rack of lamb and the the beef tenderloin.
The tenderloin here however was excellent and the entire dish is something I could never make at home.
Similarly the rack of lamb and lentils it was served with had a totally different combination of flavours from what I had ever had before, and somehow it all worked together perfectly.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time I go I am always overjoyed. Need to go more often!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I brought my Mom to the Harvest Room to celebrate her birthday. From start to finish we were provided with excellent service. Our server Natalie was friendly, attentive and you could tell she cared and wanted to ensure our visit was sspecial. My Mom and I enjoyed the Royal Tea and Tour. Will definitely be back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at the Mac
We wanted to celebrate my wife's birthday with a special meal at a special place. Both of these goals were met at the Hotel MacDonald's Harvest Room. The room is well appointed and overlooks Edmonton's beautiful river valley. Service was friendly and professional. The menu, while not extensive has some wonderful choices. The seafood appetizer was delicious. My wife had the rack of lamb and I had the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding special. The meat entrees were excellently prepared with a nice medley of vegetables. A nice touch with the desert was a complimentary treat for my wife's birthday. While our budget would not allow us to dine at the Harvest Room on a regular basis, it certainly met our expectations for this special occasion.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great / Server problem
Both my guest and I were taken aback by the odd manner and defensiveness of one of the servers to the extent she dimmed the atmosphere. I even recall her from a previous time. She had an unfriendly manner and disposition (mannerisms, look on her face) and didn't seem to be enjoying her job.
Fortunately, another server took over (?) who was much better. Even though she made a mistake on the order which delayed the food, she was direct, honest, and sincere about her apology. The food was great although we were never asked if we wanted anything to drink when the food was finally delivered and by which time we had finished what drinks we had.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM