American Harvest Restaurant

4.8
962 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Savor a gourmet lunch prepared and served in Schoolcraft College's student-operated restaurant. The menu, which changes daily, features freshly baked breads, soup, salad, a choice of entree, and a selection from the tempting dessert table. All items on the menu are a la carte. Students work under the direction of an award-winning Certified Master Chef.

For dinner, enjoy an extravagant buffet in a beautiful setting at a reasonable price. Please join second-year students in the International and American Cuisine class, under the direction of a Certified Master Chef, as they prepare International favorites. Themes change weekly and include American, European, Latin & South American, and Asian.

Reservations are highly recommended for lunch and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm; Dinner Buffet: Thursday - Friday: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(734) 462-4488
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Master Chef Brian Beland and Master Chef Shawn Loving
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Cross street
7 Mile Road
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Well-lit parking located in the Schoolcraft College North parking lot, closest to the intersection of Haggerty and Seven Mile Road. The restaurant is located inside Schoolcraft College's VisTaTech Center.
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Detroit
9 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great dinner dining experience. The food choices were delicious. The service was friendly and attentive.

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TF
Detroit
2 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

On our first visit to American Harvest Restaurant we had a dinner reservation for a Friday evening, and when we arrived we were informed that on Thursday and Friday they only offer a dinner buffet. The menu theme that evening was Caribbean and South American recipes and that worked for us because we were able to try several different appetizers and entrees that were all very good. Our favorite was a sauteed jumbo shrimp and monkfish in a light brown sauce ... Outstanding . We tried several different offerings and ate so much food that we decided to take our dessert home with us. My only critical comment would be for me the food was a little under seasoned. For me Caribbean foods and South American foods are usually pretty spicy, or heavily seasoned, but these dishes were very mild in their seasoning. Seating is in the equivalent of a school cafeteria so there really is no Ambiance or atmosphere to speak of, its plastic tables and plastic chairs. The culinary students that cook the food and serve the food we're all wonderful to speak to and I enjoyed discussing the creation of some of the dishes with them. As an example I had never seen a butterflied, stuffed and rolled flank steak. It was expertly prepared and a treat to enjoy.
We look forward to our next visit to American Harvest Restaurant. Special things to our host, Margaret, who was most gracious to us.

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l
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an awesome gem we have here in Livonia! Bravo Schoolcraft College - Vista Tech Center for your contribution to EXCELLENT food / service. The students in culinary school are the servers, chefs, etc. Worthy of a 'look-see' by those who appreciate excellent fare.

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VR
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, good service, creative deserts, good atmosphere.

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LG
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love American Harvest. I have been going for 3 years and never been disappointed.

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M
Detroit
6 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so impressed with the creativity , the selection of foods, and the vegetarian options. The waiters were lovely and so friendly as was the hostess. Our only suggestion would be to put up names of the deserts and ingredients on deserts.

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T
1 review
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed lunch this week, the staff were very dedicated to ensuring a great experience for guests. The food was delicious, and the portions were filling. Overall, a great way to experience new cuisine options offered by up and coming chefs. Thanks, and I will be back.

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DW
Detroit
2 reviews
4.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We truly enjoyed our dining experience. We only wished we found it sooner. (Completely booked for rest of year). In the future I would appreciate it if deserts had labels and I knew which items contained pork:).

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C
Detroit
2 reviews
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing! The staff is top notch. We went on Mediterranean night. They had a varied selection of food which was farm fresh. We will be return customers very soon.

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LB
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal, with terrific service!

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F
1 review
4.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Very clean; the food was well prepared and well plated (presentation). We had the Pork Schnitzel and it was delicious; pounded thin, light breading and very tender. Everything about the meal was wonderful.
The kitchen gets an A+. That being said, we gave the service a C+. However we understand that this is a learning environment and they will improve with time. We will continue dining at the American Harvest Restaurant.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Student servers were excellent.

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Detroit
47 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second time to American Harvest. I have already made another reservation for this upcoming week. The food was amazing! The students have done Schoolcrafts Culinary program have outdone themselves.

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MS
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been on our list of dining experiences for quite some time. The culinary arts students get a tip of my hat as this experience in dining was beyond my expectations. The meal we enjoyed was served buffet style with I recall at least seven choices of the main entree. I did manage to sample six of these and each was truly enjoyable. The braised beef was off the chart in both tenderness and flavor. Pork loin was moist and flavorful. Baked salmon beat just about every other place I have ordered from. Veal was vey tasty with a light gravy accompanied with some spaetzle dumpling. Roast chicken was spot on in preparation and nicely seasoned. I recall four perhaps five different options for salads with nice selection of dressing. Each station has a nice choice of vegetable. Super basket of assorted bread, rolls, croissant and breadsticks, with a generous cake of butter. The dessert bar will totally knock your socks off. An array of sweets that seemed to stretch from here to eternity. Being cheesecake fans that seemed to be the first item that leaped onto our table. Served on a small round doily shaped crust with fresh strawberry slices and some sort of white and milk chocolate stick. This thing just melted in your mouth. Pies, tortes, creme brûlée, the list goes on. Attentive service, enjoyable atmosphere, great food. Great evening out.

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ND
Detroit
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife and my Friday date night. Excellent food and very attentive staff. Definitely a place to place at the top of the list for another visit.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time!

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CR
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had an excellent lunch, including special Guatemalan coffee prepared at our table. Fun to speak with culinary students who waited on us as they are passionate about their work and careers. Awesome desserts!

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C
Naples
8 reviews
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Schoolcraft culinary school restaurant is a great find. The prices are very reasonable and the food is delicious. There are only about 5-6 choices for your main course, but it is always difficult to choose. I had the gumbo soup and the crab cakes, which were both delicious. The crab cakes did not have a lot of filler - only great chunks of crab meat. And they always save the best for last. Their pastry table is fabulous. Everything is made in house and there are probably a dozen choices from cakes, to pastries to pies to puddings. I even noticed a gluten free choice which looked amazing. I always go several times a year. Now, unfortunately, the culinary school is closed for the summer and so is the restaurant!

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DW
San Diego
5 reviews
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch during the school season. Note this restaurant is part of the Vista Tech training program, where the CA students work the restaurant so it is not open during the summer months, holidays or semester break. Great food that changes daily. Reasonably priced

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JC
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is always excellent at American Harvest - fabulous fresh breads, at least a dozen amazing desserts on view and limited, interesting choices for entrees. The lunch portions are excellent - sufficient but not enormous, allowing a person to enjoy a lovely dessert. Service is provided by the culinary students, who are learning all aspects of a restaurant. They are anxious to please and want to learn.

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J
Detroit
4 reviews
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High standards were met and exceeded! Our food was truly amazing. We had our dessert to go because we had no room left after lunch, so we’re able to truly enjoy it at home.

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GG
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar far my favorite restaurant! The food is wonderful and the student run staff are eager, polite and enthusiastic! Never disappointing at the American Harvest.

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RO
Detroit
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time members of our party said they would very much like to return for another meal! Always like the "learning" experience of the students and staff. The presentation of the food is excellent! Well worth the drive across town for a fine meal!

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LM
1 review
4.0Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Under the supervision of master chef Shawn Loving, this student restaurant delivers excellent food at an outstanding value. Some of the wait staff, who are also students, are not able to easily communicate the subtleties of the menu items: how they're prepared, what else is on the plate, what they taste like... but they are very attentive.

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CP
Detroit
3 reviews
5.0Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table side coffee, new experience, love it. Salmon cooked to perfection. Fresh ingredients, well presentation.

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HG
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to go to American Harvest. You never know what the menu will hold and it's always tastey. They take great care with the food and the dessert bar is unbelievable! Highly recommended.

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L
Detroit
3 reviews
5.0Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My twenty-seven year old son and I had lunch this week and enjoyed the service, quiet, and outstanding and unique food. The presentation was pleasing to look at and delicious. Of course, the desserts are out of this world for their eye and taste appeal. I especially like the opportunity to walk down the 20 foot display to select a dessert. I have been to the American Harvest several times and neither myself or anyone else in the group has ever been disappointed.

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JB
1 review
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Showcase restaurant for Schoolcraft Community College Culinary Arts students. Dinner was a buffet of many dishes following a geographic theme. Excellent dishes from appetizers and salads through desserts. Great beers brewed on site by students. I recommend eating here for anyone looking to experiment with many different dishes.

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MW
Detroit
6 reviews
4.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

You must be adventuresome with food and willing to try new things. Beautiful desserts.
An added bonus is being able to buy take away dinner all made buy aspiring chefs.

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MH
1 review
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at American Harvest but it won't be our last. The food was creative and allowed us to try something out of our normal lunch choices. The ingredients were of the highest quality and the dishes executed beautifully. Service was good, friendly and helpful when we asked questions.
Also don't miss the desserts. They are worth every calorie and something quite extraordinary!

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R
Chicago
15 reviews
5.0Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great, unique experience, that I will definitely look into doing again. The students did an excellent job, and the value was incredible. I had duck 3 ways, and it was prepared perfectly. My only caution would be for those who are "picky eaters", as the menu is different every day. However, even if a main dish isn't to your taste, if you like desserts you'll be just fine!

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ML
Detroit
2 reviews
5.0Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is one of my favorite places! The culinary students are outstanding and never disappointed. Value for lunch is great! Highly recommend reservations

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a
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to dine at American Harvest Restaurant. Food quality including freshness is excellent. The students provide wonderful service and are cordial and accommodating. Topping off the experience with the choice of a fresh decadent sweet is literally the "icing on the cake". Wholeheartedly recommend!

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LP
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!! The food was outstanding. We each had a different dish and both were excellent. The service was very prompt and professional. Loved the whole experience!

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e
1 review
5.0Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there, and it won't be our last!! We came for lunch. I would love to attend a dinner there.
The food and service were excellent!!

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KP
1 review
4.0Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

All dishes were good but food amount was little small than last year.
And, I hope the food menu is able to have much wider and various range.
ex) beef, pork, salmon,chicken, vegetables.....
My ordered dish looked like an appetizer so I was little disappointed.
That’s why I didn’t really enjoy it.

Thank you,

KyungSeon Park

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SK
1 review
5.0Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing desserts and food! Will come again.

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RA
1 review
3.0Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Disappointed in the food. After a long time our waiter came out and said they were out of the steak.. We chose the chicken and it was mediocre. A small pricey thigh. Both of us had a stomach ache when we got home. The wait for our food took forever. It seemed everyone around us was served the steak and left and we were still waiting. Dessert was good. Dessert does not bring us into a restaurant but good food does.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
2.0Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Our server was older in age, a retired nurse and a brand new student. She was “IN THE WEEDS.” I was observing where the professor was, expecting her to be moving throughout the restaurant, observing how students are performing, and stopping by each table, asking them how their experience was. Me, being a past student and a current student at OCC, where I am working on my associates in restaurant and hospitality management, I focused on how are programs were. I was especially focusing on how the professor educated their students. I was appalled by how she education that she provided. We arrived at 1215, with being informed that we would be out at 145. Our server had issues right from the start but I explained how I was also a student. I gave her advice. As our meal went on, our server had many issues. I searched for the professor and saw that she was reading an actual newspaper for almost our entire lunch.

At the end of our meal, there as an issue that needed assistance with the professor who got up several minutes after the student asked. I walked up and criticized the professor and left. She did not do what I expect one to provide, from visiting each table to helping the students out.

I am tempted to contact the head of the culinary department and informing them about my experience, but hopefully this might help.

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JC
1 review
5.0Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

American Harvest is our favorite place for a special occasion lunch. The food is outstanding - fabulous breads, outstanding desserts from a selection of a dozen or more stunning creations each visit. A reservation is necessary to be sure you get a table.

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