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Harper's Table

4.7
369 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Harper's Table in Suffolk, Virginia serves up Southern favorites in a contemporary setting with a few modern twists for good measure. There is a complete wine list here to choose from as well as a number of craft beers and other spirits used to make specialty cocktails. To begin your meal at Harper's Table, try the fried liberty duck tongues, roasted Indian rock oysters or the warm olives. The fried oyster taco is also a huge hit.

For your main course at Harper's Table, you can�t go wrong with the jumbo lump blue crab cakes. The baby back ribs and crispy fried flounder will do nicely, too.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(757) 539-2000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Harper Bradshaw
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a business presentation, the private room at Harper's Table can be arranged in a way to suit your needs, from groups of small, intimate tables to one long boardroom table, to one large family table.
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Private party contact
Gary Whittington: (888) 653-0396
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Washington
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Parking details
Parking is available on the street and in the municipal lot located behind the restaurant. From the municipal lot walk through the park and head left on Main Street.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine
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4.7  based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
3.5
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kent (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

The food is excellent, the portions are appropriate and it is not the usual fare you see in many restaurants. Whenever possible ingredients are sourced locally and as a result the menu reflects seasonal changes. Although the meats are great for me the strength in the menu starts with the vegetable preparation. If you like bourbon Harper's Table has an outstanding selection. The service is exceptional. As a local restaurant I am often surprised to see people from outside of the Suffolk area enjoying the dining at Harper's Table. It is worth the travel time!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2015

Really outstanding food and service. Very informal but the food was anything but. Good selection from start to finish with great sides and desserts. We were really surprised to find such a top notch restaurant in old town Suffolk. We'll definitely return.

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vipChuck60 (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

I like this restaurant very much. I've been there many times & I am never disappointed. Friendly staff. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2015

A casual place with anything but casual food. Excellent and inventive takes on American cusine

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

We joined the gang at HT on anther Family Fridays dinner. Christina was wonderful as usual and everyone always has smiles on their faces, creating a great dining experience for everyone. It's so nice to go to Allan's where you're more than just another patron. And Chef Harper always prepares dishes that are to die for! The only problem...it's hard to choose. Anyone that has not dined here is truly missing out on something special!

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AndrewW11 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

Great food, great service, great cocktails. Best in the Tidewater.

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FunNight (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

The food and service was excellent. The noise level is too high for intimate conversation. Next time we will request a booth as our table was a bit tiny as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Unique twist on southern food.

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vipTouristjim (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

This may be the best restaurant in this entire metro area. The food is fabulous, innovative and wonderfully prepared. The wait staff gets the rhythm of showing up just in time; we never felt rushed or neglected. The ambiance is simple but quiet and lovely. It is located in downtown Suffolk, a very old area down on its luck. That wouldn't dissuade me from going. Prices not too bad. My wife and I ate for about $110 including one drink apiece and tip. Well worth it.

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CMSG31 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

Another fabulous night at a great restaurant... Thank you Gary and Chef Harper!

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greatview (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2015

Very nice portion sizes and variety...at our table we had pork and polenta,and shrimp and grits, flounder entre, bbq platter, seared scallops, and pork chops...all were well received...yum

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Bobb (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2015

This is a must try for any Suffolk local or just visiting. The food is absolutly and consistently delicious. The service is friendly and quick. The restaurant is also very clean and well kept with a bery nice vintage look to it. Again the food is awesome everything ive tried has been superb.

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TomNSue (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

A great dining experience from beginning to end! We had a reservation and our table was waiting. I enjoyed their version of a Manhattan while my wife had a glass of wine. Appetizers of beet, apple, and fresh greens salad and "Tommy's Clams" set the stage for main courses of seared scallops with pumpkin puree for my wife and shrimp and grits for me. Our desserts were Pot de Creme au Chocolat and Brown Butter Cake with fresh apples, sorbet, and bourbon caramel sauce.

To the extent possible, everything is fresh, local, and house-made, right down to the butter for the bread. The greens in the salad were flawless, as if each leaf were hand selected. The plating of the desserts was artful but not pretentious.

This was a dining experience well worth repeating.

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Carole (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

The food is fresh and local and Chef Harper has a magic touch that transforms even the humblest ingredients into gourmet offerings! Imagine simple spinach mingled with shallots, garlic, ginger, and chili, then surrounded in buttery goodness.... Or mayonnaise kicked up a notch with roasted shallots and hot sauce.... Or the best hamburger ever.... Really! I would not have imagined ordering a hamburger at an upscale restaurant with tenderloin, oysters, smoked duck, venison, and other elegant items on the menu. But, at another guests recommendation, I did. Trying it, at least, once is a must! The beef is local and Harper grinds it himself with a perfect ratio of beef to fat. Then, he even makes homemade hamburger rolls!

Both the red and the white wines we had were outstanding!

We finished the dinner with a scoop of white chocolate ice cream--one unique flavor among several he offers. The next time, we will save room for one of his even more decadent desserts!

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juice (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

Had a very nice time. Lived up to the hype. Not crowded at all the night we went (early) so it was very quiet.

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Looking4More (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2015

I was looking forward to taking my wife to HT but we were disappointed. The menu was really limited and unless you are a meat eater you wouldn't have much to choose from. I also thought it was pricey for what you get. We had no drinks except water, 2 soups, 1 salad, 1 appitizer and 1 desert and it came to $67.00 that was without tip.

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YSept2015 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

I visited Harper's Table for a birthday dinner, and was wonderfully surprised! Good service, excellent food (especially the barbecue, hush puppies, and as gratin potatoes! Harper's Table is a secret gem in Downtown Suffolk.

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rosiebud (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

We had been to HT before and enjoyed it. Brought another couple and had 7:30 reservations. After waiting 15 min for a table , we were seated in the bar at a table with another foursome. They were lovely, but would have preferred to have our own table. We waited quite a while for the waitstaff to come over to order drinks, and then quite a bit of time to get them. I enjoyed my dinner (fried oyster taco) but my husband found his (pork steak) to be dry and tough. We ordered additional drinks with dinner, but they did not arrive until after we had finished. The assistant manager was very accommodating and sent us each a small glass of wine gratis. In their defense the restaurant was vey busy, but there was not enough waitstaff to take care of the crowds.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

We recently moved from Chesapeake to Suffolk and were looking for a special place to go to dinner for our 39th anniversary. My wife found Harper's Table through Open Table; the reviews sounded very good and it was close so we made our reservations. We were not disappointed. Service was quick and friendly. The wine and beer list was extensive and I am not very experienced in picking out wines, but the waitress listened to our likes and dislikes and picked out the perfect wine for us. We each had a salad which was crisp and fresh. I had the special which was absolutely delicious. My wife had the crab cakes which she said were very good, but could use a little more spice. Very good overall.

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southernborn (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

My husband and I took a trip from Poquoson to Suffolk based on the buzz from my co-workers about Harper's Table, it was a trip well taken. From the minute we walked in the door we knew we were in for a treat. After being greeted by the beautiful hostess and seated, we were never left waiting or wanting. Our waitress, Christina, another beauty, was exceptional. She was well versed in the bar and food menus, able to break down the construction of each culinary delight while providing tidbits about the Chef and his goal to use local foods and homegrown herbs. Everything, from the beverages, the appetizers, the main course, the peach cobbler and, let's not forget the incredible cornbread with homemade butter, was awesome!
The Chef made a point of greeting us at our table and thanking us for making the trip from Poquoson, as did other staff members, a nod to Gary.
We will certainly make this trip again!
See y'all soon!

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