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Permanently Closed - Harvest Bistro & Bar (Closter, NJ)

4.1
585 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Harvest Bistro & Bar in Closter, NJ is a romantic eatery that serves a wide range of contemporary American and French specialties. The restaurant is also popular for its wine collection, which features several domestic and imported options for diners to choose from. The restaurant's interior is classy and intimate, featuring a grand chandelier, a large fireplace and romantic art pieces throughout the dining room. Harvest Bistro & Bar also offers outdoor seating when the weather is nice.

Begin the meal with an appetizer like French Onion Soup, cheese fondue served with country bread, apples and pears or chopped salad with green olives, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, feta and lemon vinaigrette. The menu at Harvest Bistro & Bar also features several signature entrées like roasted Long Island duck, grilled skirt steak and pan-seared halibut.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French, Provencal, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(201) 750-9966
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
High St.
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Entertainment
We feature 2 wide Screen TV's.
Live Music on Thursday and Friday Nights.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
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4.1
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4.3
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4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on May 21, 2016

This place has dropped in quality from what it was several years ago. Our server was slow, the food was completely awful. It's a shame because the bar area and dining room are quite beautiful and tastefully decorated. But the food is a disaster.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

great restuarant. the crispy red snapper with black bean sauce is incredible. love the roast chicken. the have a crawfish boil on the menu now that is amazing. the proprietor does a fantastic job.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2016

The food was good, but not great. We were asked by 4 people if we wanted tap water or bottled water. The floor was being swept around us while we were reading the menu. Disappointed since it was our anniversary.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2016

One of my favorite places for brunch and more. Love the food and ambiance. A must go!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The food here is amazing. The chef has a great way of blending flavors and textures that really makes this restaurant on the top of our list, especially for NJ. What's really nice is they always have specials, and they are worth trying. When we were there the special was a veal chop and it delicious. I'm gluten free and they always accommodate my dietary restrictions without compromising the flavor. Now that the weather is nicer they have outdoor dinning. Lovely place.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2016

food always excellent. Service spotty and a bit inattentive.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

John, the maitre'd, with his warm and welcoming personality sets the tone for an evening of fine dining. Consistently good.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

We always leave this restaurant happy. And we generally order different dishes. This time the pepper-encrusted seared tuna appetizer and the poached lobster were both outstanding.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2016

The host was very friendly, even gave us complimentary drinks. Food was awesome. There were so many servers, busboys, runners. Service was so quick.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2016

We are regulars here when the occasion calls for it or we don't want to drive to Manhattan. Generally, though, I find the menu somewhat limited, although my family are loyalists. This visit the food was exceptional... Cornish Game Hen brilliantly prepared with sides to complement it. The cassoulet looked especially delicious, too. The champagne and wine selections were perfect for the celebratory tone.
The ambiance is striking, and the front desk was very welcoming.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2016

This was our 5th time here so I guess it's good for foodies like my husband and I. The food is consistently good, atmosphere lovely and service great. I missed the special they had last time. It was a tofu salad and the first time I had tofu. OMG I was so disappointed they didn't have it again, it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

Fun place ! Great food!!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Travel 30 mins to eat here. Have had 2 private functions here. Bar is wonderful, tables there are a little nosier. Food is imaginative and well prepared. The management goes out of their way to ensure a wonderful evening. Have been treated to a complimentary grappa at times.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Food was great and our server Lizzy was on top of her game. She was pleasant and paid attention to detail.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2016

We've been to Harvest before and had better experiences. On our last visit the waiter spilled water on me as soon I sat down - neither acknowledged nor apologized. My setting had two salad forks and no dinner fork. The whole wait staff seemed more suitable to a local diner than an upscale restaurant. Oh yes, and a person I assume was the owner brought someone else's check to our table. As for ambiance, the fireplace was nice, but the room was overly warm. My wife and I arrived early and were luckily seated at a table for four because most of the tables for two were extremely close together. The food was good, but the overall experience left a lot to be desired.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2016

Outstanding food, wine, ambiance. The food is top tier in quality and presentation, the service outstanding, and the ambiance rich yet comfortable. This is a special place. We live in Closter and frequently dine at the world's finest and highest-rated restaurants, both in NYC as well as other cities around the world, and the Harvest stands up to any and all of them. Before making the trek to the city, anyone within range of this gem of a restaurant should give it a try. If you do, you'll be back again and again as we are.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

It is always a pleasure to dine at the Harvest Bistro. The valet parking is a nice touch, no looking for a parking space. As soon as you walk in you are warmly greeted. The menu always has great choices and there is an extensive wine list. Not only do my wife and I enjoy our meals but everyone we bring leaves very happy.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We go here for the ambiance; the fireplace is always roaring in the winter. The food has gotten boring, with much of the same thing
for years. My duck meal had nothing interesting on the plate: carrots that tasted out of a bag, and a duck leg that was red, chewy and too fatty to eat. A second leg was OK. A hunk of polenta, boring. At a restaurant of this caliber we shouldn't have to ask the waiter to clean the crumbs before dessert, and he should have known if coffee was included in the prix fix. He was very unfamiliar with the wine menu, but was attentive to our needs for the meal. For Valentine's Day, a flower on the table would have been
a welcome addition to the tiny votive but the complimentary glass of Proseco was appreciated. We will keep going back for the food which is usually good, (in the winter) but will forgo the busy prix fixed meals in the future.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Lovely brunch, the main dining is warm and inviting. Been there for a few dinners and cocktails, but brunch is my favorite. Even managed to get someone who never ventures further than Fort Lee to go back 2x.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The duck was delicious

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2016

Myself, my sister, and my mother have been planning to go out just the three of us for months. I have 3 kids, my sister has one and another on the way, and my mom is now an empty nester but still works a ton and doesn't take much time for herself. I knew that Harvest would be the perfect place for us to unwind and have a wonderful meal! We did the prefixed 3course which is an amazing deal.
I'm in Love with the blood orange pomegranate martini and it was just what the doctor ordered after a crazy week!
I had been there for a baby shower which was done phenomenally.
Anniversary dinner with my husband which felt very special.
And the third time was definitely a charm for our girls night. We plan to return for brunch sometime very soon.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2016

Great local spot, one of our favorites

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2.0Dined on January 30, 2016

Harvest has been a favorite for ours for years but we were disappointed by the horrible service. While the food was good, the waiter took only our appetizer order and brought it out so quickly, it arrived before our drinks. Then he waited a long time to take our entree order and never took the menus away. He also never gave us steak knives to cut our meat so it was next to impossible to eat, After a frustrating meal, the valet guy was on his phone the whole time while try to jockey cars. Very disappointing evening!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2016

If you are looking for French bistro food with a refined new American touch, you have come to the right place. The food is really outstanding. The sea bass was great as was the duck. My steak au poivre was perfectly cook. If you like foie gras, then get the appetizer.

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2016

I like that your food choices include game such as venison. My he lobster salad was the highlight for me. A generous portion of lobster chunks was beautifully displayed with avacado and lime slices. Delicious to taste and wonderfully visually.

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2016

A rustic looking place with a real fireplace, also a fire pit outside! Service is very good, the French onion soup is excellent, we all had the prix fixed meal, which was a great deal.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Our waitress was lovely and efficient, but whoever oversaw the timing of the meal needs to learn a thing or two about pacing a dinner. We had a 7:00 reservation and were out by 8:00. That is ridiculous. And it was New Year's Eve and it was too expensive for an hour.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2015

I had the duck dish and it was horrible ,the meat was tough ,the waiter must have seen me trying to cut it and came over with a steak knife,which i should not have needed ,

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2015

Always feel welcome and entrees are consistently delicious. Onion soup is awesome and jack Daniels ribs are outstanding!

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2015

The service was terrible. It was Christmas eve, and it seemed like it was his first night on the job. He forgot to bring the bottle of wine we ordered until after we reminded him after the appetizers were finished. The food is overpriced and not that great.

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2015

I had high hopes for this neighborhood restaurant, nice ambiance and menu. Appetizer of beet salad good but was asked if we wanted fresh pepper after half of it was eaten.
Unfortunatley, my duck was bland and not crispy. My husband's halibut was tasty. Ordered dessert of profiteroles but they were lackluster. Ice cream and pastry both dull! Left half of it on the plate.
Not what I would expect from high end restaurant. Disappointment all around.

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4.0Dined on December 5, 2015

We went with small plates at Harvest Bistro for this visit and we were very happy with the quality of the food. Service was a little slow but they were very busy. Service improved as the crowd thinned out.

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3.0Dined on December 4, 2015

Lovely place but the service was indifferent.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2015

This was the first time dining out for Thanksgiving and I truly did not expect much.
I did have to wait a bit despite having reservations but that's expected on any holiday.
The owner was kind enough to accommadate us as soon as possible in the main dining room where there's a great fireplace.
The food was outstanding. Not only did they have your traditional turkey meal with all the sides, the restaurant also offered several other options such as lamb and seafood.
Definitely try the octopus salad as an appetizer.
Finished the meal with triple sweets.
Definitely will return for Thanksgiving and regular evenings for a solid meal.

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2015

Unfortunately, Harvest was not a good choice for my family for Thanksgiving....The Chestnut soup and Crab Cakes were out of this world. However, the turkey was thick and chewy. The atmosphere was smoky, and I could smell the smoke on my clothing after I left. Not a winner for our family.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2015

Bravo to the staff of this well operated and beautifully exacuted restaurant. Though loud, and a heavy handed chef, we enjoyed out Thanksgiving dinner here. Too, too much gravy on the tons of turkey. Bland stuffing and not enough cranberry. The plates were loaded to the maximum degree possible and it actually took away from some of the enjoyment. If they had put gravy on the table so one could portion it themself, I think I'd have been happier then scraping off the sodden, thick slices of turkey. The Short rib was Flintstone sized! Tender, yes, but as we eat with our eyes first, the visual did nothing for it's appeal. This is a case of less would have been more.
Dessert was a full out disappointment.
I'm not going to rehash it, but trust me, a Marie Callandar's frozen dessert beats what they served.
Got to hand it to the wait staff. They were tops! Kudos to the valet team. They were also on top of their game. NO long lines or long waits to get in or out.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2015

I LOVE THIS BISTRO!!!
Can't stop complimenting Harvest's menu!!
From great burgers to crispy Duck, this bistro has it all. My favorite, Steak Au Poivre, is the best!!!
As far as the ambiance, it is exciting!! Always a friendly person sitting next to you at the bar.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2015

The main dining room retains its charm. Always good service and great food.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

Consistently delicious! Many fresh and delicious seafood entrees to choose from. Fantastic jack Daniels ribs and tender moist chicken always delicious! Whatever you decide to order, you will be in for a treat sitting by the cozy fireside and enjoying a great cocktail.

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3.0Dined on November 1, 2015

French Onion soup was fantastic. Pancakes were over cooked. Kids didn't want them. Had the linguine special on Sunday. Mussels were so small, waste of time to open. Suave was too watery. It would have been better to have bigger mussels that were a few than a dozen so small it's the size of a pinky nail. Pasta was over done as was the shrimp. Service normally is a lot better. It's my 5th time there but this time it was disappointing. My server kept forgetting things and had to ask several different people to get what was needed/missing. To be fair, last 4 times have been great but last time was disappointing.

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