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2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811247.622527 -122.297113
Neighborhoods: Central, Mann, Central Seattle
Great food, terrible service – I've been to the Harvest Vine several times and the food is consistently excellent.
Last night, however, we received indifferent, inattentive service that really affected our enjoyment of the evening.
Orders were forgotten, interactions were brusque - and our server seemed as though he always had somewhere more important to be.
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway in the hopes that the restaurant makes a change) that this kind of service is completely unacceptable at a place like the Harvest Vine. Very disappointing. I don't think I'll be going back for quite some time.
Superb food - for Millionaires – And were I millionaire, I would eat here once or twice a week.
The food is extraordinarily good - and as a Madrilena, I know what I'm talking about. Have never had a bad mouthful and have had many that made me swoon with delight. The word "mouthful" is very relevant here, however - courses are expensive and very, very small. Put aside a small fortune, or don't come hungry.
Timing between courses is long. Provided that you expect this and are with good friends / conversationalists, this can be really delightful.
Service is extraordinarily variable.
The wine list is good, though mark-ups have become very, very high. (Corkage fee: $30 and even so, worth keeping in mind.)
Money no object? You'd be hard pressed to choose a better place in Seattle. Sit upstairs at a table or at the bar. Drink beautiful wine, eat mouthfuls of delectable food and relax into perfect pleasure.
Absolutely Spectacular! – I really don't know where to begin raving about how much I love this place. We had reservations for 7:00 and everything went perfect from the moment we walked in the door. There were four of us and we all love food. The group I was with has pretty high expectations when we go to a nice restaurant, and I can honestly say nobody was disappointed.
Every single course we ordered was prepared perfectly! From the venison or squid to the four desserts we shared. The service was also spectacular. Our server was aware and helpful with all of our selections. His input regarding the wine was a tremendous help too. Everyone at our table went home extremely satisfied. The harvest Vine is not cheap, but the quality of the food and service far outweigh the cost of the dinner. If you ever want to splurge a little the Harvest Vine should not be missed.
If you want bad service here it is! – First time there, we had a party of 9. We asked our waitress for help to make sure we had enough food. Well needless to say, 3.5 hours later we were asking for bread to fill our stomachs. Between each serving there was a wait time of over 30 minutes! With no feedback from our waitress as to why. When we discussed the lack of food to our server, she simply stated we should of known. When we reminded her we asked her for help she said oh and walked away!Staff was rude and very unprofesional.
I would never go back to this place.
Sit at the bar! – We went to Harvest Vine almost by accident last night and we will definitely be back! We sat right down at the counter across from the line chefs and had a great time sipping wine, chatting with the chefs and enjoying our meal. Everything was great - from the smoked duck to the rhubarb tartlet we had for dessert. This is a traditional tapas place in the Spanish sense - which means that the food comes out as prepared, probably at more irregular intervals than some might be happy with. But if you can relax and enjoy the show, you will have a memorable dining experience.
Horrible for Groups and Don't Order Coffee! – My review was posted through my iphone and it posted with 5 stars.. I'm reposting it.
We were so excited to go here last night. It was my birthday, and a rare night out without the kids. Sadly, our experience was very dissapointing.
The service was horrible. At first we were rushed, and then later in the night forgotten about. We of course relied on our server to guide us through ordering to make sure we were ordering enough for our group of 7. What we got was 8 dishes (2 were small cold apps) that were big enough for one bite each. And it took 3 HOURS for the food to come. Easily 20 min between each plate. No communication from our server, no refill on our waters, she ignored us. After 3 hours we were starving! We spoke to the manager who apologized, brought out some salted meat and a couple desserts.. . but still included the 18 perc grat. We all had to get back home, starving, and went through the drive through. Not exactly the night I had in mind.
I really did enjoy the 8 bites of food I had, the chef is great.
Funny though- my brother ordered coffee early in the evening (he has a newborn) and they almost wouldn't serve him. It is "against their policy" to do so (per the manager) so don't go tired (or hungry).
Not good for groups and don't order coffee – We were so excited to go here last night. It was my birthday, and a rare night out without the kids. Sadly, our experience was very dissapointing.
The service was horrible. At first we were rushed, and then later in the night forgotten about. We of course relied on our server to guide us through ordering to make sure we were ordering enough for our group of 7. What we got was 8 dishes (2 were cold apps) that were big enough for one bite each. And it took 3 HOURS for the food to come. Easily 20 min between each plate. No communication from our server, no refill on our waters, she ignored us. After 3 hours we were starving! We spoke to the manager who apologized, brought out some salted meat and a couple desserts... but still included the 18 perc grat. We all had to get back home, starving, and went through the drive through. Not exactly the night I had in mind.
I really did enjoy the 8 bites of food I had, the chef is great. Funny though- my brother ordered coffee early in the evening (he has a newborn) and they almost wouldn't serve him. It is against their policy to do so (per the manager) so don't go tired (or hungry).
Yum! And Tres Romantique! – Yum. A single word. Beet salad with the perfect combination of red and yellow beets in a tangy vinegar and oil and lovely crusted fresh bread. We also nibbled on a salty cod shredded and mixed with ? I couldn't tell but the crunch and season of the light batter was the perfect compliment to whatever the cod was hanging out with!
We sat at street level but I won't do that again. After dinner we looked around and the downstairs is Olde Europe revisited. It's incredibly romantic, charming and you really can't believe you are in this country and not in some chateau in Spain.
If you are a true "foodie", go to Harvest Vine. It will not disappoint. Oh, I almost forgot, the wine. The wine...the wine..
Poor Service + Lack of Manager = Disapponting Night – I hosted a birthday dinner for 12 friends on a Saturday night. I made the reservation a month in advance and reconfirmed that afternoon. Yet, somehow, when we arrive at the restaurant the table is set for 10. Strike 1.
25 minutes after finally getting seated, we were left with empty water glasses and still no wine. I got up to track down our waiter, who was very apologetic. I selected a red and white and told him to keep 'em coming. Back he came 10 minutes later... to tell me they were out of the white. Now we had been in the restaurant for 45 minutes and hat yet to have a glass a wine. Strike 2.
With a group of 12, our waiter recommended that we pick 3 veggie dishes, 3 fish dishes and 3 meat dishes. Essentially each one would be a 'course'. I agreed and away we went. The veggies/salads were delivered about 20 minutes later. Hungry, we quickly ate them all. We attempted to re-order, but were told we should wait until the Fish course arrived. That took another 40 minutes. The fish was OK, but not great. 2 hours into our meal, now, and we are a dozen still-hungry diners. 45 minutes later, out comes the meat course. Delicious... but of course not nearly enough since this became our 'last chance' to fill up. The waiter offered to bring us more of Round 3/Meat course, but we had just run out of patience. Instead of sitting down in the basement (no music, 80+ degrees) for another hour, we decided to cut our losses and get out. Strike 3.
Note: Our server did his very best. Unfortunately he was assigned to 30+ diners. Of course, the kitchen was a bigger problem. it is so tiny, it just cannot scale to meet the growing size of the restaurant. The unintended upside to this is that we spent about half what we had budgeted; the slow kitchen prevented us from running up the bill!
Attitude – I heard good things about this place and we went there for my wife's birthday. It was a Wednesday and they were slammed. This a good thing in my book as long as the waitstaff doesn't have an attitude. We learned the hard way you have to have a reservation (yes, even on a Wednesday) to get their attention. Otherwise the servers look right through you. No host/manager to guide you through either. All I need to be told is that there isn't any availability, not be ignored.
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