44 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213842.373928 -71.121569
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: West Cambridge
Fun Place - Great Outdoor Dining – Harvest is consistently good. The outdoor dining is beautiful. The food is well presented. The service is terrific.
Fantastic Elegant Luncheon with Work Staff – We had made a reservation a few days ago (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) for 13 of us from work. Our table was waiting for us and the drink order was taken pretty quickly. With the large party we had they brought over two servers to take our orders and everything came out fantastic! On this very cold day, even sitting near the window, it was extremely cozy. Most comments I received from my group was wow what a presentation and the portions. A+++++ In our book
simply great – Very simply, delicious food and attentive wait staff. We went during restaurant week so it was very busy and had a more electic crowd than usual... but it definitely didn't disappoint.
Worst Restaurant Service I have ever experienced. – My wife and I were seated at Harvest Restaurant at 7PM as per our reservation on a Saturday night through Open Table. We were there with a gift card from our daughter for our 35th wedding anniversary. We got up to leave after 20 minutes when no waiter had yet come to the table. The room was half full at best and a ll other staff avoided eye contact. The hostess reacted by saying, "What do we have to do to have you dine with us". Not looking to negotiate, but just looking for a good meal on our special occasion, we left. Our 100 Open Table points were immediately deducted by the hostess even though we had been seated. Open Table, reinstated the points without any questions. Horrible and insensitive service by Harvest.
stay away during restaurant week – I was looking forward to dinner as we have enjoyed restaurant week meals at many the local restaurants. This was the worst ever. Under-ripe tasteless heirloom tomatoes, the toughest pork loin chop I have tasted (probably due to keeping it on a steam table), mashed potatoes that could not have been made that day since they tasted like a refrigerator, mushy tasteless veggies served with a passable swordfish and unremarkable desserts - what was that jelly stuff under the sorbet?. We even complained about the pork to our waitress with no satisfacation or even acknowledgement from management. Maybe the staff was tired of preparing the same featured meal for 1 1/2 weeks and it showed. We will not be returning at any time.
Cambridge's Best Upscale Restaurant and Bar – I don't live in Cambridge but when I'm in Harvard Square area 2-3 times a month I frequent Harvest for its very comfortable atmosphere, warm bar, outside garden dining in the summer. It has a modern New England feel with great fish, game, hamburgers, salads, and nice wine list. The bar is great if you are sitting alone. The restaurant is off the main street found in large walkway /alley. The service staff and management is very nice and professional. It's great place for a casual dinner or a intimate dinner out for a special occasion. The Sunday Brunch is great but be sure you are hungry.
Be prepared to wait... but it's worth it! – My boyfriend and I went on a whim (without reservations) and had the longest wait to be seated (approx. 1 hour!). But it was definitely worth it. We were made to wait in the bar area which was too small to hold the patrons that were there to drink and eat (never mind the people waiting to be seated). We had to do all we could to avoid having our drinks spilled all over us from the constant flow of people in and out of the bar and the bathroom which was on the other side of the bar. However, once we were seated, the night drastically improved. The menu selections were varied and the prices were on the high side but not unreasonable. The service was excellent and the overall ambience was nice. You could peak into the kitchen are since it was an open concept kitchen but you don't see everything so that it would be distracting. The place is very small and cramped but again once you are seated you don't notice. They also had outdoor seating that I would like to try next time when the weather is better. Overall great experience.
Don't waste your money – This a horrible restaurant. We went for Restaurant Week and learned after we had been seated that they did not offer the special prix fixe deal on Saturday nights. This, I pointed out, was not clearly indicated on their publicity for the event and that, in fact, the material I had (and showed them) was down right misleading. The hostess who came to my table was patronizing and not only did not offer satisfaction did nothing to even attempt to make us feel that we were anything other than dopes. I guess we were dopes to stay because the meal that followed went from mediocre to awful. The entree especially which was a pork tenderloin with peach salsa was nearly inedible (hard to do with such a simple preparation). The meat was overcooked and tasteless and had a texture that was odd as if it was injected with brine or something in an effort to give it moisture. The plate was hot as if it had been sitting a long time under a heat lamp and the salsa was tasteless and also had a sad, glazed look of having sat for awhile. The service, apart from the rude hostess was perfunctory and not exactly unfriendly so much as affectless. I had eaten here a couple of years ago and was disappointed (same super hot plate and stale seeming food), but came back for the Restaurant Week deal. What a mistake. I would never set foot in this restaurant again.
bad service, bad food – This place is so highly ranked, so I thought I'd try it. The cheese plate wasn't good and the fish was not good. The atmosphere was OK. The waitress seemed like she was new to the job. Very crowded and loud. I don't think I will go back. Dessert was kind of boring.
One of Harvard Square's premier dining destinations serves seasonal, modern American fare to well-heeled regulars. – The Scene
A local institution since 1975, Harvest has long been the go-to spot for Cambridge luminaries and visiting academics in search of seasonal, upscale New England cuisine. The interior, all warm woods and muted browns, befits the restaurant's name, and the handsome, clandestine bar provides one of Harvard Square's most romantic date spots. Informed, polite servers are well-versed in the menu's many intricate ingredients (Guanchala, Mejoul dates).
With a menu that's dotted with local products (Block Island swordfish, Wellfleet clams), and classic New England touches (finnan haddie sauce), Harvest guarantees a decidedly local take on seasonal, modern American fare. Memorable starters include smoky chicken livers, seared and served with baby spinach, smooth goat cheese and warm bacon vinaigrette. Entrees include several unique fish preparations (think egg-battered halibut with cippolini onions, chanteray carrots and Russian banana fingerlings in a veal jus). Desserts like malted chocolate cheesecake with bruleed bananas also thrill.
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