Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

4.5
1020 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
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The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has a reputation for excellent cuisine and warm hospitality in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Our beautifully-appointed restaurant, The Harvest Room, overlooks the fabulous North Saskatchewan River Valley in Edmonton, the largest urban parkway in North America, and upholds Canadian tradition in grand style. The menu brims with the best Alberta beef -- all the bounty for which Alberta's heartland is famous -- and our superb wine list complements any selection. At The Harvest Room, enjoy everything from our quick start breakfast buffet and A La Carte, fine dining to family meals to Afternoon Tea and snacks. After a magnificent dinner, treat yourself in the Confederation Lounge to one of our many single malt scotches or a decadent Mac martini. With a wide range of specialties, our executive chef always prepares outstanding dining experiences.
LOCAL. SEASONAL. SUSTAINABLE. We also offer complimentary Wifi for our Diners.
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AL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my mother in for their High Tea and I would 100% be back! Our server was exceptional and I hate that I have forgotten his name!
The tour was lovely and our tour guide was great as well!

I will definitely be back for this experience once the menu changes!
Thank you so much!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, Jacob is outstanding. They change the menu and no longer have the 3 course dinner. Tenderloin outstanding

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you very much for this lovely review. I am incredibly pleased to hear you enjoyed our Heritage Beef Tenderloin at The Harvest Room, and I am just as pleased that you enjoyed Jacobs service! I will be sure to share this with Jacob himself, and the rest of my team. Our menu's are ever changing due to the seasons - we hope to have you join us again later in the year for our Fall/Winter menu! Thank you again, ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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BZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely stunning environment, such delicious food.
Making precious memories with my granddaughter.

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SK
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food. Would recommend for a special occasion.

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for this excellent feedback! I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at The Harvest Room - Thank you for choosing us the celebrate your special occasion. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon! ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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KA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, best burger I've ever had. Beautiful building and grounds, and great view of the river valley. I intended on going to High Tea but I messed up the time, but it ended up being a happy mistake.

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Kayla, Thank you for this excellent feedback! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your service - including the burger you had. I am very glad that despite a different experience that you had originally planned, you still enjoyed your time with us. We hope to have you join us in the future for Afternoon Tea - please do not hesitate to reach out to us in order to book a reservation. Thank you again for this positive feedback, ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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J
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was awesome

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you kindly for your feedback. I am thrilled that you enjoyed our services at The Harvest Room. Thank you once again - we hope to see you in the near future! ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I have had high tea in other cities (mostly Vancouver), including the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. Considering the cost was on the high end, I was surprised by the following:
1.The table and chairs were older, and plain. Noticed some paint pealing on the sides of the chairs.
2.Our loose tea was placed in the tea strainer and hot water was placed in a very small pot. I think the waiter expected us to pour our hot water over the tea directly into our cups. Tea needs to be steeped, so I put my tea leaves into the pot instead. The waiter had to then keep returning to fill up our small pots with hot water. Other high teas provide actual teapots that hold more water.
3.We received 2 scones each (the plain one was not needed and only served to fill us both up). Again, the waiter seemed to be waiting for us both to finish the scones before bringing the tier of other items. The scones should have been brought in on the tier and only 1 scone each was sufficient.
4.There was no cream on our table, so had to request this. The sugar was in the usual wrappers (found in any restaurant). At other high teas, the sugar is usually in its own china bowl.
5. The tea cups were not china tea cups, just regular white coffee cups.
6. The cucumber sandwich was too large, and was merely a piece of bread with a thin layer of cream cheese and thin layer of cucumbers. Not chef quality.
7. Because of the high ceilings, conversations made the noise level louder, however, the awful "rock" type music did not fit in with the setting and only contributed to the noise level.
I must admit I was sorely disappointed, especially since this was the first experience of high tea for my friend. This was especially a disappointment considering where we were, in such a beautiful hotel...wow!
The highlight was the tour afterwards, but I would not return for high tea again and would probably not recommend it. Sorry!

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Royal Tea and Tour. Please allow me to express my sincerest apologies that our service did not meet your expectations. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address this. It is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 780-424-5181 if you wish to discuss this matter in detail. Antosh Shetty Food and Beverage Manager

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food! Great place for special occasions or to treat an important person

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for this kind feedback. I am very pleased that you enjoyed our services at The Harvest Room - I will be sure to share this with my team. Thank you for choosing us when dining with an important person to you. Thank you, and we hope to see you again in the near future! ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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MA
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Very friendly staff.

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for this comment! I am glad that you enjoyed our service at The Harvest Room and I will be sure to pass this along to my team as I am positive it will serve as great encouragement. We hope to see you sometime soon. Thank you again! ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a wonderful time catching up with my mother and sister. The tea, food and mimosas were delicious.

Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind feedback. I am so glad to hear that your time at the Royal Tea was wonderful for both you and your family! I will be sure to share your comments with my team. Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again soon! ANTOSH SHETTY FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER

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N
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Nice place and great ambiance....the service was a bit slow and they were busier than usual...they were apologetic. My meal was salty and they offered to remake it but I refused...it is uncomfortable to have everyone at the table wait while you wait for your food to be replaced with a fresh meal. Overall, they were very nice and friendly. Great place for a nice dress up dinner.

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SG
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a really great time and so cool our waitress was somebody i went to school with.

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C
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The portions were very small in comparison to the high price. I’ve been to the restaurant a couple times a few years ago when the new executive chef first started, and the food was excellent, but it felt like a sharp decline this time. Quite disappointing experience. Hope they bring back the food and menu selection they had a few years ago.

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C
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thanks to Nipun Wasdev we had a remarkable dinner celebrating my brother and sister-in-law's anniversary. Everything was perfect from the food, presentation, ambiance and service.

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HC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The lobster Bisque was delicious.
The salad was generous.
The lamb was cooked to perfection.
The rib eye steak was too thin but the portion was generous. Having it too thin makes it dry out quickly when cooked. It was a little dry.
The tenderloin was tasty, but the vegetables and potatoes did not suit the guest.
The desserts were passable, but I would not order them again.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

The restaurant was so noisy. The server apologized several times so I’m thinking it was abnormal to have that much noise. It was our 25th Wedding anniversary and I was hoping for a more romantic experience, instead we were treated to people hooting and hollering. Two large parties we happening in the restaurant. Also, trying to choose a wine from their list was painful. They didn’t have our first two choices and ended up bringing a wine that was not on the list.

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C
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We did the tea and tour. The food was delicious. It was dissatisfying

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SW
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meals. Just enough for lunch. A little pricey. Bring back the Express lunch!

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IW
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent meal and service. Expensive meal and serving size small.

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DG
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice room..great service..food overpriced... But worth a groupon

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Considering the waiters were run off their feet they did an exceptional job.
The food was outstanding!
The furniture needs to be renewed and I miss the tablecloths.
This is Edmonton’s premiere restaurant. Clean the patio windows the view is stunning!

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J
Edmonton
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my mom and mother in law for mother's day tea this past weekend. Douglas was an amazing server! Food was overwhelmingly good, the sweets were really sweet! The only thing that I was disappointed about was that we were unable to see the Queen's suite or any suite. But the weather was gorgeous and it was nice to be out on the patio and garden. Would highly recommend high tea at the Fairmont and would do this again 😊.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

Very disappointed with my visit. Can see the restaurant is trying to cut corners. Not enough staff, no table cloth, and rushed service. Food tasted ok but not worth the price. While considering doing the wine pairing menu, the waiter suggested we “just get a bottle of wine, it’s cheaper”. Not a good experience and will not return.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jacob was an amazing server! We weren’t celebrating anything specific but he made us feel so special and even treated us to a little something sweet at the end of the meal! 5 stars for Jacob!

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r
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole night was exceptional. The wait staff and our server “Dew” did their utmost and were extremely attentive!

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

For a birthday dinner, I have to say I was slightly disappointed when I was brought to the table by the hostess and she led me to believe I was going to be getting a special surprise for my birthday. I’ve read many other reviews on Open Table with great highlights of people saying that this restaurant was excellent for special occasions- the restaurant going out of their way to make that person’s dinner special. Usually this came in the form of dessert, where the waiter comes out with a gorgeous plate with “Happy Birthday” or another special occasion spelled out. Unfortunately, even though the hostess told me that they had something special planned for me, the dinner was no more special than a regular dinner. It’s a total shame, because the entree I ordered was excellent. I believe the food is truly phenomenal, but sadly for a special occasion dinner, this restaurant fell completely short of my expectations. For someone at the front to tell a guest that something special is being planned for their occasion whatever it may be, and then for the waiter or server to completely ignore and not acknowledge it is done in horribly poor taste.

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DK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Open table failed to advise Harvest Room was closed, we were moved to the lounge, eating sitting in arm chairs.

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RM
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Classic dining experience in a pleasant historic setting. We had one of the tables with a view of the terrace and river valley. The service was very good and the server pleasant and unpretentious. We had the chateaubriand for two. The beef was excellent and expertly prepared. The presentation was creative. The desserts were excellent.

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JH
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High Tea is now in the lounge vs the Harvest Room dining room. The lounge is certainly pleasant enough and has a good view of the river valley. The High Tea is good value and the service was very attentive, but not bothersome.

When making reservations at the Fairmont they require a credit card up front which seems odd. And if you don't cancel in time, you will be charged the full amount. I suspect they have had too many no shows, and are not willing to put up with that. It is a bit distasteful for such a high caliber hotel, but I guess this is the new economy.

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DC
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High tea is a lovely experience at The Mac!

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ST
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The high tea food does not measure up to its price. For example, the cucumber cream cheese finger sandwich, you can tell the cucumber was not freshly cut; and the chicken sandwich as well, the chicken does not look like it's freshly made, or maybe it just has been prepared earlier and was put aside. Some of the edges of that chicken salad was dry. The pastries are ok, but was definitely expect more for $60 value.

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JH
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my most favorite restaurants in the city, excellent!

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LH
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Michelle, was fantastic! Very friendly and prompt service and went the extra mile to ensure we had a good dining experience. The food was very good, however, not comparable to the Fairmont Sunday Brunch!

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OT
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Our overall experience was good. I felt my salmon was a bit well done and the accompaniments a bit heavy but all together our experience was nice. The service was wonderful and I love the options when dinning with children. Thank You for a nice evening.

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SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Easter high tea was fabulous. The service was exceptional. My daughter enjoyed the fresh baked scones, Devonshire cream and berry compote. The sorbet with the mint caviar was so refreshing. I’m dreaming about it now. Tea sandwiches and decadent desserts were beautifully designed. The pastry chef made and extra Easter surprise for us and we were delighted. The staff went above and beyond. Thank you to Douglas our server and all the other staff for making our Easter so special.
We love high tea and will be back again.

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The dining experience was enjoyable and the food was very tasty.

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K
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service is always amazing. Totally worth the price!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Everything was great. Value was rated low due to portion sizes. Two scallops per order? Very expensive for what you get

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RC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went there to celebrate a Birthday. We had a great experience. The food and service was amazing. We will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating my daughters birthday!

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