Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

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  • Special Occasion
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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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Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is delicious. Nicely presented. Perhaps price for mains a little steep but quality was definately there. Room is small and cozy. Fully enjoyed the dinner. Server Dew Johny was very professional.

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

Amazing food, amazing service. Highly recommended!

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SS
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous as always. Jacob is attentative and efficient not to mention fun!

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EE
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my mom to the Harvest Room for her 65th birthday and had an amazing time. Service was prompt, friendly, and welcoming. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you to all the staff.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great restaurant for a nice quiet dinner, end of the day unwind. The service was fantastic. The food was good, but a bit bland for my liking. Overall, the evening turned out wonderfully and our waitress was amazing.

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HC
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

As much as you think you are getting top end service and luxury at the Hotel MacDonald...the Ol' Girl is tired! This hotel is in bad need of an update. Once I got over the disappointment of not having a view of the river valley, I was pleased at least that we had a friendly, polite server that tended to us with great care. However, as the Sunday evening wore on....you could clearly see that they were understaffed. With it being Downtown Dining week in Edmonton, you would think they would have had more waiters/servers in for the supper rush. After all, you have to make a reservation to eat there. When you dine in a high end hotel/restaurant such as this you do not expect to see your waiter arrive "out of breathe" and with beads of sweat on his brow. Dining should be calm and carefree. At the finish, we had to wait close to 30 minutes for our bill. I don't think we will be back, as there are many other high end restaurants that are happy to take our money in a timely manner.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a lovely new experience attending the High Tea. Very filling, and lots of desserts !

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l
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

We have been to the Harveat room in the past. So this was not our first time dining with you.
We were really disappointed with our meal. We were taking part in the Edmonton dining week.
We had the short ribs and I have had them before in the harvest room and they were difenately not the same standard. They were on the tough side and I would say a little dry.
We were not giving a choice on our desert as the menu said. We had the lemon cake with pair on it and it was very disappointing. Dry.

The table next to us was very noisy that my husband and I could not hear each other across the table.
Was definately not a good experience

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CE
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely tea! The scones were scrummy!! That’s scrumptious and yummy!!

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h
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Great staff. Awesome atmosphere. Highly recommend!!!

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OT
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service from Ivan and the entire staff. Treated very. The food was very good but portion could be a little more for the price.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

What a beautiful and special place.....remarkable hotel and beautiful dining room. The food was great but very pricey for what was offered. The service was overbearing which is a nice problem to have except when you're enjoying a romantic evening with your partner.

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LM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

It was alright, the service was great! But for the price I don't really think you get what you're paying for. I thought there would be a lot more sandwiches and food selection. Was a little disappointed in that aspect. Service was great, Tour was good. Happy you guys did a little something for my friend since it was her birthday, was also very happy you could accommodate my friend who was vegan. I come a lot in the summer and sit on the terrace for mussels and beer. I always recommend the lounge and will always come back, not sure if I would come back for high tea specifically. All in all my friends and I enjoyed ourselves.

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T
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

We booked the Harvest room but since it was not available we were in the confederation lounge. The value for money was not equal to the express lunch nor the buffet that the Harvest Room has. We book the Harvest Room yearly at Teacher’s convention as a great once a year lunch with old friends. We were placed in a very dark part of the lounge. We like the Harvest room for the big bright windows and views. Also it was very loud for catch up conversation. The food was tasty but again it was an incredibly expensive lunch for what we got. It was not our usual wonderful yearly experience. We will have to consider if this is our lunch place of choice again next year.

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M
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Late Valentines date ❤️Had barely finished main course and dessert came right away. Would have liked some time to digest...
Food is expensive!!!
Drinks are okay:(

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r
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Although the food did not shine at Harvest Room, which has been my experience in Edmonton in general, the Sunday Brunch at Fairmont is good.
The service at Harvest Room is great. As my server was not around Jerome who manages dining took care of me. His caring of the customer experience is second to none. I am looking forward to visiting again and for experiencing great customer service from Jerome.

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and very good food. We each had the 3 course meal for $69. The clam chowder was fantastic. Also, we were there for our anniversary and were treated to a very nice dessert and a drink. Great staff!

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CS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome as always. Never disappoints us. Tea here is always a success!

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HM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter was fantastic! Friendly, and a good sales man!
The food was ok.
The wings we had in the confederation lounge though were amazing!!

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DK
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jacob is an outstanding server. We love to come every once in awhile.

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most savoury breakfast buffet in Edmonton. Everything is made fresh and I suspect from organic produce. Excellent.

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the scones.
Server was friendly and efficient and she was very helpful.
Liked the tour too. Nice added bonus.

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RK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my very first time bribing my girlfriend to the Harvest room for a Valentine's day experience. I could be have asked for a better experience than what we had. Our server Michelle was amazing. I can't say enough good things about how attention to detail she was and on the ball. She made us laugh and made this an experience we want to have again. If your ever in the Harvest room and get to be served by her, you are in for a treat she will treat you like family and make sure you are happy. The food was amazing, the your was pretty interesting. The staff in the hotel are also all super nice and acconidating. All in all, I would tell anyone and everyone to go have a dining experience here!!

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is sooooooooooo good the flavours are Unbeatable

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Harvest room is lovely - if you can get a deal. Otherwise it's way overpriced. Especially the Cocktails/ wine. At the deal price it's still expensive, but we splurge when we can get this half price!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was very good and the atmosphere was wonderful.

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NO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The evening was good. Chefs selection was very good except for the deep fried potato on freah cream . I feel the deep fry hindered an excellent opportunity for the dish. I did have broken shells in my mouth from the fresh oyster. This is why I do not rate it any higher. The service form Dew Johnny was superb!

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentines

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F
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect place for any occasion! Alone or a date or a family meal. Harvest room is the perfect spot.

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SM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was a great experience - enjoyed the whole afternoon
Tea , treats and Tour - our guide was fabulous

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SM
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We had never been before and were really looking the evening for my wife's birthday with friends. We arrived and used the Valet parking as it was -30 degrees out. The Harvest Room was nice but was extremely hot which they warned us about when we checked our coats. My wife liked it as she's always cold but I was quite uncomfortable as I was wearing a jacket. When reserving I asked for a quiet corner table "if possible" and when we arrived they sat us at the first table right in front of the entry door which was unfortunate as there was a steady stream of people walking past us all evening. The food was good but not quite the quality I was expecting for the famous Harvest Room. Most surprising was the sub-par service. Our waiter never seemed to be there when we needed him and was not very attentive through the evening. We asked to delay bringing our deserts as we wanted to have a coffee with them and they showed up before our wine was done so ice cream was melting. This said, our waiter was very nice and I think he was trying hard and doing what he thought was right. Lastly, we paid $22 for valet parking (again, we thought we'd treat ourselves) and after dinner when I went out in front of our group to call for the car, the valet hit the auto-start button on my car and it started up about 30 feet from where we were standing. Yes, it was outside in the -30 temps the entire time and we all got in a frozen car. I thought valet meant the car would be parked in a heated structure or something and they would bring the car up when we were ready but I guess I watch too many movies. All in all, we still had a good night out but it was just a little less than we expected.

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WE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

NOT THE EMAIL OF THE CUSTOMER. MAKE SURE EMAILS ARE CORRECT. I LIVE IN ENGLAND NOT CANADA

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Anniversary

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BD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nicely updated menu. Great service. Our waiter, Dew, was outstanding.

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DA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our evening out was a celebration of my wife's Birthday. The food was exquisite. For me the beef tenderloin was the best I've had anywhere. After our chosen desserts were consumed the server brought a slice of Birthday cake to my wife that was resting on a piece of slate accompanied by a single lit candle. It was a lovely touch to a lovely evening. I love the small dining room at the Hotel MacDonald. It's such an intimate and warm space. The service is discreet and understated. We will definitely be back.

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RH
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful romantic night out for our anniversary. The evening started off excellent right from the start with the hostess greeting us warmly and taking our coats. They were friendly and attentive. Our server for the night was great as well, good sense of humour. The meal was excellent. We both did the 3 course meal - I had the Foraged Mushroom Soup, Heritage Beef Tenderloin (The tenderloin was so tender hardly needed a knife) Mac Signature Scone Crumble. My husband had the Smoked Duck Croquettes, Roasted butternut squash Risotto Toffee Pudding, Candied Ginger,
Grand Marnier Toffee Sauce, Vanilla Ice cream. All was exceptionally delicious. The only problem I had was I couldn't eat anymore and had already eaten too much. Wonderful evening all the way around.

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed the royal tea as part of a milestone birthday celebration and it was perfect. Dew made sure we were well taken care of during the meal and Jerrod gave us a engaging, informative tour afterward. All in all, a lovely afternoon and we would recommend it and come again!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Having frequented the Harvest Room many times over the years, with a few year absence, I was disappointed to see the level of "fine dining" diminished. The lack of linen table clothes and a table nicely appointed were missed. The food was okay. The scallops were the biggest disappointment - two small seared scallops with a smattering of sauces for $23.00, way overpriced! The caesar salad was lacking garlic and far too much dressing was poured on. The Chateaubriand was perfectly done - the au jus was divine, the fingerling and steamed asparagus were good but not anything special - $95.00/couple. The dessert of "burnt honey over ice cream" was delicious but call it what it is: vanilla ice cream with crumbled sponge toffee on top. The service was very good and Ivan was very helpful and pleasant. The ambience was nice and quiet which was appreciated.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

I made reservations for harvest room by accident instead of brunch which was 100 percent my fault so we switch to brunch and I was charged 50 percent of $59/person (7people) which equal $216.00 for the harvest room prior to moving over to the brunch side but I was never discounted for senior and a child. And still paid full price for brunch so all in all it ended up being a pricey brunch. Paid 50 percent for 7 full adults to cancel harvest room then paid full again for brunch. Children and seniors are supposed to be discounted.

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