Seattle >The Harvest Vine
Excellent food and a great spot!. I love this restaurant and go there quite often. The food is always good and if you sit upstairs you can watch the kitchen at work. I will say that the service can be a little spotty, but the food more then makes up for it. Try the octopus, it's my favorite.
Thank goodness I had a good date with me.
We ordered Beet Salad, Cheese Plate, Tuna Belly, and the Scallops. They apparently lost our ticket, and our Cheese Plate went missing for over an hour. They Comped it, which helped, but we were starving and of course drank several glasses of wine without any food or bread. We were downstairs, and felt like we were the poor orphans locked up in the basement. No attention what so ever.... We were glad that we had each other, because we got no conversation from anyone in the restaurant and had to flag down our server to get the next course....
I own a restaurant so I'm careful with my criticism, but I would probably die from humiliation if anyone ever went out hungry....
I was hungry when I left.... Sad... Also, they were "0ut" of several wines on their list which made it tough to order anything... They were not busy, and it was a Sunday night....
The most expensive scallops I've ever eaten.
I went to Harvest Vine after hearing great things about it and was disappointed by the experience overall. I will say, the food was delicious, what little of it we received. We ordered 7 dishes for our party of 3, and each came out separately. We ate cheese, then we ate spinach, then we ate asparagus, then we ate scallops, etc. It would have been nice to have the dishes come together so that a side of spinach is not your main dish. The server pretty much ignored us all night, although the bussers were very diligent in keeping our water glasses full. So, the scallops - they were delicious, but for $17 we received 2 scallops. Since we were a party of 3, sadly, we had to split the 2 scallops between us. A mere bite each.
Sorry to say that I won't be returning to Harvest Vine. I've had wonderful tapas in Spain and elsewhere in Seattle for much better value, timing, and service.
Do not go there hungry..
The service must have improved greatly since the other reviews were written. The portions were small. Let me clarify that so someone else can have a better experience. It took hours, the dishes were 45 minutes apart. Perhaps it is a technique to keep the patrons buying additional bottles of wine. We drank so much wine waiting for the tiny portions that the entire experience became hysterical at the establishment's expense. The monk fish was 3 tater tot looking pieces filled with the fish blended to the consistency of alfredo sauce. The anchovy salad was a portion of greens with what tasted like mayo and sour cream mix on top of a few bites of badly prepared potatoes. This was the least celebrated dish. The octopus was minimal (disappointing) and looked shaven it was so thin. The mackeral was fishy smelling and delivered with the skin and fat. The sausage with chocolate cotton candy was ok. The best was the venison and this dish meets the highest standards. Our group stopped for take out after leaving since everyone was starving. It is not an exaggeration to say 5 bites of food with plenty of bread for which the chef will not permit butter or olive oil to be served will be your dining experience.
Bottom line: eat before you go; leave your expectations home; enjoy the excellent choices of wine; and find some amusement in paying $150 for two in addition to take out on the way home.
DO NOT come here with a group!!!!!!!!!!!!!. I was at harvest vine last night and it suuuuuuuuuuuucked. We had a group of 8 and were advised to order 1 plate each. So we did this and each plate came out once every 10 minutes, and it served two people. Therefore 8 people were trying to share a two person meal. I felt like this was a ploy to get us to order more food and more wine, which we did, I had to drink to get through this meal. We all ended up paying $60, for basically 8 bites and three glasses of wine. I realize this is a tapas place, but for a big group you should bring out all the food at once. Needless to say, we stopped and got a hamburger on the way home!
Single most amazing dining experience ever. from the minute we set foot in the restaurant, we felt as if we were in the presence of close family. juan carlos' charisma, combined with edward's outstanding knowledge of the fine basque cusine completed the experience. in retrospect, the experience would have been meaningless without the amazing food and wine that the staff brilliantly presented to us. the dishes were a perfect representation of authentic spanish cooking. i loved the fact the chef's preferences were perfectly obeyed, if you asked for olive oil with your bread, you would not only be refused but practically ridiculed, i loved every second of it. the idea that the chef is so confident with the way his dishes are presented, that they should be had NO other way. NO salt NO pepper NO olive oil, i promise that it comes out of the kitchen PERFECTLY seasoned.
The Harvest Vine IS BASQUE.
Usually don't poste on these sites but I had to after the last review. Maybe you lived for "many years in the basque country" but you certainly must not have eaten there.
I am basque, live here and when I can't visit the basque country and can go to Seattle I love the harvest vine. Much of the food is Basque and some experimental like much of the culinary scene in Donostia and Bilbao. Basque food is very regional as well depending on if you live on the coast or further inland. In my humble opinion I find the game dishes to be the Harvest Vines strong points. It is very reminisent of the food around Espelette and St. Jean Pied du Port . Service can leave something to be desired but sounds to me like the last reviewer was angry about the service and had little to say about the food.
The chef by the way is Basque, from Navarra, he began his CAREER in Madrid. And yes we basques stick together :) Just kidding...
I live for too many years in Basque country, this is not vaque it issimilar to french food but never basque, and also the owner is from Madrid, please respect basque country, the service was terrible I have in the table for more than 20 min no body service to me any glasse wine small portion, frenche style no basque,
anyway terrible experience.
Wow, what an attitude!. Yes, the food is great. Its art, really. Beautiful presentations. But you pay for a full priced entree ($14-$18 per plate) and end up getting about 5 bites. Our soup was served in a cup the size of a shot glass. But the real motivation for me to write a review was the absurd attitude we got from the cook. We sat up at the bar and watched he and another guy prepare the food, which was a treat. Both cooks were very busy. My girlfriend decides she would like some olive oil for her bread. There happened to be a bottle practically touching her bread plate, albeit on the cooks side of the bar. Well, it seemed innocent enough...so she poured some on her bread plate to not bother the busy cooks. WELL, were we mistaken! Once the cook saw she had olive oil on her plate, he gave her the most 'you just really made a bad move' look I've ever seen! He then reprimanded us and told us that if the chef was here, he would have asked us to leave. (Are these guys forgetting who is keeping them in business?!) Anyway, he then proceeded to take away her bread plate with the olive oil on it....need I say more?! Crazy! We certainly wont be giving them our business ever again. There is plenty other great food in Seattle.
Respect the Experience... Get Over No Olive Oil!!.
I have been a faithful diner at the Harvest Vine for years. First off, let me say that I do agree that sometimes the servers are not as attentive as they should be... one of my new issues is the dress code. Save the clubbing clothes for the clubs, wear something respectable to your place of work!!
Secondly, I've read a lot of reviews concerning the "bizarre" NO OLIVE OIL phenomenon. The Harvest Vine is a restaurant where the Chef cares enough about you that he doesn't want you filling up on oil and bread! He has talented cooks behind the line that want you to try great food, things you aren't going to have anywhere else in the city!! People may say "oh, they DO have oil and bread in Spain"... but that isn't the point! This is the Harvest Vine, respect the experience and the professionals that have put time and effort into your meal. Cooked to order!! Right in front of you!! You can't beat that! If you NEED oil with your bread, I'm sure there is a place that would accommodate you in Seattle. More delicious food for the rest of us!
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