Harvest Café is a restaurant that like to serve local fresh ingredients and supports local farms. The menu isn’t extensive but does offer something for everyone and you can be assured that the ingredients are fresh. Harvest’s lunch menu has fresh salads and sandwiches. I had lunch here on two previous occasions trying their Blackened Salmon and Pear Salad ($13) and the Roast Beef Panini ($9) which brought me back for dinner. The homemade citrus salad dressing with caramelized orange is very refreshing. But onto my review of dinner at Harvest.
Since it was a Friday evening and everyone goes out to eat in Omaha, I decided to make a reservation to ensure we were able to sit by the fireplace. I was surprised when we arrived at 6:30 pm that the restaurant only had a few tables occupied. It really didn’t get busy until around 7:30 pm. The restaurant has a simple elegance that welcomes you with a fireplace that adds to the ambience.
Our server was very friendly and attentive. We brought our 6 year old son with us but I should let you know that this restaurant is not kid friendly. I should expand on that as the staff was very friendly and in fact by the time we left several families had children of all ages. There is no kid menu but we were able to order the 6 oz Kobe beef burger ($10) off the lunch menu for Brendan. The side options were chips or a side salad. A kids menu isn’t necessary at every restaurant but it would be nice for some other “kid-friendly” options at a “kid-friendly” price. I wouldn’t hold this against them though as they are not going for the family friendly concept but an intimate fine dining but not overly stuffy atmosphere.
We didn’t opt for any appetizers however the Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Blue Cheese ($7) were something you don’t see often. A few tables around us ordered them and I overheard rave reviews. Paul ordered the Beef Medallions with Balsamic Peppercorn Reduction ($18) and I choose the Shrimp & Bacon Risotto ($18). Our server suggested a customer favorite, the Three Pears Pinot Grigio from Napa, to compliment the risotto. The wine was fruity up front and crisp. The wine list had some nice options but be prepared to spend some money. Bottles were approximately $38-$168 and wines by the glass around $9.
Our entrees didn’t come with a soup or salad option which surprised me, unless our server just forgot to ask. On the appetizer menu you could order a side salad or a tomato bisque for $4.00 each. The Beef Medallions were served over mashed potatoes with a mixed medley of seasoned vegetables. Paul said that the vegetables were a little salty but could just be his preference. The medallions were cooked to medium rare as ordered and melted in your mouth. The reduction was bold and very peppery, a tad close to being too peppery with a lot of whole peppercorns. The risotto was very filling, rich, and cheesy. Definitely a comfort dish with a lot of flavor, but for me it was too thick for a proper risotto. If you ever made risotto you know it can be tricky to get the right consistency. I was disappointed with their choice for shrimp as I would have opted for larger grilled or blackened shrimp to bring this dish together. All in all both dishes would being us back.
Harvest is worth a try and is located at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza in Omaha. You can check out their menu and hours at http://www.omahaharvest.com. It should be noted it appears the website isn’t up to date as the summer menu is still posted and the wine list is different and less extensive than posted on the internet.