I'm a local and wanted to wait until the opening hoopla died down a bit before trying out the new Salamander Resort. I checked it out this weekend with a group of girlfriends & was surprised at how fantastic the experience we had at Harriman's was. I've heard mixed reviews from a few people, but we had nothing but doting service and delectable dishes from the Harriman's staff. We had rounds of wine that we all loved, suggested by their sommelier, that didn't break the bank. We dabbled in a little bit of everything on the menu but the highlights for me were the Chesapeake oysters on the half shell (super clean & the toppings were unique & very complimentary to the oysters), Salamander mac & cheese (dreaming about this, cannot describe in words), Strip Steak (perfectly seared for a crisp top with a warm juicy red center & the reduction sauce over it was divine) and the Stilton Cheese Tater Tots (I mean, seriously??!). I also had bites of my friend's pork chop which was nice and tender & onion soup which I wish I had gotten. Now I'm not a big dessert person but we also tried the garlic beignets which were pretty good and the 10 layer chocolate cake with bacon ice cream. I'm not a big fan of the whole chocolate dipped bacon fad but having the perfect bit of cake and bacon ice cream was amazing.
Highly recommend checking out Harriman's if you want a really significant dinner. I've been to the Yappy Hour at the resort once as well & that is a fun casual way to experience the hotel without feeling like you need to put on heirs.