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“Excellent food; long wait; annoying bell for "order up"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Good Harvest Cafe

Good Harvest Cafe
575 South Highway 101, Crescent City, CA 95531
707.465.6028
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Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food; long wait; annoying bell for "order up"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

You know those bells people sometimes have at counters at stores so if no one is at the counter, you can alert them that you need assistance? Our family went to the Good Harvest Cafe this last week after visiting the Redwoods, and each waitress/waiter had a different # of "rings" in a certain pattern on that bell. When an order was up, the cook would loudly - and I mean LOUDLY - tap the bell with the correct # of rings. It was SO LOUD! You could hear the bell all the way through the restaurant, and it hurt our ears - several of us. It was the most annoying thing I've ever experienced in a restaurant. One waitress had a 13-bell call in a repeated pattern, kind of like Morse code. I must say that the Good Harvest Cafe in Crescent City, CA had amazing food! But the bell was "over the top" annoying. They really need to find another technique to notify wait staff that an order is ready.

Also, if you'll be there in the evening on a weekend, especially in the summer, you'll do better to make a reservation. We waited about 25 minutes for a table, then waited 10-15 minutes to get water to drink. Waited another 10-15 minutes to get our order taken. Food came in about 20 minutes and was absolutely wonderful! But the waitress never checked back with us after she brought us our food. We eventually went up to the counter and asked for our check so we could pay and leave for our long drive home. This is obviously a popular restaurant, and rightly so due to the impressive food. But the bell? That was the most annoying thing our party of 5 had ever experienced at a restaurant. Please change the way you notify your wait staff.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Great Food, poor service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting the Redwood national forest, and need a quick bite from our long drive. Food was fabulous, but I think they need to work on their customer service. We were seated, then watched other guest get seated & order before anyone even treated out table. Again, great food if your will to put up with the service weakness.

Visited July 2014
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Fremont, California
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“Great food but.........”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

This was recommended by my hotel and agree the seafood was wonderful. The service was strange and think they may have been having an off day. They were very busy and turning tables quickly. Food was delivered very promptly. You will not wait long once order is placed. Try the shrimp cocktail ap. huge and very good. Also had the cod fish and chips and couldn't finish it. There are 3 types of fish & chips....I liked that

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best of the bunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Visiting Crescent City because of the nearby Redwood National Parks it was apparent the choices of hotels and restaurants were limited in this small town. We chose Good Harvest Cafe as the best reviewed place nearby. There was a long queue so we asked to go to the bar upstairs. We were surprised to find the bar food served upstairs was the same as downstairs so we ordered our meal and skipped the queue (line in the USA). The food was simple, but well prepared with good service. We had no complaints and would gladly return.

Visited July 2014
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“Excellent breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in Crescent City on our way south on the 101 and picked Good Harvest Cafe as our breakfast spot based on good reviews. Gladly we weren't disappointed. The restaurant is clean and spacious, which is a plus when travelling with a baby. The ambience was nice with mostly locals on a Tuesday morning. Service was prompt but friendly enough. The best part was the food, as it should be. Coffee was good and the freshly squeezed OJ excellent. My Santa Fe Scramble was very tasty, as were my partner's buckwheat pancakes. Special mention to the bacon, which was cooked perfectly. I would guess that this really is the best restaurant in Crescent City, hands down, without even trying out any others.

Visited June 2014
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