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My nephew is having his rehearsal dinner @ the Hart house in June, so we went
to check out the room and food on Saturday night. It was absolutely
delicious. Service, drink, food, etc. was fantastic!! Can't wait to go back
for the rehearsal dinner!
We have gone to this restaurant for many years, but especially at Easter. We missed it last year because of the shut down. This year Easter was our first outing. It did not disappoint . The food is excellent. The lamb and tuna were melt...in one's mouth. Presentation was a work of art. The tables were well placed and flatware was sealed. Bottled water provided for the table. Wait staff were professional and attentive. Due to the age and small rooms of this historical restaurant, wait staff have to be good at small stairways and servicing many areas. The menu for a holiday gives a wide range of selections. One cannot go wrong with this restaurant for any time of the year. They do offer some outside dinning.More
I revisited this restaurant for the first time in twenty years (when we lived in Ipswich and went there often). It remains a top-notch restaurant with a full spectrum of choices on the menu and wine list. There is a bar area, two dining areas...and a large room for events. The dining areas have low light, as befits an old building, but this makes it romantic. The stuffed quahogs are special. The two haddock entrees are excellent, as are the duck and prime rib. Prices are reasonably for fine dining on the North Shore.More
It was my first time eating here and I really enjoyed it. I brought my kids & I was pleasantly surprised that they have a kid's menu. Although- as with some places- their kid's mac & cheese was from a box, which I am not...a fan of. All 5 of us enjoyed our food. I had the baked haddock which was good, but it came with mashed potatoes & roasted sweet potatoes. I would have preferred green beans or some other veggie instead of 2 kinds of potatoes. Hubby got the Hart House chicken (pasta dish) which I tried & it was very good. The restaurant was very pretty and our waitress was very nice. We will be back soon.More
We went with friends who love this place. At their suggestion, we arrived at 4:50 PM on a Saturday afternoon. (I noticed the time). 40 minutes later we were seated. Our friends had called in to get on a "wait list" or whatever they call...it. If he had not done that, there would have been no way to get in. The larger spaces were reserved for a private Christmas party (yes, I get it, it is that time of year). And several smaller rooms were occupied by private groups; looked like family gatherings. So the rest of us were limited to the bar area (crushed) and a smaller room. While waiting, we had no way to get a drink. No one offered, and we were in constant danger of getting run into by waitresses in black ninja outfits running by. Finally, we got seated. The chairs at the dining table were amazingly low. True, I am on the short side; but I could barely see the top of the table. I had to sit on a heavy coat (provided by our friend), but even then I was looking up.
Now for the better news: The drinks were huge and well prepared. Since our friends knew the place, they suggested we order the onion soup and then consider anything else after eating the soup. Sure enough, the soup came in the biggest bowl I can remember in a restaurant. I had made the mistake of eating a roll first. The rolls were undistinguished. The soup was good, and I could not finish it all. My wife managed to get hers all gone. One of us ordered something that came with French fries that seemed to come from leftovers at McDonalds down the street. Our friends like dessert, so we all shared one piece of cake (OK).
I can't comment on the rest of the menu since we never got there. If it wasn't for the mob scene, this would be a charming place with colonial kitsch.
The small private rooms looked very nice, and the families in them looked happy. Maybe we would give this place a try for a future family gathering. Or try a weekday evening. Not in holiday season.More
My husband and I live locally and had always wanted to try the Hart House. It looks quaint and intimate, a perfect spot to end our beautiful Fall day. We should have paid attention to our initial red flag when we were greeted by an...extremely rude and abrupt middle aged hostess who told us we could not be seated in the dining room because we did not have reservations (it was 4:30 which is the scheduled opening time on Saturday) She brought us to a table in the tavern, my husband ask if we could move down a few tables. She glared at us, brought us to another table, slammed the menus down and left without a word. The place filled up quickly and is very narrow, our table was across from the bar (about 3 feet between our table and the bar stools) Be aware that the tavern is a cut through from the parking lot, there was a wedding so a constant parade of people were squeezing by. We actually had to move our food and drinks to the other side of the table because people passing by were hitting and leaning into us (due to the guy standing next to our table at the full bar) I asked a staff member to address the issue but nothing was done. Our waitress was extremely nice and did her best in a very busy atmosphere. When we expressed our concern about people bumping into our table she asked if we wanted to move to the dining room. Wait..I thought we couldn't sit in the dining room?! At that point our meals had arrived so we decided to stick it out. The garden salads that came with our entrees were fresh and delicious, the home baked bread and cocktails were also very good. My husband got the Parmesan Crusted Sole and it was horrible, it smelled foul. There was very little fish (probably a good thing) and all breading. My prime rib was chewy and tough but edible. We called our waitress over and told her about the sole, she offered to bring my husband another meal. At that point it was so loud we could barely speak to each other, the parade continued and the crowd had grown. We just wanted to leave. His meal was taken off the bill which we appreciated but it was still a substantial amount of money to pay for a really unpleasant experience. Per haps our mistake was going on a Saturday night but we won't be giving it a second chance.More
So tonight we celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary....as we walked into the restaurant we were greeted by a very curt hostess....instead of saying good evening, can I help you...she said what can I help you with? Really?? How about asking if we were having dinner?...I asked for a table near the fireplace and not once did she answer but promptly sat us at a table and walked away. She completely ignored my request. When the waitress asked us for drinks, I ordered a jalapeño margarita and the bartender said, no we don't make those, like I was asking something outrageous. He was also obnoxiously loud as was the blond behind the bar.The food...so disappointing. The escargot came loose on the plate in a delicious garlic butter sauce with a mound of micro greens in the center.Yuck. My meal was baked haddock which was okay, the mashed potatoes were watery as were my husbands and my matchstick vegetables instead of being firm were way over cooked. Beautiful warm atmosphere was the best thing of the night. My thoughts, I will not be spending $100 on a meal for 2 again there. Sorry Hart House, a Big Strike Three for us!More
If you like history and a cozy atmosphere this is your kind of place. It was built in the 1600's as a house and many of the orginal features are still intact. It's like stepping back in time. If you go in the winter which...I highly recommend, you will have the pleasure of enjoying a workin fireplace while you dine. It is homey and the food is excellent. I recommend the seafood risotto or the beef wellington.More