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“Not Exactly Fine Dining”
Review of Golden Sheaf - CLOSED

Golden Sheaf
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Market Street
Transit: Located two blocks from the Harrisburg Transportation Center that houses both rail and bus lines.
Hershey, PA, USA
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208 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Not Exactly Fine Dining”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

First of all, the bar for "Fine Dining" in central Pennsylvania is pretty low. Golden Sheaf has for years been considered one of the best. On the positive side, the food and table service last evening were excellent - couldn't have asked for better. On the other side, there were several details which hurt the experience. One, at check in, one of the staff reeked of tobacco smoke. Got another major whiff when he sat someone near us. Not a good start to a dining experience. Suggestion: when "on duty," forget the smoke breaks unles you shower and change clothes thereafter. Second, the room is much too small for the number of place settings. They utilize the dreaded "banquette against the wall" fronted by tables for two, much too close together. Fortunately, the one next to us was not occupied; if it had been, our neighbors would have been in our laps. Finally, even at 6:30 PM on a Saturday there was present the loud, obnoxious drunk who felt he needed to break out in loud, raucous laughter at each of his (to his perception) witty remarks. No intervention by the staff. In summary, a restaurant with food that good and waitstaff that attentive should do better than 3 stars. Needs some attention to detail.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Gourmet restaurant within Harrisburg Hilton”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

It is worth a splurge to enjoy this restaurant if staying at the Hilton in Harrisburg. Service is exceptional and the cuisine is excellent.

Visited October 2012
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Abington, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Well Worth It’s Stars”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

It is easy to see why this restaurant has earned 4 AAA stars over many years, even though located off a hotel lobby. The staff was pleasantly attentive, courteous, and knowledgeable. The food was well-prepared and delicious. They have a fabulously long wine list with a reasonable, but not extensive choice of wines available by the glass. Ambience is a bit lacking in that the space is small and the decor mid 20th century “hotel chic.” On a Thursday evening, there were only two other tables occupied, so we were seated near the door obviously to entice more diners. A party of six was loud and we could hear their conversation quite well. When the room is filled, noise might be problem.

  • Visited October 2012
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Liverpool, Pennsylvania
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624 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Where was the service”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

The food is always outstanding and the service is usually outstanding as well. During my last visit the service was questionable but the food remained very good. They were busier than usual so maybe that was the issue.

Visited October 2012
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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100 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

For a Hilton hotel restaurant, it has the most impressive wine list I've seen in a while. The food choices were excellect with some prime cuts listed on the menu. The wine selections were sublime. Service was excellect and overall I had a wonderful dining experience.

Visited October 2012
Thank Sean J
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