Written by: Steve Stover
Date: May 6, 2014

Dining area of Harvest Bar + Kitchen in Clintonville.

Dining area of Harvest Bar + Kitchen in Clintonville. Photo: Steve Stover.

Harvest Bar + Kitchen, brought to you by Chris Crader and the folks from Harvest Pizzeria and Sycamore in German Village, adds a whole new dimension to Clintonville dining. Open since March 1, Harvest has been jammed with families early, and a young, fun crowd later in in the evening, with lots of people-watching inside and out.

Harvest Bar + Kitchen brings the same emphasis on local sourcing, quality ingredients, and friendly, laid-back service just like its older siblings. The restaurant is plain but warm, with high tin ceilings, wood tables and booths, and seating at the L-shaped bar. Harvest does not take reservations, so go early.

We shared all of the dishes with friends. We started with small plates: 4 kinds of olives ($6); portobella fries with banana ketchup ($8); and ricotta gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms, butter, sage, and pesto ($7).

We tried half orders of all four salads ($9 full, $4.50 half), each with house-made dressings: house chop, chick peas, ricotta salata, Italian dressing; kale Caesar, parmigiano reggiano, hazelnuts; arugula & spinach, Cambazola cheese, apple, walnuts, cranberry, buttermilk dressing; “mean green” salad: local jewel lettuce, spinach, avocado, green goddess dressing.

Harvest’s margerita pizza + sausage.

Harvest’s margerita pizza + sausage. Photo: Steve Stover

We enjoyed Harvest’s margerita pizza + sausage ($13); almond pesto pizza, spinach, fresh mozzarella, and artichoke ($12); and duck burger (yes, duck burger) with orange marmalade, and slaw ($15).

For dessert: Chris’ mother’s homemade apple pie a la mode, huge portion ($6) and butterscotch budino (pudding), caramel sauce, creme fraiche, hazelnuts, and sea salt ($6), a highlight.

Homemade apple pie a la mode, and butterscotch budino (pudding), caramel sauce, creme fraiche, hazelnuts, and sea salt at Harvest.

Homemade apple pie a la mode, and butterscotch budino (pudding), caramel sauce, creme fraiche, hazelnuts, and sea salt at Harvest. Photo: Steve Stover

There is a nice selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. We enjoyed a bottle of 2012 Bodega Breca Garnacha de Fuego, a bargain at $24. My only constructive suggestion would be to offer more moderately priced wines (under $30).

Harvest Bar + Kitchen is off to a great start, and it brings new excitement to dining in Clintonville – lots of fun!

Harvest Bar + Kitchen
2885 N. High

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  • shrimlock

    The Silent Woman Bar was i believe on East Main, just east of James.
    The signage in neon or lit up from behind maybe, was extremely provocative.
    It showed an image of a female with her, holding her own head or her head somehow detached.
    Depicting the female as presumably silent. And even holding the knife?
    pretty grisly, and disturbing and was evident to anyone driving around there up till the 90’s, it seems.

  • shrimlock

    The other one that was near the Motel Greg Lashutka got in trouble win he was prosecutor, And i think that was on East Broad, that was the Pink Elephant.

  • Barbara Cruz

    what about hanleys steak house sullivant ave Columbus ohio

  • Barbara Cruz

    does anyone have a copy of the menu or pictures

  • Mr.Gale.B

    I need an exact and correct answer:
    Where was “Top of the Center” located? In WHAT building?

  • Otto Gronkowski

    Slow hipster service and slow kitchen. Expensive prices. Don’t visit if you want to see food on your table in under 45 minutes. However the food quality, taste and presentation is very good! Ambiance is contemporary cool inside, very different from what you may have the impression of from the exterior of this old Tim Horton’s location. Good bar and drink selection. Overpriced menu. On the west coast you can find this style of filipino restaurant serving same dishes for $7.50. Here they will set you back $12-$18. You can’t even get into appetizers for less than $10 unless you want a bowl of rice. Don’t know if they’ll survive, table turnover is way too slow, even though they’re making large profit margin per dish, it’s just way too slow. If you have an evening to kill, this would be a good hangout. Don’t attempt a weekday lunch or dinner. You’ll see a good hipster millinial crowd here.