Harrisons Restaurant

4
106 reviews
$41 to $100
French
Harrisons Restaurant exists in a setting that is made for romance and fun.
The colonial style house and colourful gardens create a wonderful atmosphere for cocktails, romantic dinners and celebratory events.
Food is skillfully created using produce that is always fresh and preferrably local.
Spencer Patrick has navigated Harrisons as an award winning restaurant since it's inception in 2007. Harrisons has consistently held national accolades for it's food and wine and stands alone as Port Douglas' only One Hat rated restaurant in the QLD Good Food Guide.

Spencer's style draws from his training in classic French cuisine and love for all things English. His belief is that good food can be enjoyed any where in the world, but what better place to enjoy it than in Paradise!
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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Attractive venue and attentive, friendly service but the food was not impressive. We would have expected more interesting dishes given the reputation of the chef/owner and almost everything we had was not well seasoned. Wine list rather limited and the wine we chose was not available although the substitute was acceptable.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 May 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and efficient

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been to Harrison's before about 3 years ago and we're excited to go back and try it again! It has changed named to Bistro H but is much the same but some more casual eats as well... we had the slow cooked lamb shoulder.... HIGHLY recommend it is amazing and very filling! Would recommend it with the Paris Mash and beans but maybe skip the entree! It's a big meal if it's just for 2. The staff are amazing there, such attention to detail it's our favourite restaurant!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very pleasant, relaxed location

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night back on Port, perfect way to start. The new change to Bistro H is good. Great food and service, thanks

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Sonz
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2017
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We enjoyed the entree however the main was extremely disappointing. We ordered the $90 chateaubriand for two and by the time it arrived it had evidently been sitting on the pass under the heat lamp for quite some time- the meat was dried, hardened and congealed. We tried a bit but it was pretty unappetising and given it cost $90, we called over a waitress to inform her.
We were not followed up and had to approach the manager ourselves 35 minutes later, at which point she blamed the inexperienced waitress, and also us because it had been half an hour. I understand new staff might not be the best placed to deal with complaints, however the manager's conduct was also not professional.
Over all a really frustrating experience. Service was generally extremely slow- in addition to the meat ordeal, we also waited twenty minutes for a bottle of wine to be delivered to our table. They did eventually (reluctantly) take 50% off the price of the meat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere,great food and service.
Really enjoyed all.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service. The waitress made an excellent recommendation for the best wine to have with our meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely great place for a special occasion with exceptional service making your experience five star.

I highly recommend a visit here when coming to port Douglas

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent food and Kia is one of the best Waitresses I have come across.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 January 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and wine were lovely and the atmosphere was great. It was the perfect spot to celebrate NYE. My only quibble was the fact that the portion sizes were a bit small for the cost. When paying $34 for Barrumundi, and more for sides, I would like a more generous portion. Other than that, the service was very helpful, the children were well provided for with children's meals and drawing items, and the verandah was a beautiful space.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 5 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous courtyard setting. The service was exceptional, and the food wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harrisons never disappoints and that's why we keep coming back. Great food plus attentive staff in a beautiful setting.

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vipWorththeTrip
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant with a new and fresh menu. The service was wonderful with fabulous recommendations. Loved the feeling of being on a veranda with friends. It was great - if you are in Port Douglas do yourself a favor and go!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience and service was excellent. The whole culinary experience was very good.

L
Ladybomb
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food seemed to have been copied from other quality restaurants I have been to. Fish was tasteless and disappointing. Service was good but waitress did up-sell us larger 850g fish when we could have easily shared the smaller 750g fish. Chips tasted as if they had been cooked in old oil and were greasy. Entrees were the highlight. Probably would not go back next time in Port Douglas.

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service when booking was very good, especially when I needed to make changes prior to our booking and then again when we arrived, however, the service offered when we were actually seated was poor. I actually had to ask for menus and when we asked for another bottle of wine we had to help ourselves. There seemed to be a reluctance in seeing if we wanted dessert. The feel of the restaurant was beautiful however as this was something we had been looking forward to for sometime our overall experience was mediocre.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 12 September 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We dined as a group of six on a quiet Sunday evening on a friend's recommendation. It was perhaps unfortunate that the chef/boss was absent. Some of the food was excellent, inventive and tasty. Some just missed the mark, and the special sirloin steak was an appalling piece of meat. Although quiet, with only a handful of tables occupied, the service was slow. Worst of all was the condescension of one waitress who asked us "what are we all going to do for the rest of the night"? Poor experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 August 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great and local food was amazing!
Only downside was not the fault of the restaurant but Open Table who had not passed our booking onto the restaurant so it was lucky they had a spare table for 6. I'd recommend booking directly with the restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 August 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Too expensive. Cocktail was rubbish.

PM
PatriciaM
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were 5 70 year old ladies celebrating our big birthdays. Had read some reports re poor service etc, but we were treated as though we were royalty from arriving till we left. The food was delicious, wine was to our liking and the water and waitress were very attentive and knew their specials and we thoroughly enjoyed a great experience. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to experience very different and delicious "bush tucker" flavours. I had the scallops which were superb, others had the Barramundi and our desserts were old favourites with a modern twist. Well worth a visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 27 July 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We always visit Harrison's when in Port Douglas. We enjoy the amuse buche and the food offered on the a la carte menu. We were disappointed on this visit not to be offered a food menu until we asked for it so we could decide on our wine. Our wine took a long while to come and we had to ask for it when our entree arrived. Our glasses were not routinely refilled.

JE
JanetE
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We went to this restaurant as it was classed as fine dining.
My husband tried ringing the restaurant on the day of our booking, which went to answerphone. He never did receive a phone reply at all.
So I tried to book through Open Table which said I could book at 6.30 p.m. so we booked and received confirmation promptly from Open Table.
When we arrived at the restaurant, they had no written record of our booking, and were off-hand about that. We were left standing waiting wondering what now, while they attended to others who had just arrived. Overall we were not impressed and wont be recommending it to others.

JC
vipJasonC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The restaurant was clearly overbooked and the staff couldn't cope. On arrival we were promised complimentary bread and olives make for expected before meals served. They even forgot those.

OT
OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2016
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Great food that took for ever to arrive. We were a big group but two and half hours to get our main course was far too slow. Our teenaged should have been fed first as continued questioning why the food had not arrived just increased the tension. The place didn't seem under staffed but there was a lack of staff that could do anything, they kept referring to the head person. Anyway great food ruined by very substandard service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 July 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

You arrive at Harrison's to the most magical environment, such a special place.
Arrived at 7pm and unfortunately the restaurant was not initially adequately staffed but this did change for the better within 30 mins.
Would recommend that Harrison's consider having a dedicated Maitrede to ensure that arriving guest as seated promptly and provided with menus to start the dining experience.
The food and wine was outstanding and would come back again.

LM
LynM
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2016
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Beautiful food but very poor table service, waiting 25 minutes before being offered a drink or getting the menu. My husband was given a glass of red wine, however it was only half a serve as this is all the bottle had in it. When he queried this he was given another half serve in another glass, very strange!

Harrisons sister restaurant Bucci offers excellent food & service without charging the prices Harrisons does. Don't mind paying the prices Harrisons charge, however for this we expect much better table service than what we and others dining the same night were given

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 July 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We are regular diners at Harrison's. It used to be great with good food, good service and was reasonably priced for the quality of food on offer. Over the last 6 months the quality has dropped especially with regard to the wait staff. They chat to one table for 10 minutes while ignoring all others. Our water and wine glasses were left empty. With only 3 tables occupied and two waiters this is unacceptable. Also had to wait an hour for food. Harrison's used to be one of our favourites. Not now!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 June 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the tasting menu at Harrison's for dinner and every single dish was delicious. Plenty of seasonal/local produce and the different textures and flavours made a wonderful dining experience.
The restaurant is very nice and the service was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 11 June 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Squid-ink bread with Taramousalata exceptional. Lamb was lovely and dessert fantastic.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 29 May 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the paperbark baked coral trout. Coupled with the house made tartare it was to die for.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 May 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's the mouth watering food and friendly service that keeps us coming back.
A restuarant you must visit when in Port Douglas for a very special experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 18 May 2016
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I booked Harrison's for a birthday celebration and whilst the food was really very good, unfortunately the service and staff seem to be having some coordination issues, we ended up waiting an hour for our entree and another 45 minutes for our main, which was wrong when it arrived..... It's a shame as the food and atmosphere were lovely. Here's hoping the new Manager manages to sort it out!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 25 April 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We have dined here several times previously. Last night was terrible. Food was nice but service was amongst the worst experienced anywhere in the globe.

3 pages of notepad feedback left, Harrison's please take note as the front of house staff let the whole experience down.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 21 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Harrison's. Not only is the food amazing and fresh,, the staff are always on point.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harrisons is consistently the best restaurant in Port Douglas but doesn't rest on its laurels. The menu is modified regularly so there's always sonething new to try. Excellent wine list too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 10 November 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After seeing Harrisons in the GMT Restaurant Guide, my partner and I were keen to try it on our recent trip to Port Douglas. It's the only restaurant in Port Douglas included and I can see why. The quality of the food was outstanding. The scallops I had were divine and my partner's asparagus lovely too. The lamb shoulder we shared was delicious and very generous. On the whole the service was pretty good too but not the best we've had. We will be back on our next trip, that's for sure!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall1food1service0ambience4

VERY disappointed with the Harrisons experience - find it very hard to believe it is recommended by good food guide - can only assume it's been a very long time since anyone paid them a visit - time for a new review !!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 1 November 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

RESTAURANT ATMOSPHERE WAS GOOD FOOD GREAT.NOT ALL STAFF WERE EQUAL IN THEIR DELIVERY OF SERVICEFOGOT TO GET THE BIRTHDAY DESERT THAT I HAD ORDERED ON LINECOFFE NOT VERY NICE

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 October 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent fine dining experience in Far North Queensland. Innovative delicious dishes featuring local ingredients. Definitely worthy of another visit.

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Harrisons Restaurant is rated 4 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.