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“One of the best dinning experiences ever”
Review of Harry's Bar

Harry's Bar
Ranked #558 of 1,472 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Bar
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: San Marco
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

I heard about this bar and restaurant and decided to visit while in Venice. Even though some of the reviews were negative. But, I thought I saw through them. When I arrived I must admit the menu gave me sticker shock. However, the atmosphere and my waiter convinced me to give it a try. Afterwards, I understood. Those who hated the prices felt the need to publicly hate the location. In short, the experience was worth every penny. My prime rib was the best I have ever had. (I am older and have traveled the US and the rest of the world extensively.). Secondly, the staff was a huge part of the overall experience. They do not just take an order and deliver it. They prepare the dish for serving and cater to your movement. I do not know how anyone describes them as arrogant or rude. I watched them all closely. They are true professionals. The manager was just as attentive. Overpriced? Perhaps a little. But, this was a truly amazing dinning experience. Every moment of it. I struck up a conversation with a couple next to me after hearing the lady commenting on their steak tartare. She was so gracious she passed some along on a piece of toast. They both said that was one of the best they have ever been served. Being a typical American I tipped my waiter. He made my evening.

Thank Leon I
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

It came highly recommended in a few travel guides I read, but our experience was quite disappointing. Back in the day, this bar was frequented by royals, celebs and movie stars - Ernest Hemingway amongst others - and it was the place where the famous bellini cocktail was invented. Today it is an overpriced bar/restaurant, very plain and not really inviting. We ordered one bellini and one alcohol free version of the house cocktail. They came in a plain glass, with a few olives to go with it. The first cost us 21 euro's (!) and the second - which was nothing more than a soda pop from a bottle - 12 euro's (!). The cocktail was made in bulk, with a pre-made puree and prosecco. Just to compare: later on we went to the five star Kempinski and there it cost 16 euro's, in a nice glass and in a beautiful bar, where I could sit all night.

Thank Koen V
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Other reviewers are right on: Great Bellinis but a tourist trap, extremely high prices, unremarkable cuisine (relative to the price). Its principal virtue is its history. We had drinks downstairs and later ate dinner upstairs. For a renowned international bar, Harry's surprised us by their inability to mix a good dirty martini; in fact, they were inflexible about it, as the waiter explained, "Let me explain how we make martinis at Harry's bar." The drink came in a shot glass. At dinner, Harry's reminded me of Locke-Ober Restaurant in Boston--very tired décor, waiters in starched linen jackets or aprons, behaving very formally and serving solid but uninspired cuisine at disturbingly high prices (78 Euros in Oct 2017 for calf liver w/polenta). A place you might feel you need to experience once, but not a place where you would dine twice. There are so many superb meals to be had in Italy, it is astonishing that a place like Harry's can stay in business. Equally surprisingly, there are Harry's Bars in the high-end hotel neighborhood's of Rome and other cities. Perhaps it is the cruise ships. Or the persistent romance that Hemingway drank there. Or the renown of Cipriani in New York, the Cipriani family being the founders of Harry's. (Actually, I read that the place Hemingway frequented was the Cipriani hotel in Torcello.) So, go if you must, but don't waste your emotional energy being appalled at the prices.

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Thank Zachary S
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

The originator of the Bellini, the bar itself has not change much from its first opening, the Bellinis itself are very tasty but at 20 euros each, it is mainly nowadays set up for the tourism crowd

Thank Michael-James_Lee
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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Like everyone else who got taken, we were no exception. Had to visit cuz of the deep history of this establishment.
Walked in on a cool Friday morning & order 2 Irish Coffees to start the day. Warm atmosphere & the staff all dressed in tuxedos. That should have been our clue.
Drinks were small & nothing to write home about....€50.
Save your money & take a picture of the door.

Thank John W
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