First Look: Harth Restaurant

Located in the Hilton Tysons Corner, this new, chic restaurant is serving up great American classics with a notable wine list. Harth Restaurant is brand new, only being open a little over a week. The main clientele are hotel guests and nearby business people. A great option for dinner for two or a business lunch, the menu appeals to the masses.

It was a calm, quiet Tuesday evening when I went here for the first time with my close group of friends. I was the first to arrive and was greeted by the hostess. I chose to relax in the lobby lounge until the rest of my party arrived. The comfy lounge chairs were inviting! Once seated at a table for 4, I noticed the amazingly chic decor including fireplaces, white leather furniture, wrap around couches and modern classic light fixtures.

As of now, they have no happy hour specials so we decided to order wine by the bottle among the 4 of us. We ordered a great Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Lil Rippa. At $35 per bottle, that works out to about $8.75 per person which is better than purchasing a full priced glass at $10+. This was also a good choice since we were all ordering something different. Sauvignon blanc is easy to pair with food.

We all started with salads. I ordered the frisee salad with bacon. The others ordered the crab and avocado salad. The only complaint about the crab salad was the small amount of crab that was actually in the salad.

On to another bottle of wine and "entrees". (I use quotations only because we ordered small plates as our main meal). I ordered the Grilled BBQ shrimp with black bean and corn salsa. Wow! Spicy BBQ sauce paired perfectly with the Sauvignon Blanc I was drinking and the side salsa helped cool everything down. Lots of flavor and great presentation.

Only complaint: our server asked who was driving when we ordered our last glass of wine. Granted we went through 2 bottles over 2 hours between 4 people. By no means were we intoxicated nor disruptive. We felt a little insulted and she explained that they had just went through training about serving alcohol. She was very nice and very attentive throughout the whole meal so we let it slide. Just really caught us off guard. Also, because the restaurant was new, it was very empty. There were only a few tables so she came to check on us on what seemed like every 2 minutes.

Final verdict: Great atmosphere, flavorful food, good experience. I recommend it for a cozy dinner or a business lunch. If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think!