Dinner is a meal that one especially looks forward to amid the cold pinch of winter. A great way to warm and nourish yourself is by stepping into 1312 S. Wabash, the South Loop’s latest trendy and rustic Harbor which glows with delicious smells and sights straight off the grill. Chef Anthony Bernal crafted the food and beverage menu with locally sourced ingredients for a fresh take on fine American dining. Exposed brick walls, lofted ceilings, hardwood as well as mosaic floors lined by a beautiful white marble counter bar with white subway tile back-splash creates a comforting stylish decor. Attentive service heightens the feeling of gratitude for the ambiance, fresh seafood, plenty of appetizers and main dishes, with a wide array of liquor including draft wine, beer, and cocktails inspired by the Great Lakes. Get out of your shell this January and into the fresh oyster’s shucked shells at Harbor, where you’re guaranteed quality in food, drink, and customer care.
Four long, deep, airy rooms flow into one another, the open concept kitchen facing the high top seating at the bar while wooden black beams make for an industrial vibe. French panel black shelves lined with liquor light up with hanging glasses of every type: flutes, goblets, martini and wine. More than 50 wines from around the world including 6 wines on draft, as well as an on draft oak- aged Manhattan made with a house blend vermouth and 10 draft beers promise plenty of drink options at this local Chicago watering hole. A designated charcuterie room displays a full raw bar with Chef selected oysters, mussels, shrimp, snow crab claw, clams, and lobster, as well as freshly cured meats in house. Fresh seafood served on large white ice trays invite you to dig in! If you’re more inclined for a hearth oven pizza, the staff encourages their favorite “Fried Chicken Pickle Pizza” as everyone agrees with fried chicken, havarti, dill, and pickled cucumber. Pizza lines swarmed for this choice as it each slice was taken before the pizza even had time to cool down. For a tasty treat that’s vegan and gluten-free, try the “Lentil Falafel” with beluga lentil, fresno romesco, pickle salad, and toum.
If you’d like to host your own private event, there are two room options. One seats up to forty guests with it’s own private bar. Smaller parties up to sixteen guests fit comfortably around a gorgeous seventeen foot long walnut slab with a glass cased cooler adjacent featuring the meats and cheeses offerings. Sitting and glancing around the restaurant, the rustic look is solidified with wood creations by Crystal Lake Timberwolf Slabs, who designed and made all the tables, chairs, charcuterie boards and art pieces. Architects Barker/Nestor and Ingrassia Design contributed to the earthy look and feel of the space constructed by Level Construction.
Come visit Chef Bernal who was previously at Mastro’s Steakhouse and has now moved to Harbor. This is another top restaurant on the list that can’t be missed. Open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. , making reservations through Instagram @HarborChicago or online at www.harborchicago.com ensures you strike while the iron is hot at this new dining spot.
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