On Friday August 3rd my classmate Rinku and I decided that it was time to experience the Harvard Faculty Club. We heard from others that despite the name, students were allowed to dine within the historic building.  For the first time in nearly 100 years the Harvard Faculty club was open to students.

Luckily both of us were dressed nicely that day (we always dress cute but on this particular day we looked like we were on our way to Sunday brunch) because it was kind of a last minute decision.  I got goosebumps from the moment I walked through the doors. It was like stepping back into time circa 1920 when the club first opened.

I was overwhelmed with old world charm, luxury and a sense of disbelief, all while I wondered “are we really allowed to be here?”

We didn’t have a reservation but were easily accommodated. We sat at a cute table for two to the right of the fireplace. Our server brought us some water and asked us if we wanted anything to drink. Since we both considered this a special occasion we ordered a bottle of bubbly for $27.

The lunch was buffet style for about $22 person without tax. The spread was incredible. They had steak, seabass (I love my seabass) various salads, two different types of soups (one which was clam chowder and I will get back to that) a variety of vegetables, fresh fruit, assortment of cheesed and a several  other things I can’t remember.

Everything was delicious! Rinku and I both went for multiple services but making sure we left some room for dessert.

So now I want to get back to the clam chowder. In my post about Clam Chowder I declared that Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company had the best chowder. Well, not any more. The best clam chowder I have had so far now belongs to the Harvard Faculty Club. It had just the right combination of freshness, meat chunks, and thickness.

The Faculty Club also gets another top honors in their bread pudding. I told our server that whoever made that dessert is amazing. She told us that they only serve it on Fridays and that it’s extremely popular.

Rinku and I could barely move when we were finished. It was gluttony at its best but it was a lunch experience I will never forget.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures from that experience because sitting there with a camera taking picture of our food, didn’t seem…well…classy or appropriate. The first picture is in a sitting area when you first walk in and the second picture is the dinning space where we sat.

Here is a link to their site with more details: http://www.hfc.harvard.edu/dining/index

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