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“Warning Special Needs Community - A Very Bad Visit To A Local Restaurant And Bakery”

Harner's Bakery Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 38 Restaurants in North Aurora
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Aurora, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Warning Special Needs Community - A Very Bad Visit To A Local Restaurant And Bakery”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

I read Trip Advisor to find a nice "family restaurant" in our area and I saw several great reviews by some folks as it concerned Harner's Bakery Restaurant in North Aurora. My wife, my son and myself therefore visited the location on a Saturday afternoon, after 1 PM. The restaurant was about half filled from their lunch rush at the time and we were given a wonderful table right near the window. That is when everything seemed to go wrong however.

We placed a drink order and in our case, with our son being part of the Special Needs Community, we normally get our drinks that we ordered quickly, however not at Harner's. We waited a good 15 minutes and in spite of a waitress expressing how she will rush our drinks out, she never rushed anything. Now after ordering a simple hamburger, a turkey sandwich and a Ruben sandwich, we were treated to another wait of almost an hour. When the food finally arrived, everything was ice cold and in the case of the turkey sandwich, uneatable.

The food was terrible, the service was awful and we couldn't wait to get out of Harner's. Walking up to the register, my wife decided she'd shop the Bakery, due to the next day being Easter. By the time I finished at the register, my wife was back stating that the prices shown at the Bakery (Lamb Cake) was just about twice the cost as at our local bakery.

The idea of a neighborhood restaurant and bakery sounds wonderful to us, but Harner's was a huge disappointment. I sincerely hope their poor service had nothing to do with us visiting their establishment with a Special Needs Child.

Bad service is one thing, poor food is another.

I hope this was just a bad day for Harner's and the server we got was just terrible.

  • Visited March 2013
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“Doughnuts for everyone! (Coffee Cake too)”
Reviewed 24 March 2013 via mobile

As southerners who moved to IL...we thought were lost when Krispy Kreme moved away. Then we happened into Harner's. The restaurant is great...and the satellite location that serves pastries is OUTSTANDING. A staple of doughnuts for this family!

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Campton Hills, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“step back in time”
Reviewed 19 March 2013

one of those places that has been there forever and has a time worn, homey feel to it. locals love it and come back often. some go to eat. some go just for the bakery. hard to eat and not bring something home from the bakery!

  • Visited November 2012
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Aurora, Illinois
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“Great food and better coffee cake”
Reviewed 18 March 2013

I love the food and the coffee cake from this bakery. They give you plenty of food to eat and the pecan coffee cake is to die for.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Pam P
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North Aurora, Illinois
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“Home Cooked Food and Tasty Bakery Treats”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

If you want to watch your calories, this place is not for you. But if you want good home cooking and also bakery goods to take to the office, you will win some friends. We love the whole catfish that is broasted to a crispy taste with it's white meat just fluffy and hot from the kitchen. When they serve the squash with brown sugar in it, that really hits the spot. Their broasted chicken is just as good. They have the usual breakfast, pancakes, but their lunch specials change every day and during the season like Ocktoberfest, etc. They also serve barbecue chicken and pork chops hot from the grill occasionally when the weather is good.

This a good place to stop and visit if you are getting your eyes dilated from Park Family Eye Care next door, and want to recuperate after your thorough eye examination.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank billp422
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