The Harvey House lands on New York Times Top 50 Restaurants List

Madison's very own modern supper club makes national headlines.
Harvey House Interiors Downstairs Dining Room
Photo by Nikki Hansen

The New York Times released its Best Restaurant List on Monday which included Madison’s very own: The Harvey House. This modern supper club opened in July 2021 by Joe Papach and Shaina Robbins Papach, who each have 20 years of experience in the culinary industry.

Food at the Harvey House “celebrates its Midwestern roots featuring continental cuisine with its own modern twist.” The menu is lined with an array of innovative dishes from chicken liver mousse served with pickled shallots and port wine jelly to a superior walleye topped with pumpernickel, savoy cabbage, spaetzle, and horseradish sabayon, along with an unforgettable relish featuring crudite vegetables, whipped ranch, deviled eggs, and applewood smoked trout on rye.

Joe Papach worked as sous chef at the iconic Thomas Keller restaurant, The French Laundry in Napa Valley. Shaina Papach was a cook at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. The two met while working at Gramercy Tavern in New York, and decided to return to their Midwest roots (he’s from the Chicago area, she’s from Madison) when they moved to Madison to open a restaurant. The Washington Avenue restaurant sits behind Madison’s Historic Train Depot. The interior features the building’s original brick walls decorated with vintage light fixtures and pastoral paintings with midwestern touches like strawberry hard candies and spectacular table service. They’ve recently added a fully refurbished private train car dining experience.

The Harvey House had already been generating a significant amount of buzz and acclaim in Madison since opening its doors. You voted them Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant in this year’s Best of Madison 2022 Readers’ Poll.

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