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Harvest - Wisconsin
Harvest - Wisconsin

Harvest - Wisconsin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.harvest-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: (608) 255-6075
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Derek Rowe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Harvest offers a special event one Sunday of each month. Please check our website for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Mifflin Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited parking is available in front of the restaurant as well as around the square. There are public parking ramps located at adjacent corners of the square.
A word from Harvest - Wisconsin
Our evolving menu takes advantage of the great variety of local and organic ingredients raised by this region's farmers. Named by Organic Style magazine as one of the top 20 restaurants in America, and most recently named one of America's top Farm-to-Table restaurants by Gourmet Magazine. Harvest takes seriously its obligation to our customers of providing the best each season has to offer.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great place, fresh organic produce, and must do in Madison!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We were looking for a perfect spot to invite family for dinner close to our B&B, and Harvest delivered a very pleasant evening of good food, drink, atmosphere, and service. My mother (a tough critic of all of the above) could not stop talking about much she appreciated the dinner, and as a local resident she is already making plans to come again. Thanks for making me look good."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We happened to dine at Harvest on the same day as the Madison Farmer's Market. Some of the menu items were revised based on what the chef found at the market. Everything was wonderful from the service to the ambiance to the food. The only difficulty we had was narrowing our selections down to one for each course. This is our absolute favorite restaurant when we visit Madison."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My son enjoyed the hanger steak, which came with mashed potatoes instead of pommes frites. Those were good, too. I had pork loin, very good, served on a bed of greens with balsamic vinaigrette. But the greens were whole and impossible to eat neatly. The wine list is not great, but better than most, with a large selection of half bottles. I had a very nice Chianti Classico."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was well-prepared and attractively served. I had skate wing and the other person had salmon. We both enjoyed our dinners. The wine list includes a fairly large number of half bottles which is nice for two people. Our waitress was attentive. We sat outside and it was very pleasant. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This was the worst service I have ever received. The server could not remember orders, could not explain the menu, spilled wine when she poured and did not check on us after our food was served. I had to go find the manager when only some of our first courses were served to us. Dirty dishes and glasses were not cleared from our table between courses. It took forever between courses. The food was not that good. Items were generally under-seasoned. Some ingredients listed on the menu may have been left out as the flavors were not there. Some items were also not properly cooked. The pasta was sticky and the temperature of the steaks and pork chop questionable. Space does not permit detailing everything that was wrong with this experience. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The large selection of half bottles of wine was much appreciated. The cheese platter a must Service was knowledgeable friendly and you wanted to ce back Next time we're in town this will Be a must"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, this place remains to be one of the top restaurants not only in the city of Madison but in the region. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were able to make a late reservation (same day) although the restaurant was very busy. We got a great table and a great server. We were hosting an out of town guest and former Madison resident who hadn't been to Harvest in a long time. She really enjoyed her return visit. Our visit and meal were very relaxing and the ambiance was such that we could carry on a conversation while enjoying our meal. The lemon dessert we enjoyed was so excellent that we asked the server how it was made. She responded by going to the kitchen and returning with the recipe which we photographed. This was certainly beyond our expectations."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "All the food was amazing! We only eat sustainably raised meats and it was so nice that we didn't have to ask where the meat was from. They have a list on their website!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Took a friend here for her birthday. Much fancier than expected, but the service was excellent. Food was pretty good but a bit under seasoned. I had the flank steak and she had the salmon. Portions were pretty good. Only disappointing thing was lack of viable vegetarian options-with a name like harvest I would have expected a bit more. Luckily my friend is able to eat fish. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "The food was incredible - don't skip desert! All dishes were excellent in presentation and taste. The restaurant is very loud. The tables are close together. The second dining room was unused and the first was very full and very loud."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Harvest is a lovely restaurant on the Capital square. The menu is limited but everything on it you know will be prepared exquisitely. Pricey for the area, but worth it for the top notch food and service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our salads and entrees (chicken and snapper) were very good, though the snapper had to be returned to be heated as it wasn't very warm. Service very good. Our bill was quite high, and would recommend for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have dined here many times and will definitely be back again. Thanks!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was a dining disaster from start to finish, which came as a great surprise. I'd never had a bad experience at Harvest, which is why I brought 6 friends and family to treat them to dinner. The amuse bouche was a concoction that tasted like plum-flavored baby food. It was so bad we all laughed with disbelief and pity. The fried pork belly arrived lukewarm (yuck), which is really awful for a food high in fat. Harvest had run out of chicken (!!!) so I ordered the gnocchi, which were an absolute disgrace: They were hard, dry deep-fried balls (whoever heard of fried gnocchi?) and neither the menu nor the server mentioned the fact that they were deep fried to begin with. I had to apologize to my friends and family, and will NEVER return."
    Dined on 3/19/2013
  • "The flavors of our meal were among the finest we have eaten, although the meal fell flat in terms of the amount of food provided for the price. The main offender was the Red Snapper entree, which provided an extremely (and I mean extremely) small piece atop a thin seafood bisque. The snapper was no-doubt-about-it tasty, but with no carbohydrate to accompany the fish, I would consider this less than the size of an appetizer. First course items were similarly small for the price. On the other hand, the Berkshire Farms pork chop entree was thick and full-sized. Also, the best pork chop any of us had ever eaten. The two of us who ordered snapper were so hungry after finishing our entree we had to fight for the pork chop bone. No lie."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Excellent Salmon -- the never over cook it! Sauted mushrooms also outstanding."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "As usual the meal and service were very good. The two people that ordered the duck confit both mentioned the skimpy amount of duck which was served in a broth. We had a bit of confusion with credit card which somehow got mixed up and needed to be processed three times before it was settled correctly."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Harvest is a classic in Madison but there are a significant number of places that have opened recently that are at the same level but offering a bit more "modern" menu, equivalent service and decoration. Harvest is a great place that I love and, as usual, l really enjoyed it during last visit on Friday. Having said that it is not as exclusive as it used to be. I love the location but only if you get one of the two tables with a view of the Capitol (which I did). If not it is as good as many other places in Madison. Even around the square there are now a number of places now which do not have nothing to envy to Harvest. In summary: I highly recommended it, but don't be taken away of other places."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We were going to a show at 7:30 at the Overture Center so we made 6:00 dinner reservations for 6 of us thinking this would give us plenty of time. We ordered drinks and a cheese tray right when we sat. The cheese tray took 45 minutes to get to our table. We also were still waiting for our food at 7:10 and couldn't get the attention of any server. Three of us got the duck with apples and squash which coast well over $20 and could barely find any duck in the meal at all. We literally counted about 4 cubes of duck in the meal. We were still starving after our meal that was over $400 and we were very upset. And believe me when I say, this is a nice review for how we really felt about our experience."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Memorable meal. Pork tenderloin was perfectly prepared, tender and full of flavor. Duck confit was savory and elegantly presented. Parsnip soup was a great seasonal starter. The market apple salad was a perfect blend of sweet and salty notes. Service was just right...attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "I have no complaints on the food. It was inventive and delicious. Our table was by the door, and it was drafty and busy there, which might bother some people. Even though the room was not full, I did not feel like I could linger over coffee, maybe that table placement was why. Service was competent but not warm. For a table of 4, I was surprised that an 18% tip was added to the bill. I usually tip more, but was not going to add to what they wanted."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We've eaten here 3 times in the last 3 years as we visit our son at UWisc, and it has been a reliable pleasure."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Always an imaginative menu, excellent wait staff, and in a great location and setting."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Harvest is a wonderful spot to enjoy a great meal overlooking the capital. Reservations are suggested - especially on football weekends. The food is prepared very well - the tenderloin was excellent. It can be at times a little crowed in the restaurant as tables are closely situated in a small space. Enjoy this great spot."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "I read a lot about where to eat in Madison before I visited, and this was a must. I was very excited, and maybe that it why it did not live up to my expectations. I had eaten at L'Etoile the night before, so maybe I expected too much. The food was good (we shared an appetizer, my husband had an entree, and I tried several small plates), but nothing special. To be fair, the people next to us told their waiter it was the best meal they ever had, so maybe we just picked the wrong things. Our service wasn't great, but it was busy."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Quality has declined while prices have risen over time. I will not return given the extremely high prices."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "My husband and I went here for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We ate early and got a table by the window, which was great. My one and only complaint (which isn't a big deal) was that we waited about 10 minutes before a waiter came over and took our drink order. We asked the waiter for suggestions on cocktails and he was spot on. All the food was delicious. We shared one small plate, 3 first courses and the gnochi. It was all very good. We weren't stuffed, but definitely fully satisfied quantity wise. We will go back for certain!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "overall great, but it's too pricey and the portions are too small"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Had not been for at least a year, and was very pleasantly surprised by the new menu and the excellent service. Very exciting!"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Love the food, energy, wine and ambience, while visiting in Madison this week. Just the right combination."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Exciting menu with lots of local produce. Fantastic cocktails. Service was poor for such a nice place with prices to match."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "Comfortable harvest yellow and wood surrounds the diners at this lovely restaurant. Starters for four included, charcuterie platter, roasted scallops and watermelon pickle, roasted marrow bones, and the heirloom tomato and burrata salad. All were fabulous, the scallops were superb. Dinner included the smoked trout entree, pan roasted skirt steak with morel butter , the house gnocchi with roasted baby vegetables and the basil pappardelle with rabbit ragu. Pastas are house made and excellent. My son said the steak was excellent and the morel butter made it perfect.."
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "Wonderful menu, with notable dishes (scallops, tenderloin, etc.) and a superb wine list. I love the ambiance, and the place is VERY romantic and nice, but laid back as well. The service was OUTSTANDING, and I wish I could have ordered more."
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "The food is great, and the service helpful and "unpretentious". Several unique dishes such as the root beer dessert -- not just for kids. We were early and very quiet, but could be more noise when busier. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/29/2013
  • "Interesting menu with many items not often found. The pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked and came with bacon hush puppies that were outstanding. The marinade for the marinated asparagus was delicious, but overwhelmed the flavor of the vegetable. Drink prices were very reasonable ($5.00 for Jack Daniels on the rocks)."
    Dined on 6/24/2013
  • "We thoughly enjoyed our dinner at Harvest during a recent weekend visit to Madison from Chicago. Our waitress was adorable and so friendly. The food was creative, well prepared and beautiful. I had a side dish of "chicken of the woods" mushrooms which were unique and wonderful. We sat outside and enjoyed listening to a jazz band down the street and people watching! Looking forward to returning."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "This was one, if not the first,locally sourced restaurants of it's kind in Madison years ago. It stands the test of time and still has a great menu and ambience to it."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "A friend and I went here for dinner before seeing a show at the Overture Center. It was nice to have different menu options--not the standard run-of-the-mill stuff you can find at any restaurant. We ordered the crostini and pickled asparagus for appetizers. Then I had the salmon with hazelnuts and blackberry sauce and she had the pork loin. Both were delicious. Dessert also did not disappoint. We had the peanut butter pie with crumbled potato chips, which was good, and a lemon something-or-other. I cannot remember the exact name, but it was heavenly. The wait staff was also very good. This place is a little pricier, but that was to be expected. It was a nice treat for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/31/2013