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Food and restaurants in Madison

Top restaurants

Student Center
“The Memorial Union is a Madison icon. Sit out by the lake, have a drink, enjoy the views. The Union pulls people by the hundreds on a nice summer weekend. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Gastropub
“The Old Fashioned was named the #1 place in Wisconsin to get deep-fried cheese curds by USA Today's Top 10 Readers Choice awards for 2019. We agree and highly recommend them as part of the Wisconsin Experience. Don't miss it if you come to Madison! They also offer a great combination of bar and comfort food.”
  • 54 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“wine/cocktails and warm friendly neighborhood bar/lounge restaurant, very good food + board games. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Gastropub
“My favorite restaurant! The food is amazing and the view of the Capitol is even better through the huge floor-to-ceiling windows. They don't take reservations, but will call you when your table is ready so you can grab a drink at Lucille or Tipsy Cow while you wait.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Extensive menu. Very popular spot and worth it! We often enjoy carry-out here. Dining in can be a wait if you go during prime time so I'd recommend going early or late. I think they may offer call-ahead seating (you can at least get on the wait list)... ”
  • 23 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“One of my favorite restaurants in Madison. The best meal of my life was bought here. It’s has a beautiful design and is feet from the shores of Lake Monona. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Just a half mile walk up Johnson St to one of the best pizza places in Madison!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“For a drink and a bite. A staple neighborhood spot. Low-key with a slightly punked out edge. Live music if you stay late enough”
  • 25 locals recommend

Cafes

Cafe
“cash only, and open until 2pm daily. Best Scones in town and kids play area upstairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“Funky vibe with great coffee, food and beer. Also hosting story slams every week.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
“The "Daisy" is only one block away! It serves good food at a decent price, is family friendly and offers a fun array of cupcakes!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cafe
“Amazing vegetarian place with lots of vegan and gluten free options as well”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Just a walk across the street with great daily baked goods, gluten-free menu a great cup of coffee and a kitchen with an excellent breakfast and brunch menu. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Love the atmosphere and the neighborhood! Go on a nice day and they'll have the garage doors open on the south side. Parking is a little tricky, but you'll find something with a little patience.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Cafe
“This little place reminds me of Portland, Oregon. Local and delicious food and very relaxed atmosphere”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Walk to the Victory to sip some delicious espresso and get some sage advice from the proprietor, Patrick. Visit in the afternoon and see how the leaves filter the sunlight against the mural he made outside.”
  • 12 locals recommend

Bakeries

Cafe
“cash only, and open until 2pm daily. Best Scones in town and kids play area upstairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
“Beautiful diner food, with a full page of vegan options in addition to their regular fare. So good. And don't forget to try a piece of their pie!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cafe
“The "Daisy" is only one block away! It serves good food at a decent price, is family friendly and offers a fun array of cupcakes!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“Best bakery in town (in our opinion). It's SO good. You can't go wrong, no matter what you get. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
“Just a walk across the street with great daily baked goods, gluten-free menu a great cup of coffee and a kitchen with an excellent breakfast and brunch menu. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great breakfast, coffee, and bakery items. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bakery
“This place is only open on Saturday and Sunday mornings and early afternoons for a short period of time and will be sold soon. Try it for brunch and pastries while it's still open. Everything is home made and made to order.”
  • 10 locals recommend
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