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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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
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“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
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“wine/cocktails and warm friendly neighborhood bar/lounge restaurant, very good food + board games. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“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
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“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
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“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
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“Just a half mile walk up Johnson St to one of the best pizza places in Madison!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“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
Bar
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“One of my favorite places to have a nice meal! Cozy, hip, casual atmosphere and amazing food!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great local produce and farm to table. Hearty helpings and always reliable. Not very large tables, ideal for 4 people or less. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“We love pizza delivery from here! Try the Fetalicious... yum yum. If you dine in they have comedy shows in the basement. Can be a fun entertainment while you dine!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cafe
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“cash only, and open until 2pm daily. Best Scones in town and kids play area upstairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“Funky vibe with great coffee, food and beer. Also hosting story slams every week.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Amazing beer selection. Fries are to die for. Varied menu that supports different price points. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bakery
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“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
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“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