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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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“This is the place is iconically Wisconsin. Fresh, local flavors and the best-fried cheese curds and dipping sauce! Their brandy Old Fashioned is top-notch too. ”
  • 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)... ”
  • 22 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!”
  • 20 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
Café
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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
Café
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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