RESTAURANTS



SEAFOOD

  • Blue Marlin
    101 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703*608-255-2255

    Description : DOWNTOWN. The flavor of just-caught seafood can't be beat, and Blue Marlin treats it with a light hand, often simply grilling fresh fish and coaxing out its delicacy with light sauces or a brush of aromatics. The menu changes depending on what's available, but you're likely to find blue marlin, tuna, salmon, Alaskan halibut, swordfish, or Chilean sea bass. Shellfish and items from the raw bar can also be had. Plus, soup and salad are included with meals, and wines are available as well.
    Hours : Lunch Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, Sun 5:30pm-9pm
    Payment Methods: Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • Ocean Grill
    117 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison, WI 53703*608-285-2582

    Description :Description : DOWNTOWN. Lively and animated, this seafood restaurant sports contemporary decor and an open-view kitchen, bringing diners to the forefront of the culinary experience. The food is also well-prepared and presented. With grilled tuna, poached egg, and green beans, the artfully composed Nicoise salad is a house favorite, and lobster thermidor makes for a rich repast too. You'll also find pan-fried walleye, red snapper, horseradish-crusted bluenose grouper, sea bass, and curried prawns. Pork, chicken, and beef appeal to landlubbers, and there's a wide array of salads and lighter entrees as well. Full bar too.
    Hours : Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm; Bar Mon-Sat 4:30pm-close
    Payments Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • ASIAN

  • Bahn Thai
    944 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703*608-256-0202

    Description : EAST. Should you find yourself craving fresh vegetables and lemon-grass-scented dishes that recall Far Eastern culinary traditions, this intimate little place is well equipped to sate the desire. As Madison's first Thai restaurant (and still its most popular by far), Bahn Thai is the city's best destination for Thai food aficionados. The menu features plenty of options, from tasty curries to a classic Pad Thai that still draws raves, even after some 20 years. A solid choice, for lunch or dinner.
    Hours : Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-9:30pmpm, Sat noon-9:30pm, Sun 5pm-9pm
    Payments Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • Bandung Rstaurant
    600 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703*608-255-6910

    Description : EAST. Named for a prominent city on the island of Java, this Indonesian restaurant breathes life into Madison's dining scene. The family-run place, adorned with artwork and artifacts, promises a culinary adventure, thanks to its homemade dishes. Marinated chicken, grilled lamb, fried catfish, and tender shrimp pair with fresh herbs, vegetables, and seductive sauces in irresistible combinations. Bandung also hosts a "rijsttafel," the elaborate feast where rice is the backdrop for 10 meat- and vegetable-based accompaniments. The meal includes authentic music and dancing and requires advance booking. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends. 10-item Rijsttafel $25.
    Hours : Lunch Mon-Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-8pm
    Payment Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card,Discover,American Express

  • Sa-Bai Thong
    2840 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705*608-238-3100

    Description : WEST. Bathed in pale colors, this casual Thai restaurant draws in crowds of locals throughout the week. The extensive menu provides plenty of options, so whether you want something based on chicken, seafood, tofu, noodles, or just vegetables, you're certain to be satisfied. Red, yellow, and green curries not only prove tasty but are healthy as well, and vegetarian dishes aren't hard to come by either. A range of house specialties also allow the kitchen to demonstrate its skill.
    Hours : Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 5pm-9:30pm
    Payments Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card,Discover,American Express

  • Takara
    315 State St, Madison, WI 53703*608-268-0188

    Description : STATE STREET. This popular Japanese restaurant accommodates folks seeking both the dramatic and the understated. The first group clamors around hibachi grills, watching animated chefs chop and sautee, while the second opts for a parade of delicate sushi rolls, fashioned of seasoned rice, crisp vegetables, and sweet, mild seafood. If that's not enough, tempura dishes can also be enjoyed among the clean-lined furnishings. Good for singles, groups, or families.
    Hours : Lunch Mon-Sat 11am-2:30pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 4:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-10:30pm, Sun 4:30pm-9pm
    Payment Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • FRENCH

  • L'Etoile
    25 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703*608-251-0500

    Description : DOWNTOWN. Arguably the city's most renowned restaurant, this much-applauded enterprise revels in the attention of chef-proprietor Odessa Piper. Sublime cuisine marries the best local Wisconsin ingredients with French culinary tradition, and menus change weekly as they follow the seasons. You may find, for example, seared wild king salmon with fennel-pollen citrus crust, tea-smoked quail, beef tenderloin with red wine jus, cinnamon-smoked pork, and herb-glazed chicken. Local cheeses and dairy products also appear, and the dining experience is one you're not likely to encounter frequently.
    Hours : Tue-Thu 6pm-8:30pm, Fri 5:30pm-9pm, Sat 5pm-9:15pm
    Payment Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • Nadia's
    508 State St, Madison, WI 53703*608-257-1740

    Description : STATE STREET. Punctuated with chandeliers, high ceilings, and expansive windows, this romantic establishment enjoys the appeal of an historic building and offers delightful cuisine to boot. A decidedly French sensibility colors the menu, which features grilled veal and lamb, sweetbreads, tournedos Rossini, beef Wellington, a vegetable terrine, seared duck, and bouillabaisse. Wonderful desserts also prove tempting, and the delight of the owners and staff translates to the experience as a whole.
    Hours : Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-10pm
    Payment Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • AMERICAN CONTINENTAL

  • Bluephies
    2701 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711*608-231-3663

    Description : WEST. Spacious and contemporary, this restaurant mixes updated diner fare with the clean-lined grace of modern decor. The primarily American menu has Southwestern influences, featuring pastas, noodle bowls, quesadillas, enchiladas, salads, and sandwiches. You'll also find dijon scallops, chipotle barbecued chicken, blackened angus meatloaf, Creole crab cakes, and chicken pot pie. Gourmet burgers prove satisfying as well, and an international wine list is available, along with beers and cocktails. Children's menu too.
    Hours : Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-9pm
    Payment Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card

  • Fyfe's Corner Bistro
    1344 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703*608-251-8700

    Description : EAST. Intimate and romantic, this upscale restaurant occupies a historic building near the Capitol, and curries much favor with area couples. The creative menu features such creations as baked chevre with tapenade, a signature cheese-spinach-artichoke fondue, several first course pastas, tender steaks and chops, grilled breast of duck, and asiago-crusted catfish. Lunch also adds in salads, sandwiches, and several homestyle entrees. Great desserts, a full bar, and weekly live entertainment add to Fyfe's already-strong appeal.
    Hours : Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm; Bar Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and 4pm-close, Sat 5pm-close
    Payment Methods : Cash,Visa,Master Card,Discover,American Express

  • Halverson's
    1965 Barber Dr, Stoughton, WI 53589*608-873-3001

    Description : STOUGHTON. Cozy and rustic, this restaurant near Lake Kegonsa first appeared in 1927 and has been a longtime favorite of area residents. Not far from Madison proper, Halverson's offers a menu of familiar, well-prepared dishes that make an ideal supper when you don't want anything too exotic. Representative fare includes steaks, Norwegian salmon, veal marsala, roast duck, herb-crusted chicken, and baked scallops. Private rooms, a lounge, and a nice wine list round out the experience.
    Hours : Lunch Wed-Fri 11am-2pm; Dinner Tue-Thu 4:30pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4:30pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm
    Payment Methods Cash,Visa,Master Card,Discover,American Express

  • Harvest
    21 N Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703*608-255-6075

    Description : CAPITOL SQUARE. A simple, elegant dining room sets the scene for this wonderful restaurant, whose chef-owners trained at nearby L'Etoile. The accomplished cuisine relies on fresh, seasonal ingredients and may feature buttermilk and dill-roasted chicken, seared wild striped bass with Manila clams, Black Angus New York strip, or tomato-saffron risotto with summer vegetables. Lovely presentation and incomparable flavor distinguish each dish, and sidewalk dining is available when the weather's mild.
    Hours : Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
    Payment Method : Cash,Visa,Master Card,Discover,American Express

  • Kennedy Manor
    1 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53703*608-256-5556

    Description : DOWNTOWN. Tucked into the space below an apartment building, this restaurant once served as the dining room for residents. Now, crisp white decor boasts black accents and features framed photos that add character to the pleasant space. The seasonal menu reflects what's fresh and available and may include poached salmon, creamy risottos, steak, and pork tenderloin infused with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. Sumptuous desserts are worth making room for, and the ambience is subdued and quiet.
    Hours : Dinner Tue-Sat 5:30pm-9pm; Brunch Sun 10am-1pm; Bar Tue-Sat 5pm-close
    Payment Methods: Cash,Visa,Master Card,Discover,American Express

 

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