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43 North
43 North

43 North Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://43north.biz/
  • Phone: (608) 255-4343
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Dale Bartnick (608) 255-4343
  • Special Events & Promotions: Restaurant is available for private functions. Please call for details. 608-255-4343 Daniel Momont

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Main St. at S Webster St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking for patrons (after 5:00 pm and for Sunday Brunch) at the Tenney Plaza Parking Ramp located on the corner of E Main and S Webster Streets across from the back of the restaurant. In addition, street parking available.
A word from 43 North
Modern Bistro. Located one block off the Capital Square. Walking distance to Monona Terrace Convention Center, downtown theater district and University of Wisconsin campus area.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Six of us (3 foodies in the biz) have eaten here twice during our annual Madison trip. We're a lively group, but tip well. Both times we opted for almost all of the small plates to share. I hate scallops, but everyone who had them raved about them. One of our party even ordered a large plate just for himself. The only disappointment was the lamb cassoulet; it was dry and overcooked. Lobster bisque, amazing. Ditto the beet salad, the roasted dates, the Wagyu steak and the game hen. Last May, we had the marinated olives and were truly astounded. We ordered them again, but they just weren't as good this time. Our servers (last time, Paul, this time Rachel -- I think) were good natured and attentive. 43 North is officially on our May trip list."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I would highly recommend doing small plates so you can try as many things as possible. The small plates are not really that small, either (they are about the full entree size you would normally encounter at a nice restaurant). The stuffed dates, scallops, game hen, and the bread were all exceptional. The poutine had mixed reviews regarding the goat cheese curds, but was still a unique and worthwhile dish. For the quality and quantity of food, the price was well below what I would typically anticipate paying."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We are regular customers of 43 North and are delighted with their service and their menu. They offer both small and large plates for almost every course which really makes it both reasonable in terms of price and quantity of food. We particularly like the steak, scallops and hen on the main entree list. The wine list is extensive and they also bring in special wines for the evening. Only once did I order something that I ended up not liking, not because of its preparation, but because I had forgotten that I did not like this particular fish. Without my asking, they removed it and let me order something else without charging me. Exceptional."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The special four course meal with wine selections were wonderful. Food was excellent and the wine was very good. The wine server was a wine distributor and knew alot about wines and was very friendly and helpful. Wait staff took time to explain the food and wine selections. Took home two of the wine selections"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We were seated immediately upon arriving. Our waiter was friendly and attentive to our needs and explained the menu thoroughly. We ordered 2 starters, roasted dates, wonderful, and a charcuterie plate, even better. Our Caesar salads were served on small plates accompanied with a poached egg, excellent. 2 of us had snapper, green beans over rice on large plates. I had the salmon, Yukon gold potatoes on a dill cream on a large plate. The entrees were so good, we wanted to lick the plates."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We chose the "small plates", sort of like "tapas". 4 out of 5 were very tasty and well presented. The steak looked good but was tough. Their wine special was unremarkable, and not as good as their cheaper cabernet. On the other hand, their mixed drink was excellent!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We eat here regularly as it offers outstanding meals with both small plate and larger plate options on every entree. Among the top restaurants in Madison-- L'Etoile, Nostrano, Fresco, Harvest, etc--this remains one of our favorites. The wait staff is attentive and cheerful, and we have never been disappointed in a meal. The hen, steak, scallops, and salmon are four of our favorites. The wine list is varied and they always have additional wine options brought in by a Wisconsin distributor. Fantastic! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were there for a graduation dinner and they only were serving a price fixed 3 course meal. The food was arranged beautiful and was delicious, though the portions small and prices expensive. They were friendly and gracious with their service. Maybe the prices were so high because it was graduation weekend, but doubtful we'd go there for anything but a very special occasion with those prices. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I truly enjoy the food here. Everything I have tried is full flavored and beautifully presented. The stuffed dates and lobster bisque are outstanding (the tarragon 'marshmallows' are such a great touch). The game hen is deliciously seasoned and presented on gnocchi pillows and a wide variety of mushrooms. The salmon was also delectable. The service was well-timed and friendly."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Loved everything from the wine selection to small plates available for just about the whole menu and the happy hour pricing off all food and beverage. Not a miss among our food choices either - loved the salmon tartare, snapper and Brussels sprout salad."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "wow - innovative cuisine at affordable prices. these restaurateurs really care about what they are cooking, the quality of the ingredients and consumer satisfaction. why haven't more folks discovered this gem around the corner from the Capitol?"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food very much. Right portions. The wait staff could have been a little more cordial."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "we had a lovely dinner-the food is very good and the selections interesting. It does get a bit loud but that seems to be the case anywhere you go. Great place for a downtown evening!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent, portions were well worth the money. We did the happy hour special (30% off the entire bill tues to thur). Tried various entrees (half portions) and we were very happy with our meals. Presentation and taste were outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Went for a monday wine tasting. Food was really good, wine pairings were nice. Great experience."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I have eaten here numerous times and really thought they had hit their stride. We were sat in the smaller back room which has all the ambience of a closet. What really made the experience meh was our server. He very obviously did not want to there and seemed angry about something which made our experience less than great. The food was fine, nothing remarkable. I know. We will return, but it will be a while. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food. Love having the option of a small/large plate for salads and entrees. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner at 43 North. The cocktail menu is great. We also loved the dates on the appetizer menu. All in all a wonderful night."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Tried it for the second time Good food and servive. Smaller plates are great"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "As always, our dinner at 43 North was awesome. The menu had changed and we tried some new selections which were fabulous. My wife and I love the small plate option as we can share and try more selections from the menu! The "Pork Poutine" with the goat cheese curds was my favorite of the night! The staff at this place is great too. Friendly and genuine, and always seem to be around just when you need them. Not pesty or obnoxious or constantly in your face like some places we have experienced."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Only our second time here (and the other time was with a special Valentine's menu over a year ago), and I regret that we don't get here more often. Amazing food, great service. Extremely versatile menu with large plates split into small plates without losing the value. The construction in the area must be keeping some people away, but it's well worth getting here. Perfect scallops, amazing stuffed dates. May seem like a small menu, but there are still so many things I want to come back to try."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Selected 43North for dinner in Madison during Midwest Horse Fair. Menu looked very interesting and really liked the fact that most entrees were available in a small plate portion. The food was excellent and creative, especially the date and goat cheese appetizer, the lamb and the house made somores for dessert. Interesting and well priced wines by the glass. Some nice French reds in particular. Waiter was very professional and servcie was polite and timely, but would have been better if the waiter had been a little more engaging. Will return and recommend to others."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The lobster bisque, the scallops, the roasted Caesar salad and the lamb were delicious. Our server was quite unfriendly and not very helpful. We really liked the food, but if we return, we will request a different server."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The menu is interesting, the food is tasty, and the service is very good. It is dependable - we are seldom disappointed here."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Add this place to your short list of favorites in Madison. Great place for lunch or dinner. Definitely get the Lobster Bisque. Yummy options you don't find at many other places."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Wonderful Madison restaurant. The stuffed date with goat cheese, hazelnut, and pesto appetizer was hands down the best appetizer we've ever had. Intimate setting with excellent service. 30% off the entire bill for happy hour. We have not gotten such amazing food for that value ever. Highly recommended, a must-go."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Nice food & service was good but let down by .... sign saying we could have 30% off if we were there before 6 - we arrived minutes after, by no one else in the restaurant other than 1 table by 7 & for us having booked there was no table set for us on arrival... there was a table for 4 near the front ready but probably on seeing we had 2 children they didnt want us to eat there. they put a table together towards the back & whilst doing this the hostess asked would we like a separate room out the back! Guess they don't like children!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wait staff was attentive but not annoyingly so. We ordered half plates and it was just the right amount of food. The scallop large plate only gave 4 large scallops and I felt that was too little. However they were seared perfectly and very tasty."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Small and large plates provide a perfect alternative! The game hen with wild mushrooms and gnocchi is absolutely deeelicious ... tender, perfectly prepared with intense flavors ... a unique offering not found at other restaurants. Lobster bisque is outstanding with impressive presentation! Duck confit salad ... mmm, so flavorful with generous amounts of tender duck!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife has been here with friends. She brought me for a special occassion. It was indeed special"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I recently tried 43 North, we were celebrating our anniversary. The food was well prepared and even the small plate portions were generous. They have a good selection of cheeses and wonderful house made crackers, both go nicely with the beer and wine offerings. The scallops with bacon and brown butter vinaigrette was delicious, my husband enjoyed his steak, although it was not mid rare like he ordered, it was slighly over cooked. We were too full to try dessert but it all looked good. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "43 North did it again. My wife and I had an excellent dining experience. It started out with two nice glasses of red wne off of the wine special list, followed by a very unquie and tasty grilled caeser salad. My wife had the scallops and they were fantastic. I had the salmon, but when it arrived the pootatoes were ice cold. I normally do not send things back, but I mentioned it to the waiter, and he took care of the situation immediately and professionally. The managment at 43 North are committed to making your dining expereience a special one. And, we ended the evening with a very good chocolate beet cake. Yum! All in all, we can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Saturday was my second visit to 43 North. The food was outstanding. In our opinion, this was the best food we've had in Madison since moving here in 2009!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had a great lunch, gourmet really. I got the dumpling pork, and it was yummy with very fresh. Obvious care and attention to presentation. Service was friendly, prompt, but not overdone."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The food and service made up for the lack of ambience and noise level. We love the option of half or full plate. The presentation of the food was beautiful! We highly recommend 43 North!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First time diners at this restaurant. Always wanted to try it, but never got there until now. Most everything was fabulous. The date appetizer was to die for. The brussel sprout salad was delicious, and the scallops were were fabulous. Only the mussels disappointed. The waitstaff was attentive, and very accommodating. Excellent wine list. I would recommend this restaurant wholeheartedly."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The restaurant is tucked in on King Street. Our waiter was great. There and tended to us very nicely without rushing us. The food was well presented and delicious. I am looking forward to going again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "43 North has found its niche in Madison. Beautifully presented dishes available in large and small plates. Great for a date, You can carry on a conversation with your dinner partner."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were going to a show at the Overture so we stopped here for dinner first! We received 30% off our bill since we ate before 7:00. My husband and I shared 2 small salads and 3 small plate entrees. All the food was good but my favorite was the scallops! We will come again!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I found this place on line when I was looking for a place to surprise my husband with for his birthday. It was a Monday night and they had the $40 place 4 course meal complete with wine tasting. The restaurant was quiet and relaxing. The wait staff were very professional and polite. The food was displayed greatly and tasted wonderful! My husband loved his birthday dinner. They even gave him a little candle on his dessert. I also thought it was a good deal for $40. We got 4 glasses of wine a piece! Wonderful place!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014