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Heritage Tavern

Heritage Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.heritagetavern.com
  • Phone: (608) 283-9500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Fox
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant
  • Catering: Catering for small and large-scale events-- please call us to discuss your needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N. Webster Street
  • Public Transit: Madison Metro Bus stops: #1495 (Pinckney & Mifflin) or #1663 (State & Mifflin)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available on street, or within city parking ramp just across the street: Capitol Square North Garage.
A word from Heritage Tavern
A new world tavern, featuring globally-inspired cuisine using local Wisconsin ingredients, craft cocktails and an old-world ambience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "Love Heritage Tavern's modern atmosphere and delightful menu and staff. The beet salad is such a great mix of fresh ingredient. The cheese plate melts in your mouth. The chickpeas are a great snack. And I got the bouillabaisse - a melt-in-your-mouth combination of shrimp, clams, mussels and fish with potatoes, leeks and a broth that you will want to soak up with the delicious bread that is served with it. Don't skip dessert, either! And the wine and drink lists are amazing. The bar is also a vibrant scene and the bartenders are awesome with fun personalities."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My fiancee and I went to Heritage Tavern this past Friday night and had a great time. We shared a salad, each got an entree, and ended with dessert. I highly recommend this place although it's a bit on the pricier side of things. Definitely a good place to go once in a while"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I'm a regular at Heritage. Great food, happy servers, cool ambiance and great bar selection. Lots of unique and tasty food."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Love Heritage Tavern, one dish is better than the next. My favorite is the Roasted Beet salad w/ the hint of chocolate! Have had the opportunity sit at the bar and watch the kitchen, it works like a well oiled machine! This was my second visit and can't wait to visit again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Excellent service....wiping off the table after each course?! Wow. Responsive to special requests...of course. Engaging and not instrusive...very artful. Oh the food? Exquisite drama visited upon the palate, leaving memories calling sweetly for another visit soon. Presentation was a record of an artist's well honed plating skills and clearly refined sensitivities. The whole evening was a well played culinary concerto, still echoing in memories bursting forth in unexpected moments. A kind thing to do to anyone. Thank you Dan, et al!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I was given a gift certificate for my birthday by our somewhat foodie oriented son. We tried a meat and pickled vegetable appetizer, a seafood dish and the special pork schnitzel. All the dishes were delicious and were nicely presented. Everything is ala cart. We did not choose a salad or dessert. The wait person was friendly and exceptionally helpful. The menu is a bit pricey, but the total experience was well worth the cost."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Long wait for service, more for drinks, then food came out in segments. The food was probably quite good when it was cooked, but by the time it reached our table it appeared to have rested somewhere else for a while. The frites were cold and greasy, the toast under the wagyu tri-tip was hard and cold and there were shell bits in the lobster scramble. The waffle was slightly undercooked and a little gooey in the thicker sections. The fried poached eggs were really good though, even lukewarm, as were the rosti potatoes. The cocktails and wine selection were excellent. I don't think we'll be back though, at that price point, I would expect much better service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Everything from the drinks, entrees and dessert was perfect. It was some of the best food I've ever had in my life."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Very good to excellent food. Small portions. Gastropub must be the new word for Nouvellle cuisine. Cheese platter had excellent selections but would leave a mouse hungry. Great location and excellent decor. Very good service. Desserts were great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Good cocktails and no major complaints. Service was good. Somehow we just expected that it would wow us a little more. Boullabaisse was good but salty. Liked the beet salad."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The best food I have ever ate in my entire life! I had the grilled octopus, cheese plate, and the pork belly/ tuna sushi appetizer. I also enjoyed a couple of delicious wines! Everything melted in my mouth and tasted like heaven. I would recommend this place to anybody that can afford it. It was kind of expensive but worth every penny. I will go back for this deliciousness any chance I get. So good!!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is amazing as usual this was my forth visit. Ordered a wine that ended up being not available and asked the manager what he recommneded and he picked an awesome wine to pair with our order. Super yum!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Waygu burger is the best burger I have ever eaten. The beet salad is awesome too. Really nice decor. Our favorite restaurant in Madison."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is inventive without being intimidating, the service is outstanding, the cocktails are unique but consistently delicious, and the atmosphere is upscale yet relaxed. Knowledgeable staff and well-timed courses make for the ultimate dining experience. It's tough to beat Heritage, since it really is the complete package."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a spectacular experience. The service was attentive and knowladgeable and responded to any request. Water glasses were refilled promptly and bar orders appeared quickly. The food was superb. Excellent quality and well prepared. Everything appeared on the table hot and appealing to the eye. The dessert, combining dark chocolate and red wine beet ice cream was a real treat. We will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had Brunch at Heritage on a Saturday morning right when they opened (10 am) in a group of 4. One Celiac diner (gluten free an absolute must). We had noted this on our OpenTable reservation and the server asked right away. Our table enjoyed their Bloody Marys and two of us had Heritage Eggs Benedict, one had steak and eggs, and one had a veggie omelet, plus sides of toast and bacon for the table. Everything was delicious and they easily accommodated the gluten free needs as well as a request for Eggs Benedict without runny yolk eggs. The service was attentive but the food was the real star. A bit more expensive than an "everyday" brunch but totally worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "All of the ingredients used in the dishes we ordered were fresh and flavorful. The salad tasted straight out of the garden. The meat was perfectly cooked, with an excellent combination of flavors. I liked that the entrees were not oversized. I'm happy to pay for an expertly prepared dish, without needing to feel stuffed, nor take home a doggie bag. Service was a bit inconsistent -- too many interruptions up until we ordered our meal, and then almost nonexistent after the food came."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The Sunday Brunch at Heritage is very good. The Waygu steak and eggs and the Heritage benedict are excellent dishes. Our server left something to be desired, however. She was not very busy, yet failed to refill our coffee, clear dishes, and inexplicably didn't put in our order for a Parmesan pommes frittes appetizer. This is not the only time that I've had service problems at the Heritage. Management needs to fo a better job of training it's staff."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our dinners were outstanding! Highly recommend this as a special place to enjoy "fit for foodies" prepared food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was fairly good - though the service needed improvement. Arrived as the first diners with a reservation when the place was empty and still given a very poor table right by the door. Asked for a different table, and was put in one directly in the sun with no effort to address how hot it was at that table - even when acknowledged by the wait staff that it was hot. When we left - there was still over 3/4 of the tables empty."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious, atmosphere had a good vibe, the service was horrible."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Very compelling menu choices with a broad range of interesting options and combinations. Beet salad, sea bass and tempura appetizer were outstanding. Dessert offerings were over-sized so be forewarned. Atmosphere was subdued (it was a Sunday night) and service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was extremely slow, food was adequate. It is quite expensive for a brunch in Madison. I was disappointed as we went for dinner on Valentines day and had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was okay. Nice place but food was just okay. Chicken was moist had a few vegetables and a bland broth, nothing that I couldn't do at home. Great beet salad. I expected more. Will probably try again"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by the Heritage Tavern. The food was amazing and the service and attention to detail was over the top. The staff was especially attentive and tried to answer all of my questions, but they were not obtrusive in any way. The menu items that we did not try were all very tempting and we can't wait to go back and try almost everything on the menu. A great experience not to be missed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time visit to Madison and decided to try this place after reading other reviews. The food and service did not disappoint. The beet salad and the schnitzel were stand outs. Will go back when back in town."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This experience was a stretch for four 70year olds...but we all tried something different..very creative menu and we were glad we dined here!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This place is good, but the menu is meat heavy with many dishes including things like kidneys and hearts, and a lot of pork. So make sure there is something that appeals to you. Not the place to take a vegetarian or vegan. The tempura appetizer is an example. In Wisconsin we like our fried cheese curds. Heritage takes it a step beyond by wrapping them in bacon. Besides that, service is attentive and the room is nice. A nitpick criticism is that the tables are so small I repeatedly banged my feet on the table legs. It's hard to sit comfortably, and I'm only six feet tall."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to eat outside as it was a beautiful night and we had our baby in a stroller. This was the perfect place for us to get a fantastic meal while being outside."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Hostess did not understand why we refused table in blaring sun and sat us there anyway. The server, Julie, seemed irritated that she had to wait on us. She made no recommendations, even when asked, and said everything was "good". First course took nearly 20 minutes, which seemed a bit long considering there were only two occupied tables in the restaurant. Julie slapped down plates with no explanation of the food or preparation. We enjoyed the tempura, but not the sauces. The pork belly piece was tiny, foie gras was over-seared, sashimi tuna was delicious. The main course waygu beef and short rib crepenette were outstanding. Issues with WRA gift cert. No goodbye from host. No manager in sight. Fairly expensive. Poor service is inexcusable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My wife and I had the tempura appetizer, a cheese plate, Sturgeon Entree, and Braised Chicken Entree and all were amazing. Each dish uses ingredients that surprise and impress. Part of the tempura plate was bacon wrapped, deep fried cheese curds - these should be on every menu in Madison! With 2 beers and a glass of wine our bill was about $100 - which is what you'd expect for the quality of food/atmosphere/etc. I'd recommend checking it out for a special occasion and it seems easy to get a reservation through open table."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Exceptional relaxed gastro pub fair, well executed from the kitchen to the smartly designed dining room. Can't go wrong on any of the entrees. I rarely use this word, but the roast chicken was LUSCIOUS. The snacks are a great place to pull appetizers from, with special call outs to the candied bacon and the deviled eggs. Nice selections on the wine list and cocktails menus. If you are looking for something with a bit more elan than Graze but don't want to get as commited as L'Etoile, you would enjoy this restaurant. And Madison sorely needs this kind of selection. Outdoor tables in the summer! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Well executed creative menu with high quality ingredients, e.g. egg snacks, pickled veggies. Exception: sturgeon-clam-octopus drowned in a salty overpowering sauce; leave the sturgeon to swim on its own. Nice use of seasonal local ingredients e.g. ramps and asparagus. Modest but very well chosen wine list at acceptable prices. Great dessert choice. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Barside noise level is very high but to be expected. It's lively and fun. Diningside is quieter. Great for that special occasion."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "As expected, the food and drinks were both interesting and delicious. The menu offers a wide variety of options that would please any palate. But the service was only adequate. The server seemed a little overwhelmed. We had to request refills and when we asked for recommendations, the server gave the less-than-helpful response that "everything is good." Also, we were celebrating a birthday, which I noted on the reservation, but the only acknowledgement was a candle affixed to a saucer. I wasn't expecting anything big to mark the occasion, but a small token dessert would've been nice."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A special evening that was made perfect by delicious food and excellent service. A limited menu that may keep some away,but I loved every bite."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I recommend the French Toast with Maple Bacon Ice Cream. Great brunch menu and great wait staff"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Décor was casual and upscale - exposed brick walls juxtaposed to ceilings of stained wainscoting. Bar and front dining area had decent vibe, drawing energy from the open kitchen at the rear of the space. Menu is a little bit of everything. I began with soft-shell crab appetizer, my guest, the roasted beet salad. Both were very good, but not memorable. Entrees included beef tenderloin and pistachio-citrus crusted grouper. The beef fell flat (cold), the grouper excelled. PROS: Atmosphere, seafood (ironically). CONS: Service. Waiter brought two free appetizers because it was 35 minutes+ between our ordered appetizers and entrees. $2 refills on soft drinks - really, Dan? TAB: $125 for 2 + tip, w/two glasses of wine, no desserts. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "It was rather noisy on this Saturday night. We thought the service was very good. I was a bit disappointed in both entrees as each was too salty. We will give it another try."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "All of our food and drinks were amazing. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "First let me say, our meal was exquisite. Started with very friendly bartenders recommending a house drink (Lost Generation) that was very inventive and delicious. Shared a Duck Confit salad and Deviled Eggs, both very tasty. I had the Ahi Tuna/Pork Belly small plate, my husband, the Sea Bass. We loved both. We loved the decor of the restaurant also, very classy. But, the thing (and it's a big one) that could deter us from ever returning was the noise level. We sat across from each other and spent much of the evening yelling to one another, no exaggeration. We are NOT hard of hearing. I came away with an overwhelming sense of "what a shame.""
    Dined on 4/26/2014