Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar
Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar

Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://kennedymanordining.com/
  • Phone: (608) 256-5556
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Executive Chef: Ben Smejkal
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar
The Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar is a fine dining establishment in the heart of downtown Madison. The restaurant is just 3 blocks north of the Capital and a few minutes' walk from the University of Wisconsin. Please join us starting at 5:00 for cocktails at the bar. The dining room opens Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 pm, reservations are always recommended.

Located on the lower level of the historic Kennedy Manor Apartments and Hotel building, the restaurant has been a downtown fixture since opening in 1931. The dining room is decorated in an Art Deco style with twelve-foot ceilings and a row of ground floor windows. As you enter the establishment, you may think you are stepping into a restaurant reminiscent of a 1940's New York or Paris bistro.

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Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)special occasion (7)romantic (5)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a great meal at Kennedy Manor and I would give it my highest recommendation -- the food quality was amazing. Truly exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Quiet Wednesday
    KRKE
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our dinner was on a Wednesday and with the construction of Edgewater, it was clear business was affected. Our experience was great. Great cocktails, wine and food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Lovely place in very convenient area of University of Wisconsin Madison Good Food Nice people
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very enjoyable neighborhood restaurant that doesn't the attention it deserves in Madison. Great food without pretentious overtones - worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No guarantee of reservation
    Luvs2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I made reservations for 4 people over a month in advance. Two weeks before the date, they called to announce that they canceled our reservation as they booked the restaurant for a private party. Our reservation was for a special occasion so we were beyond disappointed and had trouble finding another restaurant with a reservation open during "prime" dining hours. It would have been nice of them to offer us some sort of dining credit to use on a future date but that did not happen. This is the second time we have "attempted" to dine there and the second time that we could not. So, Kennedy Manor is definitely off from our list of places to go!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    MarthaEllen
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was in Madison for the first time this week, and enjoyed a meal at Kennedy Manor that was exceptional in every way. Attentive and friendly service, a divine Caesar salad, tasty bread with a big slab of butter, and a flavorful pork tenderloin with perfectly cooked potatoes, carrots, and haricots verts. Plus, the wine and classic cocktails were priced very reasonably, and I was delighted to find a kir royale at the top of the menu, which long ago vanished from most restaurants. If you're fed up with menu trends like tripe, tongue, and pig's feet, and never want to see another cocktail featuring basil, figs, or foam, head to Kennedy Manor for timeless dishes and an ambience that is at once elegant and devoid of pretension.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Madison's best-kept secrets
    epro
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Beautiful, 1920s-bistro style restaurant below the historic Kennedy Manor Apartments. Superb, impeccable food, and an extremely well-edited menu. Restrained presentation, no ostentation or pretension, and SO delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar reviews archive.
  • Reliable
    Hungry
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I know that I'll never be let down at Kennedy Manor. It's the kind ofplace to take someone whom I want to impress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    mad2dine
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We went to Kennedy for dinner celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary. It was not a busy night which was great, as there were only a few tables occupied. The owners are very friendly and helpful in regards to the menu and wine list. The menu is not large but full of great choices for dinner, salads, etc. The food was great made in ways I have not tasted before. I would suggest it for anyone. the restaurant is in a great location in the basement area of a historical building.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Kmac
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    A one of a kind place. This is a gem. The old building is quite interesting. I wish I could live their
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable evening
    RudyValentine
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We chose Kennedy Manor to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had a fabulous experience. Our server was very friendly, attentive and professional, sharing her insights to assist our menu selections. Right from the beginning I said that any restaurant serving chilled, lightly salted butter by the slab and fresh, crusty bread warm from the oven is great! The entrées were perfectly prepared and both served with fresh asparagus now at it's peak. The tenderloin had a nicely seared and seasoned outside while a perfect medium rare inside. The lemon chicken also had a nicely seasoned, crispy outside while tender and moist inside. Even the dessert had a special touch, flavored with maple syrup made by the owners, both taking time to visit with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Kennedy Manor was a great dinner place with very friendly and personable people. It had a nice, semi-quiet atmosphere for our family dinner. I cannot believe something so relaxing and high-quality is hidden away right in the middle of the downtown-campus area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    sines
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Menu is not vast but everything we had was absolutely wonderful! Foie gras was absolutely wonderful! Wine options are very limited would be my only criticism.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth visiting!
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This is a restaurant that's been around forever, but we only discovered it on our latest trip to Madison. It's a place that's been around since the 1930's and it has that ambiance. You feel comfortable and at home. The tuna was perfect, medium rare. The risotto was very creamy and very rich. The service was great. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff attention
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Staff were aware of our time commitments and kept those in mind. We were finished dining in plenty of time to get to the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cozy treat
    zmom
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The Kennedy Manor, as others have noted, is a hidden jem. I took a dear friend there for her birthday the other night. The food was really good. The prices were decent. And I love the quiet ambience which makes it easy to talk while dining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wedding anniversary dinner
    rjreno
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    What a perfect place for a quite and private dinner. Discrete and attentive service. Perfect cocktails and delicious entrees. We plan to take our out of town guests to this Madison gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited menu but an item that
    Pilotjeff1
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Limited menu but an item that all can appreciate which allowed for more visiting and less time deciding. Easily something for every appetite Reasonably priced, quite setting where you didn't feel rushed and were not part of everyone's conversations! This is easy! I would return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was good but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was good but the service was a little slow and we stood around awkwardly at the entrance for a few minutes until someone greeted us. Otherwise it was a nice setting and good prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Kennedy Manor
    Pegg
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    As usual, we had an excellent meal and a great time. I had the Ceasar's Salad and the Pasta Bolognese. Others had Polenta and Salmon. The wine and alcolholic beverages were a good price. The food came with enough time in between but not too much that kept us waiting. We had a party of eight and did not have to talk too loudly to be heard on the other side of the table. We visited this restaurant before seeing a show at the Madison Overture. It is on our list of pre-show dinners every year. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food and great value
    Jak2
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Kennedy Manor has the best food. I have never been disappointed. It has great value and a lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quiet treasure.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Kennedy Manor offers an excellent menu and thoughtful service in a blessedly quiet environment. The room is plain with Art Decco lighting fixtures. There is a small well - stocked bar that is appreciated by many. At the edge of a residential neighborhood near both the state capital and the university, the mix of patrons is refreshing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Valentines dinner
    Molly
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We really enjoyed the food. We each enjoyed a specialty cocktail. We shared the liver pate and eggplant polenta for our first course. I had the pork tenderloin and my husband had the tuna steak. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming from Beginning to End
    DBFlash
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The bartender/owner is very approachable, friendly and helplful. The food was excellent, the ambiance, delightful. I will certainly go back. I took a friend and his wife there for his birthday, and everyone was very pleased. Great time, great place, great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fine Experience
    TRAES
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Consistently a good dining experience. Very quiet with nice jazz in the background. The menu presents a good variety of choices without being overwhelming. Service is friendly and we never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this Place
    MadEater
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I don't eat here enough; the food, ambiance and service never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    middlesister
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great food, great service! Retro nightclub style dining room and bar. We had very enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treasure: Stepping back in time
    OldiesButFoodies
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    A delightful dinner on a cold night. The salmon was mind-blowingly good, as were our salads. Classic dishes, elegant presentation. Refreshingly slow pace as we were allowed to enjoy every course. Still, the server said that she would be able to expedite the courses if we were in a bit of a hurry. It's only a short walk from State Street. Kennedy Manor is well worth finding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For diners with a lot of patience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    For diners with a lot of patience and no sweet tooth, this might be a worthwhile stop. The food was good but it took a very long time to be served both our cold appetizers and our entrees. No dessert was available and it sounds like they ran out a couple of days prior to our Friday night dinner and couldn't be bothered to make more. I searched multiple times for any staff to get our bill. Lesson learned: if the waitress asks if you are in a hurry for the theatre, the answer is yes!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were celebrating a birthday.
    POBDUL
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The menu was varied and interesting without being overwhelming. We would have enjoyed a greater choice of desserts, however; only two were on offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    merrycook
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Quiet and art deco ambience. We made a last-minute decision to go out on a Friday night and were delighted by the experience. Food was great. Our server anticipated our needs quite well. Not too crowded so the room was quiet and easy to talk. Ribeye steak was juicy and tasty. The chocolate pudding cake for dessert was the best of its kind in Madison. Parking is under construction and temporary parking is1.5 blocks away. After booking on Open Table the restaurant called us to guide us to the temporary parking--going the extra mile in customer service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well kept secret
    MadRugger
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Secluded art deco restaurant in the basement of the Kennedy Manor apartment building is quiet and romantic. Food was exquisite. I had the Sardinian pork tenderloin and it was mouth-watering, served with three (!) fresh veggies and some lovely melt-in-your-mouth roasted potatoes. Desserts were also fantastic. Really all around high quality food on par with Tornado Room and the prices are very reasonable. Only complaint is that the parking is a bit tricky if you're driving there and the interior could use a bit more care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    The Kennedy Manor is a wonderful restaurant in a historic building. Fantastic food and atmosphere with great family run service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Evening
    Satisfiedcustomer
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    My husband and I purchased a Bucky Book and found a coupon for this restaurant in it. Since we had never heard of Kennedy Manor before and the online reviews looked good, we thought we'd give it a try. Parking was a bit far from the restaurant, but it was a beautiful night for a stroll through an elegant, historic neighborhood. The bartender was also serving as a waitress, but was attentive to us. The spinach salad was outstanding and the soup of the day (tomato & leek) was delicious. I had the pork tenderloin and my husband had the NY Strip (which we informed upon ordering was actually ribeye that night). Nonetheless, the food was delicious, although it was a little on the salty side. We will go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice food and service
    djdeanVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    We have eaten at Kennedy Manor for years and always enjoyed the food and service. Tonight was no exception. My salmon was excellent and our antipasti was great. The wine list was being redone and they had little selection. The wait staff was helpful in finding a nice wine. Service was slow but we had friends along and didn't real notice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A complete dining experience!
    Bike2Dine
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    From the radiators to the framed B&W photos, I love the ambiance. There is no pretension. The food is delicious, the staff gracious and the service excellent. The fresh cut baguette bread alone is reason enough to go. I love the white linens, the small table lamps, the classic china, the pristine glassware.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trouble
    WaubesaHome
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Still great after all these years...even though construction on the Edgewater has caused road work and limited parking, it is still worth the effort. Food is great and a nice variety. Service is excellent with a fun attitude. The historic ambience takes it over the top. we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Food was not hot and was mediocre at best. The wait was interminably long as well. Won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kennedy
    Hungry
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    We got exactly what we expected ~ the best of service, the best on the plates and in the glasses, a quiet, pleasant atmosphere, and an appropriate price for all. I'm a steady customer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem is very accurate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Kennedy Manor is tucked into the lower level of a classic multi-story walk-up residential building just across the street from a major Madison hotel on Lake Mendota. Fairly elegant environment, without going overboard. The menu is not very broad yet provides a nice range of options. I've been there twice and enjoyed the experience both times. Saturday night we had a party of five celebrating my son's graduation. Two salmon entres, two pasta Bolognese, one baked mushroom layered with phyllo dough. All were enjoyed. Appetizers and desserts were also good. Would definitely go back. One suggestion was more meat sauce on the Bolognese and more dill cream caper sauce for the Salmon. Both were very good, but we would've liked more on the plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate