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

Kennedy Manor Dining Room & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://kennedymanordining.com
  • Email: kmdr@sbcglobal.net
  • 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.

Thank You Dawn and Mike Theisen
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Kennedy Manor has the best food. I have never been disappointed. It has great value and a lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great food, great service! Retro nightclub style dining room and bar. We had very enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I don't eat here enough; the food, ambiance and service never disappoint!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The menu was varied and interesting without being overwhelming. We would have enjoyed a greater choice of desserts, however; only two were on offer."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2013