Madison's
Madison's

Madison's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madisonsdowntown.com/
  • Phone: 6082290900
  • Hours of Operation:


    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am-10:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Boyeson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Main level private room
    Lower level private room with bar.

    Please visit www.madisonsdowntown.com for more info.
  • Entertainment: Madison's features a collection of live DJ's - Friday and Saturday nights.



    Be sure to stop in for the NFL Sunday Ticket Season and Superbowl! Sundays 11:00 - 6:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E. Doty Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Park in the Government East lot directly across the street. The ramp is located on E. Doty Street.
A word from Madison's
Madison's is a classy and comfortable restaurant & bar staged in a classic setting. As the anchor tenant of a building built in 1889, Madison's boasts large glass windows and lots of exposed brick. Come enjoy discounted offerings at happy hour, a wonderful dinner from our full menu, or a late night environment full of twenty, thirty and forty-somethings. Madison's - Celebrate great experiences!
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Madison's reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)neighborhood gem (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • probably odered wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    was not a stellar meal. should probably still with burgers and bar items - very nice waitress
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool and Casual
    xfighterpilot
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Relaxed and open atmosphere... more pub feel than restaurant, but the food was really good and our waitress was super friendly and attentive to what we were selecting. As we considered our salad selection, she mentioned (had taken note of) that the lettuce wedges were the "greenest she had ever seen" that day, and when they arrived we had to agree (and the salads were delicious too). That kind of attention to details by a server is both important and appreciated by us. The rest of the dinner was just as good... and there are nice surprises like Garlic Grits and a wide variety of tasty tater tots to consider as well. If you are looking for casual but great value, check them out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Madison's reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    So nice, we only were waiting 10 minutes for a table and they offered to buy us a round because of the "inconvenience". Great service!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    JamesBVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My wife and I have found Madison's to be a surprisingly consistent great meal. Most people think of Madison's as a bar or late-night dance spot. But, we've found them to be an excellent and reasonably price dinner downtown. They are large enough that getting a reservation is rarely a problem even when other restaurants are sold out. The only knock on our most recent visit was a slightly inattentive waitress. She introduced herself when we sat down and then didn't return for a REALLY long time. Then we ordered drinks and she brought me the wrong beer (I had ordered Miller Lite - nothing complicated). The appetizer and dinner came out in a timely manner, however. We will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal, good location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were looking for someplace to eat before going to the Overture center and this was a good choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid downtown spot for diner
    Peter
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    A unique menu that stands apart from the noise in downtown Madison cuisine. Very cool ambiance and fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better before 630
    Tedurdahl
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was a nice plac ean d had a great time but after 630 the band starts and gets kind of loud great lace if you are looking for an all night kind of date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Madison's!
    food4me
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Madison's is an excellent place to dine! It offers a variety of options for any patron... whether you're going for a nice meal, to watch a game, have a delicious signature cocktail, or dance all night! Their Hanger Steak is the bomb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYE
    foodisgood
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A few friends and I went for Nye. We wanted to eat there as well since it was cold out, so we booked a reservation. The latest reservation we could get was 630 :( even though when we got there they said we could have the table for the whole night. Wish we could have booked it at 8 instead. The Dj didn't start playing danceable music until 1030 and he didn't play many today's hits. I would say we had an okay time, not worth $25 that others had to pay if you didn't eat there.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for drinks but not food
    Madie
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Not kid friendly - no milk or kid food options. Food was sub-par and certainly not worth what they charge. Cheese curds were a plate of grease. The place was quiet for a Friday night. Bar has a decent drink selection but choose elsewhere for food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming historic building!
    MstasiaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This was a nice respite after the chaos and fun of game day in Madison. The old nostalgic building lends it's vibe to the really cool cocktail list. The best was the spicy cucumber martini. Food was also great but was looking for a vegetarian entree choice, all meat and fish. There was a flatbread pizza but crust was thick and doughy. I would return as Madisons offers everything neighboring places do without the lines out the door. Great capital square experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for drinks and apps
    skifoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    My group was very pleased with the tap beers and appetizers. As we were there just before 7pm, the tap beers were $3 and the appetizers were 25% off. The food is overpriced for the quantity and quality. With the happy hour discounts, it was reasonable. Our entrees were overpriced and average. Next time, we will go earlier and just get drinks and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for after a Badger game!
    BeckyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We had a reservation for after the football game so it was great to be able to sit down in a warm restaurant and enjoy good food and great service. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, the burgers and beef panini were good and we really enjoyed the chocolate cake for desert. Our waitress was friendly and attentive too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second good experience
    JamesBVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We've tried Madison's twice recently and have enjoyed both experiences. The menu is fairly small but everything on it so far has been tasty. The "hot tots" are my personal recommendation. The service has been prompt & friendly. I would definitely go again
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out!
    Vera
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Our first time taking our college kid and friends to dinner in Madison! Easy to park, cool atmosphere, good service too. Kids loved the varied menu and the music and tv's. Being in the center if the city and close to the capital building completed the evening out!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bachelorette party!
    Hanran
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    My friend had Bachelorette party this previous weekend. We decided to come to Madisons for dinner. I had been to the restaurant for drinks and my friend had been for dinner. We were greatly impressed with the service and the wait staff as they were super friendly and very accommodating. We had great seats in a booth. We were impressed with the great drinks and Wisconsin based dinner menu with a flare! I'd recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • past reviews were disregarded
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    past reviews were disregarded to try the food. stayed long enough to see what problems were. food can't make up for bad management
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    took my two sisters to celebrate a retirement. Nice atmosphere, great food, friendly service. Varied menu so something for everyone's taste. Topped the night off with a complimentary dessert for my one sister who retired. Nice touch. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Tater Tots are epic. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/1/2013
    The Tater Tots are epic. I would not have expected to have gourmet Tater Tots but they were the highlight of the meal. You have to get them. The Sweet Potato Tots and the Truffle Tots are especially good. The Tequila Chile Chicken was so-so, but the Fish Tacos however were exceptional. The servers were kind, informative and attentive. Our next trip into Madison will definitely include a trip to Madison's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the food is tasteless and
    ambrai101VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    the food is tasteless and has no seasoning. it is so loud you cannot hear yourself or anyone else speak. will NOT be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went for Valentine's. It wasn't
    foodie08
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went for Valentine's. It wasn't packed, but the waitress definitely seemed to be rushing us along (I think she was ready to take our orders about 3 minutes after we sat down, she checked in several times, and I noticed her glancing to see if we were done about halfway through the meal). I had the fish tacos, which were good. Madison's never blows me away with the food, but it is a solid neighborhood choice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beef tenderloins were very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Beef tenderloins were very chewy, blood red, like eating raw meat. They were not good at all.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been to Madison's on
    ethorvaldson05VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I have been to Madison's on several occasions since approximately 2009 and the restaurant has increasingly become worse and worse. Every time we have made a reservation, the staff are always scrambling to arrange seating and questions us if a reservation even exists. My husband, male friend, and I dined at Madison's on New Year's Eve 2012 with a 7:30pm reservation. The restaurant was not full and we had to ask several times of different wait staff for a drink list. Our waitress was not attentive to the table and several staff members "hovered" over our table waiting for us to finish as soon as our food arrived. One staff member even took a plate before we were finished without asking. Overall, not worth the time or trouble.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu was limited for dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    The menu was limited for dinner, but the drinks were fantastic as were the waitstaff and ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sports bar with a touch of
    CollierCulinaryCritiqueaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Sports bar with a touch of class makes this place a fun charming place to eat and have fun. Happy hour menus make the meal not only tasty but affordable as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced for average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    We were expecting so much more with this restaurant. Drinks are overpriced and not that great. Twelve dollars for a mediocre drink is not worth it. I can get a much better drink across the street at the Opus Lounge. Food was average and also overpriced. Not much to choose from for entrees either. We only went there because a friend gave us a gift card for Madison's, and we still have some left on it. Probably won't use the rest of it though.
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  • Madison's has an identity crisis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Overall Madison's is OK but could be a lot better if it could decide what it wants to be. We went there thinking it was a higher-end restaurant but upon arrival discovered it had large screen TV's in the dining room showing the Brewers. I don't go to nice restaurants to watch TV, I go to sports bars. Food was good. Very noisy and difficult to talk. With some easy changes could be a much better experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a great meal. The chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    I had a great meal. The chicken diablo was just the right amount of spice, tender pieces of chicken. My companion had the lemongrass cilantro chicken which also was done perfectly. The service was attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for Valentines Day as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Went for Valentines Day as they were one of the few.dowtown restaurants that takes reservations AND had a 6 pm opening. The drink list and beer selection were top notch. They have a plethora of house-infused spirits (apple raisin Bulleit anyone?). The service was impeccable. We had our appetizer in no time and our food before we finished our first drink. The food was good as well. I had the beef tenderloin special. The fried cheesecake dessert was excellent as well. The ambience was great. Dimly lit, lots of exposed brick. The one thing that threw it off a little bit was what I assume was a VJ spinning 1980s R&b videos on projection screens all over the bar. Really, really weird and somewhat out of place. Other than that, everything was A+
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    The service was outstanding I appreciae the hospitality and they didnt hover over us or stay too far back the manager was excellent for the high price of the food the portions were quite large. It seemed like a special occassion as we went there for new years but I know I will be back for a regular old night out
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place needs to decide
    QuincyDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2011
    This place needs to decide if it wants to run a bar or a restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu was reasonably priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2011
    The menu was reasonably priced and the food was excellent. A wide selection of tap beers also
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The tenderloin was fabulous.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2011
    The tenderloin was fabulous. Tender, juicy and cooked just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    cps1
    Dined on 2/23/2011
    Great spot for a pre-theater light dinner. Very friendly and helpful staff.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Madison's was a nice restaraunt,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Madison's was a nice restaraunt, esspecially for the price. The food was good, and it has a nice downtown setting. Staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thought the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Thought the food and service were very good. Great place to watch the Packer Game!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Madison's Downtown is the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Madison's Downtown is the best restaurant and dance club in Madison. Not only is the main floor atmosphere chill with great music and amazing food, but the lower level dance floor is great to continue dancing the night away. This place has everything me and my friends like, good atmosphere, good food, good drinks, good music and good prices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We ate earlier in the night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2010
    We ate earlier in the night due to a concert and felt the restaurant was very quiet. We were expecting it to be a little more energetic, but assumed we had eaten too early for that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good happy hour. Slightly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/9/2010
    Very good happy hour. Slightly disappointed in the food menu for happy hour as it was high calorie (lots of deep fry choices), but we found a couple of good choices from the regular menu. Beautiful building. Lots of space.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate