What a find
Close to the Capital, this is a wonderful surprise. Everything was wonderful.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food in Madison
I have dined at 43 North upwards of 5 times, and continue to go back. The service is outstanding, the food is to die for, and there is always something new and unique on the menu.
I'm a huge fan of their farm-to-table philosophy, and their regularly changing menu. I bring every out-of-town guest here, and will continue to do so.
This is by far my favorite restaurant in Madison.
5/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food for the price
We were a group of 6, we paid like $75 per couple, we all had wine/beer, three course meal + desert. For main courses they have two sizes, the large size is not super large, the small is just decent... Food quality was excellent, service was good (nothing superb, but good, no complaints).
The restaurant was half empty, but with a moderate ambient, which is what we were looking for. We had a good time!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Choice of small and larger plates
We love the fact that 43 North offers salads and entrees in two sizes. The small salads are surprisingly generous, larger than many side salads in other restaurants. The small entrees are perfectly sized for someone who doesn't want to overindulge and doesn't want to take home part of the entree. Actually, the food is so good that I think it would be difficult resist the temptation of eating most of the larger entree portion -- even if you thought you were going to bring part of it home!
This past weekend we tried the Ratatouille, listed with Bar Food, and it was quite wonderful.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exquisite as always
As one might come to expect from the Muramoto line of restaurants, this dining experience is second to none in Madison. The Muramoto fleet is and has been bringing foodies in Madison the dining experience that you'd expect to find in large cities without the big city prices. Every moment of the experience is done so well that you'll likely have lasting memories from 43 North. Duck and Scallops are best in Madison and I'm really picky about both. Halibut and Salmon dishes had flavor palettes that even Bob Ross would never mistake for happy accidents.
Also, we sat down and ordered before 6pm on a Saturday which meant that we received 30% of EVERYTHING—that's right, their happy hour includes entrées too!
Don't hesitate, you'll love it!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every meal I've ever eaten at 43 North has been amazing and this time was no different. And you can't beat their 30% off EVERYTHING until 7p on weeknights.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service tends to be very
The service tends to be very slow and the waitress was rude but every other aspect of 43 north was amazing! We loved everything we ordered. We also love the option to do small plates and try more things. Go between 5pm-7pm on week nights to get 30%!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get 30% off anything your order before 7 pm. Great food and wine!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I recently ate at 43 North to celebrate a graduation from UW-Madison. The special three course menu offered something for everyone, including my picky 15 year-old son. The Green Goddess salad wss fresh and the dressing was delicious, and I nibbled on some of the roasted dates which were also to die for. I had the barramundi as my main course which was cooked in a pillow of parchment paper and it was light and tasty. They also had several vegetarian options which all looked tasty. I would definitely recommend this to a friend, great for special occasions.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here is amazing.
The food here is amazing. Everything I've tried on the menu has been fantastic, although I find it hard to stray from my favorites. The dates appetizer, the lobster bisque, and the game hen entree are to die for. Very small location, get's rather noisy when busy, but the bar is always a good option if you can't get a seat right away. Love this place.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
As yet undiscovered gem?
Our dinner was outstanding. The food was really excellent - every dish felt like it had been prepared with care, the flavors were amazing, and the presentation was beautiful. Service was also extremely informative, but also discrete - perfect for a more intimate "date night." We actually couldn't understand why the place wasn't packed to the brim - it was a really lovely experience, for a thoroughly reasonable price. I gather it's a relatively new restaurant, so perhaps it's just a "best kept secret" kind of place for now - but if they keep up the good work, it shouldn't remain that way long.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to 43 North this week for my Mom's birthday with my mom and my husband. The drinks were delicious, the food was exquisite and reasonably priced for its high caliber. We were also impressed with the cocktails, they were innovative and delicious. Our waitress was perfect - she was friendly, helpful, available and not at all intrusive.
We were over-indulgent, ordering a cocktail each (3), 3 appetizers, 4 small entrees, a sample of three desserts and we each had a high end scotch at the end of the meal and our bill came out around $150. I would highly recommend this place before going anywhere else overpriced for a special occasion.
Everything was was amazing - but I would highly recommend the cheese stuffed dates, and the duck.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
best place !!
Twice, I've been here with friends when we really needed to catch up and the experience could not have been better. The food was excellent, drinks perfect, but the service and atmosphere made it a slam dunk. It's hip, without being a place that plays music so loud you have to shout. It is my favorite new place to go with friends, for a romantic night, or even for a business dinner when important convos have to happen. Love this place. Don't miss it!
5/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been back to 43 North
We have been back to 43 North five times and this was no different than the others - Everything Was Just Awesome!!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Great Food and Service
My husband and I have been to 43 North several times and are never disappointed. We split the baguette/butter/jam bar snack, as well as a lobster bisque and salad. Timing for the appetizers was spot-on and the lobster bisque was especially delicious (as usual). My husband had the scallops while I had the salmon which were both appropriately portioned, flavorful, and outstanding. The service was attentive without being overly pushy or leaving us with empty drinks (which is my largest pet peeve at restaurants). We have no complaints about our experience and would highly recommend 43 North to anyone who wants a lovely evening out with a modern twist.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of Madison's best
It might not have been a typical night - while there were many people outdoors enjoying Concerts on the Square, non-concertgoers may stay away from the area for fear of traffic/parking problems on those evenings, so the restaurant was pretty empty (although they do offer free parking in the Tenney building). I can't judge the noise level or service on busier nights. The option of small or large portions is great. The small portion is not that small, and two small plates (one salad, one seafood) made a satisfying meal. There was a sign that said 30% off during happy hour 5-7 pm, and I assumed that just meant drinks, but we had a 6:30 reservation and when we got the check two hours later, we were given the 30% discount on the whole bill!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had our anniversary dinner there. We had a great time. The food and service were excellent.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went there with my sister for a girls' night. We had appetizers, salad, drinks and entrees--all tasted delicious, and the presentation was great! The only problem we had was the croquettes were still frozen on the inside when they were served to us. Our server took them back and they were replaced with no problem, though. I had the peach salad and loved it, and the scallops were also delicious. The best part, though, was the small plate option on everything (salads, entrees and even some appetizers), which allowed us to try lots of things! We would definitely return.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Disappointing service on this occas
We are fans of 43 North and return every month or two, but recent visits have been somewhat disappointing, particularly in terms of service. Most prior visits we have been assisted by very knowledgable and well trained waitstaff. The last two visits our server was none too bright, didn't know much about the menu or wines, disappeared for extended periods, and was nowhere near the high standard we have previously experienced and enjoyed here. Our dessert, a chocolate tartlet, was also not up to standard for this restaurant. Salad and entrees were good. Maybe we just hit a bad night; we hope future visits will improve.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
We went on a Saturday and got there at 5:30PM. The food was great(we had the duck and the scallops). The service was also top notch as our waitress visited frequently and took care of any requests we had. Also, they had a great deal that anything you ordered by 6PM on a Friday or Saturday you got 30% off(drinks and food!) I believe during the week this same deal goes until 7PM. On Mondays they also have a 4 course wine and dinner tasting for $40. Sounds like a great deal and a fun time. We will definately go back to try some of the other offerings.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
TAsting menu a terrific surprise
4 friends went to 43 North for the Monday Wine Tasting Menu. It was a delicious, fun, no-stress evening. No ordering, 4 tasty courses with 4 nice wines.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always the best
This is one of the best restaurants I've eaten at. With its smaller size, it doesn't get the attention like others, but the food always impresses. You can't miss with a date or business dinner here. Lunch is also very reasonable and equally tasty.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
gotta love restaurant week
I love restaurant week. It's nice to be able to try new places for a good price and get three courses
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really Great Meal!
I've walked by many times but never noticed 43 North until we went for Restaurant Week. I was VERY pleasantly surprised! They took basic foods (salad, steak, potatoes) and made them interesting and delicious! My only complaint would be the chocolate torte had nuts in it, I wish this had been called out on the menu. Really enjoyed it, thank you!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Local Favorite
I chose 43 North because I won dinner for 2 on the radio--a Restaurant Week promotion. I have been there 4-5 times and consider it a reliable downtown go-to restaurant. We selected items from the restaurant week's specials which consisted of a starter, an entree, and a dessert for $25. I enjoyed all of my selections while my companion was less impressed, although I think satisfied. The salad consisted of fresh greens with flavorful cherry tomatoes and bits of summer squash, perfectly dressed. The salmon was moist with a good sear. I loved the New Zealand Massimo Sauvignon Blanc offered by the glass. Service was great. Only complaint was a loud group of diners next to us, so loud that we asked to move. Our server moved us with no fuss.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at 43 North during
We dined at 43 North during restaurant week. The two selections that we had were both excellent and our server was very fun, friendly and efficient.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful All-Around Experience
I recently attended 43 North during Madison's Restaurant Week, however I have also visited at non-event times. On every occasion, I found the food to be wonderful! The waitstaff are friendly, and are always patient in answering questions about some of the more unusual items and ingredients on the menu. Since 43 North is a small-plates (tapas-like) venue, it can be a bit pricey to eat your fill. However, 43 North offers great happy hour specials and frequently hands out loyalty coupons for return visits. I would definitely recommend 43 North!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants.
One of my favorite restaurants.
The lobster bisk is amazing as is rest of food
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience
My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary here. We decided to go only hours earlier and were delighted to get our preferred time slot (thanks, Open Table!). The food was excellent - I had the duck breast - and the wine was great as well. Our waitress was a delight. We are pretty particular about our food and wine, and 43 North did not disappoint!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a great time there.
always a great time there. last night enjoyed the wine pairing menu.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dont miss this
Great food with creative cooking; small plates for entrees are certainly enough for all but the ravenous and the prices are extraordinarily modest for such fine cooking. Wait staff is attentive without hovering. This is a restaurant that should be at the top of the list for everyone who cares about excellent food at very affordable prices. And it's not just for foodies!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Akin to François Pascual
I found 42 north far from the 42nd choice on my list of restaurants that I would choose. What an ambient nature that this tranquil dining environment exhibits. I devoured the duck and my friend liked eating his salmon. Man o Man, I was so impressed that nothing on my plate was slovenly. The only restaurant that i have been to that is better than 42nd norths is Francois Pascual, which only exists in my home town in france.
Thanks for everything,
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great find in Madison
We looked for a nice place to stop in Madison on our way north for a vacation, and, as usual, turned to Open Table to see if something was available. 43 North was not much out of our way, and the reviews were favorable. On this particular day, we were rather late for lunch (1:30) and were the only customers in the restaurant. Of course our service was excellent! The meals were outstanding, perfect portions, beautifully presented. My husband had the rainbow trout over greens, and I had the duck confit salad. We will definitely visit 43 North when we are in Madison again.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the experience ( food, service, choices). We will definitely return. Thank you.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the most outstanding
One of the most outstanding meals I have ever had! Everything was excellent. The combination of flavors for every course was phenomenal. The plating was eye-cathing & appealing. Sevice was also excellent. I love how diners can see the chefs prepare everything.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for conversation.
Great place for conversation. Met friend I hadn't seen in years and we could really talk. Food was done with care.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first Monday wine dinner
What a great deal! Outstanding food and wines to match for only $40 per person. WIll be going back to more Monday wine dinners.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
43 North 8/28/13
Nice find. We moved our reservation to an earlier time, staff completely untroubled and friendly. My daughter chose 3 small plates for her meal: roasted goat cheese stuffed dates with hazelnut pesto, salmon tartare, and beef carpaccio. She was very pleased with all. My husband order the carpaccio plate as well ( very generous portions) and the lamb loin for dinner. I had the peach and arugula salad (fabulous) and small plate scallops on a sweet corn velouté (so good that I wish I had ordered the large plate). No desserts, as we were too full, but they looked lovely.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
43 North Hits The Mark
First time dining at 43 North and our experience was wonderful. The service was great and the food was wonderful. Great idea to serve the protein in either 4 or 8 ounce portions. The variety was perfect and the wines were very good and reasonably priced.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
couples date night
We had a fantastic dinner with another couple. The food was very good and we loved that we could choose the portion size we wanted for each course. For example, I picked a large portion of the beet salad - delicious! And then chose the small portion for my main course of risotto. It was exactly the right amount of food for each course and it was perfect. The service was excellent - our server was nice, polite, and attentive but not in our face. For such a small place, it was surprisingly not loud at all.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very cozy modern restaurant. Fantastic food with great presentation. It was absolutely wonderful first experience. I enjoyed watching them cook food and the fun presentation. Our waiter was excellent and so attentive. I will definitely be back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always!
Took a new friend there. As with past friends, she thoroughly enjoyed it. The stuffed dates were excellent, as was the lobster bisque. Tried the ratatouille and the cream corn risotto for the first time and was delighted with both. The option to select small and large plates makes this the perfect place for all eaters.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a look
Nice little restaurant with an intriguing menu and great wine and drink list. Relaxed, romantic setting but can also double as a quiet night out for smaller families.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as always. My wife
Awesome as always. My wife and I love this place. With the small plate options, you can have more than just two entrees.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there with family. Each had a wonderful dish! The lamb was amazing, olives on the top were a great accent. Pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked and soooooo tender! The scallops were cooked to perfection with a light seasoning and frothy-yummy side sauce. Cesar salad was so tasty and creative. Loved every minute of the meal!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is the second time I have been here and the food is amazing. The first time my server was amazing, this time the server did lack a bit of the polish and timing my first experience had, but overall not too bad.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
43 North - Awesome As Usual
Since it was so good the first time, this is our second time in three weeks going to 43 North. We did repeat the brussel sprout and grilled caesar salads, since we enjoyed them so much the first time. We also had the Baccala Croquet appetizer along with the pork tenderloin. Everything was simply delectable. The service was exceptional; the staff was not only attentive but extremely friendly and helpful. When going to 43 North, you truly feel like they appreciate your business, all the while providing excellent meals. BTW, the wines by the glass are also very tasty, both by themselves or paired with a meal. We are already talking about our next visit to 43 North.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
best of all worlds
just follow the latitude across the globe...43 North hits all the best zones for foodies (France, Spain, Japan, etc..) and the menu reflects this diversity. i love that the menu is so varied - but not overly long. food prepared perfectly and i love being able to order anything as either a small or large plate. super nice staff and open kitchen. walk on by past some of the flashier choices near the square and get yourself to 43 North.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was amazing!
The food was amazing and a great deal! I do like all my small plates at once, to try them all. They come on one at a time, so this is something I need to remember to ask for. Otherwise, amazing food at a reasonable price!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great way to start out an evening!
Really great food and service. Portion sizes are excellent for the large plates. Appetizers of WI cheeses, charcuterie plate and carpaccio are amazing. Waygu beef was so creamy and flavorful, the sea bass cooked to perfection, the pork tenderloin so tender and full of flavor it just melted in your mouth. Our party of 6 loved every bite and we all shared and tasted one another's dishes. Our server was very knowledgeable and chose wines for us to compliment our respective meals.
The downsides to mention include very cheap wobbly tables, very crowded seating, and unless you are really familiar with the downtown area the restaurant is very hard to find as is the free parking they mention on their website. Light up the awning somehow.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM