43 North took over space at 108 King Street in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 replacing another restaurant. The name is derived from the latitude of the location. The d�cor is very trendy with dark purple booths that are both inviting and comfortable. A specialty and nice touch at 43 North is the ability to order either half or full-size portions of the entr�es offered.
A few notable favorites on the menu at 43 North are lobster bisque, duck confit salad, hachis parmentier, cassoulet of lamb leg, Wagyu steak and game hen. Additionally, each diner is presented with a complimentary small slice of coffee cake to conclude the meal.
What an awful experience. We booked the restaurant a month ago, and we even get a reminder only to turn up at the restaurant to see a sign that says "closed indefinitely due to plumbing issue" - ok, I understand accidents and unforeseen circumstances happen, but the restaurant has a record of bookings, my details are on it, and so they HAVE AN OBLIGATION to call to say, we are closed so find somewhere else !! How easy to do think it was to find an available table for 3, on a Saturday night, in Madison, the day of a Wisconsin Badgers home game ????? You utterly ruined our evening.
Unfortunate 43North was closed for repairs but OpenTable allowed us to book a table. We didn't know until we arrived on Saturday night at prime time find that we were out of luck. We love this resturant so we will return but somehow we should have been told.
Had a reservation, showed up and the restaurant was closed due to some reason. No one bothered to call and inform the reservations. Kinda annoying
This restaurant is closed but still taking reservations.
Service was excellent. Ambiance was nice for our anniversary. The stuffed dates for an appetizer were great and the lemon thyme posset for a dessert was delicious and refreshing. Everything else was decent but just missing a little something. Not very strong flavors, which we prefer.
One of the better restaurants in Madison. Gourmet food.
Try the happy hour. Everything on the menu is 30% off.
I think the another server (not ours) made some sort of comment regarding us coming there for the Happy Hour discount to another server. Not sure if it was negative or not, but it sort of sounded negative. Keep in mind that the restaurant has a happy hour in order to attract customers. Servers shouldn't be making negative comments if they want the customer to come. And realistically, whatever discount we get we usually give back to our server anyways. This was on Saturday night 6/11/16. In any case, we liked our food. Too bad no more beef carpaccio.
We like that there are smaller portions--makes it easier to have room for dessert. Fun eclectic food! Above average beverage selection. Wonderful !!
The game hen was breaded, over-cooked and non-descript to the point it could have been chicken or pork for all we knew. The gnocchi were tasteless rubber and the mushrooms were overcooked. But what really made this plate a noteworthy failure was this gawdawful sweet caramel gravy. What a horrible combination.
The Wyagu steak was an awesome cut, perfectly cooked. The mushrooms and mustard greens were very well seasoned and complimented the steak beautifully.
The stuffed date appetizer was cloying and obnoxious. Far too much date for the paltry amount of stuffing. We rescued the meager stuffing and ate it with small portions of the largely uneaten dates. This was an improvement but barely passable. This menu item should be completely re-evaluated.
The bottle of merlot-cabernet wine we ordered was scarcely better than 3 buck chuck. Way over-priced for the quality.
Worst of all is the atmosphere. All hard surfaces and glass. With a full head count, this raised all the conversations to shouting. It was all but impossible to think, let alone carry on a reasonable conversation. For gods sake put some sound absorbing materials high on the walls and the ceiling.
But then again, don't bother. Other than the steak, the food won't draw us back. It is easy to find far better meals in Madison for the $100 (including tip) that this cost us.
The server was very competent and was tipped appropriately because the food was not his fault.
Ideal for date night. Fascinating menu very well presented. Great staff.
43 North is a lovely little gem in Madison's downtown that has delicious food in two sizes. Their stuffed dates are my favorite individual dish in Madison.
The food is 4.5. It's not "5" as the noddles were over coke with both orders we have.
The service is 3.5.....that when I try to be nice. So total is "4". And it's can be 5 - they just have to do better
43 North was pretty empty - on a relatively busy Saturday night (granted, the weather was bad, but most restaurants in downtown Madison were booked that same night). I'm not sure what their culinary "voice" was supposed to be, but it came across as high-end hotel, which is unfortunate. I guess one could say "competent," but that's as far as I would go. The service was confused (and staff looked visibly bored), we never saw a manager, and the galley floor layout really isn't suited to what they're trying to be or do. Without clear vision, execution, or leadership, it's a utility "nice restaurant" that you could go to for a date, a little too awkwardly intimate (and purple) for a business dinner, but it doesn't stand out for cuisine, ambiance, or experience. I get a clear sense of living on borrowed time.
I returned to 43 North after a couple of years not having been there, as it isn't local for me. As with my previous visits, I found the food to be fantastic, the service excellent, and the ambience charming. While the menu is a bit limited, we found that everything we ordered was delicious. The scallops, in particular, are worth the trip in and of themselves.
My fiance and I celebrated our engagement here in the private dining area with our guests. I highly recommend reserving this area for a group, especially if it for a special occasion. The food was delicious; we went with an array of entrees to split with the group to give it more of a tapas feel to it. Last, but not least, our server did an excellent job in regards to recommending food selection and of course bringing out champagne when we arrived.
Our monthly ladies dinner date was thoroughly enjoyable with great service, very delicious entrees, wine and desserts. We vote for the best restaurant every 7months and return to the winning restaurant. You have my vote!
The Monday tasting menu at 43 North is an undiscovered gem of Madison. I hope others will discover it (but not so many that I can't get a reservation, of course!)
Beautiful atmosphere and wonderful music( not to loud where you can't have a conversation). The wait staff was gracious( Andrea ) and the food was delicious and the way it was prepared made your mouth water before eating it. The roasted dates,lobster bisque soup, and the crispy duck leg was like a beautiful symphony in my mouth. Perfect setting for date night or an anytime dinner. Check out the happy hour, 30% off everything...just when you thought it couldn't get any better.
Excellent dinner with great food and service. I'll be back!
I was very pleased to try a restaurant recommended by more than one friend. The food was great, although I did not love my steak. I was surprised and very happy that there were few other customers so that I was able to reconnect with a relative I hadn't seen for many years. I would definitely come again.