Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
At Avenue Club, we aim to honor the past as much as we strive to reinvent it
The first supper club in the US was established in the 1920s in Beverly Hills by Milwaukee native Lawrence Frank. In their heyday in the ‘50s and ‘60s, supper clubs were social hubs; comfortable places to gather and enjoy great food, drinks and company. Traditionally supper clubs were considered a destination where patrons would spend the entire night, from cocktail hour to after-dinner ice cream drinks. We salute that supper club spirit by serving up creative variations of classic food and drinks in an updated mid-century modern setting.
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MariaB
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Very friendly service, food was outstanding, but as I had indicated it was a Birthday I expected a bit more than a casual “happy birthday hope your day is going well”. The offer of a drink or a dessert would have been appreciated.
The person celebrating chose The Avenue over any other restaurant in Madison, a lifelong resident celebrating 84 years!

I will return to The Avenue, but not for a special occasion. Some of the personal service that was present before this became another of the Food Fight acquisitions has now been lost in my estimation.

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TMSC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the atmosphere so peaceful.

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service and food were great. Love the décor. I also really loved the grasshopper.

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MNvisitor
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! There are great GF options, and they are delicious. Oh, and the Brandy Old-Fashioned & Pink Squirrel were tasty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner during happy hour and it was perfect. Not too crowded so no problems Covid-wise so that was great. Patrick was our server and he was very friendly and helpful. Food was great (we had the walleye special and a turkey club sandwich and both were delicious). Tried a “pink pony” for desert and it was a great finish to a wonderful meal. Not our first visit to the Bubbleup and definitely not our last.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody Mary’s were great!

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, it is definitely more upscale pub style food. There are heathy options as well.

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MomGoddess
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great variety of choices and nice ambiance - despite being Corona season.

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JulieB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! Their steps to socially distance and cleanliness were awesome, making us feel very safe and valued. Thank you!

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Frequent
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we visit Madison (from Iowa), we usually make it a point to visit the Avenue Club. It's been nicely remodeled in the recent past. We especially like the beer-battered cod dinner. The fish is nicely fried in the light batter. We also enjoyed the wedge salad on this visit. It was thick with tomatoes, bacon bits and blue cheese chucks. In the past, we also enjoyed the fried cheese curds.
Our server was very attentive and we appreciated her service.
The social-distancing was perfectly carried out in this restaurant and all the staff wore masks. We felt very safe eating here, as it was our first time eating inside a restaurant in the past 5 months.
We will be back!

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AliciaB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was nice not being anywhere for the last five months. Great service. Loved the flag system, should keep that after Covid, was nice letting the server know if wei needed a drink refill!!

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Jason
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Classic supper club feeling! My father and I go there all the time.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fish fry. Group of 4 of us each got the walleye and it’s phenomenal. Bachelor party weekend kicked off right

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SharronO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

These guys are doing it right during the ensuing pandemic scare. Feels clean, safe, comfortable. Awesome job guys!

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JohnM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The website makes The Avenue Club appear to be an upscale urban supper club. It is not. Inside it was worn out and old. The food, service and drinks were all poor. I will not be returning. I encourage everyone to visit before booking a reservation to make sure you know what you are getting.

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vipCatherineS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avenue Club has figured out safe dining. Everyone was solicitous and attentive to our needs. Spectacular steaks and salmon grilled perfectly. I will come back for the rosemary butter alone! Everything fresh and delicious.

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SueA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service, and thoughtful social distancing! Plus, hand sanitizer stations.

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BaileyN
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great! My partner and I came here for his birthday (our first outing in months) and they were great about everything. Avenue Club has social distancing and COVID-19 precautions down to a T. They had hand sanitizer, a color sign system to minimize contact, a 1 way path through the restaurant, and a table to put dishes on when they’re done, again to minimize contact.
The restaurant itself is insanely clean, beautiful, and contains all of the best parts of mid-century modern style. Our server was great, very friendly and attentive, as were the host and food runner. My partner had the cod fish fry and LOVED it, and I had one of the best Rubens I’ve ever had!! For some context, I worked in one of the oldest WI Supper Clubs waitressing and bartending for several years and haven’t found a replacement here in Madison until now. This place is the real deal! My brandy old fashioned sour was absolutely stellar- strong, sour, and loaded with bitters, exactly as it should be :) My partner’s ale was delicious as well. The drinks were reasonably priced and so was my meal. My partner’s was a tiny bit on the pricey side, but nothing too bananas, especially for a real deal fish fry in Madison. We will be coming back when everything clears up and will probably become regulars here!

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TFoster
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt very safe eating at The Avenue and the food was wonderful!

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MeghanK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fries were especially delicious that night, extra crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was our second time back for indoor dining since they reopened and they have excellent safety protocols in place on top of having our favorite cocktails in Madison and delicious food.

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SueC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really appreciated the steps they took to make us feel safe while dining

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vipLynnK
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, thoughtful and attentive staff. Great job of social distancing and preparation for preventing COVIS transmission. Delicious food and lovely ambiance.

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vipSadie
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be eating out. again. Have always liked the Ave. Good food, nice people, nice atmosphere!! Parking, a real plus as well.

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vipDylan
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Where else can you get fish fry and old fashioned's at 11am?

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ChristineC
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Followed all social distancing requirements. Server was attentive, without being intrusive. Great food - especially the cheese curds & stuffed mushrooms.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always love The Avenue. For the first time ever we have one little complaint, the carrot cake didn’t seem to have cream cheese frosting as described in the menu. In our family carrot cake must have cream cheese frosting. 😉

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CheriS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, hearty lunch with large portions. Very much a value. Great location that is central for many when having a lunch with multiple friends.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Avenue Club is a favorite for fish and other menu items. We will be back, soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat! I have had a lot of cheese curds around Madison, and so far, those are the best! Great drinks, great food, and you can’t beat the free parking! Definitely would recommend.

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AnnN
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (5 of us) were there for my husbands 84th birthday and we we had a VERY nice experience. He's a "young" 84! We have frequented this restaurant for many years, but the upgrade over the last couple years is fantastic. Love it!

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RussellH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first visit, we have patronized the Avenue for many years, prior to the current owners. The new owners and management have really put a modern spin the the Avenue, and we love it.
Food was really great! Nice quiet atmosphere which we prefer.

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Stick
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A little pricey wish they had a Senior Fish Fry. Can’t eat that much food.

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Starburst
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We had the cod and wall eye it was so good. Girl that seated us was very nice and friendly. Our server was very attentive. Over all experience was excellent.

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JoeC
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Old Fashions and fish fry

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Double date with another couple

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KariH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready on time for our reservation! Food was amazing!

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MichaelN
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent -- the space, however, could be better thought out. I felt like I was having dinner with a party of 10 when I was really trying to enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day dinner with my husband. The way they have their seating set up does not allow for a private, intimate setting. I wish the space was more divided up and tables were separated further away from other parties.

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AnnetteK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was OK; meatloaf was good, crab cakes and risotto were meh.
Worst old fashion I've had in a long time. Other drinks were just OK.
Waiter was nice, but MIA for most of the experience.
Ambiance and atmosphere are great.
Same overall experience as the first time we tried it :(
Will give it one more try and then cross off the list if it isn't significantly better on food, service and drinks. We want to like this place, but you gotta have more to offer than just a cool atmosphere.

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KellyK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Walleye and cod dinner was saturated with oil. Potatoes had NO seasoning. We weren't offered drink refills at all.
VERY upsetting, this was our Valentine's day celebration and it was less than desirable.

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pooks
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good. Had resy's, seated right away,and service was quick. The drinks: Old Fashioned brandy press and OF whiskey sour, both muddled- one came out muddled but not the other, the press tasted sweet and the sour was a sour tart. 3/5. Fish fry: baked cod - perfectly moist and cooked. Good seasoning, but less amount than the fried cod. Fried cod - 3 medium portions, not too heavy/thick or oily for a wet batter, still moist and hot. I couldn't taste the beer per se, but it was good. 4/5 for both fish. Fries and baked potato were average. 3/5. Tarter sauce was excellent, and I hate tarter sauces. Strongest flavor was mayo, capers, dill, onion. 5/5. Coleslaw was more dry than wet, but it had a hint of horseradish - so creative! 5/5 Overall, really good, we'll be back!

FAQs

Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 257-6877.

Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 507 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.