Bonfyre American Grille

4.4
2131 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

Bonfyre features Contemporary American Cuisine in an upscale casual environment. In addition to our hand-cut, wood-fired Steaks, guests can enjoy fresh Seafood, Rotisserie Chicken, Pastas, Signature Salads and so much more from our seasonally changing menu.

To compliment the cuisine, Bonfyre’s bar features classic cocktails with a modern twist, creative new libations, domestic craft beer selections and a wine list consisting of 60 labels from both North and South America.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Bonfyre American Grille Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday – 11:00 AM – 10:00pm

Saturday – 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM

Sunday- 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday-Sunday Brunch: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
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Phone number
(608) 273-3973
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Bonfyre American Grille is available for both on and off premise events. Please contact our event coordinator to arrange your next party.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Todd Drive
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Parking details
Parking is available immediatly in front of the building, behind the restaurant in the parking garage, or across the street (behind Citgo)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DJ
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for business. Were extremely happy with the whole Bonfyre experience from food, service and atmosphere. Will definitely be coming back again as soon as we are back in town in about 2 weeks.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Large group was accommodated well. Delicious and generous servings.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Always one of our favorites when we visit Madison.

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B
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always good food although the garlic in potatoes and sauces are way too strong

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BK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Some menu items are grossly overpriced. $18 for shrimp cocktail containing 5 shrimp! Otherwise, the service is good, and I like the atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day Brunch was a 10! The lobster frittata was delicious!

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went for Father's Day, Sunday Brunch. It was busy with lots of fathers. Food was exceptional. Service was excellent. Noise level was high due to It being busy. This was the first time we dined here. We will definitely go again!

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S
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Seafood Cobb Salad, which is gluten-free. It was wonderful and there was enough to take home. It is so nice when eating out to feel the restaurant is taking gluten-free seriously, not just as a fad.

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EO
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Although it can be difficult to find due to the lack of a high visibility sign, it's definitely worth the experience.

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CK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere. Our guests from out of town loved it. Everyone said their food was great!

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C
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Bonfyre American Grill is our family's favorite place to dine when we are in Madison. You're greeted at the door by the smell of smoked meat. Comfy booths and a big bar area. Attentive service and good beer selection. We really enjoy the ribs.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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RJ
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were incredible. Visiting Wisconsin for the first time and we were greeted with excellence here!

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New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with a friend

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our table was dirty I had to wipe it myself after I had the hostess wipe it. And my food wasn’t very hot

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NR
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our dinner was good but the food was brought to us very fast and we couldn't finish each course without the next course coming to our table. We felt rushed.

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ES
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Took my mom here for Mother's day. It was really, really loud and difficult to have a conversation. Our waiter was very attentive and timely with everything. He was probably the best part of the experience. Food was only OK especially considering the price. Probably would pick someplace else to dine in the future.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall the experience was a good one. We decided on going out to eat for Mother's Day at the last moment and were glad we were able to make a reservation. The website didn't mention a Mother's Day special and we weren't given an option to order from the menu so I am assuming it was buffet only. We found out by asking that you could order a special omelet, but unfortunately it wasn't ready when we were seated (10:30). By the time my daughter asked about the slips of paper we had already gone through the line and were full. If you are going to offer that you really do need to have it ready when you begin serving.

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d
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had never dined here before but booked a table for 5 on a Sat night for a graduation celebration. Expecting to still wait with a reservation, we were pleasantly surprised to be seated immediately. Being from out of town we mentioned to the server we had a long 3 hour drive home. She was wonderful and very friendly, took our order right away and brought drinks out fairly quickly. The Acai martini was excellent. A couple of disappointments, they were out of cheese curds appetizer at 8pm on a Sat night and double baked potatoes both which we tried to order. Other than that our food came out very quickly. The ribs were excellent as was the seafood salad. The steak was just okay, a little fatty and flavorless for the price. The combo rib, chicken, steak plate was good but the steak was overcooked and not very good. I would recommend Bonfyre for a nice ambiance, fast friendly service and overall good food.

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V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was better than expected. Maybe little overpriced.

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 3

Made reservations over a month ago for six. Graduation celebration. As you can imagine, if you have participated in a graduation, it can be a long day. So we were all hungry and looking forward to a full filling relaxing, no surprise dinner. WOW. The very first app we ordered (cheese curds) OUT. We all all looked at each other and shrugged it off. Then we thought, we are in WI. home of Cheese. How can this be. Then the first meal was the chefs cut. Well again, not available. Then, after we all received our first drink, there was nothing offered for a long period of time. All drinks and water, EMPTY. We realized it was not our waitress, it was your lack of staff. We did enjoy the meal. But I speak for many, how can you justify not offering a specialty (chefs cut) and run out of cheese curds (in Wi) on Grad. Weekend. Well, lesson learned. Please note, the waitress we had was very good considering her lack of support.

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SA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had 9 in our party! Very disappointed with how small the table was. We were crammed onto this table. There were bigger tables. I was annoyed as to why we were put on such a small table of 9 especially since I made the reservations 2 months in advance. The waiter was difficult to hear. Appetizers came out after soup and salad. The food was very good and the value was great. Just really disappointed by the table and the service since it was for my daughters college graduation.

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CK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went here for our son's graduation lunch/dinner. The ambience was great and our waitress was excellent, very attentive !

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SB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The place was okay. We needed somewhere for a group and wanted a reservation after UW-Madison's graduation. We were seated quickly. The wait staff and service was solid. The food was uneven though, some meals excellent and others mediocre. The constant at this place was the expense. I don't mind paying for great meals, but some of our entrees disappointed us.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything was good. Nothing great. Enjoyed my time there

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NS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have kids at UW Madison but when in town we regularly stop at Bonfyre. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is fun. They have a wide menu that is reasonably priced, and they have fun and inexpensive desserts. Will always try to go there.

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W
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and excellent as ever food quality

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d
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We have experienced the quality of the food at Bonfyre has steadily declined over the past year. We have enjoyed this spot for the past few years since moving to Madison, and have noticed subtle changes this past year. The portions of inexpensive food, such as rice have increased greatly and the items like salmon have decreased in portion size and quality. The veggie grill was not served as described on the menu. We will be taking a break for the time being and check back in a few months.

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NS
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our only complaint was that the chicken served with the chicken/ribs dinner was fairly dry. Our service was great and our food was prepared in a timely manner. We'll be back. Thanks

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Been here a couple of times. This time my wife’s steak was way under cooked. Ordered it medium and it came rare/medium rare. Center was raw and pretty much cold.

Drinks were good. Sides were excellent.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Portions small (for the price). Entrees should include salad (or soup) and bread (for the price). Bar prices unreasonably steep (we drank water)! Jambalaya was tasty.

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G
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food. Slow service. Great location. Never a wait.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The white wine was warm and they didn’t fix the problem

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic and food was incredible!

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W
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable and relaxing

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PJ
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I made my reservation through Open Table and got confirmation - but upon arrival the maître d' informed me that they didn't show the reservation. If if would've been a busy night we no doubt would've gone someplace else. This place has limited seating at this time of the year. Fortunately it was a Tuesday and we got a table. Steaks were good, cheese plate confusing (in WI) and dessert sampling was unique.

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RC
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here before and it's a nice place and location. Next time we're going to ask for a booth though. Wish we would have been offered the option, but still a great brunch overall!

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M
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Dined here on April 7th as a party of six. Our car was hit in the parking lot and no one came forward so we are left to deal with it. The item I picked was the flatbread pizza which they were out of and had to pick something else. The pot roast and rib dinners looked amazing, the rest of the dinners were much less in portion and appeal.

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ST
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Service needs work
steak was rare ordered med-rare
waitress opened my wine improperly
a few other waitress faux pas
very loud atmosphere
bartenders could not keep up

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DR
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bonfyre has been great every time we have gone. The food is outstanding. The Menu is big with lots of variety. The drinks are always fantastic. The service was great. They have lots of different types of seating options. This time around we booked a reservation day of and didn't have much of an option. It was great regardless.

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