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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Madison

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Madison? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (867)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Madison
About the restaurant
Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is located on the banks of the Sugar River in Paoli, WI. The Schoolhouse was built in 1864 and was converted into a restaurant in 2008. We pride ourselves in supporting local vendors and ingredients to bring you the best quality dishes.

Enjoy a meal in our beautiful bistro or on the deck/patio as weather permits. We have a great selection of wine, cocktails, and carry a variety of domestic and craft beers.

The Schoolhouse is also a great venue for small events - micro weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other celebrations!
Top review
RebeccaD
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Good. So good. It’s always good. The service is great, the menu is great, the food is great.
A photo of Williams's Pine Gables Supper Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (442)
$31 to $50
American
Madison
About the restaurant
Welcome to William's Pine Gables Supper Club.
We look forward to seeing you soon
Top review
KathyMvip
Dined 7 days ago
This restaurant never disappoints! We all enjoyed a great opportunity to get together in a quiet booth and all four of us enjoyed our meals. I had the fish fry. It was done to perfection and the potato pancakes were the best I have had, excellent! The wait staff is the best in the area. They are professional, attentive and friendly. We always enjoy Williams.
A photo of Villa Dolce restaurant
4.9
4.9 (618)
$30 and under
Italian
Middleton
About the restaurant
A modern Italian cafe in the heart of downtown historic Middleton. With a contemporary vibe this fusion Italian gem features unique topping gourmet pizzas, handmade pasta and famous Gelato.
Top review
Srewobnasusvip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Excellent ambience and wonderful food. It was a beautiful experience.
A photo of Lucille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1042)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Madison
About the restaurant
Lucille is currently open for indoor dining! For large group reservations (15+ people), please email us at info@lucillemadison.com or give us a call at 608-283-0000 for availability.

We are excited to have you in!
Top review
DBCMvip
Dined 3 days ago
The food was great—very tasty. Our service was great as well!
A photo of Buck & Honey - Mount Horeb restaurant
4.7
4.7 (58)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Mount Horeb
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's house. We are privately owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare with only the freshest available ingredients, curated by our Executive Chef, Sammy Millan. We are new to the Mount Horeb community and couldn't be more excited! Great pastas, tender steaks, seafood, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out our extensive wine list too. We offer a cozy environment with amazing staff. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Also We serve brunch from 11am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. We also have an amazing event venue on the second level. We are here to show what Wisconsin hospitality is all about!
Top review
cathymvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Food was great and enjoyed the new Haba Marga Tini. We ate outside, which was a great experience. The service was excellent from Lauren, who seated us, to Robert who waited on us.
A photo of D’Vino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (579)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Madison
About the restaurant
Wine/Cicchetti (pronounced: che-kett-ee) Bar
Fine Italian Dining
Irresistible little snacks of every imaginable configuration from the varied regions of Italy. Eat them at the bar with an ombra (shadow) of wine with an aperitif. Fine Dining Menu Also available Wed-Sat-Classic Italian favorites and daily chefs specials including Chicken Parmigiano, Sicilian Steak and Shrimp Scampi. Sunday Supper 5-8PM
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Great meal, excellent service. First time visiting, but will return. Cocktail menu particularly interesting.
A photo of Eno Vino Downtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2084)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Madison
About the restaurant
Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro Voted "Madison's Best Wine Bar" By Madison Magazine Readers, consistently over the years. Eno Vino offers 200+ wines by the bottle & another 45 by the glass. From the beginning, Eno Vino was established as a place to share great wine, sensational, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, inviting food. Whether you would like to entertain friends, enjoy an evening out with a loved one or unwind during happy hour ~ we invite you to enjoy an evening at Eno Vino.

**Please note**
For outdoor terrace reservations- Please call the restaurant at 608-455-0663.
Eno Vino does not accept Discover card or Apple pay.
All guests must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol, regardless of parental accompaniment.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Went to Eno Vino with my new husband and in-laws to celebrate our recent marriage, and the restaurant made it very memorable! The drinks were phenomenal (and strong), and the food was amazing. The flatbreads are the best bang for your buck, and the sharable plates are all delightful and tasty. The Thai chicken flatbread, pear-felct elixir, and the ahi tuna were the stars of the show for me personally. The only downside is that the shareable plates could be a tad bigger. Splitting six plates amongst 5 people, only let us get a few bites of each tasty plate (could’ve used one or two more bites), but the choices and drink menu make up for it. Highly recommend for a special occasion!
A photo of Rare Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1898)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Madison
About the restaurant
Dining and libations on Capitol Square with an incredible view of the Capitol, Rare combines craft cocktails, in-house dry aged steaks and attentive service in an unabashedly old-school steak house setting. Madison's downtown steakhouse features specialty cuts dry aged in-house, like the Rib Cap and the Delmonico as well as offering more traditional cuts like our filet and our rib eye. Rare is also one of the only purveyors of A5 Wagyu in Madison.

Complimenting our steaks and entrees is a specialty cocktail list and an extensive wine list with everything from wines for a big celebration to a weekday dinner.

If you're just looking for a drink after work, Rare offers discounted cocktails, wines and snacks at happy hour.
Top review
MariM
Dined 3 days ago
Ashley was an outstanding server. We loved sitting in a booth at the back where we were somewhat insulated from background noise and could hear each other speak, which was so much better than other venues where the noise level is terrible and I end up with a sore throat from shouting by the end of the meal.
A photo of Eno Vino Waunakee restaurant
4.5
4.5 (138)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Waunakee
About the restaurant
From the beginning, Eno Vino was established as a place to share great wine, sensational, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, inviting food. Whether you would like to entertain friends, enjoy an evening out with a loved one or unwind during happy hour ~ we invite you to enjoy an evening at Eno Vino!

Top review
KarenSvip
Dined on May 13, 2024
Great, as usual! Really enjoyed the new Salmon plate!
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Monona restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1365)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's. We're locally owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare made from scratch with only the freshest available ingredients.… Great pastas, tender steaks, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out the extensive wine list, craft cocktails and beer selections. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Located on the Yahara River in Monona, featuring 23 boat slips for boat parking and dock side carry out.

Summer months include patio seating, that is first come first serve, and non-reservable.
Top review
DaveF
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Great outdoor patio, great service and good menu variety
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