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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Madison

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service 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 Williams's Pine Gables Supper Club restaurant
4.6
4.6 (459)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I took my wife there to celebrate her retirement. The food was outstanding as was the service. We did have to wait quite a while for drinks at the bar but it wasn’t long enough to rate the restaurant lower than 5 stars. We will go back there again!
A photo of Villa Dolce restaurant
4.8
4.8 (626)
$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
sharon8
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
family owned. personalized attention. experienced and friendly wait staff. terrific "local" sophisticated ambiance. excellent food. we are so lucky to have this gem in downtown Middleton. it is one of the establishments that makes downtown Middleton so special.
A photo of Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (891)
$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
JeanneB
Dined 5 days ago
Our experience was lovely. Brian, the manager, did an excellent job as well as the wait staff. Our food was delicious and the presentation was perfect!
A photo of Rare Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1913)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great night out! Good food and service. Will be back.
A photo of Sugar River Pizza Company restaurant
4.7
4.7 (478)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Madison
About the restaurant
Made from scratch pizza and hometown comfort food are the focus of this family-run restaurant. Come join us for an evening among friends.
Top review
MargaretK
Dined 3 days ago
We had a hangry group of people for lunch and a rowdy 2 year old and our server handled us smoothly. The food was tasty and overall a great experience.
A photo of Buck & Honey - Mount Horeb restaurant
4.7
4.7 (62)
$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
BandPOregon
Dined 3 days ago
Food was very good, and portions were very generous. Service was great. Our only issue was the noise level. The place was fairly busy but not packed, but the noise level was too much in our opinion for a comfortable conversation. I blame it on the hard architectural surfaces that reflect so much of the noise. We'll be back but at a slower time.
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Sun Prairie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1540)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sun Prairie
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.… Sun Prairie's taken notice by awarding Buck & Honey's 'Best Restaurant', 'Best Steak', 'Best Dinner', 'Best Place for Live Music', 'Best Lunch', (and more) every year! 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. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Now serving brunch from 10A-2P on Sunday!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Server attentive and frequent refills of depleted soft drinks. From out of town meeting with sister in law and husband we were not hurried to vacate the table although it was a slow lunch crowd for indoor dining.
A photo of The Mariner's Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1799)
$30 and under
American
Madison
About the restaurant
When Bill and Betty Von Rutenberg opened The Mariner’s Inn in 1966, they set out to provide a steak and seafood dining experience like none other. Mouth watering, delicious steaks aged to perfection and an assortment of seafood from lobster to the famous Friday Fish Fry.
Bill and Betty’s sons, Bill, Jack, and Robert, along with their crew, now carry on the tradition of outstanding hospitality of von Rutenberg Ventures. Waterfront dining on the patio and a sunset over the marina make dinner at Mariner’s an evening to remember. We offer five options for dining. Dine-in, expanded outdoor seating, carryout, curbside, and dockside. Try our monthly summer Lobster Boil. You can now enjoy the lobster boils by dine-in or takeout! Advance reservations required.

To make a reservation that is larger then 8 people please call us.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful steaks and martinis
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Monona restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1390)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Really nice meal as usual. The restaurant week meal was wonderful and a great bargain. Service was terrific, and I love the environment in this restaurant.
A photo of Bonfyre American Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2324)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
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 complement 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.

Top review
MikeR
Dined 7 days ago
We haven't been tho Bonfire in quite awhile and were pleased that really nothing has changed. There were good options for a variety of food on the menu. Our drinks were delicious and our food came well prepared, pleasantly presented and neither too soon or having to wait too long. We never felt rushed and our server was attentive without being obtrusive. All in all a fine meal at a reasonable price.
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