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About Madison's

Madison's is a classy and comfortable restaurant & bar staged in a classic setting. As the anchor tenant of a building built in 1889, Madison's boasts large glass windows and lots of exposed brick. Come enjoy discounted offerings at happy hour, a wonderful dinner from our full menu, or a late night environment full of twenty, thirty and forty-somethings. Madison's - Celebrate great experiences!

119 King Street
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:


Saturday Brunch: 10AM-2PM

Sunday Brunch (NFL Season Only): 11:00am-10:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
E. Doty Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 229-0900

Website:
http://www.madisonsdowntown.com/

Entertainment:
Madison's features a collection of live DJ's - Friday and Saturday nights.



Parking Details:
Park in the Government East lot directly across the street. The ramp is located on E. Doty Street.

Executive Chef:
Scott Boyeson

Private Party Facilities:
Main level private room
Lower level private room with bar.

Please visit www.madisonsdowntown.com for more info.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Madison's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Enjoyed a quick dinner on a Friday early evening. Sat with 2 of us at the high top tables, service was great. Split a burger and tater tots. Both were outstanding, not overly big burger but super juicy. The tater tots were outstanding with some dipping sauce adding to the flavor, I liked the parmesan on the tater tots as a preparation. Try the Blackberry Mojito, perfect flavor and strength.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great ambience and atmosphere. Small menu but includes several very good options. Look forward to visiting again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Don't order the Harvest Salad
My friends and I were in town for the CrossFit Games. I wanted something healthy so I ordered the Harvest Salad. It was awful but I was very hungry. The iceberg lettuce was browning. The chicken had a wierd mouthfeel and I'm sure the grill marks were drawn in. I am very happy I didn't get sick from it.

My friends had a burger and fish tacos. They enjoyed their meals. The drinks were good. Service was prompt and very friendly.

I'm returning to Madison the city, not Madison's the restaurant.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great atmosphere and amazing service! Will be back

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Our server was wonderful! Food was great too. Hostess was also accommodating to our needs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Madison's has a great look to it. We went at a slow time and were seated right away. We sat away from the "crowd" so we could converse. Our server seemed to forget we were there however. We were perhaps out of sight out of mind. Cocktails and beer was very good. Food was very good as well but I would skip the crab cakes next time. Seemed to be more cake than crab. Overall it was a good experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a long wait for the food. When the food came after a hour later. the fries were cold and the food had no flavor.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 3, 2017

My friend and I chose this spot for an early, pre theatre dinner. We were seated immediately, and had a great server. The drinks and food were delivered promptly and everything tasted great! Madison's has a great atmosphere. The only issue is the noise level. I have been here two times - once on a Sunday afternoon, and once on a Friday night. Both times, it was very hard to hear the people I was with, because of the noise level. Otherwise, it's a terrific spot!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Came for brunch. Great bloody Marys and The Morning After cocktail was delicious. The poutine we shared with the table. Our kids said their food was good. Unfortunately, our had a little mix up and they accidentally used the French toast batter for our omelet, but they apologized and did not charge us for the omelet. Otherwise, everything was very tasty, really great service and cool atmosphere. We would definitely come back sometime.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The atmosphere was nice, the location is great (right next to the Capitol), but the place was noisy (ok for a company of friends, not good for a date in my opinion). Food was a bit overpriced for its quality (steak was very small and while it was ordered medium-rare it arrived medium, if not well-done). Beer selection was ok, cocktails were good.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was just ok and took FOREVER to get - frustrating when you have a reservation, it's only moderately busy, and you still wait 45 minutes after ordering for 4 sandwich orders. It wouldn't be my first choice, but not my last either.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was definitely not what we were expecting. Menu appeared more formal and fresh however it was more of a bar food menu. Would recommend for drinks and apps but not a nice sit down dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We decided to try Madison's for NYE 2017. It was awesome! The food was delicious and there was a very reasonably priced prime rib special. The corn and red pepper bisque was amazing. The drinks were great - I especially loved "the libation" and "the scotch cocktail." Also our waitress was awesome! We're already talking about wanting to come back for NYE 2018. Can't say enough good.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

new years eve dinner was amazing ! service exceptional and live jazz was entertaining. First time at Madison's and not the last! Friendly and attentive wait staff with excellent food. Thank You for a memorable experience :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Enjoyed a great experience overall. We are in our late mid sixties but yet greeted warmly and served with great attention. We haven't gone downtown for an evening in quite awhile but we took a chance. Sometimes being surrounded and overwhelmed by millennials can be uncomfortable. Here everyone was just enjoying the evening.

Our server was pleasingly attentive but it never felt like she was trying to rush us in order to flip for the next customer. She is definitely an asset to Madison's.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Healthy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2016

We were in a small room where the noise from the tables bounced off the walls easily but more distracting was the loud music they pumped into the room that made it very difficult to even try to maintain conversation. Such music maybe ok in the bar but should be shut off or very muted in the rooms.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Busy weekend affected our experience. It was the Friday before the big Nebraska game in Madison. We had a reservation for 7 people. The hostess was great and our table was ready. Very quickly we became aware that our waitress was stressed and hated her job. She was impatient when we were ordering and after our food was delivered she ignored us entirely. We had empty drinks and not a drop of water left at our table. We saw our server attending to other tables, clearly they didn't have enough help. Food is standard bar fare, passable. Location is great which is why we may recommend if someone needs a place for a group, but we will advise they bring their patience!!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Our server was knowledgeable about the beer, wine and entire food menu, and very attentive during our meal. Our food was excellent. My husband had the mac n cheese and I had the seared salmon, and both were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great food and hang out.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 18, 2016

The service at Madison's was outstanding, as were the salads and the veggie melt. The fish tacos were a surprise because the fish was breaded and fried. I could hardly taste the fish because of the overpowering, tart onions. Quite a variety of good wines -- each of the six of us ordered something different.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 12, 2016

This was the first time we were not very happy with the food and service. There was a beer fest in town so the restaurant was more crowded than usual. The wait staff was very busy. I had requested another beer but never received it. The fish on the fish fry was kind of soggy. The nachos appeared and tasted overcooked as the cheese was very dry. We tried the won ton brat appetizers and they were quite tasty. We have been here several times and have always been happy with the food and service. We graded the food and service down to good as opposed to very good or excellent as we were averaging it with the other times. I am sure this was just a fluke and we will return.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Nice place but the menu was limited. The front of the restaurant by the bar was very loud but luckily we were seated at the back. We were served beers that were warm but the situation was dealt with quickly by providing us with frosted glasses.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2016

We had never been to Madison's and, since it was restaurant week, we decided to try it. We were very pleased. We enjoyed a seat by the window (too hot to eat outside:). Our waitress was good and prompt with our order and extra drinks. Food was excellent. For sure, we will come again!! The only concern is the noise level. It was okay for us at a window table away from the bar when the place wasn't totally packed. I think it'd be uncomfortably loud on a busy night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2016

First time there and it was great! Food was all very good and reasonably priced. Service went well. Definitely would go back.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Food was very good so was the service. It is not really a restaurant but more like a bar. Beer selection is adequate so options for meet, fish or veggie lovers. Fish tacos and fried chicken sandwich were excellent. Was a bit louder than I would have liked, specially if you want to have a conversation. Overall is a good choice for an informal gathering. If you are expecting table cloth, real napkins, quiet romantic place better go somewhere else.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 17, 2016

Had a great spicy cucumber drink. Food was so-so, but the building with its old brick, rock, and great basement area makes for a very cool environment.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 7, 2016

The service was outstanding as well as the food. The only problem was a very loud/obnoxious group at the bar. But that's to be expected at a bar and grill. Would definitely recommend it!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Very nice place, no waiting with great food

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 4, 2016

Compliments from the 7 other people that were with me. Tater Tot Nachos are to die for. Just tried the Brat Tots and they are also great. Orders were fish tacos, the fish fry, some sandwiches. Everything was great. Waitress, Caley, was very concerned that we enjoyed our meal and had enough time to make it to the show. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 27, 2016

The food was very good and service excellent. I had made a reservation days in advance but they still sat our party of 5 at a booth with a chair at the end which I wasn't thrilled with but overall a good experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We showed up for Saturday brunch at noon. We were greeted right away by the hostess and showed to our table. It was all downhill from there. We were ignored for 15 minutes by the wait staff buzzing back and forth. Only when we went back up to the hostess to point this out did someone stop by to finally take our drink orders. There was a large crowd in the table in the corner of the dining area and no one tried to get them to quiet down. The food was nothing special EXCEPT for the truffle tater tots. Those were delicious. However, if I wanted some of those, I would place a to-go order and get out of there. While it is a bar, this was Saturday brunch and it is reasonable to expect a quieter crowd and better service. There wasn't a big game on the tvs, just a boring Saturday with delicious tots that were ruined with poor service and a noisy table of people that forgot about those around them.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Perfect for brunch! Excellent and potent bottomless mimosas. Always a treat!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2016

This isn't so much a restaurant as it is a bar. Which is fine - food was acceptable. High tables with bar stools. They put reservations in a back room, away from the bar noise and crowd which was great. It's location was convenient and the service was good. If looking for a step-up to bar food, I'd go again. Nothing great, though.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We went there for dinner and New Years Eve Party. We were a family of eight and we had great time! Food was great! Service was great! We had a fun filled night! One recommendation would be that a couple of people in our party would go out to smoke and then they would have a really hard time getting back in. I understand that it was New Years but they should have had a separate door for those that wanted to step outside and then come back in without the hassle. Other than that I would definatly recommended Madison's to anyone!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2015

The food was average bar food with little imagination. The service is better at McDonalds. The food came cool and the server was inattentive, more interested in watching football on TV.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2015

Open table made this sound like a upscale bar and grille. The place is nice, we were there on a slow Monday but at 7 pm and there were very few diners. The special for the night was Tater Tot Nachos so my client was in her words, underwhelmed. server left for long periods but she may have been the only one on duty. The Salmon was good but not special. fun college town bar, not a place I will take a client again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 10, 2015

Service was great however the food was not. Fish tacos were okay but the rest was not good at all. Paticularly for the price. We won't be back.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 22, 2015

Our overall experience was good as we have been to Madison's before. This visit was not as good as our first where we had a very knowledgeable server, who told us many great things about Madison the city as we were new transplants. We had a couples date on a Saturday night with a reservation. The reservation was not needed that night, but I am glad they take them anyway. Our server was prompt to a fault...She took drink and appetizer orders while we waited for our friends to arrive. Promptly after our apps arrived she was pressuring for entree orders...we hadn't even taken a bite yet. I knew what was going to happen next. We ordered dinner the next time she came to the table and the entrees came right on top of the apps. We were enjoying the night and conversation and now had food everywhere, with hardly any room to set down a drink. The busing staff was very annoying...interrupting our conversation every 2 minutes looking to clear plates we hadn't even taken bites off of. We went to Madison's based on our first experience, but will probably give them one more shot before crossing them off the regular list of square bars to spend money at.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2015

We found this great little place while in Madison, WI right by the capital building. We dined very early due to our travel schedule and had complete attention from our waitress. She pointed out all the local favorites and not to miss dishes. We tried them all including the special local beer.
Although we do not live close to here, I would recommend it to anyone in the area. It is well worth a stop! There is a section that has more of a restaurant feel and a section that has more of a sports bar feel so you will find something for everyone!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 16, 2015

I made a reservation for me and my husband at Madison's on the Saturday of UW's graduation before we went to a show downtown. It was so nice to walk in and be seated right away. The staff was attentive and courteous and the atmosphere seemed nice for a place with a menu like that. We started with the beer cheese brat tots, which were pretty good. My husband ordered the standard burger with truffle tots and said the burger was great. I had the short ribs with mac n cheese and bacon cheese cornbread. I enjoyed all of my food except the short ribs, which were a bit tough. We split the bake chocolate chip cookie sundae for dessert, and it was delicious. Overall, I'd go back again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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