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Madison's

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96 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(608) 229-0900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Boyeson
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Private party facilities
Main level private room
Lower level private room with bar.

Please visit www.madisonsdowntown.com for more info.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Doty Street
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Parking details
Park in the Government East lot directly across the street. The ramp is located on E. Doty Street.
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Entertainment
Madison's features a collection of live DJ's - Friday and Saturday nights.



Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 96 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Had the salmon and pork shoulder sandwiches, which were excellent. Sad that on a Saturday night at 7pm the Brisket sandwich was already sold out considering Friday was during lent. Also did not have two of the beers on the menu. Waitress was great, and handled it well, just found it odd that they were out of 2 beers and the brisket. Everything they did have was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for a last minute early New Year's Eve dinner with friends. The server was outstanding...very fun and attentive. Three of us ordered the specials (2 prime rib and 1 lobster mac&cheese). All of our meals were very good. The specialty drinks were awesome as well! Due to the high volume of later reservations, we had to leave our table, otherwise we would have stayed a lot longer than 2 hours. We all would highly recommend Madison's! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Madison's has a high-class sports bar atmosphere. The quality of the food was absolutely amazing!

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Not the best visit.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 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.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Great atmosphere and amazing service! Will be back

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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 :)

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Great food and hang out.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on April 14, 2016

Very nice place, no waiting with great food

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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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