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Palette Bar and Grill, Madison, WI

Palette Bar and Grill

4.6
4.6
270 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Palette provides a colorful dining experience with an American inspired menu featuring in-house cut steaks and 21-day aged 100% black Angus beef.

As we inherited a space as historical as the former Mautz Paint Company warehouse, we had to do it justice. We kept our building’s architectural features intact while updating the space with contemporary design elements and nostalgic touches. We wanted to keep the space faithful to its roots; filled with hues of colors and textures reminiscing of times when the East Washington corridor was a booming industrial area in the city.

Our menu features steak cuts made in-house, chef’s masterpieces, artisan salads and soups, along with a unique beer and hand-crafted cocktail selection.

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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steakhouse

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 455-8520

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Cross street

    S Paterson Street

  • Parking details

    Free self-parking in hotel lot.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Achiote Pork Nachos$18.00

    tortillas / black beans / jalapeño pico / wi cheddar / habanero vinaigrette

    • Chicken Wings$20.00

      1 lb / your choice of sauce: buffalo / sesame teriyaki / naked

      • Mushrooms$14.00

        herbed cream cheese / panko / parmigiano reggiano

        • Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps$22.00

          ginger / jicama slaw / avocado / sesame sauce / chili vinaigrette

          Dippers

          Served with your choice of 2 sauces. Sauces: smoked tomato aioli, ranch, blue cheese, cilantro garlic aioli, chili aioli, secret sauce, beer cheddar fondue, house-made marinara, buffalo

          • Hand-Breaded Cheese Curds$14.00

            yellow & white cheddar

            • Fries$12.00

              parmigiano reggiano

              • Bavarian Soft Pretzel Bites$11.00

                garlic butter / sea salt

                Soups & Salads

                  Soups

                  • Baked Potato

                    bacon / wi cheddar / spring onions

                    • Cup$7.50
                    • Bowl$10.00
                  • French Onion

                    house croutons / melted mozzarella

                    • Cup$6.00
                    • Bowl$8.50

                  Salads

                  add chicken $8 / top sirloin $16 / shrimp $12 / salmon $14

                  • Wedge$10.00

                    gorgonzola / bacon / cherry tomatoes / palette dressing

                    • Over the Rainbow$10.00

                      greens / bacon / corn / tomatoes / garlic croutons / lemon-honey vinaigrette

                      Chef's Signatures

                      • Sicilian Chicken Parmigiana$22.00

                        house-made marinara / fettucini / crostinis / roasted garlic cream

                        • Cavatappi Primavera$18.00

                          cherry tomatoes / garlic / red onions / spinach / basil pesto / red bell peppers / reggiano / crostinis

                          • Fresh Berry Salad$20.50

                            baby spinach / pecans / goat cheese / basil strawberry dressing / chicken

                            • Steak Wedge*$22.00

                              grilled top sirloin / maytag blue / bacon / onions / cucumber / tomatoes / roasted beets / sweet pecans / palette dressing

                              • Fish Tacos$21.00

                                beer battered & breaded cod / garlic cilantro slaw / chili dressing / avocado pico de gallo

                                • Grilled Salmon*$24.00

                                  house seasoning / wild mushrooms / wilted spinach / grilled orange / citrus beurre blanc

                                  • Espetadas*

                                    chicken thigh / ny strip / garlic butter / crispy brussels sprouts / avocado salsa verde / street corn / cotija cheese / chili aioli / lime / chile / cilantro

                                    • For Two People$52.00
                                  • Braised Bone-In Short Rib$35.00

                                    mashed baby reds / grilled asparagus

                                    • Smoked Gouda Burger*$19.00

                                      brioche bun / angus beef patty / smoked gouda / chili aioli / lettuce / tomato / onion straws / fries /

                                      • Fully Loaded Burger*$22.00

                                        brioche bun / angus beef patty / smoked ham / bacon / melted cheese curds / grilled onions / secret sauce / fries

                                        • Palette Burger*$20.00

                                          brioche bun / house beef patty / wi cheddar / bacon / baby arugula / beefsteak tomato / grilled onions / fries

                                          Butcher's Block

                                          21-day aged 100% black angus beef, served with your choice of soup or salad and entourage item

                                            Land

                                            • Top Sirloin*

                                              • 6oz$28.00
                                              • 9oz$34.00
                                            • NY Strip*

                                              • 14oz$47.00
                                            • Tenderloin*

                                              • 6oz$41.00

                                            Entourage

                                            • Grilled Asparagus$8.00

                                              • Mashed Baby Reds$8.00

                                                reggiano / chives

                                                • Fries$7.00

                                                  parmigiano reggiano

                                                  • Brussels Sprouts$8.00

                                                    brown sugar / black pepper

                                                    • Street Corn$8.00

                                                      cotija cheese / chile / chili aioli / lime / cilantro

                                                      • Homestyle Mac & Cheese$8.00

                                                        cavatappi

                                                        Complements

                                                        • Red Wine Garlic Butter$2.50

                                                          • Onion & Mushroom Demi$4.00

                                                            • Veal Demi Glaze$2.50

                                                              Last updated: March 4, 2022

                                                              What 270 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                              4.6
                                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.6Food
                                                              • 4.6Service
                                                              • 4.6Ambience
                                                              • 4.2Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              1. DC

                                                                DougC

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                20 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                20 reviews

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                As always very delicious food, and outstanding service. Summer is an excellent server!!

                                                              2. n

                                                                nancyp

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                Our server was the only one on duty and was also the bartender. She took great care of us.

                                                              3. FP

                                                                FordP

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                                I made a reservation for a Mother's Day Brunch. When we arrived, it did not appear that reservations were necessary or even expected. The staff was incredibly friendly, but the food was essentially an upscale continental breakfast that comes with many hotel stays. The pastries, yogurt, and condiments were definitely high quality rather than from a package, but it was a little less than I expected. This also did not appear to be something done for Mother's Day, it was just their basic Sunday brunch. At $15/per person, it's a decent value for what you get. It was just not what I signed up for.

                                                              4. DC

                                                                DougC

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Our second trip here and equally pleased. Excellent food and great service!! Thanks to Summer!

                                                              5. K

                                                                Kwong

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                2.0

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                overall2food1service4ambience4

                                                                Came here for the convenience of staying at the Hotel which houses the restaurant. Cocktails too icy and weak with odd combos. The dishes were all way too salty and many dishes were slathered in cheese. Would not recommend unless they cut down the salt and ease up on cheese.

                                                              6. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Tampa

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                My wife really enjoyed the food and service, and the drinks at the bar were awesome. They did have my favorite bourbon, which was a surprise since it is difficult to find. It was a bit loud in the dining area, but that was due to a large party celebrating someone’s 40th birthday.

                                                              7. s

                                                                shadow1

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                18 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                18 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                The steak wedge salad is just perfect. Staff very helpful.

                                                              8. DC

                                                                DougC

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wow what great food and service we had! Can’t wait to return!! Shout out to Summer, great service and recommendations! Salmon was excellent and the short rib…. WOW

                                                              9. KC

                                                                KimC

                                                                Chicago

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Located in the Hotel Indigo, good amount of space, wait staff was really great and attentive, selection of cocktails, wine and beer is really good. Nice variety on the menu. Had the berry salad and fish tacos - both very good.

                                                              10. f

                                                                francesca

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Great staff. Food was good.

                                                              11. SG

                                                                ShlomiG

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                Great food. Cocktails were fine as well. Service was ok and noise level a bit high. Would come back

                                                              12. TA

                                                                TracyA

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always love Palette! Don’t ever take the Sicilian Chicken off the menu. It’s delish!

                                                              13. GE

                                                                GregE

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A really delicious meal-one of the best burgers I've ever had, my wife enjoyed the scallop and salmon special. Solid drink menu-reasonably prices meals and drinks-a new favorite go to for us

                                                              14. LI

                                                                LarryI

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Fun to learn the history of the building. Nice menu, great food, great service

                                                              15. N

                                                                Nancy

                                                                Chicago

                                                                27 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                27 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Our server, Lily, made us feel welcomed and was very attentive. In addition to that, the salmon was outstanding. Kudos to Hotel Indigo for bringing such a wonderful restaurant to Madison.

                                                              16. MG

                                                                MaryjoG

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great staff, atmosphere and ambiance. Lots of energy! Good location with easy parking.

                                                              17. BK

                                                                BrendaK

                                                                Las Vegas

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We really enjoyed our night out! The drinks were amazing and the food was very tasty and well prepared. We will return and recommend to all!!! Cannot say enough good things about the management and the wait staff! Highly recommend the espresso martini, do not leave without having this signature drink!!!

                                                              18. A

                                                                Amoamarone

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Interesting tasty cocktails and really excellent potato soup

                                                              19. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was amazing! Cocktails were unique and yummy. Great service. Highly recommend.

                                                              20. KS

                                                                KateS

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 16, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Great food & atmosphere! Server seemed quite busy but we were taken care of just fine.

                                                              21. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Chicago

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                we went with some friends last night and it was great! none of us had been before, and now we’ll definitely be coming back. everything was excellent - drinks, food, and service. thanks!

                                                              22. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Absolutely delicious and we loved server, Summer! She was delightful! ❤️

                                                              23. L

                                                                Luv2wine

                                                                Denver

                                                                22 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                22 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                Great fresh food. Waitress was pretty good, rest of the staff stepped in to help each other. Fun time.

                                                              24. l

                                                                ldubey

                                                                San Diego

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 7, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                Dining spacious tastefully decorated. We ate dinner there early on a Monday so not crowded. Server very helpful and food and drinks arrived promptly. Entrees tasty & well prepared.

                                                              25. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                Food looked great but could have had more flavor. Should have ordered the salad or burger not the pasta. Great service and great drinks.

                                                              26. j

                                                                jamgol

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                                overpriced food as it is located in a hotel and you pay the hotel premium for food that is not that good. chicken wrap chicken was mushy and way too much sauce on the fettuccine. was close to the sylvee was the best feature. overpriced food that was just ok. will not return

                                                              27. FM

                                                                FamilyMayhem

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                3.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                Decided to try the Palette after searching OpenTable and their website. They gave fair warning about the “Covid situation” and a well written statement for their 15% up charge for employees. They had a unique and lively space. It’s well decorated and able to hold large groups and ample parking for the restaurant on a Saturday night. The acoustics are not great. We had trouble hearing and conversing with our waiter and each other. There was a special drink tasting that evening, but the waiter was “only a part time helper” and we never did gain information about the drink or the ability to order it even after asking. It was “no I don’t know anything about that”. The food was delicious as was the assortment of cocktails our party of 4 ordered. The food was served at a good pace and we were happy with our bill close out since we had to get to Overture. The food was pricey, but good. We would visit again, but not sure if the extra 15% remains in effect since it is already pricey (burger and parm fries for $18, wedge steak salad was $22 and 3 fish tacos for $16.50, and cocktails were all $10+ each then add on the 15% surcharge and a 20% tip.)

                                                              28. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Another great experience, great food, drink & service in the beautiful setting downtown.

                                                              29. JK

                                                                JulieK

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 24, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Wonderful food, the bar was a little dark for my aging eyes, wonderful cocktail

                                                              30. LO

                                                                LORIB

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent service, atmosphere and food! Will definitely be back.

                                                              31. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                This restaurant is very nice. It made for a great Valentines dinner. The ambience and energy was palpable. The service was excellent, we were greeted quickly and well taken care of. The food came out in a timely manner and both of our meals were excellent. We had the braised short ribs and the New York strip, which was cooked very well. We had several specialty drinks on the menu and they were tasty and well prepared. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I would certainly go back!

                                                              32. L

                                                                Lynn

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Awesome in every way! Highly recommend for a nice relaxing place to have dinner

                                                              33. k

                                                                kirbyd

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                33 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                33 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Hallie was a great server! A fun place for a date night.

                                                              34. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                Great food and nice server. Tables were too close and server had too many tables to give prompt service to all. We waited many times to order drinks and dinner due to her many tables. Kitchen was amazing at getting food out when ordered and staff worked well together.

                                                              35. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                28 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                28 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                Fun place. Service was ok. We had a fantastic seat at the bar with a view so that made up for all of it.

                                                              36. G

                                                                Greggor

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Good food, good service. The ribs were excellent. The hotel does have valet parking if you're not wanting to park a bit away on East Washington.

                                                              37. LS

                                                                LarryS

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great restaurant and decor. The food was a but pricey but it all tasted good and the staff was very friendly. The valet parking was nice as my group was from out of town.

                                                              38. JO

                                                                JacobO

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 10, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                My wife and I both got steaks and soups. Everything was delicious!! Service was excellent!!

                                                              39. BP

                                                                BrookeP

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was delicious & server was very attentive.

                                                              40. k

                                                                kathryna

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Great experience meeting a friend for lunch on a Friday! Snowy outside but warm, cozy, and welcoming inside the Palette Grill. Bartender was very attentive and friendly, drinks were a little out of the ordinary and outstanding, food was hot and flavorful. We sat in the bar area but the dining area looked just as inviting and satisfying. I will be back!

                                                              Safety precautions

                                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                              • Physical distancing

                                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                • Extra space between tables
                                                              • Protective equipment

                                                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                              • Screening

                                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                              FAQs

                                                              Palette Bar and Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Booked 4 times today
                                                              Google Map for Palette Bar and Grill

                                                              901 E. Washington Ave Madison, WI 53703

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Cross street

                                                                S Paterson Street

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                Madison

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Dinner Mon–Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                American, Grill, Steakhouse

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Free self-parking in hotel lot.

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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