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Palette Bar and Grill, Madison, WI

Palette Bar and Grill

4.6
4.6
460 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Grill, Steakhouse
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 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

What 460 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Innovative

  • Madison

    Best Service

  • Madison

    Good for business meals

  • Madison

    Innovative

  • Madison

    Lively

460 Reviews
  1. MattM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good! (Not to be confused with “amazing!”) Reasonably priced I thought. The cocktails though, they were fantastic! My wife and I both got one and I couldn’t decide which I liked better. Service was very good too. Now, it was dead as a doornail when we were there, so take that into consideration. This was actually my first time in Hotel Indigo and I must say, they did a really nice job. The place looks great! I’d go back to Palette for sure.

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  2. CarolH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was pretty good, though the French Onion soup was super salty!

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  3. arrcee

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Were there on a very busy Friday night. Service was friendly but was either not well trained or understaffed. Had to keep asking for menus, drinks, food. The red wine was very good but the champagne was flat. Food, however, was very good once it arrived.

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  4. MaryS

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went with friends for a pre-concert dinner. Our server was excellent, just the right amount of time spent checking on us without being intrusive. She accommodated a cooking method change for two of us (Fish fry) and was very helpful explaining menu options. Our food was really good, from bread to our main courses. Drinks are also unique! We will enjoy coming back here.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Portion sizes were too small considering the price of the food. Cocktails were fantastic. Taste of food was fair.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the food, the ambiance was wonderful, I was able to enjoy my food with my husband. However, my meal didn’t come with a side. I asked my waitress if I could add a side to my order and without an explanation, she just said no and walked away.

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  7. CraigM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Comfortable atmosphere, innovative menu options, personable service.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fiancé and I visited Palette for Valentines Day. The service was great and so was the food. We will be returning.

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  9. Lucas

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth every penny. Food and experience was top notch and will be going again.

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  10. tbdining

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very lovely.

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  11. brucef

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    probably a good restaurant but we went for restaurant week and the value was not there a bit

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  12. DDcc

    Chicago

    194 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is very attentive. A few issues with our dinners as the hamburger bun was very dry, the salmon a bit overcooked and the fish tacos could have benefited from some more seasoning. We do enjoy or time at this place so will return.

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  13. MikeP

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, but the cocktails were great. Service was attentive without being too much.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service both at the bar and in the restaurant !

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  15. DDcc

    Chicago

    194 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    194 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff couldn't have been nicer, even early on New Year's Eve knowing it likely was going be quite busy. Interesting drinks and even got an explanation of a newer delicious concoction from the beverage director. Fish tacos and burger were our dining choices--very good. Ambiance is cozy and can't wait to return.

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  16. JoAnn

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully designed and inviting this restaurant hits all the right notes! We enjoyed our first meal here on New Year's Eve. Everything was top-notch - the service, the food, the atmosphere. Will be returning soon!

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  17. Marge246

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff very kind and a bit undertrained, typical for post-pandemic. Food mostly good but Thai chicken wraps soupy and unmanageable as finger food. Cocktails are very creative and we appreciate the use of nice glassware. Fish tacos excellent and generous.

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  18. GingersMom

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very helpful and attentive. Everyone enjoyed their food and we will definitely return.

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  19. MaggieP

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for a holiday dinner. Prime rib was wonderful.

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  20. sams

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good, they had lots of options from around the world. The staff was super nice and it was overall a great place.

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  21. PeterS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the friendliest servers/bartenders if had in a very long time!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at Palette and it was absolutely wonderful. The unique cocktail menu, the delicious food, and fantastic service culminated in this restaurant instantly becoming a favorite. We cannot wait to return to try next season’s cocktails and explore more of this incredible menu.

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  23. DougC

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always everything at Palette was wonderful. The chef’s shrimp chowder was fantastic! We were given a treat and got to try the clarified Grasshopper coming to the menu this week!! It is amazing, looks like water, but tastes like a grasshopper! Special thanks for the happy anniversary ice cream cake!!

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  24. jhconwaymd

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really pleasant place, for a hotel bar & restaurant. Great location for a pre-Sylvee show get together. Creative & well executed cocktail list. Clever decor as the Hotel Indigo was previously a paint factory - and the whole place echoes that heritage. Make sure to take the walk to the restrooms & see more of the decor! Solid menu with some nice twists on classic dishes.

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  25. Flo1983

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy and they were short on help but very friendly staff with good recs for food. A little pricey but delicious and a nice treat. Drinks menu is fabulous

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  26. DavidH

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The manager was very knowledgeable. We spoke about other restaurants and bourbon.

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  27. SandraM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had to ask for bread, it should have been brought without asking. The salmon was very salty, which is not the norm. The turkey dinner was missing stuffing and a green veg. The ice cream cake which we have ordered many times was noticeably smaller portion. This was our 3rd Thanksgiving at Palette, not as nice as our others.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had dinner before a concert, drinks were delicious and our server was awesome.

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  29. TrishB

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my entire party’s first time here. Can’t recommend this place enough! The concept, the food, the craft cocktails and the staff, all amazing! The prices are exactly in line with the quality and ambience. Bobby, who we are guessing is an owner or, at minimum a leader at the restaurant, was incredibly personable and filled with pride for all the creations available to his guests. Hands down recommend this experience!

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  30. LoriS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed our meal at Palette. It is always a nice experience here. Our server Nani was friendly and professional. Bob, the manager, went above and beyond in helping us pick a nice wine to go with our entrees. We appreciated and enjoyed the information he shared about the wines and cocktails, and it made our meal a memorable experience. The craft cocktails are always excellent, and I really enjoyed the Raisin D’être (a yummy rum raisin-infused Mai Tai).

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  31. JenniferM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious and our server was very attentive and detailed.

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  32. DougC

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the service, food, and atmosphere was wonderful! The meatball special was excellent! The homemade ice cream cake always spectacular!

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  33. GRaeG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Limited menu with average fare. Nothing special...

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  34. Kitt

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food and service, plus the ambience was top notch!

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  35. JessicaB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and service was great!! Would definitely go back next time we visit Madison.

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  36. VeselaZ

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice atmosphere, overall very good experience!

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  37. SaraF

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was ok. Large enough portion and average tasting. Things seemed disorganized. I received two beverages, and the table didn’t receive any of our appetizers before our main course arrived. So we told them we did not require them at that time. They did take them off the bill. The price was fair for the food we received, but it just wasn’t great. It’s too bad because I really like the ambiance and the drink menu is pretty outstanding.

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  38. MaryS

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good solid place for dinner and/or drinks, food was good, drinks also pretty solid. A little noisy with the loud bar area nearby.

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  39. TaylorN

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good tasting food but the cocktails were out of this world amazing! Very creative cocktails that were well constructed. Especially the espresso martini was heads and shoulders above any one I've had before.

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  40. AdamG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good service but a little too loud, I guess I should have scoped it out first. The food was good and the server was very friendly. I would go back again.

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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 460 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Palette Bar and Grill

901 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    S Paterson Street
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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