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Palette Bar and Grill, Madison, WI

Palette Bar and Grill

4.5
4.5
316 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

9:00 PM


Booked 19 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

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What 316 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Food

  • Madison

    Best Service

  • Madison

    Best Value

  • Madison

    Hot Spot

  • Madison

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Located in the Indigo hotel, Palette has a large bar and seating area leading into the dining area. It has a very crisp, clean and modern feel as you enter. However, the service staff, menu selections and atmosphere allowed a well done modern design to still also feel comfortable and friendly and the same time. A strong but not overwhelming wine selection is paired with a creative cocktail menu and obviously experienced and knowledgeable bartenders. The menu provides a variety of options for a restaurant that also has a mini chophouse style portion of the menu with several steak cuts and add ons available. The starter options were a little more limited, but a selection of aiolis and sauces paired with a few shareable options for dipping was a fun way to start a friendly debate on which sauce best paired with each dipper. The soup and salad options are slim and the vegetarian choices for entrees are even slimmer. However, with bar and grill in the name, that’s obviously not going to be the concept they’re building the menu around. Everyone in our group went in pretty different directions for entrees, resulting in a varied group of selections that received good to very good reviews as we all shared our thoughts while stroking back towards capital square afterwards. Madison’s restaurant scene has steadily improved to a point where palette may lag behind a few of Madison’s best. However it’s another strong addition to the city in a resurgent neighborhood.
  2. EP

    EaganP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great variety of food choices and dishes that felt home to Madison as well. The cocktails really were outstanding and I’ll have to be back for each season to try the new drinks.
  3. N

    Neighbors

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Cool vibe. Unique and delicious cocktails. Salmon and short rib were delicious! We will definitely be back.
  4. LS

    LindaS

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Everything was fine. The entrees could have been a bit hotter temperature wise but were quite tasty. Service was timely and excellent.
  5. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been out of town for the past three weekends, so our first night out back home was to Palette. As expected the service and food was fantastic. I had forgotten how good the salmon is here! The Thai chicken lettuce wraps are a great starter. The braised bone in short rib is the best comfort food ever!!! Thanks to Summar and rest of the staff!!!
  6. M

    Marie

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Unfortunately we had a poor experience for being first time diners at this restaurant. The atmosphere was great but the service was exceptionally poor. Our reservation were for 6:30pm and we ordered by 6:55 and did not receive our food until 8:15pm. We finally asked for some bread or crackers and 7:45pm as we were starving.
  7. D

    sandraD

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great venue. Good food. Nice outside area. Too bad for the high speed traffic on East Wash that was disruptive at times.
  8. TN

    TedN

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice place however the food took almost an hour to arrive.
  9. j

    julieks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend. The place itself is super cute and the food was outstanding across the board with some really unique choices. The service was great - even though there was a mix-up with my dish, it was handled very well and fixed promptly. I was impressed at the level of attention we received with multiple employees working to make things right. Cannot complain about that at all. I will happily eat here again in the future.
  10. LE

    LeslieE

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a birthday dinner! Staff was wonderful and the food was amazing-definitely recommend.

    Palette Bar and GrillResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you for your feedback! Hope to see you back soon!

  11. AW

    AllaW

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food! A bit noisy. Great value for the quality of food!
  12. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had company from out of town and we had to take them to one of our favorite restaurants! As always we had exceptional service and food! Thanks to Summar and the entire staff!
  13. s

    shadow1

    Milwaukee

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner my favorite wedge steak salad the perfect meal!!!
  14. SR

    SharonR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a late lunch on the patio on a Wednesday. Traffic noise was not a problem. We were celebrating a birthday.
  15. W

    Wisco

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Outside table on E Wash was lovely, except for the constant traffic and cars doing burnouts. I wound relocate the outdoors seating area to the other side of the building. Food was overall ok. Nothing too special but solid. The cheese curds were nicely flavored along with the homemade Ranch dressing. My salmon entree was cooked perfectly though served on a bed on spinach and onion was kind of lean course. Ice cream cake was more like a crust of crushed Oreos served with thin layer of ice cream and some random berries. All were good but overall underwhelming. That pretty much sums it up. That part of town has a lot of food choices and this was only good
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Oh my goodness!!!! We were blown away by the Espetadas! It’s been several weeks and I’m still thinking about this meal. Service was on point and we enjoyed the drink offerings. I would surely return on my next visit to Madison!
  17. a

    ally

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was such a good find! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The cocktails were creative, incredible and the food was delicious too.
  18. BE

    BradE

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Not recommended if you are on a tight schedule. Restaurant was not overly busy, but the wait for our food was about an hour from the time we sat down. Food was hot and tasted good, but the amount of time it took was a little long.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Seating and service were good. Food was delicious and wait time for each service was not long at all. Manager checked on table several times and our server went out of his way to make sure all our needs were met that evening. Will be back for sure.
  20. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always we had wonderful food and service. Remember to save room for dessert, the ice cream cake is fantastic!!

    Palette Bar and GrillResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you for coming back, Doug. We're also glad you were able to have your favorite waitress Summar! Always our pleasure to have you and your family in house!

  21. SA

    SaraA

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful brunch at Palette bar on Sunday! There were no other customers, which was sad. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will certainly return again!

    Palette Bar and GrillResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you so much for your feedback! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us, looking forward to see you back soon!

  22. RR

    RickR

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good was ok. Good service and drinks. Located in a hotel.
  23. CM

    CindyM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious! Cocktail menu has many great drinks. Be sure to order from their menu. New and exciting drinks. The wedge salad is my favorite. Beets, pecans, blue cheese dressing really adds new taste to a wedge salad. Try it you won't be disappointed.
  24. GE

    GregE

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another solid meal-enjoyable app with the chicken lettuce wraps-great cab choices and the burger was outstanding!
  25. YW

    YosWI

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We've eaten here on multiple occasions and all were 5 star. This time it was a little under 4.5 so I rated a 4. My wife is gluten-free and her burger with GF bun and her salad was GF and she said both were delicious. Fries are cooked in a shared fryer, so she didn't get those. I had the salmon special and while it was cooked perfectly (medium) and tasted great, the amount of sauce under the bed of rice was overwhelming. I will never understand the need to overpower a dish with sauce. This was the first time sitting outside and the road traffic noise wasn't as bad as we thought it might be. It was a nice option and would sit outside as a preferred option. Two things that were different than last time that caused the 4 star rating. - The Espresso Expression drink was not made very well. Too much alcohol and not enough balance to the drink. We've had this plenty of times and all were awesome. This time, much less awesome. I still recommend this drink, but if it's not so good, have them remake it! - The server didn't quite understand or make the effort to find out if the Key Lime Parfait had any cream; just responded with 'it's like the key lime pie filling.' Yep, kinda figured that. I didn't want to tax the person so I got it anyway. - Server didn't notice we didn't have flatware when our food came. Overall, the service was timed well and generally good. The drink was average at best (versus other times it was awesome), and the food was good as ever, just watch for the sauce flood! I'm surprised this place isn't busier. While this place is in a hotel, it seems like an independent restaurant and has very little that resembles "hotel". This is an authentic, unique place, not your typical food when you think of a hotel restaurant.
  26. JG

    JonnyG

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has to be the best kept secret in Madison. The food was excellent. We enjoyed it very much. Will go back. Come on Msdison, check it ouf
  27. B

    Bbbb

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Didn’t have napkins for the appetizers. Just a tad slow service. But not horrible. Food tasted great! Dessert delicious!
  28. JJ

    JeanineJ

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The overall experience was very nice. I would go there again.
  29. ES

    EllenS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant Week menu was delicious! Service was speedy and very friendly. We decided to sit outside because of the beautiful evening, so a bit noisy on East Washington, but still a lovely dining experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good, a few dollars more, but really good. The drinks were ok, very expensive
  31. D

    Dang

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Awesome al fresco Monday dinner. Wife ordered tenderloin with mushroom onion demi glaze and side of asparagus. Perfect temperature and served with grilled asparagus and wedge salad. Delicious wine selection. I ordered sirloin wedge salad. Huge wedge with delicious serving of sliced sirloin. Waiter Michael was attentive and answered our questions although very busy. Only problem was dining area is on front of building and near the busy street. Had to stop conversation at times. Maybe some type of noise barrier could be added to make everything perfect at the Palette.
  32. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner as always. We sat outside on the patio and really enjoyed that. There was occasional unnecessary traffic noise, no fault of the restaurant. Service was wonderful as always!! Love this place.
  33. B

    Badgers

    Milwaukee

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Palette is a fantastic restaurant with excellence food and service. I'm surprised more people don't talk about how good it is! Our steaks were perfectly cooked, and I love that you can pick any soup or salad included.. Sides were delicious, and the key lime dessert (served in a glass) was to die for. I don't even normally like key lime! I also love that you can reserve outside dining. We will definitely be back!
  34. S

    Saysay66

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tasty food and a great waiter. We sat outside and it was lovely.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there with my parents and girlfriend for a combination of a late Father’s Day and late birthday celebrations for my mom and girlfriend. We got there at 4 and it wasn’t too busy. The ambiance is artistic/industrial themed it feels very warm and unique. We felt a little under dressed but realized there was a wedding staying there. The bartender sat us and he was very warm and passionate about the drink specials. He called on his signature drinks the best in the city which was something like “Espresso Expression”. It had ginger, orange, and cloves (I believe) along with an espresso alcohol of some kind. It was phenomenal. He was also very excited to share some of the unique aspects of his drinks. You can tell he is very passionate about his craft. I finally understand why the term “mixologist” exists. My girlfriend and mom got the salmon and they both raved about it. Like “Ooooh my Goooood” pleasure when eating something unexpectedly delicious. My dad had the fully loaded burger and I had the palette burger. It was juicy and a little greasy, but absolutely amazing. The fries were battered and delicious and I’m hard to please with my fries. My dad took his time eating his burger and that was a significant sign of how much he enjoyed. There was also like a beer/pretzel cheese that was served with the fries. I usually don’t go in for that kind of thing, but it was melty and decadent. I had no idea The Palette was a restaurant in the area. My girlfriend found it and I’m incredibly happy she did. If you like places like Alchemy in Atwood, you’ll love The Palette. Both are now my favorite restaurants in Madison.
  36. Z

    Zoey

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Went to the Saturday buffet. Eggs, bacon, yogurt, sad muffins, bread, grapes, that’s about it. Did not feel like your typical hotel Saturday brunch buffet. More like free breakfast with your room. It was only 15.95 so not overpriced, just boring. Would try this restaurant again for lunch or dinner, nice interior
  37. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought the whole family this time as we were celebrating the return of our sailor. He had been stationed in Japan for the past 3 years. As always the food was awesome and the restaurant continues to deliver!
  38. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Introduced our best friends to Palette last night. Food was spectacular and service outstanding as always!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food before a concert at the Sylvee.
  40. DC

    DougC

    Milwaukee

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Palette has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants in Madison. The food has been excellent as well as the service!

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 4.5 stars by 316 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 19 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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