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Diners' Choice: Good for business meals restaurants in Madison

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for business meals in Madison? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Villa Dolce restaurant
4.8
4.8 (614)
$30 and under
Italian
Middleton
About the restaurant
A modern Italian cafe in the heart of downtown historic Middleton. With a contemporary vibe this fusion Italian gem features unique topping gourmet pizzas, handmade pasta and famous Gelato.
Top review
JimG
Dined on May 9, 2024
Wonderful experience. One of my favorite resaurants.
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Sun Prairie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1528)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sun Prairie
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's. We're locally owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare made from scratch with only the freshest available ingredients.… Sun Prairie's taken notice by awarding Buck & Honey's 'Best Restaurant', 'Best Steak', 'Best Dinner', 'Best Place for Live Music', 'Best Lunch', (and more) every year! Great pastas, tender steaks, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out the extensive wine list. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Now serving brunch from 10A-2P on Sunday!
Top review
MaryK
Dined 6 days ago
Great food, lots of menu options. Loved the bacon-wrapped dates!
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4.7
4.7 (1891)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Madison
About the restaurant
Dining and libations on Capitol Square with an incredible view of the Capitol, Rare combines craft cocktails, in-house dry aged steaks and attentive service in an unabashedly old-school steak house setting. Madison's downtown steakhouse features specialty cuts dry aged in-house, like the Rib Cap and the Delmonico as well as offering more traditional cuts like our filet and our rib eye. Rare is also one of the only purveyors of A5 Wagyu in Madison.

Complimenting our steaks and entrees is a specialty cocktail list and an extensive wine list with everything from wines for a big celebration to a weekday dinner.

If you're just looking for a drink after work, Rare offers discounted cocktails, wines and snacks at happy hour.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Can’t go wrong with anything you order! Lobster bisque, A5 wagyu beef, and bone in ribeye were excellent! Also amazing bananas foster and cheesecake!
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4.7
4.7 (2074)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Madison
About the restaurant
Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro Voted "Madison's Best Wine Bar" By Madison Magazine Readers, consistently over the years. Eno Vino offers 200+ wines by the bottle & another 45 by the glass. From the beginning, Eno Vino was established as a place to share great wine, sensational, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, inviting food. Whether you would like to entertain friends, enjoy an evening out with a loved one or unwind during happy hour ~ we invite you to enjoy an evening at Eno Vino.

**Please note**
For outdoor terrace reservations- Please call the restaurant at 608-455-0663.
Eno Vino does not accept Discover card or Apple pay.
All guests must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol, regardless of parental accompaniment.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
if i could give the service 10 stars i would!!! loved my server she was amazing!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Middleton restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1102)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Madison
About the restaurant
One day call-in advanced reservation is required for Wine Dinners, all guests must order from Wine Dinner Menu, no substitutions.

For reservations on holidays, 20% GRATUITY WILL BE ADDED TO ALL CHECKS

For parties of 6 or more, please call the restaurant and ask to speak with a manager.

For parties of 5 or more, gratuity of 18% will be included.

***Separate Checks will not be accepted for parties of 9 or more***

Ruths Chris Steak House serves the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800° oven & served on a plate heated to 500 degrees, your steak is presented sizzling hot at your table.
Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selection of over 100 domestic & imported wines complete your dining experience.
Ruths Chris never fails to please




Top review
KristaH
Dined 3 days ago
Not sure why, but we waited a lot time for our meal. More than usual. An hour after we sat down.
A photo of Bonfyre American Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2315)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
Bonfyre features Contemporary American Cuisine in an upscale casual environment. In addition to our hand-cut, wood-fired steaks, guests can enjoy fresh seafood, rotisserie Chicken, pastas, signature salads and so much more from our seasonally changing menu.

To compliment the cuisine, Bonfyre’s bar features classic cocktails with a modern twist, creative new libations, domestic craft beer selections and a wine list consisting of 60 labels from both North and South America.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Great food and ambiance!Elevated dining and nice atmosphere!Our server Zeke was great!Portions are generous and food quality very high!Highly recommended!!..Sanja
A photo of Palette Bar and Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (473)
$30 and under
American
Madison
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
LeeW
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent service despite a busy crowd.good variety of foods, salads and drinks.
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4.4
4.4 (1495)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
Merchant is a neighborhood-driven restaurant and craft cocktail bar named to honor the local farmers and purveyors who use age-old methods and produce and sell top ingredients with pride. Merchant seeks to honor the American Craft Movement by exploring our deep local culinary and bartending traditions; sourcing ingredients locally from local purveyors, and creating innovative and inspired dishes and cocktails. Now, after we've reopened our doors in 2020, our mission at Merchant is now broader with a renewed consciousness to treat each other and ourselves well, and position our business not only around the craft of cooking and bartending, but employing Merchant as a driver of social change through civic, cultural, and artistic activism and expression. This next decade will be devoted to furthering our values by focusing on safety, health and wellbeing, equity, love, inclusivity, and community for each other and our guests.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 6, 2024
this is always my spot for a dinner date! it’s good value for pretty great food, along with an excellent location. service is attentive, without being too rushed. you can stay for an hour or three, whatever is the vibe
A photo of The Statehouse restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1094)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
Join us at our signature restaurant, The Statehouse, or simply stop in to catch the sunset over Lake Mendota while enjoying a cocktail at the bar. Located at the corner of Langdon and Wisconsin, you’ll be comfortable in our inviting dining room and regaled by gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding area. Our beautiful restaurant serves regionally sourced, Modern Midwestern Cuisine. Augie's Tavern offers classic cocktails with new twists, an extensive wine list, and of course, the best Wisconsin craft beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We went to The Statehouse early-ish (6:30) on a Friday night when it wasn’t terribly busy. We got a table next to the window with a beautiful view of the lake. We had drinks and a bread and butter board appetizer recommended by our waiter, Jamarie, followed by a delicious wedge salad which the restaurant split for us to share. My dining companion ordered the traditional fish fry (fried cod) which she said was among the best she’s had in Wisconsin. She said it wasn’t at all greasy or too fishy, and the accompanying coleslaw was excellent, as was the rye bread. I had the filet mignon cooked just as I ordered it (rare) and it was excellent, as were the truffled potatoes that came with it. Jamarie was a pleasant and attentive server who came over at just the right times to make sure we had everything we wanted. The food  runners were also very good. By the time we were finishing, it was getting more crowded but that didn’t affect the service or the experience. It was still easy for us to hear each other even with two large parties near us. There was no annoying ambient background music, which was nice. The restaurant is a bit pricey but wasn’t as expensive as many high-end restaurants, and this definitely felt high-end. There were also many less expensive items on the menu we could have chosen had we wanted to keep the price down. There is free covered parking (bring your ticket for validation) in the lot across the street, connected on the fifth floor to the hotel/restaurant so you don’t have to venture outside. It would be a great place for a date, for a business dinner, or for an adult family celebration, or any special occasion.
A photo of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant -  Middleton restaurant
4.4
4.4 (264)
$30 and under
American
Middleton
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
SusanE
Dined 4 days ago
Our server was Outstanding! Extremely friendly, knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. The food was delicious. My gnocchi was quite tasty, although I thought there'd be cubes of butternut squash there was a small drizzle of puree. Not a deal breaker. The wine very delicious!! The absolute BEST chocolate cake ever to top off a great meal!
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