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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Madison

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (869)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Madison
About the restaurant
Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is located on the banks of the Sugar River in Paoli, WI. The Schoolhouse was built in 1864 and was converted into a restaurant in 2008. We pride ourselves in supporting local vendors and ingredients to bring you the best quality dishes.

Enjoy a meal in our beautiful bistro or on the deck/patio as weather permits. We have a great selection of wine, cocktails, and carry a variety of domestic and craft beers.

The Schoolhouse is also a great venue for small events - micro weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other celebrations!
Top review
SusanC
Dined 1 day ago
Another great evening at Paoli Schoolhouse. The food is great and service by Forest excellent. Salmon with homemade spinach pasta was to die for. My partner said her scallop dish was one of the best meals she has had in a long time. House manage r is so welcoming and on top of everything. We are repeat diners, never disappointed.
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Sun Prairie restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1540)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Outdoor seating is incredible. Pete Henry was the entertainment. If you haven’t seen him, do yourself a favor and check him out.
A photo of Sugar River Pizza Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (476)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Madison
About the restaurant
Made from scratch pizza and hometown comfort food are the focus of this family-run restaurant. Come join us for an evening among friends.
Top review
DocGourmetvip
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Stuffed cheese bread excellent. Chianti average at best. Pizza this time better than last but their sausage was only so-so. Very nice patio and even better service
A photo of Lucille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1045)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Madison
About the restaurant
Lucille is currently open for indoor dining! For large group reservations (15+ people), please email us at info@lucillemadison.com or give us a call at 608-283-0000 for availability.

We are excited to have you in!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Weekender pizza is amazing. Cool ambience. Parking is a little rough.
A photo of Eno Vino Downtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2089)
$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 1 day ago
Our waitress was kind and gave us great recommendation, the view out the windows is an added bonus
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Monona restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1368)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
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.… 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, craft cocktails and beer selections. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Located on the Yahara River in Monona, featuring 23 boat slips for boat parking and dock side carry out.

Summer months include patio seating, that is first come first serve, and non-reservable.
Top review
Coravip
Dined 2 days ago
Always a great time here with great service and food!
A photo of Palette Bar and Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (479)
$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
Thomas
Dined 6 days ago
Very good service! Mixed drinks were excellent, but wish they were a bit bigger, like a supper club. Food was good with salmon, and hand held sandwiches. Could use a few more vegan options.
A photo of Liberty Station - Madison restaurant
4.5
4.5 (525)
$30 and under
Barbecue
Madison
About the restaurant
Liberty Station - Madison offers BBQ and American comfort food in Madison.
Top review
EricBvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Our server, Emily, was excellent. She was one of the best servers that we have had lately at many restaurants. The food was very good as well.
A photo of Merchant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1505)
$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
joel2
Dined 4 days ago
Server rushed us through our meal, seemed nice but inexperienced.
A photo of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant -  Middleton restaurant
4.4
4.4 (303)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Unbelievable food and service!! This was our second time in two weeks. Bridget was amazing as were Lisa and Jarvis. It really is our new to go place!!!!
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