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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Madison

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 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 6 days ago
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
4.7
4.7 (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 7 days ago
Weekender pizza is amazing. Cool ambience. Parking is a little rough.
A photo of Eno Vino West Side restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1356)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Madison
About the restaurant
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! Kitchen serves a late night menu from 9pm-10pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 10pm-11pm Friday and Saturday. The bar is open until 11pm Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday.
Top review
DianeHvip
Dined 5 days ago
We love Eno Vino and enjoy seeing Neil, he is always very friendly and professional. We highly recommend Eno Vino!
A photo of Bonfyre American Grille restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2318)
$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
madcityfoodie
Dined on May 24, 2024
I took a star away because the prime rib sandwich was not good. The meat was fatty and the bun was hard and cold. The au jus was over salted and the twice baked potato had a weird tasting cheeses in it. The ribs and risotto were five stars. The old fashioneds were excellent and expensive for being the nightly drink special. Service was great.
A photo of Eno Vino Waunakee restaurant
4.6
4.6 (138)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Waunakee
About the restaurant
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!

Top review
KarenSvip
Dined on May 13, 2024
Great, as usual! Really enjoyed the new Salmon plate!
A photo of Stone Porch Alehouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (44)
$30 and under
American
Verona
About the restaurant
Stone Porch is named after it's huge stone wrap around porch but we don't let that vibe end there. Comfort food, refreshing cocktails to warm up the insides and a great team looking to make your visit memorable. Our head chef, Jacob Goldsberry, believes that from scratch is always best and that brings an authenticity to each dish that will remind you of home.
Top review
BDub
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We had a great family dinner on Friday evening. Overall, the service was friendly & attentive. The salmon, portobello sandwich, shrimp dinners were excellent! Unfortunately, a kiddo thought the chicken tenders weren’t as good as usual (more tough/rubbery. A few tasted & agreed.) With 6, it took longer than usual for food to be made, but it was completely understandable. We’ll definitely be back!
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 4 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 Amara restaurant
4.4
4.4 (551)
$31 to $50
Italian
Madison
About the restaurant
Amara is our take on contemporary coastal Italian cuisine featuring sharable small plates and bites, hand-crafted pastas, and entrées showcasing the bounty of Madison, Wisconsin. Our wine list features cutting edge Italian and Italian-inspired artisan wines farmed by hand and made with classical methods. Our bar showcases the art of Italian drinking including aperitifs, negronis, cocktails, and espresso. It all comes together to match our decor – light, beautiful, clean, relaxed, simple, energetic, and revitalizing…
Top review
MichaelGvip
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful and excellent all around. Every dish was excellent and we had a party of 5 and everybody was very happy.
A photo of The Madison Concourse Hotel restaurant
3.9
3.9 (53)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
Join us for a special holiday brunches in our Grand Ballroom!
Top review
JanK
Dined on May 12, 2024
Ate at the buffet on Easter Sunday. My children asked where do you want to go for your birthday? My birthday was one week away from Mother's Day so I suggested we celebrate birthday and Mother's Day at the Concourse. I remembered the especially good ham from Easter so that's why we chose the Concourse.
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