Nestled on a stunning strip of land between two lakes, Wisconsin’s capital city of Madison is known not only for its spectacular scenery, but also for its many thriving locally-owned restaurants. Whether you are looking for delicious Wisconsin cheese curds, or a prime cut of filet mignon, Madison has got you covered. Check out these locally owned hotspots and know that you’re supporting not only delicious food, but the Madison community.
Fine Dining Restaurants
Madison might be a small city, but it has its fair share of fine-dining establishments. The Tornado Steakhouse is known far and wide for being one of the best steakhouses in Wisconsin. Featuring white-linen dining and a supper-club atmosphere, Tornado Steakhouse offers mouth-watering steaks, duck, lamb, and seafood. With wood-lined walls and soft lighting, this restaurant offers delicious food and a romantic ambiance.
Featuring top-quality steaks, seafood, and Mediterranean inspired cuisine Otto’s Restaurant and Bar is another mouth-watering Madison favorite. Otto’s is located in a stunning restored 1870’s stone farmhouse, and is considered one of the most elegant restaurants in town. Otto’s Restaurant is a real hidden gem!
If you are looking for a Brazilian Grill style restaurant, look no further than Samba Brazilian Grill, located right off of State Street in downtown Madison. Samba features a two-course meal with all-you-can-eat grilled meat carved table side.
Chic and Trendy Restaurants
If trendy and chic is your scene, Madison has plenty of delectable options for you. One of the most popular new restaurants in the city is Graze, situated right on Capitol Square. Graze is truly local, with over eighty-five percent of the food they serve coming directly from Wisconsin farms. This light-filled space features floor to ceiling windows and delicious food you can feel good about.
Another en-vogue eatery is The Cooper’s Tavern, a neighborhood style pub in the heart of Madison. This savory smorgasbord has everything from fish and chips to lobster mac’ and cheese. Featuring over 150 beers and a wide variety of entrees, you’d be hard pressed not to leave here satisfied.
For a super chic eatery, check out Natt Spil, and see what the hippest Madisonians have been raving about. This unassuming restaurant features a small but varied menu. Known for their dim sum and wood-fired pizza, Natt Spil is an enchanting place to grab a bite to eat.
Looking for some lovely wine and tapas style dining? Try Eno Vino Wine Bar and Bistro. Eno Vino offers over twenty-five delicious dishes and one hundred fifty different wines by the bottle. With decadent ambience and reasonable prices, Eno Vino is sure to please.
Ask any Madison resident what their favorite place for typical “Wisconsin” food is, and chances are they will say “The Old Fashioned”. Opened in 2005, this Madtown hotspot was inspired by traditional Wisconsin taverns and supper clubs. A great spot for cheese curds, bratwurst, and Friday fish fries, this place is teeming with local personality and delicious food.
Located right off the University of Wisconsin campus, the Nitty Gritty has been a Madison tradition since 1968. This casual family-friendly restaurant is known as “Madison’s official birthday place”, as everyone gets a free mug and refills of tap beer or soda on their birthday. Be sure to try their award-winning Grittyburger.
Madison is known for offering a wide array of ethnic cuisine. One of the most popular ethnic eateries is Restaurant Muramoto, featuring an Asian-fusion tapas-style menu. Known for its black cod and for being the best sushi in the downtown area, Restaurant Muramoto is a great option for those with an appetite for Asian food.
At over sixty years old, Lombardino’s on Madison’s West Side is an established feature in the Madison restaurant scene. Featuring a self-described kitschy décor (and a model of the Trevi Fountain), Lombardino’s is a casual, comfortable and delicious neighborhood dining spot.
The wide variety of locally-owned Madison restaurants makes it quite easy to find an eatery to satisfy just about everyone’s wallet and taste buds. The only obstacle in your way of a fantastic dining experience, is deciding where to go! Visit our Dining Directory for a full list of Madison restaurants.