6 Tapas Spots to Sample Madison's Local Flavor

Greater Madison is the perfect place to visit if you love to dine. Not only is the food delicious, many menus showcase farm-to-table fare, creatively incorporating fresh produce from nearby farms. Taste your way through the town by mixing and matching your favorite dishes and restaurants to experience all that Madison has to offer!


The latest endeavor from Chef Tory Miller, Estrellón, brings Spanish-influenced small plates and tapas to downtown Madison. Known for its excellent service and attention to detail, the white tablecloth restaurant is perfect for a special night out with loved ones. For more casual evening, stop by The Bar at Estrellón for pop-up collaborations featuring twists on the Chicago hotdog, tacos, doughnuts and more.

A Pig in a Fur Coat

A bright yellow door at this Willy Street spot welcomes guests in for an evening of culinary fun. The menu at A Pig in a Fur Coat offers Mediterranean comfort food and reflects some of the best flavors from Spain, France, and Italy – all in a cozy and welcoming space. Try the duck fat fries, pork belly and fried squash blossoms – and order the porchetta to share!


At Graft, you’ll find Midwest-inspired small plates and amazing wines on Madison's beautiful Capitol Square. Graft’s menu focuses on local ingredients, thoughtful pairings and presentation – and was created to be shared. To get a sampling of the menu, try their spin on fried chevre, shrimp and grits, beef tartare and brussels sprouts. For dessert, the pot de creme (butterscotch, caramel, pecan tuile) is a must!


Cento, Madison’s premier Italian restaurant, combines Old World Italian traditions with modern techniques. Start your family-style meal with a meat and cheese butcher board, and watch the chefs prepare it in the open kitchen. Then choose from favorites like the bacon-wrapped dates, warm olives, and a variety of veggies, pizzas and pastas. For a special treat, reserve the chef’s kitchen table and enjoy a 5-course meal for up to six guests.

Eno Vino

With large glass windows overlooking the Capitol and lakes, Eno Vino, atop the new AC Hotel, pairs delicious made from scratch to-share dining items with amazing views. The swanky spot has a variety of bruschettas, flatbreads, meats and veggie options, and for dessert, a Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee that’s almost too good share. For drinks, choose from 150 wines by the bottle and 40 by the glass.

Heritage Tavern

At Heritage, Wisconsin's finest ingredients meet global inspiration, culinary excellence and expertly-crafted cocktails. Chef Dan Fox, known for raising heritage pigs, features pork in many creative ways on his menu. Other favorites include the deviled eggs (order a dozen to try them all) and the tempura bacon-wrapped cheese curds. Pop in for a happy hour, late night snack, weekend brunch or three-course meal – you’ll be glad you did.

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