Located on the university campus, this enterprise is affiliated with UW-Madison and serves as a practical learning experience for certain of its students. Ice creams and cheeses produced by the university are renowned for their flavor and...  Read More


Romantic and intimate, Porta Bella has entranced Madison diners since 1968, and loyal patrons give it praise for food and ambience again and again. Lush dishes include meaty lasagna, shrimp tetrazzini, oven-baked salmon, and a NY strip stuffed...  Read More

Clean-lined Western style mixes with a warehouse setting in this warm, rustic restaurant. Glowing with light and patinated woods, Eldorado transports patrons to the Southwest of days gone by. Even the menu is infused with Mexican and Spanish...  Read More

Essen Haus

Teutonic spirit runs deep and proud at this local institution, which caters to folks of German heritage and aficionados of the culture. The staff wear authentic costumes, and oompah music rings out as eager patrons tuck into wienerschnitzel,...  Read More

A pastoral setting and a renovated, 19th-century farmhouse provide the backdrop for dining at Otto's. Known for certified Angus steaks and Mediterranean fare, the restaurant appeals to professionals and is especially nice during the summer, when...  Read More


Biaggi's serves patrons well with large portions, an extensive menu, and a comfortable, convivial ambience. Local folks prize favorites like osso buco, chicken saltimbocca, pork chops al forno, seared salmon, veal marsala, and an herb-tinged NY...  Read More


With its sunny patio, cozy wooden booths, and casual ambience, Paisan's plays host to folks seeking affordable Italian fare and some of the city's best pizza. Sandwiches and pasta standards have their place, but thin-crust pies are the...  Read More

Pedro's Mexican Restaurante – East

Popular with locals, this festive Mexican establishment delivers all the zesty dishes you've come to expect from south-of-the-border eateries. Sizzling fajitas feature steak, shrimp, or chicken, and fish tacos are dressed with chipotle tartar...  Read More

Capitol Chophouse

This hotel establishment touts itself as having "steak, seafood, style," and you can rest assured that you'll find all three. In fact, evidenced by a seafood martini and Angus beef carpaccio, specialties are prominent from the get-go. After...  Read More


Cozy and rustic, this restaurant near Lake Kegonsa first appeared in 1927 and has been a longtime favorite of area residents. Not far from Madison proper, Halverson's offers a menu of familiar, well-prepared dishes that make an ideal supper when...  Read More

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