Best Restaurants



Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Madison dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Madison Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.




Much-loved by children, this whimsical eatery mesmerizes young and old alike with its displays of vintage toys, suspended collectibles, and animated figures. There's even a merry-go-round out front that has all the kids clamoring for a ride from...  Read More


Stone House at Quivey's Grove


Heritage runs strong at this stone mansion, built in 1855 by John Mann. Featuring six parlors and native woods, the home now serves traditional foods with rich ingredients and makes a delightful destination for dinner. Among the treats you'll...  Read More


Bandung Restaurant


Named for a prominent city on the island of Java, this Indonesian restaurant breathes life into Madison's dining scene. The family-run place, adorned with artwork and artifacts, promises a culinary adventure, thanks to its homemade dishes....  Read More


Bahn Thai


Should you find yourself craving fresh vegetables and lemongrass-scented dishes that recall Far Eastern culinary traditions, this intimate place is well-equipped to sate the desire. Madison's first Thai restaurant (and still its most popular by...  Read More


Restaurant Magnus


Gracious and sophisticated, this restaurant has risen steadily in the eyes of patrons and critics since its much-anticipated premiere and is lauded for both cuisine and nightlife. A refined setting serves as apt backdrop for Nuevo Latino fare,...  Read More


Tornado Club Steak House


Mellow and softly lit, this celebrated restaurant makes a strong showing as one of Madison's top steak houses. Flawless cuts of beef arrive with a crisp crust and pink, juicy interior, whether you choose an 8-ounce filet or a 25-ounce rib-eye....  Read More


Lombardino's


A city institution, Lombardino's has been one of Madison's most recognizable restaurants since 1952. Given to kitschy charm, the interior is a throwback to Italian eateries of past decades, a look patrons love for its unchanging character. The...  Read More




Arguably the city's most renowned restaurant, this much-applauded enterprise revels in the attention of chef-proprietor Tory Miller. Sublime cuisine marries the best local Wisconsin ingredients with French culinary tradition, and menus change...  Read More




Cleanly elegant and rife with luxurious materials and details, this sophisticated steak house makes a perfect destination for special-occasion or expense-account dining. Aged steaks range from the signature rib-eye to tenderloins and NY strips....  Read More


Harvest


A simple, elegant dining room sets the scene for this wonderful restaurant, whose chef-owners trained at nearby L'Etoile. The accomplished cuisine relies on fresh, seasonal ingredients and may feature buttermilk and dill-roasted chicken, seared...  Read More


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