Dining in Madison, WI
Many restaurants in Madison use fresh produce from local farms to create extraordinary menus. Lucky for us, Madison is home to the nation’s largest producers-only farmers’ market, which means restaurants have the freshest of ingredients!
The homage to local agricultural roots can be seen across Madison—there are numerous farm-to-table dining options that pay tribute to our great state. Need help deciding? Our restaurant search and Greater Madison Restaurants maps are great resources for your next dining adventure.
This time of year is also known for food events and festivals, from Taste of the Market to Craft Beer Week. Brat Fest, the largest of its kind in the world, is home to much more than bratwursts! This annual tradition is also a music fest, with live bands playing throughout the three-day festival.
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The Red Elephant Chocolate Café’s heavenly chocolates are now on State Street. It’s only polite to stop in to say “welcome to Madison,” and try their sea salt caramel or handmade chocolates. Don’t forget to take home a cake bite collection.
May 2-10, 2015, marks National Travel and Tourism Week, celebrating tourism’s positive impact on communities nationwide. In 2013, visitors brought $1.8 billion in new dollars to Dane County, boosting our local economy. Thanks to our partners who host and serve those visitors and make Madison an exceptional place to visit!
Madison has its own not-for-profit association of independently-owned restaurants and affiliated businesses called Madison Originals. As part of its mission to promote unique local dining establishments, Madison Originals also offers a robust Gift Certificate program. Learn more about which restaurants are included and how to bring home Discount Gift Certificates and Group Gift Certificates.