Dining in Madison, WI
With our craft beer scene and farm-to-table dining options, it's no wonder why Madison, WI was recently ranked as a "foodie paradise." Our restaurant search and Greater Madison Restaurants maps are great resources for your next dining adventure.
Just for Comfort Food Fans
It's the season for comfort food: local brews, fish fries, and taverns. After a long day, nothing beats pulling up a chair and sitting down to dine with winter warmth in mind.
For an authentic dining experience, try one of our local supper clubs—Wisconsin taverns that celebrate local ingredients. Inspired by the traditions of Wisconsin taverns, The Old Fashioned Tavern and Restaurant pays tribute to the foods and spirits that make Wisconsin famous, while the Tornado Steakhouse is known for its ambience and award-winning steaks. The Bassett Street Brunch Club serves winter warm-up drinks and seasonal donuts, and Monty's Blue Plate Diner offers corned beef hash and "meatloaf of the gods."
Fish Fries, Beer, and Cheese
If you're angling for the best fish fry in the Madison area, our Fantastic Fish Fry itinerary introduces you to myriad main dishes and sides to try. If you want a true Madison experience, pair beer with cheese at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest—home to hundreds of local craft beers and artisanal cheeses from around the state.
Healthy, Local Opportunities
Madison isn't all beer, cheese, and comfort food! We're full of healthy options if you're seeking spinach and quinoa. Our farm-to-table restaurants turn sustainable practices into amazing culinary offerings. Try Marigold Kitchen's warmed spiced squash, bacon, and spinach salad, or visit Harvest for Italian and modern-American cuisine, featuring organic ingredients provided by local farmers.
Madison even 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 hosts the annual Flavors of Madison event as well as a robust Gift Certificate program. Learn more about which restaurants are included and how to bring home Discount Gift Certificates and Group Gift Certificates.