Places to Dine in Madison, WI
Madison is the perfect place to visit if you love to dine! Visit our restaurant search page to discover details about all of our area restaurants. Or, view all restaurants at a glance using our recently updated Central Restaurants and Greater Madison Restaurants maps.
From fall food tours to Farmers' Market fare, autumn is an amazing time to dine in Madison! Read on to discover details about all of your culinary choices:
Fall Food Festivals
Discover dozens of opportunities to tempt your taste buds at local food events and tours. If you like perfect pairings, try Madison Magazine's Festival of Food or the Isthmus Food & Wine Festival. If you like big taste with small town appeal, try one of the many food festivals and tours that take place year-round in Madison's surrounding towns.
If setting is just as important as savoring seasonal food and beverages, you'll want to explore Madison's many outdoor dining destinations while the weather is still warm. From the outdoor garden at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. downtown to the quaint setting at Quivey's Grove off of Verona Road, you'll enjoy fabulous food under a canopy of fall colors.
Farmers Market Fare
One of Madison's many claims to fame is that it plays host to the nation's largest producers-only farmers' market. Now is the time to try fall favorites, from eggplant and winter squash to apple butter, jams and jellies. Farm-to-table fare continues to be the top trend, so you'll often see local chefs shopping for these same seasonal and sustainable offerings that are prepared and served that same day at local restaurants.
The Hilldale Farmers' Market is also open on Saturdays (and Wednesdays!) and offers another way to enjoy farm-fresh produce, baked goods, maple syrup and more.
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.