Madison is a walkable destination, with restaurants around every corner of the downtown area and in neighborhoods throughout the region. But what if you’re traveling by two wheels instead of two feet? By water instead of sidewalk? Don’t worry. We have plenty of ways to satisfy your hunger no matter how you’re exploring Madison.

Please check with individual restaurants about any changes in hours or COVID protocols.

Buck & Honey's Monona

An exterior view of Buck and Honey's in Monona
Photo by Buck & Honey's

With fare fit for family dinners or fine dining, Buck & Honey’s Monona has designated boat slips for guests coming from lakes Waubesa and Monona, as well as dedicated kayak parking. Grab a table on the patio for a carefree evening and waterfront views.

The Edgewater

People dine at The Edgewater's Boathouse restaurant on Lake Mendota
Photo by SV Heart Photography

The Edgewater Pier connects the heart of downtown Madison with the beauty of Lake Mendota. Boasting 40 public boat slips, hop ashore to take your pick from The Boathouse or The Statehouse for dinner, or enjoy live music on the plaza all summer long.

Mariner's Inn

An outdoor patio along the waterfront at Mariner's Inn
Photo by Mariner's Inn

A Madison icon since 1966, Mariner’s Inn delivers casual waterfront dining on Lake Mendota. Stop by for weekday happy hour deals or dine on delicious surf and turf.


A group of friends dine on oysters at Sardine, along Lake Monona.
Photo by Focal Flame Photography

Complete the loop around Lake Monona and park your ride for a beautiful meal at Sardine. Stop next door at Machinery Row when your bike needs a tune-up or you’re in the market for a brand new set of wheels.

*Sardine is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monty's Blue Plate Diner

The neon exterior sign at Monty's Blue Plate Diner in Madison
Photo by Monty's Blue Plate Diner

Mere steps from the Capital City Trail, Monty’s brings a vibe that’s equal parts hip and retro and an extensive menu to please your pickiest eater. Veggie-lovers rejoice – Monty’s also boasts an impressive selection for vegetarian and vegan diners.

Pizza Brutta

A classic margherita pizza at Pizza Brutta in Madison
Photo by Pizza Brutta

It’s a short hop off the Southwest Commuter Path to reach pizza paradise. Pizza Brutta specializes in wood-fired, Neapolitan pies created from local ingredients and their house-made mozzarella.