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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Madison

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Madison? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Williams's Pine Gables Supper Club restaurant
5.0
5 (435)
$31 to $50
American
Madison
About the restaurant
Welcome to William's Pine Gables Supper Club.
We look forward to seeing you soon

Top review
BenB
Dined on 5 Apr 2024
Service from the sec we walked into the door was awesome! Food was amazing too
A photo of Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (845)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Madison
About the restaurant
Paoli Schoolhouse American Bistro is located on the banks of the Sugar River in Paoli, WI. The Schoolhouse was built in 1864 and was converted into a restaurant in 2008. We pride ourselves in supporting local vendors and ingredients to bring you the best quality dishes.

Enjoy a meal in our beautiful bistro or on the deck/patio as weather permits. We have a great selection of wine, cocktails, and carry a variety of domestic and craft beers.

The Schoolhouse is also a great venue for small events - micro weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other celebrations!

Top review
JennyH
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful evening. Brian was a great host for the night. He explained the menu and answered all of our questions. The couple we brought along had never been and loved the food.
A photo of Villa Dolce restaurant
4.8
4.8 (609)
$30 and under
Italian
Middleton
About the restaurant
A modern Italian cafe in the heart of downtown historic Middleton. With a contemporary vibe this fusion Italian gem features unique topping gourmet pizzas, handmade pasta and famous Gelato.
Top review
Lani
Dined on 9 Apr 2024
This is a go-to place for us. Food is great and service is always good. Dolores is a favorite!
A photo of D’Vino restaurant
4.8
4.8 (567)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
Madison
About the restaurant
Wine/Cicchetti (pronounced: che-kett-ee) Bar
Fine Italian Dining
Irresistible little snacks of every imaginable configuration from the varied regions of Italy. Eat them at the bar with an ombra (shadow) of wine with an aperitif. Fine Dining Menu Also available Wed-Sat-Classic Italian favorites and daily chefs specials including Chicken Parmigiano, Sicilian Steak and Shrimp Scampi. Sunday Supper 5-8PM

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 6 Apr 2024
Great service, great food! They accommodated my finicky teenager with ease. We will be back!
A photo of Bonfyre American Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2309)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
Bonfyre features Contemporary American Cuisine in an upscale casual environment. In addition to our hand-cut, wood-fired steaks, guests can enjoy fresh seafood, rotisserie Chicken, pastas, signature salads and so much more from our seasonally changing menu.

To compliment the cuisine, Bonfyre’s bar features classic cocktails with a modern twist, creative new libations, domestic craft beer selections and a wine list consisting of 60 labels from both North and South America.

Top review
MariaHvip
Dined on 30 Mar 2024
Everyone in our group loved the appetizers and their meals! The appetizers were the carpaccio and cheese curds. Three ordered the lamb chops, one ordered the sea bass, and another ordered the the NY strip.
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Sun Prairie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1521)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Sun Prairie
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's. We're locally owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare made from scratch with only the freshest available ingredients.… Sun Prairie's taken notice by awarding Buck & Honey's 'Best Restaurant', 'Best Steak', 'Best Dinner', 'Best Place for Live Music', 'Best Lunch', (and more) every year! Great pastas, tender steaks, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out the extensive wine list. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Now serving brunch from 10A-2P on Sunday!
Top review
BarbS
Dined on 29 Mar 2024
Even on a very busy Friday night, the service and food were great!
A photo of Eno Vino Downtown restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2056)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Madison
About the restaurant
Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro Voted "Madison's Best Wine Bar" By Madison Magazine Readers, consistently over the years. Eno Vino offers 200+ wines by the bottle & another 45 by the glass. From the beginning, Eno Vino was established as a place to share great wine, sensational, hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, inviting food. Whether you would like to entertain friends, enjoy an evening out with a loved one or unwind during happy hour ~ we invite you to enjoy an evening at Eno Vino.

**Please note**
For outdoor terrace reservations- Please call the restaurant at 608-455-0663.
Eno Vino does not accept Discover card or Apple pay.
All guests must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol, regardless of parental accompaniment.

Top review
KarrieWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was fabulous including drinks, the quality of food and the view. One of my favorite spots in Madison.
A photo of Rare Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1879)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Madison
About the restaurant
Dining and libations on Capitol Square with an incredible view of the Capitol, Rare combines craft cocktails, in-house dry aged steaks and attentive service in an unabashedly old-school steak house setting. Madison's downtown steakhouse features specialty cuts dry aged in-house, like the Rib Cap and the Delmonico as well as offering more traditional cuts like our filet and our rib eye. Rare is also one of the only purveyors of A5 Wagyu in Madison.

Complimenting our steaks and entrees is a specialty cocktail list and an extensive wine list with everything from wines for a big celebration to a weekday dinner.

If you're just looking for a drink after work, Rare offers discounted cocktails, wines and snacks at happy hour.

Top review
Jenny
Dined 5 days ago
We were surprised by the full house. We've walked by many times and it is only half full. So, a little noisier than expected or desired. Genevieve was excellent. Welcoming demeanor. Clear explanations of the food and specials, although our fellow diner didn't think she had the ribcap definition just right. However, that steak was delicious. She went out of her way to order a mocktail focused on what I liked. Bartender did a great job. Then she and the bartender made a mock mojito, also very good. I didn't try the one on the menu. Cherry syrup - no way. Ask the bartender to suggest one of his other mocktails on the menu. We didn't have time for dessert. We had allowed 2 hours and needed to leave at 7:30, before dessert. We speculated the kitchen was super busy.
A photo of Buck & Honey's - Monona restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1328)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Madison
About the restaurant
At Buck & Honey’s, we've taken great care to ensure your first visit makes you feel like you're stopping by an old friend's. We're locally owned and offer a wide variety of traditional fare made from scratch with only the freshest available ingredients.… Great pastas, tender steaks, fresh entree salads, unique specialty sandwiches, critically acclaimed Friday fish fry and our deliciously crispy thin crust pizzas round out our offerings. Check out the extensive wine list, craft cocktails and beer selections. Join us for live entertainment and special events. Located on the Yahara River in Monona, featuring 23 boat slips for boat parking and dock side carry out.

Summer months include patio seating, that is first come first serve, and non-reservable.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Always good food. The outdoor patio on the riverside is amazing.
A photo of Sugar River Pizza Company restaurant
4.7
4.7 (468)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Madison
About the restaurant
Made from scratch pizza and hometown comfort food are the focus of this family-run restaurant. Come join us for an evening among friends.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
We are new in town and wanted to give this place a try. We were seated promptly and our server was attentive. We had a traditional crust pizza with ricotta, sausage, and pepperoni and it was fantastic. I can't wait to go back!
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