Dane County is known for many things, but perhaps it’s most famous for its wide variety of local eateries. From unique Asian cuisine to hearty American comfort dishes, there’s definitely something for everyone on this list.
In no particular order, here’s our top 12 favorite local restaurants in Dane County.
RED Sushi and Modern Cuisine, Madison
RED, Refreshing-Elegant-Delicious, offers a unique dining experience for anyone who walks off the square and into their exclusive lounge. Cozy up to the Chef’s Table for a relaxing and romantic dinner. The large menu offers a wide variety of sushi dishes as well as modern American meals.
Liliana’s is a fine dining establishment focusing on local, organic ingredients and serving an extensive wine list and speciality drinks. The New Orleans restaurant offers live Jazz music Tuesday through Saturday and during Sunday Brunch.
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, Madison & Fitchburg
Great Dane is a local chain of craft breweries and restaurants with 4 locations in Dane County and one in Wausau, Wisconsin. The menu consists of hearty made-from-scratch pub food and a large beer list with many varieties of house-brewed ales and lagers.
Ha Long Bay, Madison
Located in the heart of Willy Street, Ha Long Bay is traditional Southeast Asian eatery serving up large plates of Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian dishes. The eatery offers a tremendous menu with lots of options and is always full of happy and satisfied customers. They are also a popular choice for takeout any day of the week.
Heritage Tavern, Madison
Heritage Tavern is located right off the Capital Square and offers a large brunch, dinner and late night menu. Their upscale farm-to-table cuisine and classic atmosphere make for a fantastic dining experience. Their menu consists of familiar dishes with a twist and contain only local and sustainable ingredients.
Eno Vino, Madison
Eno Vino has been voted “Madison’s Best Wine Bar” By Madison Magazine consistently over the years. The upscale wine bar and bistro has a stellar view of the Capital and offers 200+ wines by the bottle and 45 by the glass, as well as an extensive dinner, happy hour and dessert menu with a special gluten-free dinner menu as well.
Bassett Street Brunch Club, Madison
This vintage-themed diner serves comfort foods, breakfast classics, homemade donuts and unique cocktails. Don’t let the name fool you, the diner is open all day long – not just for brunch! Their open hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends.
Jardin serves an uncommon style of upscale and approachable comfort food with ingredients sourced from the best producers locally and nationally. The prices are reasonable and the restaurant offers a quaint atmosphere for guests to relax and enjoy a good meal.
Charlie’s on Main, Oregon
Charlie’s on Main aims to source local dairy, meats, and produce as much as possible. They specialize in food that is both flavorful and healthful and offers a delicious variety of dinner options. The restaurant presents a 1930’s dining experience, and the large bar area has a large menu of creative cocktails. There’s also an underground speakeasy (if you can find it)!
Merchant is an industrial-chic gastropub and liquor store serving farm-to-table New American fare and craft cocktails with local ingredients. The eatery offers a relaxing atmosphere for lunch and dinner and turns into a fun dance club with a live d.j. at night!
Vintage Brewing Company, Madison & Sauk City
Vintage has four great locations, three in Madison and one in Sauk City, and offers a wide selection of house-brewed craft beers on tap and delicious food menus. Each location has their own unique food and drink menu, and each offers a unique and inviting atmosphere.
Himal Chuli, Madison
Located on the ever popular State Street, Himal Chuli is the ultimate spot for authentic Nepalese cuisine. The menu offers a variety of dishes, including a large vegetarian section. The outdoor seating makes for a perfect lunch and dinner spot during the warmer months.