Restaurants

See this page for an extensive listing of restaurants in central Madison.

Madison offers a great variety of cuisine! Here are some of our favorites:

Restaurants near campus

Sandwich and sliced pizza

  • Jimmy John’s = Sandwiches $5-6
  • Hawk’s Bar and Grill = Salads $5-8, Sandwiches $6.50-7.50, Burgers $7-8
  • Ian’s Pizza = Sliced pizza $3.5, Salad

Mexican

  • Los Gemelos
  • Casa de Lara

Asian

  • Fugu Asian Fusion
  • Osaka House
  • Takara Japanese Restaurant
  • Himal Chuli (Nepalese cuisine)

Italian

  • Miat Za’s Cafe (Italian café) = Pasta $4-7, Salads $6-7, Paninis $6, Pizza $6
  • Tutto Pasta (Italian restaurant) = Pizza $10-13, Pasta $10-15

Vegetarian option

  • Sunroom Café (European casual café)

More

  • Mediterranean Café (Mediterranean) = Lunch only (cash only) 
  • Also, food carts are clustered on Library Mall in front of Memorial Library. Lunch $6-9

Coffee and tea

  • Espresso Royale Café
  • Starbucks
  • Steep and Brew
  • Fair Trade Coffee
  • Michelangelo’s Café
  • Steepery (tea bar)
  • Coffeebytes
  • Peets Coffee Shop
  • Barriques (near the Capitol)
  • Bradbury's Coffee (near the Capitol)
  • Colectivo (near the Capitol)

Ice cream

  • Babcock ice cream/daily scoop (on campus, Memorial Union and/or Union South)
  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice cream
  • La Coppa Gelato Cafe
  • Forever Yogurt

Near the Capitol

  • Flavor of India = Lunch buffet (11:30am-3pm) $8.95; Dinner (5-10pm) $10.95-11.95 (vegetarian) and $12.50-14 (non-vegetarian)
  • Sol's On The Square (authentic Korean restaurant)
  • Brocah Irish Pub = Soups and salads $2.50-4.50, Sandwiches $8.50-10, Burgers $8.50-11
  • The Old Fashioned (Wisconsin inspired) = Sandwiches $8-10, daily specials
  • The Cooper's Tavern (traditional Wisconsin style) = Craft beer
  • Graze (gastropub)
  • Harvest (casual American and French fusion)
  • L’Etoile (French restaurant)
  • The Tipsy Cow (traditional Wisconsin style) = Craft beer, daily specials
  • Nostrano (Italian) = Lunch $10-14; Dinner $16-27
  • Genna’s Bar Lounge = Cocktails