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L’Etoile is a fine-dining restaurant that has been operational since 1976. The menu has a list of local and seasonal offerings inspired by the artisans and small farmers of the Midwest. L’Etoile is one of the top 50 restaurants in America, getting national recognition for its impeccable food quality and service. The restaurant aims to support local farmers and artisans to create a healthier community. There are private and semi-private rooms available for business, personal, or celebratory dinners. These rooms are well-equipped with audio-visual fittings and also provide wheelchair accessibility.

The Old Fashioned

A vibrant tavern with retro-decor offering the best in Wisconsin fare, The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant is the pride of the state. Choose from an eclectic menu that features fast food items made with the best meats, cheeses, produce, and local specialties from Wisconsin. Weekend special deals include Friday fish fry, Saturday prime rib, and Sunday wood-fired chicken. Quench your thirst with exclusive Wisconsin beers, wines, spirits, and other beverages. A perfect place for casual conversation, The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant invites locals and visitors alike to experience the best of Wisconsin.


Graze is a warm, cozy, farm-to-table restaurant serving classic meals with contemporary twists. Its name highlights its commitment to sourcing grass-fed animals and using fresh, local ingredients. With a relaxed atmosphered and notably creative cocktails, Graze is as fantastic a choice for brunch as it is for dinner. You won't want to miss this popular and culinarily conscientious spot on your next trip to Madison.

Tornado Steak House

Opened in 1995, Tornado Steak House is one of the most revered steakhouses of the city and a must visit for meat lovers who don't mind shelling out for exemplary cuts. Set in a 19th-century building, its dimly lit with soft lampshades and candles, casting a warm glow to its wooden decor. Taking pride in serving meat that are bred naturally, their menu features the standard cuts as well as lamb, rabbit, duck breast, venison and a bit of seafood. Succulent steaks with the perfect balance of flavor, you can enjoy their fare late at night at their lounge or bar space from 10p to 1a. Reservations are highly recommended.

Weary Traveler Freehouse

A great spot to sample good burgers in a friendly atmosphere, the Weary Traveler Freehouse is an interesting eatery. The place's wood accentuated interior along with simple chairs and dim yellow lights bring out the restaurant's old-world charm. The ambiance here is always relaxed and encourages conversations while you delight your palate with interesting options like ob’s (Organic) Bad Breath Burger, Underground Meat's Cervalas, Grilled Walleye Sandwich and more. Created using locally grown ingredients, these dishes linger for moments on your palate but stay inked into memory for a long time. Wash your burgers down with some Potosi Cave Ale or the Lake Louie American Pale Ale. Bottled Beers and an impressive selection of wines are also available here.

High Noon Saloon

Opened in 2004, High Noon Saloon has made a niche for itself in the city's live music scene. Primarily a live music venue, it is also a bar where you can tipple on drinks during happy hours and nosh on pizzas by Glass Nickel. You can also enjoy some bar games for some added entertainment. From local bands to national acts and international artists, their shows offer a wide range of music that keeps it eclectic and engaging. Some of musicians who have played at this popular place are The Breeders, Danny Brown, PHUN and Fishbone. The venue is also available for other musical and private events.

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