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Restaurants in Madison + The Central Plains

Whether it’s a classic culinary temple or a local haunt, these Madison + The Central Plains restaurants are destinations in and of themselves. Read on to discover Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Madison + The Central Plains restaurants and dining experiences. Browse our travel guides for insider information on food trucks, bakeries, cafés, coffeehouses, farm-to-table restaurants, diners, trattorias, bistros, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, tapas bars, noodle houses, sushi counters, fine dining establishments, and more.

Our global network of editors and writers selects the best restaurants in Madison + The Central Plains to help travelers soak up the local scene and find authentic dishes. Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse, or the best place for cheap eats, Travel + Leisure takes you there, serving up the best Madison + The Central Plains restaurant listings. Below find T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Madison + The Central Plains.

  • Babcock Hall Dairy Store

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Baumgartner's Cheese Store & Tavern

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Wisconsin’s oldest cheese store. Pair your favorite fromage with a local brew in the tavern. More
  • Chautara

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Cocoliquot

    French bistro and chocolate haven. More
  • Ella's Deli & Ice Cream Parlor

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Stop at this old-fashioned shop, where families share overstuffed Reubens, fried pickles, and hot-fudge sundaes with grilled pound cake. More
  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Upscale chophouse More
  • Harvest, Madison

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Himal Chuli

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • House of Embers Grille

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Come in for a hearty family-friendly meal like the famed hickory-smoked ribs and chocolate–peanut butter mousse. More
  • Hungry House Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • L'Etoile

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The region’s slow-food mecca. More
  • Marigold Kitchen, Madison

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Mexicali Rose

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The perfect spot for authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks overlooking the Wisconsin River. The Hurricane Rosa, a fruity, red rum punch, is the hous... More
  • Osteria Papavero

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The small-plate restaurant has great service, a proper wine program, and an impressive amaro selection. More
  • Restaurant Magnus

    Latin-flavored champion of local farmers. More

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