If you’re looking to grab a bite before the show, King Street is known as Restaurant Row in Madison, and there is a restaurant to fit every taste and budget. Below is a small sampling of the restaurants on adjacent blocks.
Ancora Coffee Roasters
Ancora Coffee has been small batch artisan roasting coffee in Madison for the past 20 years. This location on King St. is the original Ancora flagship store and has been like a second home to thousands of “Madisonians” over the years. Ancora takes pride in offering only fair trade, organic, and sustainably produced coffees. All coffees you drink and purchase were roasted the previous day at the Roastery located on Orin Rd. in Madison- you can’t beat that level of freshness.
Argus Bar & Grill
Restored bar and grill in historic downtown commercial building. More than just bar food. Big menu of 61 hot and cold sandwiches and wraps, as well as burgers; plus seven salads, soup of the day and appetizers. A larger-than-usual raft of vegetarian options among both the sandwiches and salads.
Located on the ground floor of Tenney Plaza, Colectivo on the Square is our very first cafe in the Madison area. Tenney Plaza is a beautiful historic Art Deco building, constructed in 1930, and claiming the title of Wisconsin’s first steel frame high-rise. The cafe sits at the corner of Pinckney & Main amid the hustle and bustle of our state capitol and community events like Concerts on the Square. In addition to coffee, tea, espresso, smoothies and a pour-over brew bar, this cafe is the first to offer our own craft beers, developed by our director of coffee and head roaster.
Here at Cranberry Creek Restaurant and Catering we believe in giving you the best of what we have to offer. Whether you’re dining in at our restaurant for one of our fresh, homemade breakfasts, lunches or dinners or having your event catered indoors or out, you’ll soon love what you taste. We love what we do and we want it to show every time you choose Cranberry Creek.
The menu includes the full range of tacos, sopes, gorditas, tortas, huaraches, tostadas, chimichangas, quesadillas, burritos and tamales. Francisco’s specialties are listed as chiles rellenos, carne asada, enchiladas verdes, alambre and enchiladas. Go for the huaraches or anything with mole.
Great Dane Pub & Brewing
The combination of historic ambiance, award winning food and brewery products, and caring, attentive service, has made the downtown Great Dane Pub Madison’s most award-winning restaurant. The original Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company opened one block off the capitol square in November 1994 and became the first brewery to operate in the city of Madison since the closing of the Fauerbach Brewery in 1966.
Warm brick and wood architecture compliments the comfort offered in an eclectic menu. The blend of influences from diverse continents leaves any palate flattered. A smattering of artisan cocktails are the centerpiece of a beverage menu offering a wide range of spirits, beer and wine to compliment the food.
Merchant is a casual farm-to-table restaurant, craft cocktail bar and liquor store. We are inspired by the American Craft Movement – tradesmen and women who look to history to proudly perform their craft with knowledge and care. We can’t wait to share our passion for quality ingredients, honest and simple cooking, and this American craft of bartending. We welcome you to come in, relax, have fun, eat and drink well, and leave the worries of a stressful day at the door…Welcome and Cheers!
With no sign out front and no phone number, this affordable Downtown secret can be hard to find, but regulars say it’s absolutely worth ferreting out to sample the wonderful eclectic small plates and great cocktails.
Run by Shinji Muramoto since 2004, Restaurant Muramoto’s menu and atmosphere reflect his conceptual vision of Asian Fusion cuisine. He has created a cooking style combining his background in Japanese cooking with ingredients from east and west to prepare unique dishes. This philosophy is carried out every day by the chefs of our restaurant.
Asian-Fusion best describes our tapas-style small plate menu, which ranges in price from $5 – $19. Lunch items are $9. We offer one of the largest sake selections in Wisconsin.
Adventurous rolls, wonderful sushi and grilled dishes appeal to seafood lovers who appreciate a unique experience for the eyes and mouth at this sleek, black-and-red-hued Downtown Japanese; the affordable fare comes with solid service.
Tipsy Cow, located just off the Capitol Square, is the downtown destination for great corner tavern food. Owners Michael Banas, Patrick O’Halloran, and Sue Kirton are committed to high quality ingredients adding simple touches for a tasty, fresh product. Behind the bar, you will find an ever-changing selection of craft beers from around the country. During the warmer months, the wonderful outdoor patio provides one of the best views of the Capitol.
The Rigby is a retro-inspired pub, grill, party space and music venue. Nestled less than a block from the capital in the historical district, the three floored space has tons of character. “Come Together” to enjoy scratch made food, catch a local act, or try an infused cocktail.
Creative fare fit for foodies – including a must-try lobster bisque – awaits at this cool, East-meets-Midwest Downtown New American with a spare, contemporary look; prices are affordable for fine dining near the Capitol, and servers know the menu down to the last spice.
The Old Fashioned is a favorite for Wisconsin natives and visitors alike. Founded in 2005, the creators had in mind every unique experience that makes Wisconsin so…Wisconsin. When you live here, these things become a part of you. Known for the best cheese curds in town and a wide variety of Wisconsin beers.
Inspired by the New York gastropub scene, the menus feature a range of classics executed on a higher level than traditional pub food. We chose the name Graze because grass-fed animals and rotational grazing are important to us. Also, we want the menu to inspire our guests to do just that: graze. There’ll always be a variety of dishes and small plates to choose from – the kind of stuff chefs and foodies love to eat.
In an old world ambiance, one block off of Madison’s capitol square, Wisconsin’s finest ingredients meet global inspiration, culinary excellence and expertly crafted cocktails.
High-end burgers, delicious cocktails, and milkshakes to day for in a luxe-yet-casual atmosphere.
L’Etoile has served local and seasonal offerings since it first opened its doors in 1976. Former owner Odessa Piper, a pioneer of the sustainable food movement, prided herself in the cultivation of strong farm-to-restaurant relationships. Her support of Madison area farms and artisan producers helped grow waht is now the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the nation. Through the years, L’Etoile has become known as a shining star in the Midwest for its consistence in quality and service.
Locally sourced, traditional Italian food in a beautiful interior. Lunch and Dinner specials.
Gastropub with global influence, wide drink selection, and beautiful patio seating right on the Capitol square.
Madison’s favorite pizza, by the pie or the slice.
Classic Wisconsin tavern with timeless feel and burgers to die for.
There are several hotels within walking distance to the Majestic.
The Hilton Monona Terrace
Best Western Inn on the Park
Madison Concourse Hotel