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Rookies Food & Spirits

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American, Bar, Pub
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10267 US Highway 14, Mazomanie, WI 53560-9588
+1 608-767-5555
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11:00 - 02:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Stopped in for lunch and enjoyed a wonderful bowl of soup and some ice cold tap beer. Bartender treated us like we were one of the gang. Everyone in the bar was enjoying themselves. Potato wedges were perfect and plentiful. And the free popcorn was a nice side munchie. Relaxing atmosphere filled with baseball sports "Stuff" that would blow the... More 

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Thank Allen B
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

This is so cool to read, Allen. We want everyone to feel right at home as soon as they walk in, and that includes friendly conversation and an ice cold beer. Thank you for taking a look at the sports collection that we're proud of -- we can't wait to welcome you back in again soon for more. Sincerely, The... More 

Baraboo, Wisconsin
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115 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

I know I have written several reviews about Rookie's, but this is a must stop place. Never had a bad meal here and the kitchen is always coming up with new items. Had the Beef Wrap on this visit and it was just awesome. Great sandwich with regular fries and the best au ju you will find. Remember, this is... More 

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Thank Bill K
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

We always appreciate hearing from you, Bill, and it's awesome to know that you've consistently enjoyed your experiences with us. It sounds like you chose well on your most recent visit -- the beef wrap is one of our favorites these days. Glad you're a fan of the whiffle ball field as well! That said, we can't wait to welcome... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Any return to Wisconsin requires a visit, or two, to Rookies. The food is delicious, staff are wonderful and if you enjoy sports memorabilia you will be amazed. My only complaint is that while the Men's room is wall to wall baseball cards, the Ladies' room has family photos and local sports photos. To me that is of little interest,... More 

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Thank Katherine W
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

Katherine, we're thrilled to be at the top of your list each time you make it to Wisconsin -- what a compliment! It's wonderful the food and service alike can always impress, and we hope to see you back in soon! Until then, The team at Rookies Food & Spirits More 

Chicago
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Aside from the better then average food. This place has more sports memorabilia handing on every wall then you've seen in your lifetime. Even on the ceilings! To boot...there's a real wiffleball stadium in the back yard. What a great place to bring a family. Not much else in Mazo to see so this is a great place to stop... More 

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Thank Tony S
Brimfield, Illinois
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Sports memorabilia oh wow. This bar/restaurant is loaded with memorabilia. Ceiling everywhere. If your a sports fan it's a must see. Great food. I had the special. Numerous to chose from daily. Onion rings as appetizer. All of it very good. Drink specials 3-6pm daily. Will go back. Also has a wiffle ball diamond that appears to be booked all... More 

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Thank Lori R
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128 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

What a place to go with friends! Great specials on both food and drink. Make sure you go hungry! You'll spend so much time enjoying all the sport memorabilia. Definitely a great entertaining place. Great service to go with the food

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Thank Diane A
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

Diane, being the place you can go to with friends is such a huge compliment! Our restaurant was built to create memories, and years later, that's still the goal. Hopefully we'll be welcoming you back in again very soon! Until next time, Rookies More 

Mazomanie, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Nice place to stop.. Good hometown food! Nice Sports Bar surrounded by all kinds of sports memorabilia. Owner of the Mallards Baseball team and the Shoebox owns this Place!

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Thank Sally S
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

Sally, it's so cool that we were one of your stops while you were in town! We do love sharing our sports memorabilia and talking sports with the guests who stop in. If you're ever in this area again, we'd be delighted to welcome you back in. Sincerely, Rookies More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

A group of 5 of us visited on a weekend lunch timeframe during the Spring Green Art Fair, so it was very busy. The staff started a wait list and we were able to sit at the bar until a table was ready. Bar and restaurant staff were all very friendly. Drinks were good and there is free popcorn. Food... More 

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Thank mrocks1
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

This is such a stellar review to read -- thank you for the kind words! We're so proud to have a team that you can count on, especially when food allergies are involved. We want to alleviate any worry when there are concerns about certain dietary restrictions, and we really appreciate that your party reached out to us about it.... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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114 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Visited there yesterday with a college baseball team and found it to be a diamond in the rough! Very professional service, great food, more to see than time allows... and a wiffle ball stadium behind the restaurant to work your dinner off. This is worth the drive just to see the wall coverings... every inch of them. The food was... More 

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Thank kv1361
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

Hey there, we're always thrilled to open our doors to fellow sports fans! The Wiffle ball field is our pride and joy, especially since it's always a good space to just get a little competitive before or after lunch. Thanks for visiting, and we can't wait to welcome you guys back in again soon. Sincerely, Rookies More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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1,707 reviews
657 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 864 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

Great place for a drink, friendly banter, or bar food. Coupons from the Shoe Box down the road ready honored for $1.50 off drinks. Good selection of local beers. Free popcorn all the time. Enough sports memorabilia to fill a museum!!

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Thank Raintree_Thailand
David B, Owner at Rookies Food & Spirits, responded to this review

We're pretty proud to share our sports memorabilia with our guests, and that's exactly the reason we opened up our bar. Thanks for adding to the friendliness of our atmosphere, and we can't wait to welcome you back in again soon. Cheers, Rookies More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10267 US Highway 14, Mazomanie, WI 53560-9588
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Mazomanie
  • Phone Number: +1 608-767-5555
Description
Rookies Food & Spirits is the perfect place for the whole family. In addition to the bar and dining areas, Rookies features an authentic Wiffle ball field with an attached clubhouse that’s fantastic for birthdays, reunions, graduation parties, and other events.

If you’re a sports fan, you won’t find a better place to watch all the games, local and national. We’re stocked with 29 TV screens; there’s not a bad seat in the house. Over 6,000 baseball cards cover the walls of the men’s room, and autographed memorabilia covers nearly every other square inch of the restaurant and bar, floor to ceiling. Owner Steve Schmitt, also owner of The Shoe Box and the Madison Mallards baseball team, has filled Rookies with his passion for sports in the form of the best collection of sports memorabilia this side of Cooperstown. Much of the memorabilia was donated and autographed by Steve’s personal friends. You won’t believe the collection until you see it.

Whether you’re a sports fan, passionate about top-quality down-home American cooking, or just in the mood to have a drink with the friendliest staff in Wisconsin, Rookies has what you’re looking for. Stop by the best sports shrine in the area for a hot meal and a cold beer.

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