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David's Jamaican Cuisine

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5734 Monona Dr, Monona, Madison, WI 53716-3135
+1 608-222-8109
14:00 - 20:00
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Sun 14:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is delicious! We especially liked the chicken...great smokey flavor. Noreen, our server, was attentive and fun. When I couldn't decide between the chicken and curried goat, she said I could have a combination of both. The curried goat had a great flavor, and I would order it again. Banana cake was a nice way to top off the... More 

Thank geigergj
Chicago suburbs, Illinois
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The building looks like it used to be a Taco Bell, so nothing fancy-looking. But walk in, and the atmosphere has character because of the employees. I found it enjoyable. As for the food, I had the oxtail stew and the veggies, etc. that come with it. Tasted fantastic, and a Red Stripe went well with this food. Others with... More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Love all their dishes! I have never had a bad experience in all the times we have been there. I highly recommend it.

Thank 992katm
Madison, Wisconsin
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I dropped by David’s Jamaican Cuisine on a Friday evening. The option was to order from the menu or chose the buffet. I opted for the buffet. There was a nice sampling of meat and other items. I tried the ribs, chicken and pork dishes, as well as the plantain and potato salad. The ribs and potato salad were especially... More 

Thank Nylkoorb
Berkshire, New York
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I stopped for lunch thinking I would just grab a beef patty, but then saw there was a buffet, so I decided to give it a try. The service was horrible, I stood there for ten minutes and finally started to go in the back to ask if I should just seat myself. I was answered with a pretty snotty,... More 

Thank Alison S
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

My husband and I are both UW-Madison grads. One year when we were at a UW Soccer game, we decided to try something different and did a search on our Garmin for international cuisine and found David's. Since then, we have planned our trips to be sure that we make it to the lunch buffet. My husband loves their jerk... More 

Thank JoS1221
Madison, WI
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Don't expect excellent service or attention, it's very Jamaican. But the jerk pork is my favorite thing in the whole world. Every time I have guests we go to David's (usually for take out). Don't let the interior fool you, it's just laid back. The food quality has always been excellent,

Thank Winston S
Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

The best Jamaican food in Madison. Locally/family owned. Welcoming and friendly staff. Cool restaurant that makes you feel like you are not in Madison in the winter.

Thank foxfire1518
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We went for the Friday buffet as its always been really good and my out of town friend really looks forward to it. This time was a bomb-the small amount of food was cold, and there was hardly anything left . And it was only one hour into dinner service. We kept waiting for them to replenish, but they never... More 

Thank 410nataliek
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

I really, really wanted to love David's food. On this day (noon) everything on the lunch buffet was not warm, not even tepid warm. It had a slight chill, actually. The jerk pork and chicken were bland, not even a little spicy. Redeeming element was the banana cake, but you can't make a meal out of it. Very disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
14:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5734 Monona Dr, Monona, Madison, WI 53716-3135
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison  >  Monona
  • Phone Number: +1 608-222-8109

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?