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Wonder Bar

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323 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715-2188
+1 608-256-9430
04:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sun 04:00 - 23:00
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Roscoe, Illinois
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102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

We arrived with a group of 9 and had reservations. We were seated promptly after everyone arrived. To begin with, the downstairs atmosphere is great, however we were seated upstairs and that is where the ambiance kind of ended. It was nothing special lots of large tables and very noisy. Our waiter greeted us and took our beverage orders and... More 

1 Thank gidget&rocky
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We ate here early (6:15pm) on a Friday; had no problem getting a seat at the bar prior to dinner, enjoyed a cocktail, and then were seated in front of the silver tinted firepace (it was cool, check it out). The inside is small, a tad run down, but there is outside seating as well. By 7:30 when we left... More 

Thank Thomas J
Eagan, Minnesota
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Loved the history and feel of the place! Our server was a bit off, but she did a decent job taking care of our party. Loved the history with the place and the ambiance, although it was pretty warm in the lower level of the tower/turret. Food was expensive but worth the price! Cool experience overall.

Thank Metaljess77
St. Augustine, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Easily my favorite steak in Madison. Great drinks, even better food! The hash browns were also incredibly tasty. Amazing vibe -- has the ambiance of a prohibition era speak easy. Would absolutely return when I visit Madison again!

Thank themountaingoats
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Wonder Bar ranks among the best steak houses in Wisconsin. The cuts of meat are easily on par with Ruth's Chris, hands down better than Tornado Room and put Flemmings to shame. You are surrounded by a sense of history in a real speak easy that flaunted prohibition in Madison and served as a safe house for Chicago gangsters in... More 

Thank EyeGuy59
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Excellent in every way - Mobility accessible, really good drinks, good food & tender steaks, wonderful deserts and super service. Yes, we LIKE IT as it is a place with interesting history & as good a dining experience as you will find in Wisconsin. I don't go to places that I can't pronounce the things on the menu, but if... More 

Thank MJW1941
Cleveland, Ohio
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141 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is my FAVORITE restaurant for Steak in the United States of America. Just look at this delicious real cowboy steak. I have gone to places that claim they have a cowboy steak and they do not even compare to this place. My mouth waters thinking about it... Its a MUST place to eat while in Madison WI.

Thank GreekScubaGirl
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

What can I say, from the time we walked in, to the time we walked out, we were treated Ike Family. The food was great, but our waiter was the highlight of the experience. Good food is only as good as the server and our waiter was fantastic. He even brought us out a free dessert because it was our... More 

Thank Jim J
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2016

We each had the Crab Bisque and a salad. The bisque was extremely salty. The general flavor was good and we all ate the bowlful, but needed our water glasses kept full. The waiter did his best, but his attitude was rehearsed rather than genuine. Perhaps he was tired. The specials were over priced and we laughed to each other... More 

Thank Mary R
Mc Farland
1 review
Reviewed 4 March 2016

I had been here years ago during its first incarnation as the Wonder Bar and it was always known as a great steak place and a fine dining experience. It then went through of number of different ownerships , with both name and menu changes. This was my first experience since its return to its original name and roots. Its... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 323 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715-2188
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-256-9430

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