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“Very Nicely Done”
Review of Graft

Ranked #10 of 1,099 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$40
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although visitors driving up to Madison from Chicago might be understandably skeptical of a restaurant named "Graft," any concerns the three of us were relieved by a thoroughly enjoyable evening experience in this friendly small-plates venue.
Casually set in a re-purposed central location, moderately noisy, comfortable for ambiance and service, our reservation well-handled -- an excellent dining lead-in to our concert just around the corner.
Six small plates and one dessert to share made for the right quantities -- delivered in a sequence that made reasonable sense of our choices -- broccolini, the signature mac&cheese, three lovely scallops, tender and juicy chunks of pork belly, pungent cavatelli with spicy Italian sausage (here proving the wisdom of small plates, as a full portion at this level of intensity would likely provoke distress), and a hearty chunk of short ribs. The evening's special dessert should become a keeper -- a "de-constructed" strawberry shortcake based on toasted wedges of pound cake, with gently-herbed whipped cream.
Little to contribute on the beverage side, as our limited ambitions ran to glasses of malbec or prosecco -- fine in context.
Value excellent by our standards -- an enjoyable and hospitable setting, well worth a return visit.

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Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saturday night and a bit of mix up with our table so we sat at the bar. We had the best night. The bar staff were incredibly friendly and made some great cocktails!!! (We tried a few sample cocktails on the house - left feeling a bit tipsy!!) Fantastic small plates - we started with Mac & Cheese, followed by the mussels in red curry sauce (yummy) then the hamachi and scallops. All fantastic. Pudding was pot de creme with butterscotch and caramel - oh my, heaven! Can it recommend Graft enough - but you must book in advance or you’ll really struggle to get a table.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a trendy modern place located on the square with a nice size bar area. The prices for everything are high (including the alcohol), but the food is amazing and we find ourselves asking for the menu to try and figure out all the wonderful flavors. This is not your meat and potatoes place, so you must have an adventurous palette. Even the cocktail specialties are interesting and worth trying.

They have some large plates but after five times I have never tried one. The small plates are amazing and I cannot recommend one over another. Be prepared to order many small plates if you are hungry and they are not inexpensive, but so worth the experience.

Alternatively, come for a drink and a small plate at the bar any time. One of the most inviting bars in Madison and you won't break the bank for sime fine cuisine.

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Thank John G
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Ate here one night while visiting Madison. The food is excellent...we had green salad, broccolini, graft mac and cheese, scallops (wonderful!!), and quail. Also had key lime pie for dessert. Oops...we started with a bottle of wine. Next time you're in the area, be sure to stop in here for a great meal.

Thank BeckCalifornia
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

First time in Madison – our B&B hostess (who is a foodie) recommended Graft. Glad we followed her advice. Graft was phenomenal. Small Plates paying homage to the Mid-West were soooooo satisfyingly delicious. The mixed green salad was right out of the garden. The pasta alla chitarra with pesto and burrata cheese was satisfying and filling. The quail with cauliflower was out of this world good and the beef rib was rich and bursting with flavor. Great wine choices by the glass. Interestingly enough, I expressed interest in the wine cooler and was offered a look inside. There I learned that the Chef is a master Sommelier, had his own private Pinot Noir label because he had selected wines for a White House Dinner. Wow, color me impressed. Attentive servers who were always there when we needed them. Nice ambience, cool vibe, convenient downtown location. Graft is well worth a visit and a return visit real soon.

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Thank RussellJW
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