The Livingston Inn | Madison, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

Our Top Madison Dining Recommendations


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If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes in Madison, you know that it’s undergoing a culinary renaissance, rivaling many big cities while still keeping the experience accessible and local.  We’re always happy to talk about dining recommendations with guests upon arrival and during their stay based on individual tastes and overall plans.  Below is a sampling of a few of the restaurants we consistently recommend. To learn more about all our fair city has to offer, or to scope out food and beverage events throughout the year, visit our Madison events calendar.

Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants In Madison

Alchemy: Located at 1980 Atwood Ave, near east side Madison. Unassuming and genuine with some of the best burgers in town along with vegetarian and vegan options.

Best for Beer

The Coopers Tavern: Located at 20 W Mifflin St, on the Capitol Square. Great beer selection and a menu designed to soothe your soul inspired by travels around the world.

Madison Farm-to-Table Options

Field Table, 10 W Mifflin St, on the Capitol Square. Featuring daily menus, natural wines, craft cocktails, beers, and coffee along with an all-day farmers’ market in a warm, lively and light-filled setting.

Small Plates and Craft Cocktails

Forequarter: Located at 708 E Johnson St, one block from The Livingston Inn. Inspired, creative, and unique cuisine with daily seasonal menu, small plates, craft cocktails, and excellent late-night menu.

Graft Madison: 18 N. Carroll St, on the Capitol Square. Midwest-inspired small plates with local ingredients and thoughtful pairings with amazing wines and very welcoming hospitality. 

Eclectic Menu & Global Inspiration

A Pig in a Fur Coat: Located at 940 Williamson St, near east side Madison. Mediterranean comfort food reflecting some of the best flavors of Spain, France and Italy.

Graze: Located at 1 S Pinckney St, on the Capitol Square. An eclectic menu featuring a range from pub-style classics to globally-inspired favorites.

Heritage Tavern: Located at 131 E Mifflin St, one block east of the Capitol Square. In an old-world ambiance, Wisconsin’s finest ingredients meet global inspiration, culinary excellence, and expertly-crafted cocktails.

Sardine: Located at 617 Williamson St, downtown Madison on Lake Monona. Bistro-style dining featuring French and American cuisine including seafood hors d’oeuvres and unique dinner options.

Authentic Italian Dining In Madison

Lombardino’s: Located at 2500 University Ave, near west side Madison. True Italian cuisine with a seasonal menu and named one of the top five Italian restaurants in the state.

Osteria Papavero: Located at 128 E Wilson St, downtown Madison near Capitol Square.  Seasonal Italian fare for lunch and dinner featuring panini, soups, pasta, and an extensive wine list in a cozy restaurant.


Monsoon Siam: Located at 2045 Atwood Ave, near east side Madison. Thai cuisine featuring pure flavors and quality ingredients all homemade in a friendly neighborhood restaurant.

Classic Dining Experiences

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner: Located at 2089 Atwood Ave, near east side Madison. Quintessential neighborhood diner serving from-scratch meals using local ingredients along with great malts and a large vegetarian selection.

Tornado Steakhouse: Located at 116 S Hamilton St, downtown Madison near Capitol Square.  Like a step back in time but beautifully restored, discover Madison’s premier steak house offering white-linen dining in a supper club atmosphere.


Salvatore’s Tomato Pies: Located at 912 E Johnson St, two blocks from The Livingston Inn.  Farm-to-table pizza with fresh antipasti and excellent salads.


Stalzy’s Deli: Located at 2701 Atwood Ave, near east side Madison. Bacon supplier for The Livingston Inn!  Based on technique and tradition, hand-crafted food using Wisconsin cheeses, house-baked bread and quality meats that are cured, smoked and roasted in-house.


Tempest Oyster Bar: Located at 120 E Wilson St, downtown Madison near Capitol Square.  Fresh and sustainable seafood restaurant featuring live Maine lobster, Friday fish fry, oysters, and Saturday prime rib.


Babcock Ice Cream: Located at 1605 Linden Drive, the creamery is home to quite possibly the best ice cream on earth. Go grab a scoop (or three), and tell them the Livingston Inn sent you!