The Livingston Inn | Madison, Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast

Our Top Madison Dining Recommendations


top dining madison wisconsin Madison is undergoing a true renaissance with its dining scene, rivaling many big cities but still keeping the experience accessible and local.  We are always happy to talk about dining recommendations with guests upon arrival and during their stay based on individual tastes and overall plans.  The following are a few restaurants we consistently recommend to provide a good sampling of the many possibilities:

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

The Coopers Tavern, 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.

Forequarter, 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.

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

Heritage Tavern, 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.

Lombardino’s, 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.

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

Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, 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.

Muramoto, 108 King Street, downtown Madison near Capitol Square.  Creative and extraordinary Asian fusion that stirs the tastebuds.

Osteria Papavero, 128 E Wilson St, downtown Madison near Capitol Square.  Authentic and creative Italian fare for lunch and dinner featuring panini, soups, pasta, wild game entrees, and an extensive wine list in a cozy restaurant.

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

Stalzy’s Deli, 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.

Sardine, 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.

Tempest Oyster Bar, 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.

Tornado Steak House, 116 S Hamilton St, downtown Madison near Capitol Square. Madison’s premier downtown steak house offering white-linen dining in a supper club atmosphere.