Guide to Outdoor Dining in Madison Wisconsin

Joe Marks
Published on July 6, 2020

Guide to Outdoor Dining in Madison Wisconsin

Looking for a delicious place to enjoy your dinner while taking in a beautiful summer night in Madison Wisconsin? Several local restaurants are making it easier then ever to spend time together, eat a delicious meal, and stay safe by offering outdoor seating options. This list is just a few of our favorites but we’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite outdoor dining spots in Madison Wisconsin?

*Be sure to check restaurant websites as many are offering seating with limited capacity or are requiring reservations

  • Ale Asylum – 2002 Pankratz Street, Madison
    A born and raised Madison Wisconsin microbrewery offering traditional, bold beers and light food options. Take a tour, sample some beers, and enjoy lunch on the patio.
  • Ancho & Agave – 1601 Aspen Commons, Middleton
    Tex-Mex fare with a “come as you are” atmosphere. More than just tacos and tequila, this Madison Wisconsin restaurant offers a wide menu with something for everyone.
  • Brothers Three Bar & Grill – 614 N Fair Oaks Ave., Madison
    A Madison Wisconsin hidden gem, this local favorite offers homestyle American favorites from big and delicious 1/2 pound burgers to prime rib to a classic Wisconsin fish fry.
  • Cafe Hollander – 701 Hilldale Way, Madison
    If brunch is your thing, this Madison Wisconsin favorite is a can’t miss! With cinnamon streusel french toast and a pretzel breakfast sammy on the menu, what could be better?
  • Capital Brewery – 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton
    Another local Madison Wisconsin brewery, Capital Brewery offers traditional German style lager beers as well as American style ales. Catch a local band on their huge beer patio while soaking up the summer sun.
  • Craftsman Table & Tap – 6712 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton
    This neighborhood restaurant features simple but delicious food focused on local and seasonal ingredients. Their craft beers and cocktails add to the experience – a Madison Wisconsin classic.
  • Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery – 2827 Atwood Ave., Madison
    A true local, this family owned restaurant strives to make everyone feel welcome. From their sunny atmosphere to their inclusive menu options (featuring gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian dishes), Daisy Cafe is a jewel in the Madison Wisconsin dining crown.
  • Fresco – 227 State St., Madison
    Upscale fare and an elegant atmosphere feature prominently in this downtown restaurant. Nestled in the heart of Madison Wisconsin, Fresco gives patrons a taste of fresh food in a beautiful space.
  • Genna’s Cocktail Lounge – 105 W. Main St., Madison
    When bartenders are given creative license to craft whatever drink they prefer, you know you’re in for a good time. Between handcrafted, one of a kind cocktails and an extensive beer list, Genna’s is sure to give your evening on the Madison Wisconsin square a lift.
  • Graze – 1 S. Pinckney St., Madison
    From chef Tory Miller, Graze is focused on food produced by local farmers. The menu features comfort food re-imagined in new and exciting ways which are sure to delight every patron, not only the Madison Wisconsin foodie.
  • Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. – 123 E. Doty St., Madison
    A quintessential Madison Wisconsin restaurant, The Great Dane is known for their excellent food, delicious beer, and outstanding service. With a diverse menu and reasonable prices, you are sure to find something for everyone!
  • Memorial Union Terrace – 800 Langdon St., Madison
    With beautiful views overlooking Madison Wisconsin’s spectacular Lake Mendota, The Memorial Union Terrace is Madison’s largest outdoor restaurant. Take a seat in an iconic sunburst chair while enjoying the summer sun and munching on delicious food. Don’t miss out on the classic Babcock Dairy ice cream!
  • The Heights Kitchen – 11 N. Allen St., Madison
    A true hidden gem, this Madison Wisconsin restaurant is known for it’s friendly service, neighborhood feel, and excellent food. Featuring everything from great coffee to fresh pastries to juicy burgers, The Heights Kitchen has it all! Plus, escape the city on their tranquil, private patio.
  • High Noon Saloon – 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison
    If live music is your thing, look no further than High Noon Saloon. Voted one of Madison Wisconsin’s best Live Music Venues, High Noon Saloon features bands of all different flavors, from local artists to big name musicians. Take in a band from their spacious outdoor patio while enjoying a drink from their extensive bar menu.
  • Mariner’s Waterfront Restaurant – 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr., Madison
    Beautiful waterfront dining makes Mariner’s Waterfront restaurant a Madison Wisconsin experience you won’t want to miss. Try one of their famous steaks or opt for the classic Friday Night Fish Fry. Whatever you choose, this beautiful and delicious steak and seafood restaurant is sure to please!
  • Naples 15 – 15 N. Butler St., Madison
    Take a step into Italy as you walk through the doors of this welcoming Madison Wisconsin restaurant! Featuring traditional Neapolitan cuisine, Naples 15 is a little taste of Italy in the heart of Madison.
  • Nau-Ti-Gal – 5360 Westport Rd., Madison
    A casual waterfront dining experience, the NauTiGal is a Madison Wisconsin go to for delicious seafood and great burgers. Family friendly with a rustic atmosphere, this restaurant is a great place to bring friends and family alike.
  • Off Broadway Drafthouse – 5404 Raywood Rd., Madison
    With 24 rotating beers on tap, Off Broadway Drafthouse’s motto is “Come for the beer, stay for the food”. Featuring a menu focused on thoughtfully sourced food, this Madison Wisconsin hidden gem has everything from a unique weekend brunch to weekly specials of pork chop, BBQ ribs, and the ever classic Friday Night Fish Fry.
  • Palette Bar & Grill – 901 E. Washington Ave., Madison
    Located in the former Mautz Paint Company warehouse, The Palette Bar & Grill seeks to pay homage to it’s roots through a colorful and industrial atmosphere. In tribute to it’s classic American roots, this Madison Wisconsin restaurant’s menu is just that, all American, with fresh cut steaks featuring prominently among their other hand crafted fare.
  • Porta Bella – 425 N. Fances St., Madison
    A long standing Madison Wisconsin tradition, Porta Bella has been named one of Madison’s most romantic restaurants time and again. Featuring several smaller dining rooms and a quiet private atmosphere, this restaurant is perfect for a first date, anniversary, or a quiet family dinner. Enjoy your homemade Italian cuisine while listening to the sounds of the city from their beautiful outdoor patio and don’t forget a glass of wine from their immense wine cellar!
  • RED Sushi – 316 W. Washington Ave., Madison
    Unique is the perfect word to describe this Madison Wisconsin dining experience. Red features global food presented in bold and exciting ways. Always looking for something new, chef Jack Yip is constantly trying new ways to bring flavor to Madison’s dining scene.
  • Tipsy Cow – 102 King St., Madison
    Intended to showcase Wisconsin’s best, the Tipsy Cow features dishes prepared with ingredients from in and around Madison Wisconsin. Focusing on Wisconsin gives the Tipsy Cow a menu full of burgers, fish, and of course, cheese curds!
  • Young Blood Beer Company – 112 King St., Madison
    This local Madison Wisconsin brewery was born out of the dreams and passions of 3 friends who wanted a welcoming community space where people could come together to enjoy good food and delicious beer. Inspired by their friendship, their travels, and their passion for beer, Young Blood beer company features takes on global street foods and beers.

Thanks to Madison Mom Blog for their contribution to this list! To see their suggestions of outdoor dining options check out “Dining Outside in Madison, WI | Summer of 2020”