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The Green Owl Cafe

1970 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5221
+1 608-285-5290
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“tempeh” (10 reviews)
“schnitzel” (14 reviews)
Opens in 26 min
All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1970 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5221
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've eaten brunch, lunch dinner. Each meal was a great vegan treat. Nothing disappoints. And there is way too much food per serving, so there are left overs.

Thank Deborah E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely has a weird, sort of dive bar, feel when you walk in so I was a bit hesitant about the food, but it wasn't bad. The wait for food seemed long, but we were pleasantly surprised when it arrived. The taco pizza was heaped...More

Thank waverider681
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Took my vegan teen here on a Sunday around noon. Short wait for us a little table in a bank of tables for two. Could eat at the bar, too. All the traditional diner breakfast foods like French toast, jueves rancheros (done nuevo style with...More

Thank DarCDayz
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Hadn't been to Green Owl in about a year, was looking forward to a tasty if somewhat pricey meal, for a minor celebration with a couple of friends. We all found it disappointing. The nachos, which used to be copious and delicious, were in a...More

Thank Moyshekapoyer
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This is a small affordable cafe with good options for those on a gluten-free diet. Service was very good and the food was well prepared. This is a good option if you're passing by Madison and don't want to venture downtown to find a spot...More

1  Thank Lorenzo17
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The food was okay, staff was very nice, but my goodness, have you heard about spices? I ordered an "African" dish, which was decent, but I would have added a bunch of spices because it was a bit bland. My partner had a salad I...More

Thank Jan S
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Very happy to find this vegan-friendly cafe in Madison. Bright, modern decor, with nostalgic touches. Because it was a Sunday, we were subject to the Brunch menu, but I would really like to go back at a different time to try something that I saw...More

2  Thank 413catherinep
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I am recently a vegan so I decided to check this place out, as I believe it is the only all-vegan restaurant in Madison. I was blown away by all the choices on the menu and the creativity behind them. My dining partner had the...More

2  Thank topazbeagle
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The hardest part was convincing the lone carnivore to go -- but in the end, even he was a fan. They accommodate dairy and nut allergies (not kitchen-nut-free kinds, I don't think, but I didn't ask about that degree of care) - and thier food...More

1  Thank Nineran
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We wanted to try out some vegetarian food and ended up here. The place is small and we had to wait 25 minutes for a table since we did not reserve our table. While waiting we ordered their Vegan Bloody Mary and it was different...More

1  Thank Emmanuel F
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Laura P
12 June 2016|
Response from cggraham7 | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was made of seitan!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1970 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5221
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-285-5290
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