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Wonder Bar

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323 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715-2188
+1 608-256-9430
04:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 04:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 04:00 - 23:00
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2 reviews
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Great bartenders, great drinks, great servers, great food - can't go wrong!! We love going early (before the reservation), sitting at the bar for a cocktail or two, ordering an app and then sitting at a table for dinner.

Thank Kari K
Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Our waiter was in training and did a very good job. We each enjoyed our food choices - bacon wrapped shrimp and crab cakes for appetizers followed by a steaks, walleye and scallops. The potato side dishes, especially the hash browns were good. The scallops were nicely seared and served with pasta and a delicious cream sauce. We also ordered... More 

Thank 2manygr8places
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Was there on a Saturday night with some friends. Arrived at 4pm when they opened for dinner reservations at 6pm. Sat at the bar for a couple Brandy Old Fashions then ordered a appetizer of bacon wrapped scallops. Drinks were spot on and appetizer was very good. Bartender was good and appetizer was very good. Friends started rolling in they... More 

Thank Charles G
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Saturday night visit during an away Badger game! We ended up here without a reservation at prime time! They sat us almost immediately right in front of the fireplace which was a nice treat due to the weather outside. I must admit this turned out to be a hidden gem of a steak joint we found thanks to Tripadvisor! We... More 

Thank wicowboyfan
Madison, WI
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Wonder Bar used to be our "special" place to celebrate occasions. So on my birthday we went to the usual with reservations by the fireplace, which wasn't on, but hey, it was warm outside. I won't complain about the food, but it is very expensive, and nothing I could rave about. The issue is the drunks at the bar. The... More 

Thank cosmicannie
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Great food and the waitress knew her history of the restaurant. She made it enjoyable! I had the Sea bass and it was delicious. They are known for their steaks but I didn't order one

Thank Mychelle_11
Omaha, Nebraska
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We went to the Wonder Bar this weekend for dinner and drinks. Could not be happier with our experience! Started the night with a few drinks at the bar: handmade Brandy Old Fashion sweets and Pink Grapefruit martinis which were both outstanding! Headed upstairs for dinner, waitress was very attentive and offered great suggestions. She even told us a few... More 

Thank Suzanne R
Madison, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Took my wife and mother in-law to Wonder Bar Steakhouse tonight. For $53 per person this should be a good steak and good service, but it's not. One of our steak was raw when ordered medium. Showed the manager the raw steak and he he said "we make mistakes" and didn't apologize or offer to do anything besides "we can... More 

1 Thank henryl698
Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

A friend and I ended up here because there was a traffic accident and we couldn't get to the restaurant we had planned on going to - and thank goodness! What a gem - lovely, cozy, terrific staff and delicious food.

Thank LauraMcT
Saint Louis, Missouri
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had 12 of us on a Saturday night, with reservations, and was seated immediately. The service was quick up until the checks, but we asked to be split so that is understandable. One of the best steaks I have had in years, cooked perfectly (charred on outside and rare). The sides and drinks we equally good. We will return.

Thank STLChaz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 323 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715-2188
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-256-9430

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?