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“Awesome food, pricey drinks, and a hip (albeit noisy) vibe.”
Review of Lucille Madison

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Ranked #90 of 1,060 Restaurants in Madison
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Our party of 8 first-timers had a good time at Lucille's on a fairly busy Friday night. We were seated at a semi-circle booth upstairs with one person having to sit in a chair on the diameter as it was nowhere near big enough for us to seat 8 people. However we appreciated the opportunity to sit in a circle rather than at two tables pushed together.

We started with a round of drinks including a few specialty frozen cocktails, a pitcher of beer, and a couple of glasses of wine. The options were numerous but quite overpriced. Also ordered cheese curds and spinach artichoke dip. The curds rival any in Madison (including those at the Old Fashioned) but our spinach artichoke dip came out as guacamole. Our server, when informed, was apologetic and took responsibility for the mistake and promptly had the spinach artichoke dip delivered to the table. Both the guacamole and the spinach artichoke dip were very good.

For our main course several folks ordered pizzas while two of us ordered the fried chicken tacos. The tacos were outstanding although, again, priced a bit high. The pizzas looked very good, especially the wood-fired rounds. We finished with one of each of the desserts on the menu which weren't anything to write home about. In fact the skillet cookie actually tasted as if it had been pre-made days earlier and there wasn't near enough ice cream included.

All in all, the vibe was cool albeit a bit on the noisy side. The decor and the historical building mesh well and a view of the capitol while dining is always a plus. We all responded that we'd return soon, although I might have to check them out during happy hour to take advantage of more reasonable prices.

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LucilleMadison, Manager at Lucille Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Dear Jeremy,

Thank you so much for your review! We are very happy to hear you and your group enjoyed your drinks, appetizers, and tacos. However, we're sorry to hear you found our product to be overpriced. Here at Lucille we pride ourselves in sourcing the freshest, local ingredients while keeping our prices fair for downtown Madison. If interested, you can find where our products are sourced on the first page of our dinner menu listed on our website. Your comments on the cookie and noise-level have been passed along to our management teams so that we can continue to provide the best experiences to all our customers. Thank you again for your review, Jeremy! We hope you return soon, cheers!

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

The environment is welcoming but hip. Lots of space and community style dining. The bar is long and makes for a good place to converse. They have a limited menu but it does change. The wood fired pizza is their speciality but they make a mean veggie taco also!

Thank Kenseyrs
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LucilleMadison, Manager at Lucille Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Thank you so much for your review! We are very happy to hear you you enjoy our space and like our veggie tacos :) We hope to see you in again very soon, cheers!

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Had our holiday party here. The place was decked out in the holiday spirit. The specialty drinks were innovative and good. The "You'll Shoot Your Rye Out" was out of this world and pared a variety of spirits to give it an overall unique taste and experience. The service was slow; while busy it wasn't overly busy for our holiday lunch. Great selection of specialty pizzas. Will definitely go back.

Thank Carmi21
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LucilleMadison, Manager at Lucille Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thank you for your review! We're so glad you had fun with our 'Miracle' transformation and enjoyed the holiday-themed cocktails. And thank you for your feedback on service. We will continue to work on improving our speed serving large groups on multiple floors. We're very happy to hear we'll be seeing you again, we hope to soon! Cheers!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This review is only for the bar. We went to Lucille for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers. We very much enjoyed ourselves. Solid ambience with great decor. Loved our drinks.The bartenders were friendly and knowledgable. We had a few house cocktails, a delicious rye manhattan, and an old pal.

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Thank Karl H
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LucilleMadison, Manager at Lucille Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

Thanks for your review, Karl! We are so happy you a had a great bar experience during your last visit with us. We are also very happy to hear you enjoyed your cocktails and appetizers. We would love to have you in for dinner so you can try out some of the other items on our full menu. We hope to see you in again soon, cheers!

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

My wife and I stopped by Lucille's for a drink or three before heading back for the night. It was FREEZING outside so we were looking for something on/near the Capitol Square... and Lucille was an option we hadn't explored yet.

I loved the vibe... high ceilings on the main floor with a huge bar. Down the stairs you find a small bar and a bank vault. Yes, a bank vault. We grabbed a few cocktails and spent some time in the vault... it was a cool space with a fun crowd. It was loud but not too loud to talk. We stuck with vodka... my wife's Moscow Mules were on special for $10. Kind of high for Madison but on-par with what I'm used to in Chicago. It was worth it for the atmosphere.

One last thing... loved the late 90s/early 2000s jams on a Friday night. Kudos.

I'll definitely be back for drinks... not sure about eating here as there are SO many good options nearby but I'll keep it in mind.

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Thank GramCPA
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LucilleMadison, Manager at Lucille Madison, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy you and your wife stopped by to check us out and had the opportunity to hang out in our unique lounge space in the bank vault. We're also happy to hear you had fun listening to our music playlists. We hope you'll be back really soon for another visit and we encourage you to give our food menu a try! Again, thank you so much for the review, cheers!

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