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Original Pancake House

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516 River Pl, Monona, Madison, WI 53716-4033
+1 608-222-1137
06:30 - 13:30
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Sun 07:30 - 13:30
Mon 06:30 - 13:30
Wed - Sat 06:30 - 13:30
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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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288 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Handy from our hotel, our kids meet us here whenever we come for a visit. You probably have to wait a bit for a table but it is worth it. If you are a breakfast fan, this place is for you!

Thank OliverandLisa
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

It's an okay breakfast. We left a little on the disappointed side. Just wasn't our thing. Food was hot and prompt. Location was hard to find and off the beaten path. They didn't take debit or credit cards. We split a meal and was glad we did. Didn't even eat all of it.

Thank McDaniels062213
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

My family and I (12 of us) decided to try some place different recently and this place was suggested. Let me first say that the place is not easy to find. It's tucked in the back of a strip mall complex and the sign isn't very big. The greeting we received was about average and we were seated fairly quickly.... More 

Thank Andy M
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

The waitress was rude to us and the other colored couple sitting across us. Very condescending! Made us feel we were unwelcome.

Thank Raj J
DeForest, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Our family tried a new restaurant that we had driven by many times. To our surprised we were quite pleased with the great results. We had to wait for about 15 minutes (Sunday morning), but it was worth the wait. Atmosphere is quite simple, but the service with prompt. We were seated and asked if we wanted coffee, which came... More 

Thank Daniel A
Madison, Wisconsin
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290 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

Love their food and they're set up like an old time diner. Huge portions, great quality and service. Can't do better for breakfast.

Thank Puddle_Jumper_2010
Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015

Family favorite for several years. The food is great, especially the chicken salad with fruit, the crepes, the eggs Benedict or eggs McMichael. The youngest loves the chocolate chip pancakes. The service is usually good, although weekends can involve quite a wait. The only downside is the atmosphere because the furnishings are getting pretty tacky. Lumpy chairs with cracked vinyl,etc.... More 

Thank 421katydid
Monona, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

The best bacon. We've been there many times, often we half to wait to get in (it is popular) It doesn't matter what you order, it's all good.

Thank EmpressCh
Mackinaw, Illinois
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

The Original Pancake house in Middleton has been a stop of ours for a few years, but this year, for the Great Taste of the Midwest, we stayed in Monona, so tried this location. It did not dissapoint. You can NOT go wrong with the bacon pancakes, and the biscuits and gravy were amazing!!!

Thank MrShake
Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

I've been going to this location for YEARS and I can honestly say that I've never had a bad experience. It's a little difficult to find if you're not familiar with the area, but it's well worth it. Granted, some people might expect better ambiance for what you pay, but they need to just go somewhere else. You should be... More 

Thank TeresaM1968

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
07:30 - 13:30
06:30 - 13:30
06:30 - 13:30
06:30 - 13:30
06:30 - 13:30
06:30 - 13:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 516 River Pl, Monona, Madison, WI 53716-4033
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison  >  Monona
  • Phone Number: +1 608-222-1137

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