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The Mermaid Cafe

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1929 Winnebago St, Madison, WI 53704-5314
+1 608-249-9719
08:00 - 14:00
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

But they didn't cut it. Good location and nice little place but the food was just average and selections limited. Also, service was not nice at all and the coffee so-so. There are so many other places for a good breakfast (like Lazy Janes or a dozen others) I'd say give it a pass unless you like breakfast sandwiches with... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

I was really hoping to give the Mermaid a good review - cute, small place, kinda hip, cool name. Unfortunately, on two occasions here I’ve discovered the food (and cleanliness) to be of poor quality. I tried a bit of their pulled pork sandwich 2 weeks ago - the meat (what little there was in a pretty small portion) was... More 

Thank Vincent P
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

This is a small casual and friendly little neighborhood restaurant. The decor is very simple and low rent. I had the Bahn meatless while my wife had the Tofu rice dish. Both were delicious. We look forward to coming back soon.

Thank AlanKWi
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116 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

The Mermaid Cafe is a hidden gem in the Atwood Neighborhood. It has a great selection of hand-crafted beverages and a decent-sized menu. If you're looking for local Madison honey, they carry some here!

Thank Cosmopolite22
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119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2014 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim. Pretty small menu with lots of organics and natural stuff. They also have tasty gluten free bread. The staff was friendly and very nice to us. We just ordered sandwiches and I had some Caribbean pumpkin soup (which I enjoyed). It's a small place and has a style all it's own. If you like chain... More 

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Stoughton, Wisconsin, United States
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

I went here on a recommendation from a friend. It's one of those organic and politically correct places . . . hated it. It was dirty. The server was dirty. The food was dry and tasteless. But it was cheap. That about says it all.

3 Thank Cindy N
Lisa J, Owner at The Mermaid Cafe, responded to this review

Cindy, I would love it if you would call me or email me about your experience. I have had a lot of people level criticisms and my cafe but yours is really over the top and unbelievable. My only hope with this review is that folks check out the other reviews on sites like Yelp which are overwhelmingly positive and... More 

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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110 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

I have a lot of dietary restrictions & the hubs was really wanting to go out to eat for breakfast & we ended up at the Mermaid Cafe. This is a quaint, local place with all the atmosphere you'd want from Madison. The cook was willing to create something special just for me & it was fantastic. The hubs liked... More 

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DeForest, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

I have been here several times in the last few months. The food taste great and they use a lot of local organic food. I have never been disappointed with anything I have ordered. The price is fair because of the amount of food you get.

Thank David P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Soups
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1929 Winnebago St, Madison, WI 53704-5314
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-249-9719

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