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The Laurel Tavern

Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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“tuna melt” (2 reviews)
“walleye” (3 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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1 - 10 of 33 reviews

Reviewed 15 April 2017

Very warm and cozy space. Reminded me of my favorite tavern my parents would take me to for fish on Fridays. Bartender was kind of quiet and made us feel like we were being a burden by sitting at the bar. Appetizers were above average...More

Thank Bryan S
Reviewed 28 February 2017

On a recent business trip to Madison, Wisconsin, my wife and I were bound and determined to find a really good Friday fish fry. I realize that there are many possible choices for a good fish fry when one visits the state of Wisconsin, but...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Laurel's burger baskets are some of the best in the city. It's a place with lots of local flavor and convenient parking. Service is usually great. The "board" always lists a daily soup and a sandwich of the day. Super-delicious onion rings and be sure...More

Thank JAP1952
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Not fancy but a great place to have a quick meal (or not so quick as they don't rush you). Burgers are great and the price is very good. Fish fry is also very good. Good selection of both drinks and food. What more could...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 28 September 2016

After not having dined here for several years, we wanted to try our old "haunt" again while visiting town. It was a busy night and they were out of both the clam chowder and the baked cod, but the fried perch and cod were excellent....More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 5 September 2016

My husband and I were driving back home from The Dells on Labor Day and had Coupons, so we decided to give it a try. As someone noted, the atmosphere is a lot like Cheers. Several neighborhood regulars sat at the bar and some picking...More

1  Thank sosuemetoo
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We went to this out of the way tavern because of a coupon and we are glad we did. It was Saturday and the special was a huge, melt in your mouth prime rib dinner. The salad was even impressive with great veggies. Their beer...More

1  Thank marycoug
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I have heard wonderful things about Laurel Tavern but at 7pm on a Tuesday they had no hamburgers and had run out of plates. I ordered a beer and brat and she forgot the beer. Service was very slow. Seems like it could be a...More

Thank voyageurfoodie
Reviewed 23 May 2016

The service at the bar was terrible. We felt like we were a major inconvenience to them-at least two or three bartenders passed us by. Dining area very crowded/cramped. Server was okay. The server did not check in on us during the meal period, only...More

Thank foodielovesbiking
Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

We came for the Friday fish fry and it is one of the best. We had fried walleye. They also had baked or fried cod. Very busy place. We had a short wait at the bar. Efficient and friendly staff fly around but make sure...More

Thank CalgonTMA
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-233-1043
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