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Wonder Bar

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323 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715-2188
+1 608-256-9430
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04:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 04:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 04:00 - 23:00
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Madison, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank LauraMcT
Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank STLChaz
Roscoe, Illinois
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We arrived with a group of 9 and had reservations. We were seated promptly after everyone arrived. To begin with, the downstairs atmosphere is great, however we were seated upstairs and that is where the ambiance kind of ended. It was nothing special lots of large tables and very noisy. Our waiter greeted us and took our beverage orders and... More 

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1 Thank gidget&rocky
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We ate here early (6:15pm) on a Friday; had no problem getting a seat at the bar prior to dinner, enjoyed a cocktail, and then were seated in front of the silver tinted firepace (it was cool, check it out). The inside is small, a tad run down, but there is outside seating as well. By 7:30 when we left... More 

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Eagan, Minnesota
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Loved the history and feel of the place! Our server was a bit off, but she did a decent job taking care of our party. Loved the history with the place and the ambiance, although it was pretty warm in the lower level of the tower/turret. Food was expensive but worth the price! Cool experience overall.

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Thank Metaljess77
Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Easily my favorite steak in Madison. Great drinks, even better food! The hash browns were also incredibly tasty. Amazing vibe -- has the ambiance of a prohibition era speak easy. Would absolutely return when I visit Madison again!

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Thank themountaingoats
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Wonder Bar ranks among the best steak houses in Wisconsin. The cuts of meat are easily on par with Ruth's Chris, hands down better than Tornado Room and put Flemmings to shame. You are surrounded by a sense of history in a real speak easy that flaunted prohibition in Madison and served as a safe house for Chicago gangsters in... More 

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Thank EyeGuy59
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Excellent in every way - Mobility accessible, really good drinks, good food & tender steaks, wonderful deserts and super service. Yes, we LIKE IT as it is a place with interesting history & as good a dining experience as you will find in Wisconsin. I don't go to places that I can't pronounce the things on the menu, but if... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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133 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

This is my FAVORITE restaurant for Steak in the United States of America. Just look at this delicious real cowboy steak. I have gone to places that claim they have a cowboy steak and they do not even compare to this place. My mouth waters thinking about it... Its a MUST place to eat while in Madison WI.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
04:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
04:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
04:00 - 22:00
Thursday
04:00 - 22:00
Friday
04:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?