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Dotty Dumpling's Dowry

) #2 of 777 Restaurants in Madison $$ - $$$ American, ,
317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
+1 608-259-0000
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cheese curds” (69 reviews)
“burger” (391 reviews)
“dumplings” (44 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
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1 - 10 of 580 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We got takeout while staying in a nearby hotel. 2 kids meals and food for 2 adults for under $40. Everyone liked their food, staff was very nice.

Thank Julee B
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great find. So many things to look at when you come in. The food is spectacular my hubby ordered thee bison burger with heart throb sauce he said it was so good and that you could tell it was on a charbroiled grill....More

Thank Calley H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had amazing burgers there and Schlitz beer ! Very nice server and great decor all around in this classy place.

Thank WesleyBear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great burger joint with a good selection of craft beers. It looks like this place stays pretty busy, so plan for a waiting time.

Thank rilys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am a Madison native and it took me a lifetime to finally eat here! While I prefer my curds from Woodman's the fried option here was great. My cheeseburger tasted like something my dad would make on the grill. However my co-worker who claims...More

Thank LauraLazewski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Styled. after an English pub, this solid burger place boasts a large menu of great burger choices...Fried cheese curds were top notch as well...also had the plane fries, but those left a little to be desired (should have gone with the sweet potato fries). The...More

Thank Herchel P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch at the bar. Service by the bartendress was great, very polite and friendly. Had the Cajun burger, which was great. Good selection of craft brews. Great atmosphere, great food, great brew... I'm happy

Thank Darren K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our friends who went to U of W took us here, as a "must go" when we were visiting Madison. Everyone in Madison knows this place. For good reason. Amazing burgers and great beer and drink selection. Being from Seattle, the prices were also wonderfully...More

1  Thank Sara B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is loaded with eye candy. It will fascinate the child with you or within you. Just look around. It is like a toy store. Sometimes the owner holds court. (John?) The music often includes Beatles tunes which takes me back to memory lane....More

1  Thank billfeeny
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered burgers and the the fried pickle grilled cheese with cheese curds. I could not finish the grilled cheese due to being loaded with an overpowering garlic sauce and the cheese curds were $7 extra/ not even stringy :( the burgers and sandwiches do...More

Thank Lexy R
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lexy, Thank you for taking the time to review our establishment. My apologies that you did not care for a portion of your meal. On top of using local, fresh products (which may account for the higher pricing on the menu), we also make...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 15
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-259-0000
  • E-mail
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry is a Madison institution favored by the locals for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, Dotty's offers award winning hamburgers, Friday fish fry, homemade soups and chili, fresh salads and so much more! Cozy up in a booth or at the bar and pick from 24 Wisconsin craft beers on tap while enjoying some Blues or Motown music in the back round. Dotty's is a Madison tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages!
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