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Wonder Bar

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323 W Olin Ave, Madison, WI 53715-2188
+1 608-256-9430
04:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sun 04:00 - 23:00
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank EyeGuy59
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 

Thank MJW1941
Cleveland, Ohio
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139 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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.

Thank GreekScubaGirl
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

What can I say, from the time we walked in, to the time we walked out, we were treated Ike Family. The food was great, but our waiter was the highlight of the experience. Good food is only as good as the server and our waiter was fantastic. He even brought us out a free dessert because it was our... More 

Thank Jim J
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We each had the Crab Bisque and a salad. The bisque was extremely salty. The general flavor was good and we all ate the bowlful, but needed our water glasses kept full. The waiter did his best, but his attitude was rehearsed rather than genuine. Perhaps he was tired. The specials were over priced and we laughed to each other... More 

Thank Mary R
Mc Farland
1 review
Reviewed 4 March 2016

I had been here years ago during its first incarnation as the Wonder Bar and it was always known as a great steak place and a fine dining experience. It then went through of number of different ownerships , with both name and menu changes. This was my first experience since its return to its original name and roots. Its... More 

Thank markpJ6348FA
Appleton, Minnesota
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016

I first went to the Wonder Bar many years ago when it was called something like "The Bar Next Door". The atmosphere was quaint, the food superb and the tour of the building by the owner was a scene out of the "Untouchables". Jump ahead a dozen years to where it's now called The Wonder Bar...and I do wonder what... More 

Thank Wavetamer9999
Knox, Indiana, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Had a great steak and cocktails. Ordered the prawns- very good. The service was excellent!! Our waitress was on top of our every need. I would go back again if I was in town

Thank Donnie S
Stoughton, Wisconsin
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166 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

We ( a party of 8) went here to celebrate my sons birthday. None of us have ever been here before, but after reading other tripadvisor reviews, thought we would give it a shot. We were seated promptly and waited on promptly. One in our party had gluten/soy allergies. His food was cooked according to his wishes. We had a... More 

Thank beachcruizer77
Verona, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

We hadn't been to the Wonder Bar for a number of years, but our friends invited us as they go often. Our server, "Sir Brandon" (sic) pretty much set the tone for the evening. He was friendly, engaging and very welcoming. He knocked it out of the park for us. My wife and are have been in the hospitality industry... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
04:00 - 23:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 23:00
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?