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Coffee Shop, Ice Cream, Café, Sandwiches
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3918 Monona Dr, Madison, WI 53716-1136
608-223-5553
Today
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Good for:
Families with children
Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 10
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best Coffee, Friendly Staff

This is, by far, the BEST coffee in the Madison area. Although my husband and I have tried many places in this area, including those serving a local roaster's coffee, which always gets good reviews, we both feel this coffee is worth driving from Lodi regularly to have and is much, much better than... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
Ellenm725
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Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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14 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is, by far, the BEST coffee in the Madison area. Although my husband and I have tried many places in this area, including those serving a local roaster's coffee, which always gets good reviews, we both feel this coffee is worth driving from Lodi regularly to have and is much, much better than any other coffee. The consciousness of... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We go to Java Cat on a regular basis to purchase Monte Cristo's with syrup and coffee. They do sell pastries and awesome gelato. Best gelato in Madison! Have had other items on the menu that have been okay from a foodie standpoint. Mostly a sandwich/wrap place. We purchase coffee beans for our house from them as well (Just Coffee... More 

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Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've wanted to try this place for awhile and happened to find myself on the east side, needing a caffeine fix. The gelato greets you as soon as you walk in the door - Italian beautiful. My iced coffee his the spot. We split a grilled cheese sandwich which was fine - hit the spot. Ellen Wallen was there that... More 

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Janesville
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you want to experience Madison, this is definitely a great choice! They are best known for their gelato, and I can attest it is GREAT! The rest of the menu has fresh offerings, and very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is what completed the experience for me. An eclectic grouping of seating to fit everyone's comfort. Great place, great people... More 

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Portage, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This place is cat themed, lavender color, and very comfortable inside, the y sell a variety of things and even gelato! They have almond milk too. They have 3 great coupons in the Bucky book

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Take it from one who has eaten gelato in Italy and Argentina this is the best gelato I have found in Wisconsin. The imported flavors are superb. They make over one hundred flavors but only about a dozen are available every day. Java Cat is also a fine coffee shop with fair trade coffee and fine sandwiches and baked goods.... More 

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minneapolis
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Amazing gelato with authentic Italian "zing" to the flavors. The lemon was just like the gelato I had in San Gimignano, Italy! This place is fabulous. Lots of great coffee choices and good service...even a little outdoor seating area.

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

While I may be short on funds to ever get to Italy, Java Cat brings a taste of it right here in Madison. Talk about heavenly, the gelato is DIVINE to say the least. Unable to comment on the coffee as I've never been a coffee drinker, though we've heard good things about it. Hope they stay for a LONG... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

The food is great and affordable, and it is a really nice place to hang out. They have wifi and it is a great place to look for fliers and announcements about what is going on. Staff is very nice and they make you feel comfortable

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Monona, WI
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2010

The summer-time is the only time to go! The Gelato is great, though I miss the summer staff! In '09, Jimmy(?) was there. Great service, friendly attitude and sweet personality! The new flooring was a welcome change. The Latte I had with Jimmy and conversation were terrific. I've been back, sence, in the A.M. .. Coffee's hot and good! Mild.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3918 Monona Dr, Madison, WI 53716-1136
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-223-5553

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 8
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Ice Cream, Café, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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