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Java Cat

3918 Monona Dr, Madison, WI 53716-1136
608-223-5553
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Ranked #66 of 823 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $3 - $8
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Ice Cream, Café, Sandwiches
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
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47 reviews 47 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2009

my friends and I didn't feel comfortable hear and the patrons are snooty. Food is o.k. It's known for it's gelato

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

where else would anyone ever want to go? The best soup, sandwiches, baked goods, gelato, and drinks. Very friendly and relaxing locally owned place to go

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