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Oakcrest Tavern

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Bar, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Pub
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5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
608-233-1243
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Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 18
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    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food, Casual Dining

We ate here during a stay in Madison and it is a nice, local burger joint. There was a fish fry the night we ate but had burgers- very good. Friendly and efficient service. Good tap selection.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Kelly R
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Mankato, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Mankato, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We ate here during a stay in Madison and it is a nice, local burger joint. There was a fish fry the night we ate but had burgers- very good. Friendly and efficient service. Good tap selection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It took 10 minutes or so for a waitress to take our drink order. However, my son grabbed some menus when we came in so we placed our food order at the same time. Our food came to our table in less than ten minutes. Cheeseburger and bacon cheeseburger were delicious. As were the fries and cheese curds. Beer was... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I met friends here for lunch. They have a good menu for a neighborhood bar including a number of different fish choices. Their burgers are also very good. We got a side of sweet potato fries which were delicious. The service did not live up to the food. I think our waitress may have been overworked. She brought the food... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, Usa
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180 reviews 180 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This has turned into our favorite place to go for a sandwich, fish fry, steak and Friday and Saturday specials. The staff is super friendly and very engaging. Great drinks at very reasonable prices. It is so much fun to just sit and make new friends and have a great place to go!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A small tavern on old Middleton road doesn't look like much from the outside, just and old bar that has been there forever... though I like the atmosphere I know it is not for everyone. But to those I say if you let that influence you too much you will miss a great place to eat! A hint of what... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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98 reviews 98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Oakcrest is a locals bar with good food. Everyone seems to know each other. Friday fish fry is very good but get there early because it gets very busy. Park on the street if the lot is full.

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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Our visit was for lunch. Arrived about 12:30. There was one table available and a few seats at the bar. This is a small bar with 4 tables and high tables along the wall. There is also bar seating. Our burgers were perfectly prepared. I called it a five napkin burger. Juicy and of high quality. The service was prompt,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Make mistake this is no modern or post modern mecca, it is an old fashion tavern with a fair percentage of the seating at the bar. The food is fresh, meat daily from the butcher shop across the street, and the taste is out of this world good. With the crinkly cut fries or the mandatory cheese curds this is... More 

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Grew up in Wisconsin so wanted the quintessential tavern fish fry. We were not disappointed at all. Great cocktails, wonderful brandy old fashioneds and the perch fry was really, really good!

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Verona, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Came in at about 1pm for lunch with my gf. Had burgers and they were great as always but one thing thats always bothered me there is the staff. Bartenders have never seemed at all friendly nor have they ever asked how my meal was. It can't be difficult considering we were the only people there and everyone just ignored... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-233-1243

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Bar, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?