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Oakcrest Tavern

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Hamburgers, Bar, Pub, Sandwiches
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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
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 16
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I know it is a repeat but this really is in my top two burgers in Madison!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Todd P
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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209 reviews 209 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Senior Reviewer
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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This little gem was recommended to my work team and was a great place to stop for lunch. Its small but cozy and has a lovely local feel. The burgers are made from freshly ground steak meat and were juicy and tasty. Another in my party had the brat sandwich with sauerkraut which was reported as excellent. While the temperatures... More 

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Madison, WI
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The steaks are excellent, and wednesday and friday fish fry (I especially like the crispy lake perch). The hamburgers are good too (my wife tells me), although I never get that far. If you come during the fish fry the line and the crowd gets pretty daunting. The small place is wall-to-wall people with spillover to the outside. The noise... More 

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31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat lunch today. checked on trip advisor and found good reviews for here ...were glad we did ! my Wisconsin brat was great !! the service was exceptional....many locals eating there so knew it must be a special place

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Madison, WI
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19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Shh. Don't tell. This place is great. The burgers are fantastic - make from steak trimmings from the butcher across the street. The Friday fish fry is also great - and packed full of people. Go late (after 8) if you don't want to wait. Also - the steaks are yummy. But don't tell too many people - it is... 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: Hamburgers, Bar, Pub, Sandwiches

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?