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Oakcrest Tavern

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5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great hidden gem

Have been going here for many years for a great burger and fish fry. Everything on the menu is nearly always homemade and delicious. Great spot to meet friends except on Friday nights when their famous fish fry draws huge crowds.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for many years for a great burger and fish fry. Everything on the menu is nearly always homemade and delicious. Great spot to meet friends except on Friday nights when their famous fish fry draws huge crowds.

Thank MarySt54
Madison, Wisconsin
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89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We are regulars for the Friday fish fry at Oakcrest. We’ve never been disappointed. I grew up in Green Bay where perch dinners were a staple. Oakcrest is a small tavern, about a dozen tables and seating at the bar. There is no outside seating and parking is limited. You can park across the street at the grocery store after... More 

Thank Dawn E
Evansville, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I haven't been to the oak crest in a few years , probably 10. Last time was to write a eulogy for a friend an hour before the funeral service. It turned out great and so did the Oak crest tavern. I stopped in recently with a craving for a GOOD cheeseburger and fries. I had many places in mind... More 

Thank muskie999
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298 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We have visited Oakcrest frequently for great burgers and Friday Perch fish fry. On this Friday, they struck out on the Perch. The fish was flavorless with a soggy breading. We arrived at five and found a table. If you arrive later than this time, you will undoubtedly wait for 30 minutes or more. We have loved their burgers and... More 

Thank GiseppeGord
Middleton, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We went Friday night for their fish fry and really enjoyed ourselves! Five pieces of perch, fries, and a tossed salad. We loved it. The fish is lightly breaded and is very tasty. Fries are fine and the tossed salad is.....a tossed salad. We sat at the bar and watched the fry cook bread, fry, dish out many, many fish... More 

Thank David L
Madison, Wisconsin
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239 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

When people rave about this place having the best burgers, it's actually very true! We're lucky to live nearby, it's a good place to hang out for good old burgers and some beer. They know how to grill the meat, and the beer is always cold!

Thank mdns
Middleton, Wisconsin
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63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We have known for years that if we wanted a really outstanding cheeseburger we would go to Oakcrest. So the other day we went there with another couple and we ordered CHEESEBURGERS (with fried onions on mine). The waiter was prompt and pleasant and we ordered sweet potato fries and fried cheese curds off the extensive menu. Our newcomer friends... More 

1 Thank retirees2011
Mankato, Minnesota
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

Thank Kelly R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Dana D
Madison, Wisconsin
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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: American, Delicatessen, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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