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Tornado Steak House

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116 S Hamilton St, 116 S Hamilton St, 53703, Madison, WI 53703
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Relaxing Dining

We dined in the lounge which was softly lit, and the booth we sat in was really comfy; it was very relaxing and we appreciated that aspect. I ordered the prime rib and it was cool when it arrived so it was difficult to cut in some spots and it could have used more rub/seasoning. My husband... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Rice Lake, WI
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Business meetings
  • Romantic
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Rice Lake, WI
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79 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We dined in the lounge which was softly lit, and the booth we sat in was really comfy; it was very relaxing and we appreciated that aspect. I ordered the prime rib and it was cool when it arrived so it was difficult to cut in some spots and it could have used more rub/seasoning. My husband ordered the rabbit,... More 

Thank LadybugRiceLake_WI
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I came in late night with my business partners from out of town. We came in at 12, and apparently Teresa (our waitress) was too occupied with her two boyfriends who were sitting at the bar to care to us. About 10min after seating us, she told us that she is closing the bar early (they closed at 1) because... More 

Thank Gage K
Lavallette, New Jersey
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place. The steak is excellent and cooked to perfection. It's not a big place but very cozy. As far as I'm concerned it will compete with any Manhattan steak house.Martinis are very good..

Thank Jimmiethemum
Snoqualmie, Washington
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a country full of chain restaurant steak houses, Tornado is a welcome diversion. This place is classically cool. Dark, leather seating, low key bar that isn't serving fruity drinks. I enjoyed a good bourbon, a tender and flavorful 8 oz. filet, with a side of fresh crisp asparagus. Classic meal that was prepared just right along with attentive service.... More 

Thank cadehoops
Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most recent visit confirms ongoing excellence of this place. Atmoshere like an old 50's supper club. Food highly consistent and high quality. Had the raw oysters and the signiture bone-in fillet and both were excellent. Nice choice of beers and coctails as well. Prices are high and sides are extra but this is in line with the quality of the... More 

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91 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went there with a group of people. Had the filet and the thing was huge enough for 2. Service was excellent and the rest of the dinner was excellent. The wine list was also extensive. Parking was difficult but eventually found a place right outside the restaurant. Definitely would recommend the place.

Thank jim487
Madison, Wisconsin
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129 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As the reviews states, I've been here many times for both business and just casual dinner and everything has been the same - great service, great food, (great steaks) and great drinks. Even if you came to hang out just in the bar and get cocktails the service is great from the bartenders who will mix up some craft cocktails... More 

Thank OneCigarGuy
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Great food and huge portions. I'd love to give a full 5 but the room got really hot after they were cooking for a few hours. The 28 ounce rib-eye was HUGE...felt more like a whole side of beef. Oysters and king crab were also excellent.

Thank garyhD1989ZM
Madison, Wisconsin
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112 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I felt like I had been transported to the late 1950's eating this amazing sirloin with a baked potato and a glass of Bordeaux. My daughter had the Walleye and my husband had the Filet Au Poivre and we were all blown away by our meals. We did split the Pineapple Upside Down Cake and that was not as good... More 

Thank jmgraham200
New York City, New York
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We had an excellent dining experience at Tornado Steakhouse. Everything from the ambiance in the bar area where we chose to eat, to the cocktails and food is excellent. We ordered the shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, crab bisque, steak and filet as well as cheesecake for dessert and everything was exceptional. I would highly recommend it and will be... More 

Thank MMagdalena

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 116 S Hamilton St, 116 S Hamilton St, 53703, Madison, WI 53703
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-256-3570

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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