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Tornado Steak House

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116 S Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
608-256-3570
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 159
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food

Wonderful steaks, lamb, frog legs and bread. It was very dark in the restaurant, but very cozy and intimate. The name of the restaurant may sound like a bar, but it's in fact a pretty old-fashioned, elegant restaurant. My friends and I all enjoyed our meals and would love to go back again!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Sky_Trekkies
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Hays, Kansas
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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Hays, Kansas
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful steaks, lamb, frog legs and bread. It was very dark in the restaurant, but very cozy and intimate. The name of the restaurant may sound like a bar, but it's in fact a pretty old-fashioned, elegant restaurant. My friends and I all enjoyed our meals and would love to go back again!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

My husband and I have traveled to Madison for our anniversary for the last 3 years and have looked forward to our celebration dinner at the Tornado each year. We have never been disappointed, & tonight was no exception. Excellent service, excellent steaks, good wine and all around great experience. This trip we also ordered dessert and received the largest... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Not very impressed . I used to live in Madison, you will find much better choices . Iam not a big meat person and that might be the reason I did not like it

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Had a great dinner at Tornado Steak House. They had a variety of different cuts and the group ordered different cuts of meat from Bison, Venison and beef. The salad was good and the sautéed kale was excellent.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This place has consistently good service and food. The bar area is old-school and dimly lit with a great atmosphere. Whenever out-of-towners ask for a good place to go in Madison, I always mention Tornado Club. Try an Old Fashioned with the filet, yum!

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The steaks and the venison are absolutely superb, and the atmosphere is dark wood, Wisconsin supper club seriousness with a patina. Prices are high, but somehow I don't feel badly about the total bill at the end of the meal. The wedge salad is a solid all-american way of starting your meal. Then a big steak, well aged, and cooked... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Expensive menu, but unforgettable experience!!!! Old school steak restaurant that is known and loved by locals and travelers alike. Drinks are strong. Service was ok, they could've been more friendly (thus the 4 stars). Definitely make reservations or you'll be waiting for a table a long long time! Would venture here again and try to get my waiter to smile.

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Madison, WI
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Happily, supper clubs -- the celebrated longtime staple of Wisconsin's traditional dining scene -- are making a big, big comeback thanks in part two two recent books and documentary projects on the subject alongside a wave of nostalgia for "what makes Wisconsin 'Wisconsin.'" Many are scattered about the state, often in beautiful but remote and rustic lakeside travel destinations. Madisonians... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I had venison and hash browns with vesper Martinis during my visit to tornado, which was like stepping back in a time machine to the fifties. Everyone in my party had a good meal

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Bern
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The Tornado offers amazing stakes in a nice setting. I had the 28 oz. Ribeye On The Bone and it was done as wished and simply perfect! Prices are high, but reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?