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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, Reservations

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  • 174
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    Very good
  • 25
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  • 12
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  • 8
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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
Venison and Walleye Both Wonderful

The decor is old-time, old-school and probably hasn't changed in 40 years. Timeless? Nice place. I had the Walleye and it was very good. My husband had the venison and absolutely raved about it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The decor is old-time, old-school and probably hasn't changed in 40 years. Timeless? Nice place. I had the Walleye and it was very good. My husband had the venison and absolutely raved about it.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is an old school steakhouse lost in time. I loved the darkened candle lit atmosphere and the music. The food was spot on- I ordered a steak which was cooked to perfection and flavorful, my dining partner ordered the special- a chicken dinner with gravy and mashed potatoes which was as good as home cooked. The dessert was also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This evening my wife and I went to the Tornado Steak House and the food was pure perfection. Everything from the appetizer to the main course was prepared so perfectly that it almost became addictive. If you ignore the atmosphere, which seemed abit 1970's, and focus on the food and drink you will be in for a treat to the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Campy in a good way, food is excellent, service impeccable. I love this place, and everyone I have taken there over the years has loved it as well! From the bread, crackers and relish tray to the superb steaks, fish and other, you will not be disappointed by this restaurant. The atmosphere is so dated that it's cool!!!! Walk into... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Loved having dinner here nearly every week when on business. I would tend to sit at the bar and order a nice glass of wine and either order a steak or their pork tenderloin. It's also a fun place to meet the locals as this is the capitol and it tends to hold court for the legislators and lobbyists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Our party of 8 was seated in the very loud wooden ceiling room...that was the only negative about Tornado. It was deafening. After a few parties left it was quite pleasant. This super club serves amazingly good food. and cocktails with an admirable wine list. A few dishes we tried were the steaks...cooked perfectly and flavorful. One person declared his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

When I want a great steak, I love going to the Tornado Room. The decor is retro, when I walk in I feel like the rat pack will be sitting on the corner. Great steaks, great ambience!

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

we ate here again, after I received a gift certificate for my Birthday. The drinks, food, and desert were amazing. I feel though the service needs a little help. The bartender was great. The waitress seemed less than enthused to be there on a Sunday night.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Whenever we want a nice meal for a birthday or anniversary, and don't mind forking out a decent amount of money, this is our go to. They bring out a glass of crudite and 4 or 5 different breads to snack on with your cocktail or beer, on top of the pre-dinner salad, so you're basically eating the entire time... More 

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Lindsay, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I try to visit the Tornado Room every time I'm in Madison. It's a tavern-style steakhouse just across the street from the capital. The lounge area is likely to be serenaded by Frank Sinatra tunes and looks like it should be in an Edward Hopper painting. The dining rooms are throwbacks as well, but all in a good way. I... More 

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Additional Information about Tornado Steak House

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

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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: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, 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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