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Tornado Steak House

116 S Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703
608-256-3570
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Ranked #16 of 826 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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charlotte
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My husband and I previously lived in Madison and had never made it to the Tornado room. So on a recent trip back to Madison, we put this on our list as a must. It was incredible. Great old school supper club with superb food. I had the steak au poivre, and it's the best I've ever had, hands down.... More

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Germantown, WI
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We had my husband's birthday dinner celebration at the Tornado Steak House in Madison, WI. The service and food are among the best I have had in all my travels. If you are a Steak lover this is a definite stop for you! The specialty is Steak au Poivre which is our favorite steak preparation. Delicious! The have a variety... More

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the interior is very comfortable. I have eaten there 4X and I enjoy it more each time. Superb steaks!

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Minneapolis
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

OK this is a supper club style steak joint close to the capitol - I have been here solo, with friends and on business. The steaks have never disappointed! The sides are excellent - but this time I went for soup rather than salad. I go through phases of trying clam chowder followed by years of rejecting the urge typically... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was so not impressed with this place for all of it's rave reviews about great steak. My steak was mediocre. The rest of the food was fine but nothing special. The bar, other than too crowded, is a great throwback with nice booths and bar stools. The problem is when people are waiting to eat they're right on top... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I would have to rate the Tornado room as sub par. Its decor is so unbelievably out of date you would have thought you stepped into the 1950's. Supposedly this restaurant has a long history of making great food. Unfortunately my Boar was overcooked, to the point of dry jerky. I would never overpay to go to some overexpensive meal... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

MY wife and I stop at the Tornado Club a few times a year so my wife can savor the Alaskan King Crab legs. It is a full pound of Crab Legs and they do not skimp. They are two huge legs that are each at leach 18" long. My wife enjoys crab legs very much and always looks forward... More

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Manitowoc Rapids, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Historically, we have been "out of town regulars" at the Tornado, and the place has never disappointed us. In fact, this isn't my first review. Call it a follow-up quality check which was passed with flying colors. The dimly-lit cocktail bar is a 1950s throwback with great ambience, a great selection of spirits and competent bartenders, including Chris, who happened... More

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Bellevue, IA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Staying in Madison on a very busy weekend. Had reservations. The place was very busy but service and food were excellent. This place does not take on more than it can handle (unlike another steak place in town). Have been here many times over the years and have never been disappointed.

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I loved the atmosphere and the food. The only thing that seemed odd was that they didn't bring additional vegetables at the start after we finished them. But, it has much ore personality than other steakhouses/supper clubs. I really enjoyed it!

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