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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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  • 179
    Excellent
  • 84
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Amazing cocktails

Wisconsin supper club vibe. Great steaks and sides. Hash browns to die for and don't forget the pineapple upside down cake.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
jmuellman
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Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Finally made it for my birthday and was dreaming of a really good steak. That didn't materialize, and I'm having trouble imagining why this place is so busy.It was extremely noisy and difficult to have a conversation in a normal voice. We ordered the famous Coquille St Jacque which was disappointing, it tasted like flour and water I expected a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Wisconsin supper club vibe. Great steaks and sides. Hash browns to die for and don't forget the pineapple upside down cake.

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I took both my daughters here to celebrate my daughter's 21st b-day. While the food was very good, the service from our waiter was not. The water people were awesome and very attentive, the server was back to our table 2 times. Once to take the order, he never checked on us, then to give the bill. The other server... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Wait staff was phenomenal; food was exceptional ... Country Club style drinks and a somewhat subdued atmosphere; could be more romantic with fewer tables crowded in the dining room.

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Northwestern Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We had a great time and good cocktails in the bar while waiting for our table, we came early before our reservation hoping to get a table sooner, but being Saturday night, the place was packed and noisy and my husband had to bug the host several times before we got a table right at our expected time. By that... More 

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Hood River, Oregon, United States
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Been going to this restaurant every year for years when visiting Madison . Look forward to it with great anticipation. This year was a disaster!!! Steak was way over cooked ... The Cesar salad was wet mess and the sides old, stale, and tasteless... The server agreed the steak was killed and ordered another... After 45 min and a total... More 

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Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Fantastic meal... bar reminiscent of a 1920's speakeasy, top notch service personnel, amazing prime steaks, and half price bottles of wine (GOOD WINE) on Sunday evenings. Hard to beat the Tornado Steak House at any level.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Went here for a nightcap, after reading it described as walking onto the set of "Goodfellas". LOVED the old school atmosphere. It quickly filled up with students, which was surprising given how many bars there are in the area. Also interesting locals. Great people watching and drinks!

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North Georgia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Just picked it off TripAdvisor.....wow! After some ho-hum travel food, this is a gem - a not to be missed downtown landmark. We went in for a later dinner, without reservations, but they were most welcoming. Completely unique decor and special food. Great waitress. Great bar with generous drinks.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Hubby and I went for dinner on Sunday 8-16-15. We called to make reservations, we wanted 6pm but was told 5:45 would be better. We arrived a bit early because we wanted a drink at the bar, we were told no problem, it's Sunday and really laid back and the host would come get us. After waiting for a bartender... More 

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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, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?