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Jolly Bob's

1210 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3755
608-251-3902
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Ranked #325 of 826 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $0 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 2:30 am
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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English first
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156 reviews 156 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Madison is a large oasis of wonderful ethnic restaurants serving quality food. We had not visited Jolly Bob's for many years because our experience was not positive. Our friends, who enjoy the restaurant and frequent often, convinced us to try again. There were six of for dinner. For those of you who have never visited JB's know that the interior... More

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Wis. Rapids, Wi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went here for dinner. Our server was wonderful...very friendly and took time to answer our questions. She seated us on the patio next to the pond....great table! I ordered the conch fritters and a beef empanada. My husband ordered two kinds of wings. We both enjoyed our food. Drinks were a bit pricy, but the food was reasonably priced.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Patio had nice setting, plants, large table for groups. Drinks aren't cheap but there is a wide variety...mojitos were good and packed with mint. Appetizers ordered were timely and delicious, decent portions, certainly affordable. Entrées were too much for what we saw next to us. The staff seemed to mean well but went back & forth on whether our party... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I certainly don't mean do bash Jolly Bob's.....it's a fun place with great outdoor patio and fun drinks. But, seriously...nothing is gluten free. I'm not kidding! I was shocked and sad to find this out. Not one salad dressing is gf, and they didn't have oil and vinegar....really? Not one entrée is gluten free or can be made gf because... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Outdoor patio was fun, a bit buggy though, offered up decent somewhat watered down 'authentic' beverages, chicken dinner was super over fried stuff w some Caribbean spice, plentiful portion, wasn't quite overly impressive. I thought the apps were well done (coconut shrimp, empanadas & plantains).

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Madison, WI
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I used to love this place. I have been away for a few years but returned to it the other night and was very disappointed. The service was absolutely horrible on all fronts (bartender and waitresses). I had to stand at the bar for over 15 minutes to even place a drink order and then it took at least 10... More

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Marco Island, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Water glasses kept filled, mixed drinks were good, warm bread right away, so far so good. Empanadas were good on two of three. If you try these ship the pizza, we just went with two of each and should have known better in the first place. I had the Chicharonne de Pollo, marinated, then baked, then fried chicken. The chicken... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

This place is very racist. It used to be fun during reggae night. But since they had an incident that made the owner take off any music related to the Caribbean- now it's just an over priced wanna be caribbean restaurant.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Spicy jerk shrimp for my husband with a sweet potato salad. Perfectly cooked tuna for me Stater salads with a variety of veggies and beans with fruit curry dressing. All delicious. Service good but she was busy.

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Marinette
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a wonderful experience in the something different category. We love the Willy street neighborhood and the food here. We were lucky enough to get an outside table on this visit. We love the spicy food and this place fit the bill.

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