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Nick's Restaurant

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226 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2215
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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    3 of 5 stars
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By being across the street from the Overture Center, Nick's was convenient for us, as we were going to attend a play. The food was okay, nothing special, and I thought a bit overpriced for what we got. I'm sure the location has much to do with that, as it was quite busy when we got there at 6:00... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Alan K
Waupaca, Wisconsin
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Waupaca, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

By being across the street from the Overture Center, Nick's was convenient for us, as we were going to attend a play. The food was okay, nothing special, and I thought a bit overpriced for what we got. I'm sure the location has much to do with that, as it was quite busy when we got there at 6:00 pm.... More 

Thank Alan K
Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We ate here before going to a performance at the Overture. The staff was very pleasant. Food was tasty. Decor/atmosphere was a bit outdated, but overall was a nice meal.

Thank Rachel P
Madison, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

For no particular reason I had not visited this restaurant in years. I took my niece there in October and returned in November with a good friend. The atmosphere and food is every bit as good as it was in the days of yore. Portions are generous and tasty and the beverages are well poured. Nick's is on my list... More 

Thank BLW597
Madison, Wisconsin
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I've eaten / hung out at Nick's many times. Every time I've had food, it's either been screwed up somehow, or just plain bad. A lot of friends like this place - but they don't eat there, either. Stick to the drinks.

Thank Vincent P
Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Restaurant in heart of Madison in State St , great location , walked in for lunch , pretty much empty , server is very friendly , ordered corned beef and cabbage , taste good but beef feels like rubber , rest room is downstairs and needs some cleaning

Thank Jon R
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We visited on an off night. Our wait staff was friendly and welcoming. Nick's seemed dark inside for a State Street establishment but the food was fine and the restaurant quiet. My wife lived her white fish.

Thank Robert B
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Nicks is an old place that shows its wear and tear. The place looks like it is still from the late 50s with naugahyde booths and old wall paper. I kind of like that worn feel. Some will think it is way too out dated. Anyway, as a plain American tastes type of eater, I found their real roasted turkey... More 

Thank Tony M
Orfordville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were delighted to find absolutely excellent dining in this small place on State Street.....with great prices. It is an old business and does not try to impress with fancy atmosphere....pretty much a bar with a restaurant in the back. They really do know how to prepare prime rib which is featured on Saturday nights, and know how to make... More 

Thank J C
Burlington, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The food was below average BLT very few pieces of bacon and they were ice cold not even sure if they were cooked, the rest of the food was not very good either, there are way too many great places to eat to stop here

Thank dawn53105
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

State St landmark run by brothers. Booths and decor showing its age. My husband loved his burger but would have preferred no provolone but didn't think to ask. His fries came very hot. I had the special-turkey sand with mashed and gravy-tasty, good quality but not hot enough Pecan pie aka mode shared-pie looked like commercial crust maybe baked in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 226 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2215
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-255-5450

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Greek
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?