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Bunky's Cafe

2425 Atwood avenue, Madison, WI 53704-5722
+1 608-204-7004
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Ranked #8 of 836 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $18
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Bunky's Was started in the early 1930's by Teresa's great Grandparents. Vito & Ninfa Capadona opened Bunky's on the corner of Park & Regent street in the Italian "Green Bush" area. After closing in the mid 1970's. Teresa and her husband Rachid opened in 2003. They included Rachid's Mediterranean - Moroccan cuisine to the menu! Bunky's cafe just celebrated its tenth Birthday this year! As the owners of Bunky's cafe, we feel very blessed to have a successful restaurant in Madison Wi. We will keep offering fresh, local and sustainable made from scratch menus! We have just started offering our Homemade Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Grape leaves and Falalfel at area grocery stores. Please come and join us for dinner!
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Quaint little restaurant with eclectic menu in popular Madison neighborhood. There were quite a few items I wanted to try. My meal was excellent. There was a long wait but nice bar nearby in which to wait.

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198 reviews 198 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Four of us visited on recent Sat night. We did not have a reservation. Not a good idea. Make a reservation. We had about a 40 minute wait. There is no bar area. Therefore, you can wIt in the stairwell area or come back closer to the wait time. We had a very competent waiter. Our entrees included Lamb kabobs... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I wouldn't call Bunky's world class - but that is not why I go there. It is a favorite of mine for meeting friends for lunch or dinner, and I have never been disappointed. Very good lamb, very good Mediterranean platter, and even though I am always too full for dessert; my friend enjoys their desserts very much. Service is... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Have eaten numerous times at Bunky's and there are some things you can always count on: - A great baba ghanush - Delicious grilled lamb - Large homestyle helping of lasagna - A fantastic selection of deserts (especially cannolis) - Friendly and attentive service A couple things to note: - They are always busy, call ahead - Parking is very... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This restaurant has nice variety and unique dishes. The quality isn't bad, but those we have dined with there have fallen ill after visiting. This has happened more than once. We no longer go back and it wasn't so great that we miss it.

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TTann, Owner at Bunky's Cafe, responded to this review

Wow! As you imagine after Eleven years of Business, we are mortified by this review. We have never received a phone call, email or anything regarding a guests or guests getting sick after eating at our Cafe! Not to mention several times! We are really just speechless! I know that guests that really cared would take the time to call.... More 

Stoughton, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We just returned from our first visit to Bunky's. We appreciate that we could make a reservation; but we did not need one tonight because it was the first Packer game. They have many choices on the menu. My wife chose the Bunky's pasta and I had the ravioli of the day. Both were delicious. I also had the lemon... More 

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TTann, Owner at Bunky's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review! When I showed the review to Kate, She was so excited and commented that you were such a fun table! We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again. Thanks, Teresa More 

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3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I am new to this area and kind of stumbled upon the place while wandering down Atwood. Given its storied history and well-established roots in the neighborhood, I was prepared to enjoy it. I ordered the salmon plate, with rice, hummus, and babagnoush. Very disappointing: both the salmon and rice were incredibly salty, practically saturated with salt. Occasionally, I have... More 

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TTann, Owner at Bunky's Cafe, responded to this review

First of all, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. My waitstaff left a note regarding your experience. I wanted to write and let you know that my policy is to make "it right" She explained that you mentioned that you forgot to order your Salmon with no marinade & didn't like salt for health reasons. She... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My husband and I both had the Chicken shawarma with their house Italian salad and pita bread which was excellent!! The service was very good. We topped our meal off with a shared piece of chocolate,caramel,toffee crunch cheese cake, and it was OMG!! We will definitely be back.

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TTann, Owner at Bunky's Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! We really appreciate your time. The chicken Sharwarma is our Number #1 favorite entree. We hope to have the opportunity to "feed" you again! Thanks, Teresa More 

Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

While traveling throughout WI, we stopped in Madison for two nights. Based in TA reviews, DH and I decided to eat at Bunky's. We had reservations at 7 (surprised they took them, glad we called - otherwise I know we'd have a long wait), seated within 5 min. Our server was nice, efficent, but seemed hurried all the time. We... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our family of 5 with sibs and spouses had a 7pm reservation on a Sat night but were not seated until almost 7:30 though they were apologetic. The bread served was warm and tasty Chicken shawarma and grilled shrimp were very good. I had chicken with peas, peppers and tomato and was good, their rice was very good-like basmati with... More 

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Additional Information about Bunky's Cafe

Address: 2425 Atwood avenue, Madison, WI 53704-5722
Phone Number: +1 608-204-7004
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
Cuisine: Mediterranean

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