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“Well Worth the Drive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Dining Room At 209 Main

The Dining Room At 209 Main
209 North Main Street, Monticello, WI 53570
608-938-2200
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Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Monticello
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $32
Cuisines: American, Southwestern
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Description: This is a destination restaurant in the heart of the rolling hills of Green County in Southern Wisconsin. Fine dining, artful textile displays and a Wine Spectator awarded wine list.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Well Worth the Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Monticello is an hour and half from our residence but we've heard really good things about this place. We decided to meet friends of ours here for dinner on a Saturday evening. As they were delayed we had an opportunity to wait in the bar and converse with owner while enjoying cocktails which were mixed well. We managed to talk about their signature dishes and desserts and so we knew what we wanted to try on this maiden voyage. The chef/owner does an amazing job of mixing contrasting flavors. I had the jalapeno crusted pork dinner which was perfectly spicy and accompanied with a delicious pepper tortilla salad and cheddar grits. What a novel way to deliver a cutlet. After hearing about the sticky toffee pudding at the bar, I had to try that for dessert. I've enjoyed this on a Caribbean Island that thought they had it perfected, but this was even better. Don't leave without trying it. Service was professional and courteous, prompt and attentive. The atmosphere is intriguing; the walls are decorated with textile hangings reflecting the fact that this area was once inhabited by American Indians. We liked it and will return.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stockton, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“A favorite place...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Who could resist a night at 209 Main especially when the feature was 1/2 duck! We scrambled to find a date that would work for our fellow duck lovers and drove up from Illinois to our favorite spot! As usual we were not disappointed --- wonderful dinner, quiet peaceful atmosphere, nice featured wine, great service --- what a nice way to spend a Saturday night with friends.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belleville, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Our Special Occasion Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Dining Room last night. We come here for special occasions. Dining is never rushed. We began with wine and appetizers. We split the crostini sampler and waited for our meal to unfold. Good bread and a simple salad of mixed greens lightly dressed. My wife chose the scallops with a wonderful sauce. I had the beef tenderloin with a worstershire reduction and blue cheese cream sauces, Desert was chocolate torte with raspberry sauce for my wife and stick toffee pudding for me. We left full and satisfied.

Get a seat by the window and watch the parade of life go by.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Very Enjoyable but a little glitche”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We traveled about 50 minutes via beautiful country roads to get here. The trip itself was lovely. The restaurant was not crowded when we first arrived, but by the time we left, it was full. We were glad we had reservations. If you mention that you would like an accessible entrance when you make your res, they will allow you to park in the back near the accessible door. The restaurant had fiber art on the walls which warmed up the ambiance of the old building. Everyone was friendly and helpful - when we asked questions our wait person didn't know, she either looked it up or asked and came back promptly with an answer. They were able to take special requests, for example, leaving out the prosciutto for a vegetarian in our group. Our group of 4 shared the bruschetta - 5 pieces of toasted bread with 5 different toppings. We each got only a little taste, and all were good, but the tomato/basil one was the winner! The least favorite entree was the "rack of lamb" which really was just a few lamb chops which tasted strongly like rosemary and did not seem fresh, she thought perhaps they had been frozen. The salmon was moist and nicely grilled. The halibut special had fresh herbs. The big winner at our table was the shrimp with gnocchi which melted in your mouth! For dessert, we loved the cherry cobbler with cinnamon ice cream - not too sweet which was just what we liked. One of us had the chocolate tart which she took home half of, it was so dense and intense! And one had the creme brule with fresh whipped cream -creamy but had a little too much liquor taste for me. Nice selection of wines and drinks. The 4 of us spent about $200. We had mentioned when we arrived that one of us was celebrating a birthday so her dessert came out with a candle which was very sweet of them to take note and remember to do that. We would return.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful Dining is a Quant Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

From beginning to end, this dining experience exceeded my expectations. From appetizers..macaroni and cheese (duck confit withHooks 7 year cheddar and mascarpone), and chopped morel and roast beef crostini. Both were wonderful. My main dish of herb crusted rack of lamb was superb. The pecan butterscotch torte for desert was out sooooo tasty. Wonderful service, spacious bar. I was on crutches and the staff made me feel very comfortable by providing a corner table. I love this restaurant!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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