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“Excellent food, nice atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Admiralty Dining Room - CLOSED

Admiralty Dining Room
666 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703-1309
608-661-6582
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Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Lyons, Illinois
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“Excellent food, nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by the owner of the B&B we were staying at as being a great place to celebrate my wife's birthday. We arrived early for our reservation and the hostess seemed a little confused, but she did seat us at a nice table by the windows with a great vied of the lake.

They wine list that was presented listed a number of selected wines, however a more extensive wine list was available. After a glass of wine we decided to pass on the appetizer course and ordered our meal. It was a nice touch that a house salad was included in the price of the entree, as were the side dishes. I chose the rack of lamb with the mushroom ragout and my wife selected the Steak Diana. The lamb was excellent and the ragout a wonderful accompaniment, and it was cooked exactly as I like it - a real medium rare. The Steak Diana was prepared tableside which was a nice elegant touch. The portion was generous, and it too was cooked properly.

We passed on dessert, as well, but were told that the Cherries Jubilee were the dessert of choice, and also made tableside.

Bottom Line: This was an excellent dining experience and certainly deserving of the awards it has received.

TIP: The window tables can get quite warm with the hot summer sun reflecting off the water, even with the shades drawn. If you get warm easily, you may want to request a table away from them.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis Mn
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“In Very Good Taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

This restaurant is classic, refined, and elegant, and it serves really good food! The Admiralty Room of the Edgewater Hotel looks like it has been there forever, but it only dates back to the 1970's. The view of Lake Mendota through huge windows is reason enough to come here, but the service and food are equal to the setting.
My wife and I were there June 23, 2012, for a noon lunch. We arrived at 11:30 and were the first there, and then it filled up as 12:00 approached. We watched water skiers and sailboats, and motorboats came to tie up and eat at the café on the pier at the hotel.
I had "bookbinders soup" filled with red snapper pieces and fresh vegetables and a Rueben Sandwich, both excellent. My wife had a BBQ pork sandwich that she enjoyed. The house wine selections are very good and not expensive.
Service was professional and friendly. On our way out, the bartender chatted us up as we looked at the photographs of famous people who have visited the hotel over the years. It is an impressive wall of fame.
One minor criticism, but perhaps a sign of the times, is that the table linens were not pressed. That must be an effort at cost-cutting,

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wisconsin
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“Consistently good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

The Admiralty Room maintains a high quality of food and service combined with an excellent view of Lake Mendota. Prices are similar to other quality restaurants in the Madison area.

We dined there recently (June 15) to celebrate an anniversary with friends and had delicious food and outstanding service--as usual.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Madison memory lane”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

nice view of Lake Mendota; breakfast was good;service was good

Visited June 2012
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“Very Classy Restaurant,great food, and beautiful setting on the lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We celebrated our daughter's graduation from University of Wisconsin last Friday at this classy restaurant. Being from the Chicago area we are used to fine restaurants and The Admiralty is one of the nicest places we have dined at. The bread they serve with the meal is delicious!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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