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“Open secret among the locals” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nattspil

Nattspil
211 King st, Madison, WI
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Ranked #135 of 837 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Open secret among the locals”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

No sign outside. No advertising. They don't have a phone. They don't accept credit cards. But they are always crowded. Why? Because it is a great place and the food is fantastic.

One of the more unique venues in downtown Madison, it's hip, dark, and very friendly. Sit at the few small tables outside in summer, or inside any time. There are a handful of wooden tables and booths, a bar, and a small backroom that is sometimes referred to as "The Hobbit Hole" because of its rounded entrance and tree-truck stools. DJ music later in the evening. Happy-hour crowd after work.

The menu is not long, but everything is fantastic. Mostly nipple-type food but enough to fill you up: small wood-fired pizzas, cups of soup and stew, appetizers, sandwiches, and dim sum.

The folks that own this place have a number of well-regarded restaurants and bars around town, and they know how to both serve great food and also create a unique atmosphere. If you can find it, and find a seat, it's well worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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“Perfect downtown destination!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Sit at the bar to really watch the action and enjoy people and food watching! Limited menu which makes it easier to choose - and everything is FANTASTIC! Pizza is a great choice. Ask the bartender for wine recommendations. This cozy place is definitely worth finding.

Visited December 2012
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52 restaurant reviews
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“Groovy atmosphere, good but very limited menu - great beer selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Nattspil is one of my favorite places in Madison as far as stmosphere is concerned. It's a dimly lit little nook in the wall type place that one may not normally notice as you pass by. They open for dinner only - so don't try going there early. The menu is very limited, but everything I've had was very good. Expect to only find 3 - 4 appetizers on the menu and just a couple of entrees and a handful of brick over pizza choices. My absolute favorite is the three cup chicken. It's a peanuty asian type chicken, a beautiful, perfect dome of white rice and a perfectly spiced and vinegar cucumber and tomato salad. My friend swears that it's best if you mix all three ingredients together. I keep mine separate. I always swear I'll take a to go box home, but always end up eating most of my meal. I hate to use this word, but Nattspil is kind of a hipster place. It's cool - dark - groovy and different.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good thin crust pizza, lively crowd.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

There is no name above the door, so I suppose that it is supposed to be a indie secret. At any rate, the wood-fired pizza was quite good. It closely resembled pizza in Italy but was more laden with toppings (which would appeal to most Americans). Fortunately the toppings were high quality and well balanced. The price for pizza wasn't cheap but wasn't ridiculous either. The stir-fried Asian food seems to be popular too but we didn't try it. The crowd seemed lively. Overall a solid place to eat.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Here n there
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“MUST EAT HERE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

everytime i go home Nattspil is a must. there is no name above the door, but it's easy enough to find. If there after happy hour, then be prepared for loud beats and a more refined collegiate atmosphere. As always in great Madison restaurants, it's an all walks of life kind of place :)
the food: AMAZEBALLS! (which i am sure is not how they want their food to be known as) Well balanced flavors, well plated dishes. Vegans/Vegetarians and omnivores welcome :)
If DJ Jeremy Thomas is spinning - you're in for some chill vibes.

Visited April 2012
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