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David's Jamaican Cuisine

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5734 Monona Dr, Monona, Madison, WI 53716-3135
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Madison, WI
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't expect excellent service or attention, it's very Jamaican. But the jerk pork is my favorite thing in the whole world. Every time I have guests we go to David's (usually for take out). Don't let the interior fool you, it's just laid back. The food quality has always been excellent,

Thank Winston S
Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

The best Jamaican food in Madison. Locally/family owned. Welcoming and friendly staff. Cool restaurant that makes you feel like you are not in Madison in the winter.

Thank foxfire1518
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

We went for the Friday buffet as its always been really good and my out of town friend really looks forward to it. This time was a bomb-the small amount of food was cold, and there was hardly anything left . And it was only one hour into dinner service. We kept waiting for them to replenish, but they never... More 

Thank 410nataliek
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I really, really wanted to love David's food. On this day (noon) everything on the lunch buffet was not warm, not even tepid warm. It had a slight chill, actually. The jerk pork and chicken were bland, not even a little spicy. Redeeming element was the banana cake, but you can't make a meal out of it. Very disappointed.

1 Thank niesgirl13
Madison, Wisconsin
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125 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I love coming here on Friday nights for their buffet (also available for lunches). It's a great deal, all you can eat, and is topped off by Red Stripes. Good music, okay staff who become more friendly if you can joke with them. Food is phenomenal; could be hotter at times. Great meats, chicken, goat, jerk, curry, fish, rice &... More 

1 Thank docrockaud
Door County WI
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

Great food. Great price. Country style cat fish was my favorite. Very casual. Looks like an old fast food restaurant painted with bright colors. Very clean

Thank hereIamDoorCountyWI
Chicago Burbs, IL
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I stop here about twice a year when I am in the Madison area. Just because the place looks a little run down, don't pass it up. You'll think you are really in Negril, only nobody tries to sell you stuff. Food is always good. I ordered the Jerk Chicken Dinner. Four pieces, 2 legs and 2 thighs. The chicken... More 

Thank Cruzinaround63
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I have visited David's on multiple occasions, with friends, business acquaintances and my wife. The food on every visit has been consistently excellent. If you love Jamaican food, this is the place to go and get it.

2 Thank Kevin_McDaniel
Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It looks a little run down - sure. I probably wouldn't go here on a date. But this place has really great authentic cuisine. I had the jerk pork and it was amazing! Definitely a "no frills" atmosphere but I think it's perfect for a casual meal with friends or family.

Thank Mike T
Mentor, Ohio
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We went for dinner and ordered jerk chicken and enjoyed it. I have never been to Jamaica but imagine that this must be just what it is like. No frills to the service or the food but we were well-fed and left happy with trying something new.

Thank Sarah P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5734 Monona Dr, Monona, Madison, WI 53716-3135
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison  >  Monona
  • Phone Number: 608-222-8109

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?