We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Oakcrest Tavern

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 42: English reviews
Madison, WI
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have to admit that this is one of the great burgers in greater Madison Area. Friendly little neighborhood tavern and staff with some great specials. The Wed and Fri night perch fry is lights out. Can get crowded on those nights so call ahead to order but it is worth the wait and price.

Thank rsky2000
Decorah, IA
Level Contributor
51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

A Middleton friend recommended Oakcrest and we saw why! The grocery across the street is where the meat for hamburgers is bought, so you know they are fresh! The sandwiches were great and the beer was cold. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

Thank Bowhuntress
Madison, Wisconsin, Usa
Level Contributor
379 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for a burger and a beer and unfortunately the owners are not enforcing the no smoking law in all Wisconsin bars and restaurants. The ownership should truly be embarrassed as my wife and I left as people in different areas were smoking. I'd like to understand how this can happen!!! Truly disappointed and won't be... More 

Thank Rockydogz1
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Local secret. Burgers are incredible and the fish fry on Friday night, if you can manage to get in, is phenomenal. This is a tiny joint and a local hotspot, so be prepared to wait at times. It's worth it. Be prepared to not have a conversation with the individual(s) you are visiting Oakcrest with. After the first bite there... More 

Thank joebagley
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

First of all the food is great! Burgers are the best. The meat comes across the street from a meat market. So fresh, fresh, fresh! They have steak for prices you won't believe. They, too, are fabulous! Melt in your mouth. French fries are perfection- don't know why but they are so crisp and not greasy. Service is amazing. I... More 

Thank joelw298
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Got great reviews from others and thought we would check it out. It was great! Delicious food, hefty portions, and kind service. Great area and location and was very easy to find. Prices were as expected for a tavern.

Thank Carrie A
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Have been going here for many years for a great burger and fish fry. Everything on the menu is nearly always homemade and delicious. Great spot to meet friends except on Friday nights when their famous fish fry draws huge crowds.

Thank MarySt54
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
103 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We are regulars for the Friday fish fry at Oakcrest. We’ve never been disappointed. I grew up in Green Bay where perch dinners were a staple. Oakcrest is a small tavern, about a dozen tables and seating at the bar. There is no outside seating and parking is limited. You can park across the street at the grocery store after... More 

Thank Dawn E
Evansville, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I haven't been to the oak crest in a few years , probably 10. Last time was to write a eulogy for a friend an hour before the funeral service. It turned out great and so did the Oak crest tavern. I stopped in recently with a craving for a GOOD cheeseburger and fries. I had many places in mind... More 

Thank muskie999
Level Contributor
317 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We have visited Oakcrest frequently for great burgers and Friday Perch fish fry. On this Friday, they struck out on the Perch. The fish was flavorless with a soggy breading. We arrived at five and found a table. If you arrive later than this time, you will undoubtedly wait for 30 minutes or more. We have loved their burgers and... More 

Thank GiseppeGord

Travelers who viewed Oakcrest Tavern also viewed


Been to Oakcrest Tavern? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-233-1243

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Oakcrest Tavern staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?