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Oakcrest Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
+1 608-233-1243
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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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
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Had great service from a funny guy, who was prompt and charming! Great bar food and very cold beer. Will be back!!

Thank Deborah G
Verona, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

I will start off by saying, this is a bar. It's not a supper club, or really even a "restaurant." It is a friendly, somewhat worn and dated, oftentimes crowded, sometimes hard to find a place to park, but it is a wonderful bar! And, the food is delicious. There are a lot of "regulars," who welcome the "visitors." Chances... More 

Thank golfinwi
Orange, France
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67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

If you are "into" local bars where real locals meet and eat, this is the place for you. The food and drinks are very reasonably priced. The service is efficient and friendly. The place is family friendly with highchairs and a children's menu. It is not unusual to see grandparents there with their grandchildren. This tavern serves excellent food. The... More 

Thank Jacques59
Madison, WI
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

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
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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464 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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: +1 608-233-1243

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