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Oakcrest Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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
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Orange, France
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66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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 39 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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435 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 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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64 reviews
47 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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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 30 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
Madison, Wisconsin
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111 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?