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American, Bar, Pub
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Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
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Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Table Service
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0.8 miles from Wisconsin State Capitol
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Reviewed July 29, 2022

This restaurant is great but never knew it existed until we saw it in Resurant Week. The food was teriffic. The main dish was great as were starters and dessert. Glad we found this restaurant

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 27, 2022

Palette has excellent food with a very creative drink menu. Definitely a must try for Madison foodies!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022

Stopped for dinner and really enjoyed the experience. Our server, Sumer, did a particularly good job, as did the chefs in the kitchen. the ambience creates an atmosphere that will bring us back again.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed January 31, 2022

We went as a group of 8 on a Friday night. Must have been an event going on at the Sylvee as it was really busy and parking was next to impossible. The service was a bit slow, but they seem to have enough staff...on the floor. Our server was not the most outgoing or customer service oriented as we had to ask for everything...(menus, specials, what is great here?, silverware, drinks, etc...) We ordered apps and they were pretty good. (wings and pretzel bites). When the main food arrived, it all arrived at different times. My wife and I ordered Fish Tacos & Braised Bone-in Short Ribs. Fish tacos were ok. When I ordered the Short Ribs, it say's plural...Only one Short Rib and it was mostly fat. The piece that really bent me was the "Covid SurCharge of 15%" on total bill. Are you kidding me? I asked the server about the "Covid SurCharge of 15%", and she said it was something you have to talk to the manager about. The manager stated it was due to escalating staff wages and food costs. The restaurant is worried about their margins, instead of taking care of their staff. I have NO problem if the Sur-Charge went back to the service team, but the service charge was going back to the ownership because they are not getting the same margins before Covid. I would rather see higher prices on menu items because then at least the service staff will see a piece of that.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2021

The food is absolutely fantastic! Most of us had burgers and they were cooked exactly how we asked. The fish tacos were amazing as well! The fries and cheese curds…ohhh! I knocked 1 star off because the server was probably new but he has no...personality and barely said 3 words during our hour+ dinner.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

While staying at Indigo Hotel in Madison we decided to try the in house restaurant and it was worth every penny......greeted with a smile by our wonderful server, Jess, the entire meal was a hit. Jess suggested the Espetadas which was terrific as well as...the Missing Hawaii cocktail.....you should give this place a try when in town.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 2, 2021

Fantastic spot inside Hotel Indigo. Make a reservation. We didn't have one on a night they were fully booked but they accommodated us in the lobby and we had amazing service. The food is amazing too!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 15, 2020

Palette is located right in Hotel Indigo. Due to a work trip I stayed at the hotel for several days. I am a home body so I got room service each evening. The room service is beyond expectations. The meal came right away. In addition...the chef and folks that prepared it could not have done a better job! My meals were exceptional. I especially liked the top sirloin dinner, lettuce wedge and loaded backed potato. The steak was one of the best I have ever had. You will not go wrong with this. The staff that delivered were very courteous and respectful. The management of Palette impressed me as well. I had the pleasure to meet the manager and he went above and beyond. Thanks to the chef and folks that work at Palette!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 30, 2020

Connor, (or Conner), Derreck, and Jack - THANK YOU. You guys are GREAT! The food was fresh and tasty. The bartenders I put faith in and trusted them to come up with something for me and I was NOT disappointed. Thanks for the suggestions on...beverages made with ingredients locally made / supplied. And thanks for the friendly feel at home coversations too!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 24, 2020

On a snowy night, it took us a little looking to find the restaurant as I did not realize it was connected to Hotel Indigo. Very trendy restaurant, great vibe. Had the Mushroom appetizer - it was so different than any mushroom appetizer we had...had in the past. Three out of the group had the seared salmon and they didn't put their forks down until it was gone. Grilled chicken was presented beautifully and was tasty. The vegetables underneath it was a uniquely prepared - very different way to eat steamed veggies. Save room for dessert - the brownie was a perfect end to the meal.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 18, 2019

Made reservations before I realized the restaurant had opened just months earlier and was located adjacent to Hotel Indigo in the old Mautz paint building. Very cool atmosphere throughout. We were seated next to the open kitchen and server center and watched the entire crew...react with calm and urgency to the constantly full restaurant. Our server was new and was being helped by a manager, which was appreciated. The menu is a nice combination of starters, soups and salads, entrees and sides. My husband had a burger ($19) that he loved and I had the Roast Chicken ($21) which was also good. I'd definitely eat here again when in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 30, 2019

A classy place to catch a cocktail and dinner. The building was nicely renovated and is very inviting. The Georgia O'Keeffe theme is a tribute to the great American artist. A fully stock bar with creative cocktails and craft beers. Food menu with satisfying appetizers...and entrees.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

We only had time for breakfast, and it was wonderful. That menu and those for lunch and dinner include a selection of locally sourced produce (some from the weekend farmers' market just a few blocks away). Service was attentive, personable, and professional.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 23, 2019

We were in Madison for a University of WI football weekend and I tried to book a favorite steakhouse but it was full. The reviews for Palette were good so we decided to try it. The restaurant is connected to Hotel Indigo and has very...modern decor. The wait staff is plentiful and hardworking. We both had salads (generous portions and very good), we had tenderloin steaks (cut like butter and delicious) and I had veggies and my husband had the signature fries (huge mug of hand cut dipped in Parmesan and drizzled with evoo--the best ever). The cocktails were a bit disappointing but everything else was wonderful. I am glad the other restaurant was too busy to take us as we had a great dining experience and will be back to Palette when we return to Madison.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 25, 2019

Stopped in for a late dinner on Saturday night with my woofs and daughter. Didn’t research anything about the food until we arrived and found that it’s emphasis is a steakhouse which was fine. Had a 23 oz Bone in Rib eye that was cooked...to perfection with mushroom demiglace. My wife had the flatiron which was superb as well and my daughter had the lobster Mac and cheese which was creamy and hot. Asked for outside seating which is on a busy avenue so might be a little loud for some. Service was outstanding and loved valet parking.it is a newer hotel that’s chic and city accessible.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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