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Babcock Hall Dairy Store

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1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a fun place to visit. You can go upstairs and view the area that makes the ice cream and cheese. Then enjoy a fabulous ice cream treat.

Thank mattto2000
Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great cheese store, great ice cream shop, and an up close look at the diary school at UW-Madison. It doesn't get more Wisconsin than that. Parking can be a bit difficult, and hours are somewhat restricted, but get there if you can. Great place to take the kids, even fun for adults.

Thank itmakesyousmile
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love this place and make the trek a few times whenever we visit. Ice cream is delish and there is often a custard and lactose free option which satisfy all of us. There is also cheese for purchase at good prices and if you are really lucky amazing cheese curds. We nearly always go to the upstairs observstory and... More 

Thank Nancy K
Chino Hills, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What great ice cream. Week got our ice cream in the student union, which is just a small store. All the ice cream is creamy, smooth, and lives up to expectations. If you want a treat, go here.

Thank msa23_2000
Shoreview, Minnesota
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ice cream has the perfect balance of butterfat to be creamy and yummy; developed by the University of Wisc Madison. Try the flavor "Union Utopia". The cheese looks wonderful, and the enthusiastic young student behind the counter recommended his favorite; but since I was traveling without a cooler I did not buy any.

Thank Feather4456
Beg Bend, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When ever we go back to reminisce at UW, we always need a couple of scoops of a new flavor or my favorite: the turtle sundae.

Thank Jerry W
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much atmosphere, but who cares...you're there for the taste. Not much parking around the area, so be prepared to walk a bit.

1 Thank Fred W
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the University of Wisconsin dairy store and has the best ice cream around; made on campus at the store. Badger Blast is the best--chocolate ice cream with fudge flakes and chocolate chips.

Thank TJW2017
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How is this #1? I love good ice cream, but I could have bought it in a grocery store and had a better atmosphere. We walked in and left without buying anything.

Thank IowaTravellingGirl
Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

#1 in Madison? It's a stand-up sandwich shop featuring run-of-the-mill processed ingredients. Their famous ice cream is ok, but nothing to rave about. Prices are low, but so what. There are many more restaurants in Madison that should rate higher than Babcock's.

Thank TomLuchetti

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-262-3045
One of the biggest names in modern Dairy (Babcock) combined with Ice Cream (which I, ice cream expert, rank as a five). This needs adding.

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