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Babcock Hall Dairy Store

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1605 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1519
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Port Washington, New York
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Maybe I'm biased, since I grew up in Madison, but I've sampled ice cream in a lot of places and Babcock Hall is still at the top of the list. Fresh made, real ingredients, inventive flavors and old favorites - and huge portions. The only thing not to like is the limited parking. Take home a pint or two. They... More 

Thank jwpines2016
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Shakes and sandwiches are great. Stop in for a cone or dish of ice cream You'll love it. Lots of great flavors.

Thank Thomas M
Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife insists that ice cream was invented at Babcocks. Who am I to argue? I had the sundae of the month. Mocha chip with hot fudge, really gooey caramel, more chocolate chips, and real whipped cream. Fantastic!

Thank dzi9er
Tigard, Oregon
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came to see the factory and eat ice cream and was amazed at the food being served. Had their breakfast burrito which was so good. Freshly prepared and a monster of a meal. Coffee is really good and well their ice cream is to die for. Had the chocolate peanut butter which was out of this world.

Thank Kathleen P
Wilmington, Delaware
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok, so many colleges offer dairy treats but only WisCOWsin offers the original AG school dairy bar with the original premium-style ice cream. Hint: get a dish so you can savor longer than a cone.

Thank Coach B
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here after walking and touring the UW campus. Ice cream was delicious and fresh. Afterward we went up to the observation deck and watched how the ice cream and cheese were made. Pretty neat way to get out of the heat and have a treat!

Thank Jennifer S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a fun place to hangout with the family as you are touring the campus. Stop take a break either inside or outside depending on the weather.

Thank David P
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Babcock Hall on the University of Wisconsin campus is an institution. Not only do they have the best ice cream in the state, but the cheese is preeety darn good, too. 😉 If you can get the peach ice cream (it's seasonal), your tummy will be so happy.

Thank Cathy A
Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fun place to bring visitors and children. Babcock Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus is named for Steven Babcock, who in 1890 invented a method for measuring milk's butterfat content and thus put a stop to the then-common practice of watering down milk. Babcock Hall today has a charming cheese and ice cream shop open to the public,... More 

Thank WiscoLakeGirl
Middleton, WI
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great ice cream, yogurt and cheese. Orange chocolate chip sounds odd, but it's delicious. Cheese and ice cream are also available at Metcalfs grocery store if you have an after-hours craving.

Thank Middleton_Girl

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
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 Dr, Madison, WI 53706-1519
  • 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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