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Mediterrenean Cafe

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625 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1015
+1 608-251-8510
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, United States
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71 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps the best tea I've ever had. Order when you come in, and the food is at your table in minutes. The lamb was superb, but many more choices on the menu. The staff was very friendly. Space is tight so the waiter let us put our granddaughter's stroller in a private closet.

Thank Ed A
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

Probably one of the best values for your money on State Street. And the food is very very good! You can usually plan on a short wait but the line moves along pretty good. The harder part is finding a place to sit as it is a small restaurant.

Thank Dan B
Madison, WI area
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

I visited the restaurant with a group of five others while on a break during an artist conference. Three of us ordered the shawarma plate, one had akin's plate and the other had the soup and one of the sandwiches. The portions were very generous. The shawarma plate also came with pita bread which was very fresh and wonderful with... More 

Thank WIfotografr
Middleton, Wisconsin
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211 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

It is probably difficult for me to give an accurate review of this restaurant because I went there during lunch hour during classes which meant that everything was rushed. The food was good, but did seem to be a bit on the salty side. The staff was very friendly and helpful in suggesting a dish. I would really like to... More 

Thank James S
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

I frequented this restaurant regularly for 5 years while studying in Madison, and after recently going back I was reminded why this is still my favorite spot on State St. The Algerian owner is a super friendly guy, and anything you get from the menu is delicious: lamb shawarma, Akin's plate, moussaka, etc. Don't forget to get some of that... More 

Thank gustavot854
Wisconsin, USA
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

Mediterranean Cafe is a charming little hole-in-the-wall with great character serving up exceptional dishes from its varied menu. Super fast, smiling service even when packed.

Thank ThePenguinGuy
Naples, Florida
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Fantastic place for lunch on State Street. We had Chicken Shawarma and Falafel plates…both $10. Delicious!! Love the ambience of Med Cafe. As others noted, bring CASH. It's PACKED when UW students are in town so try it this summer! Highly recommend!

Thank dogged
Madison, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The outside seating was shaded and cool. The person that took our order explained the menu and made suggestions. Excellent food. He even waited until after we finished the shawarma. Someday I want to try a hooka.

Thank Eric J
Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

An Excellent Mediterranean restaurant at the heart of Madison on the State Street. Nice for quick casual lunch if you are around Capitol area. Note that they are open only for lunch, NO dinner. Another point to note is CASH only, NO cards. Meal : We tried Chicken Shawarma and Falafel plates. Good portions of chicken/falafel and tasty food with... More 

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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532 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

If your looking for some good eats near campus, this might be the place for you. Arrive early as a line is sure to go out the door and bring your cash or checkbook as they do not accept plastic. I tried the combo plate and enjoyed every bite. Glad that we have access to authentic eats like these.

Thank JesseWhite

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Cafe
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 625 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1015
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-251-8510

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