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Nick's Restaurant

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226 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2215
+1 608-255-5450
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Watertown, Wisconsin
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199 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have only eaten breakfast at Nick's, but do so almost every bus trip I take to downtown Madison. The owner and staff could not be friendlier, the atmosphere is congenial, and the food is very good.

Thank Tom H
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

8 of us were going to the Comedy Club for dinner and thought we'd try Nicks because it was a couple doors down and it has been on State St for years. Bad move! Only 2 of the 8 of us liked our food. Both people had the Rueben. I ordered the Swiss mushroom burger. It looked awesome! But, the... More 

Thank PattyO1988
Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

So, Nick's is a place I went a lot in my late 20's and early 30's. It was the kind of place you can get a burger and a drink for a nice price. I have not been here much of late since I don't work near State Street any more. Me and two pals were heading to a show... More 

Thank madgirl21
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

I love the vibe of this place! It's someplace I would want to go hang out and have and drinks with friends. If you want a retro / throwback feel, then this is for you! It doesn't hurt that the mashed potatoes are amazing!

Thank hlokty918
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

I went to nicks for the first time last weekend - great sandwich, great fries, great service (the owner). I went back yesterday with two friends - great sandwich, great fries, great service (amelia). I love this place!

Thank Tim K
Northampton, Massachusetts
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172 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

If inexpensive is all you care about, this place is tolerable. Lots of beers, but none on tap, mediocre fish, over-salted Greek soup, dinner rolls that are down-sized hamburger buns, and everything else is ordinary at best. The only bright spot was a charming and well-trained waitress. There are many better choices in Madison.

Thank Mike L
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016

We arrived shortly after 5 for the three of us prior to the Lion King. I was a little concerned about the "look" of Nick's - I know it's a step back in time...but - in my opinion - there are some minor "issues" - it might be time to refurbish a bit...maybe a coat of paint on the walls... More 

Thank tammy s
Twin Cities
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

Every time we go to Madison we go to Nick's for drink , food or both. The food is home made and not it is not a chain bar/restaurant which we love.

Thank SusanTwinCities
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

My gyro was awesome just like in the 80s! A quiet place for lunch and fast service as always. I will be back for other menu items and good times.

Thank Mary T
Waupaca, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016

By being across the street from the Overture Center, Nick's was convenient for us, as we were going to attend a play. The food was okay, nothing special, and I thought a bit overpriced for what we got. I'm sure the location has much to do with that, as it was quite busy when we got there at 6:00 pm.... More 

Thank Alan K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Greek, Steakhouse, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 226 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2215
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-5450

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