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543 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
+1 608-255-3646
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
543 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
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Reviewed December 9, 2017

Went at the suggestion of a friend. Good choice. Good cocktail and draft beer selection. There were 4 of us and we suggest with that number you should pick "family style". That is Ethiopian style. Four entrees on a large platter replete with beaucoup bread....More

Thank Terry W
Reviewed November 8, 2017

The address has changed, with the gentrification of State Street. Buraka is now located at 1210 Williamson St., and with that relocation come some challenges in finding close parking on the street -- there is no parking lot. I love the chicken tibs with rice,...More

Thank Lyn J
Reviewed September 14, 2017

The service was very bad. Food took ages to arrive (more than half hour per dish!.. not to mention 20 mins only for the salad!). The waitress took 15 minutes just to come to our table and ask if we wanted water. Not a lot...More

Thank jayanti_dj
Reviewed August 19, 2017 via mobile

I just had this amazing chicken and squash curry at Burakas! I actually went to the Burakas on Willy St. They must be owned by the same people. Great service. I wish I had been hungry enough to try the bacon-wrapped duck appetizer and the...More

Thank Lisa N
Reviewed July 9, 2017

This restaurant is a really great experience for African cuisine. The food is good, service was fast and friendly, and the prices a bit on the high side, but within reason. When you first walk in, it feels more like a bar than a restaurant....More

Thank madcitypaul
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

Buraka is locally owned, has excellent food with no-nonsense service, and is a long-time Madison favorite for so many reasons. Each dish is earthy and perfectly seasoned, tasty, and leaves you feeling good about your choice. The drinks are good too!

Thank J D C
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious, would go again. We had the Samoosa for appetizer-the sauce was spiced but they were great. We had two combination lunches: chicken peanut stew (spicer of these two) & begwot and doorway & minchet abish (spicy dish). All of the food...More

Thank 597lynnet
Reviewed December 31, 2016

Buraka is now located on Willy (William Street) and is an Ethiopinan restaurant. I tried the peanut stew and in my opinion it was just okay. Note that becasue I am not accustomed to the type of spices used in this type of cooking I...More

Thank Bridgette S
Reviewed September 10, 2016

We were in the area (on Willi Street) and decided to go with Buraka. We were greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant is not gigantic, but I really liked the interior design (wood, cozy lights, etc...). The staff was super-friendly and, since it was our...More

Thank Marco L
Reviewed September 1, 2016

First visit to the new Buraka on Willy St. Much larger and more comfortable space compared to their basement State St. location, hopefully it will be decorated with Ethiopian fabrics and prints, as it presently appears very generic. Service is good and friendly, although the...More

Thank Moyshekapoyer
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 543 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-3646
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