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Argus Bar & Grill

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123 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703-3360
+1 608-256-4141
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

We're in Madison for a couple of days visiting our daughter and grandsons, staying at the lovely Edgewater Hotel, just a few blocks from the Capitol. We headed out for dinner and walked downtown to The Old Fashioned, but there was an hour and a half wait. It was unseasonably warm for winter in Wisconsin---65 degrees---and State Street was hopping.... More 

Thank Katrina208
Monona, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed June 28, 2016

Sit outside in the nice weather and have a beer (or two) and watch people going about their day. The food is very good. The prices are very reasonable and the building is clearly very old (ie historic in nature), but well kept and tastefully modernized. Re-do.

Thank elelsea
Madison, Wisconsin
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2016

Not a huge menu, but everything I have had was good. I had a version of a cobb salad. I also had the philly cheese steak which had a good flavor, but a little too greasy for my taste.

Thank vachaan
Madison, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 23, 2016

Argus is located on East Main Street, one block from the Capitol Square and directly across the street from GEF 2, home of the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources. It's a nice place to hang out with friends and (in my case) former co-workers, especially for happy hour I'm very fond of the outdoor seating, which is very popular in... More 

Thank Anne U
Madison, Wisconsin
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59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2016

I have been here a couple times for lunch from work. Both times, I have really enjoyed the food! It's a cute little bar that has about 10 tables so it's usually quiet. It's ideal for lunch time! I have had a salad there as well as their philly cheese steak sandwich. I enjoyed them both!

Thank vachaan
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397 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a very popular spot off the square. Feels more like a neighborhood bar than a bar in the heart of downtown. Great downstairs area with darts/pool table.

Thank Sarah P
Middleton, Wisconsin
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86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2015

Stopped in with a friend for weekday lunch. Not crowded - especially with the outside seating available. Both had burgers and they were excellent. Service was very good too. Great value.

Thank GW85
Madison, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2015

We have been to Argus in the evening and the Bartenders there are amazing. VERY fast even when they are packed. The food is great. The cook even comes up to see how you liked it. I will be there again and again. OH, and the bartender looks like the singer from Kings of Leon.

Thank BlabbyTabby
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2014

Cheese curds were good, beer was better. This isn't too fancy of a place, very much a hole-in-the-wall type joint. Did I mention the beer was great, local, and well-priced?

Thank Evan H
Madison, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stopped for a beer on a Friday evening while wandering the Capital Square. The fact that it had a number of seats open on a Friday night when other bars were packed says something. It is in an old building that could have had some vibe, but just seemed dark and lacking in character or energy. The beer list... More 

Thank kate290518

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703-3360
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-256-4141

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