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“Amazing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wonder Bar

Wonder Bar
Ranked #71 of 956 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I went to the Wonder Bar for dinner. I expected it to be good but I didn't expect to be blown away by the experience. We ordered dinner at the bar which is where we like to sit. The attention we got from the staff was unbelievable. They were witty and fun and attentive. I ordered the halibut which was simply the best in town. My husband had a filet that blew every other steak joint in Madison out of the water. We ordered a bottle of wine that we both enjoyed. I liked that there were a lot of choices in various price ranges. The atmosphere is and always has been great so to increase that enjoyment with the food & service--well...wow. We'll never go anywhere else!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
“Excellent food and great ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

Amazing history and a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Let's not forget that the food is phenomenal! Try the Cowboy Steak...a must have!! This is by far my new favorite Madison area restaurant!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Tanya R
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Midwest USA
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Quaint steak house with great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Our party of six visited the Wonder Bar in Madison, WI. The steak house is located near the Alliant Energy Center and is tucked away behind some other, larger restaurants. But what this place lacks in size, it makes up in quality. It's an old house that was reconfigured into a restaurant. There's a small bar at the entry and tables. We sat upstairs in one of the quaint turrets overlooking the parking lot and World Dairy Expo.

Drinks were well made. Our party ordered from the wine list, which is large, but not extravagant. Members of the party ordered steak, sea bass and shrimp. All were excellent. The special - a bone in cowboy style rib eye - was especially appreciated by one of our guests. My fillet was extremely tender and juicy. It was better than others I'd had at other, more "famous" steakhouses in Madison.

Highly recommend the Wonder Bar. This one of my favorites in Madison.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank RuningMan1
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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171 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Outstanding Dining!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

Madison friends chose this restaurant, and it was Wonder Ful! We had reservations for six in one of the upstairs turrets of this historic building from the Prohibition Era. The service and food were outstanding. Salads and sides were great. But the steaks were the highlight of the meal. Several froends indulged in the enormous Cowboy Steak. I loved my 6-oz. filet mignon. Liking to mix it up, my husband ordered fresh salmon; said it was fantastic. If you're looking for a delicious dinner in Madison, this is the place!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Sue R
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
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“Good steakhouse, big portions, not for foodies, Crab Bisque was Great!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

After reading some local media we decided to give this steakhouse a try. We found it to be a nice typical steakhouse. If you are looking to satisfy a large appetite with a good steak dinner, then you will be quite pleased. The crab bisque was delicious. Not a place for being impressed by creativity. Host and waitress were great.

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Thank goosebeast
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