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“Worst Service in Madison.”

Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
Ranked #3 of 981 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Dotty Dumpling's Dowry is a Madison institution favored by the locals for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, Dotty's offers award winning hamburgers, Friday fish fry, homemade soups and chili, fresh salads and so much more! Cozy up in a booth or at the bar and pick from 24 Wisconsin craft beers on tap while enjoying some Blues or Motown music in the back round. Dotty's is a Madison tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages!
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
“Worst Service in Madison.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

The prices looked great until we saw the portions - tiny burgers, tiny order of onion rings, tiny order of fried mushrooms. Service was terrible. We should have left after our waitress first appearance at the table. Hurried to the point of rude. Zero eye contact. She acted like she was doing us a favor - but luckily in Madison, a good burger is not hard to find. To note, the place was about half full and we were in and out in an hour. No reason to rush us with open tables everywhere, right? I will not go back to Dotty's and if it had been me paying the check, I would have stiffed the waitress. I personally have about 10 years experience waiting tables and this was the first time ever that I was tempted to leave a $0 tip. Avoid Dotty's. Go anywhere else in Madison to find a normally sized burger and friendly service.

  • Visited May 2013
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79 reviews
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“Cheese Curds, Burger, & Beer!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic casual dining. If you are looking for a great burger cheese curds and/or beer in Madison, come to Dottys. Atmosphere was very relaxed (dress code is probably shirt and shoes). Service was great. I had a very attentive waitress. The burgers are super fresh. Meat delivered daily ( so the menu says and who am I to argue). Everything was terrific. Go and enjoy this local spot.

  • Visited May 2013
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Greenville, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“My Husband Favorite Burger”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great burgers and fries in a simple, casual atmosphere. Just off of State St. so plenty to do and see just around the corner. One of our favorite places to visit when in Madison.

  • Visited March 2013
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Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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“A Classic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

This was one of the first spots I went to in Madison. Known for their burgers, Dotty's also has a great list of brews and has the perfect college pub feel.

Visited April 2013
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“Best burger search”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

Burgers were not overdone and medium as requested. Meat quality was tasty and hot on delivery. Great local beers and loved the scotch ale.

  • Visited April 2013
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