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“Good Tapas Bar in Madison”
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Ranked #246 of 997 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Wayne, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
334 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Good Tapas Bar in Madison”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Noticed this place while walking on State Street during a recent visit and decided to give it a try. The restaurant has an interesting, inviting interior dedicated to the film industry complete with old movies playing behind the bar. Our group of three tried a number of dishes, including the wild mushroom soup on the menu and a soup special that evening that was squash based. Both were very good and much larger than I would have expected in a tapas bar--actually quite filling. We ordered the flatbread. It came to the table later in the meal, freshly baked and beautifully presented. Definitely a crowd-pleaser and, again, a large order for tapas. The shortrib with manchego mashed potatoes was excellent--a nice, lean cut of meat falling apart over creamy potatoes. The duck breast was also good, but I would give the nod to the shortribs. A beef empananda, patatas bravas and the spanish tortilla rounded out the meal, all of them very good. Good wine list with many reasonable options. Service was good and genuinely helpful in terms of advice in ordering, this being our first time here. Would definitely return.

  • Visited October 2012
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Rockford, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Temperanillo and tapas tempt your tempo”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Have you ever wanted to gobble something up because its taste tingles your tastebuds? This place does that, so pace yourself. Get a glass of the Spanish red wine - Temperanillo - relax and enjoy. We tried both simple and complex dishes and enjoyed them all. Don't pass on the olives. In the mix, we had some delicious tiny ones that our waiter told us are the type used to make olive oil. If you never had tapas before, you should expect small portions at what may seem to be high prices. However the cost is in the quality, ingredients and preparation which leads to the temptation to go too fast. We thought the prices were very reasonable for tapas of this quality.

  • Visited September 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Amazing tapas bar!”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We were extremely impressed by our experience here. I'm shocked that there were any bad or even neutral reviews of The Icon, because we loved it. We started with the crab cake, which was the best I've ever had (and I love crab cakes, so I've had a lot of them.) We had the grilled lamb, which was extremely tender, perfectly seasoned, and incredible. Even the fried calamari, which I never like, was delicious - melt in your mouth batter, tender seafood, and just the right level of spice. I was blown away by it, it was that delicious. We finished with the stuffed flatbread, which was more like a long stuffed soft pretzel. It was one of the tastiest things I've ever had - slightly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and stuffed with goat cheese and spinach/mushroom/onion. The whole thing (and it was a decent amount of food) was sitting on a bed of some terrific marinara sauce. We devoured it and loved every bite.

Bottom line: great service, romantic ambiance, and the best food I've had in a while. I highly recommend this easily overlooked restaurant.

  • Visited September 2012
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cute tapas place on State Street”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Not open for lunch. Has tapas an full menu. I enjoy the tapas and their great drinks. Because of its location across from the Ocerture Center, can be crowded before and after performances.

Visited May 2012
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Cave Creek, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
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“We had several tapas and all were good”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

and a couple were very good. However, the price points for most dishes were quite high. Our cheese plate was $13 and had 5 small pieces of cheese, a couple almonds and a chopped walnut, 2 sliced grapes and 3 pieces of bread. That's rough.

Our white anchovy plate was miniscule but the price wasn't. It was our favorite but our enthusiasm was tempered by the price / quantity issue.

The room has a modern, minimalist look. For some reason us non-hipsters couldn't understand, the TV's were playing AMC 1930's movies with sub-titles.

We love tapas and this has a great location next to the square but we probably won't go there again.

  • Visited July 2012
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