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“Give it a try” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bunky’s Cafe - CLOSED

Bunky’s Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $18
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Bunky's Was started in the early 1930's by Teresa's great Grandparents. Vito & Ninfa Capadona opened Bunky's on the corner of Park & Regent street in the Italian "Green Bush" area. After closing in the mid 1970's. Teresa and her husband Rachid opened in 2003. They included Rachid's Mediterranean - Moroccan cuisine to the menu! Bunky's cafe just celebrated its tenth Birthday this year! As the owners of Bunky's cafe, we feel very blessed to have a successful restaurant in Madison Wi. We will keep offering fresh, local and sustainable made from scratch menus! We have just started offering our Homemade Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Grape leaves and Falalfel at area grocery stores. Please come and join us for dinner!
Wisconsin
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Give it a try”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

Old Madison name that was originally in a primarily Italian neighborhood. Wonderful Italian and Mediterranean selections in a fun informal setting. Good idea to call ahead for a reservation.

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English first
Middleton, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Funky Bunky's!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

There were ten of us celebrating my friend's birthday here and everyone loved the Italian and Middle Eastern entrées. The only glitch was an order of lamb kebobs that were supposed to be medium-rare and came well-done. So two friends shared another order until the kitchen sent a replacement. My traditional meat lasagna was perfectly seasoned and smothered in fresh tomato sauce. Delicious. I was too full for dessert, but tried a bite of both the cannoli and chocolate layer cake that friends ordered...quite simply to die for! The decor is eye-catching and the bathroom looks like it could serve as an antique gift shop.

  • Visited September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Uniquely Madison”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

Friends who like Italian and Middle Eastern food took me here, as the menu has both. It was originally an Italian restaurant and feels like an old and welcoming house, but someone in kitchen knows their way around a tandoor oven now if the braised lamb shank is any indication. It's a great mash-up, especially with a chatty waiter and some of the most excellent home-made tasting desserts I've had outside of my kitchen.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good food, poor service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

Been going here for years, had always enjoyed the good and fresh med food and the very fine service, presided over by the gracious and friendly co-owner Theresa. But haven't seen here last couple of times, and my last experience there was quite bad, due to the surly and customer unfriendly manager (didn't catch his name, I don't think he even introduced himself). Problem: my dining companion ordered steamed mussels, which came cold (they'd obviously been standing around for a while, an unforgivable sin). When he complained, the waitress promised a fresh and hot portion, but instead disappeared forever, and the manger showed up. Instead of apologizing he claimed they were hot (how would he know?) and that my friend was just trying to get an extra portion for free. As if we couldn't pay for one! Since the friend is an honest person to a fault, he was understandably offended by this slur. And instead of the promised mussels, we got a consolation prize of two tiny refrigerated tiramisu doodads. What a pity that success seems to have spoiled a good restaurant, and they are no longer concerned about customer satisfaction and word of mouth. In addition, they have filled the dining room to capacity, and it is quite noisy--the food remains good, but more highly priced than comparable fare at other Madison restaurants. Theresa, please come back!

  • Visited August 2012
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Cranston, Rhode Island
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130 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great find, close to Botanical Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

We were visiting the botanical Garden, just a mile down the road and needed a lunch spot close by so that we could return. This place was a great find. i wish that it were in my neighbor hood at home. We had a very nice lunch and would return if we could. It was a mix of Italian and Middle Eastern, as the owners are od mixed heritage. The place is quaint and warm with an interest decor. The owners have been in this location for three years. My Husband thought the bathroom was decorated for Julia Child on a Road trip. You will have to take it out.

  • Visited September 2012
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