So bundle up, grab your sweetie and head out into the night—a cozy table for two awaits.
$$ BOML'Etoile With a sweeping view of the Capitol and elegant, locally focused French cuisine, L'Etoile is arguably Madison's most upscale dining destination—and an ideal location for a romantic meal.
Attentive staff include a sommelier who is at your service to pair wine with every stage of your meal, and a pastry chef who creates innovative desserts, and also prepares at least one delicious gluten-free offering.
It recently featured maple-lacquered quail with quinoa, cauliflower, slow-cooked shallots, golden raisins and harissa vinaigrette.
Try the Underground Butcher charcuterie board with mustard, pickles, olives, Wisconsin cheeses and bread.
Creamy and light crème brûlée infused gently with lavender flowers direct from the French countryside will send you over the moon.
$$Forequarter The menu at this rustic East Johnson eatery, run by Madison's Underground Food Collective, changes a little each week based on the availability of fresh ingredients.
Food concepts from all over the world, such as a cassoulet featuring lamb, bacon and white beans, as well as the tastes of Wisconsin (cheese plate!
) come together in large and small offerings at this exciting King Street restaurant.
This intimate space fills quickly and reservations are taken only on Sundays.
For those who aren't in a rush to eat, the tavern-style restaurant offers a late-night menu until 1 a.m.
Enjoy a quiet dinner at one of the sleek tables that line the wall beneath full moons of pendant light, sip on a Negroni cocktail, share a bottle of wine from Spain, or stay local with various ales or porters at the modest-sized bar alongside an open kitchen.