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Oakcrest Tavern

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
+1 608-233-1243
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As high as the expectation - as deep is the disappointment. Very small place and as it's locally famous - it show no justification for it. Simple - very simple - too simple standard "friday fish fry". No reason to wait so long without be able to seat. I will not be back

Thank amitisraeli
Dixon, Illinois
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Read about this little spot online, had to check it out! The employees were friendly and the burgers are super juicy! Made from fresh meat from the butcher across the street at the market! Excellent value for the money- it's a must stop if you're craving a good juicy burger!!!!

Thank 833Christine_B_12
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If one of your friends wants to see what a Wisconsin tavern looks like, take them here. The Friday fish fry is excellent. The service is friendly, to the point of being almost nurturing. The beer list is limited, but they did have Velveteen Habit on tap When we visited. When we were there, a like old lady lost her... More 

Thank jscopper
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Had great service from a funny guy, who was prompt and charming! Great bar food and very cold beer. Will be back!!

Thank Deborah G
Verona, Wisconsin
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70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I will start off by saying, this is a bar. It's not a supper club, or really even a "restaurant." It is a friendly, somewhat worn and dated, oftentimes crowded, sometimes hard to find a place to park, but it is a wonderful bar! And, the food is delicious. There are a lot of "regulars," who welcome the "visitors." Chances... More 

Thank golfinwi
Orange, France
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

If you are "into" local bars where real locals meet and eat, this is the place for you. The food and drinks are very reasonably priced. The service is efficient and friendly. The place is family friendly with highchairs and a children's menu. It is not unusual to see grandparents there with their grandchildren. This tavern serves excellent food. The... More 

Thank Jacques59
Madison, WI
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Have to admit that this is one of the great burgers in greater Madison Area. Friendly little neighborhood tavern and staff with some great specials. The Wed and Fri night perch fry is lights out. Can get crowded on those nights so call ahead to order but it is worth the wait and price.

Thank rsky2000
Decorah, IA
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

A Middleton friend recommended Oakcrest and we saw why! The grocery across the street is where the meat for hamburgers is bought, so you know they are fresh! The sandwiches were great and the beer was cold. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

Thank Bowhuntress
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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470 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for a burger and a beer and unfortunately the owners are not enforcing the no smoking law in all Wisconsin bars and restaurants. The ownership should truly be embarrassed as my wife and I left as people in different areas were smoking. I'd like to understand how this can happen!!! Truly disappointed and won't be... More 

Thank Rockydogz1
Madison, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Local secret. Burgers are incredible and the fish fry on Friday night, if you can manage to get in, is phenomenal. This is a tiny joint and a local hotspot, so be prepared to wait at times. It's worth it. Be prepared to not have a conversation with the individual(s) you are visiting Oakcrest with. After the first bite there... More 

Thank joebagley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5371 Old Middleton Rd, Madison, WI 53705-2601
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-233-1243

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?