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Forequarter

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708 1/4 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-1533
608-609-4717
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17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Madison
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and i decided to try Forequarter on a recent Friday evening. We were downtown Madison at a wine tasting and headed to Forequarter around 8 PM after calling to reserve a table. This restaurant is in a neighborhood and relies on street parking...which was of no concern to us. We entered a lively, intimate restaurant....one which we can't... More 

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Thank jdbgolf
Colorado
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This place was recommended as being "so hip it has no sign." This is true. Finding it was a bit of a challenge as it's nestled in an obscure block of Johnson Street but finding it we did. I was allowed only to eat at the bar as I was alone but this was sufficient for me. As usual with... More 

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Thank DMilo46
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ordered 1 app, the ripped bread which was fanastic. 1 small plate, the beat tart and highly recommend. 1 medium plate, the heirloom bean plate, also delicious. Nice touch of goat cheese. I had heard great things, and wasn't disappointed. Also got lucky on an October evening to eat outside, which was lovely.

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Thank Gerard P
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Not a fancy place, but the food was spectacular. Family friendly, yet quiet. Farm to table, fresh and tasty. Staff were attentive and willing to describe the menus offerings. The place is small but we observed a number of people drop in for a drink and appetizer after work.

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Thank Linda M
Munich, Germany
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is a charming little place which needs a lot of organization and consistency as far as food is concerned.During my last visit I just could not eat what they produced.The restaurant really needs a boss.When you get in there around 6 pm there are 8-9 employees standing around doing very little except talking among themselves.Wait staff can very greatly... More 

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Thank Analyst1946
Brooklyn
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

That's what a friend once said about this great spot in one of the world's greatest cities. It may be true but as a proud Badger living in Brooklyn, I'd say that Brooklyn aspires to be as warm and wholesome as Madison! Food selection from appetizers to drinks to mains are all terrific and the service is friendly and attentive.... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Who would think you could eat an entire meal, enjoy the food, and eat so many things you had heard of before. Puffed beef tendon? Seasoned with dried vinegar, chives, and sea salt. A new one on us. Sorta like pork rinds but lighter. Like a cheeto. I guess you have to try it. Oyster mushrooms deep fried with a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to foreQ for 3 years now. The food tonight was so good. I literally couldn't stop. This is my second review. Because it really needed to be known to those review readers. That it is worth coming back. I think there is a new head chef. And oh god. I am craving this place again. The... More 

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Thank Kevido
Boston, Massachusetts
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133 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

Forequarter is a foodies delight. It is small and intimate, has great service and a farm to table ever changing menu that is a delight. We were pleased by the variety of the dishes offered . There were choices that would satisfy carnivores, omnivores and vegetarians. Portions are satisfying, but not overwhelming. The wine list deserves the rave reviews it... More 

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Thank MMG8401
Madison, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

I love everything about Forequarter. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is unique, and the drinks are outstanding. I try to make it here at least once a month. My girlfriend and I always save room for dessert!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 1/4 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-1533
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-609-4717

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?