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Dotty Dumpling's Dowry

$$ - $$$American, ,
317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
+1 608-259-0000
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cheese curds” (78 reviews)
“burger” (449 reviews)
“melting pot” (24 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
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1 - 10 of 670 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I got the Green & Gold-I believe it is called. Meat was very undercooked, despite the menu saying that the default was ‘Medium: some pink,’ and the waitress confirming as much. Very inedible. I didn’t complain because I’m not that person, but the waitress did...More

Thank janesmith12342018
Reviewed 3 days ago

During a college visit to UW we came upon this little gem. Upon walking in, we couldn't help but be impressed with all the cool Madison-specific antique pictures and articles on display. The food was incredible and the price was right. We'll go back for...More

Thank Lon F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here based upon reviews from this site. Bison burger was exceptionally good as was the service., Waitress was awesome.

Thank Greg P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for dinner on a snowy night. Service was excellent - wait was not even long enough to get our drinks from the bar! The food was VERY good! We ordered burgers and fries; the originality was refreshing. Would recommend for anyone near campus!

Thank DebbieRich45
Reviewed 9 April 2018

When we want burgers, we always head to Dotty Dumpling's Dowry. Every burger we've had there has been delicious, and the fries, cheese curds and poutine are also excellent. The kid's menu offers the typical burgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers, along with a choice...More

Thank MarcieJ
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences! We look forward to serving you again soon! 🍔👍🏻

Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

One of the best burgers I have had in a long time. Waitstaff were friendly and helpful. Try the Melting Pot, you can't go wrong.

Thank wiscogirl4
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Oh... yum! If you haven't been here, what are you waiting for? Dotty's has the best burgers in Madison! And the fries are amazing too. The place is close to the Kohl Center but it's tiny and fills up quickly. But it is definitely worth...More

Thank ZeusSNC
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you! Stop in any time! 👍🏻🍔

Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

This is where we go for burgers. Hands down, the best place in Madison for a burger and fries. Whenever family comes into town, we take them here. The meat tastes fresh, everything can be made to order, and I don't feel like I'm weighted...More

Thank Tristan E
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Love this! Thanks for being loyal fans, we look forward to seeing you all again soon! 🍔👍🏻

Reviewed 1 April 2018

The staff is great and the atmosphere is awesome with an eclectic collections decorating almost every corner. Their burgers are great and they hit the nail on the head with their cheese curds. Usually a wait on weekend nights, but worth it + you can...More

Thank MKThomson_Tours
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Appreciate the review! See you again soon!

Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

I have been here twice and it is a must stop for me when I am in Madison. The melting pot burger was world class, the cheese curds were fabulous and the truffle fries were amazing! Great beer selection and friendly midwestern service. A really...More

Thank Scott M
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you!! 🍔

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-259-0000
  • E-mail
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry is a Madison institution favored by the locals for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, Dotty's offers award winning hamburgers, Friday fish fry, homemade soups and chili, fresh salads and so much more! Cozy up in a booth or at the bar and pick from 24 Wisconsin craft beers on tap while enjoying some Blues or Motown music in the back round. Dotty's is a Madison tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages!
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