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Dotty Dumpling's Dowry

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
+1 608-259-0000
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I ordered the Grand Daddy and it was, in fact, an elder statesman of burgers. The Kobe beef and all the supporting characters, including the bun fit into one's mouth with ease. I could eat the Grand Daddy 5 times a week and not get tired of it. If you think of yourself as a seeker of truth regarding hamburgers,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After reading all the good reviews about Dotty's, I had to give it a try. While not the best hamburger I ever had it was very very good, top 5 no doubt. We had to wait about a 1/2 hr to get in but it was a Friday night and a Hockey game was about to get on the way.... More 

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Thank S M
Moscow, Russia
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Mind that the place gets crowded fast on weekends and on the days of events. They also have a one-hour limit on the days of events, which is a bit uncomfortable to think of, even when you didn't plan to stay longer... otherwise the place is great.

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Thank Gordey Y
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in town and I wanted to try something if the local fare. I looked up places and found this one ! My husband said he's heard of it but never been . The bar decor was acceptable but not as impressive as the burgers . Hubby got classic and I got the green n gold . The fries... More 

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Thank Amy A
McFarland, Wisconsin
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97 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate there on a Tuesday evening and it was crowded. Nice place, good atmosphere & good food. Only thing was the service which was so so, maybe because it was so busy. My chief complaint was that I asked for my burger with no pink, the server wrote it down, and when I said, "It's very pink", she said,... More 

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Thank Raffdura
Wisconsin
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Crowded on a UW Hockey Saturday evening. Surprised the seating area was so small. But, we got our seats pretty quick. Waitstaff very attentive. The burger itself was outstanding. Only problem was the bun. The burger is juicy so we had to eat it quickly otherwise the bun would get too soggy. Despite that, we'll be back.

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Thank icma45
Middleton, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love everything about this little family restaurant! Great burgers, great fries, great beer selection, and best of all great service!

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Thank janvief45
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're in Mad-town and in the mood for a burger, Dotty's is the place to go. Having lived in Madison from '73-14, one thing I know is where to go if you are up for a great burger and fries or rings. There is more on the menu but I've never experimented. The burgers are too good. The owner... More 

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Thank Mtnwitch
Q2418ITsarhr, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words! We drive to make sure the food is exactly how our fans remember from all previous locations! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dotty's is reliable place for a casual lunch, often a bit noisy but workable. Good burgers, good service, nice room.

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Thank jbsteinb16
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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Group of 6 of us attended this place. 5 of the 6 got food poisoning. When I called to report it and look for some kind of appeasement, I was called a liar. Then I was hung up on. Unless you're a college student who studies daily how to hate America, you do the math....

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Thank horseguy007
Q2418ITsarhr, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this review

I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience. We take food poisoning very seriously and I was never told of this call. We follow very strict food handling procedures and with the proper information, quite often we are able to track down specifically when you were here and what your bill was to help solve any issues you may... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Drinks, Dinner
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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
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
Description
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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