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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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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (281 reviews)
“cheese curds” (65 reviews)
“lamb burger” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
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1 - 10 of 620 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Went here because they were supposed to have the best cheese curds. They weren't. Looked like they buy them in bulk, not made fresh. Better off getting them from a food cart. Burgers great choices but if you opt for no bun your plate looks...More

Thank tripletoes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived for dinner on a Friday evening shortly before 6:00 PM. We were told the wait would be about 30 minutes, but it was much closer to 20. There were all kinds of parties in the room. Young couples, generations of family (3 at...More

Thank WCO6Girl
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for writing this wonderful review! You've really highlighted everything we are all about! We pride ourselves on the eclectic wall decor as well as the amazing burgers and beers we choose to serve to everyone. Thank you again for the kind...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a little skeptical from the outside but I can tell you it was worth the visit. I think I had the most delicious hamburger ever! The place was very busy on a Saturday and that was with the Badgers out of town. But...More

Thank robert k
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you stopped in and gave us a try! And you came on a busy day!! Thanks for the kind review. 😁

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

DDD is a long standing favorite in Madison. I would probably avoid on UW football game days and before hockey/basketball games.

Thank EHMadison
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you are a fan! You're right, we definitely get busy on game days. I'm glad you've found the right times you like to come visit. See you again soon I hope! 🍔

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went for lunch with my family while they were in town to visit. There was about a 20min wait to be seated but for the quality of the food and atmosphere this was a small price to pay. I had the pub burger. It...More

Thank Sam N
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Fresh, local food is how we like it and I'm glad you liked it, too! Come visit us again soon! 🍔

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dotty Dumplings does bar burgers really well. These are some of the best I have ever had, and the menu had enough variety to suit all bar burger tastes. Expect it to be very busy and crowded before Badger football, hockey, or basketball games.

Thank jscopper
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you and yes, we are a busy place before events! See you again soon I hope! 👍🏻

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dotty’s is a friendly establishment with wide selection of burgers. The permutations and combinations of toppings and sauces means there should be a burger to suit just about everyone’s taste and the bar is stocked with a wide array of very fine craft beers to...More

Thank angello8531
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We aim to please! I am so happy to hear you had a great visit. We definitely get busy before many UW events, but I appreciate the kind words on how fabulous the food and service both are and how it's worth the wait! I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere! Have been there several time for dinner and have never been disappointed. Have been there after a game ! great time!

Thank sjnelson125
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Love seeing great reviews from repeat guests. Thank you and I hope to see you again soon! 🍔

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While visiting Madison, we wanted a place with great burgers. Google (and many other review sites) pointed us to Dotty Dumpling's Dowry. The reviews were right on. This small, cozy pub-vibe restaurant doesn't disappoint. The menu is fairly simple - a vast array of creative...More

Thank Christine D
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! We aim to please and it's much appreciated to read great reviews like yours. We look forward to serving you again! 🍔

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place for great burgers and cheese curds. It's a small quiet pub with good service near downtown. The barbecue burger and honey mustard burgers are our favorites. Do yourself a favor and pop in for a Spotted Cow!

Thank Sarah W
Sarah R, General Manager at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! See you again soon! 🍔

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Restaurant Details

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    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Meals
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, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
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
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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