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206 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2215
+1 608-268-0126
16:00 - 02:30
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Sun 16:00 - 02:00
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 02:00
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Madison, WI
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Since it is located directly across the street from Madison's Overture Center, the Icon is one of my favorite pre or post-theatre wine bars. Its chalorous atmosphere and expansive menu make it especially convivial for groups to gather and share a number of different tapas. My new favorite drink is Icon's Pink Lady, a potentially lethal concoction of X-rated fusion... More 

Thank Belladonna4travel
The Woodlands, Texas
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94 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

There were seven of us and we ate a lot and drank a lot. The drinks were good and prompt. We tried about ten different tapas and overall favorite for everyone was the bacon wrapped stuffed dates. I loved the white anchovies and the artichokes were great too.

Thank Cheesehead_In_Texas
Hong Kong
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

When I was suggested this place to celebrate my wife's birthday, I was very nervous since I had not heard of this place. Trusting in God, we went there with family and friends. I am so happy to say that it was not a wrong decision. The food is excellent if you are a Thai food lover. The whole fish... More 

Thank Ashish G
Madison, WI
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Before Estrellón, this was the only decent tapas place in town. They have a nice selection of both more traditional and new creative tapas. Overall they are tasty. I've never had something I didn't like, though there are a few items that were nothing to write home about, and others that were sublime. Its been a year since I've eaten... More 

Thank orchidbee
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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325 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Several reviews mentioned the word "overpriced" when describing this place but I found The Icon to be typical of a tapas restaurant. My wife and I liked the "movie-themed" atmosphere and that, even on a very busy night we could still carry on a conversation. We found the service to be attentive and prompt, they had a nice selection of... More 

Thank mywinetutor
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

My favorite restaurant in downtown Madison. We went there on a Saturday night to escape from the college students who where hitting the bar scene. We wanted "an adult place to hang out". We had five different tapas and my wife had a mojito and I had a gin martini. The food was great and the drinks were perfect. If... More 

Thank jjhawkeye
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Went there before a concert at the Overture First- you may have read online that you get discount if you have tickets from overture. BUT the discount only applies if you go AFTER the concert and not before it. Second, their bacon-wrapped dates are the best on the menu. Third: Avoid duck breasts as they are below average. We also... More 

Thank DAsianTraveller
Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

The food and drinks were tasty, but severely overpriced. I would have been just as happy at a cheaper place, and everything would have been just as yummy. An asparagus appetizer cost $5 and it was LITERALLY two stalks. To be fair, it is a tapas bar. You're really paying for the ambience, so if that's your thing, you'll enjoy... More 

Thank Leah K
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

I love the icon for late night fare in Madison. It's probably the highest class dining you can get late in the city. They have an extensive and creative martini menu and great prices on an assortment of sangrias. I enjoy when they have DJs as well. My only complaint is that the service is slow and a bit lacking.... More 

Thank Tay J
Madison, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

I've been to The Icon for late night drinks several times and am always happy with the drinks, service, value, atmosphere, etc. So, when we decided to go for dinner one evening, we were expecting it to be pretty great. I did appreciate the quick service and the prices ($3.95 tapas selections on Tuesday) but we weren't overly impressed with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:30
16:00 - 02:30
16:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 206 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2215
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-268-0126

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