Drinks on a patio in Madison, Wisconsin

Summer in Madison, Wisconsin, means it’s time to take your dining al fresco. Nothing beats the combination of delicious food, cold beverages, great company, and the warm Wisconsin sunshine. If you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy this unique experience, you're in luck. Here are some of the best restaurants with patios in Madison, WI, each offering a delectable menu and a great ambiance for your summer dining escapades.

Graze

Inspired by local culture and seasonal ingredients, Graze is a popular choice for those seeking a true farm-to-table experience. From the patio, you can savor your meal while enjoying sweeping views of the Wisconsin State Capitol. Patio seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

1 S Pinckney St #104, Madison,…

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Table in a restaurant with wine glasses and dishes for two

Looking for a romantic restaurant in Madison, WI where you can wine and dine that special someone? Madison has tons of alluring eateries that offer unforgettable dining experiences, from elegant fine dining restaurants to casual eateries where you can cozy up over great food and drinks. If you’re planning a special night out for two, these are our picks for the best restaurants in Madison for a date night.


Tempest Oyster Bar

Seafood lovers can bond over fresh, sustainable oysters, scallops, lobsters and fish at Tempest Oyster Bar. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, the servers are knowledgeable and friendly, and the menu is constantly evolving based on the freshest seafood available. Start with some craft beers or cocktails from the bar and…

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Turkey dinner against a rustic background

Who says that you have to slave away in front of a hot oven just to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast? There are tons of restaurants in and around Madison that are serving divine dinners where you can indulge in turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles, and more. The best part is you don’t have to cook or do the dishes. Now that’s something to be thankful for! These are our picks for the best Thanksgiving dinners in Madison, Wisconsin this year.

Essen House

Madison’s oldest German beer house and banquet hall is once again offering up their famous Thanksgiving spread from 11am to 6pm on November 24th. The dinner costs $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids and includes roast turkey with traditional sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy yams,…

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Craft beers on a table with pretzels in a Madison, Wisconsin bar

Madison has a long history of beer brewing, and that tradition is very much alive and well today with numerous breweries producing award-winning craft beers. From hoppy IPAs to crisp pilsners, sours and refreshing fruit ales, you can find a wide array of brews to suit all tastes. If you’re craving a freshly brewed cold one, these are the best places in Madison, Wisconsin to find local craft beers.

Working Draft Beer Co.

Sample fresh craft beers straight from the source at Working Draft Beer Co. Sidle up to one of the communal tables made from solid maple planks that were once bowling lanes at a local bowling alley and sample tasty draft pours like the Pulp Culture hay IPA or the Dad Bod oatmeal stout. On any given night you might find a live…

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Halloween decorations on a doorstep in Madison, Wisconsin

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to celebrate all things spooky and supernatural. There are tons of exciting Halloween events taking place around Madison and Dane County this year, from ghost walks in historic neighborhoods to haunted hay rides, costume parties and much more. Whether you’re looking to amp up the fear factor or just have fun with some great festivities, these are the top Halloween events in Madison this year!

Schuster’s Haunted Forest

Venture into the haunted forest at Schuster’s Farm this October if you dare. This interactive experience features a menagerie of monsters and obstacles that you have to overcome to make it out on the other side. The farm also has a cornfield maze that you can explore during the day…

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Close up of eggs benedict at a brunch restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin

Brunch is a popular pastime in Madison, Wisconsin, and there are tons of great restaurants that meet the demand. Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, a sleek modern spot or a cozy diner, you’ll find tons of delectable dishes to choose from in Madison’s best brunch restaurants. These are some of our favorite spots in the city to enjoy eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, mimosas and more.

Bassett Street Brunch Club

Just like the name suggests, Bassett Street Brunch Club specializes in brunch dishes. You can opt for hearty dishes like the Italian style Eggs Benedicto or Mexican-inspired Pork Carnitas Hash, sweet dishes like the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, or healthy fare like the Granola with Yogurt. They also have tasty appetizers like loaded…

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People enjoying local food at a food truck in Wisconsin

What will you be doing this Labor Day? If you’re looking for some fun ways to get out of the house this long weekend, there are tons of exciting Dane County Labor Day events taking place for all ages. From movies under the stars to a food festival, concerts and more, these are some of the best Labor Day events in Madison and the surrounding communities.

Pet Friendly Outdoor Movie Night

Kick off Labor Day weekend by spending some quality time with your furry friends and other pet owners at Wisco Barbell Club’s outdoor movie event. Bring a blanket, picnic supplies and doggie treats and settle in for a special screening of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. The lawn opens at 7:30pm and the movie will start at 8pm.

When: September 2, 2022.…

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Canoeing on beautiful Lake Monona in the summer

There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day in Madison, Wisconsin than heading to one of our beautiful lakes. The cool water and breezes are absolutely divine and the views are even better. If you’re looking to beat the heat, these are some of the top things to do at Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Kegonsa and Lake Waubesa.

Go on a Boating Adventure

Madison’s lakes offer plenty of opportunities for boating, from sailing to kayaking, canoeing and speed boating. If you don’t have your own boat, Madison Boats has three locations where you can rent a variety of boats including pontoons, fishing boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards. Capitol Boats is the place to go for speed boat rentals and captained charters.

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August 1

Concerts on the Square

It’s the last of the Concerts on the Square for the season - and one you don’t want to miss. This installment plays to the tune of “Music of the New World” and features the singing of baritone, Jubilant Sykes. Blankets can be laid on the Capitol lawns from 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and you can learn more at wisconsinchamberorchestra.org.

 

August 1 to 5

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games

Want to see what “fit” really means? You’ll definitely want to check out this year’s CrossFit Games, held over five days at Alliant Energy Center. This year’s event features 50 percent more seating than last year, but you’ll still want to book soon. Get your ticket and full schedule information…

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July 3 to 4

Monona Community Festival

Get out to Winnequah Park for some family fun with the kids carnival at the Monona Community Festival  - or, have a blast on your own with all the food, music, and art you can take in over this two-day event. At the very least, you may want to make out for the fireworks on the 4th. Learn more about the events at mononafestival.com.

 

July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 26, 28, 31  

Madison Mallards Games

Baseball is just part of an American summer and you can catch plenty of action without spending a fortune when you head out to the Duckpond for a Mallards match. July holds a variety of daytime and evening games to match your schedule and tickets begin at just $8 for a single game. Get…

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