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1980 Atwood Ave, 207 Dorn Drive, Madison, WI 53704-5221
+1 608-204-7644
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:30
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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

but Alchemy has some of the best bar food in Madison! Their kitchen is small but kicks out some excellent sandwiches and apps. Great place for a casual dinner with a craft beer. My only complaint is I wish they had a few more beer taps.

Thank ZRanch608
Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I just love this small, cozy restaurant. The atmosphere is nice and the menu is very interesting. The bar sits up a couple of steps and some of the eating areas are on different levels which makes for nice seating space. My husband enjoys the Tinshack Smokehouse Burger w/Wisc muenster cheese and I really like the Bella... More 

Thank Julie B
Madison, Wisconsin
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88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Alchemy is a great neighborhood place that has elevated bar food to a new high. Very interesting combinations of flavors in the food. Food is excellent. Service was a little slow because there was a full house and only one server. Cocktails are good but small glasses filled to brim with ice made them watery quickly. Have a feeling most... More 

Thank Jane D
Madison, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alchemy is one of my favorites and it has proven to remain that way for the many years I've been there. The food is consistent and the staff is always friendly. The best dish on the menu has to be the BBQ Ribs with their homemade sauce. I've had ribs in many places and this is by far, the tastiest.... More 

Thank bflo_grl
Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is the sort of food, I think, that epitomizes Madison, WI. They take a dish essentially from ethnic roots, and make it western and modern. You can take two vegetarians there, maybe three. They accommodate dairy and nut allergies (but not the sort that requires a nut-free kitchen) as well. The ambiance is warm and sunny, the roof is... More 

Thank Nineran
Madison, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I always thought that Alchemy referred to a pseudo-science where ordinary metals were turned into gold so I found the name of this place rather odd. However, having been there several times now, I believe the name is rather apt. The cooks or chefs, whichever word you prefer, do indeed work magic in the kitchen. Situated on Atwood Avenue in... More 

Thank Madcitybrits
Rockford, Illinois
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This little place is nestled in an area of Madison with loads of small restaurants with decent food. "Alchemy" is no exception. Although somewhat dark inside with old-fashioned lighting, their food and ambience is terrific. I went there recently and had a huge sandwich with toasted sourdough bread and then stuffed with cheddar cheese, cuke slices, carrot slices, broccoli, red... More 

Thank Italiangrandpa
Aurora, Illinois
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242 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

This is where I stop when I'm traveling a long distance through WI. A great little bar with a small yet quality beer menu. The food is good and has options for vegetarians. The staff are fun.

Thank terrasea
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Try the flank steak. It is amazing! The atmosphere is a bit funky, but that adds to the charm. Highly recommended.

Thank bueyd
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for lunch on Madison's near east side check out Alchemy.It is in a nice old tavern with an elevated bar in the center. The lunch menu was interesting with some unusual choices such as roast butternut squash on a bun. There were many other interesting choices. Their hamburger was great. Our group was very pleased. I... More 

Thank pwertsch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1980 Atwood Ave, 207 Dorn Drive, Madison, WI 53704-5221
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-204-7644

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