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The Fountain

Bar, American, Pub
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122 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2596
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11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

My friends and I were pressed for time and as it was a Friday night, most of the restaurants around the capitol were packed and had wait times. The Fountain was the first place we passed that didn't look jam packed and while that concerned me at first, it would turn out that any doubts I had were unfounded. There... More 

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Colorado Springs
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110 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

We sat outside on the street patio enjoying the street musicians, so we didn't mind as much the interminable wait for service. The waiter was friendly enough, but I think there were only 2 guys running the entire place. This on a weekend with a home football game and an Ironman triathelon going on. The food was adequate but nothing... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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319 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

Stopped by the Fountain last night for dinner before a show. Almost turned around after walking in from State Street because you walk into a very narrow bar room with a few small tables -- not very inviting, but then we realized there was a bar with more restaurant space in the back. The Fountain sits on a triangular block... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015

My husband and I were walking from the Hampton Inn & Suites after stopping at a couple of their suggested places along the way. It was our Anniversary and so our ultimate goal was to get to a bar/restaurant along State Street and find an early place to dine, have drinks and possibly watch a bit of the Badger game... More 

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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169 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

My wife and I were in town for a couple of days and just happened to choose this restaurant for a light early evening fare. We did not know what to expect and this being a college town and in that general vicinity thought we could try it. Parking is a premium here and the street on the side is... More 

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Freeport, Illinois
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101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

Even after being raised in the Madison area, I'd never heard of The Fountain. Glad I finally found it; because they have one of the best burgers I'v ever had! Medium-rare perfection on a pretzel bun. You gotta go!

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Wisconsin
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

The Fountain made what was hands down the Best Burger I've ever had in Madison. Perfectly cooked, extremely flavorful, excellent bun. Topping it off, both the regular and sweet potato fries are also very good. I'll be honest, we stopped here after reading the good reviews on TA, and I was a little concerned at first. The restaurant set up... More 

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Thank RTAMidwest
Stillman Valley, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

I was a little apprehensive to go in, as we had our kids with us and there was someone playing the piano, I was afraid we were out of place. We were hungry so we said screw it, and we went in to eat. We are burger people, so that's what we got. Yum! The BBQ one....delish!! They have these... More 

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Thank Amber L
Madison, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

We will DEFINITELY be back...the food was great, the server was super friendly and attentive (but not annoying/let us sit and chat too) and the atmosphere of the dining area can't be beat...a definite gem in the Madison area that I would not have guessed from walking by it in the past... The burgers were huge and cooked perfectly! I... More 

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Thank Beth P
Madison, Wisconsin
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76 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

picking up where Cafe Montmartre left off, the Fountain is a gem of a nightclub! Late night food rocks very hard; bar staff (esp. Craig) attentive & cool: a winner!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, American, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 122 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2596
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison

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