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708 1/4 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-1533
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff (including bartenders - not always the case as you know), romantic seating, and wow - the mushroom appetizer is simply out of this world. Nice craft drinks, beer & wine selection, and food that excels. Decent romantic vibe.

Thank Vincent P
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

You wouldn't find this place wandering Madison. A perfect neighborhood bistro with no sign on the door and some of the best food in the city. Deserves a much higher TA ranking. Everything on the menu is something you've never had before. Whitefish salad, beer risotto both amazing.

Thank LD501
Middleton, WI
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

My wife and I made a reservation at Forequarter for Valentine's Day - I was amazed they took reservations! We immediately fell in love with the cozy and romantic atmosphere and were not disappointed by all that followed. We were seated at a candlelit table by the front window. Our server was excellent! The dishes on the menu were all... More 

Thank Bobl50
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

With a group of 5, we were seated along the front window at a dimly lite and cozy table. The menu selections were each intriguing. We ordered and shared somewhere around 8 of the 15 or so options. Each was as good if not better than the last. Portions are small but the ingredients were so delicious and flavorful, sharing... More 

Thank rx411
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

My wife and i decided to try Forequarter on a recent Friday evening. We were downtown Madison at a wine tasting and headed to Forequarter around 8 PM after calling to reserve a table. This restaurant is in a neighborhood and relies on street parking...which was of no concern to us. We entered a lively, intimate restaurant....one which we can't... More 

Thank jdbgolf
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102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This place was recommended as being "so hip it has no sign." This is true. Finding it was a bit of a challenge as it's nestled in an obscure block of Johnson Street but finding it we did. I was allowed only to eat at the bar as I was alone but this was sufficient for me. As usual with... More 

Thank DMilo46
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We ordered 1 app, the ripped bread which was fanastic. 1 small plate, the beat tart and highly recommend. 1 medium plate, the heirloom bean plate, also delicious. Nice touch of goat cheese. I had heard great things, and wasn't disappointed. Also got lucky on an October evening to eat outside, which was lovely.

Thank Gerard P
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Not a fancy place, but the food was spectacular. Family friendly, yet quiet. Farm to table, fresh and tasty. Staff were attentive and willing to describe the menus offerings. The place is small but we observed a number of people drop in for a drink and appetizer after work.

Thank Linda M
Munich, Germany
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is a charming little place which needs a lot of organization and consistency as far as food is concerned.During my last visit I just could not eat what they produced.The restaurant really needs a boss.When you get in there around 6 pm there are 8-9 employees standing around doing very little except talking among themselves.Wait staff can very greatly... More 

Thank Analyst1946
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

That's what a friend once said about this great spot in one of the world's greatest cities. It may be true but as a proud Badger living in Brooklyn, I'd say that Brooklyn aspires to be as warm and wholesome as Madison! Food selection from appetizers to drinks to mains are all terrific and the service is friendly and attentive.... More 

Thank andybachman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 1/4 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-1533
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-609-4717

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