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Nitty Gritty

$$ - $$$American, ,
223 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-4932
+1 608-251-2521
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Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (58 reviews)
“cheese curds” (11 reviews)
“onion rings” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
223 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-4932
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1 - 10 of 188 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went after the Madison game to try and get warm after standing in the snow during the game. Our server needs to learn to listen to their customers and not blame his lack of service on fellow staff members. We ordered numerous drinks that we...More

Thank bronandcasey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner at this establishment was the worst a dining experience could be. Drinks ordered with specific liquor did not come as ordered and had to be returned. A margarita served had a terrible, spoiled taste to it and had to be returned. Water served was...More

Thank SL262
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband’s birthday was yesterday and luckily we remembered the Nitty Gritty on Frances St for dinner. Food was really good and I got my usual (Cheese Quesadilla), which is prepared the best over all other Madison restaurants I’ve tried. My husband enjoyed his burger...More

Thank 53589WI-Traveler
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We were downtown Madison for tailgating before the Wisconsin game and since we didn't have tickets we went to the Nitty Gritty to eat. This place NEVER disappoints you. Food portions are big and I've yet to try anything that I didn't like. This time...More

Thank SharonSue7
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Been traveling to Madison for 35 years, first for business, now I travel there for a football game or two. The "Gritty" as my wife refers to it, is a regular stop for breakfast. It's more of a tradition to stop at the Nitty Gritty...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Like many people reviewing here, I was a Gritty patron back in the day when it was a bar, Marsh Shapiro ruled the roost, the burger baskets were cheap and the music was great. Today, it is known more as a birthday celebration spot, so...More

Thank Deborah K
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

If your looking for a place with a reasonable burger(get the one with a slice of salami on it) and a cold beer at a reasonable price, This is a good choice.

Thank arnoldp215
Reviewed September 3, 2018

We stopped in because it brings back many Madison memories -- then remembered that we were disappointed on our last visit, and the disappointment continues. Not very friendly host or servers -- and VERY SLOW service on a VERY SLOW day. Food is still bar...More

1  Thank j916802
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Has become a parody of itself over the past 30 years. The walls are covered by hundreds of B&W photos of nobody in particular, choice of booths around a large bar with neon signs or a dark room with low ceilings. Really looks like college...More

Thank TwinsFanInOz
Reviewed August 20, 2018

A trip to Madison wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Nitty Gritty. It's been around since 1968 and in it's day was known as a gathering place for anti war demonstrators. It's also had some pretty famous musicians play there over the years....More

Thank norskies
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 223 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-4932
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-251-2521
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