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Nitty Gritty

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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223 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-4932
+1 608-251-2521
11:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:00
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Miami, Florida
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594 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an enjoyable dining experience with friends. Reasonable prices with friendly service in a fun atmosphere. Menu has a nice local touch to it with good beer and brat selections.

Thank DMBTraveler
Northern Wisconsin
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151 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with a friend, who is a freshman. She said they enjoy coming here because they have room to seat large groups easily and they have the best Malts!! We both had the Gritty Burger, which comes with sauce and cheese and you can add "stuff" for free. They offer many sides and upgraded sides. The burger was good... More 

Thank WisconsinChippy
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The food was very good and portions good size. The mixed drinks were well made. Friendly staff and fun atmosphere. We would go there again.

Thank familyfieldtrip
Fairfield, Connecticut
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Dad got a free beer, free mug and a birthday balloon for his 90th! Great place, excellent food and atmosphere. Perfect spot for lunch. Plus they put your name and age on the board for all to see!!!

Thank MKurtBenjamin
Middleton, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I visited the Nitty Gritty Middleton location on a Thursday afternoon. The hostess was also our waitress, she was friendly and efficient. The Gritty Burger was very good served on a wonderful whole wheat bun. For a side I ordered the deep fried cheese curds. They were average and like all deep fried cheese curds get chewy as they cool... More 

Thank sandiegogirl2
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Good place for beer and cheese curds prior to a game at the Kohl Center. They have a good beer selection and you can't go wrong with a burger here.

Thank Chris D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Been here multiple times. Has always been good. Nice atmosphere. Good, large, gluten free menu. Burger selection is great, multiple bun options as well. Prices are not out of line for a campus bar.

Thank Ron S
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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170 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We stopped here before a Badgers football game without knowing anything about the bar. Despite how busy the area was before a football game, we were seated immediately and had good service. They have a very good selection of local and non-local beers. The highlight of the stop for me was the Wisconsinite burger, which had slices of summer sausage... More 

Thank Josh R
River Falls
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Great burgers cheese curds and onion rings. Cheap drinks and drink free on your birthday. Usually very busy and loud but worth it for the food.

Thank Tlflight
alachua, United States
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We took our niece to lunch here after picking her up from working at the university book store. The food was very good as well as the service. She had the big nitty gritty burger and could only eat a quarter of it. The rest went in a doggie bag to her dorm room. We had one of the Best... More 

Thank Ralph V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?