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Dotty Dumpling's Dowry

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317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
+1 608-259-0000
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Destin, Florida
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No matter when you go or what you order this restaurant has it . The Staff welcome you and take care of you from start to finish. Leen was awesome thank you.

Thank Daniel S
Great Neck, New York
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went at the recommendation of the front desk staff at our hotel, who are also students at the University. We had asked for a place with great burgers, and we were wowed. They were even better than anticipated, as great as the burgers we'd had in Waimea, the ranch area of the Big Island of Hawaii, which are our... More 

Thank SarahR358
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love atmosphere and the delicious burgers! The fries and drinks are definitely a bonus too! Always great service and enough food to leave you full.

Thank that1guy
Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like burgers they are mind blowing. I'm not so into burgers anymore. Probably ate too many in my lifetime. There are other options and in my experience truly tasty.

Thank billfeeny
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best burgers, chili in town! Great, fun relaxed atomosphere, reasonably priced and great drink / beer menu. It is our stop for all pregames.

Thank PMcBride3
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. Nice atmosphere , very friendly staff . The Burgers are very very good . I would highly recommend eating here.

Thank Chris G
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was told that there were two things I had to try when in Wisconsin: Spotted Cow beer and cheese curds. They were both excellent here at the Dowry. It's a small pub, but nice. I had the burger with basil and cheese (can't remember the name), and it was very good, too.

Thank JasWilliams
Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's always fun to revisit a hometown favorite. Dotty's has a well-deserved reputation for burgers, and last night proved no exception. Burgers were perfect, the English garlic sauce is to die for, and the buns don't overpower the sandwich. Karlee was a friendly and attentive server, but it was pretty clear everyone was having fun working there, which really enhances... More 

Thank Robyn
Rockford, Illinois
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194 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The burgers, which let's be honest is what you are coming here for, are hands down some of the best we have ever eaten. The rest of the food was pedestrian and they kind of cashed it on. The cheese curds were obviously frozen. The truffle fries were almost like a poor man's version of truffle fries - like the... More 

Thank tinleyparktraveler
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have eaten here several times (in addition to their previous locations in Madison). Every time the food has been top notch and the service excellent. They specialize in burgers and they have a wide selection of toppings. You can choose from menu selections or create your own. They also offer substitutions for ground beef so even... More 

Thank Charles S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 317 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1970
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-259-0000
Dotty Dumpling's Dowry is a Madison institution favored by the locals for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, Dotty's offers award winning hamburgers, Friday fish fry, homemade soups and chili, fresh salads and so much more! Cozy up in a booth or at the bar and pick from 24 Wisconsin craft beers on tap while enjoying some Blues or Motown music in the back round. Dotty's is a Madison tradition enjoyed by guests of all ages!

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