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Ella's Deli

2902 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5195
+1 608-241-5291
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good39%
  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible6%
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“ice cream” (113 reviews)
“matzo ball soup” (10 reviews)
“chopped liver” (5 reviews)
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American, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2902 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5195
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This fun restaurant, with a historic, working carousel, greeted us when we first moved to the area, has been great for lunch or dinner with family or friends and even has been great for friendly (casual) business meetings. The old-fashioned animatronics include some updated characters....More

Thank foreverlearningTC
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

They got a lot of stuff for kids..Great service too. The food is ok though they have tons of options.

Thank julzmith
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Food is good, menu is extensive ...you pay extra for dinners-not much included very a la carte menu, nothing special about the place, very high priced, i believe your paying for the decor, Service is always good when me and my friends visit, its best...More

Thank Tom T
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The place is decorated inside and out, top to bottom, with animated figurines from today and decades past. Each table has a different diorama under glass. We each thought our sandwiches were good to great but we all thought the homemade soups were incredible. I...More

Thank ilovebruce
Reviewed 19 October 2017

If you are in the Madison, WI area stop by Ella's Deli and you will be so glad you did. It was a unique dining experience due to the wonderful atmosphere and the great food and wonderful service. We had just left the House on...More

Thank Gloria M
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Not only overpriced but not good tasting. Carousel outside was way overpriced as well. I would not recommend.

Thank IndigoIce8
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

I've been going to Ella's for 25 years. I have taken my grandchildren there and they love it! The characters moving about the ceiling and the collections under the table tops are always a hit. We always get motza ball soup. The menu has many...More

Thank Shellysudan
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Supposedly they have the best Midwestern Reuben for the last 55 years. So, I order the turkey version. Granted I probably should have tried their beef but anyway the turkey version had to fairly thin slices of turkey. I've never seen a kosher style Reuben...More

Thank 250mindyn
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The food is good here but the draw is the experience. There are dozens of "displays" suspended from the ceiling and walls that are kid magnets. There is so much to see that it may be tough to get the kids to finish the food....More

Thank David W
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Have visited this spot for many, many years. Understand it's for sale and current owners want out. Unfortunately, I believe their enthusiasm and dedicated care has slipped badly and it shows in several ways... . Many of the novel mechanical gadgets are not working.. battery...More

Thank J D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2902 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5195
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-241-5291
  • E-mail
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