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2902 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5195
+1 608-241-5291
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 15:00
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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After 20 plus years, I was in the area and decided to try Ella's again. The food was 'meh' and overpriced. The price of a sandwich appears, from a recent prior review, to have increased to $9.95. For me, it may be another 20 years.

Thank RobL_enjoys_dining
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This place is a step back in time. So many old fashioned toys hanging from the ceiling and on the walls. It's a great site to see. The ice cream is the best I've ever had. Only 3 stars because it is rather loud. Not a place to sit still...Still fun.

Thank Jenny E
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

When my sister lived in Madison this was always a stop on our trip! The food is phenomenal and the decor keeps children busy. The children loved the blue superman ice cream and the adults raved about their fried pickles.

Thank Jessica S
Clarkston, Michigan
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158 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We stopped here for a quick bite to eat on the way to the airport after seeing the 'Deli' sign on the building and not really knowing what was inside. This is definitely a place for kids as stuff is moving all around and I can only describe it as 'over stimulation'. The service was average and the turkey reuben... More 

Thank Shannon M
Dubuque, Iowa
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Kids and adults alike will enjoy the unique atmosphere of Ella's. The decore will bring out the kid in anyone and the food is great.

Thank gosthoff
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The kids loved this place with the carousel and tons of toy and active decor. As an adult though I can say it's loud and pretty pricey for the amount of food you get. My Reuben was lacking for meat but the flavor was good. The rest of my families sandwiches were ok. For a family of 4 with an... More 

Thank Legalgrl09
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We went in because the kids were taken by the look of the place. The place is very kid friendly, but not a place for anyone over 10. The older kids were not as fascinated with the place. The food was alright. Chicken fingers and fries were standard. Milkshakes were good. The sandwiches were fine, not a lot of meat,... More 

Thank Emiade
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were told this is a must when in Madison. It an icon serving great deli food. The atmosphere is different and amusing, but the service and food huge let down. The sandwiches which we ordered were standard deli type, corned beef and pastrami. We are still looking for the meat. At high price of $9.25 per sandwich with a... More 

Thank 2amigas
Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is perfect for young kids. There is so much too look at. Carnival rides at $1.50. The dessert menu is as big as the regular menu. Today we got the Big Red. Description of the drink: cool off with strawberry crush, with our mini strawberry cotton candy floss will send you to a strawberry fields moment. AKA a... More 

Thank Martin M
Madison, Wi
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Ella's is the place we usually make sure we take visitors when they come to Madison if they have not already been there. The food is very good and a reasonable value (not quite as good a value as, say, 15 years ago). However, the atmosphere/decor of the restaurant is absolutely incredible, for anyone that is young in heart. The... More 

Thank rdbadger

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
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

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