Mad Town Gastropub

Dane Country Regional Airport, 4000 International Ln, Madison
(608) 243-9614

Recent Reviews

Katie Shahwan

Server was not great. Fries terrible. I did not know it was possible to make such bad fries. Burger was decent.

Dan Koellen

For an airport restaurant the food and drink is very good. I have even visited after an incoming flight. My favorite is the Tomato Ball soup. Tomato soup with a rice ball in the soup and a bit of cheese. Add a warp speed Scottish ale and you have a wonderful combination.


I just had a wonderful beet salad dinner at Mad town gastro pub. Everything was very fresh and the dressing was perfect. The lady, Jennifer , who was the server was so engaging, helpful and service was excellent. Give it a try. You?ll like it

Biff Borowitz

Slow service. Food is one star. Heaven forbid you ask someone that works there for something if they aren't waiting on you. I fly weekly.....This is the worst restaurant of all that I have been in at any airport.

Jeff Prashaw

Way overpriced, service is terrible, and food is marginal at best. Eat before you come to the airport cause this place is as bad as it gets.

S J.

Had a ribeye steak. Very thin cut. Over cooked. Very strong taste of burnt meat. Side dish was deep fried carrot!!? Even worse, the carrot has no seasoning at all and lots of residue oil. The only thing that is a bit more edible on the plate was a 3 quarter ounce ball of hash brown. Had to spend another $10 for a Sam Adams to wash half of the plate down. Did not feel being ignored but Service was minimum. Do not recommend this place.

Linda K.

Skip this place! There were no prices on the menu and that should have been the first clue of how overpriced the food would be. I had the chicken club and it was decent but for $20 I would have assumed I would get more than potato chips but not without an additional charge. We shared over priced semi cold fried cheese curds. We thought we should have one more before we flew out of town but we should have skipped them. My friend had a salad with chicken- chicken that looked cooked yesterday. Our service was slow. We basically had to beg to pay our bill. They seemed to only have one portable card reader that the servers were trying to share in one of the only restaurants in the airport. I suggest you buy a bagel at the place across the way.

Jane M.

Prices are hideous, even for an airport eatery ($18 for a BLT). Service was even worse, snotty and had a negative attitude even about where we were sitting. We left before placing our order, and were told: "Good luck, prices are the same anywhere else"!

F L.

Very poor service. The male server, who might be the manager, working today was extremely inattentive. Unfortunately, if you want a sit-down place to eat, this is the only place in terminals 1-10 area.

Tenny D.

Airport eatery's aren't usually great but I was expecting better out of a Tony Miller restaurant. The Wisconsin burger was on the dry side, the chips on the side wasn't great. Upgrading to fries cost $4 more which we thought was a rip off. The Korean chicken even though it said was spicy was more on the sweater side. The wait staff was slow. We had to catch our flight and had to ask the waiter for our food to remind her of us. It felt like it was left in the kitchen for sometime when we got it. I won't waste my time here again. The drinks were over priced as well.

Adrian Swanson

$10+ for a 13oz pour is outrageous, even for an airport. Not even a full pint. Staff was nice.

Jon Augelli

Decent food, decent drinks. A little pricy.

Alice E.

Why didn't I read the reviews. We sat at bar and ordered immediately. Lots of empty seats so not very busy. After 20 minutes I inquired about our order of two burgers. I was informed that we had ordered 17 minutes ago and this is a restaurant with made to order food and not pre cooked. At the thirty minute mark which I was corrected once again that it was 25 minutes I asked again. When it finally arrived at 35 plus minutes the fries were cold($4 upcharge) And the meat was cooked to kingdom come. Two burgers and one ice tea for $50. Weird after taste from this prefab frozen patty that did in fact seem like it was precooked food. Yuck.

Mac M.

I totally underestimated this place. I had the wisco-burger and a Scotch Ale. The burger was great, it tasted as if came straight off of a charcoal bbq grill...delicious. The Scotch Ale was great too. This was my first time having it.

Rohan D.

You should avoid this place. I should have read the YELP reviews. I always read the YELP reviews. But I had luggage and, well, it doesn't matter I should have read the YELP reviews and listened to my Spidey Senses tingling. The menu has no prices. That's because to eat here you need about $50 per person, I am not exaggerating. I know what airport food costs, this place is expensive by airport food standards. This place is more expensive than Rick Bayless in O'Hare and at least that food is good. The waitress was lackadaisical but acceptable. I'm sure she's used to horrified patrons seeing their bills and stiffing on the tip. The burger was okay but so not worth the price. $4 upcharge for fries instead of potato chips. The evening I arrived in Palo Alto I ate in an upscale elegant hotel and my bill was about the same. Just don't even think about this place even if money means nothing to you, give the $50 to charity.

Christian C.

The 5 is based strictly on service. All I did was drink beer. Service was excellent!!! Beer was cold

Jason S.

Ansolute garbage. Food was horrible and epically over priced!!! For a Burger, Curds and Spotted Cow $45.33. Yes it's an airport but this place is awful. Server was nice and apologetic even but acknowledged that it was way overpriced for the food offered. Pay your check right away both me and guy next to me went through several mobile card readers before finding one that worked!!!

Mikaela Lelonek

This place was great! The bartender suggested an awesome beer to me when I told him what I like. The korean chicken sandwich is the best sandwich Iâ??ve had in my entire life!! The price was worth it for the delicious good and wonderful service. My bartender was very attentive and friendly. I wish more restaurant airports were like this

Shane Thoms

Had one of the rudest bartenders on 8/18 @ 3pm. Waitress was running slow, so asked him if he could cash me out. Quickly told me "No, I can't do that.". I asked if he could find the waitress and help me. He snapped back "which one?" She just emerged from the kitchen, but at the far end of the bar. I pointed her out, then he said "well, go down there then." I mentioned the poor customer service and he said "nothing I can do" which I replied that he could have walked to her and brought her to us. Sad.

Jordan Carey

Waitress was friendly and the food was of fine quality. However, the wait for the food was a bit on the longer side and the prices are simply unfathomable. Of course one expects to pay more in airports, but the prices here are more than I've ever paid in New York, London, or really anywhere else. The price of the drinks was not listed on drink menu, so when the bill came and I saw my bloody mary was $17, I about fell off my chair. Try to arrive at the airport after already have eaten.

Kenn Soendergaard

Really not all it's hyped up to be. Famous chef and all and understand their spots in town are GREAT - But charging 15USD for their famous cheese curds, which are basically fried cheese sticks, is outrageous. Salad was Ok - hence 3 stars. Will look at other options next time I'm there.

Bill W.

This place sure sucked today...walked out after waiting over 5 minutes when the waitress ambled by, tossed a menu on the table and said she'd be back with me...ahem...when she could. I had been watching her, she sure had a terrible attitude with other customers too. Service is usually slow here, but this took it to a whole new level. Too bad I can't give it ZERO stars

Flavia F.

I had a raspy voice. Jess made a tea honey and lemon concoction free of charge for me to get well! So sweet. Customer service done extremely well. Great Bloody Mary and thai veggie noodle bowl!

Billy Xiong

You're at an airport. Don't look for a cheap price. Not going to happen, so I'm not sure what some of these reviews are really looking for. Overall, great place! I'm here right now with 4 guys I met that are on the same delayed flight as I'm on. We're here enjoying our Prairie Burger, Ribeye and Chicken Club. It was one of the best meals I've had at an airport. Medium well burger. Awesome. Awesome awesome awesome.

Jennifer Kennedy

Food is extremely overpriced (even for an airport) and the food was mediocre, at best. I ordered the chicken Caesar salad at $18, which I wouldnâ??t have a problem with had the quality been even remotely in line with the price. It was the equivalent of a bag salad you would get at a grocery store, with the same level of low grade chicken you would get at a grab-n-go stand. Not to mention they give you a side of Kenâ??s salad dressing, rather than make the dressing in house. This salad was highlighted on their menu and was one of four items listed at â??favoritesâ? which is why I had higher expectations. This wasnâ??t even good for airport food, if that tells you anything.


Okay staff, he seemed annoyed that I didnâ??t need to see a menu. Iâ??d checked it out on my phone before coming in. I ordered the grilled cheese with no meat to go. The place is tight on space. The server did warm up to me and we had a nice convo as I was leaving. The atmosphere was okay. Food was nothing special. Friendly guests. Probably wouldnâ??t try again. No real problem, just didnâ??t do it for me.

SB Rome

Gal who waited on me was phenomenal. Ordered the Caesar salad, and it was pretty good. The best (only) food option in this airport.


Think that crying baby in the seat behind you on your flight was bad? This place is worse. Bad food. Bad service. High prices even for an airport. Unless you are very literally dying from hunger you should avoid this place. See for yourself if you have well over an hour before your plane boards.

Bobb S.

Recently, a publication rated Mad Town Gastropub as one of the best airport dining options. How? Why? Out of desperation, I stopped in twice before a flight and both times left disappointed. Yes, its an airport restaurant so I come in with low expectations. Beer is fine but their food leaves much to be desired. My last visit I ordered the potstickers. While fully cooked, the sheer oiliness of the food was a great indicator that either 1) they weren't cooked with hot enough oil or 2) the kitchen gets paid by the ounce when using oil. Service can be slow at time. Come from a drink...and run away quickly to another place for food.

Bob P.

Wowzer!!! That was absolutely the WORST service I've ever had!! I get I'm at the airport and most of the time, the older servers are busy, but typically, take good care of you. Today, I had to move seats because I didn't think they could see me. Then, one young server finally brought me a menu but the delivery was definitely that she was doing it as a favor. Then Andrea showed up. Not friendly, not loving her job, walking around with a scowl on her face and really not happy with life. She slid the food across the table as she was walking back. Not once did she come back and offer water, drinks or anything else. My suggestion girl.... quit today and find something you like!! Cause this just ain't it!! I think this was the first time I ever gave a 10% tip and in my opinion, that was 9% more than she deserved. I don't write these types of reviews very often, but, that experience was horrible!!

J R.

A $10 13 oz beer? You're kidding me?! Absolutely ridiculous even for an airport. Lucky they have a monopoly here or this place would be done.

Tony G.

It's a restaurant in the airport. Sat 15 before being greeted. Then another 5 before I walked out. 3 others followed. Horrible service!

Tim S.

Slow service at table and from kitchen due to understaffing. Order of potstickers was supposed to come with pickled vegetables, which I love with Asian cuisine. The plate arrived with a pile of mixed greens with soggy pickled red onion and that was it. Potstickers were undercooked as well. Underwhelmed.

Jane Friedman

Shockingly good Tonkatsu - spicy and rich - way better food than what you find in most airports

Jane Friedman

Shockingly good Tonkatsu - spicy and rich - way better food than what you find in most airports

Brandon K.

The service was ROUGH! Like so bad, I went to the bar to get my drinks filled twice. The food was ok and what you would expect from airport food. Still one of the better options in the airport.

Kris Koelbl

My wife and I got 2 of the best burgers we've had in a while. Quick service and friendly staff. Airport prices, but man that burger was perfect.

Kevin T

Waited 6 minutes just to get a menu. Don't recommend. Out of steak go figure. Airport used to have good places to eat all garbage now.

Kevin Kline

Got served raw chicken here. Got a polite "sorry" and it was taken off my check. Of course this was right before a long flight. Any other place the cook would have been fired on the spot.


Best food in the airport by a long shot! 5 stars! Give yourself atleast an hour though if you are going to sit down and enjoy it. Take it to go if you have 45mins or less! Service is friendly but does take a bit longer:) still always going to choose this place over any other!