Madison is ranked a top city for foodies, and there are endless opportunities for tasty meals around the UW-Madison campus and in the City of Madison. Below we list some dining options both on campus and close by in the downtown Madison area. For a comprehensive list on campus, see the Campus Food Map at sustainability.wisc.edu/campusfoodmap.
University Housing's à la carte marketplace-style dining facilities include made-to-order items, recipes made from scratch, and healthy options to meet your dining needs. There are many options to accommodate dietary restrictions including gluten, dairy, eggs, and vegetarian.
Coupons for free coffee at Gordon Avenue Market (Gordon Dining and Event Center), Four Lakes Market (Dejope Residence Hall), and Rheta’s Market (Chadbourne Residence Hall) can be obtained at the information table in the Discovery Building.
Gordon Avenue Market (Gordon Dining and Event Center)
770 West Dayton Street
Opened in 2012 in the Southeast neighborhood, Gordon has a large variety of food options from Tex Mex and burgers and fries, to home-style comfort food such as pulled pork and mashed potatoes, and a build-your-own stir-fry station. Be sure to stop by the Bean & Creamery to grab a dish of Babcock ice cream or your favorite coffee drink.
Four Lakes Market (DeJope Residence Hall)
640 Elm Drive
The largest dining facility in the Lakeshore neighborhood, Four Lakes in located in Dejope Residence Hall. It includes seven dining venues from made-to-order deli sandwiches to fresh sushi and noodle bowls. With beautiful patio seating, you’ll be able to eat and enjoy the view of Lake Mendota.
Carson's Market (Carson Gulley Center)
1515 Tripp Circle
Recently renovated and located in the Lakeshore neighborhood, Carson’s features sandwich and salad options, pizza, Tex-Mex, and Mediterranean specialties.
Liz's Market (Waters Residence Hall)
1200 Observatory Drive
Located in Waters Hall, Liz’s has a large variety of low-fat, vegan, and vegetarian food options. It also offers a large cold bar with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Rheta's Market (Chadbourne Residence Hall)
420 North Park Street
With a great central location in Chadbourne Hall, you’ll have eight feature venues to choose from for fresh American and international fare. New to this location is a build-your-own stir-fry venue which allows you to pick what you want and have it cooked on the spot for you.
1308 W. Dayton Street
Prairie Fire serves specialty coffee and bakery items in a multi-level space featuring a cozy fireplace and quiet balcony. Tapas are available in the evenings.
The scientific name for a badger burrow, the Sett is a three-level experience offering live music, dancing, bowling, billiards, rock climbing and is known as THE place to watch all of your favorite Badger sports. Best breakfast on campus! Pub Fare is served all day into the night. The Sett Recreation, lower level, houses a variety of recreational activities and additional food options.
The Daily Scoop
Ice cream from the campus' Babcock Hall Dairy is served by the dish and cone. Malts, sundaes and fresh-baked cookies are also available.
Large slices of New York-style thin crust pizza, calzones, and fresh made salads are available for dine-in or carry-out.
Freshly prepared hot and cold sandwiches feature local ingredients piled high on artisan bread and flatbreads toasted in our central oven. Hearty soups and sides round out your selections. We proudly feature breads from Madison’s own Batch Bakehouse.
A variety of stir-fries and dim sum can be combined in a Bento Bowl (our most popular offering) or you can build your own custom stir-fry at night and wash it down with a selection of authentic Asian beverages.
This convenience store offers sandwiches, snacks, groceries, and sundries, as well as Wisconsin Union and Badger apparel and souvenirs.
330 North Orchard Street
Aldo's Cafe offers fresh made sandwiches, salads, and bakery items featuring local, seasonal ingredients from area farms.
Steenbock's on Orchard
Steenbock's on Orchard offers a full-service menu of innovative entrees. Located in the southeast corner of the Town Center, this establishment includes a preservation kitchen with windows into the food preparation area. The menu emphasizes nutritious, sustainable and locally sourced foods.
1605 Linden Drive
A trip to UW–Madison wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store, the oldest university dairy plant in the United States. Best known for ice cream, Babcock also makes cheeses and locally produced milk. Visitors may view dairy plant observations via the second floor observation deck.
Library Mall Food Carts
731 State Street, near Lake Street and East Campus Mall
Located near State Street and the bottom of Bascom Hill, these food carts are a popular lunch stop and feature cuisine from around the world including falafel, pot stickers, empanadas, spring rolls and smoothies.
State Street and Off-Campus
This pedestrian street connects our campus to the state capital and is lined by restaurants where students go to grab a bite after class or on the weekends. You can find a comprehensive list of dining options in the downtown area at Madison's Central Business Improvement District website.
665 State Street
Roast Public House
558 State Street
State Street Brats
603 State Street
319 Frances Street