Tipsy Cow

Tipsy Cow

Bar and Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Madison, Madison
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    Charlotte G.
    "Great cheese curds,delicious burgers and of course spotted cow beer!"(10 Tips)
    Chelsea S.
    "Pitchers of Spotted Cow for just ten bucks!"(4 Tips)
    Nicole B.
    "The truffle fries are absolutely the best I've ever had."(6 Tips)
    Matthew T.
    "Awesome beer list and good outdoor patio/sidewalk."(7 Tips)
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  • Robert B.heart icon on user image
    Robert BratneyJuly 21, 2015
    We had a great lamb burger, Korean BBQ fries, and cheese curds. Cures had great flavor like the ones at the Old Fashioned, but were bigger like the ones at Graze. Dug that. Great craft beer selection.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 15, 2013
    Fantastic smashed burgers in a little, casual bar that can compete with the more well-known spots on Capital Square.
  • Matthew O.
    Matthew OrehekJune 17, 2012
    Eat outside on the corner for views of the Capitol and street happenings. Good tap selection. Get the cheese curds, fries and onion rings - fried goodness. The Tipsy Burger was great!
  • Amy R.heart icon on user image
    Amy RobertsonJuly 5, 2016
    The best Bart of the tipsy cow is the patio on a warm afternoon. The food is passable, but really it's a place for beer and friends
  • Sara S.heart icon on user image
    Sara SylvesterDecember 29, 2013
    Good alternative to the more crowded Capitol restaurants. Good cheese curds and I think their burger trumps the old fashioned its juicy and delicious
  • Greg T.
    Greg ThompsonOctober 7, 2012
    The White Truffle are simply the best fries of any kind in the city. The smoked trout sandwich and artichoke/egg burger are worth a couple of visits.
  • Peter G.
    Peter GaarderJuly 12, 2014
    The fish was excellent. The old fashions Devine and the ommegang Take the black stout an fantastic finish to the meal.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RathboneOctober 15, 2012
    All the food here is greasy as hell, but that's perfect for cheese curds! They're not as good as Graze or The Old Fashioned, but very serviceable.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PerryJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The food here is always great!! Huge focus on local food and great support of all the local beer in Madison too.
  • Doug R.heart icon on user image
    Doug ReznickFebruary 2, 2019
    Great! The burger was fantastic. The best I’ve had in a long time!
  • Charlotte G.heart icon on user image
    Charlotte GriersonAugust 1, 2019
    Great cheese curds,delicious burgers and of course spotted cow beer!
  • gail.heart icon on user image
    gail.October 27, 2015
    I liked these cheese curds better than The Old Fashioned's because they're a little spicy.
  • Peter M.heart icon on user image
    Peter MFebruary 20, 2015
    The cheese curds are amazing. Battered in Spotted Cow.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PerryApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent burgers and great beer menu. So many choices, get a few apps in half orders to try everything!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole Boyles OlsonJuly 27, 2013
    The truffle fries are absolutely the best I've ever had. Order them! You won't be disappointed!
  • Todd M.heart icon on user image
    Todd MerchantOctober 2, 2015
    Come on a Monday for cheap wings, fries, Spotted Cow pitchers and trivia!
  • Aj B.
    Aj BlanchetOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wisconsin pub food done right! A welcome addition to Madison casual dining. The server Brittany is great! Super fun and cute!
  • Corinne
    CorinneMay 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You must visit for Thursday night fish and/or fried avocado tacos!
  • Jason R.
    Jason RandallJanuary 29, 2015
    Great burger, really set the standard for the rest of my time in WI.
  • Kate M.
    Kate McKeyJune 4, 2013
    Fantastic food especially the fries! Try the buffalo fries or the sour cream fries
  • Rk S.heart icon on user image
    Rk SDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Burgers are a must. Truffle fries are decadent. Great beer selection.
  • B S.
    B SOctober 13, 2012
    Ask the bartender for the Needham cocktail with newbie rocks and enjoy! Soo good!!
  • Matthew T.heart icon on user image
    Matthew TaubMarch 17, 2015
    Awesome beer list and good outdoor patio/sidewalk.
  • Yoli Z.heart icon on user image
    Yoli ZMarch 3, 2016
    Little bit too crammed on a weekend morning (as most places by the capitol) but decent food
  • Mike G.
    Mike GantOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Chili! You will not be disappointed.
  • AL(a) N.
    AL(a) NduREApril 25, 2013
    Service here is great, Sit by the Bar, the Bartender Patrick is really nice... *****
  • Toby C.heart icon on user image
    Toby CarlsonJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best burgers in town and great beer selection
  • Brooke H.
    Brooke HessJune 26, 2014
    The truffle fries are absolutely amazing!
  • Paul D.
    Paul DeutschNovember 14, 2011
    Try the Wisconsin Bahn Mi. It might sound a little out there, but it really works!
  • Sean L.heart icon on user image
    Sean LawlerMay 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    WiFi password: lovethecow Make this your new office!
  • Laura H.
    Laura HoeferDecember 27, 2013
    Mikes Pickles + Cheeseburger + Buffalo Blue Cheese Fries !!!!
  • Matt P.heart icon on user image
    Matt PlockSeptember 3, 2017
    everything here is good, always packed!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SwiontekFebruary 26, 2012
    Great service. Great beer. Amazing fries. Good burgers.
  • Jennifer P.
    Jennifer PhillipsSeptember 9, 2011
    Bacon Cheese Guacamole burger is awesome. Get a side of onion rings also.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BrooksOctober 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place! Trivia night every Monday with half price wings and fries.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CabotMay 26, 2023
    Good place for beer
  • Michael
    MichaelOctober 27, 2013
    Best burger I've had in Madison...so far.
  • Renee L.
    Renee LiebeNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the beer battered French fries. Absolutely delicious.
  • Jen
    JenMay 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on Thursdays for the tacos, if you know what's good for you.
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca LinOctober 8, 2013
    1/2 price wings and fries on Mondays...do it!!
  • Mike E.heart icon on user image
    Mike EspositoSeptember 1, 2015
    The lamb burger was very good 🍴🍔😋
  • alice w.
    alice walkerAugust 25, 2012
    Ginger beer is a great mixer but watch out it's a 1.50 extra!
  • Dave P.heart icon on user image
    Dave PerryAugust 17, 2013
    "Everything is fucking delicious. Eat it." -Emeril Lagasse
  • Rk S.heart icon on user image
    Rk SNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Excellent beer selection. Hamburgers are some of the best in town.
  • Jodie B.
    Jodie BermanMarch 19, 2013
    Tomato soup topped with squeaky geese curds!
  • Willow M.
    Willow MacQuaidJuly 11, 2013
    Guacamole Bacon Burger + truffle fries. YUM.
  • Brad L.heart icon on user image
    Brad LeegeAugust 29, 2014
    Great Wisconsin pub and food.
  • They call me Portugal B.
    Come on tuesday - 2 burgers for $5. Avocado is $1 extra per burger .
  • Joanna M.heart icon on user image
    Joanna MerrillMarch 1, 2015
    I was excited to go here after reading reviews and recommendations, but it was wall to wall people and an hour and a half wait for a seat so we decided to go somewhere else.
  • Abby P.
    Abby PodracerFebruary 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the tap of the day (usually $4).
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