Dotty Dumplingís Dowry | Madison, Wisconsin
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Dotty Dumplingís Dowry
Good based on 8 ratings
Type: Bar

317 N Frances St
Madison, Wisconsin United States 53703 [ print map ]
608 259 0000

Hours: 11:00 am to 2:00am

Taps: 25 | Bottles: 40

Dotty Dumplingís Dowry

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8 reviews for Dotty Dumplingís Dowry
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  78%
 Selection  62%
 Food  78%
 Value  75%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  76%

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng  (152) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | August 6, 2013
Near campus. About 28 taps. Various local beers such as New Glarus, Capital, Oso and Lake Louie and also some junk such as Magic Hat and Blue Moon. Hamburger menu. Cool ambience.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
porlopp  (13) Minneapolis, Minnesota | December 9, 2011
This spot holds a place near and dear to me. As a child, I came to the original location often with my father, and it broke my heart to hear that it was torn down. Had I rated the original, I believe that the ambiance score would actually have been higher! Ditto to the service. Their food is still excellent though, and the beer selection is ok.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski  (93) Combined Locks, Wisconsin | November 1, 2011
Heart of the campus. Have been here a few times and nothing crazy. Local Capital and New Glarus brews plus a few others. A few common Belgians at times. Typical pub food.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
DietPepsican  (59) @ $13.99, Iowa | March 22, 2008| Updated August 4, 2015
I went here on a really slow friday night thanks to easter weekend. We got a sampler platter and a pair of burgers. Both were good, but the burger I had the night before was much better. Could have been an off night for me or the place since everyone loves them so much. Decent tap selection with one or two lines from lake louie, new glarus, captial, ale asylum, and other local favorites. Great service, but again, a slow night. Place was clean, random moose heads, a giant hand above the bar holding a volleyball, college sport team stuff up on the wall, lots of wood. You can probably get the picture. Nice place.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths  (1471) Boulder, Colorado | January 9, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
Fantastic place to eat, with some seriously good hamburgers. Iím sure you can find faults with some of them, but the ones we had did rival some of the best ever. The beer list is decent enough, but I think I ended up drinking Fat Squirrel and Capital Skal, which donít sound very exciting but gives you an idea of the things available that I havnít had before. Mind you, if a decent IPA were on tap I would have gone for that instead, but as it was, they had around 30 taps and only 2-3 were something new to me, but Iím a beer whore so Iím used to being in that situation. Well, we ordered the burger medium (at least) and I think it came our medium rare, because there might have been more pink that I could see while sitting at the dimly lit bar. I ended up with food poisoning later that night, and the undercooker burger seems the likely culprit, though I canít say that with 100% certainty, but it seems to be the only explanation. So, service was great, food was great, atmosphere was cosy and warm and dark, and the beer selection was decent enough to not disappoint a picky beer geek. Worth a visit if you want to eat something good with your beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
jewedekind  (37) Middleton , Wisconsin | January 26, 2007
Finally made it to this place. Dimly lit but very homey. Gets crowded but for good reason. The burgers are as good as advertised. The beer selection is pretty good - but Iím a big fan of Lake Louie Warped Speed and they had it. About as good as a burger joint can get...except it is in the heart of campus and access is tricky.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch  (255) Burlington, Vermont | January 11, 2007
This is a cool place. Very much a 50s sort of ambiance, with an eclectic smattering of memorabilia about -- breweriana, girlie posters, old 30s cheesecake cutouts, Big 10 stuff -- nice dark and red woods, low-ish ceilinged, intimate feel, and a lovely wide bar, with blues on the sound system the whole time we were there (late lunch, around Christmas). Great burgers, as mentioned, though certainly not the best Iíve had; quality midwestern tap selection highlighting New Glarus, Capital and Lake Louie. About 35 scotches and bourbons by the glass. Close to State Street, this certainly belongs on any extended tour of Mad Cityís beer sites.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
TheEnemy  (44) Chicago, | October 12, 2005| Updated November 27, 2005
Dottyís is more restaurant than bar. In fact it didnít even have a bar in its prior location (from which it was evicted by local government to make way for a hugely expensive cultural arts center that nobody wanted since there was already a perfectly vibrant cultural arts scene at the Civic Center, but I digress). It was just a serve-yourself-at-the-counter sit-down hamburger place that happened to have an unusually good tap lineup. After a 2-year absence they resurfaced 3 blocks away from the original spot. The new spread is a more conventional restaurant format with table service and a small full-service bar. The food is still excellent -- best hamburgers in the midwest. The tap selection is still pretty impressive for a hamburger joint but keep in mind that Dottyís is still a restaurant first and foremost and that the taps are a secondary feature. So you wonít find rare stuff here. But you will find standards like Guinness, Bass, Harp, Miller, etc. Youíll also find some German standbys like Hacker-Pshorr and Spaten lagers, and local faves from New Glarus, Capital, and occasionally a guest tap for Great Dane, something rarely found off of GDís own premises. This pubcrawl lunch stop would allow minimal interruption to your craftbeer-slurping activities.

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