The Coopers Tavern

20 W Mifflin St, Madison
(608) 256-1600

Recent Reviews


All was excellent! From service, beginning with our excellent server, Claire, to decor. While individual tested vary, it's undeniable that the owner and chef are aiming for an elevated standard! The dishes were high-quality versions of classic pub fare: Reuben sandwich with house brined sauerkraut, turkey club with thick slices of on-site roasted turkey, and fish and chips made with generous pieces of beer battered cod and the best fries I've had lately: thin, crispy, crunchy, matchstick style. We had the pretzel and the cheese curds for starters, and both were good, the pretzel more so, with a little bit unusual breading (not batter) on the curds. Shout-out to Claire, who was super helpful with recommendations, and happened to be from our neighboring town in another state, so it was a treat to talk with her!

Rich Keating

Wow, just wow. We went in and felt a bit uncomfortable with the close seating, our issue, not theirs, they were so accommodating. We ended up ordering to go. Fish and Chips, Ruben and cheese curds. So, so good, all the dressings and sauces were fantastic, along with everything. Thanks for the great food and understanding by the staff.

Jamey Fandrich

Great food! Large selection of tap beers. Reasonable prices. Had a Ruben was the best Rubin ive ever ate in my life.

Wannabe C.

Bad prices, meh food. Nothing special. Go anywhere else and you'd be happy. This place is bad to say the least

Kyle Goodman

Comfort food and expansive beer offerings. A cozy restaurant for a date or enjoying time with friends. If you have around 8 people, you may be lucky enough to get invited to The Snug. Won't spoil much about it, but you're going to have a great time in there.Get the pretzel, always get the pretzel.

Waylin Kor

This place is awesome. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, good food. Absolutely great experience and I will return.

Jason Knauff

Pleasantly surprised and pleased. Enjoyed cheese curds (of course), mac & cheese, Reuben, and Turkey sandwich. Really good beer selection, New Glarus - Lots O’Peaches was delicious. Service was courteous and prompt. Would visit again.

Sarah F.

Nice atmosphere and good food. Their poblano bisque, which was the weekly special soup, was awesome!

Lynn O.

Delicious meal! The turkey sandwich and broccoli cheese soup were a perfect lunch combination while people watching in Madison on a warm afternoon. It's been 5 days, and I'm STILL thinking about my sandwich!

Ben I.

Great beer selection and good food. If you're lucky you can get seated in the snug - a private room with a little window to the bar. They have a nice patio that looks onto the Capitol's lawn. Good for watching soccer too.

Allison L.

I have been here twice now and got fabulous food and drinks both times! They have great options for vegetarians. They're lunch rush gets super busy (made the mistake of coming around lunch both times) but they handle it well. Hope I make it back soon!!

Dean Olsen

Nice evening, seated outside. The fried fish was excellent, with just a thin coating of batter. Friend was equally pleased with the chicken. Pleasant night, reasonable prices, good service.


The food is good and location is awesome! But the service (at least our experience) was terrible. No water, no silverware, no ketchup. We had to ask numerous times, finally got up and got our own silverware. And the comment by the hostess was "you can't seat yourselves"...we already had our food at that point. Rarely came and checked to see about more water or beers (it was 98 degrees out too). Our food was brought out saying it was one thing but all of the burgers were mixed up.

Cas Waugh

Delicious cheese curds and house made ranch. Comfortable atmosphere with a wide variety of drinks

Ann Doerffel

Excellent food. Only draw back was my salad didn't contain all the advertised ingredients. Owner responded quickly to my email over my concerns. Definitely dine there - food and service were outstanding.

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