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Top 10 Madison Area Fish Fries

Fish FryMost true Wisconsinites love Friday Night Fish Fries!  We wanted to know where to find some of the best Madison area fish fries, so we set out to find out what people thought!  Here is the list that we compiled in no particular order...

Toby's Super Club

Toby's encompasses what a true supper club is all about.  The dinners not only consist of your entire, soup or salad, and bread, but you get fresh veggies with your bread, and they bring fresh cinnamon rolls for a sweet treat after your meal.  They feature both Blue Gill and Cod fish fries, that keep people coming back for more.  The bartenders and wait staff are very friendly, and even when it is crazy busy, they always seem to make you feel welcome.  The earlier you come the better, because this place fills up quick!

"Perfect hole in the wall with a huge amazing spread, worth the wait and plenty of bar space and strong drinks to kill the time!!" - Kathryn

3717 Dutch Mill Rd., Madison/McFarland 608-222-6913 Visit Their Website


The Avenue Bar

The Avenue Bar is a true Madison staple as far as restaurants are concerned.  They feature both fried cod and perch.  The place gets busy, so try to plan ahead with a reservation, but you still might wait a little bit.  They just went under new ownership the past year, and the place stayed pretty much intact, but a little bit more cleaned up.

1128 East Washington Ave., Madison 608-257-6877 Visit Their Website

Quivey's Grove Stable Grill

The Stable Grill features both beer battered and baked cod with potato, coleslaw and bread.  If you are really hungry, there is a choice to upgrade to all you can eat beer battered for $1.50 extra.  The atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the staff is very friendly.

"Baked cod and Parmesan potatoes are divine!" - Kathryn

6261 Nesbitt Rd., Madison 608-273-4900 Visit Their Website

Maple Tree

The Maple Tree's fish fry is sure to please people of all hunger levels.  They offer fried or baked cod and offer the option of 1,2 or 3 pieces, and also have lake perch.  All their specials come with soup and salad bar, potato or vegetable and fresh bread.

"They have lightly battered, deep fried cod or you can get it broiled... and blackened! So delicious!!!! Plus a salad bar, great choice of sides and wonderful staff" - Krista

6010 Highway 51, McFarland 608-838-5888 Visit Their Website

The Esquire Club

The Esquire received many rave reviews for their fish fry when we asked around.  They have been family owned and operated for 63 years!  The Esquire Club also is one of the first places to start the traditional "Friday Night Fish Fry."  They are best known for their Ocean Perch which is served family style, with French fries, coleslaw, and bread.

"All you can eat ocean perch! We never go anywhere else.  Family owned and operated for forever." - Kristen

"They have great ocean perch." -Mary

1025 N. Sherman Ave., Madison 608-249-0193 Visit Their Website



Brocach has a great all you can eat Fish and Chips fish fry featuring, harp battered haddock filet, lightly fried, and served with thick cut fries, curry slaw and tartar sauce.

The atmosphere of Brocach is very homey and truly feels like an Irish pub, which it should.  Brocach has lunch, dinner and late night menus including Irish specialties as well as daily lunch and dinner specials.

"Pan Fried Walleye is amazing, and practically melts in your mouth!  This is the best walleye I have had, and quite possibly the best fish dinner ever!" -Caitlin

7 W. Main St., Madison 608-255-2015 Visit Their Website


Alt n' Bach's

Alt n' Bach's is a great mom and pop family owned restaurant/bar that is just off the beltline at Todd Drive, but if you don't know about it, you might not have known it was even there.  Their Friday Fish Fry features all you can eat lightly battered cod or cod lite.  The restaurant is very family friendly, including a kids menu, very casual, and has a lot of seating.

2602 Whalen Lane, Madison 608-271-9955 Visit Their Website


Rex's Inn Keeper

Rex's Inn Keeper is another great example of a wonderful old supper club.  They have fried or bake cod, both of which are both very good.  Their salad bar is an additional charge, but worth it, especially once you see how big it is.  They accept reservations, but you will get normally get seated in a reasonable amount of time if you don't have them.  Keep in mind that the parking lot may look packed on a Friday, but they have a large banquet room in the back that can account for many of the cars you may see.

301 North Century Ave., Waunakee 608-849-5011 Visit Their Website

South Bay Lounge

South Bay Lounge may not be a place you think of for a great fish fry unless you have been there yourself.  They have a variety of fish options on Friday's including, Beer Battered Deep Fried Cod, Baked Cod, Beer Battered Blue Gill, Walleye, and Corn Bread Catfish.  All the fish dinners come with potato choice, coleslaw and roll.

"I love South Bay Lounge if you want a casual fish fry (awesome walleye)." - Julie 5404 Raywood Ave., Madison 608.222.6382 Visit Their Website


Fitzgerald's has an all you can eat fish fry buffet consisting of beer battered haddock, baked haddock, and seasoned haddock, along with many other items.  On Saturday's they have Prime Rib Buffet that will leave you full and talking about it for weeks to come.

3112 Parmenter St.,  Middleton 608.831.7107 Visit Their Website

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