Madison is ranked as 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 are dining options both on campus and in the downtown Madison area.
University Housing offers six-convenient dining locations with an all-you-care-to-eat format (buffet style). This means diners will pay for their meal upon entry to the market. Nutrition information is provided for all offerings. There are many options to accommodate dietary and allergy needs, including vegan & vegetarian diets and food allergies. Please note all our Dining Markets are cashless. Accepted forms of payment include Wiscard, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. For a list of locations and day-of menus, please click here.
Carson’s Market (Carson Gulley Center)
1515 Tripp Circle
Carson’s is a smaller dining option in the Lakeshore Neighborhood located by Tripp, Adams, and Slichter Halls. It features hearth bakes custom pizza, made-to-order sandwiches and wraps, and Tex Mex and international cuisine.
Four Lakes Market (Dejope Residence Hall)
640 Elm Drive
Four Lakes is a large dining marketplace that serves the Lakeshore Neighborhood. Located in Dejope Residence Hall it also features the Bean & Creamery and the Flamingo Run convenience store. It includes nine venues from BBQ, mashed potatoes, and macaroni & cheese to international cuisine from all corners of the globe. With beautiful patio seating, you’ll be able to eat and enjoy the view of Lake Mendota.
Gordon Avenue Market (Gordon Dining and Event Center)
770 W Dayton Street
Gordon is a large dining marketplace that serves the Southeast neighborhood. With 12 different venues, Gordon has a large variety of food options from homestyle comfort food, to pizza, calzones, and breadsticks, to freshly grilled burgers, veggie burgers, and chicken sandwiches. It also features the Flamingo Run convenience store, to grab a quick snack or treat for the day, and The Southeast Café which features custom smoothies and acai bowls.
Liz’s Market (Waters Residence Hall)
1200 Observatory Drive
Liz’s is located in Waters Hall right on Observatory Drive, Liz’s specializes in serving food free of shellfish, tree-nuts, and peanuts. It features a large variety of low-fat, vegan, and vegetarian food options and also offers a large cold bar with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Lowell’s Market (The Lowell Center)
610 Langdon Street
Lowell is located within The Lowell Center right on Langdon Street. This market features four venues featuring fresh baked goods, muffins, bagels, and pastries, made-to-order deli sandwiches, wraps, and paninis, bountiful salad & soup bar, and homestyle made-from-scratch meals.
Rheta’s Market (Chadbourne Residence Hall)
420 N Park Street
Rheta’s is centrally located on campus and housed within Chadbourne & Barnard Halls. It features eight venues to choose from for fresh American & International fare and a build-your-own stir-fry venue which allows you to pick what you want and have it cooked on the spot for you.
Starbucks (Smith Hall)
35 N. Park St
Starbucks, located in Smith Hall, features all your favorite Starbucks drinks, coffee beverages, and teas. In addition it serves grab-and-go favorites like sandwiches, cookies, and other treats.
1308 W Dayton Street
Prairie Fire serves specialty coffee and bakery items in a multi-level space featuring a cozy fireplace and quiet balcony. Delicious tapas are also available in the evenings.
The scientific name for a badger burrow, the Sett serves a variety of pub fare. The Sett Recreation, in the lower level, houses multiple recreational activities, including bowling, billiards and indoor rock climbing, and additional food options.
The Daily Scoop
Ice cream from UW–Madison’s Babcock Hall Dairy is served by the dish and cone at the Daily Scoop and is considered an essential part of a UW–Madison visit. Malts, sundaes and fresh-baked cookies are also available. Follow the smell of warm cookies to this campus destination.
The South Cantina serves up Southwest-inspired fare using fresh ingredients. Create your own burritos, tacos and bowls.
At Ginger Root, a variety of stir-fries and dim sum can be combined in a bento bowl (the restaurant’s most popular offering), or you can build your own custom stir-fry at night and wash it down with a selection of beverages.
This convenience store offers sandwiches, snacks, groceries, and sundries, as well as Wisconsin Union and Badger apparel and souvenirs all at your one-stop Badger Market shop.
Harvest Grains features an assortment of delicious pasta dishes. The Wisconsin Union team works to incorporate local ingredients in its menu items
800 Langdon Street
With frequent live music and game watches, der Rathskeller is one of our community’s favorite places to gather and indulge in some delicious eats. Enjoy traditional pub fare from der Rath’s menu, which is guaranteed to please every palate.
What’s better than pizza and pasta? Strada, the Wisconsin Union’s take on an Italian bistro, offers wood-fired, made-to-order personal pizzas and mouthwatering pasta bowls. The menu includes many crowd favorites while also allowing for customization of your own dish with a wide assortment of fresh and seasonal toppings to please your palette. Strada includes a gluten-free pizza crust and vegan options.
The Daily Scoop
It’s no secret. Babcock Dairy ice cream is as delicious as it gets. Come on in to the Daily Scoop, and enjoy all of your favorite flavors. During the summer, take the sweets outside, and stay for the beautiful Terrace views!
Carte is a made-to-order salad and sandwich shop showcasing fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and salad greens from Central Wisconsin grown by aquaponics. Carte also offers a large selection of freshly crafted grab-and-go items for anyone looking to grab a healthy bite and refreshing beverages throughout a busy day.
Looking for a place to study, enjoy a bakery treat or sandwich, or just get a quick caffeine buzz? Peet’s Coffee in Memorial Union provides an escape in the heart of campus with inviting seating, large windows, and tons of delicious, customizable options to order, including vegan options.
Designed for convenience, Badger Market is located just inside the main first floor entrance of Memorial Union. Whether you’re in a hurry and need a quick bite or beverage or you’re looking for a way to keep a little piece of the Terrace with you, Badger Market can help. Here, you can find grab-and-go lunches, drinks, snacks, small grocery items, school supplies, and Terrace gear terracestore.union.wisc.edu.
As an extension of der Rathskeller, der Stiftskeller offers perfect snack accompaniments to your beverage of choice.
330 N 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
Our food carts are #1 according to MSN. 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.
*Many carts are cash only*
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.