Brasserie V

Brasserie VBrasserie V
Brasserie VBrasserie V
Bar, Eatery

1923 Monroe St
Madison, Wisconsin, 53711-2026
United States

(608) 255-8500 | map

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 69
Photo of YonderBrew
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Had meal on business trip on 5/7. I was considering a few different beers to accompany with my dinner and mentioned to bartender. He made a selection and explained reason for decision. I think he was right on with recommendation. ... Bartender was awesome making recommendations to others at bar based on conversations with other patrons. ... Saw some bottled imports I haven't seen before. ... Definitely would return if in Madison.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This place is great. The beer is very good, of course. It's a nice mix of Belgians, Wisconsin beers, and beers from the Midwest, Oregon, Colorado, etc. Even Tennessee.

The food was as good as the beer, which often is not the case. The cheese plate selections were exceptional. The service was friendly and fairly efficient.

The vibe is friendly restaurant. It's not a raucous party bar. You can actually talk to your companion ... just think of that!!

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Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited Great Taste Eve 2015. Prennial tap takeover, but I was solo and able to find a seat at the bar. Besides the fantastic Perennial list the overall selection was incredible, as was the food. Service at the bar was spot on. I hope to be able to go back here everytime I visit Madison. I made it to a lot of places GT Eve and this place stood out as the best.

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Photo of zeff80
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This place is kinda small. It can certainly get crowded. Some bright colors and closely confined tables. Good service that knows their beer. Great list, too. Lots of local taps. The food is really good.

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Photo of equinox1
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

The most amazing selection of Belgians I have seen anywhere. Superb selection of bottles also. Since the addition was finished adding double the space for both bar and dining has made this both me and my wife's date night of choice. The frites and tomato basil soup are superb. My favorite time here is a Saturday for lunch and then walking 2 doors down to the wine and hop shop and getting all my ingredients for my next homebrew.

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Photo of TPatuto
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I hadn't been back here since their renovation. They are regularly packed at lunch and dinner, especially during the weekend. The additional space has certainly helped spread people out. Helpful if you like a little more elbow room. If you catch them at their non-peak hours, it's ideal.

The increased tap and bottle lists are great. Plenty for everyone. The focus has always been European. But they do have some nice local and regional craft selections. The pricing on certain things can be higher, but I don't think it's all that far off from other places like this elsewhere.

I've always liked the food. Menu changes with the season's available greens and veggies and much if not all of their choices are locally driven. Try their frites. My wife and I make a point to get these every time.

At times the service can be slow as a result of the restaurant being packed with people. Sometimes the kitchen can't quite keep up. Apps are always fast to the table though, so get one, have a beer, and relax. The staff tends to know it's stuff, and they are pretty good at suggestions of things to try. Also, if you would like to try something, just ask. They will give you a small sample.

Pricing is in between. Sometimes you'll find beers at real good prices, others can be quite pricey. The food has always been worth the price and the wait.

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Photo of slyke
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Took a spring break trip to Madison, Wisconsin and went to Brasserie V on our last night. BA daisybleu and I arrived about 4:00pm expecting to have a beer or two, then move on, but as we sat at the bar we decided to stay long enough to have dinner.

Soft lighting and jazz set the mood for the place. The taps had a strong bias toward Belgium. The bartender was happy to offer samples of a beer if you weren't sure and also kept an eye on the street, which saved another patron from being towed. At 5:00pm, they brought out and opened a firkin of Thornbridge Kipling. I honestly hadn't heard of either the brewery, but I love real ale.

Each of the beers I had (St. Bernardus Prior 8, Maredsous 6 Blonde, and Thornbridge Kipling) were served in proper glassware and at proper temperature. The food was also very good offering a short, but varied menu with lots of things that looked good to this foodie from frites to steak - I had a corque monsieur that was terrific.

Brasserie V is not the place to watch a game and eat piles of generic pub food. It is a place to quaff a well-made and presented beer and perhaps enjoy Belgian-style pub food or fancy fare. If that appeals to you, as it does to me, go to this place!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A: long thin bar with good warm feeling, a few seats at the front window looking out onto Monroe with bar and table seating also, nothing incredibly unusual for atmosphere
Q: beer was served in the appropriate brewery glasses and of the several sampled the quality was good
S: fast and friendly, I initially ordered a Duvel but did not specify the Duvel singel on tap, I was brought a bottle but the server cheerfully took it back and got me the tap even though I should have specified that I wanted the tap
S: good selection, taps included St. Bern Abt, Duvel, Kolsch Petrus Aged Pale, St. Bern Wit and several others, bottled selection was extensive with a great mix but nothing incredibly unusual, just a lot of depth
F: grilled portobello sandwich for $8.50 with a side chickpea salad serving that was approximately two tablespoons in size (really?), my friend had the grilled ham and cheese for $9.00 with pub chips, food was good but nothing outstanding
V: Petrus aged pale tap = $7.50
Duvel Singel tap = $7, Reissdorf Kolsch tap = $6 and St. Bernardus Wit tap = $6

value for food was ok but nothing special, value for taps was average however some bottles 3F Schaarbeekse for $45/750ml was decent considering in stores it's going for $36, probably didn't want the typical markup because it would just sit

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I took a quick trip to Madison for the day, so I did a little research via Beer Fly and also used other resources (such as Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor). Brasserie V was my second stop of the day, and my fifth (I had to return later in the evening).

Emily and I arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon, kind of in that in between lunch and dinner phase, so there wasn't much food wise available, but we did order a really nice cheese board with some quality local and non-local cheeses. The crackers and bread that was served with the cheese was nice, and the presentation was excellent.

The tap list is very impressive. Petrus Aged Pale, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cease and Desist are among a few of the 14 beers they had to offer. The bottle selection is even better. A few rare bottles can be found, as the list mostly focuses on Belgian and European beers...fine by me. Our bartender (Jon) was knowledgeable, and helpful. All beers were served with proper glassware and in most cases, the glassware provided by the brewery (awesome!).

Jon even told us about a few other places in the Madison area that have great beer selections, which we did check out, but ended up heading back to Brasserie V for dinner, which was well worth it. Emily had the Pheasant, which was awesome, and I had the Steak Frites, which were fantastic as well. Upon returning for our dinner, we found a completely different scene than when we were hanging out in a relaxed cafe-like atmosphere earlier in the day. The dining room was lively, full of excitement, and people enjoying them selves.

Well staffed, great selection, great atmosphere, awesome place. Make it a point to stop by Brasserie V.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Was in Madison for the Great Taste of the Midwest and heard rumors that Fou Foune was being tapped here so we headed over as fast as possible. To our luck we got there in time to have a glass before it tapped out.
Overall I was very impressed with the place. Great atmosphere, the place was packed we had to stand at the bar because there were absolutely no seats available. The bartender was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tap list was really solid with a lot of quality Belgium beers. We were there for the Fou Foune so we didn’t even have a chance to look at the menu to see what the place had to offer.
Overall I liked the bar and will gladly return the next time I’m in Madison.

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Photo of crossovert
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is right near my buddies house and wow does he have a great albeit pricey place right down the street.

I was in Brussels a few weeks ago and this really reminds me of a Belgian bar. The bartender, who was actually super young looking and probably just over 21 was enjoying a beer as he worked. That is the way it should be.

Most of what you will find here is rare Belgian beers. I first tried to order a Fou Foune but they were out. I noticed a lot of rarities in the bottle menu and they were also pretty damn expensive. They had a nice cheese list which I should have tested but didn't.

The service, selection, and atmosphere here are hard to beat, this might be the best place in Madison I can reccomend.

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Photo of anell213
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: Pretty neat place, but it's not big and is always packed (which I guess is a sign of a good place). But makes for crowded atmosphere.

Quality/Selection: IMO, the best tap/bottle import menu in Madison, maybe Wisconsin.

Service: Hit or miss. While the bartenders are knowledgeable, it's always so busy that you get the sense that you're rushed whenever you ask questions/want a recommendation.

Food: Didn't try, but have heard good things

Value: Quite pricey, but then again the quality is high and you can't get some of their beers anywhere else.

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Photo of adman08
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Brasserie V has maybe the best selection of beers in Madison. The taps change regularly and there is a huge selection of bottles. The last time I was there I had St.Bernardus 12 on tap, need I say more? Though I've never tried the food I've checked out the menu and it sounds excellent. It's more European/Belgian based, things like mussels and frites but they also have burgers. As you can imagine the beers they offer are very high end and therefore command a high price but well worth it. The staff is very friendly and they typically have tried most of the beers so they can help with recommendations.

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Photo of richkrull
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped in here with my buddy after hitting up the homebrew shop a couple doors down and I'm incredibly happy that we did.

This is a very cool small bar and restaurant. After sitting at the bar, we were a bit taken aback by all of the taps and bottles on the shelves that we have never even heard of. We talked to a couple of the bartenders and learned that their tap selection changes every week. They are constantly bringing in new beers. Knowing this, I was impressed that they had branded glassware to match nearly every beer they had on tap. I tried the Piraat which was very good.

Their bottle selection was also very extensive. We split a bottle of Jewbelation 14 based on the bartenders recommendation and it was great! All of the bartenders and waitresses were very friendly and knowledgeable about all of the beers. We tried some fries as well and they were very good.

I'll definitely be returning here in the near future.

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Photo of manabozo3
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is amazing. We went for dinner after GTMW. The restaurant was crowded however we were able to find room at the bar after 10 min. Meanwhile in that 10 min, we got to the beer. This place had a Shelton Bros. special going that featured Nogone, Mikkeller, Aphrodyte and Peche, and various others. All served in its proper glassware. During dinner we were looking into the bottle menu and this place had 30+ belgian styled/influanced beers lined up. Also they have beers in cellar so if you don't see it ask, they might have it. All in all its a great place to eat. I'll be back for sure!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here with a friend of mine following my interview with Epic. From what I'm told, this is what a Belgian beer bar is supposed to be like, with a kind of cellar-like atmosphere, rather quiet with low-ish lighting and a focus on the Belgian brews. We split a bottle of Mikkeller Black Tie, which was served to us in Buffalo tulips. Good times. We ordered some burgers and a side of fries (complete with two aioli servings), all of which was very tasty. Our waitress was more than attentive, describing some of the beers on-tap and all of the menu entries we inquired into. She was very cheery, pretty quick, and extremely helpful. There may not be many taps, but the beer flowing from them is quality stuff (though I can't now remember specifics). My only issue with the selection was the comparative lack of American offerings, but this is to be expected from a Belgian-focused place. Overall, a very nice little spot to enjoy a pint and a bite. (My buddy, living in Madison for a few months now, had never heard of this place, but now plans on bringing his girlfriend here the next time she's in town...among other future visits. We have a convert, people.)

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Photo of Czap
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said? My wife and I recently spent the weekend in Madison and I had quite a list of places I wanted to try, all of which were located in the downtown area. Once my wife told me she wanted to stop at Trader Joe's on the way home, I did some research on any establishments worth visiting in the area.

We could not have been happier. As far as food, all we had were the frites, and they were delicious! I did scan the menu and it looked great. Their Belgium and Trippel selection was wonderful and the quality of all their beer was fantastic.

Service was a little lackluster. It was a little after lunch and the girl who served us, while she was very sweet and polite, wasn't very attentive. I had to wait about 5 minutes until I could get her attention to order a second beer. I understand that if it's busy, but it was not. I ordered a Kwak, however, and she poured it quite nicely, so bonus points there.

All in all, great experience, this is a must visit for us every time we visit Madison from here on out.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

In my opinion: one of the best restaurant/bars in Madison. Everyone I've brought here has loved it and can't wait to return.

The restaurant specializes primarily in sandwiches and moules et frites; the sandwiches are delicious (try the V Burger or its big brother, the V Burger II) and the frites and pub chips are housemade and delicious (The mussels aren't bad either but the other stuff blows them away).

At the bar they have 14 taps dedicated to the rotating selection of beers they offer. They also have about 100 or so different types of bottled beer so you'll have plenty of choices. The free tap samples help and if you'd like to know more about a bottled beer the staff are more than knowledgeable enough to help you select one. Brasserie V also has a decent wine selection but, to be honest, I always drink beer there.

Try it for lunch and on Tuesday it's 2 bucks off bottles.

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Photo of SurlyBadger
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A small neighborhood restaurant/bistro on the near west side of Madison with a incredible selection of beers, particularly Belgians. Located in a narrow store front on Monroe Street and decorated in plenty of wood and earth tones, it exudes "great neighborhood hangout".

Roughly a dozen brews on tap with a heavy emphasis on Belgians and Belgian style beers. Taps rotate every month with a few classic stalwarts like St. Bernardus and Triple Karmeliet. The bottle list is particularly amazing; page upon page of simply wonderful beers. Tuesday is also bottle night, so $2 off all bottles. As other reviewers have mentioned, all beers are served in the correct glassware which to me is another great reason to try the offerings some different breweries.

Brasserie V's food is also great. A wonderful selection of sandwiches, salads, entrees with a Belgian/Northern France feel. As you might expect, great frites.

Service has always been quick, efficient and knowledgeable about both the beer list and food.

Prices are pretty fair considering the quality of beer and food but definitely not the kind of place you go to throw back five beers (the high ABV probably helps that too).

My only complaint is that isn't closer to my house...

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located in an unassuming storefront, Brasserie V offers a wide selection of Belgian and craft beers matched with quality food. The restaurant itself is small and decorated quite simply with lots of wood and earthy colors. There is a bar to the left and some tables along the right side wall and near the back. For being as small and as busy as they the tables are not crowded together.

There are about 12 or so beers on draft, most of them being Belgians (or in the Belgian style) and the remainder being craft brews. Recent offerings included Ommegang, Corsendonk, NG Hop Hearty, and Tyranena Blackhawk. The bottle selections were so numerous I have to wonder how they could possible keep so many beers in such a small space. I pulled down a NG, while the wife enjoyed a wittekerke, both of which were served in the appropriate glassware. Beer prices were fair, with most of the Belgian draft beers being around $7.

Brasserie V offered a decent wine selection as well, though (thankfully) beer was clearly the focus.

Brasserie V's food turned out to be better than expected. It has a bit of a Belgian or Northern French influence, but is really more contemporary American than Belgian, with a nod to seasonal and local ingredients. Moules-frites and steak-frites are the main attractions, but it seems as the rest of menu changes weekly. I must say the food was pretty damn good. Started off with a goat cheese appetizer, followed by a mixed greens salad, and then a steak sandwich, all of which were freshly prepared. The frites came out hot and with a slight crispness. My steak was cooked correctly and coated with blue cheese, while the salad included some surprisingly aggressive greens in it. My wife had fried walleye, that was incredibly light, not at all greasy, and served with an oddly pleasant, vinegary cranberry slaw.

Service was both friendly and attentive. While the restaurant filed up early, our server was neither pushy nor sought to rush us. With all the beer choices, I didn't press her knowledge on the subject, but she was helpful enough.

Prices were on the higher end, but I would say the food and beer is on the higher end as well. Portions are not sizable, but clearly the focus here is on quality, not quantity.

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Photo of brewercraig
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I had read reviews of Brasserie V before going, however I still was surpised. First of all it really is a small place, and very non-descript from the outside. In fact I drove right past it the first time, as I was expecting something bigger. Once we finally found the place and got inside, it was obvious how popular the place is, with all the tables full and an estimated hour wait.

The wait allowed time to select a beer and enjoy it along with converasation in the 'waiting' area. With over 10 Belgian beers on tap and many more in bottles, it wasn't the easiest of tasks. It was great to see Saison Dupont on tap.

The dinner selection was almost as daunting as the beer selection. Belgian inspired, it included frites and mussels. However it didn't stop there; there were also steaks, duck, lamb and seafood, all of which sounded wonderful.

There were three of us in our party and we all enjoyed our various entrees. The chef did come out to our table to appologize for the delay, which we hadn't even noticed. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We weren't rushed, in fact we did stay a while after finishing our dinner and enjoyed the opportunity to relax and talk.

All in all, it was a very nice experience with food and beer to match.

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Photo of groovy24
4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Being a Belgian beer fan this place really hit home for me now only if it was in my back yard would I be in trouble. The old Atlas is a bit narrow but I've never had any trouble getting a beer and finding a place to stand but it would be nice if it was a bit larger with some additional seating.

The quality of the beer is great and the food is just as good. How can you go wrong with a St. Bernardus and a side of frites.

The service is not too bad usually only one bartender but with such a small bar it usually too bad unless the crowd is quite large.

The slection is very nice and seems to be changing quite often to show quality products are being served.

The food at the V is great if you like mussles you'll love the V and they also have a great sandwhich slection and don't forget the cheese tray to have with your beer.

Overall the V is a great place for a good price, have a couple of beers and some frites and call it a night.

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Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Brasserie V for lunch on 11/28/2008.

Upon entering, this place really sets the scene for a quaint little Belgian/French experience. The room is narrow and deep, with the bar along the laft wall and most of the seating in booths down the right hand. There is also some seating in the front window and in the middle of the room at small square tables.

The food menu (lunch) was excellent and fairly priced. Most meals were in the $7 - $9 range. I had a fantastic applewood smoked ham and gruyere cheese sandwich with a pureed beet and root vegetable soup for just $7.75. It was excellent. My wife and I also split a cone of frites and they were freaking delicious. The guy at the next table ordered the mussels and I was kicking myself for not doing the same as they looked and smelled perfect.

The beer list was moderate in size but of excellent quality. There are 14 taps and they were filled with Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, 2-3 local brewery offerings, Ayinger Hefewizen, Delirium Nocturnum, as well as offerings from Lindeman's, St. Bernardus, etc. The bottle selection was larger and of exquisite quality. They even had a few Cantillon's!

All in all, I would sacrifice a limb to have this place move down the street from my house. I consider it a must see place for anyone traveling to Madison.

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Photo of jenitivecase
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by at the end of a weekend in Madison.

13 taps. Superb beer list - the standard Belgians (Duchesse, St. Bernardus 12 & Tripel, Gulden Draak, etc.) plus some non-Belgians (Sierra Nevada Wet Hop, New Glarus Belgian Red, etc.). Also, a great bottle list with some hard-to-come-by beers (e.g. Fantome).

Service was knowledgeable and friendly, and the cheese plate we ordered was great in terms of cheeses and accoutrements. The beers we ordered were very reasonably priced, especially given their rarity and the serving sizes. Plus, the glassware was, for the most part, the breweries' custom glassware for the brews.

I wish I lived near this place so that I could give them a ludicrous amount of my money on a regular basis. Definitely a quality establishment and a beer destination.

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Photo of datamike
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Drove up from Chicago this weekend. Great selection, correct glassware, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Server repeatedly asked if he could provide samples of tap beers - fantastic!

Only had lunch sandwiches, pulled pork and reuben, but both very, very good as was the carrot soup. Serving portions a bit on the small side, but only when compared to the buckets of food you get elsewhere. I'd rather have the quality over quantity anyday.

Nice decor and woodwork. It's a simple downtown storefront, but made very cozy and inviting. Not too dark like the Palm in Milwaukee.

Not sure about smoking. Didn't see anyone while we were there.

We'll definitely be going back!

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Brasserie V in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 69 ratings