Quivey's Grove

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Bar, Eatery

6261 Nesbitt Road
Madison, Wisconsin, 53719
United States

(608) 273-4900 | map

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emerge077 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stop #3 on the Madison weekend beer binge extravaganza™.

Quivey's Grove was our lunch destination and it didn't disappoint. Very unique atmosphere, rugged barn-to-restaurant conversion with rough hewn wood beams in the Stable Tap side, even the edge of the bar was a well worn wooden beam. Crowd was older, a few families in for lunch, relaxed and laid back atmosphere. There was natural light streaming through a window that looked to be a former hayloft. An ancient stone wall separated the bar room from the dining room. In one corner there was an old cork dartboard, framed by a large panel comprised of wine corks. Historical framed photos were hung sparsely, and there were two old portrait serving trays of former presidents hung above the bar. One was William Jennings Bryan, who was a prohibitionist, ironically enough.

The bartender was friendly and swapped bar stories with us, all while providing timely service. He even offered unsolicited samples of Oscar's chocolate stout "for dessert" which was a nice touch.

Selection was focused on local craft, taps included Lake Louie Tommy's Porter and Warped Speed, Oscar's, Ale Asylum Nut Brown, Tyranena Bitter Woman, super fresh Moon Man, Cabin Fever, Bells Amber, and a couple others. In bottles the highlights were Matacabras, Chief Blackhawk, and Black Bavarian. Short but sweet list.

Food was tasty, we tried the whitefish and corned beef special, which came with a great mushroom soup. Overall a great experience, and i'd definitely return.

Thanks to nchrist13 for recommending Quivey's awhile back, finally made it!

May 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
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BarrelAgedG from California

3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Sep 27, 2017
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UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Jul 08, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Apr 30, 2015
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twb0392 from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%

Nov 25, 2014
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bigred89 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Aug 23, 2014
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 17, 2014
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Tbone from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The atmosphere here cannot be beat. The Stable Bar is just that, and old stable converted into a gorgeous bar of heavy, weathered wood and beams secured with thick leather straps. If I lived in madison, I would drink here once a week, just because the room is so great.

The bartender was very friendly and the manager came out and apologized for the fact that they still listed the lamb burger on their website even though they dropped it due to lack of interest (which doesn't say much for the taste of the regulars, but to each his own). Instead we got the pork loin sandwich with cranberry kraut and a side of their garlic smashed potatoes. The sandwich was great and the potatoes were like crack.

For beers we got the Bitter Woman, and Louie's Scotch. I heard them talking about putting on a keg of the Louie Kiss of the Lips.

If you need another reason to make the trek out there, its right down the street from what seems to be an amazing Bavarian Sausage Shop (see

Oct 15, 2006
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4thoseabout2bock from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Stable Bar is, well, a converted stable. Awesome wood beams, split timber rafters, exposed stone walls, barrel top tables, amazing place.
We were there for lunch and a lot of natural light comes in the side wall with large plate glass windows where the hayloft used to be.

The tap selection was impressive. We were travelers looking for a selection of local micros, and this was a good effort. Bitter Woman, Lake Louie Scotch and Cream, Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Gray's Honey, Capital Oktoberfest and Island Wheat, Spotted Cow, Fauerbach Amber.

The food was even more impressive. We split a sandwich of thinly sliced pork loin with Swiss, cherry kraut and somekind of cranberry sauce. Pork was moist and toppings were flavorful. The smashed potatoes were indulgent (a cross between german potato salad and mashed potatoes -- partly smashed red potatoes with garlic and sour cream).

Very nice place that you could take your Mom to. A great selection of beer, some great food and a nice stop on the beer route between Monroe, New Glarus, and Madison.

Oct 08, 2006
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dirtylou from New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to this place for lunch with Blackie during his visit

The atmosphere is spectacular. The building was constructed in 1855 but was added over time before the restaurant opened 25-30 years ago. I believe it is split into 2 restaurants, a more upscale restaurant and the Stable Grill where we ate lunch. Building resembles an old barn and most of the interior bears the same style. Great woody aroma inside. I am going to take off .5 for it being way out on the west side and being an older crowd.

Quality is great....10-14 taps by my estimation highlighted by the glorious NG Belgian Red on tap, only place I recall seeing Tyranena Bitter Woman on draft, LL Warped Speed, a few other local micros, sprecher round out the list. Mostly quality and a few selections that are tough to find elsewhere (bitter woman, belgian red)

Grant it, we were there for lunch and it wasnt very busy, but the service was exceptional. Our bartender/waitress was very polite, prompt, and all around pleasant. Her tip reflected that.

Food. The food out here is fantastic. We split a sausage and gouda wheel that wasnt life changing but it was good traditional food at a very reasonable price. I had a Wisconsin grilled cheese with a few local cheeses, peppers/mushroom/onion/tomato on a great toasted dark rye bread. Good experience all around. The friday fish fry is supposed to be great too.

All around great place, except for the location, at least for us young downtowners

Aug 27, 2006
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blackie from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

atmosphere: I love the construction of this place, from the outside it looks kinda like a barn. All original wood or wood salvaged from buildings of the same era makes up the interior, from the hardwood floors to the great hand hewn rafters. The place has a rustic, woody smell to it, which makes sense as it is full of antique wood. There are two dining rooms, and in one of the two rooms is a wooden bar area, and behind that the kitchen. There were some stairs leading upwards that I never checked out.

quality: The Belgian Red was of great quality and was served in an appropriate glass.

service: Attentive, friendly service and nice staff. The waitress knew enough to warn us about the Belgian Red when we ordered one for dessert.

selection: About 10 taps of various Wisconsin and Midwest micros, including Lake Louie Warped Speed, Tyranena Bitter Woman, and New Glarus Belgian Red. Not too big of a selection, but pretty quality.

food: The pork sandwich I ate was awesome, though I don't recall the specific name. The cherry sauerkraut was the best I've ever had and the smashed potatoes were very tasty.

Aug 18, 2006
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We went to this farmhouse eatery with a group of 12 and we were given the banquet treatment. We were supposed to eat in the loft of the barn but when we got there we spent about 20 minutes standing by the bar in the barn. They had some nice local taps and I was pretty excited about beer but I had also heard you can get some good local fare aswell.

They didn't have the loft available so we were sent to the farmhouse which smelled like my old grandma's farmhouse and the second floor had a small bedroom where we ate. Because we were a group of 12 we had a fixed menu of 3 items and the farmhouse only has bottles of beer. They still had some good choices.

I had the chicken stuffed with Gouda and duck on a giant mound of wild rice. Service was very slow even though the house was empty. I got the feeling they space out the courses to make them feel more elegant.

They do have a nice stone tunnel that leads to the barn bar and an amazing population of bats in what looks like the old outhouses.

Jul 02, 2006
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

11 taps included NG cow and road slush, Bitter Woman, LL Scotch, Cap Mai Bock, Spaten, 4 other local crafts and miller light. A short bottle list includes at least one offering from NG, LL, South Shore, Cap, and Tyranea. Unfortunately, most of these bottles are repeats of the choices on tap, so selection really isn’t that good. Quivey’s also makes an interesting, intensely mesquite/smoky Bloody Mary that includes a shot of porto. I don’t care for it but I can see why some people just love it. It’s very unique.

Service is friendly and prompt in both the bar and restaurant. The atmosphere is great. Quivey’s consists of a rehabbed stable house (bar and informal eating area) and an old stone house (more formal dining area) that I am less familiar with. Large hand-hewed timbers with only a minimal amount of unnecessary modern steal hold up the frame in an interesting (swiss style I think) timber frame. Well constructed additions used period materials and kept the theme consistent. The restaurant is efficiently set up, especially for an old building, aiding the staff greatly during the busy Friday night fish fry. The stables are very family friendly. The food menu ranges from a 7 dollar burger to a 20 dollar steak. The entres are mediocre but the potatoes are to die for. The sausage and gouda appetizer is a steal as well. Quivey’s has a nice yard with tables where you can enjoy a beer while waiting for your table.

Not a bad place at all but not really for me. I recomend this place for two gourps of beer drinkers:

1. Those with a bunch of kids.

2. Out of towners looking for a good selection of South-central Wisconsin craft brews on tap.

Apr 17, 2006
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beveragecaptain from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Quivey's group is a great place to eat and drink beer. I came for lunch and ate at the bar in the Stable House. 11 taps. 1 Miller Light, and the rest quality local beers. I think the taps always include 1 Lake Louie beer, 1 New Glarus, and 1 Capital. I enjoyed a Capital Winter Skal and a Tyranena IPA.

The food was amazing. I had the Fried chicked and mashed potatoes, and both were great. Prices were higher than average, but nothing too high, and the food was worth it. Great service too.

I really enjoy the look of this place. Lots of wood everywhere. A cool looking bar. It's a good place to sit and enjoy some tasty beers in the winter while you watch the snow come down. A great little place. If I had to come up with one complaint, it would be that the beer is served very cold. Other than that, this is a great place to eat and have a pint.

Dec 03, 2005
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nchrist13 from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

great place to eat, their all you can eat fish fry on wed and fri nights is not to be missed (the cheesy potatoes on friday are amazing). while the beer and the food is a little pricey, the atmosphere is really cool. i've only ever eaten in the stable, so take this review for what it's worth. the service is usually hit or miss, most of the time it's pretty good, altho the place gets very busy around dinner time so expect to wait ~30 mins for a table on a friday night, and sometimes the servers aren't in the best mood -- probably because they get sick of fish fry night because it's the cheapest meal there, and hence their tips are less. but either way, the food makes up for it.

on to the important things, the beer. they have like 10 taps of dank beer, almost all of it local (and almost all of that from wisconsin). everything is great, and while it somewhat tends to focus on lighter beers from the breweries represented, most of them are still great, and there are some bigger beers to satisfy us beeraholics. lake louie warped speed scotch ale, for one.

i wholeheartedly recommend coming here at least once, and i'd bet ya $10 that if you come once you'll come again next time you're in town. best way to get there is to take the beltline to verona road, head south on verona, take a right on highway PD (aka McKee Rd) and take your first left onto Nisbitt.

Aug 24, 2005
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slander from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We're in Wiswhere? Wiswhat? You're kiddin' me. No, actually, I can believe that. We've been driving for a few hours now and the quality of beef jerky has gotten kind of ruddy to a point where even I won't brave it. We saw the horses out front of New Glarus and now we're going to some bar on Shane's recommendation. This Wis-con-sin, as you call it, it's a strange land, it's true...
Quively's Grove is an estate with a pair of structures built in 1855. There's the mansion, which has been converted into a more upscale restaurant with a few themed rooms, and the Stable Tap which is more casual dining with a bar. Yeah, guess where we put up?
The Stable Tap is an old stable house turned dining room with an attached room which serves as a bar. One massive ancient stone wall, otherwise it's old wood plank walls & floors. Arched ceiling above with giant old branches and log beams supporting the large wide plank ceiling. A large old wood beam lined "L" shaped bar with a copper top seats a dozen, with 3 tables running adjacent along both the side wall and front wall below the windows and 4 raised round bar tables with cushioned leather stools in the center of the room. The mirrored back bar holds shelves of booze to each side, and displays a tower of 6 taps while another tower of 5 taps sits on the bar itself. Drop lanterns above the bar and seating areas, spot lights here and there, a TV above the bar in the corner, and a dart board mounted on an alternating cork corkboard. The room is nicely decorated with area prints, old pictures, a Life magazine Cover and story display from '48 entitled "The good life in Wisconsin", and a country scene painted on a hand saw.
The 11 taps well represent the Wisconsin breweries as about 2/3 of them are in-state (Lake Louie Cream Ale, Gray's Irish Ale, South Shore Nut Brown Ale, Pioneer Oscar's Chocolate Stout, Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA, Sprecher Amber, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Capital Maibock), plus Great Lakes Porter, Spaten Lager and Bud. They also house about 10 bottles, nothing really going on there beyond the South Shore Honey Pils, everything else being macros, maltos, sodas and N/A's.
Lunch was damn good. Had the Cross Plains Chicken (fried chicken with great smashed potatoes). Service was on. She let us try a little of this, a little of that. I was feelin' okay and felt the need to wander around some.
The main dining room holds a dozen tables beneath a pair of crossed staircases leading upstairs to an additional dining area with 14 tables across 3 tiers. It's bright and open up there. Stone walls, wood beams, arched ceiling, large angled windows to the rear letting in plenty of light, and the room decorated with old farm tools, a buffalo head, hanging and stationary potted plants, lanterns, horseshoes, old sheet music from the 20's, saddle blankets, and a large reproduction of a 31 star American flag circa 1855. I came downstairs and headed for the tunnel, an underground walkway connecting the Mansion and Stable Tap made from 50 tons of stone. It's real damn cool and houses a massive wine rack behind a gate.
An interesting place to drop in for a good beer and a bite on your way to or fro Madison.

May 10, 2005
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SCW from New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Wow. This place is awesome. Housed in a formed carriage house outside of Madison, I think this place is actually in Fitchburg. Every year in October, they have "Quivey's Grove Beerfest" which sponsors about 30 or so local microbreweries. A good time is had by all, and there is plenty of fresh brew and great food for everyone.

Most people don't know about this place for beer. They really do have an impressive selection of taps. The bar manager makes a solid effort to maintain a rotating selection of local microbrews. I think there is a total of about 12 tap lines.

All that said, the best thing about this place is the place itself. It really is amazing. Attached to the barn/stable house (where the dope beer is), is the manor house. The best thing about these two buildings is that they're actually connected underground! You can walk underground in a passageway that leads you past a wine cellar and into the next building. It's a great place to take a date.

Nov 16, 2004
Quivey's Grove in Madison, WI
Place rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 17 ratings