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About Steenbocks on Orchard
Located in the beautiful Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery building, our menu is designed to highlight local and seasonal ingredients at their best. We source local meats, cheeses and vegetables.
Madison, WI 53705
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Orchard & Johnson St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Steenbock's on Orchard is the exclusive caterer for the Wisconsin Institutes For Discovery on the UW Madison Campus. Our outstanding staff and facility provide the perfect setting and experience for guests who wish to host business meetings, celebratory dinners and weddings.
Ramp Parking: Lot 17, Lot 20,
Union South Parking-Heated unground parking
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
We let substantial time go by since our last horrible experience at this restaurant. Despite a reservation, we had to search for some 5 minutes for anyone working here to tell us where to sit, give us a menu, etc.
A chair back fell off! Server said, "They're supposed to do that so we can stack them" presumably the chairs not the diners. Salad was good. My entree (trout) was served in a small cereal bowl with ingredients seemingly thrown on though there were so few roasted vegetables and such little rice maybe there was no other way to present the dish. Fish was way overcooked and poorly seasoned if at all. Sauce was awful. Pickled vegetable side dish for the other entree was rediculous. The pieces were too small to use a fork. Is supposed to use fingers? Grilled cheese is grilled cheese ... though Steenbach would do well to emulate Hubbard Street Diner's (also a Food Fight). What started out as a white tablecloth high end place is now on a par with Union South across the street. The Sett here we come!
The food was delicious and service was fine. I mark this visit down because the glassware was not clean. Each drinking glass has spots on it. Then a coffee cup of hot water coffee stains in it. Blechhh. All stains/marks were easy to wipe off with my napkin. That's what the dish people and other employees should do before serving to the customers. The wait person blamed the problems on the water. Well, I've worked in restaurants in Madison. We always had clean glassware and clean drinking cups because during the slow times we busied ourselves with making sure the things were CLEAN to the eye.
This is the best and only place on the west end of campus to get reasonably good food and elegant table service for lunch. I think the quality, presentation, and value have somewhat deteriorated over the years (soup used to be poured from an ewer, water used to have citrus or cucumber, salads would come with rolls) but it is pretty much a captive market. The University Club offers a better value and a bigger menu, but service can be slow.
I waited too long to make reservations on a Friday night. This was the only place that had all times available. Not sure how they make it because the place was dead! It awkward and uncomfortable to be one of only three tables in a huge space. The food was good and this place would be good if you were at the Institue of Discovery for something but I would not recommend for a couples dinner.
The place is very pleasant, quiet, and comfortable. It is possible to have lively conversations without having to shout. There is food for every taste. The quality is always good and well prepared. My husband and I wanted to honor a dear friend. It was lovely. We drank some very nice Malbec at a reasonable price. The service was excellent. I have been at Steenbocks often for lunch but never for dinner. I was not disappointed. I will certainly keep visiting!
Steenboks is close to work. We really appreciate having an upscale place to dine in the middle of the day. Our occasion was to celebrate graduation of one of our staff. The restaurant offers a delightful menu while also accommodating individual dietary needs. The food was delicious. Two of us had their beef burger while two had a salmon burger. Another had the hummus plate. The atmosphere is open and has a good urban feel to it. I have a suggestion, not just for this place alone, offer drinking water that is not frigid. There truly are people who don't like their drinks freezing. Can you tell that I am one of them?! Thanks.
The food was tasty although some items came out missing elements(ie grilled romaine salad was definitely not grilled.) Service was quite slow and there were only two other tables in the restaurant. We were most disappointed by the atmosphere. We thought we were going to an intimate, romantic setting and instead it felt like a high end cafeteria. The food did taste really good though.
Ate here while in town for the Mini-Marathon. I was surprised it wasn't busier since so close to the race expo. Interesting concept with restaurant on campus. Food good. Service okay--very friendly but since they aren't busy cannot justify having more than 1-2 servers so service was slow but I wasn't in a hurry. Wine selection pretty good. Menu selection good. Had the risotto and garden salad. All tasty.
We were delighted to try this place and find that it was everything that we could want on a lunch date. Nice menu, good prices, efficient service--what's not to like? I ordered the goat cheese croquettes from the appetizer menu, which was just perfect for a light lunch. Lovely little lightly fried balls of goat cheese served with a decorate arc of mixed leaves, ricotta, a scattering of an ancient grain (for crunch), and small slices of a marinated white fig--heavenly! Hubby ordered a pastrami sandwich on black rye (the proper European kind without the anis seeds!), which was stacked with pastrami and coleslaw. His fries were also excellent, fried until a medium brown, skins on the tips, and coated with a seasoned salt--delicious! Can't wait to go back to try some of the other interesting things on the menu. The only problem is finding parking for this place if you are going for lunch. If you don't mind walking, the neighborhoods adjacent to Camp Randall have free, 2-hour parking before 6pm. There are 2, nearby parking garages, but both were full on the day that we dined :-(
We returned to Steenbock on Orchard for a Restaurant Week visit after and absence of a few years. The menu choices were set in advance but there was plenty of variety and the choices were appealing. The food was great and the service was excellent.
Since our last visit the dining room has been moved to the southeast corner of the first floor. The new location is much more pleasant than the former. The acoustics are excellent and the ambiance is very pleasing overall.
We plan to return again soon.
I've been wanting to try Steenbock's for a while so we chose to visit for lunch during restaurant week with a reservation. We were seated and greeted promptly. Our food was fine, but it wasn't anything special. Both of us experienced significant puddles of grease pooling on our plates from our food and the dessert tasted like it had been refrigerated for a while -- the "refrigerator" taste, I guess, would be a better description. I completely understand that with the influx of patrons during restaurant week that some items would be prepared in larger quantities ahead of time. However, if this experience is indicative of what we could expect from future visits, I would not be rushing to return.
Modern building, hip decor, interesting menu, reasonably priced and very convenient to campus. Also excellent for groups -- spacious and accommodating. Wine and beer only, but very good selections. Definitely will return. If you are going for dinner and need parking, call the restaurant, they have an "in" with someone nearby.
Call it a hidden gem. It's within walking distance of Camp Randall stadium. Fine dining could not be more convenient. We had a party of 12. Staff was very attentive. Our group found the menu to be impressive. We're very surprised more people don't know about this. Oops, did I ruin the secret?
Ate outside - lovely breeze and beautiful day, but traffic on street detracts a bit - nothing they can do about it. Spring Pea Bisque was heavy - didn't taste fresh - tasted like Progresso soup? NY strip steak with roasted potatoes and asparagus was perfectly done - fabulous. Dessert was a goat cheese cheesecake - dry and not enough honey for the serving.
I would give it one more try before I decided yea or nay.
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