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.
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am -2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - 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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Steenbocks on Orchard Ratings and Reviews
We were delighted to try this place and ...
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 :-(
Nice restaurant with tasty, creative menu.
The setting — the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery — is terrific. It's a beautiful building that has good "outreach" science displays. The restaurant itself is attractive and offers a variety of well-prepared, interesting dishes.
Restaurant Week Visit
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.
Okay experience, nothing notable.
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 & Close to Union South
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 walkin ...
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?
Restaurant Week Summer 2015
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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I had lunch at steenbocks with a friend during restaurant week, summer 2015. They had an amazing restaurant week menu. I'm definitely glad I made reservations, as they were very busy. The food was all great! The service was interesting. The staff was busy, which is fine, so there were 3 waiters that ended up helping our party of 2. They clearly were lacking communication, as one would drop off food and then another would ask if we had gotten the course (once it was cleared). One of the waitresses even tried to bring us our entrées after we had eaten them, convinced we hadn't gotten them. This isn't the biggest deal in the world, it's better to be fawned over than ignored, but they could benefit from better communication. Over all it was a good experience, except for when the wind blew open the sliding door and then awkwardly kept blowing in when no one fixed it. The food is top notch, the service was a little off their game and the setting was nice.
Appetizer and entre were wonderful, but dessert could use improvement. Cheesecake was dry and lacked flavor and the graham cracker crust was too thick. Rhubarb sauce was almost non-existant. Server was very good. Overall experience was great.
Always a pleasant lunch
I had the Moroccan Vegetable "fajitas": the curried vegetables were delicious. The hummus was good and the toasted flatbread was good (but a little over toasted to use to wrap my vegetables in). My lunch date had the beet salad. I miss the curry chicken salad...it was my go-to lunch.
The perfect place to bring important people!
I remember my first day at UW-Madison being treated to lunch at Steenbocks. The food was excellent and the service was great. That has been my continuing experience. I look to Steenbocks to bring important people and close friends.
As good as Belgian or French quizine
I have lived in Brussels Belgium for 7 years where I enjoyed gourmet meals regularly on my company's expense account. Our meal at Steenbocks was as good as any that I ate there. Furthermore in my opinion the Belgian meals were superior to Parisian meals during the same time. In Europe these restaurants were given at least 3 Michelin Stars. Our experience at Steenbhocks was equal to any of these. Furthermore the price of our meal was at the low end of our expected range of cost. Thank you for a fabulous USA experience.
Enjoyed my daughter's college graduation dinner at Steenbocks. Everyone in our party of 8 had a pleasant experience. The menu was limited, but there was something for everyone and the food was quite delicious. My son really enjoyed the salmon.
Delightful dining on the U Wisconsin campus
On a busy evening before graduation, I had a lovely meal on campus at Steenbocks. Situated in the soaring atrium of the Univ of Wisconsin Discovery Center, the tables were quiet and the service professional. Had a spectacular cheeseboard of locally sourced cheeses, accompanied by berries, fruits, and succulent honeycomb as well as enough bread to spread these on. A varied list of local beers, and international list of wines should satisfy all tastes. The pan roasted chicken was crispy on the outside and moist within, with a good garlicky herb butter. A pomegranate and golden beet salad was lightly dressed and a tad too bland. A special dessert of banana creme brulee was a perfect finish with a well executed sugary crust and ripe bananas over a vanilla custard full of vanilla bean flecks.
Great for business lunches
This is a great place to snag a business lunch or dinner as it's in a professional setting and has a diverse menu. Their salads, specialty entrees, and burgers are all some of the best in the area. Parking can be tricky but once you're here, it's worth is.
Fine dining convenient to University activities
We have enjoyed the great food and ambiance of this restaurant previously and returned here this time to be near an evening event at the University following our dinner. As always the food was delicious and attractively presented.
A very quiet evening with really good food
We arrived at the restaurant at 6 PM on a Saturday evening. Never having been there before we didn't know what to expect. What we didn't expect was that we'd be the only people in the place beside the hostess and server (and presumably a chef). Not surprisingly the service was prompt and attentive.
Having reviewed the menu beforehand, I had planned to order the Rabbit Pot Pie...the one thing our server notified us immediately was unavailable. Oh well, things happen.
My wife and I shared the beet salad and the calamari as appetizers. The portions were perfectly sized to share, and the salad had already been plated on two plates in the kitchen, a nice touch. Both dishes were nicely presented and very tasty. The Calamari was perfectly cooked, but my wife did find an inedible (chewy) piece in her portion, more the fault of the supplier than the restaurant.
As an entree, my wife had the risotto of the day, in this case with chicken and spring vegetables. She was totally enamored with the dish. I tried it and found the texture to be spot-on, creamy and al dente at the same time, but I found it to be a bit salty. She thought it was just right. I had the Campanelle di Mare. A fair-sized portion with more seafood than I've seen at most other places in town. Both the pasta and shellfish were nicely done. I'd order it again. Prices, btw, seemed very fair for the portions.
I can imagine that this place is humming at lunch and weekday evenings. It was just a little eerie to be the only ones dining on a Saturday evening.
Great food and friendly staff.Enjoyed first visit
Wine list is unusual but good. Didn't have the same vintage but allow us to view it before drinking. Food is very good. Had di Mara and risotto before very good. Enjoyed the small plate meat plate. Prices $18 to $22 and wines was $50.
I want to like this restaurant
I keep trying to like the restaurant, coming here for different occasions. But since they closed the regular dining room and seat and serve everyone in the bar, and since they've had a few chefs cycle through, it just isn't very appealing, either in terms of ambience or cuisine. It's spring now, and the menu still has a winter feel (Winter Kale Salad; Rabbit Pot Pie). On the positive side, the cheese board is nicely presented, and there are other appealing appetizers. I ordered the red snapper, and knew what it would be a whole fish, from the menu description, but it also came with a huge wad of cilantro, stems and all. The ginger-soy ponzu tasted mostly of soy sauce and was very salty. Others in my party who ordered the specials were happier with them.
We ordered light--salads, soups, cheese plate, wine. The tomato curry soup was very good. The kale salad very disappointing--kale needs to be finely cut IMO, and it was much too big. Not a very impressive salad overall. Someone ordered one of the other salads and was also underwhelmed. On the plus side: The cheese plate was very pretty and well done, and the cucumber water was also lovely. The atmosphere here is great, but the service was quite slow and not really up to the expectations of finer dining. Perhaps we need to come back and order entrees...
Easily overlooked fine dining
Steenbocks has a unique location, easily overshadowed by the Discovery center that houses it, but well worth searching it out. The environment is surprisingly quiet and very comfortable, with great light, plenty of room (not to mention an actual coat rack that is accessible and visible for security). The food was well prepared, presentation was elegantly simple, not overplated as is the fashion, and both variety and homage to local suppliers was welcome. We were particularly pleased with bold flavors that were not overdone. Wines and beers were solid. Recommended for celebrations or a really nice night out.
Myself, along with anyone I knew in madison, had never been to Steenbocks before; which made me even more excited to try it. Me and my boyfriend decided to celebrate Valentine's day here and we were NOT let down. The atmosphere was elegant and the food was extremely unique yet delicious. There was a limited menu for this special evening and, lucky me, the bottle of wines were half off ;) our waitress was very relatable and friendly. We had a incredibly pleasant time and would recommend to anyone!
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