SMALL BITE: Capitol ChopHouse, located inside the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin, is all about the steak. And the prime rib. And the crab cakes. And the mashed potatoes. And on and on. Relaxing atmosphere, attentive wait staff and one of Madison’s most scenic locations. Check out the view before or after dinner by walking through a climate-controlled skywalk to the Monona Terrace and Convention Center overlooking beautiful Lake Monona. By the way, the terrace was inspired by Wisconsin-born-and-raised architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
SIGNATURE DISH: While you can’t go wrong ordering any of the steaks on the menu, the signature cut is the Dry-Aged Rib-Eye. Also, the Filet Mignon (top photo) is one of the most tender pieces of meat this diner has ever tasted. Very creamy, garlic mashed potatoes, too.
DISH FROM DINERS: “If you want an excellent dining experience from friendliness to cleanliness and awesome food in between, look no further than the Capitol ChopHouse!” AND: “I ate my filet mignon with a plastic fork. Talk about tender. OMG … best steak I have had in a while! Everything was so good!”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Many of the steaks are dry-aged for 28 days, giving them a delicious, earthy flavor. All steaks are sourced from local Midwest farms to ensure freshness, and they are cooked on an open-hearth grill. The Slow-Roasted Prime Rib is available only on Friday and Saturday. Three private dining rooms are available for special events.
Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For reservations, call 608.255.0165.
ABOUT Hilton Madison Monona Terrace: This luxury hotel offers up one of the best views in Madison of the State Capitol and Lake Monona (and you MUST see this view at night—stunning!). The hotel is in the epicenter of downtown Madison, close to the capitol building and shopping venues surrounding it, and a short Uber ride away from Willie Street, Madison’s mecca for artists and free thinkers. Some of the many hotel amenities include a heated 12-meter indoor pool and whirlpool, free transportation to and from Dane County Airport, a fully equipped fitness center and spacious meeting rooms. Pets are welcome, too, for a $30/night surcharge.