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Weary Traveler

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1201 Williamson St
Madison, WI 53703 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (608) 442-6207

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Credit Cards Accepted


Good for Kids


Yes - Full Bar


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$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


Outdoor Seats


Mon-Sun: 11:30am - 1am

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review_stars 11/30/2013 - Rachel
Service was great. Food on the other hand was terrible. Burger was overcooked, potatoes were still raw. My boyfriend n I are both in the food industry n thought to give this place another try.... Never again. Any place that overcooks their specialty burger n undercooks potato salad is amateur. Don't waste your time!!!

review_stars 04/13/2011 - metro Bob
The food was marginal and the service was awful. Never again.

review_stars 10/04/2010 - Lori
We went to the Weary Traveler for my sister in law's birthday. When we got there we were one of three tables (with the other two seated after us). Our waitress was incredibly slow in getting our drink order (the other two tables - one of which had other people joining later on were waited on first). The chicken special arrived approximately 40 minutes later - with the waitress telling us that the chicken always takes longer to cook. This info would have been nice to know when we ordered it rather than when the food arrived. Apparently the long wait for the cooking time did the chicken no good. When it was cut open it was RED, not pink, but RED inside. Had to actually go into the kitchen area to find our waitress as no one checked back to see how the food was....and they 'nuked' it sent it back out and it was rubbery. NO adjustment in the price either. Will not be making a return trip to this restaurant any time soon.

review_stars 09/25/2010 - Christina
The Weary is always crazy-busy but both times I have been there I have really enjoyed it. The food is excellent; I love the chili (with or without meat) and I also love the Mediterranean plate which works as either a whole meal for one or two or an appetizer to share with a group. Half the party that I was with on my first visit ordered the "Bad Breath Burger" and EVERYONE gave it rave reviews. The bartenders are also helpful in explaining and allowing tasting of beers if you aren't sure what to order!

review_stars 06/15/2010 - Andy
I visited a friend in town and we ate at WT. I would rate the meal as fine. The atmosphere was interesting. It is an OK place to grab dinner, but I don't understand the raving reviews.

review_stars 01/28/2010 - Matt
I am a regular at The Weary. I can see how there would be some "you either love it or hate it" about the menu selections, but I've never had anything but top quality, healthful food there. The beer/wine selection is superb, the music is new and interesting and the room itself is pleasing and captivating. Anyone that's looking for a stack of greasy chicken wings with a bottle of bud light should not go there first. If you are looking to have all your senses stimulated while sipping on a Kombucha...this is the place.

review_stars 12/27/2009 - Chris
I've always enjoyed the Weary Traveler. Reading the last two reviews was a bit disconcerting, since I've always only had prompt and courteous service. The food is great. I love the eclectic choices. It's definitely not like the menu you'd find at Applebees... it is "different"... but everything is fresh and tasty and well presented. It may be a little busy at times, but that's a sign of a strong establishment. Plus, it's not exactly fine dining. It has the charm of a good Wisconsin bar/restaurant... board games and all. I'll probably go there tomorrow. It's been a little while, and reading the good reviews makes me miss it.

review_stars 12/19/2009 - Daisy
Went on a week night after many recommendations. It was fairly busy but VERY noisy which was not relaxing at all. Tried the clam chowder. The portion size was good but the chowder was watery and too fishy tasting for chowder. We ordered our meals and a while later the waitress came back and said the kitchen 86'd scallops but no one told her. I guess in the restaurant business that means they ran out( and we were supposed to know what that meant). We took another look at the menu and ordered something else that was just okay. My expectations were higher after reading reviews and I felt the menu was a little "different" as far as the choices. it probably works well in that particular neighborhood.I guess you can't please everyone but I guess I won't go back.

review_stars 08/19/2009 - Kathi
So, two of my co-workers and I decided to have lunch today at Weary Traveler. It's the last time we'll go there, and here's why. It took more than 40 minutes for our meals to come AND they brought food to three other parties that arrived after us! It wasn't crowded either. When I asked why our meals were taking so long, there was no explanation and no apology. Hey! There are way too many other eateries in Madison where servers act like they care about the customer and want to offer great service. The food is good there, but not good enough for us to ever return.

review_stars 02/04/2009 - MenuPix User
The Weary Traveler is a superb mix of relaxing atmosphere, friendly service and outstanding fare. This is a must visit spot in the Madison dining scene.

review_stars 01/19/2009 - neighorwholovesyou!
We live about a block away and can't believe our good fortune...LOVE the seasonal greens salad that comes with every meal...also LOVE the fresh ingredients, often local and organic...clearly high quality. Bring back Lang's beef! Like one of the other posters, I too have traveled all over the world and am impressed by the flavors...not entirely authentic, of course, but a nice fusion of Midwest comfort and sensibility and the exotic. The staff are fantastic--easy-going atmosphere, particularly in the early part of the evening (or afternoon, if you can make it in)--I never feel rushed. I've been there for lunch and stayed 4 hours working on a project afterwards, and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Wish we could afford to go every day!

review_stars 12/05/2008 - Shakka Lakka
MMMM Bob's Bob Burger, Gooooood!!!

review_stars 07/14/2008 - Sebastian The Choosey

I have been to many parts of the globe and have lived in different countries and on different continents. My palate has experienced everything from the spiciest Thai, Caribbean and Indian dishes to the rather obscure from small restaurants in boroughs of international cities boasting odd specialties that tourists shy away from.

The Weary Traveler reminds me of many undiscovered gems from many countries. It is as "homey" as the quaintest B&B or hostel, yet with a verve that's as if it were its own tourist destination.

My only regret is that my colleagues did not mention it sooner, as we mostly live on the West side of Madison where restaurants can sometimes feel rather sterile and/ or corporate in approach.

The Carne Asada is better than any I've had in this hemisphere and the Bob's Bad Breath Burger must have addictive substances in it, because you will have to submit to its lure repeatedly(I swear). Other hits are the Tom Ka Thai soup, the Hungarian Goulash & West of the Andes sandwiches.
Really, anything on the menu is solidly in the realm of fine dining flavour and ingredients -- but at pauper prices! The washroom has maps & posters from all over the planet, too, which can be rather distracting as you attempt to multi-task. ;)

As the price of petrol & cost of living in the U.S. climbs steadily, I think Madisonians and visitors alike will find it a great place to rest their bones and talk with friends in an atmosphere that's as welcoming as any local secret in any international port.

(And thank you to whomever for no TV's, fun & traveled staff, and healthy non-fried, yummy food!)

- Sebastian "The Choosey One"

review_stars 02/16/2008 - MenuPix User
Crazy busy on Friday nights!

Bob's Bad Breath Burger Rocks!

review_stars 01/17/2008 - MenuPix User
very good food for cheap price. love the relaxed atmosphere, good beer selection. good place for good conversation

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