Not a lot can top a view of a technicolor sunset to start out a warm summer night. Given that our isthmus city is surrounded by gleaming freshwater, fate has given us the perfect opportunity to augment the experience by adding a little sul lago to the equation. And why not? The Madison area has a surfeit of strategically positioned bars and eateries—running the ambiance gamut from upscale to sandals and jorts—that take advantage of Madison’s unique geography.
–Aaron R. Conklin, Adapted excerpt from our July 2015 “Dinner on the Dock” Good Eats guide
This year, The Boathouse at The Edgewater, Graft and Sardine take the top honors, offering night-out-on-the-towners spectacular views of Lake Mendota, Lake Monona and the Capitol building.