Nick’s Restaurant and Lounge is a family owned and operated landmark located on Madison Wisconsin’s State Street and has been doing business there since 1959. The location is across from the Overture Center for the Arts which is 2, blocks from the Capital, Nick's Restaurant and Lounge offers some of the best food, including delicious Greek specialties!
226 State was home to some very unique businesses. As far as we can remember, here are a few: The Tiger Lounge, Stanley’s Bar, Jillians Deli & Tap Room (pictured above).
Welcome back in time. You will feel like you have stepped into a time capsule. Nick’s, with its old fashioned booths, starving artist prints on the wall and dim light coupled with the smell of made-from-scratch meals makes us one of the more unique places in town.
Nick’s is centrally located to popular venues such as The Orpheum, Ovature Hall, State Capital, Comedy Club, Kohl Center, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and various other events downtown.
Popular among visiting writers and celebrities when in town (Nick’s has served Robin Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Johnny Cash, Garbage, Matt Groening – creator of the Simpsons, Ebert, Jerry Kelly, Chris Borland and a slew of other stars over the years), it’s also a favorite spot among local writers, artists and theater types.
Every day at Nicks, we make all of our food from scratch. Our recipes are affordable, natural and all home-cooked. We chop, slice and serve our way to your stomaches in a vintage atmosphere with traditional friendly service. Come to Nick's to try our In-house daily specials and homemade pies!!
Deep Fried Perch
Ocean Perch lightly breaded and deep fried
Grilled Corned Beef Sandwich
Thinly sliced corned beef served grilled or cold
Corned Beef Club
Thinly sliced corned beef with lettuce, tomato and Swiss cheese
Greek Chicken Salad
Our traditional Greek salad topped with grilled marinated chicken strips.
Ancho Chicken Plate
Our Ancho Chili Chicken breast plated with our house salad and topped with ranch dressing
Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and 1000 island dressing on grilled pumpernickel bread
A burger topped with grilled mushrooms and Swiss cheese.
Two grilled center cut pork chops
A grilled cheese sandwich loaded with fresh grilled vegetables
Our garden salad topped with strips of ham, cheese and freshly cooked turkey
A traditional Greek dish topped with tomatoes, onions and tsatziki sauce on pita bread. Served with french fries
A traditionally made sandwich served on pumpernickel bread.
Homemade corned beef, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing topped with melted Swiss cheese.
Fresh roasted turkey with lettuce, tomato and bacon
Mediterranean Steak Sandwich
Tenderized sirloin strips, grilled onions and green peppers, topped with tomatoes. Served with a side of tsatziki sauce and french fries
Ancho Chili Crust Chicken Breast
Nick’s special seasoned blackened chicken.
Homemade Spinach Pie
Layered spinach and feta cheese wrapped and backed in filo sough. Served with a boiled potato
Grilled vegetables served on a pita bread topped with feta cheese and a side of tsatziki sauce
Steak & Shrimp
Combination of an 8oz sirloin complimented with 3 jumbo shrimp
Topped with feta cheese and kalamata olives
Combination Seafood Platter
A combination of Ocean Haddock, Perch and Jumbo shrimp
Stuffed Tomato Salad
A fresh tomato stuffed with homemade tuna salad
Our hamburger topped with melted feta cheese.
Served on a bun with lettuce and tomato
Deep Fried Haddock
Icelandic haddock deep fried with our homemade beer batter
A healthy salad with fresh vegetables
A Nick’s favorite! Made to warm you up on the chili-est days
Feta & Kalamata Platter
Feta cheese and kalamata olives served with grilled pita bread and cucumber slices
Dino’s Arugula Burger
Provolone Cheeseburger topped with Organic grown Arugula
A traditional burger with Swiss and American cheese with grilled onions on fresh pumpernickel bread.
New York Strip
A 14oz New York Strip cooked to your liking
A burger topped with two slices of bacon and choice of Swiss, American or cheddar cheese
Grilled Prime Rib Sandwich
Thin slices of beef grilled on your choice of bread.
Nick’s Deluxe Cheeseburger
Your choice of american, swiss or cheddar cheese. Served with lettuce, tomato and pickle
Jumbo shrimp deep fried to a golden brown and served on a bed of lettuce
Southern Fried Chicken
A four piece chicken dinner deep fried to a golden brown
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich
Marinated chicken breast topped with lettuce and tomato.
The Capitol Club
Turkey, ham, lettuce, tomato, bacon and choice of cheese
Nick’s Sirloin Steak
An 8oz U.S. Choice sirloin steak (Add $1 for mushrooms)
Wisconsin Cheese Curds
Served with a side of ranch dressing
Penne Vodka Pasta
Penne noodles cooked in a tomato, vodka cream sauce
(add $2.00 for chicken) Pasta does not come with potato
The traditional bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich
Nick’s Turkey Sandwich
Fresh roasted turkey breast complimented with our special sauce
Fresh romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion
Grilled turkey with your choice of cheese and bread
Homemade tuna salad with your choice of cheese
Grilled Chicken Salad
A large garden salad topped with grilled marinated chicken strips
Chicken Filet Sandwich
Deep fried chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato.
Deep fried haddock served on a bun with our homemade tarter sauce
A traditional burger topped with lettuce and tomato.
Nick’s Steak Sandwich
A 6 ounce U.S. Grade A sirloin steak served on a bun with lettuce and tomato.
Grilled chicken strips on a pita topped with grilled vegetables and a side of tsatziki sauce. Served with french fries
Onion rings deep fried to a golden brown
Popular with the kids, your choice of cheese, served with our homemade coleslaw
Fetta Stuffed Chicken Breast
Grilled chicken breast stuffed with feta cheese. Served with grilled vegetables and American fries