The Spot is a neighborhood bistro in Madison’s historic Tenney-Lapham
business district — sophisticated while still casual and comfortable.
We serve “from scratch” meals made of fresh ingredients, nightly entrée
specials and home-made desserts, complimented by an imaginative
cocktail list and a selection of fine wines and craft beers. We offer many
options for those with vegetarian and gluten-free preferences.
Weather permitting, please join us outside on the back patio or the sidewalk café in the front!
We’re close to the intersection of East Johnson and Paterson, just blocks
from Breese-Stevens stadium.

Monday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm
Friday 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 5pm – 10pm
Closed Sunday
Stop in soon!

Crazy for Quinoa!

The Spot’s Quinoa Lentil Burger is featured in the Cap Times 10 ways to enjoy healthy, versatile quinoa in Madison. Topped with mushrooms and onions, a lemon-chardonnay alioli and arugala while served on a ciabatta from Alpha Baking Company.
YUM — even the die hard carnivore will love!!

The East Johnson Street Neighborhood is Back!

What’s going on with the neighborhood? Sandra Purnell of the Spot talks about unique and original businesses making a difference. Read the entire Cap Times story: Johnson is Jumping: The East Johnson Street Neighborhood is Back (again!).


Soup du Jour
c $3, b $5

Served with baguette.

Sea Scallops

3 U12 sea scallops, mint oil, house crème fraiche, cucumber melon salsa, baguette.

Gorgonzola Chips

House potato chips, melted gorgonzola, basil crema, fresh basil. Add bacon $1.50

Cheese Board

3 assorted Wisconsin cheeses, candied nuts, Vandehoney Wisconsin honeycomb, house pickled grapes & carrots. Add prosciutto $3.
Love our small batch Vandehoney from Black Earth? Summer Prairie Wildflower Honey available $7/jar!

Shrimp Cakes

Shrimp, panko, green onion, celery, red peper rémoulade.

Vegetarian Trio

Sweet Pea hummus, spinach saag, muhammara, house-pickled vegetables, assorted breads & crackers.


Make any Salad an Entrée, add Chicken for $4, add Salmon for $7

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted beet, turnip, carrot, arugula, tarragon & leek vinaigrette.


Anchovy fillet, grated manchego, house Caesar, croutons.


Greens, orange supreme and Vandehoney champagne vinaigrette, candied walnuts.



à la Marinière – butter, shallot, celery, leek, garlic, white wine, baguette

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Portobello mushroom sauce, spinach, baguette, parmesan

Chef’s Catch

Ask your server about today’s seafood special!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Yellow squash, sun dried tomatoes, yellow onion, spinach, sun dried tomato pesto cream sauce, rotini. Add Chicken Breast $4. Substitute gluten free pasta $1.50

Pork Tenderloin

8 oz. Pork Tenderloin, pesto cream, choice of two sides.

Grilled Salmon

Almond crusted 7 oz Salmon filet, maple mustard glaze, choice of two sides.


8 oz. beef sirloin topped with lemon-thyme compound butter, choice of two sides.


Medley of seafood with fresh tomatoes in a wine-clam stock, with baguette and aioli.


SPOT Sandwiches come on ciabatta with your choice of side. Upgrade side to Soup du Jour $2. Substitute House Made Veggie Patty on any sandwich no charge. Substitute gluten-free bread $1.50.

Quinoa-Lentil Burger

Sautéed mushroom & onion arugula, aioli.


Chicken, sage, prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella, aioli.

Spot Burger

Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef, chevre, prosciutto, red pepper catsup & fried leeks.

The Bacon Gorgonzola Burger

Niman Ranch Certified Angus Beef, Gorgonzola, bacon, lettuce, tomato.


Mashed ~ Black Beans & Rice ~ Seared Greens ~ Vegatable ~ Mixed Greens with Vinaigrette ~ Brown Rice Chickpea Salad


SPOT Desserts are made in house, WITH LOVE.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Candied Walnuts, caramel sauce, Chantilly cream. Gluten free.

Brioche Bread Pudding

Cranberries and figs, Chantilly cream.

Panna Cotta

Coconut milk, Pumpkin, pumpkin seed brittle. Vegan, gluten-free.

Salted Caramel Sundae

House made salted caramel ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauce, pecans, sea salt, and Chantilly cream. Gluten free.


House made, flavors change frequently, ask your server for today’s flavor. Vegan, gluten-free.

Weekly Specials

W(h)iney Monday

Bottles of wine – 1/2 off!

Happy Hour Monday – Thursday 5-7

Beer and wine- ½ off!

Friday Night Fish

Pan-seared walleye with potato wedges, red cabbage slaw, home-made tartar sauce.
New England Clam Chowder $3 cup.