Founded in 1994, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company offers a variety of eating and drinking establishments. It has a mahogany bar that offers a ... More
Great Dane Brew Pub
Founded in 1994, The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company offers a variety of eating and drinking establishments. It has a mahogany bar that offers a variety of beer, ales and lagers, with a seasonal specialty brew. The pub s bar also serves a range of scotches, brandies and cordials. Its facility includes a billiards lounge, beer garden, lounge area, gift shop and pool hall. The pub offers a variety of beer, such as landmark lite, cask ales, peck's pilsner, crop circle wheat, devils lake red lager and emerald isle stout. The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company, with one of its locations in Madison, Wis., has other locations in Fitchburg, Wis.
My oddball experience...
Let me preface my review saying that I've only been to the Great Dane once, during a Packers VS Cowboys game. It was the location off of Cahill Main (near the Copps and Blockbuster--know what I'm talkin' 'bout?), just off of Fish Hatchery. The food was pedestrian--pleasing to a very hungry belly, not exceptional but not offensive either. Hey, it's a pub--it's better than what I was expecting!
My experience with the service differed remarkably from a lot of the other reviewers. Considering my circumstances... I think it's even more exceptional. You see, I wasn't at the pub to eat, or even to drink, but to watch the game with friends. I am a recovering alcoholic (sober over 2 years now).
I think it was really telling that the bartender not only suffered giving me refill after refill of soft drinks, but didn't seem annoyed or put off by it--quite the opposite! A smile and friendly demeanor with every glass. Considering the pub was packed to the gills and the staff were stretched beyond their limits, I found this staggeringly, shockingly wonderful. I felt intensely comfortable--in what could've ended up being a very awkward and even unpleasant experience.
I even felt welcomed. A nondrinker welcomed in a pub, whoddathunkit!? I'd gladly return to hang out, munch a little, be the designated D, whatever... if people would invite me along again. (I get invites everywhere but the pub... just FYI people, just because someone doesn't drink, doesn't mean they can't be around the booze, lol!!!)
Love it! Great beer: Try the Cherry Ale- it is magnificent. Tart, not sweet. Great food: The Texarkana (sp?) burger and their cobb salad are awesome-- and the southwest chicken soup. Mmmm. Great service, but be patient-- this place is slamming busy during games and downtown events! For all the other reviewers: You're not PAYING for 5star-white linen dining, so don't EXPECT it! ;)
The hamburgers at the Hilldale Great Dane are really disappointing. The beef patty is very low quality. The bun is ordinary, bland. I would expect to see a burger like this in a hospital cafeteria. Truly highway robbery at $8.
I agree with many of the comments here. I never understood the appeal of this place. The ambience is terrible, the food is bland and boring (I especially discourage you from ordering the seared tuna sandwich, which is inevitably well-done, hard, cold and gray AND served on a hamburger bun!) and the beer is just okay. I go to the Dane only when I am too tired to argue.
Everybody talks up this place but I have found it to be rather unpleasant. First off I think the beer not very impressive. I have had beer people make with home brew kits and found it to be about the same. The ambiance reminds me of a restaurant in Chicago where everybody is trying hard to impress everybody. Because this place is one large room and everybody just seems to watch the big TV or talk about how awesome they are, it is an extra loud place. The bar is beautiful but it so loud how could enjoy a meal? Which gets me to the service and food. As it is near campus the wait staff are students that could care less about you and have the attitude to prove it. Also in the summer you can be seated outside but good luck trying to get the waitstaff to refill your water, that is if the insects do not carry you away. I think the main effort here is put into the beer and you can tell with the food. It is not bad, I guess but not memorable by any means. It always amazes me how people like to go to this place.