Madison’s Best: Buck & Honey’s

Kortnee Hass

September 22, 2021

Looking for your next go-to restaurant in the Madison area? We’ve got you covered! 
With three amazing Buck & Honey’s locations in Dane County (Monona, Sun Prairie, and Waunakee), you can be sure to find a restaurant within 10 minutes of you! If you haven’t already heard the news…Buck & Honey’s has won several awards for Best of Madison 2021: Best Private Event Spaces, Best Curbside Pickup, Best Restaurant, Best New Restaurant (Waunakee location), and Best Outdoor Patio (Monona location)… Plus, our Discover Wisconsin hosts have dubbed Buck & Honey’s the best cheese curds in the area (which was a loaded competition!) Let’s dive into each of their locations to learn what they’re known for, and what you can expect while enjoying a delish dish and tasty drink at Buck & Honey’s!


Photo Credit: Seared Ahi Salad // Discover Mediaworks

In Monona, you can find Buck & Honey’s by land and by water. If you’re spending the day out on the boat on Lake Monona, you can pull right up to one of 23 boat slips at this Buck & Honey’s location and stop in for a quick lunch on the patio, or enjoy dinner and drinks at night. Or if you’re out on the Madison bike loop, a little off the path you can find the Monona location as well for a pit stop! Of course, if you’re a traditionalist, you can simply drive to this location as well!
If you’re someone who loves to see live music, Buck & Honey’s is perfect for you. As long as it’s a nice day, you will most likely see live music on the patio Wednesday nights through Saturday nights at 5:30pm! This location is perfect for enjoying a tasty meal, taking in the live music, and enjoying the views right off of Lake Monona. This location was nominated as Madison’s Best Outdoor Patio! 
Insider’s tip: a lunch favorite is the Seared Ahi Salad (sesame seared rare ahi tuna, shredded Napa cabbage, mixed greens, cashews, apple slices and microgreens with a chili lime vinaigrette!)

Sun Prairie

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If you’re looking to have an experience that you’ll remember for a while, you can find it at Buck & Honey’s in Sun Prairie! You’ll notice the upscale and casual atmosphere throughout this restaurant location. Like their spot in Monona, you can find another huge outdoor patio that also features live music throughout the week! 
At Buck & Honey’s Sun Prairie, you can be sure to know that the dishes you are being served are truly unique and chef-inspired. From the homemade dressings to the hand-crafted cocktails, you will have a one-of-a-kind experience no matter what. Whether you’re ready for a family casual dinner or a fine-dining experience, visit the Sun Prairie location! 
Fun fact: Buck and Honey Birkinbine were one of the area’s best known residents who once owned and farmed the land where the Sun Prairie location sits today! 
Insider’s Tip: A fan-favorite appetizer is the Firecracker Shrimp (lightly breaded shrimp tossed in a creamy sriracha sauce!)


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Did you know that Buck & Honey’s in Waunakee was voted as Madison’s Best New Restaurant in 2021? Well, now you do! This is the newest location that opened its doors last winter! There, you can again find live music four days a week and amazing meals to enjoy. While you’re visiting, be sure to check out the outdoor patio and enjoy the peaceful serenity that surrounds the restaurant, as the majority of it overlooks rolling farmland and neighborhood parks!
But what really makes this place a great restaurant to dine at? The feeling you get when you leave! Buck & Honey’s takes great pride in serving their guests the tastiest dishes and providing exceptional service every time you visit. This new location is perfect for anyone on the north end of Madison!
Insider’s tip: a delicious dinner favorite is the Ta’s Hot Comby (on a toasted hoagie is ham, salami and pepperoni, topped with green pepper, onion, a secret sauce, and melted mozzarella cheese!)

There you have it! Voted as Madison’s Best Restaurant in 2021, Buck & Honey’s is the go-to stop for a family outing, happy hour, or fine-dining experience. And don’t forget, no matter where you are in Madison – there is most likely a Buck & Honey’s within 10 minutes of you! Watch more on their locations:

Kortnee Hass: Digital Media Associate for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.

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