Madison’s recently opened Bottle Hill Tavern brings to life a concept that began in the early 19th century. The family-friendly eatery, located at 13 Waverly Place (formerly home to Poor Herbie’s), pays homage to the original Bottle Hill Tavern, which was constructed around 1812 on the site of an older inn of the very same name.
After Poor Herbie’s, the Madison staple run by the Mullins family for more than 25 years, closed in 2017, four long-time Madison families (Horn, Haralampoudis, Flemming, and Horsey) purchased the establishment and renamed it the Bottle Hill Tavern, a nod to the town’s legendary meeting house.
The historic tavern has seen its share of interesting guests. According to Bottle Hill Tavern’s website, the Marquis de Lafayette, was a French military officer who served under George Washington in the Continental Army, visited the tavern in 1825.
Today, the restaurant, which opened its door in July, welcomes families, friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors to celebrate that rich history along with great food and drinks. The menu features burgers, barbecue, seafood, steaks, salads, soups, sandwiches, and plenty more. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch, which boasts a “Build Your Own Bloody Mary” bar. Guests with a sweet tooth can sample $5 desserts, though they may have trouble choosing between homemade apple pie, carrot cake, a chocolate chip cookie sundae, and other tempting treats.
Facebook reviewers have given the tavern high marks, calling out certain menu items:
“Food was excellent! Open hot roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce tasted just like home. French onion soupwas perfection. Brussel sprouts were crispy and seasoned just right,” wrote one diner. Another raved, “Chicken wings were perfect! Crab cake was mostly crab, delicious. Definitely want to go back and try the turkey. Expected the house dressing to taste like Poor Herbies, similar but not the same. The place looks awesome, so different. Good luck.”
The tavern is also available for private events.
Monday-Thursday – 11:30am-12am
Friday-Saturday – 11:30am-1am
Sunday – Noon-11pm
Sunday Brunch – Noon-3:30pm