We have dined there several times and have always enjoyed it. The menu changes frequently for obvious reasons but these are items that stick out in my memory as being very good:
The charcuterie plate as an appetizer. We order it every time.
Halibut for an entree
The steaks seemed hit or miss, but one was excellent
One of our dining partners said the prawns were a good entree
The onion soup (not the typical French onion soup)
They have a good wine list but it is expensive. The outstanding bottles were:
Donnhoff Spatlese Riesling
Kosta Browne Sonoma R.R.V. Pinot Noir
Graillot Crozes Hermitage
Have a fun time.
I just wanted to report back that I had halibut as my main course and it was amazing!! Thanks for the tip. I am sure it changes frequently, but mine was a paprika crusted fillet with short ribs and a red pepper/bean puree of absolute deliciousness.
My husband went with the ribeye and enjoyed it.
The other real highlight was sharing a second course of bacon wrapped asparagus with a duck egg and potato latke. So good...
We both did the 3 wine pairing selection and were happy with that. Thoughtful choices and we drank wines we would have never picked ourselves, but really enjoyed--which is always nice.
We had the carrot french toast like dessert that was very good, but way too rich after all that food on a hot day. That was the only thing I wished we'd have done differently.
I had a hard time passing up charcuterie and cheese...but we knew we'd be in Madison all weekend and figured we'd do meat and cheese at the Old Fashioned the next night. We ended up only have drinks there though, but I thought I would put in a plug for the cheese plate, cocktails, and wines by the glass list at The Merchant which was great for nibbling and drinking on our second night out.
I wanted to add though that while I really enjoyed our dinner, I did not love the space. With the high ceilings and being seated staring out at a local bus stop, the dinner did not feel very intimate at all.
The atmosphere did nothing for me--good thing the food was superb!
Maybe it is better to be seated towards the back?