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Tom's Burned Down Cafe

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234 Middle Rd, La Pointe, WI 54850-0222
+1 717-747-6100
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had heard about this place from friends and it didn't disappoint for entertainment and a good drink. Walk around and read all the signs and funny quotes people have written everywhere. Also check out the bathroom... lol

Thank Nikki A
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146 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Found this on a recent trip to Madeline Island. How absolutely quirky and interesting. Not quite in keeping with other aspects of the island culture I would say.

Thank Jonwal
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

If you love a bohemian atmosphere with a cast of characters and unique venue Tom's is for you. It is on Madeleine island just a short walk from the ferry. It was originally a small café that caught fire and burned to the ground. Tom bought it and brought it back to life as a minimalist reincarnation of the burned... More 

Thank David L
Somerset, Wisconsin
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

A trip to Madeline Island just isn't complete without a stop at this watering hole. Pet friendly and people friendly.

Thank tony h
Prior Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

When you wait in line at the bar for 20+ minutes to get a drink, you better order more than 1. :-) There are certainly enough humorous signs to read while you are waiting. This is a must on the list to experience in La Pointe on Madeline Island.

Thank MNescaped
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This bar was a fun place. It is so unique in its own way. Be prepared to be outside, but thats what makes unique and fun. Be sure to stop and have a cold one.

Thank Marcia S
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

A must see on Madeline Island! Fun to read all the sayings on the walls! @ cars under the floor boards! Very clean bathrooms!

Thank Robin H
Madison, wi
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I love coming here. I feel chill and good hanging out. The bartenders are usually friendly enough and usually add to the laid back bar scene that I enjoy. This place is nothing fancy but is a great place to hang out, maybe talk to some locals, get a good or crappy drink, and catch some sun in an island... More 

Thank tobyg176
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

A must-stop to get the island vibe. Take time to read the signs so witty. Great atmospher- happy people, enjoy the outdoors at Tom's.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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222 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Yes it's true. There really are no walls. It's just under some makeshift tent material. There's a lot of tourists drinking here, just to say they've been here. I didn't find anything about it that would make me want to stay and drink and hang out. In fact, there are very few places to sit. I just found it uncomfortable... More 

Thank D M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 234 Middle Rd, La Pointe, WI 54850-0222
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  La Pointe
  • Phone Number: +1 717-747-6100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?