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543 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
+1 608-255-3646
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“injera” (7 reviews)
“lentil salad” (3 reviews)
“samosas” (5 reviews)
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African, Ethiopian, Vegan Options
££ - £££
543 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Buraka is locally owned, has excellent food with no-nonsense service, and is a long-time Madison favorite for so many reasons. Each dish is earthy and perfectly seasoned, tasty, and leaves you feeling good about your choice. The drinks are good too!

Thank J D C
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious, would go again. We had the Samoosa for appetizer-the sauce was spiced but they were great. We had two combination lunches: chicken peanut stew (spicer of these two) & begwot and doorway & minchet abish (spicy dish). All of the food...More

Thank 597lynnet
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Buraka is now located on Willy (William Street) and is an Ethiopinan restaurant. I tried the peanut stew and in my opinion it was just okay. Note that becasue I am not accustomed to the type of spices used in this type of cooking I...More

Thank Bridgette S
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We were in the area (on Willi Street) and decided to go with Buraka. We were greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant is not gigantic, but I really liked the interior design (wood, cozy lights, etc...). The staff was super-friendly and, since it was our...More

Thank Marco L
Reviewed 2 September 2016

First visit to the new Buraka on Willy St. Much larger and more comfortable space compared to their basement State St. location, hopefully it will be decorated with Ethiopian fabrics and prints, as it presently appears very generic. Service is good and friendly, although the...More

Thank Moyshekapoyer
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Madison NEEDS a stellar Ethiopian restaurant, or simply more great African restaurants at all. Buraka's new location on Willy Street is beautiful and sets the scene for success. The interior has beautiful, light, shiny woods and a well stocked bar. The back patio has seating,...More

Thank docrockaud
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I went to lunch with a bunch of friends, and we tried various lunch entrees. My combo plate had the minced beef, onions, and tomatoes on rice...almost a sloppy joe. Also had the curried potatoes and carrots other veggies along with a portion of lentil...More

Thank kanderson89
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

So happy Buraka is finally back. Even my less-adventurous-not-a-foodie partner enjoyed the meal. Score. The food is still as good as it was at the former location! Great, friendly service. Will be back often.

Thank ifitsnotbaroque
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Had the dinner combo special with two vegetarian dishes. Both were very flavorful and unlike anything else I've ever had. The salad that comes with the meal is also delicious. The cocktails were great and reasonably priced. Our server was so nice. The banana foster...More

Thank topazbeagle
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Me and two of my friends came to dine here last Sunday July 17th and all started with a lentil salad (pictured) which I fell in love with not only because of it being a healthy salad but also because it has lentils, YUM!!!! Then...More

Thank Angela K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 543 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-3646
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