Ella's Deli

★★★★☆
  • 2902 E Washington Ave

    Madison, WI 53704

    Map & Directions
  • 608-241-5291

About Ella's Deli

Hours
Sun-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm

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My boyfriend and I wanted to try ellas ever since we moved to madison, as he had seen a show on food network showcasing the restaurant. We got in and the place was dimly lit, but lots of cool crazy stuff all over the place. We ordered our food and about 5-10 min after ordering I saw a large cockroach scurry across my table. I told the hostess and left. The worst part was seeing all those people with their children who didn't know they are eating at a restaurant with a cockroach infestation.

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My boyfriend and I wanted to try ellas ever since we moved to madison, as he had seen a show on food network showcasing the restaurant. We got in and the place was dimly lit, but lots of cool crazy stuff all over the place. We ordered our food and about 5-10 min after ordering I saw a large cockroach scurry across my table. I told the hostess and left. The worst part was seeing all those people with their children who didn't know they are eating at a restaurant with a cockroach infestation.

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Ella's Deli is a great family restaurant. The menu is okay, but it's a lot of fun. The desserts are good and the service is nice.

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Ella's Deli is a great family restaurant. The menu is okay, but it's a lot of fun. The desserts are good and the service is nice.

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Fun and interactive atmosphere and a great place to take kids. Excellent deli, the rest of their gigantic menu is good but nothing special. Great ice cream. Also... huge merry-go-round outside, fun for the whole family!

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Fun and interactive atmosphere and a great place to take kids. Excellent deli, the rest of their gigantic menu is good but nothing special. Great ice cream. Also... huge merry-go-round outside, fun for the whole family!

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Always on the look-out for the unique and unsual, and based on the many Chowhound posts, we decided to try Ella's Deli in Madison.

The first thing you see on driving up is a big, colorful Carousel with prancing wooden horses painted in a rainbow of colors. On walking inside, you are spellbound by the diverse collection of animated displays. Everywhere you look you find something to catch your eye and remind you of your childhood. Everything is bright, colorful and fun to watch. Everywhere you look something is moving, flying turning, or rollilng.

Although the restaurant was crowded (around 4pm on a Saturday) we were seated almost immediately. Our polite and friendly waitress appeared right away and took our drink orders (2 diet cokes with a shot of vanilla) while we read the menu.

Having enjoyed deli food in Chicago and Los Angeles, we quickly looked for our favorite dishes. We decided to start with a bowl of Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, followed by a Corned Beef Sandwich w/Potato Salad. We also added a piece of Kugel.

The chicken soup was delicious, and the matzo ball was tender but not too soft. The corned beef sandwich was good, but could have been served on a darker rye bread. The kugel was sweet and moist, with just enough crunchiness to the outer egg noodles. Everything had a delicious home-made taste.

We have no young children of our own, we usually do not frequent places that are so kid-friendly, but we enjoyed the look of wonderment and amazement on the faces of the children, who were well behaved and not a distraction.

We enjoyed our meal and hope to return the next time we're in Madison.

Ella's Deli
2902 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-5291

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★★★★★

Always on the look-out for the unique and unsual, and based on the many Chowhound posts, we decided to try Ella's Deli in Madison.

The first thing you see on driving up is a big, colorful Carousel with prancing wooden horses painted in a rainbow of colors. On walking inside, you are spellbound by the diverse collection of animated displays. Everywhere you look you find something to catch your eye and remind you of your childhood. Everything is bright, colorful and fun to watch. Everywhere you look something is moving, flying turning, or rollilng.

Although the restaurant was crowded (around 4pm on a Saturday) we were seated almost immediately. Our polite and friendly waitress appeared right away and took our drink orders (2 diet cokes with a shot of vanilla) while we read the menu.

Having enjoyed deli food in Chicago and Los Angeles, we quickly looked for our favorite dishes. We decided to start with a bowl of Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, followed by a Corned Beef Sandwich w/Potato Salad. We also added a piece of Kugel.

The chicken soup was delicious, and the matzo ball was tender but not too soft. The corned beef sandwich was good, but could have been served on a darker rye bread. The kugel was sweet and moist, with just enough crunchiness to the outer egg noodles. Everything had a delicious home-made taste.

We have no young children of our own, we usually do not frequent places that are so kid-friendly, but we enjoyed the look of wonderment and amazement on the faces of the children, who were well behaved and not a distraction.

We enjoyed our meal and hope to return the next time we're in Madison.

Ella's Deli
2902 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-5291

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Pros: Good deli food, highly entertaining atmosphere

Cons: None

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Oh my GOD, I cannot believe Ella's is still in business. When I was in college, I worked there for 2 illustrious days. When I quit (after the longest 2 days of my life), the manager told me "that's funny - the last 3 employees quit after less than a week, too." HERE'S WHY. It's a miracle the restaurant hasn't been shut down due to health code violations. I was hired to be a server, but found myself on the line, making sandwiches within minutes of punching in for my first shift. The surfaces are wiped down with the same dirty, non-bleached, cold and slimy rag - all day. The "break room" was also the baking area - complete with dishes and ashtrays (!!!!) on the rolling bins that hold the flour, oats, etc. The place is NASTY. Even if the food were stellar, which it is not, I wouldn't let anything in that restaurant touch my mouth.

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★☆☆☆☆

Oh my GOD, I cannot believe Ella's is still in business. When I was in college, I worked there for 2 illustrious days. When I quit (after the longest 2 days of my life), the manager told me "that's funny - the last 3 employees quit after less than a week, too." HERE'S WHY. It's a miracle the restaurant hasn't been shut down due to health code violations. I was hired to be a server, but found myself on the line, making sandwiches within minutes of punching in for my first shift. The surfaces are wiped down with the same dirty, non-bleached, cold and slimy rag - all day. The "break room" was also the baking area - complete with dishes and ashtrays (!!!!) on the rolling bins that hold the flour, oats, etc. The place is NASTY. Even if the food were stellar, which it is not, I wouldn't let anything in that restaurant touch my mouth.

Pros: Good god, none

Cons: DIRTY, bad food

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Hands down the best place for ice cream on the East side. Great selection of flavors and the dining area has a small but friendly mom and pop feel to it. Oh and they also have this HUGE merry go round in the front that lights up and everything. Perfect place to take your kids out for a treat.

PROS: Merry Go Round!
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★★★★★

Hands down the best place for ice cream on the East side. Great selection of flavors and the dining area has a small but friendly mom and pop feel to it. Oh and they also have this HUGE merry go round in the front that lights up and everything. Perfect place to take your kids out for a treat.

PROS: Merry Go Round!
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They have a HUGE menu that will take a while to go thru, while you do don't let yourself get distracted by all the robotics and puppets hanging over your head and installed in your table! If I had kids I would definately bring them here! A few of my favorites: the Blintzes, Fried Onion Rings with ranch, Fried Dill Pickles, Grilled Cheese (Chedar and Swiss on Challah bread with fried onions and tomato), any of their old fashoned ice cream deserts. They also have an old fashoned carousel outside for the kids!

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★★★★★

They have a HUGE menu that will take a while to go thru, while you do don't let yourself get distracted by all the robotics and puppets hanging over your head and installed in your table! If I had kids I would definately bring them here! A few of my favorites: the Blintzes, Fried Onion Rings with ranch, Fried Dill Pickles, Grilled Cheese (Chedar and Swiss on Challah bread with fried onions and tomato), any of their old fashoned ice cream deserts. They also have an old fashoned carousel outside for the kids!

Pros: Entertaining, Great Food, Good Parking

Cons: Busy on Sundays

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Ella's Deli is located on a very busy street in Madison and is easy to find. If you don't see the sign, aim for the huge merry-go-round out front!

The food and desserts are good and the prices are fair.

The real treat in coming here though is the merry-go-round. It is a novelty to be sure. Children I have taken here have enjoyed this immensely.

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★★★★☆

Ella's Deli is located on a very busy street in Madison and is easy to find. If you don't see the sign, aim for the huge merry-go-round out front!

The food and desserts are good and the prices are fair.

The real treat in coming here though is the merry-go-round. It is a novelty to be sure. Children I have taken here have enjoyed this immensely.

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