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about us

welcome to butterbird

A new casual chicken concept in Madison, Wisconsin, Butterbird is located a stone’s throw away from the University of Wisconsin campus and Camp Randall Stadium. The restaurant provides a family and student-friendly space for congregating around delicious, casual food—while also offering a noteworthy bar in the Regent Street neighborhood.


Founders Joe and Shaina Papach met in the kitchen of the iconic Gramercy Tavern in New York City. Joe then relocated to San Francisco to help run the kitchen at both of Michael Tusk’s Michelin-Starred restaurants, Quince and Cotogna, before moving to Yountville where he spent six years as sous chef at The French Laundry. Shaina’s diverse culinary resume includes cooking at Chez Panisse in Berkeley as well as in out of the kitchen positions overseeing programming for The Edible Schoolyard Project and Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. In 2021, they opened The Harvey House, their interpretation of a supper club in Shaina’s hometown of Madison, WI. The restaurant received many accolades including being named one of Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurants in America as well as being named one of The New York Times Best New Restaurants. They have partnered with Kaitlin Fischer, Director of Operations of The Harvey House, for this new concept.

the food

Anchoring the menu at Butterbird is, of course, the chicken. Fried chicken can be ordered by the piece while Rotisserie chicken comes by the quarter, half or whole. Guests are encouraged to get saucy with a variety of condiments such as hot honey, buffalo, green garlic, dilly ranch, and chipotle mayo, to name a few, with both preparations having an option to make it a plate by adding fries and slaw.

While the chicken takes center stage, the expansive menu also features snacks, salads, sandwiches, sides and sweets that keep guests coming back for more. The snack section includes dishes such as a soft pretzel with Wisconsin beer cheese dip, fried super dill pickles, mac n cheese bites and chicken-fried mozzarella sticks with ranch for dipping. Salad options, which offer the option to add fried or rotisserie chicken, are a Kale Caesar with parmesan and crispy chickpeas and a chopped vegetable salad with kale, purple cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cheddar cheese with a zippy ranch dressing.

Sandwiches pay homage to the bird with the Butterbird Classic made with a crispy chicken thigh, shredded lettuce, super dill pickles and ranch; the Hot Badger Chicken Sandwich which is similar to the classic but fried in chili oil and served with a smoky chipotle mayo; and then a Rotisserie Sandwich made with pulled chicken, green garlic aioli, swiss cheese, and shredded cabbage on a toasted brioche bun. Burger enthusiasts will not be disappointed as there is a Triple Smash Butterburger which includes a double smash patty, American cheese, griddled onions, super dill pickles, and a smashed Big Marty Bun.

Don’t eat meat? Butterbird has you covered with their Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella cheese on a poppy seed bun. Golden fried eggplant can also be substituted for any of the other sandwiches.

And what is a chicken joint without sides? Guests can choose from a large selection including french fries, classic coleslaw, broccoli salad, roasted sweet potato, and hush puppies.
Ending the meal with something sweet is a must.  Opt for Banana Pudding soft serve sundae with Nilla wafers and whipped cream, the Sprecher Root Beer Float, or Vanilla and Chocolate soft serve with the option to add sprinkles or Joe’s magic shell.

the beverage program

The bar program includes cocktails as well as a curated list of beer and wine. A selection of draft cocktails, available by the glass or pitcher, include favorites such as the Golden Cadillac Margarita, Bourbon Old Fashioned and Long Island Sweet Tea while long pour drinks feature classics like a Paloma, Mai Tai and a Bourbon Smash. The bar menu also includes a classic selection of 90’s style jello shots.

the design

Designed by Brooklyn-based design firm Home Studios, the Butterbird space embodies the nostalgia of an American diner with a tile-lined bar in the center of the space, terrazzo floors, powdered-covered metal tables, and booths upholstered with black and white gingham or burnt brown leather. A nod to Wisconsin and the Badgers, color palates of maroon and cream can be found throughout the space along with UW-Madison memorabilia and vintage chickens. Televisions line the walls playing sporting events or 80’s movies. A section of the space is dedicated to games where guests can play pole tabs, a classic Wisconsin card game, or a variety of other games custom printed on top of stand-up tables such as tic tac toe, checkers, and backgammon. A custom claw machine is full of plush toys and eggs filled with offerings of free soft serve and soda.  A hall lined with chicken images leads to a custom photo booth as well as an outdoor seating area with AstroTurf for lawn games.

Butterbird is located at 1134 Regent St and is open for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm - 9pm. In the near future, Butterbird will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11am - 11pm. Follow us on instagram at @butterbirdchicken.

wisco's finest chicken & bar

Located on Madison’s famed Regent Street, Butterbird Chicken & Bar is an energetic celebration of the Midwest’s most celebrated college town.

Capturing the common ground between quick service and casual dining, our 120 seat counter style restaurant is a boisterous place where the spirit of classic Americana is enjoyed by both families and college students alike. The core of the menu is centered around our passion for recreating nostalgic renditions of American roadside classics. Come for the Fried Chicken Dinner, Triple Smashburger, and Badger Hot Chicken Sandwich – and linger over draft cocktails, vintage photo booth and game room!

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*All fried items are prepared using shared fryer oil. All items prepared in our kitchen have potential cross contact with wheat/gluten, dairy, egg, & soy allergens.




Do you have a phone number?

We do not have a phone number. The best way to reach us is by emailing us at contact@butterbird.com.

Do you take reservations?

A reservation is not needed to dine with us. We offer fast-casual counter service and seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. We welcome groups of all sizes. If you would like to reserve a specific part of the restaurant, please reach out to our events team at parties@butterbird.com.

How do I get in touch with you if there’s an issue with my order?

We don’t like making mistakes, but we love fixing them! Please email us at contact@butterbird.com so we can assist you. Please include: date of visit; concerning details; payment method (last 4 digits of CC# used).

Do you deliver?

We do offer delivery. You can schedule a delivery through our website ORDER HERE button up to fourteen days in advance.

What days are you closed?


Do you sell gift cards?

Yes, you can purchase physical gift cards onsite during business hours or you can purchase a digital gift card through our website ORDER HERE button anytime.

Do you have a loyalty program?

Yes! Sign up through our website ORDER HERE button for perks and gifts!

Do you have a patio?

Yes - our patio is now open!

Do you have a bar?

Yes, we have a full service bar. If you see an open stool, skip the line and join us!

Do you serve brunch?

Yes, we serve brunch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!

Do I have to get back in line to order dessert?

No. You can also order dessert at the Sweet Spot at the back counter!

parties & catering

When do you offer catering?

We offer catering Tuesday - Sunday with 48-hour advance notice. You can order on our website up to one month in advance for pick up or delivery.

Do you cater lunchtime hours?

Yes, we do! You can place an order for delivery during lunch hours. If you are interested in a lunch time pick up order, please reach out to parties@butterbird.com and we’ll arrange.

Do you offer catering on Mondays?

We do our best to accommodate catering requests! If you are interested in a Monday pick up order, please reach out to parties@butterbird.com.

Can you accommodate last minute catering orders?

We can typically accommodate last minute requests. Please reach out to contact@butterbird.com if you have a last minute request and we'll do everything we can to accommodat your order!


Is any of your food gluten free?

All fried items are prepared using shared fryer oil. All items prepared in our kitchen have potential cross contact with wheat/gluten, dairy, egg and soy allergens.

The following items are not prepared with any ingredients that contain gluten:

Main Menu
Buffalo Chicken Queso, Chopped Veg Salad, Broccoli Salad, Hot Honey Sweet Potato, Classic Coleslaw, Rotisserie Chicken & Soft Serve.

Brunch/Lunch Menu
Hangover Salad, Fruit, Scrambled Eggs, Peppered Bacon, Maple Sausage, Roasted Vegetable Bowl.

Is any of your food dairy free?

The Broccoli Salad, Classic Coleslaw, Hot Honey Sweet Potato (with no butter) & Roasted Vegetable Bowl are the only dairy free items on our main menu.

Brunch/Lunch Menu
Hangover Salad, Fruit, Breakfast Potatoes, Peppered Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Maple Sausage

Do you have vegetarian items?

Yes, we do have vegetarian items, though all fried items have been prepared in a shared fryer. The Broccoli Salad, Kale Caesar, Chopped Vegetable Salad, Hot Honey Sweet Potato and Classic Coleslaw and all sweets are all vegetarian, as well as the Granola Bowl, Breakfast Biscuit (no sausage), Roasted Vegetable Bowl, Fruit, Breakfast Potatoes, Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, Sweet Corn waffle, Mac n Cheese, Soft Pretzel, Mozz Sticks, French Fries, and Eggplant Parm.

Do any of your menu items contain eggs?

Yes. The following menu items contain eggs: Kale Caesar, Broccoli Salad, Classic Coleslaw, Green Garlic Mayo, Dilly Ranch, Chipotle Mayo, Warm Brownie, Chocolate Soft Serve, Butterbird Classic Sandwich, Hot Badger Sandwich, Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich, Banana Sundae, Sweet Corn Waffle, Hangover Salad,  Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, Breakfast Biscuit.

Still have questions?

Reach us anytime at contact@butterbird.com