Nobody knows Madison like you do. That’s why we turn to you each year to help us craft a definitive list of the best people, places and things this city has to offer. We want to know what’s the Best of Madison —best restaurant ambience, best bookstore, best photographer … best everything.

So please browse the below 2017 Best of Madison categories and cast your votes!

It’s you voters who are doing the hard part—picking among so many great nominees—but we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to make this list as comprehensive and true to public opinion as possible. That’s where a few rules come in.

Voters are allowed one vote per day, per category using one email address. (Don’t use fake emails or multiple ones; that’s just not cool.) We will invalidate your entry if we see you spamming the ballot. You’ll get one warning, and if it happens again, we’ll have to disqualify the votes attached to your email address. But that’s not to say that you shouldn’t get out the vote! We can even help you with that by clicking here.

As for qualifying businesses, we include only Dane County businesses. We don’t allow non-Wisconsin-born franchises or corporations. Have we mentioned we love local at Madison Magazine?

You do not need to submit your ballot when you are done voting. Each individual vote is counted when you hit vote next to each business.

Oh, and one more thing: THANK YOU! Voters and great local businesses are what make the Best of Madison better with each passing year. If you have any question or concerns you can contact Maggie Whitish at