Madison, Wisconsin: Ella's Animatronic Deli

A place where everything seems to be spinning or whirring or chattering gears at once. The most unique Ice Cream Parlor and Kosher Deli in our experience.
2902 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI
I-90 exit 135. Take US 151/Washington Ave. south about three miles. Cross under Hwy 30, and the Deli will be a quarter-mile south, on the right, at Johnson St.
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Ella's Animatronic Deli.

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Ella's Animatronic Deli

Very loud and busy. Went on a Sunday afternoon about 1:30. Cool place to look around.

[4theboys, 07/27/2015]
Ella's Animatronic Deli

Creeped our youngest out a bit. It's pretty loud and $30 for 4 ice creams.

[Rob Slaven, 06/27/2015]

Animatronic orchestra.

Ella's Animatronic Deli

My daughters used to go to ride the carousel with their high school friends on memorial occasions like Homecoming or Prom. Now they meet friends there for a meal and carousel ride when they come back to visit. It is a Madison tradition!

[cathie, 08/13/2011]

Ella's Deli sign and carousel.

Ella's Animatronic Deli

The first thing that catches your eye about Ella's is the outdoor carousel. It was built in 1927 and is one of the few remaining original carousels.

Inside, the walls, ceiling, and tables are all decorated with art and animated displays created by Madison artists (some by the owners and employees). Ella's started out as a small kosher deli and grocery store in the 1960s and still serves kosher foods. The menu offers everything from corned beef to phosphates.

[Mandy Crandell, 10/08/2010]

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