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Madison, Wisconsin: Ella's Animatronic Deli (Closed)

A place where everything seemed to be spinning or whirring or chattering gears at once. Owners retired; closed the place on Jan. 21, 2018.

Jan. 2018: Closed forever

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Ella's Animatronic Deli

Ella's owners are reported to be retiring, and the fate of the restaurant is unknown. Fingers crossed for a buyer who can keep it awesome.

[Kitsa, 06/12/2017]

PEZ Table.

Ella's Animatronic Deli

Totally bonkers inside. All of the tables have different themes in them (I sat at one that was like a giant Wooly Willy board, complete with magnetic wands to play with). If you go at the end of the night, before closing when it isn't too crowded, you can avoid being the weirdo looking at the tables while people are trying to eat.

[Dave, 08/14/2015]


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]

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