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Nostrano Restaurant

111 S Hamilton St, Ste 13, Madison, WI 53703-3240
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Ranked #93 of 820 restaurants in Madison
Price range: $29 - $31
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: W Main St | S Carroll St
Transit: Madison Metro | Routes 1-8
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87% Recommend
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The seafood tasted like yesterday's catch. The desserts were flat and off putting. Service was fair but not for what you spend.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I always enjoy eating at Nostrano. The meals are inventive and delicious. I especially like to go for Restaurant Week. Great Value! The desserts are exceptional, perhaps the best I've had anywhere (I've been to Europe more than 40 times and travel in the US a lot, too!) I take pictures of the desserts and long for the day when... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Nostrano is our favorite restaurant in Madison. The sformato and quail were among the best things we have eaten in town. Brodetto and rabbit boudin blanc have also been good, but the smoked lentils beneath the quail should not be missed. For cocktails, we trusted our server's recommendation and had three glorious Fistfuls of Dollars. Impeccable service. Very quiet on... More

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Northern California
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121 reviews 121 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Out-of-towners who are in Madison once a year and who hit all the best restaurants within striking distance of downtown (and then some). Nostrano seemed even better this time than the last time. Food choices while limited are very good; wine choices are quite acceptable; service is very good and friendly (and not over the top). This is a really... More

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Stoughton, Wisconsin, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Nostrano doesn't need my review--just look at all the five-star ratings they have! I went in there with a fair degree of skepticism, knowing they were more pricey than I'm comfortable paying, but it was Restaurant Week and we thought that was a perfect time to check it out. Although it's a small place, it works. Once you're seated there... More

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Creative! This is a place to forget about a steak or seared day boat scallops. One of my red flags for an upscale restaurant is a large menu...something for everyone. Nostrano has a workable menu that changes with the seasons. While pricey, the offerings are well prepared and designed to give guests an opportunity to step outside the box. We... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I picked this restaurant on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised. The food was so fresh. In fact, the appetizer of bruschetta was made with tomatoes from the chef's garden. The menu itself isn't hugely extensive, but everything on it sounded appealing, and I was happy with my dish.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

DISCLAIMER...I worked here through it's first year and a half, it was a positive experience and I left amicably. I returned for only the second or third time since leaving (as others have stated, it is pricey) as my brother was visiting and I wanted to treat him to the best dessert in Madison. He had the Affagato and I... More

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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147 reviews 147 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Had dinner here twice. Most recently July 2013. Restaurant is conveniently located near Capitol Square, nice interior and very good service. Was recently given high marks by one of the local food critics. Food was impressive the first time a couple summers ago. Wanted to return and did so July 2013. Second time, found that the menu was very limited... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This is a fabulous place for lunch! We had olives and panzanella appetizers followed by lamb ragu pappardelle and the salumi board followed by an incredible buttermilk gelato, toffee pudding, ginger desert. The food was uniformly wonderful - the presentation and the flavors! Accompanying wine of the day and Scottish beer went very well with the food. A cheerful lunch... More

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