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Fresco

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227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
Henry & Dayton
608-663-7374
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great choice for dining downtown

No often do you go to a restaurant twice in one month with two sets of parents and everyone's meal was great. The food is outstanding and the value is excellent too. Also so convenient when you are seeing a show at the Overture Center. Definitely my go-to when guests are in town to visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
OhioOkie
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Newark, Ohio
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

No often do you go to a restaurant twice in one month with two sets of parents and everyone's meal was great. The food is outstanding and the value is excellent too. Also so convenient when you are seeing a show at the Overture Center. Definitely my go-to when guests are in town to visit.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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116 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Dined here after a visit to Madison for shopping. Reviews have been up and down but we had a brilliant experience. Staff was wecoming, excellent roof top view of the city, food could not have been better and portions more than generous. Wine offerings perfect, bartender poured samples to allow us to taste before we made choices. We'd definitely return,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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167 reviews 167 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a wonderful restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. I've eaten here on several occasions and plan on going back the next time I'm in town.

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WI
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130 reviews 130 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

On our last trip to Madison, I made a reservation at Fresco for a dinner out with my wife. It was a Saturday night and parking was not easy. It took awhile to find parking and the restaurant. Not a good start. Well we finally made it to Fresco. It is located on the top floor of the Madison Museum... More 

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Brookfield, WI
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61 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Wow! Our experience at Fresco was outstanding! From the mussels to the beet salad to the short ribs to the salmon to the beignets: SAVOR! Wonderful atmosphere. A bit loud. Many unique menu items that will bring me back often.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Fresco is located on the top floor of the Overture on State Street in Madison. It is a quaint restaurant that pays attention to detail. We sat at the bar for a cocktail before dinner. The chairs are uncomfortable and the bartender served all the wait staff before we were greeted. It took her 10 minutes to say hi with... More 

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stoughton, wi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We usually eat at Fresco when we go to the overture center. Service was very good and the food as good as usual. We especially like the fish entrees. Too bad the other couple couldn't finish so I took their leftovers to my car on a very cold night.

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Palo Alto, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The night I went here, it was 8 degrees outside, so I think that kept many from going out. This restaurant, on the roof of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, was never more than half full while I was there. I was dining alone, so I appreciated the excellent list of wines by the glass. My first course -... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We were a party of four before a theatre engagement. One of the first things the waitress asked is if we had to make a performance which set the tone for the evening; of course they are in close proximity to the Overture Center where there are numerous shows eery month. Each of us had something different and I will... More 

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Santa Fe
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78 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

we were starving and very few restaurants in the downtown Madison area seem to take reservation. We called and immediately were told we could get a table. The restaurant is upstairs above the art gallery with lovely views of the Capitol. Glass windows make impressive frames of the city. We were seated immediately and served by a very knowledgeable and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
  • Public Transportation: Henry & Dayton
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-663-7374

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?