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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: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Excellent food and presentation, but more casual that expected.

Great dining experience - I expected it to be fine dining, but it was a little more casual. The outdoor seating was basically patio furniture. The indoor area seems a bit fancier. The food was excellent and the presentation superb - I recommend the grilled peaches app and doughnuts for dessert. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
AdrianQJones
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Chicago, Illinois
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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Fresco: Great venue for friends, first and second dates and more. Love the view in summer from the outside patio and seating of downtown Madison. The menu is great and the service is even better.

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Thank Kay R
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

My husband and I have been here a couple of times for birthdays and anniversary celebrations. Wonderful food. I have never been disappointed with the service or the food. Amazing desserts if you leave room for them after a very filling meal.

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Thank Bass719
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I traveled to Madison to see my daughter play at the Overture Center. I researched restaurants and thought fresco sounded great. When I stopped to ask for a table she told me it would take an hour to get a table but I can set up tomorrow. After I was seated at the bar I noticed other people that came... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Madison, WI
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Not only do we tend to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary here, but this is where my now-husband took me to dinner the night he proposed. The view makes it extra special, but the food is always perfect and the staff fantastic. A wonderful place for a romantic dinner or to catch up with a friend. Try the beignets... More 

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Thank Leigh Anne G
Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The service was great. Thanks Jimmy. The atmosphere was fun. The food is just sub par. Nothing was actually very good other than the tater tots and who can't make a good tater tot as long as it's warm? The rest was very mediocre - one fish dish was sent back for being too salty. Not worth the price. Things... More 

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Thank JonThomasChicago
Madison, Wisconsin
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I love diding at Fresco. Every meal has bee a delight even for a larger party. Family friendly for older children. Above the Art Center and attached to the Overature center. There is a rooftop sculpture garden.

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Thank CAH6145
Oak Park, IL
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

A smart, well run restaurant, with very good service. Unfortunately the food was a bit underwhelming. We shared a "carrot tartare" appetizer which was interesting but underseasoned; it could have used some balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, or something to give it more zing. My wife's lobster cobb salad was underseasoned, as was my "bayoubaisse." The noise level was rather high,... More 

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Thank AlanTheFox
Chicago, Illinois
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125 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great dining experience - I expected it to be fine dining, but it was a little more casual. The outdoor seating was basically patio furniture. The indoor area seems a bit fancier. The food was excellent and the presentation superb - I recommend the grilled peaches app and doughnuts for dessert. I was a little disappointed because I made this... More 

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Thank AdrianQJones
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We have been to this restaurant 2X, but only made it to the patio once. We were a party of 6 & had to eat indoors. Decor is minimalist; tables can be moved to meet the needs of large or smaller parties; large windows all around with great views. Service was attentive & helpful. Everyone found something to eat &... More 

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Thank travelnana2
Madison, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

When you hear roof top restaurant you naturally think unique and upscale, not the case with Fresco. Trying to be upscale but not even close. The outdoor tables were wobbly and uncomfortable, you felt like you were seated on a ledge as this is a very narrow area, unfinished concrete, nothing appealing with the decor. Food was tasteless, portion was... 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
  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?