We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
608-663-7374
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #24 of 836 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Henry & Dayton
Write a Review

84 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    40
    26
    11
    6
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
WI
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brookfield, WI
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
stoughton, wi
Contributor
11 reviews 11 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Palo Alto, California
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Fe
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I have only best to the restaurant one other time for a special event and it was excellent so we decided to try it out for a regular meal. We were definitely not disappointed. The restauarant is up on top of the Madison Contemporary Art Mueseum overlooking the city and State Street. The interior is modern with lots of glass,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We enjoyed a delightful evening on the rooftop at Fresco, located on State Street in Madison. The view was superb with the lit capital building the best I've seen in Madison. We had a very nice bottle of wine (reasonably priced) and sampled several of the appetizers along with a well-prepared Caesar salad. It is as nice an outdoor dining... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My husband were pleasantly surprised by our dining experience at Fresco. The restaurant is located on top of an art museum. The dishes were delicious and would appeal to foodies. Portions were generous and ingredients were interestingly paired with one another. I had the diablo shrimp starter. It had just the right amount of heat and it tasted bright and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Fresco also viewed

 

Been to Fresco? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Fresco

Address: 227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-663-7374
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fresco staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?