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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    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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Chicago, Illinois
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123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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Middleton, Wisconsin
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I don't normally give 5 stars, but Fresco last night (5 August) hit it on all accounts. My wife and I sat on the roof top along the side where there is a row of couples tables. The roof top is organized with a long row of couples tables and then it opens up where music is playing and there... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I hate to do this but it wouldn't be fair to post a better rating. Our waitress and the restaurant staff were very helpful and nice. They went out of their way to make amends for what doesn't work in the kitchen. We had heard good things about Fresco and enjoyed the outdoor rooftop garden dining, and our drinks. The... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Found on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, this great spot had a wonderful eclectic menu of food and drinks. We were told the menu changes every three months so that they take advantage of seasonal things which sounded good to us. I ordered the Lobster Risotto and the Grilled Pear salad with goat cheese. The salad... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

My sister and I ate on the rooftop with a beautiful view of the capitol. We both had rich pasta dishes and a shrimp appetizer. The server was attentive and efficient. Food was pricey, but worth it. Fresco was definitely worth it and I look forward to a trip back and a delicious cocktail from the bar!

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DeForest, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Visited Fresco on a Thursday night. Sat outside in beautiful weather. The service was attentive and the food was very good. The presentation was very good also. Scallops were the main course and the lobster app was very good. I was really impressed with the evening. They exceeded my expectations.

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94 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This rooftop lounge definitely offers a great view, and is conveniently located atop the Overture Center. Their signature mixed drinks were pricey, yet not as great as we had hoped. We each ended up getting a bottled beverage instead. I would recommend it for the view, but not so much the drinks.

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New York City, New York
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

On the rooftop (floor) of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is the Fresco. Yes, you should make a reservation. The menu is outrageous. Do not order the ordinary, go and explore, expand your palette, treat yourself to something that is not made elsewhere. Try the risotto or the mussels. How about a salad? Want Halibut or Salmon or Tuna... 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?