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227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
608-663-7374
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Ranked #19 of 827 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
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Henry & Dayton
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Palo Alto, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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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

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Santa Fe
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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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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

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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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

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I were visiting Madison from Chicagoland and selected this as the second restaurant to try. We enjoyed an al fresco dinner with tasty appetizers but both found our main courses (seared tuna and braised lamb shank) just average. Might try the restaurant again when next back in the lovely town of Madison to see if we were... More

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Madison, Wi
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Seated by the window with a view of State St. and State Capitol. Modern, clean lines with outside seating as well. Noise level a bit high. Server was attentive but not over bearing. Food presentation was excellent and both meals were adequate size and very tasty. . Prices were in line with other quality restaurants.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

One of my favorite parts of Fresco is that they locally source a lot of their ingredients. The prices are high, but you get what you pay for; local, fresh ingredients, well balanced flavors, and unique eats you can't find just anywhere. The view is also fantastic, especially if you love the city of Madison. We've eaten inside at the... More

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Blue Mounds
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great view, above the Overture Center so super location. Service ho hum and not very speedy when she knew we were attending a concert. Food was very gourmet but nothing to write home about. I actually felt like it was so rich I didn't want to eat it or even take it home. Found it odd they talked about how... More

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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

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