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Fresco

227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
608-663-7374
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Ranked #31 of 826 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was our first time at Fresco and we definitely plan to go back. The food and service were both excellent. The restaurant itself is in a unique location (on top of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art) with a very nice view of the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The food was delicious- We had pork tostadas, chilled corn chowder (Obsessed), cesar salad, and a halibut entree and seafood pasta. For dessert we had beignets- I would recommend Fresco to anyone and will definitely return when in the area!

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We celebrated out anniversary here last night. We were pleased we could eat outside. Our waitress was outstanding. She paced the meal well and checked in with us after each course arrived. We shared the chilled corn chowder and the Caesar salad. Both were delicious. The parmesan crisp on top of the Caesar was a nice surprise. My wife had... More

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had a lovely dinner by the windows looking over the roof top sculpture garden. Our servers were efficient, friendly, but clearly took their job of taking care of us as their first priority. Our water glasses were filled unobtrusively. The food was served quickly and they were attentive without being too, too much. Now to the food! We each... More

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Wilmington NC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I went here with a party of 8 for dinner. We were seated quickly and the service was attentive. The view is nice and the food was excellent but it was a little hectic eating here. It is not a quiet place for dinner. I had the cioppino and loved it. I started with the wedge, which was a little... More

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