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227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
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Ranked #57 of 820 restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: Henry & Dayton
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75% Recommend
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Green Bay
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Menu changes seasonally. Fall-off-the-bone tender lamb. Served medium. Delicious. Great views from the balcony of the 3rd floor. Nice wine list. Great service.

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Mohegan Lake, NY
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I were in Madison visiting our son, a student at the University of Wisconsin. This restaurant was an awesome experience. We travel often and have eaten in the best of restaurants. Fresco truly impressed us. All the appetizers and entrees were outstanding- we had the salmon, braised short ribs and braised lamb shank entrees. Everything cooked to... More

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Sitting in the top level of the Madison Museum of Modern Art, you can't really beat the view. Patio seating is highly sought after, so there may be a wait. For that reason, our group of five sat indoors and was seated quickly. Our server was very attentive and engaging, offered great suggestions and walked us through their constantly changing... More

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Guelph, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Here with a large group, so prepared for a long slow social dinner. Food was great, wine was great, outdoor lighting. Watch that glass staircase after a few drinks!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We stumbled across this restaurant while visiting the madison art museum. Located on the third floor we found pleasant staff, a small open bar surrounded by tables with glass windows on three sides of the restaurant exposing downtown madison. Weather permitting, there is outdoor dining and a large patio area. Service was prompt, food was presented well and delicious. Reservations... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Fresco has one of the best locations in the city, above the MMOCA museum, complete with an outdoor rooftop deck with full service. The interior also has great views given the glass walls separating it from the exterior. It's generally popular and full, especially on nice summer nights. On my recent visit, we sat at the bar and while the... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My wife and I were in Madison for our anniversary. The rooftop experience was wonderful. The weather was beautiful and we could enjoy it being on the rooftop. The food and service was awesome! I would highly recommend!!

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Washington DC
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98 reviews 98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I finally went to Fresco after wanting to try it for a while. Service was slow at first, but then speed up quite a bit. The staff was very nice. I had the chicken fresco, which was superb. The hot, fresh bread was delicious too. I can't wait to go back!

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Long Beach, California, USA
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

How neat!! On the top floor of the museum, unique menu selections, the syrah was very nice---really delicious and very good service. I will say that we had trouble finding it because the signs weren't specific and we didn't know that parking was a premium in downtown, but now that we know all this, we'll certainly go again.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Food was top notch, and the service impeccable. You can sit inside or on the terrace. You can see the Capitol, but it's not a full view. Highly recommend!

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