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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: Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Beautiful view of the capital

Really enjoyed the sophisticated food but un pretentious environment. Service was good- wine choices were lovely. I think in the summer it will be beautiful when you can walk outside on the patio but it is fun to be able to enter by walking through the museum. I left something behind by mistake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Betsy W
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Winnetka, Illinois
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Beloit, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed dinner at Fresco on Friday night. We had heard wonderful things about this restaurant and had high hopes of an enjoyable meal. We started an appetizer that was on special that particular evening - tuna tartar tacos. We also had shrimp diablo to start. I ordered the roasted vegetable salad followed by the soy-glazed grilled... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My wife and I were visiting our adult children in Madison, and the four of us went to dinner here Sunday night. The decor is modern, with beautiful rooftop views of the downtown area and Capitol building. We found the service to be excellent and the menu had many tempting choices. We had equally delicious entres: cassoulet, pork belly, short... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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84 reviews 84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Great location and view. Service was a bit slow but the food was very good. Very nice local beer selection and the food is sourced locally when possible. The prices were also very reasonable for the quality of the food.

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Winnetka, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Really enjoyed the sophisticated food but un pretentious environment. Service was good- wine choices were lovely. I think in the summer it will be beautiful when you can walk outside on the patio but it is fun to be able to enter by walking through the museum. I left something behind by mistake and they even called us to make... More 

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Madison
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I've been a patron of Fresco ever since it opened. Some restaurants decline over time, but this one has not. My Cosmo (admittedly pretty easy for a bartender) was delicate, light on the cranberry, and citrusy without being overly tart.My friend and I made a meal of the starters; Pretty easy to do that, as the starters are fairly substantial.... More 

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UK
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58 reviews 58 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We were 6 and half way through our appetizers we became 7 when another colleague joined us. The restaurant staff moved us effortlessly to a larger table and we continued to thoroughly enjoy ourselves. All the food we chose was excellent - very tasty, great sized portions, excellent choose and superbly cooked. Wine was a touch pricey, but we were... More 

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Newark, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

No often do you go to a restaurant twice in one month with two sets of parents and everyone's meal was great. The food is outstanding and the value is excellent too. Also so convenient when you are seeing a show at the Overture Center. Definitely my go-to when guests are in town to visit.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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179 reviews 179 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Dined here after a visit to Madison for shopping. Reviews have been up and down but we had a brilliant experience. Staff was wecoming, excellent roof top view of the city, food could not have been better and portions more than generous. Wine offerings perfect, bartender poured samples to allow us to taste before we made choices. We'd definitely return,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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173 reviews 173 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a wonderful restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. I've eaten here on several occasions and plan on going back the next time I'm in town.

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WI
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143 reviews 143 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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 

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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?