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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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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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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 14
    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
Nice Rooftop Evening

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
wandertheworld7
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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South Orange, New Jersey
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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24 reviews
17 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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31 reviews
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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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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 55 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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Pardeeville
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

So my daughters and I chose Fresco as our dining delight prior to Mamma Mia at the Overture. You can take the three flights of stairs or the elevator... I thought,

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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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 to $30

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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 to $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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?