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Fresco

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227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
Henry & Dayton
608-663-7374
Website
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 29
    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
Take the Elevator...LOL

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,

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Pardeeville
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 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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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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57 reviews 57 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
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
135 helpful votes 135 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?