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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 - 10:00 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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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 12
    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
tammy s
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Pardeeville
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DeForest, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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97 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 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
26 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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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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60 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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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?