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Fresco

227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
608-663-7374
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Ranked #57 of 821 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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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We were in Madison for a wedding which happened to be in the Overture Center and found out that they have a rooftop restaurant which was highly rated. We decided to give it a try and were not disappointed. The restaurant has two sections, indoor with wall-to-wall glass which is a more formal setting and an outdoor terrace section which... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Excellent food. I came here before the mdison marathon (half) and had some clean, fresh food. The waitstaff were excellent and he even cheered me on the day after. The restaurant is up 3 floors.mit may look like the lobby is closed but go in and take the lift. You'll be glad you did.

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WI
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We eat at Fresco several times a year and especially enjoyed our most recent meal there. I suggest trying number of the starters as they are lovely. The cocktails are imaginative and refreshing, and don't miss the hot beignets, which our friend likened to Nordic Ebelskivers. Finally, the views are the best in Madison. I would give it 4.5 stars... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

My wife and I had the seafood pasta and salmon Seasoned perfectly, cooked to perfection. Might be the best clams I've ever had, scallops were to die for. I enjoy cooking, and love when I can find food that's better than I can make myself.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Lovely setting high up in contemporay art museum, very pleasant meal

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Rochester, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Uniquely situated atop the art museum, the menu and wine list were great. Food was excellent and the staff was very accomodating when we mentioned we had to leave by a specific time.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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128 reviews 128 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

This place has a hip vibe, great service and food. Pleased with everything! Give it a try. The salmon is scrumptious.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Nice setting for a drink after a day of shopping on State Street. You are up above everything, very bright and friendly space, with fun signature cocktails. Perhaps it was when we were there, but it was definitely an older crowd, but if you are there with friends like we were it doesn't matter.

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Northfield, Minnesota
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

I will go back but only for drinks & dessert and the view. Both of our entrees were in the $27 to $35 range. For that price I expect something that is not just fine but a little different or memorable. My salmon was just a piece of grilled salmon-no interesting seasonings or glaze. I had a couple of "fishy"... More

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Madison, WI
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30 reviews 30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

This is one of the few places I would introduce to visitors due to the scenic view of State Street and the hanging garden. Although Madison is nowhere near the ocean, my friend and I had one of the best scallop dishes we had in town during my latest visit on 22 Jul 11. The beignets are to die for,... More

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