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Nostrano Restaurant

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111 S Hamilton St, Ste 13, Madison, WI 53703-3267 (W Main St | S Carroll St)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had surprisingly stunning experience, from appetizer to entree to dessert, including the wine. Let me say that when we first arrived we were about to leave because nothing on the small menu seemed to our liking. We were expecting the traditional Italian food. We decided to stay and it was worth it. We had the small... More 

Thank Bridgette S
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was there with 2 other people and all of our dishes were bland. Mine was the best, had the risotto but even that wasn't special at all. Surprised this place even exists. they try real hard the menu looks great but in action it is absolutely terrible. Service was also completely lacking after my second drink took over ten minutes... More 

Thank corbaebella
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

I came here for my birthday with my husband for the first time. The menu is a little difficult to interpret, because of me not knowing but the waiter was wonderful and explained what everything was in detail. We had 2 appetizers which were both amazing. We each had an entree and loved all of it. Even food I Don't... More 

Thank jaysea1997
Chesterland, Ohio
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667 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 437 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

Nostrano is just south of the state capital and only steps south from the square in an unusually shaped building. Inside, it is nicely decorated with old windows, tin ceiling artifacts, and similar architectural details. The restaurant probably seats fewer than 50 individuals along with a bar, leading to a more intimate experience. The star of the show, however, is... More 

Thank ElaineAndGreg
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by Nostrano for a cocktail, and ended up staying for dinner. The bartender mixed us up drinks both on the menu and off and some old favorites too. The owner, Tim Dahl, was nice enough to suggest something light off the menu. Turns out it was sturgeon!!! And it was spectacular. Don't forget to ask for the desert menu... More 

Thank Jeff R
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

Not enough positive adjectives to describe my meal and service. I had the sturgeon and an excellent glass of wine from the St. Emilion region in France...mind blowing! As much as I travel around the world, I've never tasted a dish this interesting and the wine was obviously stored properly. Madison is fortunate to have such a great addition to... More 

1 Thank Debra W
Hartsdale, New York
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

For the life of me I don't understand why this is not higher rated on Trip Advisor. Great looking restaurant, very cozy...(not a lot of tables) with a very nice bar. Extremely knowledgeable staff. There is not a ton of choices on the menu but everything we had was amazing. And the cocktails are the real deal. A very cool... More 

Thank Peter K
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

The food at Nostrano is incredible. We started with the charcuterie board. It was beyond delicious. We then had a faro salad that was unique and full of Mediterranean flavors. The highlight was the fresh sturgeon. It was the most flavorful fish I have ever had. It was cooked perfectly and had a nice smokey flavor that enhanced the fish... More 

Thank Lisa_S382
Madison, Wisconsin
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156 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

We visited Nostrano on a recent Friday night. I don't understand why this place doesn't have a line waiting at the door. It was fantastic! We were seated promptly. The decor is clean, comfortable, and tasteful. There was a beautiful bottle display we admired from across the room. Our server was fun, knowledgeable, and seemed to really enjoy her job.... More 

Thank rickleed
New Jersey
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

Great restaurant if you are a "foodie". This restaurant does not make traditional dishes. Very creative menu options. Food is fresh and is unbelievably good. Desserts are fun to share. Portions are large. Excellent wine selection. Fun cocktails to chose from. Atmosphere and décor are very inviting.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$29 - $31
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 S Hamilton St, Ste 13, Madison, WI 53703-3267
    (W Main St | S Carroll St)
  • Public Transportation: Madison Metro | Routes 1-8
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 16083953295

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?