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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 - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Chesterland, Ohio
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614 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 

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Hartsdale, New York
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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144 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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.

Thank dvie2015
Hartland, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

My small party of three stopped in to Nostranos in Madison on a quiet Thursday evening. We made a reservation at 7:30 and had no wait for seating. Service was excellent from the first welcome. Staff were clearly very experienced and provided us a wealth of information about all of our options; starters, cocktails, wine, beer, meals and desserts. We... More 

Thank Will J
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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137 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

I was curious about Nostrano and decided to check them out and I'm glad that I did. How can you explain in words a taste, much less a symphony of carefully selected tastes that complement one another? Presentation as art, cheerful service and an experience that you wish would not end too soon also characterize this gem. I began with... More 

Thank Bruce H
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

After trying to walk into a different nearby restaurant without reservations, we came upon Nostrano. They happily seated our party of four immediately. We enjoyed the quail, sturgeon, cavatelli, and rigatoncini. I personally enjoyed the rigatonicini and wish that I could return this weekend for it again. It was out of this world. The beef short rib ragu was incomparable.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $31
Italian, American
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?