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The Wise Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$American,
1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible13%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“salad” (4 reviews)
Opens in 6 min
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hours
American, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Stayed at the hotel with friends and had breakfast at The Wise. Don't often eat at hotel restaurants, but wanted to save time rather than going out. We were all pleasantly surprised. The décor was contemporary and stylish.....wait staff attentive and knowledgeable.....and the food was...More

Thank Barb3413320
Reviewed November 24, 2013

The Wise Restaurant & Bar at HotelRed in Madison is not the typical bland hotel restaurant. The atmosphere is modern and edgy, the menu is varied and features the best of local food. Our server Ashley anticipated what we needed without hovering. Kudos to her...More

Thank Englishteacher28
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Had breakfast while staying at the hotel. Excellent service and very good food. A little pricey, but less expensive than similar restaurants at similar hotels. We both had eggs, potatoes, ham. The Dauphinoise potatoes were heavenly! Coffee good and she kept it coming. Beautiful and...More

Thank BuffyLou
Reviewed September 22, 2013

First the positive - - good location on the corner of Monroe and Regent Streets near Campus and Camp Randall. Some parking available underneath the hotel, including a valet option. Decor is trendy and the restaurant offers a spacious outdoor seating area. While the servers...More

Thank uwred1
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had breakfast at The Wise three times while staying at the Hotel Red. We had different selections each time, and they were all delicious and the right portions. The staff was very friendly, and even accommodated our request for sandwiches to-go. During our two-week...More

Thank TAEarly
John B, Manager at The Wise Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

TAEarly, We are very glad to hear about your experience at The Wise! It's great to know that among such great restaurants, you chose us not once or twice, but three times! We can't wait to see you again! Enjoy your travels. John Bauer Executive...More

Reviewed August 9, 2013

Artful environment, nestled into the lobby of Hotel Red at the corner of Regent and Monroe Streets, directly opposite UW's Camp Randall stadium. The service is fabulous and the food outstanding! Weather permitting, dine on the lovely patio. Many dishes are locally sourced. For breakfast/brunch...More

Thank LarrySharp
John B, Manager at The Wise Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

Hi, Larry! Thank you for the kind words! It's great to have people from the area coming in and visit us. Seeing them come back week after week is even better! Our Fall menu will be out soon but don't worry, the seafood Benedict isn't...More

Reviewed August 7, 2013

Had been wanting to try this place for some time. The hotel itself is very sleek, modern, and Euro-styling. I had heard good things about the restaurant/bar, and stopped by after work with a friend. We sat outside and had a great evening. The small...More

Thank WiscPedalGal
John B, Manager at The Wise Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

WiscPedalGal, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. Good or bad, we truly appreciate hearing what our guests have to say. And thank for taking advantage of our outdoor patio area! There's something about kicking back and relaxing with a beautiful...More

Reviewed July 28, 2013

It was restaurant week and my friend and I decided to try the Wise in Hotel Red, Madison, WI. I selected the gazpacho soup, chicken salad on a croissant, and a decadent torte that tasted just like fudge. Our server, Paige, was so attentive. We...More

Thank tripofthemonth
Reviewed May 13, 2013

My husband and I stopped in for lunch having not been here before. The food was great, very interesting and thoughtfully prepared. The decor is metro chic with great out door seating and the bar looks like it would be a fun place to meet...More

1  Thank Joan P
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We enjoyed a beet/spinach salad, Moscow Mules, and tea-to-go at this stop of the Monroe Street walking food tour with Madison Food Explorers. We even got some of the chocolates that are specially made for Hotel Red. Very modern/clean. Would like to come back for...More

Thank AASparks
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $22
American, Gastropub
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-819-8230
  • E-mail
The Wise is a great meeting place for lunch, cocktails and evening dining. We host a number of events and neighborhood gatherings each month as well serving our New Orleans brunch on Saturday and Sundays. Seasonal food and drink menus focus on area producers, farmers and ranchers. Badger fans love the view of Camp Randall stadium and the Vilas/Monroe Street area is an amazing part of town! Stop in and see us for Date Night on Tuesdays and Tunes, Tacos, & Taps on Wednesdays.
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