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Porta Bella

425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
+1 608-256-3186
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good21%
  • Average20%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible17%
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
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425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
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Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

We were there with a large group, about 40 people. We were seated in our own room, ordered from the menu, and were provided separate checks, which was great. The service was good when we arrived but sort of dwindled as the courses were served....More

Thank messro
Reviewed April 23, 2015

We haven't eaten at Porta Bella's in many years. We were in the neighborhood in the middle of the week and decided to stop by for Pizza and drinks. As there is a lot of construction going on around the building, we weren't sure if...More

Thank Sunny19a
Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

After a long day, sleeting out, this was the greatest refuge from the weather. We parked close by and headed inside. First to the bar. Beautiful warm and no TV, so nice. The bar was empty on this Tuesday evening so we chatted with bartender...More

Thank FastGirl39
Reviewed April 20, 2015

If we ever want a relaxing Italian dinner in Madison, Porta Bella is it! You can be on your way to a Badger sports event or celebrating something special. While we were there we saw Prom goers as well as those of us going to...More

Thank WIflycruiserdtrip
Reviewed April 18, 2015

It has been a while since we went. Nice evening so wanted to went downtown and walked State street. We chose Porta Bella for dinner and sat outside. Seated right away but took a while to get menus, water, wait staff...Young waiter (male) came, went...More

Thank Greg50Madison
Reviewed April 4, 2015

I really enjoyed this gem nestled in the heart of the capital. I truly appreciated the service, my kids loved the atmosphere and felt very special in the wrap around private booth. The fettuccini was fabulous and they customized the meals! It was a great...More

Thank Emilymae H
Reviewed March 25, 2015

SIxteen of us women went to Porta Bella following a day-long retreat. We were served in a private dining room with a wonderful Italian atmosphere. Although we had just one main server, he did an excellent job of keeping orders and bills separate yet serving...More

Thank cathycammack
Reviewed March 15, 2015

Perfect spot for a large group traveling on a sports team. We sat in the downstairs wine bar. Wine selections were average. Food is heavy American Italian style. Garlic bread had good ratio of butter and flavor. Included with dinner- their house salad with meats,...More

Thank jenworldtraveler
Reviewed February 18, 2015

Although the ambiance is quaint and romantic in a slightly outdated sort of way, the food is terrible! I would prefer a $5 frozen/tv dinner to the $25 I paid! Food tasted frozen and marinara sauce reminded me of 2-week old moldy out of a...More

Thank Michele1012013
Reviewed January 20, 2015

Very intimate and elaborate interior, heavily upholstered booths. Service and food were very good. Had pasta and meat sauce.

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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-256-3186
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