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227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to Fresco on a weeknight in August with a small group of colleagues, and all of us had wonderful (albeit a little expensive) meals. We selected this spot because one of the group has celiac disease so she needed absolutely gluten-free food, and they were able to accommodate. I started off with a glass of red wine that it... More 

Thank Hija_del_sol
Black Earth
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86 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband surprised me by deciding where e would go to dinner for my birthday. I was so happy he chose fresco. I had been three with girlfriends, but not him. Our experience was stellar. Our server was supremely attentive, and we enjoyed a specialty cocktail (.yum.) , wonderful cheese plate, shared salad and entree. They out s candle on... More 

Thank WisconsinTWS
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our cocktails.... Studied our menus. We shared the charcuterie plate, that always pleases everyone, and shared the spring rolls! Wonderful! Then we decided instead of having an entree we would have another small plate, the green curry mussels, yum... The only thing we would suggest is for each person to have a cup and spoon, the liquid is much... More 

Thank MaryofMadison
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful dinner. Sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. The tuna appetizer was top notch like in any big city. Fresh warm bread to start. Large wine list with big variety. Salmon entree very fresh. Vietnamese egg rolls were fresh and tasty. Our waiter Jimmy from Sterling illinois was professional fun kind and a perfect host for our table. Service... More 

Thank rae817
Port Washington, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived at the bar and ordered a dark and stormy (dark rum & ginger beer) and the college kid bartender looks at me like I'm crazy and says "What is...? Um, we don't have that." -- despite a can of ginger beer sitting on the bar rail. Dinner service was slow, two dishes delivered to the table were suddenly removed... More 

Thank BuzzWilliams
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Both the view and the food were amazing! We started off with green curry mussels in a lime, chile, cilantro broth. My husband had the seared scallops with parsnip purée, roasted cauliflower, bacon lardon, dried cherry & beurre blanc and I had cod in a curry sauce with carrot, potato, cauliflower, bok choy, crushed peanuts. Great wine list and also... More 

Thank Ann L
Madison, Wi, Usa
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

We came here for dinner as part of our Restaurant Week tour. We have been here before and had fond memories of the food and place. Location is superb. Roof top at theMadison Museum of Comtemporary Arts on State St. It was a hot day and a thunderstorm was brewing when we got there so we were seated inside. If... More 

Thank msnyinyang
Asheville, North Carolina
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

This is atop the Contemporary Museum of Art. We walked in at 6 without reservations and were told there was a 45 minute wait for a table unless we could find a seat at the bar. We were able to get the last 2 seats at the bar at this contemporary and bustling restaurant. The martinis were well done and... More 

Thank John W
Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

What a treat to enjoy a view of Madison, the Capitol, and a great Thunderstorm from the open contemporary space in the rooftop restaurant. Located at the top of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the stark, (but comfortable) setting was great. A variety of fresh dishes and innovative cocktail concoctions (many flavored by herbs and veggies from their rooftop... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Conveniently located for our after dinner musical at the Overture Center. I was very disappointed in the food. The salad priced at $9 was one of the poorest quality I've ever had at any price. The main course was good though. Perhaps it was the overall price of $90 dinner for two but I was expecting much more. Nice view.

Thank Gerald R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
  • Public Transportation: Henry & Dayton
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-663-7374

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?