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227 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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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 yesterday NEW

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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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank FQTV_IT_Nurse
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
Friendship, Wisconsin
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140 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We ate here before attending a musical at the Overture Center. This is very convenient in that you park once and can enjoy dinner and a show. It was a nice evening so we ate outside. The service was outstanding! All waiters very attentive to our needs. The food is pricey and was a bit of a disappointment this visit... More 

Thank Sandra5678
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Had dinner on a busy Friday night before seeing The Lion King at the Overture Center which is right next door! We had several appetizers. They were all good, but the bib cups were great! Service and ambiance are wonderful!

Thank Bert F
Milton, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

My husband and I and our daughter thought we would eat here before a show. Soooo disappointed. The service was good. We had a lovely waitress. The menu was so limited. My daughter had at least a decent sized meal, she ordered the burger with fries, asked if they had swiss cheese, but no, only cheddar . The burger was... More 

Thank Elaine D
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I thought the food quality was very good,just not large portions. Our server Richard was very good and would highly recommend him.

Thank Ann Marie R
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125 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Fresco works best for a group of 4 or less. The space inside is not large and loud. The outside seating is weather dependent, but more desireable than inside. A wait will be encountered even with a reservation. The food and service is superb. I had a hard time with my dinner choice.

1 Thank Tom I
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Great brunch. Beet burgers terrific gluten free bread as well as other options. Nutella French toast stellar.Good service

Thank Douges888

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
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 W. State St., Madison, WI 53703
  • Public Transportation: Henry & Dayton
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-663-7374

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