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The Wise

$$ - $$$
American, Gastropub
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Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went for Madison's Restaurant week. Overall it was fair. My beet salad was fantastic. My main course, which was a fish I had not heard of before, was only fair. Chocolate cake for desert was good. My wife felt her meal was also good, but not great. I am unlikely to go here again, though if... More 

Thank MadMike96
Lake Arrowhead, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Reviewing The Wise is tough. What they do well, they do very well, but there are so many problems I just can't rate them highly. The ambiance is very good,,,,urban chic done well, the staff are friendly and work hard to give you a great experience. As with a previous reviewer, my main problem is that they are 'out' of... More 

Thank lynniegoes
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I've been there twice - both times miserable experiences. They don't have chardonnay choices (they ran out); bartenders and waitresses make up excuses - the wine truck comes tomorrow, we're not usually busy on Sundays, we're short staffed.....Two hours for pasta (Hamburger Helper would have been better); salad (really small and dressing on when I asked for on the side);... More 

Thank Suzan C
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Some crazy combinations of food. We really like the chorizo stuff dates (wrapped in bacon!). The staff was friendly and knowledgeable when we went. Outdoor seating at tall tables was nice and gave a good people watching perspective on the nearby trail.

Thank Andy G
Greenville, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

You'd never guess this was a restaurant in a hotel... The ambiance at The Wise was unbelievable, and the food was outstanding. Big shout out to the wait staff and Sunday brunch cook, TC! I had no idea a place like this could exist in Wisconsin... The industrial theme (concrete floors, exposed ducts, modern furniture, etc.) made us feel like... More 

Thank Krystal B
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Terrible meal...where do I begin. Wine list consists of cheap wines, dinner salad was a bowl full of old greens with nothing. Meal was tasteless. . Server was very slow. I don't mind spending $$ but let's upscale this place a bit.. I don't think so.

Thank jane56237
Onalaska, United States
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

After a long day of traveling and shopping, we settled into The Wise for some wine and snacks. We shared some small plates and spent a couple of hours just relaxing and talking. Service was great, we did not feel rushed or pressured. A great place to go with that special someone.

Thank Mike S
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

The wine list is exceptional and both mine and my partner's entrees were very tasty. I had the prawns and he had the burger. Well prepared with attentive service.

Thank BuckyBadger123
New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Great food made with flavorful, fresh, local ingredients. A wonderful surprise to find that our hotel had such a great restaurant. We ate here several times. Best of all, the chef and staff were well trained in preparing a meal for my severely food allergic child. It's not easy to find a restaurant that understands how to do it. It... More 

Thank frequenttraveler504
Madison, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

Seven of us ate at the Wise during Restaurant week in Madison. Among us all we tried every dish from starters to mains to dessert. The quality, taste, sauces, wine pairings to service were exemplary. We were well cared for purposely tried all the options. Starters were creative and flavorful. The meats to vegetarian mains were great. Desserts were perfect.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 22
American, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-819-8230
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 plated weekend 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 William Hill Wednesday with LIVE music by Patrick Ferguson and $5 glasses of William Hill wine.

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