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The Wise

$$ - $$$American,
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible11%
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American, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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11 - 20 of 42 reviews

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
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...More

Thank frequenttraveler504
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....More

Thank trips_db
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

We appreciate the great services from Joshua. Cute too. Where is Joe? Love them both. Worth stopping in to see

1  Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 1 March 2014

I took the lady out for dinner and we both had an incredible time. We frequent Hotel Red, but we tried some new items and it was fabulous. I cannot say enough about the food, staff, and atmosphere. Truely a must visit when in town!...More

Thank Goodrich2014
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed at Hotelred recently for Valentines day. As we checked in they offered us a complimentary cocktail, chocolate truffles and a heart cookie. The staff was polite and very welcoming right from the start. The hotel room was very modern and large considering it...More

Thank Xochitl P
Reviewed 31 December 2013

After reading the reviews and wanting to try something new or different, my husband took me to The Wise this past Saturday evening. There was no charge for parking behind and underneath Hotel Red (the driveway is off Regent Street, not Monroe Street). We arrived...More

Thank waunakeereader
Reviewed 25 November 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 24 November 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 21 October 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
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Nearby Attractions
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511 reviews
1.48 km away
Henry Vilas Zoo
1,443 reviews
.94 km away
Camp Randall Stadium University of Wisconsin
344 reviews
.24 km away
Chazen Museum of Art
237 reviews
1.32 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 22
American, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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
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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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