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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
$$ - $$$
425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Go anywhere else and you'll get a better meal including the fast food options on state street. Expensive. It was a good restaurant but I'm afraid everything from the food to the decor is in the past I do not mind spending for a good...More

Thank Dan P
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A friend had highly recommended this restaurant, so a group of us met there on a Friday night. We had a reservation but it didn't matter as it appeared there were plenty of empty tables. My friend had raved about dish there and was disappointed...More

Thank whamma
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Came here during restaurant week in Madison. A great time to try restaurants at special lunch or dinner prices.This Italian restaurant has a cozy interior. It has a beautiful bar area that is cozy and romantic.The interior had cozy booths with an Italian flare. It...More

Thank boysma
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our food. Chicken alfredo was excellent. Shrimp and scallops were too. Stuffed mushrooms were great First time I've ever had white chicken Marsala sauce. Tasted ok, just odd. Waitress brought wrong drink the first order. 2nd order was not a tall as ordered....More

1  Thank Craig h
_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Porta Bella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Hello Craig! Thank you for letting us know about your experience here at Porta Bella. I'm so sorry that your meal was not as amazing as it could have been! We'd love to have the opportunity to get to the bottom of this. Would you...More

Reviewed 17 June 2017

Both my husband and myself received incorrect order from what we ordered. Waitress said I apologize and walked away. Saw her when she brought bill. The restaurant was not busy . Friday at 5:30. We eat at Pisians and the food and service are always...More

1  Thank Marcia E
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The weather was perfect while my brother was in town so we decided we wanted to eat outside. While walking towards State Street we passed the courtyard at Porta Bella and thought "Why not?" The courtyard is walled in w/big trees and several metal outdoor...More

Thank rickleed
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Excellent service with good food. Old restaurant with indoor and outdoor eating area. Inside is on the old fashion style and could use an update. Terrific location to down town and university. There is a parking garage across the street. Cost me $3.25 for about...More

Thank Delmar M
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Nice retro, old-school decor and competent food, but nothing special. Definitely Italian menu and everything our group had was just fine, but not more.

Thank CaseyfromBoston
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I used to go there in the 70s for a slice of garlic bread. These days I get a craving for the Garibaldi with mixed peppers and olives. MMMM. I want one right now.

Thank billfeeny
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The atmosphere and eating is just exceptional. from the moment you walk up to the front door, into the dimly lit entrance and cooling atmosphere, you find yourself in a rich environment. The bar and foods are exceptional. the deserts are great too! I try...More

Thank Jeffrey G
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 28
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
Child-friendly, 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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