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227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
+1 608-663-7374
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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97 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The decor is modern, the service efficient and unpretentious, and the food excellent. I had the seared green bean appetizer and ricotta gnocchi, which was superb. The beignet with butterscotch sauce dessert was a bit too much but well done.

Thank FineGueule46
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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319 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first trip to Fresco. We took the elevator to the rooftop restaurant. Terrific view of State Street and the capital building. The rooftop dining was not open yet. We ate there and then went to Cabernet at the Overture hall. No timing issues. I had wine and the short rib. The Sgeghesio Zin was excellent. Short ribs... More 

Thank Delmar M
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332 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

i heard good things about Fresco, but i should have read more reviews. the location is great - rooftop near State street and a view of the capital. the food was average, at best. i had the tomato soup that was tepid and minimal in the amount, probably about 1/2 - 3/4 cup (4 spoonfuls and it was gone). my... More 

Thank rettup
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed this restaurant. Family of 4 dining out on a weekend. Interesting setting on top of an art museum. Very contemporary. We took the elevator up instead of the many stairs. Set atop a glass building near capital. Would love to come back in warm weather as outside seating looking lovely but we were there in winter. Restaurant a... More 

Thank 165vacationmom123
Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We climbed the 89 stairs to the top of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to finally reach the restaurant. The dimly lit interior revealed a breathtaking view of the city below. This was our first time ever visiting Fresco's, and we were seated at the best seat in the house, in a glass corner in the back, overlooking State... More 

Thank RealHungryMann
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 February 2017

I have visited Fresco multiple times, including Madison Restaurant Week, girls night out, and dinner before a show. I have also visited during summer and winter months. All times it has not disappointed. Although the menu is a bit pricey, the quality is high and the views are amazing. If the weather is nice they will have their patio open,... More 

Thank Shortbytes
Madison, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Th first time we dined at Fresco, it was outside on a beautiful warm evening and we could hear a concert on the square. The evening was perfect and we had been looking forward to returning. What a difference in winter. We arrived to a warm welcome. There was a coat rack but it didn't have enough hangers, so one... More 

Thank 4tickets2travel
Delafield, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Ambience is intimate and modern elegant. Interesting views of the Orpheum, Overature, and Madison downtown. Drinks are unqiue and superbly made; the beet ginger is a must if you like beets and they make a great side car! Have been here several times, the appetizers are unique and tasty. The charcuterie plate is one of our favorites and is more... More 

Thank AMKaja85
Madison, Wi
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Had dinner 1/7/2017 before a show at Overture Center. Front desk staff were welcoming and seated us right away. Our server Stephanie was great. Greeted us with a smile and a good vibe. My companion had a question about a type of wine and she was very helpful. Helpful about different meals being offered. Both of our meals(lamp chops &... More 

Thank mcal1943
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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185 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

I took my daughter and her friends out to dinner on Saturday night. We had a terrific table right next to the outdoor patio. We had a view of the art on the patio and the lit up capital building. The food was awesome. I loved the Risotto and the Brussel Sprouts, my daughter love the artic char and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
  • Public Transportation: Henry & Dayton
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-663-7374

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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?