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Fresco
Fresco

Fresco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frescomadison.com
  • Phone: (608) 663-7374
  • Hours of Operation: Monday: Closed
    Tuesday-Thursday: Dinner served 5 pm - 9 pm
    Friday-Saturday: Dinner served 5 pm - 10 pm
    Sunday: Dinner served 5 pm - 9 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Jerabek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Henry & Dayton
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available at the Overture Center ramp on the corner of Henry & Dayton.
A word from Fresco
Located on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Fresco is a modern dining space boasting panoramic views of the Capitol and State Street. Enjoy exceptional views of Madison while relaxing with cocktails in the all-glass lounge. Dine indoors alongside a glass wall overlooking the museum’s 7,100 square-foot sculpture garden, or sit at the garden’s edge and enjoy dinner al fresco. Fresco's menu consists of contemporary American cuisine made with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.
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Diner Reviews
  • "To start off, this is definitely one of the nicer places in Madison. They have done very well being unique with their decor, view and outdoor seating. The menu is simple but very tasty and food presentation definitely adds to the overall quality of the dishes. Staff was welcoming and helpful when there were questions about food and drink. The one set back was that even though we had a reservation, it still took us about an hour to sit down at a table outside. I understand that outdoor seating is first come first serve but that was something that we found out after we arrived. This was minor and we grabbed apps at the bar but I wish we had known ahead of time being that sitting outside was one of the main reasons we chose Fresco."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Selected Fresco for an anniversary dinner. First time there and the experience was so-so. My main dislike is the decor and ambiance. Sitting inside, I felt like I was in a diner rather than an upscale restaurant. I get it's supposed to be minimalist but it didn't work for me. There was a private party in the sculpture garden. Maybe a table there would've proved more appealing. The menu was fine but nothing stood out as particularly original. Both entrees were fine, well-prepared- but did not stand out beyond the many other fine eateries in Madison. Service was fast. Too fast. Barely sipped my wine before app arrived, and so it went. Waiter was efficient but kind of stern. Seemed to tower over us. Didn't smile. Not engaging."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our table was close to the door to the outside dining area, and waiters frequently were moving in and out, making huge gusts of wind that blew at us throughout dinner. Although it was a warm night, those constant winds made our area very chilly. Although we asked a manager if the staff could use the other door, more out of the dining section's range, there was no effort made to change anything. Our service was very slow, although the dining room was not seemingly busy. The food was very good, however the other flaws definitely detracted from the overall experience."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "A great night! The only thing I wish they would have done was let me know that the outside would have been closed for a private event. When making the reservation I specifically let them know we were a bachelorette party and requested a great seat. We probably got the worse seat in the house looking into the kitchen. Other than that, great food, great setting. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is really a great place for a romantic dinner- we ordered a series of appetizers which filled us up easily- the gin Rickey is a great alternative to the sweeter cocktails on the menu."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I diner at Fresco with a few co-workers to celebrate the end of summer. The food and drinks all tasted great and were unique to the restaurant, which we loved. I also really liked that the dishes all used local and seasonal ingredients (the Farmer's Market salad was wonderful). The ambiance was nice, as was the layout, though if the tables had been any closer they would have been "too close." Nice atmosphere, overall. Unfortunately, the wait for an outside table was 45 minutes so we opted to eat inside, but I would love the opportunity to come back and sit outside on a nice evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Fresco last week and loved it. The ambiance, food and service were outstanding - and at a very reasonable cost. I would have no problem recommending it to anyone - especially for a special event of some sort. The rooftop setting was unique and most enjoyable, but that's a summertime only opportunity."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Fantastic view from tables outside. Very good food and service at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We visited FRESCO for the first time this week. There were four of us. Service was well-paced (4 courses in about 2.5 hours). All 4 people at our table ordered different things for each course; so they were nearly making their entire menu for our table. We sampled each other's fare and get a good idea for the menu. The "favorite" starter were the pork tostados. In each of the other courses, everything was so good we couldn't really come up with a favorite. I had the ricotta gnocchi for the main course--fantastic! On the particular evening we visited, I was hoping for outdoor rooftop seating; that didn't happen due to thunderstorms and rain. Panoramic view was still fantastic during the storm! Rose' wine pitcher was awesome!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The food, service and view were wonderful. Would not recommend Fresco for young children but sure they would be welcome. The pace is slow and perfect for enjoying a good martini without feeling rushed to order."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We would have rather sat near the live music but understood that outdoor seating is first come first serve. Next time will get there earlier or later so we can enjoy the larger area of the roof top!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We had a great group meal at Fresco. Unfortunately that evening, it chose to rain and we were seated indoors instead. The view was not as spectacular as you would think for a "scenic view" but we were indoors. Our server was super accommodating, and when an extra guest arrived she didn't bat an eyelash. The food was good, (I enjoyed the duck confit slider with peanut butter!) and we all enjoyed our meal. Overall would recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Fresco was excellent! My husband and I waited for a table outdoors, which was worth it! Beautiful view on the rooftop and the hostess was very helpful. We had drinks at the bar while we waited & the bartender was very friendly. My husband had fish & I had the ny strip. Absolutely, wonderful! One of the best steals I have ever had. The asparagus & potatoes were Also great. For dessert we had the creme brûlée. Perfect! Nice & crisp top, very flavorful. Our waitress was one of the best we have ever had too. She was fast, knowledgable, kind, and not too overbearing My husband and I picked the perfect spot to dine for dinner! I would definitely come back to dine at Frescos. I would not bring my kids though. It was business casual and we enjoyed!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had an amazing time at Fresco.The wine and desserts were fabulous.The rooftop outside seeting was most impressive.Our server was wonderful as well. Thank you for a great experience Fresco"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Fresco is, time after time, the best restaurant in Madison. We will have one, maybe two, good meals at other restaurants, but eventually, the quality slips and they disappoint."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We went there during restaurant week, and it was delicious. The wine was great, and we sat on their rooftop which overlooked state street. Great experience, we will definitely go back the next time we are in Madison."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Thought the decor, location, view, service, everything was great... except the food felt a little bland for my wife and I. We're used to big flavors, and I get it that this type of cuisine lends itself to let the ingredients "speak for themselves," but it's just not our thing. Most people would probably like it, but I need SOME seasonings on my food! The pork belly I got was an exception though since there was some flavor in it, so that gave the food an extra star because of that entree."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Prepared expertly. The tastes worked wonderfully together. A must for dining in Madison!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Very quality ingredients and well presented. Enjoyed the pleasant rooftop garden too."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • " Service was excellent. Not only was the waitstaff pleasant and informative, but it was refreshing to see people smiling as if they were truly enjoying their work. I enjoyed my restaurant week meal of ricotta gnocchi and especially loved the ruby port sorbet that was part of my dessert. The corn pot de creme was very good as well."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I was looking for a restaurant with great ambiance, and the web pointed to fresco as a fit for the style I needed. I booked with them for a birthday dinner at 830, but had to change it to 730, which wasnt available on a Saturday, the day before. So I decided to go to fresco before 730 to see if I could get a reservation change. Nothing was available, but, the hostess worked her magic to make it happen. My girlfriend was especially happy with the view, "beautiful", she said and watched the sun set. I got the New York strip, the cut was good, the flavors were great, I could taste a lingering citrus. Asparagus was perfect. She had the salmon, said it was on the top of her list. AhiTuna for the appetizer, good selection. Overall, stunning!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "5 of us dined at Fresco on Saturday night to celebrate my granddaughter's birthday. We were seated immediately. They have great cocktails and wine coolers. We shared a couple of appetizers and went on to all get different entrees. Everyone liked what they got. They have an excellent chocolate crème brulee for dessert that I would definitely recommend. The cheesecake was just OK. We had a very pleasant dinner and will return again soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very good seasonal menu. Great friendly and helpful service. The menu had excellent taste combinations in each dish. The mocha creme broulee was the best dessert we've had in quite a while. We will return."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Sitting outside surrounded by the beauty of downtown Madison with spectacular food and outstanding service, is an incomparable experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Fresco. The food was absolutely amazing. The wine was well worth it. And the dessert Mocha Crème Brûlée was phenomenal! I would go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • " This restaurant is at the top of the Madison art museum and perfectly located in walking distance from downtown Capitol area. Since it was a rainy night, we were inside by the window- nice view! Drinks were delightfully well balanced- we particularly enjoyed the ginger cocktail and the cucumber/gin cocktail. Food was simple and tastefully seasoned, just the way we like it and the service was prompt and polite, even if our waitress was a bit stiff. Overall, a delicious choice and we would go back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This is seriously one of the best restaurants in Madison. It's a perfect place for a romantic meal or special occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food and service was fantastic! A lot of different, exquisite options!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Was greeted with a happy anniversary and sat on time. Was given a sample of one of the wines, appetizer of seared scallops was presented and enjoyed. Salmon was very flavorful and steak was done just the way I ordered it. The dessert of mocha crème brulee was a big hit. The dining experience was one that we enjoyed and will again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was exceptionally delicious and made with fresh, local ingredients. We had a diner w severe allergies and she had plenty to choose from. Service was outstanding!! We had a delightful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our 45th anniversary at Fresco and were delighted with our choice."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We were able to sit outside and although you can hear the street noise you sit so far up that I don't think it is that loud. The food is always amazing and good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was great. Waitress was great and answered our questions and gave recommendations when we asked. This location gives a different view of the city. The Halibut and Salmon entrees were good and the shrimp starter was very good. The wine list was short however the wine we had was also very good. We were there for a birthday but they had nothing special to offer."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our dinner outside was very nice. The appetizers of salmon and scallops were very good - especially the scallops. My dinner of the haddock was super and my companion's dinner of the pasta and seafood was very nice as well. The salads were pretty good and the wine the same. Overall a very good rating."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Took a job candidate for dinner, sat outside. Bus on street below was sitting there for about 10 minutes, which was noisy, but otherwise it was great to be able to sit outside. Ordered salmon, which was done perfectly. All the food and service was excellent. For me, the only negative was that they only serve Pepsi products, which I hate. Most will find this weird, but the Pepsi thing will probably keep me from returning."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Everything we'll prepared and attractively plated. Nice clean modern decor."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent place for pre-concerts/show drinks and/or dinner. They will not let you miss 'curtain up'!! Great cocktails and wine spritzers that you cannot find at other places."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Very poor service, rude staff, dirty tables outside! Poor menu! High prices!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and were really impressed. We ordered the short rib, the tuna salad, and the risotto cakes. The short rib had a really refined, well-developed flavor and was cooked perfectly. The salad was a clever deconstructed take on tuna salad with a great dressing, and the risotto cakes had a great blend of crunch and a savory purée. Overall the food was delicious and smart in concept without being too heavy or expensive. The location on top of the museum really can't be beat - there are lots of interesting sculptures to take in and the view of the street below is really nice. Our only complaint was that our waiter appeared to forget about us a few times."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The list of entrees is varied enough to please the most discerning palate."
    Dined on 6/20/2014