Vin Santo- Wisconsin

Vin Santo- Wisconsin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vinsanto.us/Vin_Santo/Welcome.html
  • Phone: 6088361880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vin Santo- Wisconsin
Named after "the wine of the Saints", Vin Santo features authentic dishes from the Italian country side.
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Vin Santo- Wisconsin reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (27)special occasion (25)romantic (20)notable wine list (8)good for groups (6)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • shamus
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    food was good and service was excellent.atmosphere was like a Italy type experience in downtown middleton.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's dark and quiet and great for dinner (NOT in your list above!)
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Mill
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We seem to celebrate our wedding anniversaries at Vin Santo. The most recent was our 57th. It's a great place for such a celebration — friendly wait staff, excellent food, not ostentatious. My salmon meal was the best salmon I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weed
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The lasagna with hot Italian sausage is fabulous. Every time I travel to the Madison area I make a reservation at Vin Santo. I wish they bottled the sauce so I could take it home with me.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Nuts4CoffeeVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I read the reviews as I had never been here before. Wonderful neighborhood gem! Staff was very attentive, helped make recommendations on entree selections and we were not disappointed. Met a friend here and we sat for a long time catching up and didn't feel rushed. Definitely would recommend and will go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vin Santo - Always Exceptional
    looking4gr8t
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This restaurant never fails to please. The food is consistently excellent. You feel like you are in Italy, and where is dining better
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vin Santos is a sure bet
    Zager
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wow. The food was excellent. The bread pudding was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good - We'll Be Back
    WickedLily
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Cozy, quiet atmosphere. Service prompt, courteous and watchful to ensure beverage glasses were re-filled. The pre-dinner bread was a little dry and quite chewy, perhaps just the nature of the type of bread. The mixed drinks and wine were good; the wine serving could've been a bit more generous. The entrees were the definitive highlight of the meal, perfectly seasoned and bursting with wonderful flavors. We didn't have dessert, so no feedback there. Consistent with our last visit, several years ago. Our friends attending with us raved about the entrees and said this is their new favorite Italian restaurant. It is still our favorite, too. We all plan to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Love the scampi gabriella, ravioli vin Santo and calamari. Our family's favorite restaurant for special occasions. Generous portions, nice specials and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Middleton Restaurant
    Graps
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food is wonderful and the service is outstanding. What a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent excellence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been dining at Vin Santo for about 20 years. It is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food and service.
    Joyce
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We are familiar with the owners and always find everyone there to be hospitable, and the food is always delicious, and the wine as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall excellent foody experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We love the friendliness of the staff, the excellent service and the delicious food. If you have room for dessert, the tiramisu is incredible and definitely enough for 2+ people.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Repeat customers
    Greg
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to Vin Santos numerous times over the past year. The food is consistently wonderful, as is the service. We have never been the anything but pleased. Do come hungry, because the portions are large. The lasagna can easily feed two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    WinegirlVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We booked here based on some online reviews, since it was closer to our hotel than Lombardinis and we craved Italian. The interior is a little like going to your Italian grandmother's kitchen. Not unpleasant but quite dated. We ordered a pasta special that neither of us liked at all. It was pasta dressed in balsamic vinegar and did not have a balanced mouthfeel. Tasted somewhat sharp and lacking in layers of flavor. Wine (Chianti I believe,) was rough too. Service was cordial enough. Place was very quiet in prime Saturday evening time slot: huge crowd across the street at another place. We were disappointed and wished we made the trek to Lombardini's instead. No comparison, unfortunately.
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  • Great Find
    Dan73DX
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We visited Vin Santo about 8 years ago and, since then, have returned many times. Food is consistent, delicious and visually pleasing. Owners have been present every time I've visited. Nice place to take someone you are trying to impress. Menu contains wide selection of entrees and is vegetarian friendly. The bread pudding is "magnifico".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table on sidewalk for dinner-great!
    bboyd
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Business dinner on great evening weather for meal outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food as usual
    Intowntraining
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our food was freshly prepared and excellent as usual. This place is a real treat to your palate!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vin Santo - Wisconsin
    kateblu2001
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My partner and I go to Vin-Santo regularly. Being Geezers, we generally arrive at 5:30 when it is very quiet. As the restaurant fills up, it does become quite loud, but it does so gradually. The food is reliably delicious; the portions enormous (we can easily share one each appetizer, salad and entree - if we each have an entree, we have leftovers for two meals!); the staff friendly, patient and appropriately attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicioso
    KathieP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Vin Santos offers OUTSTANDING Italian food...the portions are outrageous; and while it may be a little on the pricy side (mid-range...most entrees were $15-20), entrees could easily be shared. LOVE IT!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is out of this world.
    Carey
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is fantastic, as is the service. The lasagna and ravioli are so delicious that ordering those dishes anywhere else is always disappointing. The tiramisu and bread pudding are also the best anywhere in the world. The atmosphere is intimate and homey - just the best place imaginable. I have to pinch myself that I can walk here in 5 minutes, and have been able to eat here for several years now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks for a wonderful experience!
    Delighted
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    As rated above, this was a very pleasant experience. We enjoyed everything and it was not at all disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 307 reviews are from the Vin Santo- Wisconsin reviews archive.
  • Great service!
    EmilyS
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Adam, our server, was outstanding! Very knowledgable and entertaining. The food was also amazing, as usual. Best bread pudding I've had :)
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true gem
    HomerOmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Vin Santo is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is consistently outstanding, and the owners are friendly and accommodating. The Scampi Gabriella is incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large Italian meal
    theBruni
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I've gone twice now. Once with the lady and once with my parents. Every time the food was delicious, but most of us had a hard time finishing our meals. Though, the Pollo Tuscano and Salsiccia Rossa were both good re-heated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little disappointed
    sharon8
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    4th time we were at vin Santo's and I have trouble understanding why people rave about the food. our meal was just ok. mussels were lackluster, not bad but just nothing special. mushroom soup actually not good. thin and milk-like rather than rich, buttery and creamy. what professional doesn't know how to make a good mushroom soup? the recommended shrimp dish was tasty but the shrimp were overdone. again what professional overdoes shrimp? the mushroom ravioli special was tasty. the mushroom ravioli were very good but it was as if it was just doused in balsamic vinegar. not very creative. needed a little something more than just vinegar as a sauce. just not understanding why this place gets such good reviews. service excellent
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  • Wonderful restaurant
    jads8627
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went here on recommendation of friend. Was more than pleased with the experience. There were four people in my party and we all ordered something different. All four entrees were great. One ordered the lasagna of the day and said it was well worth the wait. We ordered the calamari appetizer to start and to munch on while we waited for the lasagna (it takes half an hour) On the recommendation of the waitress we didn't order salads, the entrees are huge. The lobster ravioli was creamy goodness, the lasagna was heavenly and enough for two meals. Wish we would have saved room for dessert. Next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian restaurant.
    Joyce
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We think it is one of the best Italian restaurant in the area, well managed, and terrific food. One of our favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great Calamari
    ambrai101VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    great Calamari-not breaded and fried- but cooked and then served in spicy tomato sauce
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at a great value!
    DinerDell
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We always visit Vin Santo when we want great quality food, with great portions at a great price! For my money, the best Italian food in Madison and the best outside NYC. Quality is always top-shelf and the prices and portions are midwestern - not like Chicago or pretentious upscale eateries in Madison. It's a cozy venue, not modern, just a diamond in the rough for fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but very comfortable
    Dineout9
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Small but very comfortable atmosphere with great food and wine. Vin Santo is one of our favorite spots to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Kris
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Vin Santo is an excellent dining experience. You are served fabulous food that you can enjoy at your pace while having a wonderful conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark and quiet and LOTS of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Dark and quiet and LOTS of excellent food; service was attentive but not intrusive -- ("How is the pepper tonight?", e.g.).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid
    KGKGVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Clarissa and Greg know not to screw around with a good thing. I get the same thing every time I go and am never disappointed. The specials always sound great, but I end up going back to my old standby.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service & huge portions
    Eridani
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to Vin Santo for Valentine's dinner, and everything was great. We arrived a little early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Our server was fantastic! Very friendly and cheerful. He was obviously working a lot of tables but still checked in on us often. Food was delicious -- the lasagna of the day, with homemade sausage and ricotta in a spicy tomato sauce, was absolutely delicious. Portions were HUGE, so expect 1-2 meals in leftovers in addition to your meal at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room for improvement
    dave
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant is small and homey. Menu is refreshingly different. Food did not match up with the experiences I've had at other good Italian eateries. Enjoyed the experience, but barely able to recommend given the other options available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good italian
    varietydiner
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    One of the best in the Madison area. Love the lasagna of the day idea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice dinner with family
    djdeanVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Had a birthday dinner with family. Food was excellent. Service was slow and didn't get offered desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Middleton italian gem
    AlanB
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was great. Service was attentive. Ambiance/décor so-so...felt a bit crowded, small (not for romantics. But, nonetheless, worth coming back to again (and again).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    Joyce
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We always enjoy our visits, as the food and wine are great! The service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.