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Cento, Madison, WI

Cento

4.6
4.6
2786 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
"Exciting Things are on the Horizon -- Coming Soon!"

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (608) 284-9378
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chris Myers
  • Catering
    For catering inquiries, please contact Jordan Bright at jbright@foodfightinc.com.
  • Private party facilities
    At Cento, we pride ourselves on hosting spectacular private events. Whether you would like to entertain a select small group, or host a large reception throughout the entire restaurant, Cento offers a number of options suitable for any occasion. We tailor each event to suit your needs, and a dedicated staff will ensure that every detail of your event is attended to. Experience Cento from within the intimate atmosphere of our second dining room, which can accommodate up to 35 guests. Our second dining room is equipped with a private bar and is perfect for any occasion, whether it"s a business function or a celebration with family and friends, and is situated a few steps up from our main dining room. For larger groups, exclusive use of the restaurant can be arranged for both luncheon and dinner events, with the front lounge and bar as the perfect setting for a reception in advance of a seated event.
  • Private party contact
    Jordan Bright: (608) 284-9378
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Cross street
    Fairchild
  • Parking details
    Two public parking structures adjacent to Overture Center offer more than 1,400 parking spaces. Additional parking ramps can be found on State Street and the Capitol Square, and on-street metered parking is also available for short-term parking in the downtown area. www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/parking.cfm
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,786 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

2,786 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and atmosphere. Our dinner was a perfect 10

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  2. Bossypants

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cento is our "go to" restaurant while attending Overture performances. The food quality & selection is superb while quite moderate in price. The staff is welcoming and attentive.

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  3. Scott

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were excited about trying this place prior to seeing a show at the Overture. Great location, but was disappointed by the overall experience and food. The server asked if we were celebrating anything, and we said no but commented on attending the show. Instead of saying, enjoy the show, they said, just to let you know you can’t stay here until the show. Mind you, we had no intention of doing so. I get why there would be a policy since we were early. But don’t think it should have been verbalized so early in the evening. I did need to use a mobility device, when seated they asked if could move it to another location to get it out of the way. I completely understand and agreed. It was moved. But by the end of the dinner, we paid and we’re ready to go. The server even came back and picked up the signed receipt.. and still no signs of the mobile device. After a few minutes, we had to flag someone to get the mobile device. One would have thought if there was a policy to get people in and out that they would have been on top of returning it after taking it away. By this time I was ready to go as the food was lacking quality. We ordered the lamb meatballs as an appetizer. They came out before the drinks. The meatballs came with a piece of bread/toast that was placed on top of the meatballs. It was not very appealing as half of the toast burnt (dark black). We are normally not ones to complain, but it was so black, it was unacceptable and didn’t want to eat it. We flagged someone down to share this concern. The person we reported it to replaced it with just a piece of bread. Not toasted at all. They then asked if they should take away the burnt piece. They did. But seriously thought they would have taken the whole thing and redone it. The balls themselves were dry. The chicken Parmesan that I had for dinner was also burnt on the edges. Didn’t want to complain again. But overall the dinning experience was lacking and could have been better

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  4. KaiP

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my second time at Cento and it was just as good this time! I went with my family and my partner and they were all impressed. Great service, our server was very friendly and helpful.

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  5. AshleyF

    Northern MI

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and food was amazing! I definitely recommend the grilled octopus appetizer. Super convenient location to the theater.

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  6. MadTownMama40

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We love the atmosphere at Cento; unfortunately, when we arrived it was FREEZING inside. People were in sweatshirts, jackets, etc. Granted it had been warm day outside earlier, but by 9pm it was definitely cold. Hosts need to keep the temperature set to appeal to customers, not to the waitstaff (who I am sure are running around and tend to run "hot"). Our hostess did attend to our needs and assured us the temp setting was set warmer, but I felt cold air blowing on my feet and kept my jacket on as well as a cashmere wrap set over me like a blanket. The food was delicious for me and three others at our table (salmon was cooked perfectly!) but my husband and son both had the chicken parmesan, and agreed it was bland. Our waiter worked really hard for us, and overall it was a nice graduation celebration (with complimentary dessert for our son!).

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  7. MamaCat

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion! The food and service were outstanding!

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  8. SallyM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very enjoyable except for the load noise level which makes conversation challenging.

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  9. EllenL

    Milwaukee

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner and overall dining experience!! Thank you!!

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  10. Anna

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our meal and the service was outstanding. Its one of our favorite restaurants.

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  11. AmyC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cento has been a special place for my husband & I. I wanted to dine there for my birthday since it's my first birthday without him. My girlfriends had a great meal with excellent service. A top shelf restaurant in my book. Thanks for making my birthday special.

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  12. Scott

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This was our first time at Cento and after having read other reviews and hear say, the experience was disappointing. Restaurant is pretty loud (at last in the main dining room), even if it was at about 60% capacity (high ceilings cause too much echo). We had Brussel sprouts and bacon-wrapped dates for appetizers (sprouts were a bit burnt and the flavor was too strong). The tagliatelle were fine but the Agnolotti barely contained any amaretti (4 pieces in the entire dish). For the food offered, this restaurant is overpriced. Overall, will not go back to this restaurant.

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  13. madclash

    Milwaukee

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Pretty sure the foie gras French toast had no foie gras in it. Otherwise the food was very good.

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  14. ChrisM

    Milwaukee

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    while our server was very good and courteous, the food was mediocre and not good. The fried olives were unappetizing and the roast chicken was just okay; the pasta dish was less than okay. It was the special, and was to have fish on it - but it only had a very small amount of fish and was mainly noodles, so not very filling. We still tipped well as the server was good. I was disappointed that the food was not better prepared. Cento is a beautiful restaurant with good service - but the food should be better.

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  15. Redrider

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Cento ~ We were very impressed. We will definitely be back. We had the brussels sprout appetizer and it was very good... a nice change from the usual brussels sprout app. Both of the entrees we chose were delicious and we would both chose the same again. However, with the choices available, we would choose some of the other options as there were many that appealed to us. It is located very close to the Orpheum Theatre and we liked the option to walk there from dinner.

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  16. BarbH

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the April halibut pasta special that benefits Second Harvest. Please put this on your regular menu! Outstanding!

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  17. JeanD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was too noisy. Hard to visit. The food was okay but not worth price.

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  18. RobinL

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere, great Sav Blanc. Makes for a great time!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch had a nice selection, everyone was pleased with their choice. The boozy brunch special is a great value. Service was great

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  20. JayL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed able evening, great food, and Excellent service!

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  21. ChrisS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steven was a great waiter and the food was amazing.

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  22. Sarah

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow what an incredible dining experience and 5 star menu!
    CentoResponded on March 31, 2023
    Glad to learn your experience was a positive one, Sarah. See you next time!

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  23. Cate

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a special occasion, and our waiter Austin was great. Just the right amount of attentive service but not too much. Great wine and food recommendations and he got us out of there in time for our show at Overture.
    CentoResponded on March 30, 2023
    Really glad you had a positive experience, great to hear Austin took such good care of you. Thanks for reviewing. Have a great day!

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  24. Phyl

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time there. It was delicious . Service was wonderful with Natasha. Prices are a little high. It was busy and a bit noisy but fine with us. We also got a free birthday treat which was very nice.
    CentoResponded on March 30, 2023
    Hi Phyl, we’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback, so happy to hear Natasha took great care of you. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Have a great day!

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  25. Kelsey

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely loved Cento! The space that we were seated was very nice for the occasion that we were celebrating and the food was amazing!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Hi Kelsey, that’s wonderful to hear. Thanks so much for leaving us a review. Hope you have an amazing day!

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  26. LoriC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress, Abbey, was great as was the food. We had the bacon wrapped dates, brussel sprouts, Tagliatelle, Creste di Gallo, and tiramisu, all wonderful!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    We appreciate the positive feedback, so happy to hear Abbey took great care of you. We will share this review with our team!

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  27. TamF

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We received great service and the food was delicious.
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Thanks for the great review. Have a great day!

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  28. LeahW

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boozy Brunch may be the best deal in the entire city!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Really glad you had a positive experience. Thanks for reviewing. See you next time! Chelsie Leslie Cento Assistant General Manager

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  29. JoeL

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pre theater brunch. Too many options! How to decide between tagliatelle and crab cake Benedict ? You can’t do you have the crab cake for brunch and order the tagliatelle to go and have that for dinner!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    We appreciate the review. Thanks for taking the time. Hope to see you again soon!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tagliatelle bolognese was AMAZING. Great atmosphere, great service, great wine selection. I'll definitely be back when I'm in Madison again!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Glad to learn your experience was a positive one. Hope to see you again in the near future! Chelsie Leslie Cento Assistant General Manager

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  31. jocan

    Milwaukee

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were very good for dinner before theater. Waitstaff very attentive and prompt service. The place can be noisy when full of diners.
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Thank you for the review. We look forward to serving you again soon! Chelsie Leslie Cento Assistant General Manager

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  32. Jmarwi

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rose was a great server! Food was delicious! Fun night!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Thanks so much for the kind words, happy to hear Rose took such great care of you. We look forward to serving you again soon! Chelsie Leslie Cento Assistant General Manager

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice outing before seeing a show at the Overture. Happy hour menu 4-6 and theater menu on show nights!
    CentoResponded on March 29, 2023
    Thanks for the great review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  34. Cloisters

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were superb at accommodating our needs and requests. Thank you! Their food is usually excellent, but this time, both scallops and salmon were overcooked and over-seasoned.

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  35. Delaney13

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Brunch and ordered from both the breakfast and dinner sides of the menu. Everything was delicious and well-prepared. Drink prices were reasonable and the service was very good as well. Highly recommended.

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  36. charless

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's always pretty loud, what with the open kitchen and all. Other than that it's fantastic.

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  37. MelissaS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and fantastic service. Highly recommend the cheesecake!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service excellent as always. It gets really loud when busy. We had a very early reservation in an attempt to avoid that but ended up seated between two large tables of after-work groups. It was loud.

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  39. JessM

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was outstanding, as always. Service was a bit slow.

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  40. ElizabethC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The boozy brunch was a great value. Excellent cocktails and plenty of brunch items to choose from.

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Cento offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 284-9378.

Cento is rated 4.6 stars by 2786 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Cento

122 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Fairchild
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Two public parking structures adjacent to Overture Center offer more than 1,400 parking spaces. Additional parking ramps can be found on State Street and the Capitol Square, and on-street metered parking is also available for short-term parking in the downtown area. www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/parking.cfm
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Myers
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (608) 284-9378
  • Catering
    For catering inquiries, please contact Jordan Bright at jbright@foodfightinc.com.
  • Private party facilities
    At Cento, we pride ourselves on hosting spectacular private events. Whether you would like to entertain a select small group, or host a large reception throughout the entire restaurant, Cento offers a number of options suitable for any occasion. We tailor each event to suit your needs, and a dedicated staff will ensure that every detail of your event is attended to. Experience Cento from within the intimate atmosphere of our second dining room, which can accommodate up to 35 guests. Our second dining room is equipped with a private bar and is perfect for any occasion, whether it"s a business function or a celebration with family and friends, and is situated a few steps up from our main dining room. For larger groups, exclusive use of the restaurant can be arranged for both luncheon and dinner events, with the front lounge and bar as the perfect setting for a reception in advance of a seated event.
  • Private party contact
    Jordan Bright: (608) 284-9378
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