Cento

4.8
2035 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
❖ We strongly recommend reservations at this time. Walk-in diners are welcome but may experience a wait for a table or bar/counter stool. ❖ If you reserve a table OUTSIDE, and are sitting outside and it begins to rain, we can only move you inside if we have a socially distanced table open and we are under 25% capacity. ❖ If the forecast is inclement, we will contact you to see if you would like to move your reservation inside (based on availability) or if you want to reschedule for a different date. ❖ There is a Face Covering Mandate in Dane County. Every individual (5 years of age or older) must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while inside our restaurant except while they are seated at their table. We request that customers wear face coverings until they receive their first drink or food item. Outdoor dining, curbside carryout, and delivery are available if you cannot wear a mask. Thank you for respecting the safety of other guests and our employees!

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What 2035 people are saying
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Rozbudr
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick was a great server! the drinks and food were amazing. It was our 20th anniversary and they took wonderful care of us.

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vipMichaelG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Naomi was great!

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AdamC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cento was an inviting setting with great service and delicious food. Our server was pleasant and helpful. We will definitely be back!

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DonnaT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the experience it seem to be that we had a loud person nearest at a table. Noise carries their there

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Beginnersluck
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Cento...food, service, atmosphere...never disappointed!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is modern new york but warm. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious-nice portion size and layers of flavor. We dine out ALOT and this is one of the best experiences we’ve had! We’ll be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melon prosciutto was wonderful. Lobster scampi was great. Fresh pasta. Great vibe. I would like chill music.

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DonaldF
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cento is a very good restaurant. We enjoyed the meal, which was our first time going out in 16 months. The octopus was my favorite. The dessert was OK, but not great. It was a puff pastry with Nutella inside and some strawberries and vanilla ice cream. I would up the other ingredients and lessen the puff pastry.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good social distancing and all wait staff, etc . wore masks. Our waiter was outstanding—very personable and helpful. The food was very good; all four of us were very pleased with our entrees.
We had not been at Cento for over a year and we thought it was better than before he pandemic. We will definitely be back.

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MichelleS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Brunch ! Pancakes were very filling, and very good.

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JennieB
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service and ambiance. We enjoyed our birthday brunch very much!

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ReneeP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. If you are looking for something that is classy yet reasonable in price, this is the place to go.

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vipSusanM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just fabulous. Thank you for the wonderful meal and experience,

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Food22
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant good food enjoyed meal will return

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MrLit
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, and chill vibe. Not to mention, really good prices!

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Mike1019
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing server! Salad was delicious, flatbread and the bacon wrapped dates

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LeighB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cento was the ideal restaurant to celebrate my Birthday. Still during covid regulations and they followed protocol well. On to the meal—started off with bacon wrapped dates—yummy. Got to the restaurant early enough to take advantage of their Happy Hour — many $5 Italian cocktails to choose from and $3 Italian beer. Dinner wonderful—lobster salad and carbonara, both fabulous and a side of sourdough bread and foraged mushrooms. The attentive waitress was kind enough to comp my Birthday dessert. Wonderful celebration.

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vipJenB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place: service was excellent and friendly, beautiful ambiance and tasteful decor and the food was delicious!! Also, prices were very reasonable considering the quality. Can't wait to return on my next visit to Madison!

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LocalFoodie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We felt a bit rushed through our dinner, the waiter was constantly at our table to remove plates. He kept reaching over and in front is us, felt that was unnecessary and intrusive. He didn’t ask us if it was our first time there or not, which it was, and seemed bored waiting on us. He was polite though so that helps. We booked online and mentioned this was a special event, a birthday, but that wasn’t acknowledged, no big deal though. The girl who brought our apps asked if we needed anything else, we ordered some bread through her to go with our olives but never got it. Overall, it could have been worse, we may give it a second try to see if anything changes.

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MichaelH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and excellent food. It was nice to be able to go into a “socially distanced” seating arrangement knowing the staff is doing all they can to make the dinning experience perfect.

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vipNLAMalibu
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

waiter was not good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate our anniversary and buying our first home. The meal was exceptional! We were so excited to try this new spring menu. We enjoyed appetizers such as buratta, melon and prosciutto, mussels, and octopus. For entrees we indulged in the carbonara & bolognese. If looking for an amazing place to dine with exceptional food and service look no further!

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bwpivotto
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service and food! Always a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good and the service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The space is laid out well for social distancing and was still decently quiet! The boozy brunch special has survived the pandemic and it was lovely to return to one of my favorite brunch spots. The new version of the eggs Benedict with smoked pork was also fantastic.

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DavidP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

All three of our party thought our dish was "fine". Chicken parmagianne was OK. My ahi tuna pasta contained very little tuna and what was there was small chunks and well cooked (I prefer more rare). Also my dish was very olive-forward and excessively salty and tasting of olives. My wife's lobster salad had too many competing flavors in her opinion - too much blue cheese competing with the lobster taste. Server was professional and efficient but overall impression was very costly for just average tasting food.

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Anty
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s birthday dinner !!! It was great.

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RobertB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and overall experience. This was my first time at Cento. It won't be my last.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

I had high hopes, but I was very disappointed in the food quality. Lobster scampi was extremely fish tasting. Couldn’t even finish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way!

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clknuppel
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Limited menu, but food was very good & service was very good also.

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davidb
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cento was Amazing! Great modern takes on Italian classics. Beautiful Atmosphere, Great Service, cant wait to return!

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DavidM
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

if you have never tried their bacon wrapped dates I recommend it highly

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EveD
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first outing since Covid-19 struck. We love the large room. Not much for vegetarians but the chef is willing to modify items on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and an attentive server

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Rick
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was really very good. The only 2 issues were
1. The menu said a basket of pastries would be a part of our brunch. Instead we were served 3 pieces of sweet bread.
2. It was a little noisy because we had a group of 4 young ladies seated close to us who were talking quite loudly.

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CoryP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome dinner experience - great food, drink, atmosphere, and service!

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FoodAppreciater34
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was friendly but extremely slow with almost no visits to check on table between delivery of something that was asked for.

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jdb23
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our first visit. The food and service were great. I'm not a fan the the dance-club-style music but it was not too loud to be a major distraction.

Overall we had a great experience and look forward to returning.

FAQs

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

Cento is rated 4.8 stars by 2035 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.