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Cento, Madison, WI

Cento

4.7
4.7
2582 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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 2,582 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Madison

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. M

    Marie

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Melissa was our server. She was so attentive. Our meal was prepared very well. The steak my husband and son ordered was perfect. My scallops were fine. They were a little salty but the bean purée made up for that. It was a wonderful dessert time because of the meazzaluna, afogato and the divine chocolate pannacotta
  2. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, location. Big city restaurant in a great small city. Go Badgers!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always dine here when visiting Madison. Never disappointed.
  4. HM

    HaileyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here, 100% enjoyed it. From the service (Thank you Erin) to the fried calamari, Tagliatelle and my glass of Merlot. I absolutely will be back for more. Squisito!
  5. l

    lrhona01

    Milwaukee

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner and great service! The server asked about dietary restrictions (I'm gluten-free) and took the time to explain the entire menu and what could be made gluten-free.
  6. KA

    KARID

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    1st time there. I was told by a friend the place is very good and their favorite place to go in town. We loved our appetizer, entree', and cocktails but was a little disappointed in our desserts. We had tiramisu and chocolate panna cotta. The tiramisu was more like pudding poured over lady fingers. I didn't even taste the coffee they should be soaked in. My husband thought the panna cotta was very rich and could of been better without the orange slices. Our server was ok. It wasn't very busy when we first got there so unsure why it took around 10 minutes to get our drinks. We never got our water glasses refilled by her either. After our drinks were gone, she asked us if we wanted another and we told just water. Our water glasses were less than half full when she asked this.
  7. BB

    BruceB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went back to Cento for our anniversary. The food and service was as excellent as I remembered it. They were at full staff with everyone working as a team.
  8. SH

    SteveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff made the birthday celebration special! Great experience :)
  9. g

    grapes

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our third time going to Cento! We come to Madison to see a specialist at UW health. FANTASTIC FOOD EVERY TIME!!! Truly one of the most satisfying meals we’ve had! Exquisite cuisine! Perfectly prepared and creatively seasoned! Love this restaurant and we are Foodies!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. I enjoyed the pan roasted salmon and my husband the duck.
  11. NJ

    NancyJ

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love Cento as a place for brunch before a concert at the Overture Center.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The duck is amazing! I am already craving it again. Both the duck and the tiramisu were the best I’ve ever had. Our server Sophie was excellent.
  13. ED

    EveningDiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We were seated in the main hall which was thundering with noise. Everyone at my table had to shout to be heard, and we could hear other tables shouting. My dinner guests observed that ceiling panels would help to tamp down noise.
  14. h

    happywife

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful experience at Cento & last night was no exception! Last night we went there to celebrate our 38th anniversary. Our server, Allie, was attentive & helpful. Our meals & drinks, as always, were fantastic!
  15. DB

    DavidB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very loud, very busy. Took a long time for food to arrive, and although both dishes tasted good, the portion amount was incredibly small. I had the tortellini, and what looked like a small portion turned out to be even less, as what I thought was pasta, turned out to be small onions. My husband had the scallops, as although good, was also a very small portion. Don’t think we would return.
  16. MT

    MarilynT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Had a lovely supper with Sophie taking care of us. The Nettle cake was outstanding- a very creative dessert with complexity of structure and flavors. The only downside was the noise level making it hard to hear our conversation at a table for 4. A bit of a surprise for a Monday evening!
  17. BB

    BrunosBest

    Milwaukee

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch and wonderful service for my birthday.
  18. LL

    LisaL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time at Cento and would return. Staff and food was fabulous.
  19. b

    bbird

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service. The restaurant itself was beautiful and comfortable. I would definitely go back again.
  20. j

    jdub

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Consistent. Good food. Modern, corporate, conservative. We prefer places with more character.
  21. N

    Nina

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great ambience! Perfect dinner before a show.
  22. JG

    JoseG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It doesn’t get much better! Food was delicious, well presented. Service was on point, and the atmosphere was vibrant and upbeat. Awesome restaurant and staff.
  23. JL

    JudyL

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food there. our waiter, Sebastian was very helpful and pleasant.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    CENTO NEVER DISAPPOINTS! Our favorite go to when I’m Madison!
  25. j

    jane

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    2nd level just isn’t as pleasant as the first floor! However, it was a great night!
  26. AK

    AlinaK

    Portland

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The pasta was great. I liked the wine menu. Service was nice. Tiramisu was excellent.
  27. VG

    VirgoGroove

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to celebrate a nice small birthday dinner with my sister :)
  28. AH

    AndyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service are excellent. I had trouble with the noise levels though. I could not hear the waitress or my date. I will only eat outside or take out in the future. If you don't mind a little noise, the food is really great. Reserve the back room. Bring a group, or eat outside. This is a 5 star restaurant, but the noise knocks off a star for me…
  29. MW

    MirandaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose this spot solely because of proximity to the Overture, not particularly expecting greatness. Then we were WOWed by the food!! Every drink, appetizer, entree, and dessert we ordered was excellent. Our server, Shelby, was the best. This is hands down one of the best places in Madison - do not miss it!! It's better than other local spots that have more hype around them. What a gem!
  30. SP

    SusanP

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before attending a performance at the Overture.
  31. L

    Langslm

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous pre show dinner. Food was delicious- all four of us had pasta and each was better than the last. Our server was attentive and planned accordingly to accommodate our theater tickets. Thank you!
  32. CC

    CarlosC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant- Went with my wife and kids (we were moving my daughter into the U of W) and had a fantastic time. Ambience was great and service was fantastic- Definitely will recommend and will be back next time I'm in town- A+++++
  33. LS

    LeslieS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service!
  34. AD

    AndyD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every plate was beautiful and delicious. Great wine selection. My dirty martini was pretty good. Waiter was nice, knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommend this place!
  35. KT

    KimT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere. A good variety of food
  36. CS

    CSVens

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    TL;DR: Overall, Cento provides decent value in a modestly upscale dining environment nestled neatly in a bustling part of Madison's capital neighborhood. As a former chef, I am - out of a deep respect for the back- and front-of-house staff - a rather infrequent brunch patron. However, when one's partner requests brunch for their birthday, birthday brunch is what they shall receive. To my delight (and despite the well-known travails endured universally by restaurant workers during brunch time), the workplace atmosphere for Cento's staff appeared comfortable. Indeed, their immense talents were allowed to shine through, unhampered by what can be, otherwise, unnecessarily frenetic working conditions. Our table was seated quickly, yet our guests were given ample time to enjoy the drinks they had procured at the bar before our reservation time. Our server was prompt, kind, and competent, despite a miscommunication between her and my partner when she ordered both a coffee and a Lemon Capri (the latter order apparently obfuscated by the former) and, at first, received only the coffee. The table enjoyed a diversity of lunch fare; the Baked Eggs, ordered by two in our party, were quickly recognized as the stand-out hit. I ordered the avocado toast and was quite pleased by the execution (the sunchoke chips sprinkled atop of the pickled shallot, boiled egg, and lox were a pleasantly sweet, nutty addition). In all, the menu provided delightfully creative expansions to - and thoughtfully crafted alternate takes on - ultimately standard brunch fare. - 4/5 CSV
  37. JH

    JessicaH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and very unique menu selections. Would recommend!
  38. d

    dyanag

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous server and great food!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great. Server was attractive and knowledgeable but as little slow on bringing the wine. He was busy so we get it. Wine was great! Dessert delicious! Highly recommend.
  40. PW

    PamelaW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service! Waitress was pleasant, helpful and efficient.

FAQs

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

Cento is rated 4.7 stars by 2582 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
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

  • 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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