Cento

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Chef Chris Myers focuses on local ingredients and authentic Italian preparation methods with a modern twist. Translating to “100″ in Italian, the significance behind Cento’s name (pronounced Chento), lies in our location.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and great food!

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JeanM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and service was good. Our server wasn't around very frequently but other staff members came by our table to cash us out, box our food, and see if we needed anything, which was very helpful.

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Katy2028
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was very slow during the pre-theater rush. Our server had asked us if we were attending that night's show at Overture, and when we told her no, I felt like we were not a priority. We attempted to flag her down several times to put in our dinner order.

Dining at Cento is still a pleasurable experience - it's a beautiful place with great food.

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GayDoc
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great, service is attentive, and staff is friendly. Their only shortcoming is the noise level when business is good.

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vipEatdrinkbmerry
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good dinner, not spectacular. Nice ambiance.

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RenR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Our waitress was servicing at least four other tables, AND "hostessing." Meanwhile there were other waiters sauntering around doing very little. Will avoid that place for awhile.

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EllenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, from the wine to the sides. Friendly and efficient waitstaff. I have no complaints.

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AMYC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal & wine. You never walk away hungry.

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JillM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nick was a wonderful server. Food was amazing, only watch out is the salmon schmear has a lot of bones in it.
Had the best Chobani Oats latte!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was pretty good, first time trying. I may or may not be back. Fried artichokes were delicious!

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cento is one of my favorites to take my daughter who is a student at UW....excellent location, service, menu and ambience....good wine list as well

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vipMaureen
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Met friends there for lunch. Very loud but as expected. Clean, goo food choices, good service would go again parking is a challenge on a Saturday afternoon.

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vipMariaV
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Have been to Cento a few times and love it. Great food, wonderful friendly servers (Jack was the best!). Kevin the sommelier helped pick out a great wine and we had another fun experience here!

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CynthiaG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there for a pre-theater dinner. The service and food were excellent. The only negative is the noise level, which was very loud. When I spend that much for dinner, I would like to have an environment more conducive to having a conversation without shouting. (This is hard to find in Madison.)

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DanielB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was quite good. Ambience very nice also. Mixed drink was so so.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The hostess was not friendly. The waitress was great. I’m we enjoyed the meal but not as good as past times.

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Molly
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined at Cento last night. Our server Grace was wonderful and attentive. She provided great menu recommendations. When we were unsure on a bottle of wine she had the wine steward visit our table to make a suggestion. The wine steward Kevin was wonderful. We explained the type of wine we usually like to drink and he made an excellent recommendation. We will definitely return to Cento as we really enjoyed our experience.

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vipRamieZ
Milwaukee
36 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Good place for a nice, reasonably priced meal. The tables directly across from the stairs (two, two tops) are in an awful location. They should be removed.

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Pixi
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cento, especially when we have tickets to Overture events. Food is great, service outstanding. I recommend Cento highly!

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BonnieB
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very good and the whole experience was great.

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tweinarn
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy and fabulous dinner at Cento before every broadway show. Staff is great, drinks are amazing and food is fabulous. I like that the menu and changed frequently, but the popular ones are always available.

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vipTosaJoe
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Arrived early for a 5:30 reservation after a Sunday symphony matinee and were promptly seated. However, service was very slow from the get go, almost as if there weren’t enough servers on duty. Curious, because I overheard the hostess state they were booked solid until 8pm. Never got better, although our server was helpful, polite, and quite friendly. The food was good, but my lasagna was served barely warm and we all waited 5 minutes for my wife’s scallops to show up. This evens to happen a lot at restaurants that use teams of staff to bring out the food. And woe is you! if you table orders something premise (lasagna) and something cooked to order (scallops). Why is it so hard to time the food to arrive at the same time and all hot? Then the server was unable to process my Open Table Rewards Certificate. Frankly, I put it all on management.

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BigGuy
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than being a really big guy stuck in a corner with a small table, I was very pleased with experience and the food. I will definitely go again.

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GayDoc
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noise level is the biggest problem with your otherwise excellent restaurant. Spend your money on sound proofing and you won't regret it.

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McAllister
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was very good as usual. Service not so good.

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BarbW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the waitstaff were GREAT! Especially since it was a busy Valentine's weekend! My husband and I were both very pleased.

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anneS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and our service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Went for brunch - service was very slow altough not very busy while we were there. Food was good- nice ingredients and execution. We would patiently come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

We went there to celebrate a birthday. Great server and variety of food choices. One persons meal (the salami hash) was pretty salty. Overall everything else was nice.

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MaryjoG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The service was great, the clam appetizer was luke warm at best.... it was valentines day so I think they may have premade them and just didn't heat them up enough. Also they were really dry from sitting. My main pasta dish lacked flavor, but when I added red pepper, pepper and Parmesan cheese it tasted great. Service was GREAT!

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AdelaideH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cento never disappoints with their food. This time around, I enjoyed the Chicken Parmigiana with an Aperol Spritz. We also ordered the bread to start and the tiramisu to finish. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great Italian dinner in Madison.

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Foodie22
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Our server, Ava, was friendly and attentive. Everything we ordered was wonderful especially the Roman artichokes. The house made limoncello is a must as well.

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redcaboose
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of nine at Cento on Valentine's Day, everyone was in Madison from out of town for a family wedding, and we could not have been happier with our experience at this restaurant. The staff was extremely patient with our party and the food was delicious. I selected this restaurant because it was one of the few I could find a couple of weeks out that could accommodate a large party on Valentine's Day. Everyone in our party was very impressed by the service, and the outstanding food. Will definitely go back next time we are in Madison, and will recommend to others!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnifico!

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vipLouiseP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was overthought. A little too ambitious. Would keep to simple choices on the menuOur waiter was overzealous but well intentioned.

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GayDoc
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service are always wonderful --and the location across from the Overture center is perfect.

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VivianE
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We always enjoy the food at Cento, but we do find that the noise level is unpleasant to us. You can hardly hear the person across the table.

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vipBrunosBest
Milwaukee
51 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent brunch with really tasty selections and delicious sides. The service is always exceptional and we are NEVER disappointed!

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MJZ88
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff was friendly and was able to add the seating that was missing from our table before all of the guests arrived.
We were a bit disappointed that the cocktails we ordered were missing some ingredients, we weren't informed they had run out when we ordered and the drinks were delivered without explanation until we inquired.
Overall very good though, I love the ambiance and there was no extra long waits for anything.