Cento

4.8
1987 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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hello
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

celebrated my boyfriends birthday and they made it so special

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vipJacquiS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were thrilled that Cento is again serving brunch and were not disappointed. The menu is a nice mix of breakfast and lunch/dinner: the food extraordinary. We feel that the Food Fight Group has responded to the pandemic responsibly and have taken all precautions. And it felt a bit like civilization was returning. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Cento for only the second time with my UW Sophomore daughter who goes a lot more often than I do, it is such excellent food and such a beautiful place, I hope she enjoys it as much as I do! Our waiter was very attentive and kept us informed!

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vipFoodie
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good food and ambiance

Front desk was very unfriendly and unaccommodating

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vipBenC
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Cento. The good and drinks are great and the staff is terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as usual. My date had not been there before and staff was very informative with her about the menu and what was in everything we ate. Overall just an awesome experience.

MV
vipMariaV
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went for Sunday brunch today and it was their first day open for brunch in quite a while due to Covid so I will give them a break for the mediocre food and poor service today and incorrect order delivered. Hostess was excellent and Server was very nice but very slow and didn’t check back often. The cheese and meat board was just sad and overpriced. 2 tiny chunks of stale cheese and one other chunk of unimpressive cheese. Meat selection was ok.
My daughter was delivered a very mediocre Margarita pizza instead of the sausage that she ordered. We had the eggs Benedict that had smoked pork. It was bland and would have been better with ham.
I have had excellent service and food when going for dinner a few times before so will most likely stick to dinner in the future but I do hope they improve on brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Extremely satisfied with service, value and ambiance. Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice

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GingersMom
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and outstanding food. We enjoyed the bacon wrapped figs and the pasta dishes and the baked fish (branzino) was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Very fancy, we loved it!

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KatherineO
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, excellent meal, very chic/ hip ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Arrived and she took us to a table. I asked for only one thing on my reservation and that was a booth. I told her no on the table and said I indicated a booth on the reservation. She turned and left...said something about cleaning a booth, we looked at each other and walked to the bar as she gave no indication when she was coming back and we did not intend to stand in the middle of the dining room waiting for her.

She also had gone back to check her reservation because she said something like “I see you did, I missed it” (she must not have believed me) when she came up to us at the bar.

They didn’t have a regular booth so we were seated at a gigantic booth (we were dinner for 2) closest to the front door.

It’s winter and their was a snowstorm going on outside, I was quite chilled throughout the meal and I did not enjoy watching everyone arrive.

The whole thing was a little odd.

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Discriminating
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic for our party of six .... Except for the grilled cauliflower which was not advertised as spicy but was very. I woke up in the middle of the night with a churning stomach and would encourage caution!
Service was attentive and other food items, quite tastey!

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CoryR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, probably my favorite restaurant in Madison!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The little Italian donut desert was excellent!

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BethanyM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We really had a great time! My partner and I went there for a date and it was VERY ROMANTIC. Unfortunately, my partner did find a hair in his salad. The waitress profusely apologized and gave us free dessert. Overall, still a nice time.

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vipVickieK
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and our server was great. Definitely will come back again. Great spot for any occasion.

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Coulibaly
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Had solid recommendations, and they didn't disappoint. Cleanliness in the pandemic was obvious. From start to finish it was an excellent experience.

CJ
CJPi
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, drinks, service, and ambience were excellent. We will definitely be returning.

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ElenaS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was chill. Can’t complain. I felt comfortable and I would return.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary there and it was perfect! The service is great and the food is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful date there. Thought we would be more hungry, but ended up only eating appetizers. They had a great happy hour special and we got a delicious bottle of red.

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MaryC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! The brussel sprouts and mushroom pizza were so yummy.

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DavidM
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very attentive, had the duck and fig pizza which is great.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Reservations were easy, and the receptionist called me to confirm my reservation which was nice. Food was good and tasted fresh. Overall it was a good experience. One odd thing, the server touched my fork with his hand instead of allowing me to take my own fork to use for the entree portion of our meal. If this is common practice in your restaurant, then it would be better to clear the table completely and provide a fresh set of utensils and napkin.

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JeanneH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We dined on a Saturday night and loved the ambience- I felt like I was in a downtown Chicago restaurant. I had the smoked pork pasta which had too much pork in my opinion, although it tasted very good. My husband had the char which was also good. The limoncello packed a punch and was very flavorful. Waiter was attentive and helpful.

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Tommy
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect place to go for any occasion. The food is great. The service was good. And now with COVID the tables were very comfortably spaced.

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was both me and my date’s first times visiting Cento and we both had a great time and enjoyed all of our food! Highly recommend the butcher board. Would love to visit again!

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DerekH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went on NYE. Food was great with just a couple misses. Example. Heavy use of pepper on the lobster scampi.

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DevinP
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just spent a week in Madison for vacation. While not every restaurant was open, this many of the finer dining experiences were available, including Cento. My wife and I took advantage of at least one great meal per day . . . and sometimes two. But quite simply, this was the best culinary experience we had on our entire trip, and it really wasn't all that close.

RH
RobertH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outstanding ambiance. Perfect location for a Friday evening celebratory dinner.

DM
DavidM
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent on protecting against Covid, food is great, service just right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was outstanding - the food was to die for (need to get the lamb meatballs and Brussels sprouts) and the wine list was great. We were very happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Our waiter forgot to put in the appetizer order. And came back to our table 30 minutes later asking if we put in an appetizer order. Which included bread & butter that should’ve taken minutes.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious! Very strange music and surrounding people were very loud.

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HappyCustomer
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a blast here with my family! Ambiance, service, and food was wonderful.

DM
DavidM
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I eat here I find something new I love, this time the char and bobolini

JR
vipJeffreyR
Milwaukee
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very comfortable with their Covid Protocols. Food and service were once again great.

FAQs

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

Cento is rated 4.8 stars by 1987 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.