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Cento, Madison, WI

Cento

4.7
4.7
2636 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 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 2,636 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Madison’s Cento is a marvelous gem in the heart of the city. Our server, Erin, provided outstanding service recommending many great eats. I look forward to the opportunity to dining at Cento again!
  2. MR

    MadelineR

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really good food - great value and unique fall dishes and cocktails.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Famsgiving
  4. P

    Pete

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cento is our go-to for a date night, particularly when heading to the Overture Center. The food is always delicious, the service top-notch, and the ambience the perfect balance of classy and relaxed.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had brunch with a group of friends. Food was excellent. Server provided options for those with food allergies and was very helpful. Fun atmosphere and delicious food and drinks!
  6. G

    Goodfoodiswonderful

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went prior to an Overture performance. Our waiter was wonderful. We really enjoyed the food and ambience. Thank you!!
  7. M

    Maria

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Had a lovely anniversary diner here. Great location. Friendly staff . Good food. Not too pricey. Will be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal, attentive service and a cool vibe. Definitely a great place for a date. We’ll be back!
  9. KR

    KathrineR

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-theater brunch is the best at Cento! We will definitely be back! Thank you!
  10. SA

    SaraA

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Cento! We had delicious meals and wine before a show at Overture. Excellent service, gorgeous ambiance…one of the absolute best!
  11. DC

    DCRounder

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Food was excellent. Flavorful, tasting. Good portions. Wait staff very professional, knowledgeable. Helpful . Give it a 5 star rating overall
  12. DN

    DaleN

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Though it was fairly loud in the dining room, the food and service were great as usual
  13. B

    Bruce

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was outstanding. We love the location across from Overture Hall for when we have theater tickets.
  14. TG

    TammyG

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect place for a pre-theater date. The bartender started our evening with perfect cocktails. Cora gave us space to talk but timed our meal perfectly so we got to our show right on time. Cora was charming and attentive striking the perfect balance between serving us and giving us time with friends. I always get the tagliatelle and it's always perfection. We tried that desert on a log - with pistachios and rhubarb (sorry I forgot the name but if I look it up, I may not send this review). The food, seeing the theater from our table, delicious food and drink and sweet Cora - a perfect evening even before the show. But the show was awesome too.
  15. JL

    JudyL

    Milwaukee

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Love their ragu
  16. CG

    CarolG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    There was a large party sitting next to our table. It was hard to hear conversations at our table
  17. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    I wouldn't refer to the highest category of noise as "energetic". It was impossible to hear the person sitting across from me, and I practically had to yell to make myself heard. Otherwise, the food is fantastic and the service was great.
  18. BM

    BufMan

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional Italian cuisine. A cut above in every way. Cocktail offerings were unusual and extraordinary. Comfortable seating. Great place to dine!
  19. MS

    MarilynS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of six thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cento. Our server was outstanding and friendly as well as accurate with our orders. We were able to converse easily in the booth where we were seated.
  20. E

    Erin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My friend and I came for brunch. We made a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. I loved everything! The service was great. I ordered the steak and eggs. It was cooked to perfection and the flavors were well balanced and delicious. However my friend ordered to avocado toast, it was too sweet and the flavors were not well balanced. While beautiful to look at the avocado toast was hard to eat. Pastries and drinks were delicious!
  21. BB

    BrunosBest

    Milwaukee

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner with great service from Parker and the entire staff. The pasta and risotto entrees were delicious and the special anniversary dessert was spectacular.
  22. a

    abcd

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed how friendly the staff was, even though they were really busy. Everyone was great, especially the bartender!
  23. JD

    JenDan68

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is thoughtful and delicious. Our waiter was great. The bread and butter is a must. The fried olives are so crunchy briney and salty. The added herbs and lemon made them even better. Do not miss the carbonara. It’s the best I’ve ever had. Great food for a decent price.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank You Cento for a delicious dinner served to us by a excellent server. There’s not one thing that wasn’t perfect.
  25. MG

    MasonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely the best meal I have had. The boozy brunch was a great deal. Would recommend to anyone
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delanie our server made the night spectacular!
  27. EL

    EllenL

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome experience as always. Staff is so wonderful and attentive. So enjoy dining at Cento. Thank you!!!
  28. SS

    SarahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carb snob heaven! The pastas, bread, and pizza dough are all made fresh on site and are delicious! The wine list did not disappoint and the sommelier was extremely helpful in our selection process. Get the tiramisu-even though you’ll probably think you can’t have another bite…it’s worth it! Absolutely a fantastic dining experience!
  29. s

    sally

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious food! A little bit loud inside so it was sometimes hard to hear dining companions. But the service was really pleasant and the restaurant is beautiful.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spend my 50th birthday with my lovely wife. Awesome customer service and atmosphere. Thanks to the server said it was 3rd day but we would have noticed if he didn’t tell us, great job.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    I expected a better overall experience. Pros: service was very good Cons: Dining area was quite loud Food was mediocre, gnocchi were undercooked, pizzas were overpriced and nothing special. Water full of chlorine from the tap. Would not recommend.
  32. N

    Nelle

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time diners, but certainly not last time. Reservations were made before an Overture presentation & started with delightful bacon wrapped dates & cocktails. Their delicious warm sour dough bread along with two pasta dishes from the fall menu were full of flavor. The gnocchi and butternut squash entrees were mouthwatering and each paired with a glass of wine. Emma was our server & was well informed about menu choices. We will certainly be back-May even try their Sunday brunch! DELISH
  33. AP

    AngelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food was delicious. My Tom could have used a straw for the last bits of the drink but otherwise a fantastic dinner.
  34. MD

    MeganD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10. Burrata, foraged mushrooms, grilled octopus, tagliatelle (bolognese) and the nettle cake were all fantastic. Can’t wait to go back! The server was wonderful.
  35. g

    gvar

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was okay. Some dishes were excellent and some were okay. A couple of pasta lacked salt and flavor. Lobster Cavatelli was amazing. Was expecting to be little more better based on the price
  36. KL

    KymberL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was even better. Very clean restaurant and the lighting made the ambience so calming. Affordable food and nice mocktails!
  37. CF

    ChristopherF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cento offers value for the money. The food is creatively prepared, full of flavor, and the portions are not tiny. You will not feel as if you were over charged for the quality that is on offer. We just returned from Italy where we were in Naples & the pizza at Cento competes with the very best that we ate there.
  38. NS

    NancyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The 3 of us enjoyed our meals tremendously and our server was vety kind.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was fantastic. Waiter was very good, but seemed uncomfortable. Noise level very high, for a fine dining restaurant. Would Definately come back though. Food overtrumped any negatives.
  40. DG

    DocGourmet

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Too much noise, uneven food, good wine, better service

FAQs

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

Cento is rated 4.7 stars by 2636 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 68 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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