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Cento, Madison, WI

Cento

4.8
4.8
2471 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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2 people

7:00 PM


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 2,471 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Madison

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  • Madison

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. GR

    GarrettR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very impressive meal. All the flavors were well balanced and fresh. Wine selection was wonderful. Cocktails were original and perfectly crafted. Our friends from California loved it.
  2. SW

    SabrinaW22

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend going again someday! Service was great and the people were super accommodating. Great food!
  3. JB

    JoanB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food!! The atmosphere was wonderful but the noise really echos making it hard to have a nice conversation.
  4. SG

    SqrlGrl

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening at Cento to celebrate a birthday and fathers day. The service was great, the drinks were well made and the food was outstanding. Very memorable and we will be back!
  5. DJ

    DawnJ

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was fantastic! Server was new and was not trained properly. She was nice but not well trained. Very loud during dinner.
  6. MM

    MadMary

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Cento’s food, service and atmosphere are always wonderful.
  7. BB

    BrunosBest

    Milwaukee

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent brunch and birthday celebration by the staff and amazing entrees from the talented Chef Chris.
  8. KR

    KathrineR

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    They were very busy for brunch/ lunch prior to an Overture Center Event. We waited longer than our last time there for our table, and for our drinks. It is super convenient for dining prior to a matinee at the Overture Center. Food is good.
  9. RL

    RobinL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is amazing. Had a taste of everyone’s plate and everything was delicious. The drink menu is creative and delightful. And the service was fantastic. Not an empty water glass the whole time, no flagging anyone down, no waiting….,overall, Great meal, great service, great time!!
  10. a

    anon

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At last a very fine meal in a restaurant where I can talk to my wife because the noise is not overwhelming. Too many restaurants are loud and obnoxious. Cento is not.
  11. SS

    SamS

    Indiana

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Service was excellent. Our new “go to”
  12. SG

    ShellyG

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and ambience were outstanding! It is a great restaurant for special occasion or just good food. Employees are very professional and high quality. I did have to go to the manager for something the next day and she handled my request in a timely and respectful manor. Cento is a top notch restaurant all the way around! You won't be disappointed!
  13. GR

    GeoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall outstanding review. Only comment, the pasta was undercooked and the noise level is too high.
  14. W

    Wisconsin5

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! Great service! We’re coming back to Cento!
  15. DN

    DaleN

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nick was fantastic and very attentive to our dietary needs!!
  17. w

    wannabchef

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The kids loved the chocolate chip pancakes with Nutella and strawberries, my husband enjoyed his gluten-friendly pizza, and I loved the Amori pasta. The booth was also really comfortable and felt removed from the rest of the restaurant with the high backs. Great spot!
  18. AT

    AnnT

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious! We had great service! Very enjoyable dinner.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is amazing and for the quality food you get its not expensive. Great menu items all amazing. Wait times do get long on friday nights and on popular days but thats to be expected from a popular restaurant. Have and will come back many more times
  20. GG

    GaryG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    On the whole the experience was great. Cocktails were very good, the fried olives and butcher board were wonderful! Chicken and pasta were fabulous and our server did a great job. We shared a dessert there and took two to go - also very good. My only issue is that we had a 4:00 PM reservation for four and we were there as soon as the doors opened. We had requested a booth and they immediately sat us in their smallest booth. I asked to be seated in a larger booth and the hostess said she could try but she’d have to rearrange all the reservations so we just took what she gave us. Of course, most of the larger booth remained empty the whole time we were there, yet some lucky couple got one of those nice, spacious booths that we’d wanted. Must be nice.
  21. LW

    LewisWilliamson

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We found Cento on a whim. It was fantastic! Our waiter was very new to his position and couldn’t recommend ideas as he had not experienced them. That didn’t stop us! The carbonara was very good as well as the duck. I believe you will be very pleased with anything you order at Cento. We definitely will be back!
  22. M

    jonM

    Jackson Hole

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service and great food
  23. RA

    RiyaadA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome staff. Amazing food. Perfect for a first date or special occasion
  24. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the duck salad and it was phenomenal. Other people in my party ordered the salmon and it was crispy and light, great texture. Cento is the real deal. Fantastic food and friendly staff!
  25. SM

    StevenM

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Enjoyable evening dinner, however not to our expectations going in. We were seated promptly for our reservation at a nice table. Service and food course arrival times were very good. Several dishes were too heavily spiced/salted and detracted from the taste. The tuna tartare appetizer and the nettle cake for dessert were excellent.
  26. LK

    LarryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent! Food was delicious, enjoyed our drinks and our waitress did a great job! Only disappointment was not finding the Brussel Sprout appetizer on the menu. Had it previously and we loved it!
  27. BV

    BrandonV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! It was the best pasta dish I have ever had. Will return many times in the future.
  28. MF

    MatthewF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the starters to the dessert, everything tasted great. Service was pleasant and attentive. We will be coming back.
  29. A

    Adam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Went there for lunch/brunch. Food is very average.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice experience.
  31. CB

    ClarkB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were introduced to Cento during Restaurant Week two years ago during Covid. Our takeout meals were exceptional. Have been to Cento in person two times this year. Food is fantastic. Service is top notch. Cento may have quickly become our favorite restaurant in Madison.
  32. h

    hananhw

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, a new favorite!
  33. G

    Gill

    Jackson Hole

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal with great flavor combinations, good portions. The octopus appetizer was pleasantly spicy and tender. My husband’s duck entree was cooked perfectly (could have used a few more veggies), my swordfish choppino had good flavor and a nice piece of swordfish. Great bottle of wine from the Chianti region. The vanilla gelato with amaro and espresso was a fun dessert. Our only disappointment was the tiramisu - too much cake and no coffee or alcohol in the flavor. Service was great. We’ll definitely return.
  34. AS

    AllanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophia was fantastic. She said we were her first table served at Cento. Great server.
  35. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This palace is great, location near the Overture Center is perfect. Northern Italian food is very good, prices are reasonable and food quality is excellent. Pasta is very good and the wine by the glass is nice touch.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, great service, and delicious food.
  37. MC

    MelissaC

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice brunch at Cento. Although we arrived early, we were warmly greeted and seated right away. The waiter was friendly and helpful. He provided good recommendations and gave us just the right amount of attention. The food was very good. In particular, my husband loved the French toast. I would definitely recommend brunch at Cento to anyone going to a matinee at Overture as it is very conveniently located.
  38. KB

    KevinB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing every time. Can’t wait to go back. You will never be disappointed.
  39. SS

    SamS

    Indiana

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from start to finish. Food was outstanding! Dined here twice in a week. Will be back soon.
  40. J

    Jenny

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noise goes beyond energetic. It's rally too loud and makes it hard to hear tablemates withouT shouting. Needs dampening.

FAQs

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

Cento is rated 4.8 stars by 2471 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


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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