Sunday, 5 pm - 9 pm
Monday-Saturday, 5 pm - 10 pm
[Bar opens daily at 4 pm]
Thursday-Saturday, 10 pm - 12 am
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.
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a three course prix fixe menu from Chef Chris Myers.
$65 per person includes three courses and a glass of Prosecco. Price does not include tax or gratuity. Bar opens at 4pm. Reserve today; first seating at 5pm, last seating at 10pm.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Great atmosphere and delicious food. A nice date night venue.
Cento was a very cool restaurant-industrial, yet hip. My food we excellent! They prepared the Tagliatelle the way I wanted it, which wasn’t on the menu. Awesome! Appreciated it! My husbands trout was wonderful, as well. Had the marinaded warm olives and beef carpaccio , too/ which was good! Our waitress, Wendi was fantastic! Will definitely come back!!
Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, knowledgeable sever...a wonderful dining experience!
So very convenient for dining after a concert at the Overture Center. Beautiful Italian food served in the relaxed manner of the Old Country. Our server Ava took time to go over the menu, highlighting gluten-free and pescatarian options. Great cocktails and wine list. Three courses, three hours, four stars. Thank you!
I was disappointed. The menu on the website included lamb ossobuco but it was not on the actual menu. I ordered the lamb loin as a substitute. The lamb was fatty (more fat that meat) and it was fairly tough. It was not worthy of its $35 price. The items served with the lamb were very good and the presentation was attractive but overall it was a disappointment. Others in our party had pasta dishes and were pleased with their choices.
Cento is by far my favorite restaurant ! I live in Chicago and every time I am in Wisconsin I have to stop by for dinner! Cento has a beautiful atmosphere and the food and drinks are always incredible. I always order the bacon wrapped dates, butcher board, and orecchiette pasta - but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu ! Highly recommend
Super food. So loud we couldn't hear each other at our table for six.
We were at Cento for a Thursday evening night out before a show. It was relatively empty when we arrived at 5:45, so we sat at the bar for a little while to catch up with some friends. The bartenders were attentive and the cocktails were beautifully-prepared. However, one of the only two complaints I have with our visit regards the bar: I ordered the same drink three times, an Old Fashioned, sweet, with J. Henry. The first one I received was sour, not sweet, the second was a whiskey-soda, and the third was a proper Old Fashioned. I never complained to the staff, but thought it noteworthy. The second complaint was about the noise level. Overall, things were good, but we were sandwiched between two large parties and they were a tad rowdy. It was distracting at times. Now to the good: The venue is beautiful, and the food was absolutely amazing. We ordered the charcuterie board, and it was wonderful. Three meats, two cheeses, and local honey; all delicious. We followed with pastas. I had the orecchiette, which is prepared with the most delicious italian sausage I've ever had, spinach, tomato, and topped with parmesan cheese. I wanted to try the house-made gnocchi, but thought I'd save that for my next visit. And I will visit again. Well done, Cento.
Cento will always be one of our favorite restaurants in Madison. Amazing food, great atmosphere. Perfect place for a date, anniversary dinner, brunch, or pre-theater. Also have an extensive wine menu. Totally recommend to anyone willing to spend a moderate amount.
Great food! Fantastic service! Excellent ambiance! Gluten free options!
We all had an enjoyable 3 course meal from the Theater Menu. We also ordered the sourdough bread appetizer which was fresh and warm when it arrived. Please note that the portion sizes are large. Only one slight issue arose and we had to remind our waitress that we had tickets to the Overture. We ended up rushing though our dessert to make the show on time. My husband and I plus our friends all said we would come back.
We recently had dinner at Cento and had a party of seven. We had drinks at the bar beforehand and would highly recommend the old fashioned. At dinner, the service was outstanding as was the food. We had a wide variety of appetizers, salads and entrees and everything was awesome. Desserts were delicious as well. We had a great table with a nice view of the open kitchen/staging area. The atmosphere was nice as well. Lastly, we found the pricing to be very reasonable. Would highly recommend Cento!
Hit or miss and prices are expensive. Drinks are very small and expensive and the entrees are not inventive
Great bunch place, reasonable prices, good service and great food.
The food is very good and the service was excellent. One criticism is that the wine by the glass is WAY over priced. We ordered a bottle which was better but we brought friends with us this time and they were really put off by but prices. You need some more reasonable options.
Average Italian food. Was expecting much better quality based on the reviews and the price point. The ambiance and bar staff were very nice, but the pasta and appetizers were of average quality and incredibly bland.
Excellent food and great service, but VERY loud. Hard to hear the conversation at our own table.
Way too noisy, our group could not hold a conversation. I have raised this issue before.
The service, food and wine could stand for lots of improvement. We find the service to be mediocre, at best and
Cento, a good place for the two of us before going to Overture on a Sunday afternoon. Easy to make and
confirm reservations over the internet. Food and service were excellent. A table at the window was reserved for us with proper shading from the noon sun. Spirited younger crowd was fun,
yet entirely too noisy. We would go back, prior to an Overture event, as the location is so very close.
Baked egg was disappointing. Lacked flavor in the polenta. But overall atmosphere and service was great.
Beautiful place for Sunday brunch--gorgeous windows and sparkling chandeliers. Nice booth for conversation and privacy that was great for one of our party who is hard of hearing. Food was great and reasonably priced. Recommend it highly.
Cento has good food but pricey. Dining room was very loud and dark. Small selection of wine by the glass, expensive and a very small pour. I had soup that was a solid mass with no broth at all. I will look elsewhere before I would return.
My wife and I really enjoy Cento- as do our friends. Excellent service and very good food that has great flavor but isn't over-embellished. Each dish stands on its own very nicely. The wine list allows for excellent pairings!
The food we had was delicious and exquisitely presented. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and attentive. Unfortunately, the noise level made conversation extremely difficult. If we return, we would ask to be seated in the smaller area that we saw through the window as we headed toward the Square; we think it might be quieter there.
While better than a previous visit when fish was served raw (twice!), still has a very long way to go to qualify as a good restaurant. Octopus appetizer was rubbery. The grouper was way over-sauced killing the side vegetable. Shrimp scampi was, in a word, skimpy. The accompanying pasta was over-cooked. We double-checked when he got home - yup, Cento refers to itself as Italian. But, so does Olive Garden! The extra-charge sourdough was "tough," something not easy to accomplish. We asked for butter, but received butter soaked in olive oil. Splatters all around! What was good? The romaine lettuce salad was cold and crisp. The sound level is, to use Open Table's word, "energetic." I call it painfully awful. The best part of the evening was the staff. Attentive, efficient, and Midwestern nice.
Creative cuisine; outstanding foraged mushrooms; great service. A little noisy, so ask for a booth for conversation.
The service was attentive, almost to the point of making us feel rushed. Once we got our server to understand that we wanted to take our time, all was good. The sommelier provided helpful information for our wine selection. And all the food was outstanding.
I went for brunch on a Sunday afternoon with a party of 7. We arrived earlier than our reservation and they were very accommodating -- we were seated almost immediately. While the cocktails were very good, we were disappointed in most of the food preparations -- pizza and biscuits/gravy were both overcooked; baked eggs were bland; butcher board had three large meat portions, two of which were not at all appealing, and the board came with very limited cheese, despite our questioning our server regarding the size of the cheese portion ahead of time.
I eat here often before the symphony or opera, and I'm always treated like I own the place.
From multiple friends, I had heard the exceptional reputation regarding Cento's brunch. Following my half marathon, I decided this would be the ideal situation to try their breakfast in celebration. Did not disappoint. I obviously ordered the breakfast pizza AND lemon ricotta pancakes because I just ran 13.1 miles in thirty degree weather and both were phenomenal. My entire group relished in their meal and the hype was most definitely met.
Everything was excellent. Brunch pizza, eggs Benedict, coffee. Pastrami was sub par.
Cento is visually appealing for sure -- I enjoy the lovely restoration, colors, lights, open kitchen. The noise level is just too much though -- some noise is convivial, too much noise is painful. That's Cento. If you're over 40, and/or have sensitive ears, you probably shouldn't eat there. Or plan on ear plugs and lip-reading. The food is fine but not inspired. We were served a botched dessert and had to return it. A lot of the items are pre-made, maybe even frozen? The waitress I had was fantastic, but in the past I've had less than great service. Cento is just too expensive for what it is. Wish we had a classier restaurant across the street from the Overture Center.
Went to Cento for Saturday Brunch and we were blown away by the value of the food and drinks. A boozy brunch costs $25 per person and comes with 2 cocktails, 1 croissant with jam, 1 dish, and bottomless tea or coffee. AMAZING!
Excellent food and service
Food used to be better but nice ambiance and service.
Aniversay dinner... took both our kids, definitey the only ones with children but it worked for us. Food is delicious.
Wonderful sauce on the Atlantic trout. For a quieter dinner I have friends and I have decided we would come lead on his show knight.
Great food and beautiful atmosphere. Drinks were a little pricey as was the appetizers but everything was quality! Will definitely be back!