Elsa was our server and she was so incredibly pleasant! Food was great, as always. I LOVE the Boozy Brunch option - it is my absolute favorite and an amazing value.
The boozy brunch is amazing! HIGHLY recommend - but make sure you have a reservation :)
Great food, reasonable pricing for the atmosphere/ambience. Great seared scallops! Call ahead for a reservation
The only complaint we had was our server seemed to forget us a couple of times.
Their service is great. Food wonderful . Only downside is this restaurant is on the noisy side.
They need to simplify their dishes. They are making their dishes too complicated with too many ingredients. They should consider leveraging the quality of their main component and not covering it up with so many ingredients that conflict and take away from the main component.
Service was excellent. Food was very good. Noise level was loud for a quiet dinner, but ok if you are with a group. Host seemed a bit pretentious.
Great time for Mother’s day with my family!
Boozy Brunch is a great deal with many taste options! You will not be disappointed!
Service great, food outstanding, fresh, fresh and more fresh, pizza and cocktails great !
I really have to single out our server, Ava, as the highlight of our experience at Cento. From the moment we sat down, she was so helpful and accommodating and pleasant! The food was very good. Brick chicken was delicious, the brussel sprouts were tasty and the bucatini was enjoyable. The coffee and dessert were very good as well. Ask to be seated at Ava's table if you go!
Daughters graduation weekend...!
A real disappointment. We ordered appetizers and they came right out. Almost a half hour later our salad and entrees came at the same time “because the kitchen was backed up”. My pork tenderloin was served rare... I asked for it to be cooked a little more and the server said it couldn’t be done. My nieces sausage in her pasta dish was pink... the server said they buy precooked sausage so it was ok to eat. While the server smiled a lot she didn’t know the dishes... and the 100 meal for 2 was almost not consumable. I can’t recommend on any level.
Another wonderful meal with excellent service from Camille. The stuffed ravioli was superb and the arancini was delicious! We recommend CENTO to all our friends and it's a MUST GO for anyone visiting from out of town. Thank you, Chef Chris!
We had a great meal. The food and the staff were fantastic. The big thing for us was the noise level. The music was loud and it's never fun to shout to those whom you're dining with.
Beautiful restaurant with a modern, airy feel. Wonderful lighting from tall, large windows during a Saturday lunch. Never before have I felt compelled to say "wow, these booths are really pretty!" The Bolognese and French Toast w/Peach Compote were table favorites. Service was lovely. Surprisingly reasonable prices for the cuisine and experience. Will definitely be back again.
We had a great experience at Cento. We were celebrating our anniversary and they surprised us with a glass of champagne on the house. The food was amazing but the portions for the pasta were very small. It worked out for us because we had other courses to help fill us up. Thanks for a great experience Cento!
Excellent food- especially pasta. Service was attentive and prompt. Noise level is what you might expect for a very busy restaurant, but the quality of the restaurant is what makes this site so popular. Always at the top of the list for entertaining out of town guests.
We love Cento. Food is always fantastic, good atmosphere. It's one of our favorite places in Madison
We got to the restaurant early but not enough time to go back to the hotel to change. We were not dressed for dinner. My husband did not have a collared shirt on and I looked like I had just walked out of REI.
Nevertheless the hostess sat us at the bar until our table was ready. I don't know if they were trying to hide us or give us the best table. Either we were seated in the other room, not the main room, next to a window facing the library. The room was very quiet. The service was fabulous. I chose to leave the sorbet off my chocolate cake which I was taking home. So instead upon request they put the sorbet (vanilla) in my husband double cream stout. Delicious.
For dinner we enjoyed both pastas (Tagliatelle and Orecchette) and the bacon wrapped dates. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Love Cento for excellent food and service, location, and beautiful atmosphere. Our only complaint is that it is noisy. Being seated in a booth helps foster conversation, although not too close to the kitchen which generates some energetic noise. =)
Always a great environment for getting together and catching up with friends. Great food, great service!
Never disappoints. Great Manhattans and the food is spot on
Monday, sis birthday🤷🏻♀️. Service was excellent, food was good (I’m vegetarian)
Such a good time. I ate alone, and while it was not noisy I did enjoy the ambiance
The food was delicious. Friendly and attentive service
Delicious! My husband and I had the boozy brunch. We had the French toast and crab cake benedict. Both were amazing. The specialty cocktails were also tasty. We will be back!
Great food and service from Kevin. Great for brunch.
We went to Cento on Easter Sunday and enjoyed their "boozy brunch"...it was perfect. The service, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere-all of it was just wonderful. We will be back.
While our dinner was good, the service was exceptionally slow. It would not have been an issue, but the server never stopped by to let us know why everything was taking such a long time and was unable to be asked as she avoided our table until our food arrived. This establishment is usually cool/breezy so it helps to have adequate wrap or jacket in case. A few more less expensive bottles of wine might be offered.
Definitely in my top 5 for Madison restaurants. Food was flavorful and perfectly prepared.
The food is very good, and the wait staff were charming, attentive, and informative. We really enjoyed our dinner at Cento.
Always great food - the service was the best
I would highly recommend Cento restaurant. Our waiter, Kevin, was knowledgeable and very friendly. The food was delicious, from the appetizer to the dessert. We will definitely be returning to try more of the diverse menu!
Great food, great service, noisy when busy (like Sunday Brunch).
Kevin, our server, was fantastic! Avacado toast was our favorite brunch item.
We had a great time. Our waiter, Kevin, was the best! And the wine steward....she was so knowledgeable and helpful. The food truly was outstanding.
I've been to Cento for brunch numerous times. While the service and atmosphere are always great; the food this time was not up to the usual delicious, fresh standards. Had the Crabcake Benedict and the crabcake was overcooked.
Good brunch.. beautiful space. Service was just okay but we enjoyed.
Everything we had was delightful, and priced moderately I thought. Service was excellent, our waitress was exemplary the entire time. We were seated in a great place, even for showing up 9 minutes late to our 8 pm reservation.
I would STRONGLY recommend the affogato for dessert if you even remotely like coffee.
We were a group of 10 celebrating a weekend with our mothers visiting from out of town. We ordered appetizers which took a decent amount of time to come, but more frustrating were the entrees. After waiting around 1 and a half hours for our meals and 2 of them being cold we were not impressed. We told the waitress about the two cold meals that she took back to totally remake taking another 20 minutes and giving smaller portions than the first time. The waitress took these two entrees off the bill, but never once did a manager come over to apologize or acknowledge the terrible service. Our waitress said we could have 3 desserts on the house but when they came there were 4 desserts. While reviewing the check and seeing we were charged for dessert we asked the waitress while her totally rude and unprofessional response was, “if its really that big of a deal i could take it off”. It wasn’t the fact that it was on the bill but the principle of being a paying customer who likes to dine at this establishment but in the future I can’t guarantee I will ever be back.