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About Permanently Closed - Francesca's al Lago

This restaurant is permanently closed. Francesca's al Lago is the 21st addition to The Francesca's Restaurant Group. The Capital Square location offers guests “simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices,” which has been the winning recipe at all Francesca’s locations since 1992. Our menu features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. An expansive wine list, local beers and handcrafted martinis are the perfect accompaniment to an outstanding dining experience.

About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.

111 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 255-6000

Website:
http://www.miafrancesca.com/locations/profile/wisconsin

Catering:
Francesca"s al Lago has a wide range of catering services available to suite your needs. From full-service to pick-up, Francesca's catering is an easy & reliable way to entertain guests in your home or workplace.

Parking Details:
We have validated parking at the Block 89 parking ramp located on Doty St. between Martin Luther King BLVD & Pinckney St.

Metered street parking available as well.

Public Transit:
From Milwaukee & EAST
I-94 West WI-30 West Left onto US-151 S/E (Washington Ave)
Right onto Wilson Right onto MLK Jr Blvd

From Chicago & SOUTH
I-90 West/1-94 West US 12-18 toward Madison John Nolen Dr Exit
Left onto Broom Right onto Wilson Left onto Hamilton
Right onto Doty Left onto MLK Jr Blvd

Executive Chef:
Sergio Lopez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Francesca's al Lago - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (857)
Special Occasion (736)
Fit for Foodies (735)
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Romantic (404)
Neighborhood Gem (338)
Great for Lunch (328)
Notable Wine List (296)
Hot Spot (259)
Scenic View (216)
Kid-friendly (192)
Great for Outdoor Dining (174)
Vibrant Bar Scene (122)
Late-night Find (77)
Great for Brunch (47)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fun (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
People Watching (6)
Healthy (5)
Outstanding Value (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 16, 2017

They closed without telling me. It literally closed 6 hours before my reservation and nobody told me it was closed until I got there.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My wife and I have dined there a number of times and have always had good meals. I decided to take my wife there to celebrate Valentines Day and once again we were pleased. Our meals were good, reasonably priced, and our service was good. We will definitely return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We just heard this restaurant closed, which is a shame for us because we just discovered it. It was a wonderful experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Good Food. Had a problem fulfilling or order and went out of their way to make it right.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Food was delicious, especially the fresh hot bread and the chocolate lava tort with mint gelato. Wide variety of Italian menu choices with a handful of other entrees, sufficient wine list both by the glass and bottle, good desert selection and express to wash it down. Beer selection was a little light. We were celebrating a retirement in a small group and didn't spare expenses. If you do a bottle of wine and all 3 courses, it won't be cheap. However, two could have a great meal and drinks for $60-75 and it'd be worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Went here for a low-key bachelorette party (only 5 ladies). They were very accommodating and friendly. We loved the central location, and the food was great. Everyone was pleased with their meals.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The service was excellent. A nice place to relax and enjoy the evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I was thrilled to be able to make the reservation earlier that day. It was a busy night with it being the end of Restaurant Week in Madison. The service was great as was the food.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We chose Francesca's because someone in our group has a gluten/dairy allergy. I called Francesca's and the hostess said they could accommodate no problem, so we decided to try it. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and professional and the food was great. We did have an error and an appetizer was brought out that was not gluten free. Our gluten allergy friend ordered the appetizer and made sure to repeat that he was gluten/dairy free, but the waitress accidentally brought the version with gluten. The mood changed for the worse when our friend double checked and had already eaten the dish with gluten. They were out of the wine we ordered and also a dish our friend ordered. The rest of the experience was overall very nice- a good choice for dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We're fairly frequent diners, the food is consistently good. This time, we were in and out inside of 45 minutes, faster paced than we usually prefer.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We were impressed at the service, given that the entire UW band came in at the same time we did and we had to get to the symphony. Great wait staff.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great menu for a New Year's Eve dinner. There were lots of light options for ma and my husband really enjoyed his steak. Service was great on a very busy night!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I went for New Year's eve dinner and had a great experience. The food was ready quickly and we received good service. The atmosphere was enchanting. What a bang for your buck!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Delicious mean for both of us. Excellent service. Becoming a favorite restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Went here for dinner on Christmas Eve and the meal was very good, the service was excellent considering the holiday and we were seated and served promptly. Great location near the Capitol and the lakes, good food and cocktails.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 20, 2016

The bartender was covering the bar and a few tables. She was having a lot of trouble keeping up but she also didn't have any help.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Quality of food not in line with high prices. Service just okay.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Very pleasant, easy, and impressive place for dinner. I have dined here several times and it has been reliably good! This time I was with 2 couples who had never been here before and they were very happy with the experience, which made me very happy to have recommended it!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 2016

very good as always. Foos was tasty, service was good and bar drinks were excellent.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2016

We made dinner reservations for 5pm on a Friday night and, upon arriving on time, our table was available and waiting for us. Our pleasant hostess took our drink orders, and quickly returned with drinks and a welcome basket of oven-warm bread. We ordered Linguine Mare e Monti and Tortellacci Tartufati, and both were outstanding. The meal was filling, so we agreed to return at a later date to try a dessert.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Casual, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Good food, expensive

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Food was delicious. Offered a gluten free menu, which is why I chose this restaurant in the first place. Some dishes are a little pricey but overall good value. We ordered 2 entrees 2 alcoholics drinks and 1 dessert for about 50 bucks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Very good food that seemed overpriced.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Wonderful as always. The entire staff is remarkable, with Renée being the most knowledgeable of the wait staff (it's pretty amazing what the kitchen can do upon request). The whole thing is overseen by the ever-energetic Heather who will make you feel welcome. Monthly-changing menu, which is great for trying new dishes but sad when next month arrives and your new favorite is gone (I'm thinking of you, Massimo salad and Roasted Corn salad). Well-crafted pastas served in generous portions. As a vegetarian, I can't comment on fish and meat dishes. But the desserts! Particularly the Chocolate Lava Cake and the Tiramisu. Always save room for dessert.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We had a large group with various needs from gluten free to vegetarian and kid-friendly. All were delighted with menu options and delicious food. Excellent service too!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 28, 2016

This was a good dining experience. The coffee is terrible but it is either the brand or the strength of the brew. Everything else was very good.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Consistently great food, always enjoyable. Friendly staff, good atmosphere. Noise level low and tables placed so I do not feel I am dining with the table next to me. This restaurant presents an enjoyable evening of dining. Lunch is fantastic because you can enjoy your freshly cooked meal within an hour and can visit with your lunch companion without having to shout or hear other diners.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2016

We enjoyed the food but the service was bad. Server looked unhappy and wasn't very accommodating. Long lapses between drinks, salads, and entrees.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2016

Mia Francesca is one of my all time favorites in Chicago - had to try Francesca al Lago as we were in Madison for my birthday - it was great!! Service was lovely, food was tasty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Always amazing. If you haven't been then you should.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, People Watching, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2016

The bartender was missing most of the time we were at the bar. When the hostesss took us to our table, the bartender was still not at the bar. My husband ended up asking the hostess to find the bartender so we could pay our bar bill. Once we were seated at our table we waited about ten minutes for a waitress and during that time other people were seated and waited on. The husband of my friend finally went up to the hostess desk and asked if we could have a waitress. Once we were waited on the food and service were very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2016

We visited Francesca's prior to a show at the Overture. The 5:45 time was perfect for a nice meal and coffee and dessert after. All six of us enjoyed our selections. The service was great. I am sorry, I forgot the name of the woman who attended us.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Very good service and good meal. We ate dinner before a show at the Theatre. Nice location to easily walk to our event. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Food was adequate at best (e.g., nothing unique or creative), service was slow, perhaps owing to several very large groups at adjoining tables, and the overall noise level seriously detracted from our dining experience (e.g., having to shout to be heard by our dinner companions).

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2016

We have dined at Francesca's a number of times and always enjoyed it. We had friends from out of town staying with us and we decided to take them there. Once again we had a very nice meal. The food was great, our service was very good, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our friends were pleased with their meals which made us happy. We will definitely return.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 17, 2016

My wife and I had dined here before and decided to go back......we weren't disappointed. The food was very good, the service was good, and we had an enjoyable experience. I would recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Service was so slow ,we were seated and no
one came back for 25 min.
No bread , no water , or menu was given
And good came out cold

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Service is excellent. Our waitress was the best we've ever had. Food was outstanding .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Fun, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 11, 2016

A great place to eat and relax with a good wine list and excellent service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 9, 2016

We have come to this restaurant a number of times and have never been disappointed. The staff are freindly and service impecable. The menue has many choices to entice and the sea bass was a special delight as was the lightly breaded and fried calimari. The wine list has varried price offerings with many by the glass choices. We finished off our dinner with deserts which were just the right size and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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