The essence of Fresco is its menu – a thoughtfully prepared combination of fresh, seasonal offerings and contemporary twists on the classics. Fresco’s chefs have a deep appreciation for fresh, local ingredients, sourced directly when possible from the Dane County Farmers’ Market, just two blocks away on the Capitol Square.
Outdoor seating requests are accepted upon check in on a first come, first serve basis due to the possibility of inclement weather, and the limited amount of outdoor tables. Thank you for your understanding and we are excited to have you dine with us.
Beautiful space at rooftop of museum- great view from all tables. Food was good, not AMAZING, and our server was nice, but I have to say that as opposed to the standard " can I get you something to drink?" I actually had to ask to order a drink! and then when he took our food order, we ordered appetizers- he didn't ask what we wanted for the main course either! We were so confused- he quickly left to put in the order for the apps but then never returned to take the rest of out order! Once we got the apps, it was clear he want coming back for the rest of our order so I had to flag him down to tell him we actually wanted to order dinner! Sheesh! I mean in the scope of things, not a big deal, but when at a nice restaurant, I'd expect the server to at least know the basics of taking orders? It was so weird- never had anything happen like this before. Hence the 3 stars.
Delicious food paired with a beautiful outdoor patio above state street what more could one ask for dining in Madison?
What’s not to love? Great room, attentive but not intrusive service, a lovely dinner.
Overall the food was so so to even bland. There are so many other great places to eat in Madison that there is no reason to go back here.
The view out on the patio was stunning, and the food was delicious. This is an idea special occasion place.
It was so good that we went two nights in a row! The fried goat cheese is one of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten!
There was an issue with the kitchen, so entrees where not available, but they more than made up for it. The food was amazing! The service was excellent! We left more than satisfied. We are going back again before leaving town!
Outstanding food and wonderful service made Fresco an unforgettable dining experience.
First time trying fresco. The food was great including the tostada, the salad and the pasta.
We ended with delicious beignets
This is a stylish restaurant/bar that befits its location in a contemporary art museum, but as a place to dine, it is not great. Despite the outdoor area, the main restaurant feels cramped and the kitchen fills it with the heat and smells of frying. The food was expensive and just so-so. Drink here, eat elsewhere.
Great food, lovely outdoor space. Highly recommend.
Food not to par with location.
Service was good. My halibut was dry, and not hot when served, and cooked quickly due to sitting outside. The rooftop seating is a treat. We skipped the starters, as they did not sound appealing.
Not much menu variety .. food was too salty and cold... some order didnt arrive... took too long to get the food... it was tasteless .. i will never go back and will not recommend it to anyone
Lovely place to sit and talk while enjoying a delicious dinner!
Enjoyable. Dinner was delicious and service was great. Dessert was lacking in flavor and we tried three of them. But for any dinner out, this was good and if kicking it up a notch, it can be romantic or special.
Awesome food, great service! Loved sitting outside. Beautiful evening.
No place better in Madison to eat alfresco, fantastic outdoor dining with awesome view. The food was great. I had the duck which had a wonderful combination of components that all worked so well together. My guest had the tagliatelle which she loved. While the food was great, the service was lacking. I ordered a glass of wine before my entree was served but didn't get it until I had completed my entree. Three in our group arrived after two of us had already arrived and it took 15 minutes to get their drink order. I wish the level of service matched the food and ambience.
Love, Love, Love Fresco. Always great service, good food, terrific portions & lovely view!
Our server, Ian, was fantastic. He was funny, attentive, and took some really great photos of our group. He made a fun night even better. Great atmosphere and food was all delicious and fresh.
Already recommended! Great food, great service, nice evening! Perfect!
Great view and service. Food was so so on taste and for the money not a bargain by any means. Four scallops and some corn for $25 seems a little steep to me. The gnocchi was a nice portion. Brussel sprouts were delicious.
Great restaurant for a before Overture Show. Location could not be more convenient! The food was wonderful, the drinks were wonderful and the beignets and coffee were great too!
Very slow service for a Sunday night. Our waiter apologized many times and was able to subtract one of our three entrees from our bill . All of the meals were very cold after waiting close to an hour. We had theatre tickets, so we did not have time for them to adjust our entrees. Very disappointing experience.
One of our favorite restaurants in Madison. Great place for special events and/or to take special guests
Very cordial and personalized
Not sure what “high top seating” means? Though we were ok with where we sat, we could hear cupboard doors banging which was a bit annoying. Our server was excellent and the food was decent. Space was tight, but understood why as to maximize space for more diners.
The food and service was outstanding. Love the vibe as well as the view
Service was slow and disappointed with the salmon, it took the server forever to come back to our table so by the time she got there appetite was gone, so pretty much paid for a meal that was not cooked to my expectation.
I met an old friend and her daughter to catch up over dinner. We could not have had a more lovely server. We ordered the charcuterie board as a starter which was excellent. I had the halibut entree and tiramisu for dessert. The halibut was good... The carrots not as tender as they should be. The tiramisu was too soupy, and served in a soup tureen with ice cream on top...not the way it should be. My only other complaint is how the wine was served. Either the server or a young man would show up with a tiny beaker of wine and pour it into my glass - very odd.
they had a special starter crostini that was really good, would love to see that make the regular menu!
Patio setting was great! Appetizers were the best!
Good was bland. The fly problem still hasn’t been rectified from our visit and complaint from a year ago. We won’t be back.
Rooftop can't be beat for view. Food was very good; Caesar salad excellent. Good wine selection by the bottle. Waiter was excellent--attwntive but not over bearing.
Our visit to Fresco was a disappointment. While the setting was nice the food was mediocre at best and certainly not worth the price. My $32.00 steak was tough and the risotto side dish was not seasoned well. We often order risotto so we have some idea of how it should be prepared. The service was merely okay. We do not plan to return.
What a beautiful setting for dinner, seated outside with views of the Capitol. We enjoyed delicious drinks, lightly salted rolls, hush puppies and our Seared Scallops and Seared Halibut entrees. I definitely recommend this restaurant!
Always a treat to come to Fresco. A little more than I would typically spend on dinner, but you absolutely get what you pay for at Fresco. We sat inside, which was far less crowded than the outdoor seating, and service was excellent. The food was superb, as always, and we had a great time.
Always consistently good. The scallops and the other fish dishes are consistently outstanding. Our new favorite in Madison. Dining on the rooftop during a sunset is also fabulous. Could use more fresh salad options to truly improve the dining options. Overall a consistently wonderful experience.
Service was superb, beef was absolutely pull-apart plus tasty
Surprisingly worth the outrageous price. Highly recommend the brussel sprouts!