Fresco

4.6
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2520 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
After strolling up to the third floor of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art via its stunning glass staircase, entering Fresco can feel like stepping into another world. The main dining room boasts wall-to-wall windows that provide panoramic views of downtown Madison. During warmer months, Fresco has plenty of outdoor seating in the Sculpture Garden.

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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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JS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! The server was attentive and gave excellent descriptions and advice regarding the food selections.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! And very accommodating for gluten sensitivity!

A
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have only been here in the summer for drinks out on the ledge and thought that because of the colder temps it wouldn’t be as fun but the view is still absolutely stunning, our server was very educated on the menu and had great recommendations, the drinks are to die for and the food was out of this world! We each split a different entree and nothing disappointed. It’s my new favorite place in Madison!

AS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have come numerous times because it’s a great experience. Unique dishes (all delicious), friendly staff, and great ambiance.

N
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply excellent service and food. Alex does a great job of keeping the restaurant flowing! Great place for preheater and anytime.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great, nice server too. We were seated right next to the front door which wasn’t ideal and it was incredibly loud but we loved everything else.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was nice and our serviced was delightful!

W
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Host was amazing but server acted like she was new. No real problems she just did not seam to be confident about her knowledge of the food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was super great

PL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food. Wish it was acceptable to lick the plate. I'll be back!

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great

SK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before a show. Timing worked out perfectly. Great food, better than a previous dinner last year, new chef or recipes?

SG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dining experience at Fresco. Our waiter was attentive and efficient. Our food was wonderful. The snow covered patio was beautiful. I would definitely recommend Fresco to my friends.

K
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful atmosphere

JR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated with only a short wait on a busy Saturday night. Our table was perfect - right in the corner with a spectacular view! Everything from the bartender's suggestions on wine while we waited for our table all the way through the unbelievably delicious beignets for dessert was amazing.

L
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Love the convenience of Fresco when going to the Overture. However, I wish they would enlarge their menu and change it more often.

AI
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful dining experience when we go to Fresco and this time was no different. The service is always superb and the food is always amazing.

DE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was just the right size (not too big) and a decent variety that you knew what you ordered would be an item that they would have specialized. Items on the menu were unique to Fresco and they were prepared well. Portions were appropriately sized, as well.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service and a perfect place to go before Madison Symphony concert.

EL
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal at Fresco! Martinis and beef tenderloin before the symphony. Such a wonderful evening with my Mom. Thank you!!

H
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. Perfect place for a before concert dinner.

T
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great little bistro. Reasonable beer and wine prices. Good food and wait staff.

k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary, our sever was attentive and nice. We even got a complementary dessert! It was honestly a great time, the food and service were superb

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Gnocchi dish was strange and dissapointing for this week. Very uncharacteristic of Fresco

JH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been eating here for years. Dinner Friday night was one of the best ever. The scallops were sweet and the succotash a perfect accompaniment. My husband had the duck breast and thought it was great too.

EL
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opera with my Mom. And heading back for dinner next Friday before the Symphony. Scallops were amazing!! And Jenna was a delightful, attentive server. Thank you!

BS
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good. Open kitchen concept definitely not for those who are smell adverse.

p
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our always-reliable go-to restaurants before a show at Overture, Fresco has a nice big-city buzz, serves elegant food, and the staff is courteous and engaging.

PB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to come here before the theater with another couple. Always good food, interesting, but not weird. Quiet, which is VERY important to our group. Not rushed.

JK
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An intimate gem atop the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, this was a fantastic find for us. The menu is quite small but presents intriguing recipes. The wine list offers limited selections by the glass but were well chosen to represent each variety of tastes. Lighting was low but not so dim as to make reading the menu difficult. Staff was friendly and our waiter was knowledgeable about both the food and good wine pairings. My husband had the chicken and I had the scallops. Both choices were delicious! We look forward to returning to try the beef and duck dishes. I recommend!

SC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always surprised when folks find Fresco - it is at the top of the contemporary art building.
with little external visibility. But people do and it is well worth the trip. Food is excellent [I had the scallops] and the view is very pleasant. Sophisticated city vibe.

m
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would go back but go in the summer and during daylight. Reflections in the glass at night hindered the view.

BT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco is one of our favorite restaurants in Madison. They consistently offer a lovely dining experience all around.

B
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and great service.

RM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food and drinks! Perfect spot for a great dinner before a show at Overture. We’ll be back!

JB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

It took about 45 minutes to get our order. It caused
Us to have to rush eating to get to performance at the Oveture. My sister was unable to finish her meal. :(

k
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful presentation and wonderful food!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service was impeccable...and it was a busy event evening!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great birthday meal