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Fresco

4.7
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2569 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
This summer, Fresco has been safely serving our guests outdoors in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Sculpture Garden. As the temperatures dropped, we knew we needed to make a call on our fall and winter plans. With a dining room capacity cap of 25% (~18 seats) and no scheduled performances at the Overture Center, it will be too hard for us to keep our dining room open during the winter. We'll see you again in the spring! Stay safe, Madison! Please remember to support local restaurants and retailers, they need it more than ever right now.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2569 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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dnh25
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and dinning experience. Jenna was a phenomenal waitress.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Got one of the worst view tables on the patio but still an ok spot. Food and drinks were delicious but pricey.

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Molly
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

You did a good job of making the outside space inviting. The music was a little too loud at times, but understood that it was an attempt to drown out street noise. Heirloom tomato dish was amazing! Pleased with our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing vibes amazing service amazing view

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Madison. Great outdoor patio, perfect for Covid-19 dining.

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AvaBP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was very nice! We had a lovely view. Food was very good, the best part of the meal was the risotto! I will say because it’s a rooftop dinning it can and for us was pretty chill so bring a jacket!

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HannahF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a lovely evening. I love my salmon dish and have loved your scallops dish in the past, too.

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GregoryR
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location in the rooftop of the Museum. Food was very good and well presented. Ate outside due to Covid. It was cool out and maybe could use some heaters.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was good. There was a smaller menu due to Covid, that we were unaware of. I wish we would have thought to check first. The food was good just not what we were planning on. Service was excellent.

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JenDan68
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They are doing a great job during the pandemic to still provide the same quality of food as before the pandemic. Excellent as usual. Will for sure be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just wow. This was my second time at Fresco and I am so happy! My server Katelynn was amazing. Thank you Katelynn and everyone at Fresco!

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vipAlea
Pittsburgh
31 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We had a beautiful experience outside on the rooftop (all Covid precautions in place). Everything from the complimentary champagne for our anniversary to all of the dishes and cocktails. A must go in Madison.

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Vabukka
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my friend's birthday dinner. You can hardly beat the rooftop garden for ambiance, and the food and drinks were amazing. They brought my friend free dessert with a candle in it, but were subtle and didn't embarrass her in front of all the other diners. The servers were so attentive. Also, some of the cost of her dinner went to charity. I highly recommend this place.

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BillK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to beat roof top setting coupled with good food and fun serve person made the anticipation and reality be copacetic

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amyo
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

State street feels abandoned these days but it is adorned with beautiful murals at this time period we were able to enjoy dinner on the rooftop with a view of state street. The food and the wine were amazing. We felt very comfortable with the safety protocols that a staff put in place. Highly recommend fresco for a special night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
88 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in quite a while since COVID. Sat outside for the first time and it was delightful. All courses were great and the Cornish Game Hen was one of the best executed dishes I’ve ever had. Well done Fresco !!

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mlsobg
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent Covid respite with outdoor dining above the traffic; couldn't hear any ambient music (if there was any), and that might have been nice. Excellent service---well-paced without being intrusive---and very wonderful food. Menu available online to avoid handling menus, and waiter was very familiar with drinks and entrees. Love Fresco!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 Anniversary , engagement weekend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Views were AMAZING

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vipLauraM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visit with our son who just started law school at UW.

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Moneteatery
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. From being greeted by a masked host who I knew was smiling, to being seated out side on the patio and having a server who was also masked and smiling and very attentive. Our cocktails appetizers and entrées were served at appropriate times, and were delicious.Fresco made what I thought was going to be a bit of a nervous outing into a very pleasant experience.

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vipsusieo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate on the terrace which was lovely. Our dinner was cut short by some heavy winds and rains, but the staff could have been nicer. The food was excellent. Service was terrific. We will definitely go back!

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MyaS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and even better service! It was a great atmosphere, too!

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vipTeamRachel
Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for anniversaries or Valentines Day. The food is so well prepared, and they have the outdoor seating nicely spaced so you feel safe. Attentive wait staff. And complimentary champagne because it was our anniversary! Fresco never disappoints

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vipMTKO
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rooftop!!! Beautiful view of Madison, and loved the appetizers and entrees. We will definitely go back!!!

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Eurostar
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the use of fresh, seasonal, local produce. Our waiter was professional and very helpful with our wine selection.

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vipUWSider
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So so so good!! Would go again and again. Outstanding heirloom tomato salad, steak tartar, salmon and tenderloin. Wow and the frosé is a must try. Gorgeous rooftop setting. Service was top notch highly recommend.

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DayaniC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! We got to watch the beautiful sunset. I would come again.

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EricS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the dining experience at Fresco!

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vipTonyP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating on rooftop patio, nicely spaced, waiters masked. Felt very comfortable in this new COVID era

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MLMTV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon, beef and brussel sprouts were delightful. Our server seemed to arrive at just the right moments, she did a great job.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice evening. A little cold out but the derive was wonderful and the food was really good.

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Anna
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and great food. Got a little windy up on the roof but still a great night.

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TylerG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great scenery, great view, highly recommended!

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vipSharonM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco is going a great job with Socially distanced dining!

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OperaFoodie
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary during COVID made deciding where to celebrate easy. It had to be outside. There are several good places with outdoor dining within walking distance, but only one was a rooftop terrace: Fresco. Because it was a special occasion we were offered complimentary glasses of Prosecco. Great start. The rolls were soft and chewy, washed with melted butter and topped with sea salt. Cold cream of corn soup with crab was beyond rich! The house salad was an ample serving os freak greens, slivers of apple and radish, and a savory vinaigrette. Large shrimp in a coconut sauce delighted, but it was the risotto, liberally laced with black truffles and mushrooms that triumphed! It was out first time at Fresco. Already, we are planning our return.

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Travel4Food
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view, and unique in it’s perspective. Awesome rooftop space, easy to be social distancing outdoors. Service was top notch and the food was excellent. Corn soup was a refreshing appetizer. Thai Shrimp dinner was great too.

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JohnT
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco has innovative and delicious food. They have a roomy rooftop, outdoor patio that is perfect for dining anytime and especially when a requirement for maintaining distance between tables is in place.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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KentJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were scrambling to find an outdoor dining venue for our daughter’s “pandemic wedding”. Fresco saved the day! They were so accommodating. The night was absolutely perfect... the social distanced set up.. the service.... the food... it was all perfect!
Way to go, Fresco!!

FAQs

Fresco is rated 4.7 stars by 2569 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.