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.
succotash of corn, lima beans, bacon, cherry tomatoes, cipollini onions, lemon cream sauce, fried enoki mushrooms
Crispy Skin Salmon
couscous, basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, smoked crme frache, fried parsnips
Smoked Halibut Crostini
smoked halibut pat, avocado, citrus, radish, micro herbs
Food and service were excellent! The server was attentive and gave excellent descriptions and advice regarding the food selections.
Wonderful experience! And very accommodating for gluten sensitivity!
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!
I have come numerous times because it’s a great experience. Unique dishes (all delicious), friendly staff, and great ambiance.
Simply excellent service and food. Alex does a great job of keeping the restaurant flowing! Great place for preheater and anytime.
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.
Food was nice and our serviced was delightful!
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
It was super great
Fabulous food. Wish it was acceptable to lick the plate. I'll be back!
The food was great
Dinner before a show. Timing worked out perfectly. Great food, better than a previous dinner last year, new chef or recipes?
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.
Great service, wonderful atmosphere
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.
Love the convenience of Fresco when going to the Overture. However, I wish they would enlarge their menu and change it more often.
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.
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.
Good food, good service and a perfect place to go before Madison Symphony concert.
Another amazing meal at Fresco! Martinis and beef tenderloin before the symphony. Such a wonderful evening with my Mom. Thank you!!
Always great food and great service. Perfect place for a before concert dinner.
Great little bistro. Reasonable beer and wine prices. Good food and wait staff.
The server was awesome.
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
Gnocchi dish was strange and dissapointing for this week. Very uncharacteristic of Fresco
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.
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!
Food was very good. Open kitchen concept definitely not for those who are smell adverse.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I would go back but go in the summer and during daylight. Reflections in the glass at night hindered the view.
Fresco is one of our favorite restaurants in Madison. They consistently offer a lovely dining experience all around.
Good food and great service.
Lovely atmosphere and delicious food and drinks! Perfect spot for a great dinner before a show at Overture. We’ll be back!
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. :(
Beautiful presentation and wonderful food!
The food was incredible and the service was impeccable...and it was a busy event evening!
Great birthday meal
Fresco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 663-7374.
Fresco is rated 4.5 stars by 2520 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.