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About Fresco

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.

227 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: Dinner served 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday-Saturday: Dinner served 5 pm - 10 pm
Sunday: Dinner served 4 pm - 8 pm

Cross Street:
State Street / Henry Street / W. Johnson Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 663-7374

Website:
http://www.frescomadison.com/

Catering:
For offsite catering inquiries, or catering within the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, please contact Amanda Schnoll.

Parking Details:
Parking available at the Overture Center ramp on the corner of Henry & Dayton.

Public Transit:
Henry & Dayton

Executive Chef:
Giovanni Novella

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

3 Course Prix Fixe Menu served on New Year's Eve for $55/person. Sorry, our regular menu will not be served this evening. A credit card is required to hold the reservation. Cancellations or reductions in guest count after Tues. December 26 will be charged $30/person.

Fresco Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (49)
Special Occasion (44)
Scenic View (40)
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Good for a Date (37)
Romantic (34)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
Local Ingredients (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Healthy (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
People Watching (11)
Seasonal (11)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Organic (10)
Authentic (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Tapas (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Fresco's which fell on a Sunday. It could be because it's Sunday, it's quieter and the ambience is perfect. I let the restaurant know that we're celebrating an anniversary. They seated us on a corner with a great view of the lights coming from the Overture, Capitol and the Theater across. The food portion was appropriate. The Beignets were the best dessert~ the same if not better than the Cafe Du Monde's Beignettes in New Orleans.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy
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food4
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner here Sunday night - and realize we need to make the trip back when the weather is warmer to enjoy the outdoor seating! 3 different entrees, and all were delicious!

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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service, good food , fantastic view. A special evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined 7 days ago

Online reservations were easy and we were seated immediately. Appreciated proximity to the Overture Center as we were attending a show after. The creative menu options were very tasty as were the cocktails. Friendly and attentive staff who knew the menu too. Prices were reasonable and view was excellent! I highly recommend Frescos!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Organic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fresco never disappoints us. The great cuisine and lovely ambiance makes for a very special dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious, but a bit small in portion and a bit pricey. Cocktails were interesting and tasty. A great place to go for special occasions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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food5
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The B-Hive was a first and a lovely choice of cocktails.
Fish done beautifully with tasty braised vegetables. My gluten free friend was delighted to be
accommodated. Sorry we missed the sunset, but the city lights were enchanting. Thank you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent dishes were the gnocchi, the halibut, the steak. So-so was the kale salad (bland). The techno music was a bit monotonous. Beautiful views.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner was delicious. We got a side table which is what we had requested. The table, as always, was set beautifully and looked impeccable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Chef was perfect! The chef brought a special dessert for our birthday girls!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The menu looked exceptional, however, it was not well executed. Also, the service was quite slow and abysmal. Overall, in spite of good reviews, we were quite underwhelmed.

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food3
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The chef is turning out superb food. His fish preparation is superb.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Scenic View, People Watching, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fresco is a good restaurant and great for pre theater

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went with a couple friends while we were traveling for work. The location, view, food, ambiance and service were all amazing. Highly recommend! I will definitely be going back next time I'm in Madison.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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food5
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great ambience and great food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely outstanding. Cocktails were unique and flavorful, solid wine list, and outstanding appetizer / entree combinations. Two thumbs up - this is a must visit spot in downtown Madison for a upscale dinner experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful cuisine, and excellent location with beautiful views of our Capitol!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner before attending a show at the Overture Center. The brussel sprouts were outstanding.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Visited Fresco for dinner before the show at the Overture. Would have liked more steak options besides hangar steak. Had the halibut which was delicious. Service was great.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fun
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food4
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Dishes are worth their money - absolutely.
If you plan on attending an Overture show afterwards, leave enough time (2hrs. min).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Lighting is too dim. Getting off the elevator with such dim light makes it hard and unsafe to navigate.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent service. My special dietary needs were easily met.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great view of the coty

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wait staff were very attentive to our food allergies and made sure our meals were safe for us as well as REALLY tasty!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

We had the special harvest dinner. The pear burrata salad was terrific. The budino dessert was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Exceptional food, with wide menu that is always changing with the seasons. Beautiful setting, and great service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lively atmosphere. Friendly and attentive wait staff. Food was awesome. Get the Brussel sprouts if you go!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We enjoyed everything about our dinner - from cocktails to dessert. My halibut was absolutely amazing, and the taste I had of my husband's scallops was equally great. Fresco is quiet and intimate. We'll be back often!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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food5
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Everything was excellent— terrific food and great service.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We visitied Fresco before heading to a concert. The restaurant itself is beautiful and I can only imagine how nice it is to sit outside when the weather is warmer. The service was wonderful. The wait staff let us know about different dishes and drinks. Both of our dishes were wonderful, as were our drinks. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Madison and I would visit again when I am back in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Scenic View
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Loved the food and service, but we were there at 630pm for dinner and the restaurant was so dark we truly could not see our food. When my fish was delivered, I thought there were large olives on my plate, only to discover they were tiny potatoes. We really disliked the ambience. We could listen to every conversation in the 4 surrounding tables because the tables are so close together, which also made it very difficult to move between the tables comfortably when exiting. As I said in my opening statement, the service was excellent, as was the food. I ordered crispy skin salmon that was superb, as was the small plate of crispy Brussels sprouts. My husband and I shared an appetizer of chickpeas and hummus, also very good, and my husband greatly enjoyed his burger of local grass fed beef and the amazing french fries. However, if we return, it would only be for lunch so we can see our food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Was disappointed with the service but decided not to say anything because a friend from overseas was treating us. We were given 2 bread rolls for 3 people & when we asked for one more we were basically told that we could ask for more if we wanted but that was usually enough. (We thought we HAD asked!) We never got an extra roll. Because lighting was so dim we couldn't read our menus, the waitress gave us the candle from an nearby table but never replaced that candle for that table so an angry man at that table later very rudely came to claim his candle saying we shouldn't have 2 candles when he had none. It made for an extremely uncomfortable "beginning" to a meal we'd planned as a very special meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic!!! Chef brought a dessert tray with several small items. It was the best!!! Thank you.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Absolutely delicious meal that wasn't too expensive. Great atmosphere. Can't wait to come back

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fresco made our 5 year anniversary so special! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I really liked the special menu for the Hunger Task Force. The pasta was very good, and the chocolate dessert was a bit hit. Very easy to get a table by the window for a nice view of State Street.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Tapas, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent and very fresh food, relaxed atmosphere and great service. Loved the seasonal options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food, service, and environment whether at the bar or dining.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 20, 2017

delicious food, with very attentive service! the inside part of the restaurant is not very interesting aesthetically; better to eat here during warmer weather to be seated outside. it was also hard to find the entrance to the restaurant from the street, and then again once inside the museum.

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service and view was outstanding, the food was the best I've had in a long time. My date loved it and the portion sizes were actually pretty big for what I'd consider pretty fine dining. I left full and very satisfied. Try the rack of lamb for a treat, I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Business Meals, Organic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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