Fresco

4.5
2549 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
This summer, Fresco is safely serving our guests indoors and outdoors in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Sculpture Garden. We welcome you to join us by making a reservation online or by calling us at 608-663-7374. We are currently accepting reservations for indoor dining and if you wish to sit outside the host will let you know availability when you arrive, weather dependent.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2549 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
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vipanonymous
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

At this time, I would not recommend this restaurant based off my one experience. The service and location is wonderful, however, the food really left something to be desired. Some items were incredibly salty while others were bland or even unpleasantly bitter. They were kind to remove the items from the bill, however I was ultimately left disappointed with a mine and my partners birthday dinner.

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Guest
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance. Every dish was way too salty and I couldn't eat it.

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JenniferCC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Nice place with a wide variety of food option, Nice service and ambiance

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viplguill2
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food came out quickly. It was tasty. Server was nice. Didn’t see him very much. The view was great.

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HeatherG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am sad they will be closing. Amazing service, food and you can't beat the location.

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vipGrayT
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat outside on the terrace at sunset. It was a beautiful view. Our server was wonderful and went out of her way to accommodate my daughter who has food allergies. We very much appreciated it. Sadly they were out of the duck I wanted to order. The airline chicken was an excellent fill in.

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DanT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To eat outside with the Madison capital your drop back as well as to feel the energy of State Street was amazing. What made the visit even better was our service. Our waitress went beyond taking care of our group; from advise on a starter or cocktail to just plain hustling.

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mlsobg
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good drinks and service, food is still reasonably good. Sorry to hear they will be closing soon. A real shame. Food Fight should keep it there.

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LoveGoldens
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. Tables were appropriately spaced . We could easily hear each other. The food was delicious. The menu was not extensive but there was a range of choices and prices were reasonable. The portion size was nice - not huge and not tiny either. Just right!
I am sorry Fresco is closing. It will definitely be a loss. Enjoy it while it is here!

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MikeC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal at Fresco was outstanding. Server Jenna was great. The food looked and tasted fantastic. Sorry to hear that Fresco will be closing this year. We always ate here before going to a show at Overture Center.

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CatherineS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Enjoyed our drinks, food & dessert!

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JasonH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing. It's a great space being on the rooftop.
Chef Matt's food is unbelievably delicious with top notch presentation. Highly recommend.

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Nerak1051
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco is one of my favorite restaurants. I love looking out over State Street. and now there are many interesting statues on the roof to see.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best spots of drinks and dinner on state street! Incredible view and atmosphere

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KimF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Ordered branzino with summer squash. The squash was ice cold, as if recently pulled from freezer and not heated up. I told server who said he’d tell the chef. That was it. No apology. Nothing taken off bill. They didn’t care one bit. Beautiful view was the best part of the evening. Get a drink here but have dinner elsewhere.

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PeterB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Matt and his crew made for an excellent experience. Our drinks, appetizer, and meals were perfect.
Sad to see Fresco closing but we know Foodfight will continue to be our favorite restaurant group!

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our experience very much. The food and drinks were excellent. Our waiter, Nathan was very polite. It took a while for our dinners to come out, but it was worth the wait.
Would definitely recommend for a special evening out.

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viplrhona01
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience! The truffle mushroom risotto was one of the best things I've eaten. Also loved the chilled corn soup. We are so sad that you're closing.

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DAVIDP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We went expecting a quiet night and intimate conversation on the rooftop garden. We had to eat inside in order to hear each other. Whenever the door was opened we had to stop talking until the noise subsided. Music should complement the ambience, not destroy it.

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vipBarbieM
Milwaukee
43 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal at Fresco. Service was excellent, food outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Fresco is consistently great. Sad they don’t plan on staying around long term.

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JamesR
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Main courses were very good. Dessert options were not to our tastes, but overall an excellent experience.

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Neighbors
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and enjoyed the beautiful night! Our server, Will, was a delight. Efficient, friendly, great recommendations and very personable. Our food was to-die-for!! We started with the fried fingerling potatoes. So so so so good. Crunchy, salty outside, and soft buttery inside with a delicious sauce. For entrees, I had the scallops which were perfectly cooked in a light summer tomato and sweet corn and blistered tomato base/sauce. My friend had the tenderloin which she couldn’t stop bragging about. ;) the Mac and cheese side looked so good! We finished with the mango sorbet which had a delightful crunch due to the cashew topping. The chocolate beignets were lacking chocolate for our taste but still pretty darn good!

Sangria was ok - probably wouldn’t need a pitcher again.

Noise level was high due to state st and the Capitol being so close but certainly didn’t ruin our conversation or evening.

So sad Fresco is closing. :(

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place! I ordered three apps and all were perfection! My colleague got a meal and an app and loved both. We highly recommend this restaurant for the food, service, and rooftop ambiance.

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Rachel
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great date night. Beautiful spot. Great views, food, ambiance. We'll go again when in town. Don't miss this.

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Foodie
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and excellent view. Dinner service was quite slow, so be prepared to wait.

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MeantToBe
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best experience yet at Fresco. So sad they’re closing in October. The food was delicious, the drinks unique and scrumptious, and our service was beyond excellent. Of course the rooftop dining is hard to beat on a beautiful summer night.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My food was not good and the portions were so small.

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Suzanne14
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food & ambiance!

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Brenda
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was just OK. We wanted light fare and there wasn’t a big choice. Shareables we tried lacked flavor. Not
Bad but could have been better.

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JohnW
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was excellent. The location and view were great!

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JimS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful attentiveness from the server and no rush, so time to talk.

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Kseow
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great evening to be eating outside with family. We want to eat at fresco before they close in October. Ambiance can't be beat. We felt safe be eating there. Cocktails were good. Menu choices were good. Food has too much salt for my taste buds. I tried the dishes we ordered including scallops, risotto, and duck confit and every dish was salty to me. This might be our last time to fresco.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We loved that it was rooftop and service was good. But the food was average at best. Expensive for what you got - which was over cooked fish, scallops swimming in sauce and fatty steak. We all left hungry. Which is unfortunate since it’s a cool venue.

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KatieE
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so so sad to hear that Fresco is closing. Do yourself a favor and go before they close. It’s the most romantic date spot❤️

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MartinJ
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is one of our 'go-to' places for summer dining, especially if you time it for an evening meal on the rooftop. We took good friends from out of town, and overall we had a wonderful time. I have no problem recommending it without any reserve.

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Jmb312
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service, great ambience on rooftop patio. Would definitely go again to try other dishes.

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vipJeffreyR
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Fresco. View is always great as is the food and service. Loved our server, super fun personality which just made the experience that much better. She talked me into the chickpea fries as a starter and they were awesome. Also had the pork loin which was incredible with the mustard hollandaise, yum. Will be sad to see Fresco close at the end of the year, perhaps Overture Center can entice them with a new lease they can't refuse?

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Kathy
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with excellent service and wonderful food. DON’T CLOSE THIS PLACE!

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MitchelP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing from beginning to end! I’m already planning on coming back!

FAQs

Fresco is rated 4.5 stars by 2549 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.