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Fresco

4.6
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2538 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
****Currently, we are only seating our outdoor tables in the Museum Sculpture Garden. We strongly recommend reservations. Walk-in diners are welcome but may experience a wait for a table. Due to health department capacity and physical distancing regulations, we are unable to allow guests to wait inside the restaurant or in the sculpture garden for a table. Customers must wait on the first floor in the Museum Lobby, or outside of the building until they receive a text that their table is ready.

We will make a rain call at 2:00 pm each day. If we have to cancel, we will call reservations and see if they would like to reschedule for a different date.

We request, if possible, that our customers wear masks upon entering the museum, taking the elevator, or walking indoors to use the restroom. This is due to the fact that customers may pass by other patrons or employees within the 6-foot range. Thank you for respecting the safety of other guests and our employees!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • 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 2538 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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Anna
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SharonM
Chicago
1 review
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
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

KJ
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!!

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mlsobg
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our first Covid-Dining adventures; sat outside on the lovely terrace, beautiful night, most of the terrace blocked from the sun. Excellent drinks, food and service. Attentive without always interrupting. We will go back soon!

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Morgqn
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat outdoors now. Excellent all around.

LM
vipLauraM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipGoosebeast
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Weather was great and the food and drinks were great! Service was great, too! We were very pleased.

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lrhona01
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! It's nice to sit outside, and good safety precautions are in place. Excellent food and service!

JC
vipJCC2
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A save and beautiful place to eat during the virus. All seats are out side, and the masked staff takes great care in how they interact. We had a very pleasant time.

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vipDebanjanaC
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Roof top patio sitting with social distancing done to perfection. The food was outstanding. Highly recommend the shrimp

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RichK
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresco is the perfect date night spot! We had the perfect experience. The food, ambiance, service and drinks were all outstanding. Chef Matt and his kitchen outperformed my high expectations and the new menu was creative, fresh and delicious. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feeling apprehensive about COVID and social-distancing, I was impressed and relieved to find FRESCO doing a great job of keeping patrons safe & employees safe. Our food was delicious and our server Eric was a total class act! Would recommend to anyone feeling unsure about outdoor seating and a nice meal outdoors.

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JimS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! And very accommodating for gluten sensitivity!

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Abbyk
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!

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ArianaS
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.

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vipNancy
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

Food was nice and our serviced was delightful!

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Will
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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was super great

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PlateLicker
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great

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SKMMadison
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?

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SuzyG
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.

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Kathy
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful atmosphere

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JRenee
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.

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Lynn
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.

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AbsnIzsMom
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.

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DENNISS
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.

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

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

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EllenL
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!!

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Happy
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

FAQs

Fresco offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 663-7374.

Fresco is rated 4.6 stars by 2538 OpenTable diners.

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