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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.
Madison, WI 53703
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday: Dinner served 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday-Saturday: Dinner served 5 pm - 10 pm
Sunday: Dinner served 4 pm - 8 pm
State Street / Henry Street / W. Johnson Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
For offsite catering inquiries, or catering within the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, please contact Amanda Schnoll.
Parking available at the Overture Center ramp on the corner of Henry & Dayton.
Henry & Dayton
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
Fresco Ratings and Reviews
We had a dinner reservation at Fresco before a show at the Overture Center. I was a little worried about not having enough time based on other reviews that said to allow 2 hours before a show, but we did not have any problems. (Not sure if it being a Sunday night or during snowy weather was a factor.)
We were seated immediately when we got there at a great table by the window. Our server, Richard, was awesome--very attentive and on top of things. He was prompt with taking our order, offering drink refills, and checking in on our food. We had the Brussels sprouts to start, and they did not disappoint. For the meal, I had the beef tenderloin and my husband had a burger. Both were delicious. I'm not normally a plate cleaner, but I did not leave anything behind! We had extra time before we needed to head to the show, so we also treated ourselves to dessert (beignets) and coffee. We did not have to wait long at all for any of the courses we ordered. Everything was great, and I'd highly recommend a trip to Fresco for anyone!
We had a 6:45pm reservation for 10 people with an 8pm show we were heading to after. We ended up having to order from the bar at 7:15pm, as we were still not seated. We were finally seated, but had to eat very quickly in order to make our show. The food was good, but unfortunately, did not make up for getting seated 30 min after our reservation time.
This restaurant is phenomenal! Every NYE we treat ourselves to dinner, we are never disappointed! The environment is perfect for date night, relaxed and quiet. The food is out of this world delicious, customer service is on point from the moment you walk in the door! Highly recommend this place!
We made dinner reservations for New Year's Eve dining. The preset dinner menu had excellent choices. I really enjoyed the shrimp and scallop risotto. The cherry gelato that accompanied the flourless chocolate cake was amazing. Definitely, will return again!
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.
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!
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