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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

Fresco Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (45)
Pre/post Theatre (39)
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Creative Cuisine (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Romantic (27)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Healthy (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Business Meals (13)
Cozy (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Authentic (10)
Fun (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Organic (9)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Seasonal (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Happy Hour (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our waitress was spectacular! The food was amazing! I will absolutely go there again!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our server was absolutely fantastic! Always smiling and very accommodating, and she was busy! She made our dining experience great!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great place for dinner from our show at the Overture!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, service and the drinks were amazing!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very nice dining experience. Great service and really cool place to eat!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Nice ambiance. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was OK but not stellar.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Super amazing our server knew the menu really well and gave great suggestions. The Brussel sprouts are to die for! Will be back in the future.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fresco was a wonderful place to have a celebratory dinner! Wait staff were attentive without being intrusive. Food was amazing! We would definitely return for another such occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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·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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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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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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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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