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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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