My reservation indicated that this was my wedding anniversary. There was no acknowledgement. We were given a sub par table, even though there were better available tables in the restaurant. The bartender and server were excellent.
We greatly enjoyed our meal at Fresco. Service was friendly and excellent. Portions were adequate and all tasted great. The setting is excellent with views of downtown Madison.
I went here unsure of how it would be for the price. I was pleasantly surprised. Great service, wonderful atmosphere, beautiful view, delicious food. Highly suggest it!
My family of four including two teens had dinner before a show at the Overature Center. It was our first visit and we really enjoyed Fresco. I think I could have easily given 5 Stars... My tenderloin was small—maybe 4 oz—but fantastic and cooked to perfection. The potatoes below it were not particularly interesting or warm, and the fried enoki mushrooms tasted like straw (maybe they could be sautéed until just crisp tender rather that dried out by frying?...)... but these were redeemed by the fabulous blue cheese blob which I stacked on the tenderloin. My teens both enjoyed the wonderful burger which was more than ample at 1/2 pound and was tender as butter. Hubby had the mahi mahi which he also raved about; he paired this with the terrific crispy Brussels sprouts. My daughter and I each had the butter lettuce salad which had lots of delicious Gorgonzola cheese and a sweet touch of fruit and was dressed perfectly. The biggest negative—and the rest of the family was NOT bothered by this—is that I could smell food during our following theatre show and I realized that all of our clothes smelled like food. That must be why the restaurant smelled so good when we walked in!... just beware that this may also happen to you. :) I really think the smelly clothes is the reason for my 4 Star rating! Perhaps Fresco could consider amping up its kitchen ventilation. All in all lots of fun and memorable. We will return.
Dinner prior to a Madison Symphony concert. With spouse and friends. Pleasant waitstaff.
Every part of our evening was amazing. The food was fantastic, our server was VERY knowledgeable and Chef was gracious enough to send us several beautiful and tasty dishes. Can’t wait to come back!
We always enjoy Fresco. Excellent service, great food.
This was our second dinner at Fresco. They had a reasonably priced prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day. The menu had a number of interesting choices and the dishes generally were well executed. My wife raved about the bruschetta appetizer, as the prosciutto and balsamic glaze enhanced what can be a bland dish in less capable hands. I had the burrata appetizer, which was superb when capers were on the fork to provide a salty element, but there were not enough capers on the plate. My wife had the pan-roasted chicken entree, which she enjoyed; however, the kitchen staff was a little heavy-handed with the paprika on the potatoes, which caught her off guard. The trophie pasta was the highlight of my meal, as the boar was tender and the dish was seasoned perfectly. For dessert, my wife had the buttermilk beignets with chocolate sauce. She could have eaten a plateful of them. My tiramisu, which was recommended by the waitperson, was good, but mushy, as it lacked sufficient textural contrast despite some crushed hazelnuts sprinkled on top. A glass of sparkling wine was included and it was a good way to start the meal. We each also had a glass of wine, a German Riesling for my wife and I had a Cabernet from Argentina, which were very good. The service was impeccable - attentive without hovering - and dishes were served in a timely manner. Despite being at a table in the middle of the room, we enjoyed quiet conversation without distraction. We've been fortunate to dine at many restaurants in Madison and find Fresco to be one of the best. It is a fine dining experience, in the sense that the chef and staff understand flavor combinations and display very good technique, but it is neither pretentious nor inaccessible to those merely seeking a very good meal in a cozy atmosphere.
We thought the Valentine's Day menu was amazing. All three of each of our courses were delicious. I could tell the ingredients were fresh and local. Compliments to the chef.
stopped in for a super early dinner before a show at the overture center. the food and service were perfect. the scallops were probably the best i've had. don't skip the brussels sprouts.