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Nostrano

4.4
835 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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About

Nostrano is owned by former Chicago Chefs Tim and Elizabeth Dahl, who have honed their skills in some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, such as Blackbird, Boka, Naha, Charlie Trotters and NoMi. Nostrano offers seasonal, Italian-influenced small plates, entrees and desserts created in-house from local ingredients. Nostrano’s wine list features selections from small producers throughout the Mediterranean region, and its unique cocktail list highlights classic cocktails from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of operation
DINNER /// MON-WED | 5-9pm | THU-SAT | 5-10pm
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Phone number
(608) 395-3295
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tim Dahl
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Main St | S Carroll St
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Parking details
Limited parking is available in front of the restaurant and around the square. There are public parking ramps located at adjacent corners of the Capitol square.
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Public transit
Madison Metro | Routes 1-8
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Special events & promotions
You can follow Nostrano on Facebook and Twitter for news, menu changes and special events.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.2
ambience
4.1
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FrankandBeans (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

I am just beside myself that our Valentine's Day meal at Nostrano signifies the end of their tenure. Nostrano was my favorite restaurant in Madison.

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Stefano1972 (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Great place! So sad to hear that it is closing after the 14th. Wish the night and food could have lasted longer!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Always such amazing service and exquisite cuisine! Thank you!

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stumpfie (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Nostrano was excellent. The food was tasty and the service was superb. Ashley, our server, did a great job. I love that their menu changes with the seasons based on what's available and fresh!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

My favorite restaurant in a town that has many great places to eat--I will miss it so! I've never had a dish here that I didn't think was amazing. The service and setting are also lovely, making this first on my list of places to take someone I want to impress.

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Angie3m (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

Nostrano is one of my favorite restaurants in Madison. The food is inventive and always delicious. The desserts... amazing. We will truly miss them. Sigh...

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

This was our first time at Nostrano - it was incredible. Most stunning meal we have ever had in Madison. Everything was perfect.

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tdmadtown (Detroit)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2017

Celebrated our 34th anniversary with an outstanding meal, good service, great Manhattan cocktail. This restaurant will be sorely missed!

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vipBeth (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2017

Lovely little place serving the kinds of gourmet items you'd find in Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Definitely for foodies. Some things I couldn't pronounce, like the whipped cream app made from goat cheese! We had a wonderful, quiet, enchanting dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2017

Food was great...although the cauliflower soup was a little thin and salty. Too bad they're shutting down. Seemed like a place to which I would've returned.

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Bubbles (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

The food was absolutely fabulous...layered distinctive flavors along with a great wine list.! The only thing I take issue with is the degree of snobbery we felt from the waitress and how tight the tables are. We unfortunately had to hear the next couples' conversation and I'm sure they heard ours despite the whispering, which I think made us all feel a bit uncomfortable. If we're gonna spend $150 for dinner, we would like to have felt more welcome & more than 12 inches away from another patron's elbow.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2017

Great dining experience with exceptional service and atmosphere. Food was delicious and unique along dessert and drinks made for a nice pre theater meal. Will go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

This was our first visit to Nostrano and our server, Eileen was fabulous. The menu was simple yet elegant, the appetizer was terrific (get the Bruschetta, a nice twist on a classic) and our entrees were just the right amount of food without leaving us feeling stuffed. We will definitely come back!

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Bobbie (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

WE had a wonderful dinner and loved the way the ingredients are unique but presented separately. We could really taste the mushrooms separately. It was great that it wasn't the typical "mix it all together."

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

The was exceptional along with the drinks. Rigatoncini with beef short rib was fantastic. My date had the orecchiette with hint of mint that really amplifies other flavors and makes the dish very interesting. I had Oaxacan negroni which outstanding! Only downside in my mind is the price in comparison to other similar quality restaurants around the square.

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Unintentionalwisconsinite (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2016

Nostrano has been our favorite restaurant in Madison. Since my wife and I are from New York, we feel like we have high standards. Consistently original and tasty food. The vegetarian and seafood options are always good in addition to excellent meat/poultry dishes. Cocktails are spot on too.

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rbljr (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2016

Always wonderful food: creative, seasonal variations on Italian classics. Be sure to save room for dessert, as they are THE best in town!

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2016

From the appetizers to the entrees - absolutely wonderful. Will be back.

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vipamitisraeli (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

for the price - you should do better.....
first dish / appetizer was very good
the two main dishes we order - pasta and risotto was....."not good enough"
pasta / risotto should be fresh and cock on the spot. in this case - they was waiting for too long (i.e.: they were pre cocked and reheat for us) and it was easy to tell

dessert was ok....but only "ok"

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2016

The food was delicious! The service was friendly and prompt.

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