Red

4.8
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
Creative entrees combined with the highest quality ingredients in a warm, modern environment are the hallmarks of RED, downtown Madison’s premier sushi restaurant.

Traditional menu items are executed with painstaking precision, keeping the focus on the beauty and fresh flavors of the fish.

We take a creative approach in forging our signature rolls, resulting in inspired combinations of flavor.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

To celebrate Valentine's Day, RED is offering a special three-course menu for $65/person. Please visit www.red-madison.com to view the menu. It will feature vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free items for guests with dietary restrictions. Our regular menu will not be available.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 129 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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AK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for date night dinner. We enjoyed our cocktails, apetizers, meal, and desserts. Food was absolutely delicious. Service was prompt and and polite. Tables were very intimate for a romantic group of two, maybe too small for some. The music where we sat was on the louder side, but we were seated close to a speaker as well.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Sushi was covered in panko. Heaping piles of it. The great thing about sushi is that you expect to have a flourless meal. The rolls were closer to room temperature so they fell apart when you ate them. Expected more from this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came prior to see an Overture musical! Loved our experience!

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MS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Madison. Prove me wrong! The lunch special - 6 pieces of sushi and a roll for $17 is a great deal.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spicy ramen was delicious. Sushi is sushi to me but my wife loved it.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food, beautiful presentation.

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NS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of the service and food is above average for the cost. If you like Sushi, I can't possibly imagine how you would not be satisfied with Red.

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l
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed, servers are knowledgeable, good sake selection and amazing sushi

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e
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spot on delicious

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MS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We tried walking in multiple times only to rebuffed. Finally got it together enough to make a reservation. Food was great. Waiter seemed new but was capable. Looking forward to our next visit - unfortunately we know it won’t be spontaneous.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for excellent sushi and outstanding service.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Love this place. The service,
food, and drinks are always amazing

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CJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, experience and service were outstanding!

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LF
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Although the food was very good and reasonably priced, we were disappointed that the only Chardonnay offered was a minimum for 42 dollars a bottle. Would be less likely to choose this restaurant since we enjoy wine with dinner, but have no interest in paying that much for it.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Sat at the sushi table and enjoyed watching the chefs. Fun evening!

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M
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Red proved that this is one of the best restaurants in Madison.
Fabulous waitstaff, yummy food and a modern vibe.

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EK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quick service and the food was delicious!! 😛

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience despite waiting 30 minutes after our reservation time for our table for 4. They did bring us complimentary Brussels sprouts to apologize for the wait.

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AH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Being able to eat Vegan at a sushi restaurant is such a treat. Very creative rolls. Expensive, but worth a special treat. Nut Roll is a favorite!

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D
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing as it always is!! My very favorite spot in Madison or most anywhere!!

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great. Sushi was perfection. It was the perfect location for a birthday celebration.

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JG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to Red was such a treat! By far the best meal I have had in Madison!

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MN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely my favorite Madison restaurant! Amazing sushi and exquisite handcrafted cocktails. Always willing to accommodate food allergies. Bartenders are fantastic!

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time and I loved it. Great ambiance, very fun and comfortable atmosphere. The food was amazing! We got a variety of sushi rolls and they were all very different but amazing! i can't wait to go back!

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m
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service very good.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was also delicious and fresh.

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LW
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, fresh sushi! Great atmosphere, great drinks. Excellent waitstaff and service.

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H
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The vegan cake (dry, tasteless) with poached pair (hard as a rock, off putting taste), the Smore creme brulee were both a huge disappointment. Server cleared plates and glassware before we finished (busy talking and he was gone before we could tell him no). Felt like it wasn't a good value due to the above.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The food was amazing. Our reservation was early, 6:00pm. It was not busy and we got seated at a table for 2. The hostess sat another couple right next to us even though there were plenty of tables available. The couple even apologized that they ended up right next to us. The whole time we heard what they were talking about and they heard what we were talking about. It was really uncomfortable and unnecessary.

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M
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had to wait for our reservation- but staff was very attentive.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fairly good sushi/sashimi for the Midwest. The menu selection is short but decent. The beer/cocktail/wine/sake list is especially broad. Roll I had was great (Toro negihama) the sashimi (sake) was good but you get small thin pieces. The wine lists is short but they offer some really good bottles (2 different Ridge wines from CA - Lytton Sprints - Petit Sirah and Pagani Ranch - Zinfandel). Based on the wines I know they were only ~2X retail value. Good place - funky with a coast/big city vibe & decor

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C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

The Ume Sour was delicious. Service was great. The two rolls I ordered were the least favorite I have had anywhere in Madison, or really anywhere period in a long time, especially the spider roll which is usually a favorite of mine. I was pretty disappointed, especially considering the prices and how long I'd been waiting to go to Red's new location (not that new anymore, I know). I probably won't return.

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KK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The wait was extremely long and even with a reservation we ended up having to wait 45 minutes past that before we got seated.

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PL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They serve one of the best Sushi's I ever had. The ambiance is amazing.

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b
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great surprise!!! We will be back. The rolls were creative and very fresh great combinations of flavors.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service! RED went above and beyond to make us feel special for our anniversary celebration. And the sushi was incredible! Our only complaint was that our food took a long time to arrive (50 minutes from the time we ordered until plates arrived).

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time - we'll be back. Close to the Square. Good sushi. Tight quartes for seating.

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PW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful place with awesome food, but small portions. While my children were full, my husband asked to stop for food on the way home. The service was excellent!

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MN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rob, Kevin and Nate (bartenders) not only made fabulous creative cocktails based on what we like, but made sure we were enjoying dinner all through our evening. We've been here twice in the last week. Red is our new favorite Madison restaurant!

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