Red

4.8
107 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Creative Japanese, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30 am-2:30 pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:30 pm-10:00 pm
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Phone number
(608) 294-1234
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jed Spink
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available in downtown Madison. Our nearest parking garage is the Overture Center Parking Lot, located directly behind the RED at 300 W. Mifflin St. A variety of other parking ramps are located in the vicinity. We recommend coming prepared with change.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 107 People Are Saying
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JG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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OT
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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OT
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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SA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fantastic and service great. My son has severe food allergies and they are very attentive and responsible making my son feel safe. Always my "must visit" when I am in Madison.

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DD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a great time but we strongly feel like our waitress was not in the zone that night, she didn’t look happy she was kinda rude and didn’t really care, the bartander were awesome we stopped and said thank you, and wished they were serving ours.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took my son to Red during Parents Weekend at UW. Another student had recommended it to him. It was outstanding. Fun vibe. Great menu. Loved the brussel sprouts appetizer and The cauliflower tempura appetizer.

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BP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very knowledgable about the food and helped guide us in keeping to our tastes. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was fun which added to our wonderful experience at Red!

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M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. Their sushi is beautiful and tasty. Most quality sushi restaurants have access to the same high quality fish. Red stands out with their care to detail and the sushi rice is perfect! hot ala carte menus at creative and well executed!

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, well managed reservation, fantastic food (amazing selection). Everything was great, I just wish there was a bit more privacy available in the dining room. I know they are an energetic, modern styled restaurant, but there is really not an option for a private and/or quiet, romantic dinner here.

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GG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A bit slow but pleasant good food and ambience good value

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DO
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our “go to place” for a superior family meal.

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with our college student to celebrate a birthday. Food and service were both excellent. Red is great for unique sushi rolls that are beautifully presented. Although sushi restaurants can be a little pricey, we felt like Red was a good value. We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was bomb

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t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in town.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dining at Red is an event. A wonderful departure from the everyday. There exploration of non Japanese cuisine is adventurous but not as rewarding.

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JB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us had a wonderful time. We loved our friendly waitress - very efficient without being intrusive.

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PE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Best sushi in town by far! I go here for every occasion.

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l
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good and more reasonably priced the I was expecting. I was planning and willing to spend much more for the quality of food and service we received. We parked on the wrong side of the building but I actually liked that better, felt like goodfellas “ I don’t like to stand in lines, I like this way better”

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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m
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful sushi and sashimi. lots of options beyond sushi. Nice staff.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Great place and food but the service was less then impressive. Our waitress took 30 mins to come back and take our order and we had to flag her down. She claims she thought she took our order already. When you go somewhere like that on a weekday date night it was very disappointing. Also we had to ask her for more water and drinks. Never checked in and wasn’t overly attentive until she brought the bill...

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h
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good sushi with some unique rolls. Service was good and the sushi was fresh and well prepared. Pricing is on the higher end of the spectrum as far as sushi goes, just FYI.

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MC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sushi Dinner is a bit misleading and does not include rolls

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