Vin Santo- Wisconsin

4.6
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$30 and under
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Italian
Named after "the wine of the Saints", Vin Santo features authentic dishes from the Italian country side.
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lilliang
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The pasta was very good, however I had the fettuccine pasta and it was soaked in oil, it was not creamy. Best Tiramisu I’ve ever had!!

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JBHstats
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place for Italian food. We brought friends with us who had never dined here and no surprise, they were very impressed. The food is always delicious. I'm a huge fan of the eggplant and no dinner is complete without a piece of tiramisu - one slice serves four OOTW.

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vipBatteryMan
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go to Vin Santo often - because it is really good!

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vipJDCHEN
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food! Not a huge fan of the layout personally. It's super cozy and intimate but I think if the layout changed the atmosphere would be EVEN better

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BLSD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal with good presentation. Friendly, attentive server. Nice setting for conversation; a refreshing change from many of the more common noisy venues that seem to equate high volume background noise with having a good time.

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EatTake
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Vin Santo has been around for a while, and the decor shows. We sat under some stained ceiling tiles. It needs to be redone inside, I was hoping the food was going to blow me away, but it was just okay.

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GaryW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very nice restaurant and total experience. Attentive staff, outstanding food and an overall outstanding experience. I look forward to the next time we dine there.

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PaulaZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a charming little place! We were able to hear each other talk without yelling; a nice change of pace in a restaurant! The service was great. Not hurried but prompt if we needed something. The food was excellent. I would go back anytime.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food as always !!!

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JohnG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great experience at this restaurant, always a winner

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Goos
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we had a delicious dinner with excellent service.

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BandBP
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first visit, but each time has been a pleasant experience. Greeting us as we came in, we were quickly ushered to our table and even tho' they were extremely busy, our waitstaff was there with water and drink requests. Starting with our appetizer of salmon tartar on cream cheese brioche, to our caesar salad and then to our entrees of Scampi Diavollo and Portabella Ravioli, we enjoyed each. No room for dessert, but we wished they would have a lighter fare to that course such as gelato. What they had was fairly heavy but no doubt delicious.

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Jodyr129
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cozy atmosphere with delicious food. We would definitely go back.

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LydiaM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service was fantastic. We got the the calamari appetizer and the sauce was amazing. The main course was perfect and it was a huge portion. If you go, you have the get the bread pudding. It’s a must have. On top of the great food, our waiter was awesome. He was so quick and attentive. Great place!

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vipJamesS
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Madison. Always has been, always will be. Everything is superb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The chicken in our dish tasted reheated. The sauce was excellent but the chicken left an unpleasant after taste.

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LoisS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Vin Santo has been one of favs and will remain so!

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DanR
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of food is excellent. I like that it is laid back and is always a pleasant experience.

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SuzyQ
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Vin Santo with my hubby for an early New Years Eve dinner. We both had the ravioli and shared a salad. Service was impeccable and was greeted by the owner. Got points for open table too. A favorite place for us!

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Veechy
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went on a Saturday night. Immediately greeted at the door and sat right away. Our server was very attentive to us throughout the evening. She went over the specials with us and gave suggestions when we couldn't decide. The food was incredible and well worth every penny spent. The lasagna special was huge and was a great second meal the next day and just as good as the first day. We will be back for sure!

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JBHstats
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vin Santo is a gem. When we ask our adult children where they want to dine out when they are home, it is Vin Santo. The food is always superb. While there are many enticing choices on the menu, my go to dish is the Torte ‘al Mellanzane (eggplant parmesan), which is divine. Of course for dessert the tiramisu is a must. Service is attentive without being overbearing and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.

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AlexA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a nice dinner with the family. Food quality was very good for the price. Much better than your average Italian restaurant. Servers were great - helpful with suggestions and very attentive but not obtrusive. Will definitely return.

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Paul
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love Vin Santo. The quality of food and the neighborhood atmosphere are great.

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CherD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vin Santo is a delightful restaurant tucked into Hubbard Ave. The authentic menu is thoughtfully prepared and perfectly delicious!! The portions are generous; The pasta is amazing!

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SharonG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great cozy atmosphere, what's not to love. The owners are always there making sure every table is happy and well served.

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DebM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Northern Italian cuisine. Well run place. Friendly atmosphere.

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BenedictD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend of mine from Atlanta, GA, asked that I take him to the best Italian restaurant in Madison area. From his Goggle search he found that the best Italian restaurant started with an L*'s on University Ave. I said, "NO... decades ago - maybe - but no longer true." He was impressed by the preparation, presentation and flavors - and the attentive servers. I, too, and I know great Italian food! Vin Santo is the best! As an aside, their bread pudding was also superb.. and it should be called a "loaf of bread" pudding. Never been there? Go and you will return.

Buon appetito,

Benedict
(BJD)

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vipBatteryMan
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always love going to Vin Santo. The food is great and the restaurant so well-run. These folks really know what they are doing.

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JudiJ
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

For years my family went to Vin Santo to celebrate special occasions or my husband and I would sometimes go for a nice intimate dining experience with excellent food. We also frequently would take visitors there because we knew we could count on it. We have not been there for quite a while so when a small group of friends wanted me to suggest a place for a special dinner, I thought of VS right away. The food was very good, however, the waiter was definitely not what I was accustomed to at VS. From the beginning, I didn't feel the normal warm, good greeting and comfort level like the past. It was Saturday and we had a 5:00 reservation. I felt rushed from the start. I'm sure you needed the table for another reservation after that and that was definitely the vibe I felt. We were served a different salad than we ordered, but I settled for what arrived. After we were almost finished, the pepper person arrived and said, I guess it's a little late and I agreed. Bread was served but it felt like an after thought. I remembered oooh ahhh in the past as we ate the bread dipped in the really good olive oil. Food arrived and there were no problems there. Before I had finished our waitress asked the others if they needed boxes! I knew I did, but I wasn't near finished. So, the others handed their plates to her and she came back with their boxes and then I felt compelled to ask for my box which seemed to aggravate her a bit. A short time later she returned with my box and pretty much said does anybody want dessert....no inviting descriptions and we ended up paying the check and going over to Hubbard Ave for dessert. Your tiramisu is my absolute favorite in the world but it felt more comfortable to leave. We are a group of 5 women who have worked on an annual UW Ext project together for years. This isn't a demanding or obnoxious group. 2 of the 5 had a glass of wine, so we weren't loud at all. Because I have always loved VS I wanted to take the time to write this feedback.

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Brick
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It's been several years since I've been here. Had fond memories of great meals and excellent bread pudding so thought it would be a nice place to go for my birthday dinner. The place seems to be suffering from management ennuie. It has not been well kept up. We had 3 different styles of chairs at our 4 person table, one of which was a metal stacking chair. The wooden chairs were starting to look quite worn. In a restaurant of this caliber I was quite surprised that they were using metal stacking chairs and in fact the whole line of tables against one wall appeared to have only this style of chair. I would also expect matching silverware and table cloths or at least paper table coverings. The décor in general was quite tired and could do with an update. Our server was not polished and our pre-dinner drinks were not poured until 10 minutes after we ordered them even though there were only two or three other tables occupied at the time. My husband did like his dish and mine was good but not great. The bread pudding was not as good as I remembered it but my tastes might have changed in the intervening years. Unfortunately, this would not rise to the top of the list for a return visit.

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PatrickM
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were excellent. We would easily come back if we lived closer! Seek this place out when you come to Madison, it is worth the small trek!

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ChelseaM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were in town for the Madison marathon. My cousin recommended this place and it was perfect. The food was fresh and perfect for pre marathon carb loading. Fresh ingredients make a world of a difference. We’ll definitely be back to max out on apps, pasta, wine & dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely place, quieter than most restaurants, good, fresh food. Worth the trip!

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Fredloes
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisite smoked salmon crostini starter, cream of mushroom soup and Italian sausage lasagne. Very fine wine to go with it too. And Vin Santo is one of the increasingly rare restaurants where it's quiet enough to have a conversation without shouting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
63 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The food is delicious and authentic. Our server presented the descriptions of the specials well. I had a standby of the Pollo Tuscana. The cream sauce is flavorful and the dish vibrant topped with sun dried tomatoes. Our guests had the salmon special with snap peas. They reported it was very good. The Ceasar salad has a tangy dressing with crisp romaine and crunchy croutons.
I just can’t get over the mish mash of chairs and tables. They don’t fit the quality of food offered here. A trip to The Resale Store to even thing out would help this restaurant immensely.

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SusanP
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and wine!

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vipLoriC
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, attentive waiters, and pretty quiet the night we dined. We had a delightful conversation with the couple at the next table. Close enough to chat, but not intrusive.

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vipLPLE
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have good allergies and the staff at Vin Santo always take great care of us and our dietary needs.

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ellenlucinda
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Overall, the four of us enjoyed the food, timely service, and ambience very much. The waiter was another matter...he was not warm or genuine, and was quite curt. My 87 year old mother asked him to slow down when reciting the specials, which he barely took notice of and quickly returned to very fast talking. We all felt rather turned off by our waiter.

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TeresaF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant!! We were pleasantly surprised! We were here on business and this was a recommendation. If your in the area you HAVE TO go there!!!

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