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Francesca's al Lago

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111 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison, WI 53703-3311 (Main Street)
+1 608-255-6000
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Ellon, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Dinner with about 15 colleagues the other week. Great choice of starters and mains. Food was fantastic and great service from the waitress

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Thank brymills
Madison, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had appetizers and dinner that was right at the top. Service was tremendous and the food was unique and seasoned perfectly. Great casual dinner.

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Thank Allen B
Verona, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently had a wonderful dinner at Francesca's. I tried to make a reservation through Open Table but they didn't have the time I needed so I called directly. They were able to fit us in at a high table in the bar, which actually worked out perfectly. Food and service were very good. Waiters kept filling our water glasses,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

A really great Saturday lunch after Farmer's Market. We all tried each other's dishes and the Tilapia and Chicken breast dishes were really tasty. let me be clear, though. the Davanti Burger is just ridiculously, stupid awesome. Not your typical charred, smoky restaurant burger - it stands on it's own with great seasoning and perfect texture. Will go back over... More 

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Thank Jason B
Frisco, Texas
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Francesca's is an upscale restaurant near the Capitol and convenient to all of downtown Madison. Had a pre-race pasta meal and all of the options were considered "good" or "very good" among the group. Chicken saltimbocca was a standout as was the ravioli. Dessert (tiramisu) was good and wine list was good and pretty well priced considering. Crowd was a... More 

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Thank Heather H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We were in town for the Ironman race and attended an athlete dinner at Francesca's. Our meal was $35 per person. When my husband, son and I got to the restaurant, the banquet room was filled up, so they seated us at a booth right outside the banquet room. They served us "family style." We had a friend with us,... More 

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Thank Quart88
Madison, Wisconsin
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100 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I were recently restaurant hopping in Downtown Madison. We walked past this restaurant and saw that they had half-price bottles of wine. we decided to try it out had a great antipasto platter and two Great bottles of wine. Wonderful wine list. Would give it 5 Stars if it had a cozier atmosphere.

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Thank Homeschooling
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Great location, good service and good food. We were there for lunch and we're delighted by the view of the capital building. All in all a very nice place to go with the family.

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Thank Zuckie
Wisconsin
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

From the warm bread to the tasty Italian beer, I enjoyed everything thoroughly. At our table we had a lemon asparagus pasta, pesto ravioli, mushroom risotto, and a custom pizza. Everyone was beyond pleased. I had a coconut cake for dessert and it was the best coconut cake I've ever had. I highly recommend this place. Wasn't expecting much for... More 

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Thank topazbeagle
Madison, United States
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

I love the interior - it is so beautiful. I can't get past the poor quality of food. I've only eaten here once bc I had such a bad meal. The chicken I ordered was almost all fat. Since the menu changes, I should probably give it a second chance, but for the cost and with so many other good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison, WI 53703-3311
    (Main Street)
  • Public Transportation: From Milwaukee & EAST I-94 West WI-30 West Left onto US-151 S/E (Washington Ave) Right onto Wilson Right onto MLK Jr Blvd From Chicago & SOUTH I-90 West/1-94 West US 12-18 toward Madison John Nolen Dr Exit Left onto Broom Right onto Wilson Left onto Hamilton Right onto Doty Left onto MLK Jr Blvd
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-6000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?