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The Wise Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$American,
1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible13%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (4 reviews)
“salad” (4 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hours
American, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

I made reservations at The Wise months in advance for "dinner" at 3PM for 12 for our daughter graduating from UW Madison on May 11, 2018. I called May 10 to let the restaurant know there would only be 10 for "dinner" and to make...More

Thank KristiP579
Reviewed 17 March 2018

This was my first time here. The location is hard to get into due to construction. There is valet parking. The food was the best meeting food I have ever had. The salad was at the right temperature - rare for a meeting, with a...More

Thank Marty G
Reviewed 28 November 2017

I had read an article awhile back that Hotel Red had a new chef at it's restaurant, The Wise. I'm not sure what happened but the restaurant is terrible. I called ahead on Sunday to ask if brunch was the only thing served and I...More

1  Thank LauraM_7
Reviewed 23 August 2017

No one eating when we walked in at 6:00 PM. Should have been a hint. Ordered the Pig Roast that they have on certain Thursdays in the summer. Did order drinks first but took forever to get. (They did have a trainee behind the bar,...More

Thank joelw298
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The bartenders open bad wine; you asked to be seated and then you sit until you go back to the bar and ask for a server. Then they will explain that several items are off the menu and some are sold out (which is impossible...More

Thank Suzan C
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The service was amazing! The menu was limited and the price was high. But, probably spot on compared to other hotel restaurants in the area. We had the fish fry. One out of the three pieces I had only had minimal fish in it. But,...More

Thank Gallaghermom
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went for Madison's Restaurant week. Overall it was fair. My beet salad was fantastic. My main course, which was a fish I had not heard of before, was only fair. Chocolate cake for desert was good. My wife felt her meal...More

Thank MadMike96
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Reviewing The Wise is tough. What they do well, they do very well, but there are so many problems I just can't rate them highly. The ambiance is very good,,,,urban chic done well, the staff are friendly and work hard to give you a great...More

Thank lynniegoes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I've been there twice - both times miserable experiences. They don't have chardonnay choices (they ran out); bartenders and waitresses make up excuses - the wine truck comes tomorrow, we're not usually busy on Sundays, we're short staffed.....Two hours for pasta (Hamburger Helper would have...More

Thank Suzan C
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Some crazy combinations of food. We really like the chorizo stuff dates (wrapped in bacon!). The staff was friendly and knowledgeable when we went. Outdoor seating at tall tables was nice and gave a good people watching perspective on the nearby trail.

Thank Andy G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
American, Gastropub
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-819-8230
  • E-mail
The Wise is a great meeting place for lunch, cocktails and evening dining. We host a number of events and neighborhood gatherings each month as well serving our New Orleans brunch on Saturday and Sundays. Seasonal food and drink menus focus on area producers, farmers and ranchers. Badger fans love the view of Camp Randall stadium and the Vilas/Monroe Street area is an amazing part of town! Stop in and see us for Date Night on Tuesdays and Tunes, Tacos, & Taps on Wednesdays.
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