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227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
+1 608-663-7374
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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327 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i heard good things about Fresco, but i should have read more reviews. the location is great - rooftop near State street and a view of the capital. the food was average, at best. i had the tomato soup that was tepid and minimal in the amount, probably about 1/2 - 3/4 cup (4 spoonfuls and it was gone). my... More 

Thank rettup
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed this restaurant. Family of 4 dining out on a weekend. Interesting setting on top of an art museum. Very contemporary. We took the elevator up instead of the many stairs. Set atop a glass building near capital. Would love to come back in warm weather as outside seating looking lovely but we were there in winter. Restaurant a... More 

Thank 165vacationmom123
Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We climbed the 89 stairs to the top of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art to finally reach the restaurant. The dimly lit interior revealed a breathtaking view of the city below. This was our first time ever visiting Fresco's, and we were seated at the best seat in the house, in a glass corner in the back, overlooking State... More 

Thank RealHungryMann
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

I have visited Fresco multiple times, including Madison Restaurant Week, girls night out, and dinner before a show. I have also visited during summer and winter months. All times it has not disappointed. Although the menu is a bit pricey, the quality is high and the views are amazing. If the weather is nice they will have their patio open,... More 

Thank Shortbytes
Madison, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Th first time we dined at Fresco, it was outside on a beautiful warm evening and we could hear a concert on the square. The evening was perfect and we had been looking forward to returning. What a difference in winter. We arrived to a warm welcome. There was a coat rack but it didn't have enough hangers, so one... More 

Thank 4tickets2travel
Delafield, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Ambience is intimate and modern elegant. Interesting views of the Orpheum, Overature, and Madison downtown. Drinks are unqiue and superbly made; the beet ginger is a must if you like beets and they make a great side car! Have been here several times, the appetizers are unique and tasty. The charcuterie plate is one of our favorites and is more... More 

Thank AMKaja85
Madison, Wi
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Had dinner 1/7/2017 before a show at Overture Center. Front desk staff were welcoming and seated us right away. Our server Stephanie was great. Greeted us with a smile and a good vibe. My companion had a question about a type of wine and she was very helpful. Helpful about different meals being offered. Both of our meals(lamp chops &... More 

Thank mcal1943
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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180 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I took my daughter and her friends out to dinner on Saturday night. We had a terrific table right next to the outdoor patio. We had a view of the art on the patio and the lit up capital building. The food was awesome. I loved the Risotto and the Brussel Sprouts, my daughter love the artic char and the... More 

Thank LEllen12
Madison, Wi
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Dinner here before concert at Overture Center. Got there a few minutes early but table was ready. Waitress was friendly and not overbearing. Wine was very good. Food wait was less than I expected seeing how busy they were. The two meals we had were below average. Waitress brought a steak knife for my partners chicken meal. Kind of questioned... More 

Thank mcal1943
Madison, WI
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112 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Love Fresco! Situated above the city of Madison, you do not want to miss the view! The food and drinks do not disappoint! Do not miss this Madison experience!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 State St, Madison, WI 53703-2214
  • Public Transportation: Henry & Dayton
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-663-7374

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