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Osteria Papavero

128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
+1 608-255-8376
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“antipasti” (7 reviews)
“pasta” (17 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options
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128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having had an outstanding experience in previous weeks at this place, decided to have a business/friends dinner here as well. Disappointed this time. The pasta/seafood entree was just a bit too old. Strong fishy tasty indicative of seafood well past its prime. None of the...More

Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

I went in to find out the risotto o the day only to find it included sausage. I don’t eat red meat so I was planning to leave but they were quick to substitute fresh prawn and it was DELICIOUS! I also ordered mushroom stew...More

Thank Kenseyrs
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Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Small but wonderful option near the capital. A wow list of Italian wines. Appetizers were exceptional. Service was over the top.

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

I really enjoy returning to this unique little restaurant. Nice downtown location but just south of the square so it may not immediately come to mind. Parking ramp right next door if driving. On a cold winter night retreating to this venue helps you leave...More

Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed 6 January 2018

I had eaten here once about five years ago and thought it was fabulous. This year I went for the New Year's Eve fixed-price dinner and it was truly awful at every level. The service was atrocious--they couldn't bring the food to our group at...More

Thank vbinCBR
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Recommended by a Door County visitor who said if you're headed to Madison, try Osteria Papavero on East Wilson, just off The Square. A birthday was a good excuse to dine with a college roommate and catch up on lives over a flavorful soup with...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 20 November 2017

When visiting Madison, we were lucky that our local friend knew of this small restaurant. Wow! We had a fantastic meal, sharing a number of dishes among the 8 of us. Our service by Becky was great! All of the food, from the appetizers to...More

Thank acedaughter
Reviewed 29 September 2017

I had the braised shortribs and it was delicious, I could have ate two portions. Its a tight a small restaurant but very good. The service was just ok hence only 4 stars. The server seemed a little strange to me. Also, they don't serve...More

Thank cardello
Reviewed 9 September 2017

This is a great little spot that is eclipsed by some of the bigger restaurants in town. Everything here was great, from the appetizer cheese plate to the "today's specials" to the deserts, you could not ask for a better meal.

Thank David W
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Clean, pleasant environment with very knowledgable wait staff. Unique, albeit limited menu. portion sizes are on the petite side with Entrees smaller than a dinner plate and just slightly larger than a salad plate. nicely seasoned dishes. A bit overpriced. spaghetti with very tiny clams,...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 25
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3423
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-8376
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