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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%
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“salad” (4 reviews)
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American, Gastropub
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1501 Monroe St, Hotel Red, Madison, WI 53711
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

You'd never guess this was a restaurant in a hotel... The ambiance at The Wise was unbelievable, and the food was outstanding. Big shout out to the wait staff and Sunday brunch cook, TC! I had no idea a place like this could exist in...More

Thank Krystal B
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Terrible meal...where do I begin. Wine list consists of cheap wines, dinner salad was a bowl full of old greens with nothing. Meal was tasteless. . Server was very slow. I don't mind spending $$ but let's upscale this place a bit.. I don't think...More

Thank jane56237
Reviewed 23 February 2016

After a long day of traveling and shopping, we settled into The Wise for some wine and snacks. We shared some small plates and spent a couple of hours just relaxing and talking. Service was great, we did not feel rushed or pressured. A great...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 29 August 2015

The wine list is exceptional and both mine and my partner's entrees were very tasty. I had the prawns and he had the burger. Well prepared with attentive service.

Thank BuckyBadger123
Reviewed 2 July 2015

Great food made with flavorful, fresh, local ingredients. A wonderful surprise to find that our hotel had such a great restaurant. We ate here several times. Best of all, the chef and staff were well trained in preparing a meal for my severely food allergic...More

Thank frequenttraveler504
Reviewed 27 January 2015

Seven of us ate at the Wise during Restaurant week in Madison. Among us all we tried every dish from starters to mains to dessert. The quality, taste, sauces, wine pairings to service were exemplary. We were well cared for purposely tried all the options....More

Thank trips_db
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

We appreciate the great services from Joshua. Cute too. Where is Joe? Love them both. Worth stopping in to see

1  Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 28 February 2014

I took the lady out for dinner and we both had an incredible time. We frequent Hotel Red, but we tried some new items and it was fabulous. I cannot say enough about the food, staff, and atmosphere. Truely a must visit when in town!...More

Thank Goodrich2014
Reviewed 15 February 2014

We stayed at Hotelred recently for Valentines day. As we checked in they offered us a complimentary cocktail, chocolate truffles and a heart cookie. The staff was polite and very welcoming right from the start. The hotel room was very modern and large considering it...More

Thank Xochitl P
Reviewed 31 December 2013

After reading the reviews and wanting to try something new or different, my husband took me to The Wise this past Saturday evening. There was no charge for parking behind and underneath Hotel Red (the driveway is off Regent Street, not Monroe Street). We arrived...More

Thank waunakeereader
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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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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