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The Wise

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Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
16:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

Had been wanting to try this place for some time. The hotel itself is very sleek, modern, and Euro-styling. I had heard good things about the restaurant/bar, and stopped by after work with a friend. We sat outside and had a great evening. The small plates/appetizers are enough for dinner if you want something light or to take the edge... More 

Thank WiscPedalGal
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this review

WiscPedalGal, Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. Good or bad, we truly appreciate hearing what our guests have to say. And thank for taking advantage of our outdoor patio area! There's something about kicking back and relaxing with a beautiful view of Camp Randall in the background. And you should see it on football Saturdays!... More 

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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

It was restaurant week and my friend and I decided to try the Wise in Hotel Red, Madison, WI. I selected the gazpacho soup, chicken salad on a croissant, and a decadent torte that tasted just like fudge. Our server, Paige, was so attentive. We really enjoyed our overall experience. Restaurant week prices are also very affordable.

Thank tripofthemonth
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

My husband and I stopped in for lunch having not been here before. The food was great, very interesting and thoughtfully prepared. The decor is metro chic with great out door seating and the bar looks like it would be a fun place to meet friends. We will definitely come again and bring friends.

1 Thank Joan P
Madison, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We enjoyed a beet/spinach salad, Moscow Mules, and tea-to-go at this stop of the Monroe Street walking food tour with Madison Food Explorers. We even got some of the chocolates that are specially made for Hotel Red. Very modern/clean. Would like to come back for the happy hour deals.

Thank AASparks
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

Both the bar and restaurant at The Wise are chic yet inviting. Every bartender and waitstaff my friend and I encountered were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. The spring cocktail menu is unique and delicious, and while we just missed getting to try the spring dinner menu, everything on the winter menu looked fantastic. We split the OUTRAGEOUSLY tasty mac n'... More 

Thank Kellyannen
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this review

Kelly, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourself while staying with us and can't wait to have you back! Our staff enjoyed meeting both you and your guest and wanted me to send you their best. If there is anything that we can do to help prepare... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2013

Great food, atmosphere and energy. The staff was friendly and very engaging. The Grilled Cheese was nuts (it had bacon). The scenery was chic but not over the top. Get to this impressive spot and enjoy. The head chef even checked in on us during lunch!

Thank JRisalive
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

I had dinner here tonight and found the menu limited and the food ridiculously miniscule and expensive. I ordered the duck and wish I would have taken a picture of this dish. There was about 2 tbps. of a cranberry relish, literally 6 pieces of baby asparagus no more than 3 inches in length and two small dry pieces of... More 

Thank Ellen k
4Peggyo, Manager at The Wise, responded to this review

My name is John Bauer and I am the chef here at The Wise. I would like to apologize for what was obviously a terrible experience here at our restauant. We take pride in our small, shared plate style menu and there is no excuse for for us having let you down with our offerings. I take your feedback very... More 

Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2013

Love The Wise. Have been to Hotel Red several times for different occasions and the apps & drinks are wonderful and the atmosphere is divine. It really offers a unique setting with a great view of Camp Randall across the street. Been here for a 40th birthday celebration where the couple rented a room and had apps delivered to the... More 

Thank DebrahG
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2012

Had lunch at the Wise one fall day in Madison. The atmosphere is open and people watching friendly. I had the Chili and honey chicken sandwich, it was fantastic. So many different flavors melded together, made my taste buds dance. I would of never imagined chicken sandwich with :Chili, Honey, Pear etc.... Brilliant. The ingredients on the menu are locally... More 

Thank Dakotadog123
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2012

We have tried several desserts at The Wise and all were delicious. The local paper included chef John Bauer's recipe for an olive oil cake that we also have now made at home - amazing!

Thank Blake R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 22
American, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-819-8230
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 plated weekend 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 William Hill Wednesday with LIVE music by Patrick Ferguson and $5 glasses of William Hill wine.

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