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425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
+1 608-256-3186
16:00 - 22:30
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Sun 16:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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324 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent service with good food. Old restaurant with indoor and outdoor eating area. Inside is on the old fashion style and could use an update. Terrific location to down town and university. There is a parking garage across the street. Cost me $3.25 for about two hours.

Thank Delmar M
Home Usa
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459 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice retro, old-school decor and competent food, but nothing special. Definitely Italian menu and everything our group had was just fine, but not more.

Thank CaseyfromBoston
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I used to go there in the 70s for a slice of garlic bread. These days I get a craving for the Garibaldi with mixed peppers and olives. MMMM. I want one right now.

Thank billfeeny
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The atmosphere and eating is just exceptional. from the moment you walk up to the front door, into the dimly lit entrance and cooling atmosphere, you find yourself in a rich environment. The bar and foods are exceptional. the deserts are great too! I try a different meal each time I go to Porta Bella's. The atmosphere is quiet, as... More 

Thank Jeffrey G
Tazewell, Tennessee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The food and service was amazing. A local recommended to me and my husband, great choice. Very romantic restaurant.

Thank Nicholefrederick
New Holstein, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is one of my yearly stops when I go to Madison. The food is excellent and plentiful, I have never walked away hungry. But the indoor old world charm may be the real key. If you get a chance choose the round seating areas. For privacy you can close the drapery and you are in your own world.

Thank gary19452016
Murdo, South Dakota
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The area we were seated was a round table with a nice feel. Closed off enough that you feel like you are the only ones there. So a thumbs up on the unique interior. The food was flavorful and did not disappoint. Generous portions. Overall I would recommend this place to anyone looking for some good Italian food. I would... More 

Thank SoDakKid
Watertown, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful, original, historic place to enjoy good food and friends. The bartender was kind enough to give us a tour of the entire facility. The downstairs wine bar is a great room for parties and could accommodate bands. The main bar is gorgeous, with its old world decor. The front patio must be a great place to dine... More 

Thank undunny2k
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Originally opened by the rami lyl that owned Parsons, in fact for a while Parsons was located downstairs.

Thank Thomas K
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

I understand that Madison Restaurant is a busy time. We ordered stuffed mushrooms, fried ravioli, shrimp fettuccine, beef Gorgonzola, chocolate chip cannoli and almond sponge cake. The entrees came with shredded mozzarella, which looked like it came from a bag. Our server couldn't remember who had which entree (there were only two of us). We didn't even have our forks... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 28
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-256-3186

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