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The Wise

Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible9%
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American, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The bartenders open bad wine; you asked to be seated and then you sit until you go back to the bar and ask for a server. Then they will explain that several items are off the menu and some are sold out (which is impossible...More

Thank Suzan C
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The service was amazing! The menu was limited and the price was high. But, probably spot on compared to other hotel restaurants in the area. We had the fish fry. One out of the three pieces I had only had minimal fish in it. But,...More

Thank Gallaghermom
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went for Madison's Restaurant week. Overall it was fair. My beet salad was fantastic. My main course, which was a fish I had not heard of before, was only fair. Chocolate cake for desert was good. My wife felt her meal...More

Thank MadMike96
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Reviewing The Wise is tough. What they do well, they do very well, but there are so many problems I just can't rate them highly. The ambiance is very good,,,,urban chic done well, the staff are friendly and work hard to give you a great...More

Thank lynniegoes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I've been there twice - both times miserable experiences. They don't have chardonnay choices (they ran out); bartenders and waitresses make up excuses - the wine truck comes tomorrow, we're not usually busy on Sundays, we're short staffed.....Two hours for pasta (Hamburger Helper would have...More

Thank Suzan C
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Some crazy combinations of food. We really like the chorizo stuff dates (wrapped in bacon!). The staff was friendly and knowledgeable when we went. Outdoor seating at tall tables was nice and gave a good people watching perspective on the nearby trail.

Thank Andy G
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$22
American, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
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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.