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Porta Bella

425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
+1 608-256-3186
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good21%
  • Average20%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible16%
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Closes in 23 min
11:00 - 22:30All hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Both my husband and myself received incorrect order from what we ordered. Waitress said I apologize and walked away. Saw her when she brought bill. The restaurant was not busy . Friday at 5:30. We eat at Pisians and the food and service are always...More

Thank Marcia E
Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was perfect while my brother was in town so we decided we wanted to eat outside. While walking towards State Street we passed the courtyard at Porta Bella and thought "Why not?" The courtyard is walled in w/big trees and several metal outdoor...More

Thank rickleed
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Delmar M
Reviewed 18 May 2017 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
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
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...More

Thank Jeffrey G
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
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....More

Thank gary19452016
Reviewed 25 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...More

Thank SoDakKid
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,...More

Thank undunny2k
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
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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