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The Wise

) #554 of 779 Restaurants in Madison $$ - $$$ American,
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible9%
1 Apr 2017
“Staying at HotelRed, so eating at The Wise”
18 May 2017
“The hotel might be great but the restaurant never is.....”
Open Now
16:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
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Reviews (41)
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21 - 30 of 41 reviews

Reviewed 12 August 2013

We had breakfast at The Wise three times while staying at the Hotel Red. We had different selections each time, and they were all delicious and the right portions. The staff was very friendly, and even accommodated our request for sandwiches to-go. During our two-week...More

Thank TAEarly
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2013

TAEarly, We are very glad to hear about your experience at The Wise! It's great to know that among such great restaurants, you chose us not once or twice, but three times! We can't wait to see you again! Enjoy your travels. John Bauer Executive...More

Reviewed 9 August 2013

Artful environment, nestled into the lobby of Hotel Red at the corner of Regent and Monroe Streets, directly opposite UW's Camp Randall stadium. The service is fabulous and the food outstanding! Weather permitting, dine on the lovely patio. Many dishes are locally sourced. For breakfast/brunch...More

Thank LarrySharp
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2013

Hi, Larry! Thank you for the kind words! It's great to have people from the area coming in and visit us. Seeing them come back week after week is even better! Our Fall menu will be out soon but don't worry, the seafood Benedict isn't...More

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...More

Thank WiscPedalGal
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2013

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...More

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...More

Thank tripofthemonth
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...More

1  Thank Joan P
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...More

Thank AASparks
Reviewed 31 March 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...More

Thank Kellyannen
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2013

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...More

Reviewed 6 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...More

Thank JRisalive
Reviewed 28 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...More

Thank Ellen k
4Peggyo, Manager at The Wise, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2013

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...More

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...More

Thank DebrahG
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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
08:00 - 13:00
07:00 - 10:30
16:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
16:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
16:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
16:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 10:30
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 13:00
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
  • 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 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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