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Porta Bella

425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
+1 608-256-3186
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good21%
  • Average21%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible16%
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“sandwich” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.All hours
Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
425 N Frances St, Madison, WI 53703-1012
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I've lived in Madison for nearly 30 years and last night was the first time I visited Porta Bella (which has been a Madison favorite since 1968). I was not disappointed. The walk thru the front courtyard made us...More

Thank wintermom9597
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with some work colleagues for dinner during Restaurant Week last month. Everything was very good-stuffed mushrooms and the tiramisu especially. One of the few places around State Street where you can have a conversation and not be drowned out by noise. Not sure what...More

Thank AttyPatty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atmosphere was nice enough but food was just ok. My noodles were a bit over cooked, shrimp some what rubbery and alfredo sauce tasted like it could have been from a jar.Ok Italian food but there is much better in Madison at this price point.More

Thank John W
_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Porta Bella, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello John! Thank you for letting us know about your experience here at Porta Bella. I am so sorry that your meal was not as good as it should have been! Would you be willing to give us a call (608-256-3186) or send an email...More

Reviewed 13 November 2017

Years ago as a UW student this was a place to enjoy an above average Italian meal. Well, that is no longer the case. Food is average at best and the service was not very good. Just returned during a football weekend with friends. Ordered...More

Thank Kirbyp
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Go anywhere else and you'll get a better meal including the fast food options on state street. Expensive. It was a good restaurant but I'm afraid everything from the food to the decor is in the past I do not mind spending for a good...More

Thank Dan P
Reviewed 6 September 2017

A friend had highly recommended this restaurant, so a group of us met there on a Friday night. We had a reservation but it didn't matter as it appeared there were plenty of empty tables. My friend had raved about dish there and was disappointed...More

Thank whamma
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Came here during restaurant week in Madison. A great time to try restaurants at special lunch or dinner prices.This Italian restaurant has a cozy interior. It has a beautiful bar area that is cozy and romantic.The interior had cozy booths with an Italian flare. It...More

Thank boysma
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our food. Chicken alfredo was excellent. Shrimp and scallops were too. Stuffed mushrooms were great First time I've ever had white chicken Marsala sauce. Tasted ok, just odd. Waitress brought wrong drink the first order. 2nd order was not a tall as ordered....More

1  Thank Craig h
_portabellarest, Front Office Manager at Porta Bella, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Hello Craig! Thank you for letting us know about your experience here at Porta Bella. I'm so sorry that your meal was not as amazing as it could have been! We'd love to have the opportunity to get to the bottom of this. Would you...More

Reviewed 16 June 2017

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

1  Thank Marcia E
Reviewed 15 June 2017

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

1  Thank rickleed
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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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