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About Permanently Closed - Francesca's al Lago
Madison, WI 53703
This restaurant is permanently closed. Francesca's al Lago is the 21st addition to The Francesca's Restaurant Group. The Capital Square location offers guests “simple rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices,” which has been the winning recipe at all Francesca’s locations since 1992. Our menu features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. An expansive wine list, local beers and handcrafted martinis are the perfect accompaniment to an outstanding dining experience.
About The Francesca’s Restaurant Group: Founded in 1992 by Restaurateur Scott Harris, Francesca’s Restaurant Group has grown from a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Chicago’s North Clark Street to a restaurant group of three concepts across 33 locations and four states. Based in Chicago, Francesca’s Restaurant Group currently owns and operates 23 Francesca’s Restaurants, five Davanti Enoteca, and five Glazed and Infused locations.
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Francesca"s al Lago has a wide range of catering services available to suite your needs. From full-service to pick-up, Francesca's catering is an easy & reliable way to entertain guests in your home or workplace.
We have validated parking at the Block 89 parking ramp located on Doty St. between Martin Luther King BLVD & Pinckney St.
Metered street parking available as well.
From Milwaukee & EAST
I-94 West WI-30 West Left onto US-151 S/E (Washington Ave)
Right onto Wilson Right onto MLK Jr Blvd
From Chicago & SOUTH
I-90 West/1-94 West US 12-18 toward Madison John Nolen Dr Exit
Left onto Broom Right onto Wilson Left onto Hamilton
Right onto Doty Left onto MLK Jr Blvd
Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Francesca's al Lago can accommodate all your special event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Manager: (608) 255-6000
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Francesca's al Lago - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I have dined there a number of times and have always had good meals. I decided to take my wife there to celebrate Valentines Day and once again we were pleased. Our meals were good, reasonably priced, and our service was good. We will definitely return.
Food was delicious, especially the fresh hot bread and the chocolate lava tort with mint gelato. Wide variety of Italian menu choices with a handful of other entrees, sufficient wine list both by the glass and bottle, good desert selection and express to wash it down. Beer selection was a little light. We were celebrating a retirement in a small group and didn't spare expenses. If you do a bottle of wine and all 3 courses, it won't be cheap. However, two could have a great meal and drinks for $60-75 and it'd be worth it.
We chose Francesca's because someone in our group has a gluten/dairy allergy. I called Francesca's and the hostess said they could accommodate no problem, so we decided to try it. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and professional and the food was great. We did have an error and an appetizer was brought out that was not gluten free. Our gluten allergy friend ordered the appetizer and made sure to repeat that he was gluten/dairy free, but the waitress accidentally brought the version with gluten. The mood changed for the worse when our friend double checked and had already eaten the dish with gluten. They were out of the wine we ordered and also a dish our friend ordered. The rest of the experience was overall very nice- a good choice for dinner.
Very pleasant, easy, and impressive place for dinner. I have dined here several times and it has been reliably good! This time I was with 2 couples who had never been here before and they were very happy with the experience, which made me very happy to have recommended it!
We made dinner reservations for 5pm on a Friday night and, upon arriving on time, our table was available and waiting for us. Our pleasant hostess took our drink orders, and quickly returned with drinks and a welcome basket of oven-warm bread. We ordered Linguine Mare e Monti and Tortellacci Tartufati, and both were outstanding. The meal was filling, so we agreed to return at a later date to try a dessert.
Wonderful as always. The entire staff is remarkable, with Renée being the most knowledgeable of the wait staff (it's pretty amazing what the kitchen can do upon request). The whole thing is overseen by the ever-energetic Heather who will make you feel welcome. Monthly-changing menu, which is great for trying new dishes but sad when next month arrives and your new favorite is gone (I'm thinking of you, Massimo salad and Roasted Corn salad). Well-crafted pastas served in generous portions. As a vegetarian, I can't comment on fish and meat dishes. But the desserts! Particularly the Chocolate Lava Cake and the Tiramisu. Always save room for dessert.
Consistently great food, always enjoyable. Friendly staff, good atmosphere. Noise level low and tables placed so I do not feel I am dining with the table next to me. This restaurant presents an enjoyable evening of dining. Lunch is fantastic because you can enjoy your freshly cooked meal within an hour and can visit with your lunch companion without having to shout or hear other diners.
The bartender was missing most of the time we were at the bar. When the hostesss took us to our table, the bartender was still not at the bar. My husband ended up asking the hostess to find the bartender so we could pay our bar bill. Once we were seated at our table we waited about ten minutes for a waitress and during that time other people were seated and waited on. The husband of my friend finally went up to the hostess desk and asked if we could have a waitress. Once we were waited on the food and service were very good.
We have dined at Francesca's a number of times and always enjoyed it. We had friends from out of town staying with us and we decided to take them there. Once again we had a very nice meal. The food was great, our service was very good, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our friends were pleased with their meals which made us happy. We will definitely return.
Food was adequate at best (e.g., nothing unique or creative), service was slow, perhaps owing to several very large groups at adjoining tables, and the overall noise level seriously detracted from our dining experience (e.g., having to shout to be heard by our dinner companions).
We have come to this restaurant a number of times and have never been disappointed. The staff are freindly and service impecable. The menue has many choices to entice and the sea bass was a special delight as was the lightly breaded and fried calimari. The wine list has varried price offerings with many by the glass choices. We finished off our dinner with deserts which were just the right size and delicious.
Unfortunately the great memories I have for dining here were spoiled by this outing. Although the food was great, it was disappointing that the menu seems to have been scaled back since I was there last. The biggest problem was a table of about 20 people that made the place extremely noisy and I couldn't talk to the person across the table from me. Added to that was that our poor waitress looked like she was supposed to handle that 20 people table by herself. Needless to say she was too busy when we needed something. I guess my advice would be to check and see that they have enough help and don't go there on the weekend, maybe you will avoid a crowd like that.
We had a great experience at Francesca's. The food was exceptional. Great quality and flavors and large portions. My wife ordered the spinach ravioli, and my daughter the roast chicken, and asked the waitress to split them for each. Four plates came out, each one enough for one person! The chicken parm was outstanding. Our guests were also from New York, and were shocked that their food was as good as any in NYC. I would highly recommend Francesca's to anyone.
The ambience was very relaxing and we enjoyed our food.
However, the kitchen lost our food ticket and we waited 45 minutes before our waiter informed us of the mistake. Once we finally received the food, my husband got the wrong meal and was not asked if he wanted it taken back and his original order made. It was disappointing because we both went for pasta and then ended up giving him some chicken with lettuce on top.
They did comp us a dessert.
We enjoy Francesca's al Lago. Overall, the food is good. Their marinara sauces are a bit salty but still tasty My husband loves their salmon. We especially like the location just off the square between the Capital and Monona Terrace. We can take a stroll after dinner and walk off a good dinner!
Reservations were at 6:15, we arrive at 6:16, the table was ready and we were seated immediately. The wait was long for the waitress to arrive, after that the service was good.
The place was nice, food was very good. Time wait for dinner was good, the wine list for are occasion was good.
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