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The Wise

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American, Gastropub
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Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711
+1 608-819-8230
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

We appreciate the great services from Joshua. Cute too. Where is Joe? Love them both. Worth stopping in to see

1 Thank Cheryl L
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

I took the lady out for dinner and we both had an incredible time. We frequent Hotel Red, but we tried some new items and it was fabulous. I cannot say enough about the food, staff, and atmosphere. Truely a must visit when in town! You have to check out a Badger tailgate in the fall. Located directly across from... More 

Thank Goodrich2014
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Hotelred recently for Valentines day. As we checked in they offered us a complimentary cocktail, chocolate truffles and a heart cookie. The staff was polite and very welcoming right from the start. The hotel room was very modern and large considering it wasn't a suite. Everything was extremely clean and spotless. We had dinner at the hotels... More 

Thank Xochitl P
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

After reading the reviews and wanting to try something new or different, my husband took me to The Wise this past Saturday evening. There was no charge for parking behind and underneath Hotel Red (the driveway is off Regent Street, not Monroe Street). We arrived at 5 PM and had our choice of tables. I was surprised by how few... More 

Thank waunakeereader
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Stayed at the hotel with friends and had breakfast at The Wise. Don't often eat at hotel restaurants, but wanted to save time rather than going out. We were all pleasantly surprised. The décor was contemporary and stylish.....wait staff attentive and knowledgeable.....and the food was delicious. Menu offered both standard breakfast fare and also several outstanding creative options. Loved the... More 

Thank Barb3413320
Central Wisconsin
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

The Wise Restaurant & Bar at HotelRed in Madison is not the typical bland hotel restaurant. The atmosphere is modern and edgy, the menu is varied and features the best of local food. Our server Ashley anticipated what we needed without hovering. Kudos to her and chef John Bauer. It's well worth eating here even if you are not staying... More 

Thank Englishteacher28
Beverly Hills, MI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Had breakfast while staying at the hotel. Excellent service and very good food. A little pricey, but less expensive than similar restaurants at similar hotels. We both had eggs, potatoes, ham. The Dauphinoise potatoes were heavenly! Coffee good and she kept it coming. Beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. We will return.

Thank BuffyLou
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

First the positive - - good location on the corner of Monroe and Regent Streets near Campus and Camp Randall. Some parking available underneath the hotel, including a valet option. Decor is trendy and the restaurant offers a spacious outdoor seating area. While the servers were nice the service itself was SLOW. We were one of two tables and it... More 

Thank uwred1
San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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 vacation, which included three nights in Chicago, the breakfasts at The Wise were our top... More 

Thank TAEarly
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this review

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 Chef More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 I cannot recommend the Seafood Benedict any higher. Two perfect poached eggs atop house-made seafood... More 

Thank LarrySharp
John B, Manager at The Wise, responded to this review

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 going anywhere! John Bauer Executive Chef More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?