Upcoming: Graduation 2018

RED dining room

Graduation weekend is a busy time in downtown Madison. We take reservations for graduation weekend three months in advance. All bookings are open for Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12th as of Monday, February 19th. If you have questions regarding reservations for this weekend ahead of time, please call 608-294-1234 or send an e-mail to our office manager Alejandra Perez at alejandra@red-madison.com. Please read the expectations for this busy weekend below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Guidelines for Booking

Please note that graduation weekend is a busy time for all guests in downtown Madison. To ensure impeccable service and a wonderful evening out, please be on time for your reservation and communicate any changes as they may occur. Due to the busy-ness of this weekend and our desire to be able to accommodate as many graduates and their families as possible, we will not be accommodating any 25+, large, and/or private bookings.
RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN STARTING at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 19th and are based on a first come, first served basis. We do anticipate the phone lines will be busy. Multiple hosts will be on hand to take these. Once they are full, we will commence our wait list, which you can read about below. We will be actively checking our voicemail while receiving calls, so as to make sure no one is missed. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try our best to accept as many reservations as possible.

If You Leave a Voicemail

When leaving a voicemail, please give your full name, telephone number with area code, group size, date, and reservation time that you hope for. Please keep in mind that if you leave a voicemail for a reservation, that reservation is not made until confirmed by a manager or a host. All reservations for that weekend will be on a first come, first serve basis. You may make reservations over the phone or in person. Reservations made by e-mail will not be accepted.

Cancellation Policy / Changing Reservation

All reservations for graduation weekend will require a credit card number to hold the spot. You have 24 hours prior to your reservation to make cancellations. Any no-call, no-shows will be subject to a fee of $25 per person. If you have a change in party size, you must notify us at least 2 weeks in advance. As it is more difficult to increase party sizes due to limited seating, it is best to book your reservation for the maximum number of guests you might expect. There is no penalty for downsizing a reservation group size.

Day Of  Your Reservation

Please call if you anticipate you are going to be late. A late arrival may end up in forfeiture of your reservation slot. Contacting the host immediately is important during this busy weekend.

Reservation Wait List

Should reservations be full for graduation weekend when you call, you may add your name, group size, and desired time to our Reservation Wait List. We call guests on this list in the event that another guest cancels. Because of this list, anyone who already has a reservation may not give their reservation time slot away to family or friends. 



RED and our management team appreciates your understanding of our procedures in ensuring an amazing graduation weekend. These guidelines, again, are set in place to guarantee and wonderful experience for the graduate and their families. Pleaes keep in mind we will still be accepting walk-ins during this time! We look forward to sharing this very special weekend with all of you. We are so proud of our UW Badgers!


Written by Alejandra Perez
RED Social Media Coordinator,
Office Manager, Web Coordinator