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Madison's
Madison's

Madison's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madisonscuisine.com
  • Phone: (828) 787-2525
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Daily: 7:00 am - 10:00 am; Lunch Daily: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm; Dinner Daily: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Johannes Klapdohr
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Overseeing the culinary program at Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, as well as the Rooftop Terrace, Spa Cafe, Pool Cabana and catering, is executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Klapdohr says, “The constant research of selecting the finest products in the region, as well as globally, has become my ultimate passion. To nurture, develop and create sustainable, healthy cuisine that is uncompromised and environmentally responsible continues to be the essence of my culinary philosophy."
  • Private Party Facilities: The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. The Wine Room is a special experience and comes with a handcrafted menu prepared especially for you by our Chef. We offer the chance to design your own perfect culinary experience with our chef. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever. For reservations please contact us.
  • Private Party Contact: Group Sales (828) 787-2525
  • Entertainment: Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Escape to the Four-Season mountain town of Highlands nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains for enchanting destination weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family events, corporate events or any special occasion. With multiple event venues, the Old Edwards full-service professional event staff will help ensure a smooth, flowing, fairytale event. You’ll just feel the memories being made, as you, your family and your friends join together in authentic surroundings where magical moments emerge from every experience. The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Madison's
Recently awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award, Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa helps define the dining scene in downtown Highlands. The talented culinary team hand crafts each dish with farm-to-table, sustainable ingredients to bring out the most abundant flavors nature has to offer. A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant for the past five years with “Best of“ awards for the past two, Madison's wine list features an expansive selection from an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommelier—or “Wine Navigator” as he introduces himself—helps with selections. The Private Wine Cellar offers an intimate dining setting for up to 12 guests. Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are suggested for lunch and dinner. The Wine Garden is open in the warmer months. All major credit cards are accepted. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We eat at Madison's regularly and were disappointed by our server, a young lady from Norway, who was "in training," and not well trained. She did not understand much of what was said and expected at a restaurant of this level. Her apron was filthy. One of our guests commented that it looked as if she was cutting meat in the kitchen. We were very embarrassed to have brought our guests that evening after we had raved about what an excellent restaurant Madison's was."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Madison's is the perfect combination of cozy, understated elegance. The food was superb, the presentation was very nice, and the service was outstanding. We will definitely be dining here again!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My party of two was shown to tiny table cramped in a corner. When we asked for one of the many available booths, our hostess informed us they were all reserved and that we had to specifically request. We did get a table/ booth combo in the less scenic part of restaurant. When we finished an hour and a half later, there were still booths available. Very disappointing. Our actual server was great! Super friendly and warm which was an unexpected surprise because the other time I dined here, it was not the case. The truffle macaroni is a must try! I had ribeye, my husband had the meatloaf. Both were very good."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The view from our table was beautiful & the food was amazing! We had a hard time deciding what to order because everything on the menu sounded delicious! Each entree was unique & fresh. And our server was fantastic - as a server & bartender. Great restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Madison's staff went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner special - from the table sprinkled with rose petals to the delicious cuisine and superb service."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The overall meal was great. The server Maxine provided outstanding service. The pear salad, carrot/apple soup and sunburst trout were superb. The meatloaf was poor, do not order. We will go back to try other items on the menu."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Fabulous! A delightful and delicious experience! By far, the best restaurant in Highlands/Cashiers area."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Madison's was a great experience. We were celebrating our 44th anniversary and we could not have felt more welcomed. The food and the staff are what makes for the excellence in dining that they achieve. This is a MUST for anyone in or around Highlands NC. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We celebrated our 30 yr anniversary at Madison's. The team greeted us and had rose petals on the table. Very nice touch. We ordered a steak and sea bass to share. The steak was over cooked but the fish was fresh and delicious. The truffled Mac and cheese was the best. Dessert was a chocolate soufflé with honey and chocolate chip ice cream. The chef wrote happy anniversary for a nice presentation at the table. The entire experience was nice and cozy."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food is very good but the service and setting tops it. we always enjoy our meals at Madison's. have been many times."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Lamb chops were rare instead of medium rare, but still tasted great."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent. Best restaurant in the NC mountains. Went for wedding anniversary. Well presented and imaginative use of farm to market foods."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The fish was very fresh and prepared perfectly. The filet was good beautifully and was a great cut of meat. Service, wine, and food were excellent. Very attentive and answered all questions."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food just average; service slow to non-existent. I had the strangest Reuben sandwich I've ever had anywhere. Three requests for ice for the iced tea went unanswered. Also had the strangest pecan pie, which my wife and I shared. We both love good pecan pie, but could not even eat this one. The restaurant is comfortable but it and the hotel is in are old and tired. The place is living on its reputation, which suffered badly for this diner!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Wow what great food very impressive what more can I say"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went here for our 29th wedding anniversary and were treated like kings/queens. Great service, presentation, cuisine, a perfect evening. Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Madison's is my new favorite place for dinner in the mountains! Lunches at Madison's are good, but this was my first dinner experience. The staff was extremely attentive from the moment we walked in the door, especially our waiter, Gani. The ambience is elegant, but still comfortable. The food was excellent! The roasted pear salad was creative and delicious. The chicken and dumplings had chicken so tender you could cut it with a fork. Others in my group had the lamb, the fish special and the duck. Every item cooked to perfection. I was disappointed in my cold bread pudding dessert, but the cherry soufflé and peach cobbler were winners. I cannot wait to eat dinner at Madison's again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant and my favorite in Highlands. I would recommend this to all my friends and family!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We were joined by 4 friends at Madison's and we were not disappointed. Exceptional service, delicious dining and reasonable cost. How could one ask for more? My Butternut squash soup was superb. I followed this with Osso Bucco that was so tender there was no need for a knife. My wife had chicken and dumplings but it was not like any we'd ever had before. Delicious. The dumplings were sweet potato gnocchi. The others had duck,steak another chicken dish and the halibut-mahi mahi special. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Elegant but casual. Fancy food but good. They give just enough to fill you up. Wait staff is very good. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We took our daughter and her boyfriend to Madison's to celebrate a special occasion, and the dinner created a memorable evening for all. The staff is friendly, efficient, of no pretense,and they gave us the impression that we were appreciated. My daughter is a vegan with food allergies, and the chef created a special meal for her. We have eaten at Madison's several times, and I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived our experience could not have been better. The atmosphere and staff were perfect and the food was beyond expectations. An incredible finish to a perfect weekend at the Inn. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Venison was a tad too salty and slightly over cooked, having asked for it to be the Chefs recommendation for temperature. My husband had the Osso Bucco with sweetbreads and said the sauce was unflavorful. Caesar Salad was meh with the croutons on the side of the plate that were technically not croutons, just a few slices of toasted baquette with no flavor. The service was great though. The menu over promised and under delivered."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Fantastic and special experience for my wife and me. Excellent service and food was great. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "WE RECENTLY TOOK SOME JAPANESE GUESTS TO THE MADISON AND WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH THE FOOD AND SERVICE. OUR JAPANESE FRIENDS COMMENTED ON HOW GOOD THE SERVICE WAS. THE JAPANESE DO NOT SEEM TO EAT AS MUCH AS WE AMERICANS BUT THEY CLEANED THEIR PLATE. I JOKED WITH ROB ABOUT US LICKING OUR PLATES. OUR THANKS TO THANKS TO ROBERT/ROB AND HIS TRAINEE."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant was perfect....the service, the food, the atmosphere. Everyone treated you with friendliness and wanted to make sure everything was to our liking. We will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "This is the place to go if you are looking for a delicious and carefully prepared meal served by attentive and warm wait staff. The atmosphere is comfortable and beautiful. The window tables look out on a beautiful garden. We have never been disappointed by our food or our service. The food is very fresh and local. It is prepared carefully and presented beautifully."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Friendly & attentive service, beautiful presentation , delicious food!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Madison's is an experience, not simply a meal. From the moment you enter, you feel special and pampered. At a recent trip to Highlands, we had breakfast, lunch and dinner there. Every meal was exceptional and visually stunning. Request a table by the window where you have a beautiful view and plush cushions with plenty of room."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Madison's. The service was amazing and the food delicious! We enjoyed our stay at the Olde Edwards Inn and eating at Madison's was a perfect way to end our 3 night stay! The service was over the top! A must if you are in the Highlands."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I had the fish and chips and it was great. Honestly, I can't think of one negative thing to say about this place. A+ in every category!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I called ahead to let them know it was a special occasion and they did a wonderful job finding the balance of being available for every whim and leaving us alone at the table. Just an addition to the list of places to go that you feel like you are a million miles away from anywhere. My new favorite in Highlands!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been to the restaurant numerous and so many of those times, we have had a very special experience. One time we had the best Mojitos, always have the best food, and great service. Tonight Emily made our experience extra special helping with vegan/vegetarian menu choices for my wife and by ensuring our entire experience was fantastic. We will keep coming back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our party of six had a fabulous evening: inventive food, wine to remember, and attentive service. Worth the price!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "At the end of our meal the server seemed o have forgotten us. We had to ask for after dinner drinks, and even after one ordered she started to leave and we had to call her back to put in the second drink order. She started the evening out very attentive but sloppy at the end. Also coffee got cold and wanted a top off and again did not see her for 10-15 min."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I celebrated her fiftieth birthday at Madisons. The place is a gem. Excellent food and service. We can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Madison's is truly fine restaurant with an outstanding chef and a white glove front of the room service. One would never expect such a dining establishment in Western NC as it would match quality with the best in NYC."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Went up over MLK weekend and there were not many options for dinner, Madison's was one and only had an option for 9 pm reservations. Expecting it to be full, but it was PACKED. Obviously, this is a neighborhood favorite. Food was delicious with "trendy" takes on traditional foods. Among those at our table we had the trout, meat loaf, hangar steak, and osso bucco. Felt that the portion size was spot on. Also ended with a souffle which was a highlight of the meal. Prices were normal for a "nice" restaurant, but wish the wine list had a little more variety (majority of wines were priced at $50+ a bottle). Overall, we were extremely impressed with the restaurant and will return on our next trip."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Madisons is always very good...and a beautiful place in a beautiful setting."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Madison's could be in NYC and be one of the best restaurants. Every course was excellent and visually pleasing to the eye."
    Dined on 1/9/2014