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Madison's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madisonscuisine.com
  • Email: madisons@oldedwardsinn.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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had an unbelievable dinner on our honeymoon. What a great restaurant! Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Our experience at Madison's over the past weekend was amazing. Our server, Andi, was the best there could be. She was very knowledgeable, down to earth, friendly and extremely fun! We highly recommend that you request her on your visit."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "If you're in Highlands NC, you MUST stop by Madison's at the Old Edwards Inn. The shrimp and grits are amazing."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Madison's is always an outstanding dining venue. Our experience for Sunday lunch was likewise excellent. The food always delicious and the service was very attentive. The dining room is beautiful and always appointed with beautiful fresh flowers. We are so fortunate to have talented Chef and team in Highlands."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Chef Johannes and Chef Chris went out of their way to make our anniversary dinner so special. Course after course was superb and memorable. From the rose petals scattered on the table when we arrived to our stellar service and delicious food, our night was very romantic and a special celebration."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We were pleasantly surprised with the exemplary service and efficiency of this restaurant. The food is superb and creatively presented. The service staff and managers were attentive and most agreeable. A must experience for anyone who loves exquiste food and service."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The food, the service, and atmosphere was top drawer. So good in fact, that we repeated Madison's on the last night of our stay in Highlands."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We had made our reservation a few weeks in advance. When we arrived we were seated at a very small table in a noisy area. We asked if we could be moved but were told all the other tables were reserved. The portions were very small. Our waiter was very nice and was the saving factor in our experience. I do not think we will ever return."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Absolutely perfect dining. A most creative chef also. Beautiful room in a beautiful INN."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Service was outstanding but food was only "ok". Very nice presentation."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Every aspect of dinner was a delight, including the expert presentation. I can't wait to return to Highlands and visit Madisons again. What a treat."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Top notch from the word go. Elegant, delicious, and satisfying."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I love the decor, the ambiance, and especially the food - which is always unique and delicious! My friend and I were celebratingour joint birthdays. The staff had been informed and the entire staff helped to make it special - right down to rose petals on the table. My diet was not challenge for our waiter - he was ready with very healthy suggestions - right down to the calorie count. My boneless quail that was absolutely fabulous - as was my friends meat loaf. The entire meal was wonderful. At the end, my friend commented to me that we needed to have the same window booth for breakfast the next day. When we arrived for breakfast, the maitre de told us that our window booth was ready for us (How did he know???)"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Madison's is a wonderful place for special occasions but they make every occasion special."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "While perfectly acceptable, our meals fell short of what we experienced in previous visits."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Excellent food, ambiance, service, presentation & the best soufflés ever!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We were staying at the Old Edwards Inn for a few night for our honeymoon, went to Madisons the first night for dinner. The staff was awesome, we receive complimentary apps and a take home doggie bag with complimentary pastries their pastry chef made for is for our honeymoon. And the food was as awesome as the staff was, highly recommended. And they wine list was unbelievable."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "The place is beautiful and it has a lot of charm. It is quiet and comfortable. Food was OK , but the menu is limited, at least the lunch menu. The potato soup wasn't that good, but the giant pretzel was awesome. It should be in the menu always. The pizzas are kind of weird for my taste. It would be nice to have also a regular pizza on the menu because the crust is thin and crispy. The service was excellent, and the servers were all very friendly. I go regularly for lunch and will keep on going."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "The menu included local foods well presented and prepared. The service was excellent. The staff were all very attentive and welcoming."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "Peruse the wine list carefully....you"ll find some good deals...."
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "We have been off and on again with Madison's but we kep trying and so do they. A real effort to serve local products of the season sets them apart from the other places in town. Wine list is deep and comes with a knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "Our party of six friends arrived on a cool September evening. We were seated immediately and were welcomed by our server, a very friendly cute young lady. We were all looking forward to a fine meal and none of us were disappointed. Five us had soup. Mine was a creamy Vidalia onion that was perfect. All of had fish. My pecan encrusted trout was light and very flavorful. It was on very sweet cream corn and was beautifully presented. Once again Madison proved to us that it was Highlands finest."
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "As always, great food , tasteful and refined ambiance, and absolutely world-class service..."
    Dined on 8/6/2013