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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
  • "As residents, this is our favorite place to eat and soak in the wonderful food, service, and ambiance in Highlands. Always consistent, in every way. We always enjoy the cornbread muffins and their soups are delicious. Shrimp and Grits is always a favorite too."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "we spent the weekend in Highlands and went to Madison's twice. the staff was very helpful, service was great, food was incredible!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Ambience.. Creative and divine food.. . Art like.. Wait staff fabulous.. Can not wait to go back.. In the top 10 ever of any restaurant I have been to. It is a real real treat and experience"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Spent a couple of days at the Old Edwards Inn and had an amazing dinner at Madison's! From the beautiful table in the window (the best in the house) to the service from Ify who was so friendly and accommodating, we were happy from the start. Our food was magnificent - the butternut squash jelly served with the pear salad was unlike anything we've had before. The caramelized onion on my ribeye astounded us and the crazy smoky unbelievable Benton's bacon on the chicken was to die for. We live in Asheville where amazing restaurants abound - Madison's easily competes in the top 5 restaurants here. Loved Madison's - you will too!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Excellent food, great atmosphere, attendive staff. Menu could be a bit more diverse."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We have dined at Madison's several times over the years. The property is a beautifully restored and upgraded "Old Edwards Inn" located in the heart of Highlands, NC. We usually choose Madison's for meeting out of town guests on their arrival for breakfast or lunch. The atmosphere and service have remained constant and well done. The food however is another matter if you are looking for a reliable food venue in Highlands this is not it. We ordered 3 fish dishes and all were disappointing small portions and lacking in presentation and flavor. Lunch for 3 with no alcohol was $78. There are many dining options, even a grocery store grill just up the street, serving better food at half the price."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I eat at Madison's each year, and find it the most accomplished and innovative restaurant in Highlands. The food is inventive. The plates tend to be rather too busy with too many combinations, and as such it has the feel of 1990s dining, rather than the more minimalist plates common today, but the restaurant does take valuable risks."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Cozy and romantic. The wait staff was very polite and knowledgeable about the menu items. This is one of our favorite places to visit in Highlands."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had the vanilla roasted pear salad which was great. Lobster bisque was too earthy tasting. The trout dish with potato leek cake and fried cabbage was different than what you would find at most other restaurants and was very good. We also had a Caesar salad which was a large portion., and a side of grits which were outstanding. The bread choices are great , and the complimentary nut brittle at end of meal is a nice touch. Service is very attentive . Only issue we had was we had asked to push back our reservation 30 minutes and were told that was not possible, yet there were several unfilled tables when we left. Overall this is probably best restaurant in Highlands for a special occasion dinner."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Excellent as always!!! We have eaten here many times and have always had a great experience."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Madison's never disappoints. The food is creative and imaginative. You always get something you aren't going to find elsewhere. It is simply the best restaurant in the area and you have to go to larger cities to get an equivalent meal."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My wife and had our 25th anniversary dinner at Madison's. The service was outstanding and it was one of the best best meals I have ever eaten!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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
  • "Great can't say enough great presentation and you can see they try hard to make it right for your experience dining with them."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My wife and I traveled to Highlands for our 30th Anniversary. We studied restaurant reviews and decided that Madison's sounded like the kind of place we would like to visit. We weren't disappointed. The service was excellent. The food superb. The ambience elegant. After our meal the waitress approached our table to present the bill and my wife complimented her on what a fine job she had done and casually mentioned we were celebrating our 30th anniversary. When she returned with our change she also brought a single, long stemmed rose, which she presented to my wife. This was a memorable meal made even more special by the courteous and competent staff. We highly recommend Madison's and will return whenever we are in town."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had the best cocktail hour at the hummingbird with jermaine being a great host & Barkeep. Asia was a terrific server in the restaurant Madison's. Food was greAt !"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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
  • "Although perfectly appointed with correct service, Madison's is a welcoming place in Highlands, the service is friendly and personal. Food is casual with some culinary surprises. Ingredients are fresh and many grown on the mountain. Everyday there is a flatbread (homemade crust pizza), several soups and sandwiches, hot mains like shrimp and grits, even calf's liver! Wine list is superb and the Bloody Mary's remind that you are on vacation, You will want to linger in theis beautifully appointed setting!"
    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