Our family enjoyed Sunday Brunch here - it may seem pricey at $38/pp, but it's really not considering the items available. There was a delicious cooked salmon, fresh oysters, shrimp cocktail, prime rib and ham carving stations as well as French toast, a "made to order" omelet station, roasted vegetables and scrumptious desserts.
The place is right on the beach so the views are fabulous! We also enjoyed free valet parking - not sure if this is offered every Sunday or not. We'd love to stay at this beautiful beach hotel!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Madison Beach Brunch
A beautiful dining room overlooking the Sound. The food and ambiance is terrific. The waitress we had was a little lax, but the wait staff, in general, is excellent. If you're going for the brunch, later is better. The crowd thins out after 1:00.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food and service
My fiance and I had dinner here to celebrate our engagement and we couldn't have been more pleased. The food was excellent and the service was unbelievably good. I really appreciated the level of care and concern the entire staff show for us during our meal. Truly exceptional dining experience.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our dinner at the Wharf. We especially enjoyed our appetizers of tuna tartar and fried calamari. The clam chowder was very tasty . The tuna was real fresh and tender while the calamari was hot and plentiful. For entrees we had swordfish and salmon. Both were good although the swordfish was a bit dry. The view is lovely although the tables for 2 are lined up close to each other along the wall . This line-up doesn't allow one person to see the view because he/she is facing the wall. The booths in the middle of the room are for larger parties and offer a much better view. We plan on going back for drinks and appetizers.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Location for a Summer Meal!
Had lunch on the deck. Great view of Long Island Sound near Faulkner Island. Deck is shaded, so even on a hot day, a light breeze makes for a really enjoyable lunch or dinner. Lunch fare was good, service was good. Valet parking is provided at no cost when visiting the restaurant.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great View and Seafood
The view from the outdoor deck was fantastic. What a beautiful venue overlooking Long Island Sound. The hotel itself was beautifully appointed; valet parking, great lobby, the inside dining room gorgeous.
Food was very good and fresh with good options.
Will definitely recommend it to friends and family. It is always great to find an outdoor dining option especially by the water.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great summer lunch
The restaurant overlooks the Long Island Sound so what could be more perfect than that. We went for lunch. Food was tasty but portions seemed small on my lobster roll. However, my husband had the "Best of Both Worlds" and he was very satisfied and it was quite substantial. We may go back for our anniversary and stay at the hotel. The ambiance can't be beat.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my second time to The Wharf love it, can't wait to come again!
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best View in CT!
Lovely service--VERY attentive and VERY friendly--SUPER hospitable. Really "fresh" food. View is simply OUTSTANDING!!! We did not eat brunch, but peeked at it and looked FAB. Would go back in a heartbeat. (We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights, so we got the full feeling of all amenities. Concierge, restaurant manager,hosts, waiters, valets--all wonderful.
One minor recommendation--more wine by the glass choices and better price points by the glass.
Overall, lovely ambience!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second visit better than the first
This was our second time dining at the Wharf. Our first experience was a little shaky, service spotty, price did not merit the overall quality. This last visit was very good, the service was much more coordinated and the food was quite good. Wine list was good, perhaps by the glass could be expanded. Balcony seating was great with a perfect breeze and setting sun. We look forward to bringing friends and family in the near future.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasurable, Weekday Lunch
Very professional wait staff. Great food. Open, relaxing atmosphere with lots of light pouring in.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reserved for dinner, but were in the area and stopped in for lunch at the Wharf bar. Stayed until dinner, which we enjoyed on the deck ever looking the LI Sound, while we watched a wedding ceremony on the lawn/beach below. Crowd is mixed and lively, and the staff is very accommodating. A real gem.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - wonderful location
We stayed at the Madison Beach Hotel for a wedding and the menu for the The Wharf looked very good. We were not disappointed. The menu had a large selection of seafood which you would expect on the water. I had the lobster which was cooked to prefection and was pre-cracked for me. Others in my party had the swordfish and the mussels and they were both fresh and cooked perfectly. Overall a great dining experience. I wouldn't hesistate to go back again.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second trip. Better than the first which was amazing! The entire package of food, service, ambience and scenic location is one of the best along the CT coast line!!
We (a party of 4) had a birthday celebration on Sunday for brunch. NO one went home hungry or not thrilled with the entire experience. Kudos!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a Gem
Wonderful restaurant which also has a spectacular view. Sunday Brunch is one of the best with amazing choices and the raw bar is superb. I asked our waiter for some mignoette sauce for our raw oysters and he had the chef prepare some just for us. It was delicious. Great selection of food and great desserts to choose from. Very professional staff and so friendly. Can't wait to go back.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous view, great food
Our dishes were perfect, complimented by a great wine list and fun service.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
Having waited so long for this establishment to open, it is wonderful to discover that the wait was worth it! Our food was excellent! My husband had the steak, which he said was incredibly tasty and I had the potato wrapped cod, which was exceptional (very fresh and flavorful). Our waitress was very efficient, the ambience is terrific and the prices are reasonable. My only complaint is that the dessert menu was limited basically to gelatos and such. My cappuccino, however, was perfect -- nice and hot!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great night with the in-laws
Really enjoyed our first meal at The Wharf. Very lively spot by the water. Food was wonderful -- loved the summer clambake special with steamed lobster, mussels, claims and corn on the cob. Service was very attentive and thoughtful.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The view adds to the experience
We dined on the deck on a beautiful mild evening. Wait person, et. al., were very attentive. Food was delicious and presented attractively. Oysters, outstanding. Swordfish and salmon were quite nice. A little pricey.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our anniversary on the outside patio overlooking long island sound and watching the sunset. Very nice view and food was exceptional. Service was excellent. No issues whatsoever. Would definitely return.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my new-found love to the Madison Beach Hotel to celebrate our 90th day in the relationship. Outdoor dining is perfect; view of the Long Island sound is the excellent backdrop for our special occasion; yet, it great for any dining reason. Our server was superbly attentive. The food was excellent. We both had a very pleasant dining experience and evening.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Magical Night in Madison
For a romantic wedding anniversary the wharf restaurant was perfect. The start night and ocean breeze were great for outdoor dining on the deck. Grilled salmon and pan seared swordfish were fantastic. The arugula salad was light and fresh with just enough shaved parmesan to remind you of Italy. Dessert was divine. A flower less chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and a hint of peanut brittle on top. Good atmosphere, friendly servers and a unique gem in this magical beach town.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual elegance at the Wharf
We had a superb dining experience while celebrating our anniversary. We had not been to the Wharf since the facility was totally remodeled and we were in for a wonderful surprise. Of course, the unobstructed view of LI Sound is just as beautiful as ever, but the facility shows no resemblance to its former self. The hotel is beautifully appointed and everyone from the parking attendant to the restaurant manager made efforts to be hospitable and welcoming. The wait staff is very attentive, but not overly solicitous. This is the total package, though....great ambience, magestic views, attentive service and fantastic food. Everything was prepared perfectly, and served with care. Can't wait to return!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What could be more pleasant than a good meal at an outdoor table looking at the water on a beautiful day?
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
At first I thought the service was lacking but as time and conversation continued I noticed that the timing between the appetizers and the drinks to the main course was perfect. Enough time to enjoy everything, and be left wanting the next course. The food was marvelous and you can't beat sunset on the beach. A wonderful special occasion or just that "hey I probably won't be here again soon" opportunity.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great view
Spent the weekend at the Madison Beach Hotel, and planned dinner here for Saturday night. What a phenomenal evening. The staff could not have been more accommodating. Our waitress Kathy was super nice, and very attentive. Food was excellent. I think there are limited options for restaurants in Madison, and The Wharf is the best. Not to mention the view - we sat outside on the deck overlooking Long Island Sound. Really wonderful. Fish was fresh and well prepared. Steak was cooked just right. Wine list covered everything and was very reasonably priced. I highly recommend The Wharf. PS - had brunch there on Sunday. Crazy good. Not to be missed.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Feels like vacation
This restaurant is local to me and I am lucky. Sit on the big wrap around porch overlooking the beach and I feel like I've been on vacation by the end of the meal. Nice menu and wine list. Can get a little busy so use Open Table even if it's just 2 for a quick lunch.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
Excellent food and service on a spectacular summer night.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
was my 2nd visit and was great
was my 2nd visit and was great as usual......great waterviews excellent service and food....surely recommend and will return
8/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
We arrived about 1:00 for
We arrived about 1:00 for our Sunday brunch reservation and were promptly seated. The buffet was abundant. There were some items on the buffet that should have been kept warmer (the eggs benedict were lukewarm). All in all, it is a very nice buffet and I would recommend it. The service is very good and the restaurant has a beautiful view of the sound.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for dinner.
The service was excellent, I had the Rib Eye Steak which was tender, cooked to perfection and elegantly served. I would recommend this restaurant .
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an enjoyable dinner. Service
Had an enjoyable dinner. Service was at a comfortable and correct pace. The food portions were reasonable, and the food tasted great. Would definitely return for another meal.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great end of week
Table on the porch, Long Island Sound at sunset, and just great food. The pork and salmon were just that step above the rest, that makes you take notice. The service from Cathy was friendly and thoughtful. We dine here as often as we can, because it's so relaxing. The people around us were also relaxed, and having a great time. It's casual fine dining, at the beach. Chill, it's all good.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding location, nice decor, good food, reasonable prices. I will go again. I have been waiting for a nice place to dine on the shoreline and this is it. They've done a nice job.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice restaurant-great view, good service, delicious food and outstanding decor.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been wanting to try the redone restaurant because the location is so wonderful on the water. Past experiences were of mediocre food, great view. Food was very good this trip, new decor lovely. Only complaint was the communication breakdown between the kitchen/busboys/waitstaff. We regularly observed waitstaff (our waitress was very good) wandering around with plates of food not knowing where to take it and comically in one case, returning to the kitchen to find out. Luckily it was a dessert and not a hot item. We look for fine dining experiences and there was a bit of a disconnect between the quality of the food and the overall organization. We will go back however.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful view of Long Island
Beautiful view of Long Island Sound. We happened to have an evening late September when we could enjoy outdoor dining. Service was great. The staff was well informed regarding the menu and they were able to make recommendations. We enjoyed the food from appetizer to desert.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful brunch overlooking the water on a sunny day. Outdoor seating available. Wonderful upscale atmosphere.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went out of their way
I have nut allergies, plus many more, and asked if the chicken salad could be nut-free. Per the server, the prep chef started to pick each one out but then the chef said they would make it fresh and without nuts. How accommodating! I'm used to taking out items from my allergy list but didn't have to here.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was once again very good. However the wrinkles in the service sector still haven't been worked out. We waited 20 minutes for our order to be taken...15 for bread and water--maybe it is trying to serve inside and outside at the same time?? Maybe a dedicated few servers for just outdoors--?
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
DIAMOND ON THE SEASHORE
The Wharf @ the Madison Beach Hotel is a great find for those who enjoy the greatness of a well planned hotel as well as the thought put into their menues.
We enjoyed each serving, with only a suggestion to cut the stems from the salad greems as they were woody and a distraction in the salad.
Service was complete and not pushy and you felt like a membe of the family........
I'd like to NOT recommend the hotel and restaurant - if only to try and keep it for ourselves as I just know once others find out about the hotel and restaurant, it'll be hard to get reservations.
Kudos to the owners and their vision to build a hotel with everything one would want and the staff to support this dream......
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A seafood brunch gem!
Where better to enjoy a great raw bar than with a beach view?
Too bad it was too chilly for the deck, but still a great view.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Wonderful Experience!
Two friends and I had brunch at the Madison Beach Hotel recently to celebrate my birthday. The first thing we saw was the awesome view of the beach and hotel. The quantity of food was impressive and the quality was excellent. Everything from the buffet tables to the seating was very spacious, we didn't feel crowded. The music was 'live' jazz, there was never a time when we couldn't hear each other talk. All in all a truly memorable birthday Brunch we can't wait to return to the hotel for dinner.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
An excellent experience
The ambiance and service at this restaurant are truly excellent.
I dined here several times over the course of my stay in Madison because it felt good to be there.
The view of the Long Island Sound is beautiful as is the dining room.
The people who work at the restaurant are friendly, kind, and attentive.
The food is good and very fairly priced for hotel dining.
I would highly recommend this restaurant and will eat here again next time that I am in Madison.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
First visit and regret that
First visit and regret that we haven't enjoyed the Madison Beach Hotel sooner since we live nearby on the Shoreline of CT. Sunday Brunch was outstanding with a wide range of food choices at an affordable price of $38. Especially enjoyed the delicious ham and sauce, and the roasted vegetables. Appreciated the reasonable wine prices at $8 per glass for Pinot Grigio. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful. Comfortable, attractive and well maintained decor with a knockout view of the ocean. A peaceful spot for Brunch even on a cloudy day. Look forward to bringing our family for Brunch during the Holidays.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great view on water, food and service are great. Can not wait to go back and stay a couple nights.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for a date. Food was great! Service was very friendly! Beautiful room.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
lovely place to eat
Overall, had a really good experience at the Wharf! Really pretty restaurant with good service. We were a party of two and sat near the fireplace, which was really nice. We had tuna tartar-excellent! then shared the meatloaf and butternut squash ravioli. The meatloaf was great the ravioli only ok as the pasta was on the tough/chewy side. Cappachinos and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert and both of those were good. Overall, I would recommend the restaurant to others and would return-just fix up those ravioli's!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lived up to the 'buzz'
I'd seen good reviews of the Wharf at the Madison Beach Hotel since its renovation and had been wanting to 'check it out'. A recent anniversary provided the excuse and am happy we made those reservations for lunch. The food was really good - maybe not extraordinary - but really good, well prepared, well presented. The service was very, very good - that staff is very well trained. We'll try to come up with excuses to make the more-than-an-hour drive down for lunch as often as we can!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good, the selection abundant and the view of LI Sound was a bonus.
A must for your next brunch!!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM