Took a half hour to finally get a drink at the bar. Tried ordering multiple bottles of wine and every time they came back and said they were out of the wine I had chosen. Food was average and service was just OK. Good ambience but they really need to work on a few things with the bar and wait staff.
The atmosphere and music are very nice here. The violinist at the bar was outstanding. Overall, food is good but pricey for the area so you expect an experience like a city restaurant but it falls short. We had trouble getting a cocktail in a timely fashion and the restaurant was nearly empty. Basic grilled fish and meat were done nicely . The cafe cannot prepare its duck properly so I suggest they take it off the menu. The first time out I requested crispy skin and meat as the chef would normally prepare it. It came out looking like burnt charcoal and the breast meat was well done(should have been rare). The second try was better- the confit was good and tender, crisp skin but the Muscovy breast was nuked and not edible. They took it off the bill but the experience was not good.
We split a T-bone steak between 2 of us; it was cooked perfectly, flavorfully spiced. Cheesecake dessert, however, was uninspiring.
The food and service were both excellent as usual. We have never been disappointed here. The classiest place in the area.
Once again, I have nothing but raves for the food, service, and convenience of this dining experience. Edward was an efficient, attentive server without "hovering".
Very impressive. Good food, excellent service and enjoyable atmosphere
GREAT AMBIANCE! WONDERFUL SERVICE, WONDERFUL FOOD EXCEPT FOR MY $39 T-BONE STEAK. THE FLAVOR WAS GREAT BUT THE MEAT WAS TOUGH.
Edward is always a great server
Diane is a great hostess... makes us always feel welcome
Chef always says hello
Food is always good....along with great service and very eclectic setting. They do a lot of events there also. We usually go for a special occasion; this time was Valentine's Day. They had a special 4 course menu or you could order ala carte.
Just moved to NJ and found this on Open Table. Was close to home and LOVED it would go back !!
We got the filet/ lobster special for Valentine’s Day. The filet was good but we were all(all 4 of us)) disappointed with the lobster. We were all picturing a small tail but instead hit a couple little pieces!!
Love this place. We had outback wedding reception here and that was amazing as well. Love the staff !
Cafe Madison and Chef Connor continues to provide a good product with changes that keep the experience fresh.
Was surprised with their limited "winter" menu. Felt somewhat rushed by our server who kept coming back asking for our orders. The restaurant was literally empty at the time. The food was very good except for the New England Clam Chowder which was more like broth rather than a creamy clam chowder.
The atmosphere is this restaurant's most redeeming quality.
The food is very good, but the menu is small and limited. The waitstaff is friendly, but we have had slow service mostly every time we dine here.
On this last visit, we sat at a high top to have a cocktail before being seated for dinner. However, after waiting 15 minutes without anyone taking our drink order, we decided to be seated in the dining room. It took an additional 20-25 minutes to get our cocktails.
Never go on a holiday! Thanksgiving was over booked and one person in our party never received his entree after everyone was finished their meal. The management was apologetic and did compensate for our meal, but it took quite some time before we wanted to dine there again, because it really did ruin our dining experience on that visit.
With all being said, we still do recommend this restaurant with the above reservations.
This was our first time dining at Cafe Madison. They had nice specials. Two in our party had the filet and shrimp combo and loved it. Another had the crab cakes that had lots of jumbo lump crab. I had the branzino with risotto and I ate it all. I didn’t care for the house salad. Others liked the butternut and seafood soups, and the seared tuna.
Good service, great atmosphere, excellent food, at the right price!
We enjoyed our dining experience much. Our server, Edward, did a great job of explaining the specials of the evening, and gave us an opportunity to enjoy our cocktails before placing our orders. We both ordered fish: I had the organic salmon which was prepared perfectly and my wife had the Swordfish special which was outstanding. I would be remiss if I failed to mention how enjoyable the music was. Great selection of songs and at the perfect volume.
We always enjoy our dinners there and highly recommend this restaurant.
ambiance and service was outstanding. food was actually disappointing... just OK. For the prices being charged I expected more flavor, and slightly bigger portions. I guess the ambiance offset the food.
Our second visit to Cafe Madison was great overall. Food was very good. Lobster and crab cakes were fantastic and the filet special was delicious although the steak was slightly over cooked (medium well rather than medium). Service is fabulous. This place is so inviting.
Nice place, never disappoints for ordinary dining or a special occasion. Expensive but worth it.
Food was excellent and service was great. Quiet place to talk and enjoy. Bang Bang Shrimp was outstanding and meals were cooked perfectly.
A great New Years. Very well organized.
Service great, DJ played all the right music and took requests, price was a fine value, all food courses very tasty and prepared as requested.
We had a reservation for two at 6PM on 12/31/17. Our waiter was Edward. He was very professional, friendly and efficient. Was also impressed how all of the wait staff assisted each other with serving each others clients. All tables were occupied. Chefs must have been going crazy. Our food came out in a timely manner, was hot and very good. A very well organized operation. We'd been here a few times in the past but it was the first time we ate in the large dining room. It was a very pleasant experience.
Great restaurant and the food is absolutely fabulous !!!
We loved cafe Madison. The food was excellent. Our waiter Connor was terrific.
Can’t wait to go back. We also enjoyed talking with the bar tender Christina.
Never have we been more deceived by a façade and ruse of a fine restaurant as we have tonight at the Madison. The worst that we have dine in, seriously! The service was lackadaisical and careless, the food was of poor quality, expensive and served cold, the menu was extremely limited and it was actually raining inside of the building. The décor of the place is impressive which leads one to believe that there’s quality throughout however; don’t be fooled like we were. This place is a finely decorated farce. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!
Hmm. The Madison wasrecommended by fraternity Brother Murray and Finneyfor an anniversary dinner . Bottom line is my char-broiled Fillet Mignon tasted like liver. My wife doesn’t like me to complain immediately so I ate slowly. While eating looked at me she said her sirloin steak tasted like liver too. Wow, we were on the same page after 32 years. We agreed the appetizers, salad, and soup tasted great but we should have had seafood. A few well wishers asked for feedback and I would never say don’t go, but will share my experience with the beef- perhaps it’s prepared with grace beyond my pay grade- I’m with bone in and fat😜
Great place with very nice atmosphere. Food was fantastic as was the service. Be careful to ask what sides accompany the entrees as you may end up buying alacarte side items that are not needed.
We have been here a few times and enjoy the atmosphere and food we also have gone to a wedding here in June and it was beautifully done
I would give an overall rating of 5 STARS if the menu included specials. The seasonal changes on the menu are minimal.
Madison is our go to place for special occasions. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny. We are never disappointed.
We both enjoyed the food, ambience, musician, and our sever, Edward was the best.
We have decided to make this restaurant our "spot".
Doo Wop Party. Buffet dinner . Not a fan of buffet. Just OK
The food and service was exemplary. My filet was coked to perfection and my request; Pittsburgh medium rare. Moist and tender.
Always a pleasure at this hidden gem. Love the food and the staff. Will continue to return.
Great service. Very good crab cakes $34.00. I ordered the crab/lobster bisque which would have been delicious if it had been hot. It was lukewarm. Hubby enjoyed a caprise salad of heirloom tomatoes & mozzarella, dressed with a balsamic drizzle. His entree was a special, a 16oz rib steak -bone in $34.00. The live music was a piano player who kept playing the same tunes over & over again. We did not have room for dessert. Next time, maybe.
Food,service and wine were excellent. One minor issue, every few minutes we would get a draft of cold air. It was especially uncomfortable for the women at the table. Not sure which end of the room it was coming from but definitely a negative.
Another fabulous dinner during restaurant week fall harvest . Great entrees and spectacular appetizers and dessert. Highly recommend Cafe Madison for any occasion. Our waiter Leo was great and a real asset to the restaurant. He really guided us to the Wine list choices and made the occasion extra special. Cafe Madison never disappoints.