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  3. Distance: 3.60mi
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About Cafe Madison

Cafe Madison serves gourmet cuisine in a glamorous setting. Cafe Madison is the perfect backdrop for an intimate, romantic dinner for 2 or a large gathering. Reservations are recommended.

33 Lafayette Street
Riverside, NJ 08075
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5pm - 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Madison Street & S. Pavilion Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(856) 764-4444

Website:
http://www.cafemadison.com/

Entertainment:
Live Piano Friday and Saturday

Public Transit:
Riverline runs in front of Cafe Madison.

Executive Chef:
Jack Connor

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding Ceremony & Receptions; Bridal Showers, Anniversary Parties, Birthday Parties, Baby Showers, Retirement Dinners

Cafe Madison Ratings and Reviews

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3
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Special Occasion (14)
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Live Music (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Romantic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (3)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Always a pleasure at this hidden gem. Love the food and the staff. Will continue to return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful as usual. Doo wop night lots of fun. The food is buffet style for doo wop night

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

My husband & I have dined at Cafe Madison a number of times. We have NEVER been disappointed. It was Restaurant Week and also my Husband's birthday. So, we decided Cafe Madison was the best choice. I cannot say enough about the food. It was excellent. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Please try our favorite spot. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Service and ambience were great. I ordered rack of lamb which was extremely fatty. I would not recommend that dish The meal was for my birthday and I was disappointed. My wife had bronzino which was very good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Madison is a magnificent venue. Gorgeous and excellent food. We love it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 11, 2017

it was a good night. We had a pleasant waitress and the food and service was fine.
It was our anniversary and we enjoyed the meal

Tags: Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great meal and excellent service! Recommend this spot for a fancier date night

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food was amazing and the atmosphere was lovely. The service was awesome!

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 3, 2017

First time going here and I must say the food was very good

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

For the third time eating there had to wait way too long for service

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our waitress did not get things right. I was brought a salad with dressing on it when I asked it to be on the side. The waitress brought soup that I did not order and she argued with me and said she wrote it down. My husband ordered potatoes with his dinner and the waitress said, why do you want to order potatoes when your dish comes with potatoes. So he said no then. The dinner came without potatoes. When my husband said that she said the dish came with potatoes she argued and said, "I did not I said carrots." She said I can bring you an order of potatoes if you want. She brought out potatoes. She new I was allergic to dairy and gluten. I asked her if the flourless cake had dairy and she said no. I got sick when I got home so I know that made me sick. It will be a long time before I dine at Cafe Madison again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The bartender didn't prepare 3 out 4 drinks at the bar. We asked specifically the grade of meat. Told prime but it was choice. Food luke warm. Wine choice was nice and food server energetic and helpful.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I am correcting the previous review since I didn't realize the email the event coordinator sent had gone into my spam folder. Therefore, I apologize to Madison and the event coordinator and she did send me the information as requested.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Had a great time celebrating my wife's birthday. The food was very good and our server "LEO" was very attentive and timely during our dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

The food was delicious. The environment was comfortable. The waitress was spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Seasonal, Cozy, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I celebrated my 60th birthday here. The food was great and our server(Leo) was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Food was excellent as was the service! Piano player was outstanding! He played piano, guitar and violin beautifully!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We went to the Madison for a wine pairing dinner. The food was extra special--Jack outdid himself. The wines were lovely and matched perfectly with the courses. Great evening!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Outstanding delicious food as always, due to Chef Jack.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Excellent food. The service however took a little while. Excellent food.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The service is great, the food selection is good and tasty. the setting is comfortable. There is inside and outside dining. We dined inside.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great place for an enjoyable relaxed dinner. Excellent service too

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

It was our first time going to Café Madison, and it won't be the last. A very enjoyable meal, with a great bar and wonderful live music.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The temperature in the restaurant was 84 degrees Saturday night. Have a thermometer on my phone, AC was broken? Even the wait staff was complaining about the temperature. Our waitress had too many tables. Probably will not be going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Our meals were very good and the service was fine.

The only issue I have with Cafe Madison is the lack of dinner specials, This tends to make their dinner manual boring.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was good, and they had the $35 for 4 courses menu. Unfortunately they were very busy and the management had to serve food to the tables.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Excellent meal my only complaint would be the kitchen could be more creative with the potatoes and veggies. Somehow an upscale restaurant could do better than mashed potatoes

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 14, 2017

It was our friend's 91st birthday. Service was very good, but the meal was just ok. No free desert for the birthday girl which we thought was odd, portions were good and ample. Had the sirloin personally. i thought it was okay, but not the amazing flavors that i would've expected. In an area awash with great dining alternatives, has to be better than fair if you want the business. it was just flat. Nothing particularly bad, but nothing particularly great.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Such a beautiful restaurant and always amazing food. The wine list has lots to choose from. Only suggestion would be a bigger menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great fun dining and listening to a great band under the stars ... check this place out on a Wednesday night ... lots of good food and energy

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Dinner was underwhelming. We all ordered from the prix-fixe menu. The steaks were overly salty. The pork sirloin was good but nothing special. The atmosphere and service were very good, but overall, the meal was mediocre.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 5, 2017

really like this restaurant, the atmosphere, staff, music etc. We have been there numerious times, the only problem we have is that they are consistantly slow with bringing our food to our table. I even ordered a ala a carte salad before main course & had to ask after 15 min wait, must add, we were the only table occupied at that time. the main course came about 15 mins after that. also, there were only 2 other tables occupied when we left. I only hoped that it would improve over time but it hasn't. Needless to say, I love the piano bar, will continue to dine at Madison, hoping they can iron out the problem in the very near future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Live Music, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We ate from the Seasonal Prix Fix menu. There are only about 6 choices from it plus the crab cakes which are a $15.00 up charge. Top sirloin was my choice, medium rare and tough. Husband had pork chop, better but dry. Dessert is no longer included. I guess we were OK with that, I never really cared for the desserts. Getting less for more money or the same is a trend, with rising costs, its the only way to stay in business.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 28, 2017

This was my second visit and I couldn't wait to come back. The food was excellent and the service great.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food and service are usually excellent however my wife got the crab/lobster cake and it tasted like a lot of filling and not that much crab and lobster. Otherwise very good!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was our first time at the Madison and we loved it.The food was fresh and cooked perfect.
Our waitress was new it was her first night and she did a excellent job. We will be back for sure

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Highly recommend. Great staff and delicious food. My favorite restaurant. They do everything right!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Live Music, People Watching, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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