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  3. Distance: 3.60mi
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About Cafe Madison

Have dinner at Cafe Madison & then dance the night away!
JERRY BLAVAT
Friday, Jan. 12
Music Starts 7pm :: Jerry Blavat 8pm
$20 Cover inc. one drink
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JULIANO BROTHERS
Friday, Jan 19
10pm to 12am No Cover
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See CafeMadison.com for full details


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

5
4
3
2
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Romantic (13)
Live Music (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (3)
Casual (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Nice place, never disappoints for ordinary dining or a special occasion. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was excellent and service was great. Quiet place to talk and enjoy. Bang Bang Shrimp was outstanding and meals were cooked perfectly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great restaurant and the food is absolutely fabulous !!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Authentic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful evening

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

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😜

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I would give an overall rating of 5 STARS if the menu included specials. The seasonal changes on the menu are minimal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Madison is our go to place for special occasions. It is a bit pricey but worth every penny. We are never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We both enjoyed the food, ambience, musician, and our sever, Edward was the best.
We have decided to make this restaurant our "spot".

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Doo Wop Party. Buffet dinner . Not a fan of buffet. Just OK

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food and service was exemplary. My filet was coked to perfection and my request; Pittsburgh medium rare. Moist and tender.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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