Madison

4.7
672 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
Mediterranean-inspired fare and elegant cocktails are served in sleek surroundings at this modern, airy University Heights hangout. ~Zagat

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We'll be doing a $55 pre-fixe menu. Cancellations after 24 hour will be charged $40/person.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 672 People Are Saying
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KT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff there is friendly, and our server Tony was fantastic. It’s a great ambiance and beautiful at night, while being vibrant and fresh during the day. Food and drinks are delicious with a lot of great healthy but filling options with a modern twist.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did a great job managing a large group.

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KG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Madison is GORGEOUS and my new favorite place to take people to dine in the neighborhood! I love the speakeasy feel to it, and the staff is always welcoming and the food wonderful! :) It's a bit loud, but otherwise, no complaints! :)

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L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a great evening celebrating some wins at work. Our server was great a patient with our table getting their order on. We enjoyed the Brie and Tuna tartar apps, a couple bottles of the OPP. Our mains were the Shish kabob, the pork chop the harvest salad and the seasonal special Chipino. Everything was excellent! We declined dessert.

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B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is the third time we’ve been here and came for the pork chop. Definitely not as good as before.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for brunch with some girlfriends and had the best time! Tony was our server and he was so authentic and genuine. The food was delicious and the mango mint mimosas were delightfully refreshing.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best French toast sticks to ever exist

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RB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The drinks are good, but food is very average, or below average when considering the cost/expectation. Avoid the shish kebob, utterly bland. Another perfect example of passion-less cooking in San Diego. High style points, but lacking any substance.

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G
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the ambiance at the Madison :)
Food and service were great as well! Would love to go back to try other items on the menu :D

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SL
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cocktails, innovative eats, friendly service. We'll be back!

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a reservation for Jan. 2 on Open Table. When we arrived, there was a sign on the door at Madison stating "Last night was a doozy. We're closed tonight for much needed staff R&R" I was dumb founded! We even got a "reminder" notice the evening before ( that I responded to stating "Yes") asking if we planned to keep the reservation, and no one called to cancel it with us. I'm not sure who was at fault (Open Table or the Restaurant) but it would seem they basically don't give a damn about the inconvenience. Beware if you reserve here...they may not be in business long if they just close whenever they feel like it. So unprofessional, and with the many good restaurants already in the area, I will not be coming back to try this one.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Everyone was nice and the space was trendy!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food was okay cocktail s were amazing

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve

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f
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

NYE prix fixe. We loved the dining room. We felt a bit challenged by our service person’s insistence we order all courses, including dessert, up front. That being said, each course was a delight. Portobello fries, tuna tartare, swordfish skewers, double pork chop, chocolate cake and raspberry mascarpone were all delicious. $65 per person and $19 for cocktail pairings seemed a bit spendy.

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KA
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is good but the atmosphere, drinks and service are what will bring me back. We went for dinner on a chilly evening but were comfortably warm sitting in the open air dining room. Waitstaff are friendly and attentive. The skirt steak appetizer was the best!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and interesting brunch menu

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My dinner was great. It was the gnocchI. The only problem with the restaurant is that it was a cool night and the heat lamps made us warm on the top of our bodies and legs were still cold. Not the best place if you are sensitive to climate. And if you are sensitive to sounds, it was a bit loud. But I liked the lighting.

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s
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Desert were disappointing. It was a bit cold sitting outside even next to heaters

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b
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, but bring a coat if it's chilly outside. We didn't realize their dining room is open to the outside. There's a shell over the main dining area but it's exposed on both sides. They have several heater units, but we weren't that close to one.

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BF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is friendly, the bar is excellent, the food outstanding, ambiance is San Diego unique

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot. Loved the cocktail served in the cutest Christmas glass! Food was excellent.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food every time! Love their style and cool vibe.

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BV
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was EXCEPTIONAL! I was there with my bridesmaids for several hours taking pictures and eating and the whole staff was so friendly even when we were moving around taking photos.
The food was delicious, totally recommend the Churro waffles and Avocado toast. They offer vegan options... at no upcharge.
The interiors are beautiful and so colorful!

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I came here for their impossible burger menu and was disappointed to discover it was no longer on the menu. The menu was already boring to begin with. Now there's no point for me to go back.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

best birthday celebration ever! ♥️

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome cocktails, food and ambiance. Try the watermelon salad!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The final break-up date in a series of break-up dates with two amazing boys. 11/10 on food and drinks. Julia our server was amazing... I think it wasn’t evident that we were breaking up because (white) Chris could not keep his hands off me (tan) Chris, more like golden skin if I’m being honest. I would recommend sharper knives with pointier tips so the next time Chris and I go on a date at Madison’s, stabbing him will actually have an effect. Overall, would recommend Madison’s as a venue to end things to anyone who is going through their 10th breakup with the love of their life. What does OH-HI-HOE have that California doesn’t? Oh that’s right, me! it doesn’t have me...

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G
Mexico City
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food bad bad service bad coffee not recommended better optons.........

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was incredibly underwhelming, dry and over cooked.

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JL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the bar service! Great place for dinner.

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n
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

we had heard it was trendy and fun.
food was fine not amazing-service was wonderful and presentation was good
decor on the outside is amazing-inside not too great but it was a good experience how ever i don't need to go back

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N
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and fast, definitely share the Churro Waffle Sticks w the table!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and love their drinks. Dinner is great, service was very nice and their Sunday brunch is super 😋 yummy.

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KW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had guests from out of town and heard that Madison was really great - and it was. The ambiance was stellar. The noise level was a bit loud...music could have been turned down a notch. Food was great! You pay for the ambiance here. So, I felt a bit overpriced but this is the norm. Very good food and veg god service.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came with a baby in the stroller and they’re very accommodating

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M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We visited during a rain storm. The roof of the dining room was partially open to the elements. Tables and floors were wet. The wind blew in so the light fixtures swung to and fro. We were offered blankets. Blankets??? Food was tepid when it was delivered. We decided to eat in the bar where it was very noisy, but marginally warmer and at least dry. The food was meh and cost too much for the meh quality. I could have done better at home. All in all, a disappointing place to celebrate my husband's birthday

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was extremely pleasant and helpful with descriptions & decisions. Music was excellent! Food just right!

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F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greqt drinks and food!
Mezcal mule is really good

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Got free churro waffles for a friend’s birthday, that was very nice of them.

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