Madison

4.7
835 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
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our experience was great however our server was slightly inattentive. My suggestion as a server my self is that she would’ve checked on us more as we were celebrating a birthday she could’ve gotten her check average up much higher. But overall the ambience was amazing they brought over a little Polaroid camera that was pretty much the best idea I restaurant could have so we thank you for that we just think that the waitress could’ve been a bit more attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was bland and one dish was cold. Service was not the friendliest and not very attentive. Drink prices when we got the bill were more than listed on menu. The space is gorgeous and jazz night was a nice touch.

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous people, great service, delicious food, fancy and creative drinks. We really enjoyed happy hour, dinner, and live music.

EN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

GREAT FOOD. THE SERVICE WAS OK, BUT THERE WAS SO MANY PEOPLE AND WE DID NOT RECEIVE AN EXCELLENT ATTENTION. TO LOUD
GREAT PLACE, THE CHICKEN WAS DELICIOUS

PS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun neighborhood bar and restaurant. The happy hour lasts until 7 pm, which is great!

LN
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except for the crab mac and cheese which had too much hot sauce. Took away from the flavor of the crab.
Cocktails are pricey but phenomenal.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and quick!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service was fantastic. The wine menu was great. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was the noise level. I think it might be from the way it’s designed. It was very noisy and hard to hear everyone at our table. Other than that, it was good.

DA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was packed but still able to enjoy happy hour before it ended. The watermelon stack was amazing as well as the brie. I had a pork chop that was recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Great location and will definitely go back.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and the place was empty. Drinks took about 15 min. Food was good. Flies everywhere!!!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, staff, service, and delicious food and drinks! Would highly recommend!

YV
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I do believe first impressions matter, with that said, the hostess was very rude and that set the tone. I asked if happy hour was still going on and she said "yes" but you cant have happy hour at the table. I responded " just asking " and she rolled her eyes . We had dinner and I was not impressed with the food. Our server was very nice , but not very helpful with food choices. The place was packed and had good energy. I recommend happy hour but not dinner. I was not impressed with the food !

LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Jazz night so a bit loud, but great ambiance and location.

EM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy this place and highly recommend for anyone in the neighborhood. Either seeking a quick bite or a nice relaxing time to just lounge, this place is perfect.

Cheers!

AA
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would travel back to San Diego just to eat here! After a few days in town for work, I treated myself to a dinner alone after receiving several recommendations to come to Madison.

To start, this is a GORGEOUS restaurant - beautifully decorated and open air!

I had an amazing meal - tuna tartare, gnocchi, a cocktail, and a glass of wine :) Everything was fantastic!

Be sure to make the trip to this restaurant - it’s well worth it!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all Tony Tones is amazing and by far the best server I’ve ever dined with. The food was scrumptious and the ambiance was classy and trendy two of my favorite vibes. Hottest hostesses in town

SD
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The decor and set-up is very trendy and hip. Martina, our server, was patient and attentive. The drinks are unique and tasty. The pork chop was delicious - not dry. Good place for a girls’ night out.

MO
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and we had a lovely time. Food was great and every employee was attentive and friendly. The only negative is that as soon as the Jazz band started we could not hear each other's conversation. Had we known we would have moved to another table. I am definitely bringing my husband and friends here again.

j
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is delicious and the service is probably the best in the city. We ordered one of each of the sharable starters and each one was more delicious than the one before. So good!

T
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was beautiful. Jazz night was fun, and loud but we could still carry on with conversation. Portions are large, the food was so delicious and of course the cocktails have great presentation. Such a beautiful spot

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Just OK food. Felt very rushed with our dinner. Waited way to long for one of our parties second drink. Although twice the servers came over and said the bar was backed up but by the time we received the drink we were paying for the check. It was not busy and we had early res but all of us (only 3) felt rushed with the service.
I are here when it first opened and did not have a great experience and wanted to give it another try, big mistake. Lots of better options within 2 blocks.

PU
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great and love the space. It was however a little noisy for a conversation.

CG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delish as was the mango mint mimosa pitcher! We had a wonderful time for our girls brunch ☺️

EC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was a perfect date night! We will definitely be back :)

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette party

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b
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very noisy and extremely expensive.

AV
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Food and service was excellent. We had the Umbrella which were delicious and tasty cocktails (mine was made without alcohol and still a treat)! The place is unique and super trendy. The food was outstanding. We ordered the Portobello Mushroom Fries, The Tuna Tartare, The Cheese and Watermelon Stack (not sure of the name) and then we split the Salmon Kabobs! Amazing meal. The only draw back was we asked to be at an intimate table through our reservation and they sat us right next to the band. Honestly the food was so good and outstanding it didn't matter much to our great night.

ML
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live Music was a little too loud, but manageable. Everything else was perfect. Bree was an awesome server!

JR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment was a lot of fun. The restaurant is very aesthetically pleasing and the mimosas were delightful. We purchased a pitcher of black magic and for the cost to serving ratio it was a good value.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here for my sister’s bachelorette and had to get in and out because of other plans for the night. Told the server this and he was very accommodating and reassured us we would get out in time. Came early for our reservation hoping to get seated early but bc we were a big party we got seated closer to the reservation time which makes sense. The service was great though bc as we waited for our table to be ready the host gave us a table seat near the bar instead of standing around we got to sit which was really nice. Once we got seated and ordered right away the food came out as soon as possible because of our situation and it came out hot (if it was a hot dish) which was great!

The food overall was all good but nothing was amazingly great, solid food just not anything particular dish to rave about. Some people in our party got the gnocchi and loved it so if there is anything to try I guess it would be the gnocchi :) also on yelp if you check in you get a free dessert which is nice! And I asked our server if we could use two check ins but he told us he couldn’t do that but that since we were celebrating he gave us a free dessert for that so we were able to get 2 free desserts! Overall great service and solid food, heard about this place as a great brunch place so would love to try their brunch!

Also the restaurant is super cute and nice so would definitely recommend to people!

NB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! New fav spot. Great architecture and design. Staff were all individually awesome.

AV
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great. The drinks are great. The place is beautiful. Chill ambiance & friendly staff. What more could you ask of a restaurant?

AP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great! The only negative was the music next door. It was a bit hard to have a conversation.

MM
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite spot in San Diego. Exquisite, sophisticated food in gorgeous surroundings, yet able to maintain a lovely neighborhood vibe.

AX
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, I really loved the interior of the restaurant and very creative mimosas!

AH
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Not impressed

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Next time friends are in town and we need to go somewhere for breakfast I will take them here. Snooze and Breakfast Republic are so over rated , meanwhile here there was no wait and it was delicious and aesthetically pleasing.

Also the BEST WAFFLES I've ever had in my life.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

They were great at accommodating 14 of us but service was a little slow than preferred and some items were missing so we had to remind server. Overall it was a good experience.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. It was a gorgeous place, the service was outstanding and the food and drinks were whimsical and delightful. We had a wonderful night there.

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