Madison

4.7
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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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AW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for brunch, one of the few places that took reservations for my large group. Was nice and cozy despite the rain. Definitely recommend the shashuka with soy chorizo!

CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and fabulous service. Music was quite loud with booming bass that seemed excessive given how crowded and noisy it already was, but we loved everything else about it to let that detract from experience or rating. We had an issue with a missing drink order from bar, but they handled it perfectly. Little touches like a birthday card and frequent birthday greetings from any employee who walked by made it extra special. Overall a super fun spot with a great vibe. Thanks, Madison!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The avocado toast and shakshuka are simply magical. They just need to offer more pita bread with the latter plate! We asked for more and our server gladly obliged. Was a little wet walking in the rain up and down the scenic hallway that connects the sidewalk to the hostess stand, but the seats were dry and warmed by heaters nearby. One of my favorite places to brunch in SD!

DN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service4ambience4

We had the reservation for 8:45 we ended up getting our table at 9:45...

NG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the jazz combo! Food was great.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was convenient and easy to book a table. We got there and were seated immediately. Great food and service.

MM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Each time I come here, I want to love it so bad, but always walk away disappointed. I think it has more to do with service than the food. The service always falls short. We ordered a lavender latte and the barista who made our coffee came to our table after he made the coffee and said 'we ran out of lavender, if you don't like the coffee I'll make something else'. So basically he made a regular latte knowing we ordered it flavored but didn't ask us FIRST if we would like something else since they ran out of lavender. The waiter should've relayed this info upon us ordering. To eat, we ordered the G.O.A.T and added an extra egg and the kitchen didn't make the sandwich right. The food was good but this isn't the first time service fell short so I don't think we will be coming back. Also, I said on the reservation we were celebrating a birthday and the hostess and the server never acknowledged it.

RR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic good and cocktails with fun/cool/romantic atmosphere. They paid attention to my allergy as well. The only downside was service was a little slow but they were very busy at the time. We have been twice now and it has already become one of our favorite date spots.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Drinks stated on the menu were not available and drinks ordered did not taste as expected. Drinks were specifically why some of us went.

CH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are all good. Went on Jazz Tuesday. Good music but a bit loud for conversations.

J
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even greater cocktails. Service was on point and great ambiance. Dinner service was a little loud but suitable for the vibe.

GM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place for a date night! Our server, Tony, was attentive, warm, and laid back. He made great recommendations. I got the skirt steak and watermelon tower appetizers and my husband got the papperdelle-- all amazing. I'm still salivating thinking about the chimichurri sauce with the steak. Great ambiance and vibe. They even clipped a flower to my cocktail. Loved it!

AM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Thank you!!!

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. So happy we have this in the neighborhood!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to hear some jazz on a Thursday night. We were amazed at the food. We will definitely go back and recommend this restaurant. Two small negatives, the music was a bit too loud for me to enjoy conversation and my salad came out after our meal. I ended up sending the salad back. Again, nothing big. Amazing food!!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. The drinks are amazing and very inventive. The food was not good. A little disappointing.

EC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food was amazing and Olivia was an amazing server

WK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place! Cool build, great drinks, delicious food! Highly recommend

L
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madison has great ambiance and top notch customer service. Their cocktails are wonderful and it is fun to be able to try drinks not available anywhere else.

r
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Started off great, was seated and attended quickly. Unexpectedly took a down turn when we requested ice water and were met with uncalled for attitude and due to this will not return. Sucked.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tuesday night Jazz nights are so much fun! Love the cocktails and the service is great. The brie and skirt steak apps are my favorites!

JS
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was excellent, despite operational challenges. They don't seem to be very organized in terms of bussers or water refills. After having to wait ages for someone to fill my glass, our server brought us a pitcher - a nice solution that kept us hydrated on a sunny and blustery Sunday. He had a lot of tables and was hustling the whole time.
The food is excellent and the cocktails are good - though not especially flavorful or exciting. The wine list is nice. Hopefully the operations issues were just a one-off. I have always enjoyed dining at this lovely and interesting place.

E
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! I loved the design of the building, inside and out. Great/unique decoriating and ambience. From there our server was excellent and made it a fun experience (including a tarot card reading!). The food was also superb, I got the pork chop and it was very filling but not so much I didn't have room for the amazing churro bites. Will definitely be coming back here! And the other great part is they don't try to rush you out, you can take your time and really spend a whole evening here if you want!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

it was great! thank you!

R
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food could have been improved. None of our dishes were very good. Overcooked and tough meats. Nice staff, fun cocktails, better for appetizers and not dinner.

BS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place. We ended up with okay (not great) service. Food and ambiance was good. Very loud Saturday night.

YM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service were great! Our table was available immediately upon arrival and our food arrived shortly after ordering.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great decor!

EM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Madison was great and I enjoyed dining there for weekend brunch with my party of 4. We felt welcome and the food was excellent.

BF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the dining experience
The food was the best we have ever tasted! Loved the experience
Will certainly be back

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The jazz band was playing and it set the vibe for the entire place. Great ambiance, food, and drinks. Will probably return for a date night.

IR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I celebrated my birthday with 15 of my closest friends and family, they were amazing, very friendly and very responsive. Tony was our waiter and he was awesome, always checking in to see if needed anything, always with a smile on his face, simply awesome, once we go back, because we are planning on returning for Brunch, we will definitely say hi to Tony.
Great music, awesome ambiance, amazing food and drinks, highly recommend it.

NN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a little mishap (a plant fell on my friend) and our server was incredibly nice about it and more than made up for the incident on our bill.

s
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

pretty food that is a good portion size, nice for groups

JB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The venue and craft cocktails are great however, service was very slow. Drink orders are even slower. Our dishes were sub par and could use some improvements. I would go again but maybe just for drinks.

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Steven was excellent! He was very attentive, and personable. We’ll be back.

AK
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch menu is interesting and delicious! They have fun pairings that tackle sweet & savory.

The ambiance is awesome. It’s a bit louder but in my mind added to the experience.

JD
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The indoor outdoor experience at Madison was amazing. The interior design is one of a kind and the food and service were tremendous. I see now how its won so many awards for best brunch!

DF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my Birthday with a large group, it did take a bit longer than expected to get seated but we were a large group and they were already accommodating last minute additions. Once seated everything was great, food was extremely fast our server was on it and got us out by the time we needed to be somewhere else. Food was amazing and the drinks are my favorite. All my friends loved it!!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Portions were a bit small , server was pressed for time and kinda disengaged .