Madison

4.8
1439 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1439 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DarylF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, fun ambiance, and great server who paid special attention to my granddaughter who was celebrating her sixth birthday!

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Sofit
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and ambiance are great. The service was little slow but other than that I’d definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great live jazz. Great cocktails, get the ‘any port in a storm’ will not disappoint. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked Madison for my sister’s graduation brunch and it was definitely the perfect place. We had the most amazing experience and everything was lovely. We will be returning soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good. Service was extremely slow unfortunately. We wanted more drinks but got frustrated and left.

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JessicaG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is really great at Madison. I would totally plan to eat here again!

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vipKellyS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new outdoor space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was really good but the orange juice cup was way to small. It should have been bigger and I don’t know if it was just on that day but there were two groups of women to the left and right that were being exceptionally loud and very annoying

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KathleenK
Montana
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! Staff was friendly. We sat outside and had some troubles the sun shine right in our eyes and no way to avoid it.

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Jay254
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

husband and I shared the skirt steak appetizer. Very tasty. Then I had ravioli and it was not as flavorful as the steak,but good. Husband had the chicken kabob was delicious. Service was great . Good mix of different people dinning . cute date spot.

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vipShawnaK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I had brunch here. It was busy so there were a few hiccups like forgot addition of carnitas and took a long time to get our food and the check at the end but otherwise I love Madison I’ve dined here a few times and the food is always awesome. I would definitely recommend to others. I really liked our server as well! I think his name was Ian? Not positive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all the way around!

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KYLIE
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow. I ordered the gnocchi and it was decent: the ravioli’s sauce was not thick and the consistency was very watery.

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DerithM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting flavor choices. Very crowded and loud

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vipLisa
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The madison has amazing drinks and great service. The pork chop, tuna, and mussels were amazing!

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SarahH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from atmosphere to food and service. Also an A+ for GF and DF options

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vipAnchi123
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gnocchi was delicious eve though it was not the crab meat described as it came with shrimp instead. Watermelon stack appetizer was also surprisingly delicious!

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jascbad
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner for my birthday last night. The food was excellent as was the service by Tony. We will be back!

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MeaghanG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, strong cocktails, delicious food! Had the stacked carnitas and mezcal aperol spritz. Highly recommend!

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ChristinaM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. The outside patio is well decorated, clean, and perfect for brunch. My group enjoyed our food and the pitcher mimosas were excellent for boozy brunch for a group.

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AndreaC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is amazing as always. the staff was very friendly and the tables were all clean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

The food was very very subpar. We ordered the kebabs and the portion size was very small and the meat was dark meat. The quality of the food was really bad. For a place that is supposed to serve good Mediterranean food the standard was very low, try the kebab shop or any other Mediterranean place. Would not recommend this place to anyone

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vipCelinaP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food here is pretty good, but the drinks do outshine the actual entrees. I do wish the portion sizes were bigger. But they provide a great ambiance, and I love the cocktail drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with friends Madison’s was amazing from the drinks, appetizers and entrees. Service was excellent too! Thank you, Madison’s.

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MarjaniM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved being back out, the park-let was cozy but a big garden spider crawled all the way up a person in our party. did not affect our meal and we had a lot of fun. would suggest extra pest control for this time of year though!

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HeatherC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner experience! The watermelon stack is fabulous, all of our entrees were great and the service was great also! They also have fun cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service. They sweetly made a big deal about my friend’s birthday.

We did feel a little rushed because they had to turn the table. But they did tell us in advance there was a time limit, so we can’t complain.

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EliM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madison never disappoints. The menu is well thought out, the cocktails are tasty, and the ambiance is perfect for date night, or dinner with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wasn’t enough staff, weren’t ever checked on, was difficult to get service

Food was fantastic

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NancyN
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a second extraordinary experience here. I have a long list of food allergies. They remembered me from before—had consulted with the chef to make a fabulous recommendation. I had an additional question that was answered quickly with care. I’ve eaten at many restaurants around the world. Madison is the best at handling food issues AND great food and ambiance.

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KellyE
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jazz night was great and the specials were excellent. We love the ambience and will definitely be back!

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MeganH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the BEST time!! Drinks and service were both wonderful.

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ErikS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The creative drinks were made with flair and the food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just yummy food.

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Jenjen
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved my experience at Madison to celebrate a friends birthday. The staff were so kind. The food and cocktails were delicious!

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vipCarolina
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good but service was inattentive and extremely slow. We got brunch and waited for over an hour for our food. When it came, there was no apology or acknowledgement of how long it took. Our servers also consistently didn’t fill our water glasses and would disappear for 20 min at a time.

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JaniceL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was yummy and service was great! Will definitely return!

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JReynolds
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hippest joint with the best food and wait staff in San Diego. Must visit!

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Maverd
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting, great service and excellent food.

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Michael
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Building and street patio were awesome. Felt a lot like Venice Beach, CA. Sat next to a group of about 9 and the place was very busy. After sitting down, it took about 5 minutes for our server to come over, not that big of a deal. Water gentleman was working hard and kept up well. Server took our drink and food order (we thought this would help based on the busy evening) then moved to the large group. Large group got their drinks and we sat with our waters for about 25 more minutes. Finally flagged server down and she tried to explain it away on large groups about to sit down being the cause of the delay. Not sure what that had to do with the bartenders but about 5 minutes later our drinks came out. Food came out 5 min after that. Food was very good, and really the drinks thing kept this from being a 5 star date. I’d go back for sure.

FAQs

Madison does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Madison also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 269-6566.

Madison is rated 4.8 stars by 1439 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.