Madison

4.8
1452 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

Support Madison during COVID-19

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 1452 people are saying
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNYCgirl
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.
Our server, Melina is awesome!!

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RebeccaS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible and the ambiance was just perfect :) Plus their cocktails were super. We enjoyed three different apps and honestly couldn’t have asked for a better evening out.

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MichaelB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

loved the place, food and drinks. waitress forgot about us for a while - not a big problem

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I actually found this place through Open Table - we wanted to venture out for date night. It was absolutely amazing! I love the setting and the atmosphere, definitely perfect for date night. Every single thing we tried was incredible. I highly recommend the gnocchi, but I honestly can’t wait to try other plates when we go back! The cocktails were fantastic. Our server was awesome and extremely helpful. We were both very happy with our “adventure” and will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great to be back enjoying life ! Madison did an incredible job welcoming back diners in their beautiful indoor/outdoor space. Especially love the time and effort they put into the sidewalk dining space! Cheers

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vipJOANNB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Madison's bartenders are inventive and fabulous. We always love the drinks we order, especially the ones with mezcal. We really like the watermelon/avocado/haloumi dish, and the chicken piccata with arugula (a special) was possibly the best version of the dish I've ever had. And my hubby pulled the waiter aside to express his appreciation for the superb jambalaya, which was perfectly spiced.

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JaneM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A reliable terrific experience all around from interesting dishes to good service.

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CourtneyN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and the food and drinks were delicious. Perfect place for brunch we will be back!

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Nina
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I heard so many great things about Madison but never had been- it did not disappoint! Everything was perfect including the service of the hostesses, ambiance, and our server Ian was the best. Drinks were fantastic and the vegan ravioli was delicious (and I am not vegan!) absolutely will be back.

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MollyS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Tuna appetizer was delicious! So was the The Burger, and the Salmon Skews. The gnocchi was in desperate need of salt and had been cooked too long so it was mushy. Cocktails look cute, I didn’t either the Motor Bike and Jumping Cholla but that’s a personal preference. Mescal tequila tastes like burnt charcoal. I’m still tasting it today. Service was great to start, our server was very friendly but the service is very, VERY slow. After our meal, we asked for and waited for our check for more than 30 minutes. We weren’t in a hurry so I didn’t mind, but others may. Overall I’d definitely go back. Some GREAT menu items and the ambiance on Park can’t be beat!

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KristenM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, drinks were a bit overpriced for the amount. Very beautiful decor and wait staff was nice but very busy. Food was delicious, one point of concern was the noise level. Very loud! Overall a good experience but will not be back for dinner because of the busyness and noise level.

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DarylF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
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 on June 16, 2021
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 on June 15, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal as always. It took a while to be seated but it was brunch on a Sunday so that was expected. Service exceeded our expectations, we will definitely be back for another girls day!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
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 on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new outdoor space.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
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 on June 12, 2021
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 on June 12, 2021
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 on June 12, 2021
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
26 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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Marjani
San Diego
4 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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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
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.

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 1452 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.