Madison

4.8
1533 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 1533 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LindaG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and atmosphere very cute/hip!

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ThayneL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We love Madison. As expected due to the labor shortage in the restaurant industry we knew it wouldn’t be the usual experience. Got sat right away for our reservation, server came over a few minutes later, super friendly with good energy. We ordered some apps (Brie and Mussels) and enjoyed them with an embolden Mexican lager. We love the Brie and the mussels were okay, the broth was amazing but some were over/under cooked (3 of them didn’t open). Entrees my girlfriend got a linguine special and subbed chicken for the protein. I got the salmon skewers. Both were good. Her pasta I thought was undervalued price wise as the pesto sauce and quality of homemade pasta was incredible. The salmon skewers were good, slightly sloppy in presentation but the taste was good and the Greek salad was incredible.

We used to come for cocktails often and that I would say is the best aspect of Madison other than the service staff. Worth coming in and enjoying a nice brunch or dinner.

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Madison
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madison is always a favorite and especially for special occasions. They have the kindest staff that have always made sure that my friends and I have a great time. The food is great, and the cocktails even better!

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RaquelT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I loved the decor and mid century feel. The food was average as far as flavor. Also not very filling and kinda pricy for that mere fact. Lastly, it was too loud. I’m not sure I’ll be back.

MR
MaddyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing vibe, great cocktails and delicious food. Fun for a date night or big group. Service can be a little hit and miss.

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vipDanielleS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little restaurant with a big outdoor patio. Yummy drinks and food. Portion sizes were small but healthy. Street parking so plan ahead with time to find a spot.

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StanR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Party of four and each individual was very satisfied with the entire experience

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Augiedoggydaddy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Bad service, very slow. Waitress stopped by table twice in 1.5 hours. Also restaurant was very loud.

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PamelaK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service1ambience4

Nice setting but the waiter seemed more interested in a group of friends than he was in us. The bus person was helpful if stretched a bit thin. They brought our entrees 3 min after our app. When I explained to the busser that enrees should arrive after we've finished the app he looked surprised...as if this was a new concept. Thus, our food wasn't hot. Salmon skewers were cooked well but bland, couldn't find the lemon in the lemon orzo. Skimpy carnitas in the pappardelle although favor was good. It did not taste/feel like fresh pasta.

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MelissaA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food but their fryer was broken during this visit and the potatoes with my turkish breakfast sandwich were different from how they usually are. Not very crispy. Still love the vibe here though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Madison is wonderful! I made a mistake when making the reservation, and we had more people than seats. The staff was wonderful and helped us figure it out. The food was phenomenal and the drinks were really fun and delicious. Highly recommend!

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vipReviewer
San Diego
87 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding! From prior to our arrival (when we confirmed the reservations), to our arrival, throughout dinner and right up to the very end... the service was world class. The menu was varied and interesting. Food was exceptionally well prepared and presented. There really is no downside to this place - nothing! IF we were going to be extremely picky... the only thing that could possibly stand improvement is... tell the poor guy who brings out all the food to the table which table the food gets delivered to (and who gets which dish). Every single course, the guy brought out the food and we had to call him over to our table (he actually looked lost). This is an easy thing to fix. Simple communication! But, again... GO to Madison's Restaurant. It is in a class all by itself! Great evening.

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VictorR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food, cocktails and setting were fantastic. The service was slow and almost nonExsistant .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food, drinks and ambiance. It’s an experience! Loved it if the service was able to match everything else, but will be back soon.

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jazzyfizzle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Chose it because of how easy there were at accommodating our large group of 12! Everything we ordered was delicious, here were some highlights:

skirt steak
portobello fries
hummus (omg the pita bread!)
Brie (apricot habanero jam A+)
Mediterranean burger (a special)
Gnocchi
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Stellar Ember

Yes the service was a little slow but not in a bad way. I feel like people need to be more understanding with wait staff especially in these times but I know that will affect some people's decision hence why I wanted to mention it!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Service was very slow. Ambience and food excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing. Cocktails yummy and creative! Only downside was cocktails a little
Slow in arriving. Seriously one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Make reservations early for jazz nights in Tuesday!

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vipJohn
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent jazz and our serve Kirby was awesome

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LeslieZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot , went for jazz night and got the whole experience I was looking for. Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Unfortunately, they couldn’t do portobello fries or waffle fries due to an issue with their fryer when we got there. I guess this typically happens on Tuesdays since the fryer takes a while to heat up after closing all day Mondays.

Our waiter was great, though, and super friendly.

Still love Madison. Always one of our go-to date spots.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! No other words

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SunshineH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is so stinking cute. Food is always amazing.

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Ohnolani
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Aside from the dirty lipstick stained glass, everything was enjoyable and delicious!

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Tish
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast! Nice ambiance! I want to try them for lunch next.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for 8. Everything exceeded expectations, 10/10 would return again.

JP
vipJamesP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend. Great food and cocktails. The interior of the restaurants is modern and on point. Would def go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Too loud . Didn’t like the food at all.

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TeresaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food, service and experience was amazing. I wish we were able to seat inside instead of on the patio outside but otherwise a great experience and I’ll be back again

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly, brought the kiddos and sat outside. Good and service were fantastic. As parents it is always nerve racking to take kids out, but they were so understanding, they in no moment we felt weird looks or anything. We really enjoyed it. Definitely a place to revisit.

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vipAlliJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a really lovely spot for brunch. Our food was yummy and the mimosas were delicious. Our service was excellent. The back patio is beautiful and not too noisy for a get together with friends. My only complaint (and it is a small one) is the prevalence of flies. I had recommended this to a group of friends and was not sorry to have done so.

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vipDinaS
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All the food was delish but the portobello mushroom fries were my favorite! I was delighted when my drink came with a Tarot card reading- what a fun idea!

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ErinA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks are delicious, staff is so kind and ambiance is out of this world. We’ll be back!

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guessnothipenoughtogetit
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was super disappointing. Chef Boyardee would do a better job.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back. Madison on Park has a great retro aesthetic with premium crafted dishes and cocktails. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and contributed to a fabulous date night out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We chose this restaurant for a family nice meal while on vacation. Service was extremely slow, our appetizer never came and our waiter did not even seem to care or apologize that it never came. They brought our wine the same time they brought our food which seemed odd because we waited about 35 minutes with no food or wine. Food portion was very small for price. The chef did a good job; food tasted great. However, 1 person's salad barely had any dressing on it. Service was again very slow from our waiter trying to get our bill paid. Would not come here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a gem! We were a party of 6 - 3 generations wanting to find a new fun place to dine. Food was super solid - cooked to perfection. Ate outside in perfect weather and with amazing service (Thanks Tony from Kansas!).

Madison
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you much. Tony rock!! =)

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vipAllisonC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Food was great, as was service.

Madison
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you Allison! =)

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LinaCee
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff and great food!! Will be back next time. :)

Madison
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you Lina! =)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best as always! See y’all next week.

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handmethehummus
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HIGHLY recommend the vegan ravioli. We were practically eating the remaining sauce with a spoon it was so good.

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 1533 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.