Madison

4.7
574 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
Mediterranean-inspired fare and elegant cocktails are served in sleek surroundings at this modern, airy University Heights hangout. ~Zagat
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European, Californian, Italian
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Hours of operation
Nightly: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Weekend Brunch: 9:00am - 2:30 am.
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Phone number
(619) 269-6566
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mario Casseneri
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
What 574 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Such a Instagram-worthy place with amazing food and drinks. Affordable too! Perfect spot for any occasion.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great atmosphere, friendly service and terrific food. We especially enjoyed the skirt steak benedict and chilaquiles!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service and food were excellent! One of my favorite brunch spots!

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2018

First time at Madison and may be the last. Thought I would be more impressed with the food and choices. The Portobello fries, while tasty, are too battered and have too little of the portobello. Liked when Madison was offering a free dessert when you had seen a play at the Diversionary Theatre. That needs to be reinstated if you want to bring in more people.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Soooo loud. Need to find another time and day when we can really enjoy the great food without ear-splitting noise.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Outstanding food combinations here. Whatever you order, get it with the jalapeño-blackberry jam on the side. A few too many flies buzzing around, but it’s a pitfall our open-air dining.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The food was delicious, excellent service.. The restaurant it self is great..

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Excellent food; lovely service, FAR TOO NOISY. ......................................................................................

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Incredible experience!!

Best pork chop I've ever had!! Absolutely outstanding!!

If you don't order the pork chop you're an idiot.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Best brunch ever. Moving nearby to be closer.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Excellent food (lots of variety & flavorful options) & service! The ambience is open yet cool & relaxing (although noisy). The only downside was there were flies around (midday), specially the area we were seated in the back corner. They were accommodating for our baby & stroller. Would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

As usual amazing food and cocktails.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Good for a light meal out when don't want anything to sit heavy on you or if want to eat a late night dinner and not feel bloated.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Went for our anniversary and they were very friendly and helpful even gave us a free desert . Great restaurant and food and staff was amazing . Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food was very good and service was prompt . Everyone in the group was happy with everything, and recommend

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

One of my favorite spots in SD. I frequent here for brunch with girlfriends or mezcal flights with my husband. I love the decor. The drinks and food are unique and tasty and the service is always great. Icing on the cake is you can make reservations!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I enjoyed it, service getting better since the last time I was there, food is consistently good, ambiance is energetic and fun, super busy all the time!

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Too loud for a good date atmosphere.
1/2 of the things we ordered were great, 1/2 were whatever.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The only issue was mixing up of check and overcharging/accidentally double charging

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Such a cute restaurant! We came here for my birthday mainly because the interior was so amazing, but the food and drinks made the experience for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

This restaurant is gorgeous and has a unique set. The cocktails are some of the best I have had in San Diego, extremely balanced and perfection. Love the atmosphere and will definitely be coming back

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Pork chop was so juicy and delicious I am still thinking about it. The onion hummus might be my favorite appetizer of the year. Just awesome.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great service and the food and drinks were creative, well presented and very tasty. Came for a friends birthday dinner and I would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Everything was absolutely perfect and phenomenal!
We started with seasonal peach salad with a dressing so delicious we both wanted to drink it!
Then shared cauliflower au gratin and chicken kabob on green rice. Aaaaaaamaaaaazingly good! Healthy delicious clean food with just the right seasoning and flavor balance.
Had to try dessert so opted for flourless choc raspberry mousse cake. 2 bites was all she wrote..
very rich & sooooo good, but too full to go any further than that.
Highly recommend Madison!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The meal was fabulous but service took a bit longer than expected. No clean water glasses was the first of few excuses.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

As always, they service and food was great! Love coming back and back again!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Very enjoyable meal and ambiance. Great cocktails. The noise level is bit intense, however, which can make it hard to hear your fellow diners conversation.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Food and drinks were good. Very loud and the service was not good.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Gay Pride 🏳️‍🌈

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Went here to celebrate my dad landing a new client. Menu was great, ambiance was cool but the service was the best part. They gave a free dessert to celebrate it. Will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great ambiance, service, and food! Came to Madison for a friends get together and we all loved the design of the main dining room. The drinks were amazing- spicy vodka, lemon, cucumber cocktail was so refreshing on a warm evening. We will all definitely be back, and I can't wait to bring my husband here for a date night.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Been here several times and always a go to for our visitors/friends. Always great service and great food.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Everything was amazing, a little expensive because you want to try every stunning cocktail... but you’ll break the bank if you do. Highly recommend it

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Great cocktails

Good service

Only negative, very loud, sitting tight at the bar

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Very good food, nicely presented in a deceptively chill space.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great atmosphere and food, but the server forgot to put in my husband’s order. I had to say something 15 minutes after she brought out the food and the server finally stopped by to ask if everything was ok. She did not even notice that he hadn’t received any food. She did not really apologize and didn’t even offer to comp the meal. His meal was good, but it came out when everyone had finished eating.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Hostess didn’t look up or speak to us for almost three minutes? She knew we were there, but she just fiddled on her iPad. Finally she looked up very unapologetically said I’ll be with you shortly and kept tapping away at the keys. Weird and really unprofessional.
Server was great, food was yummy. My husbands dish came out about 5 minutes after my friends and I got our dishes. A very attentive person noticed and ran back and got it.
Good experience, but not great.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Our party of four all had wonderfully prepared, excellent food with a great selection of wines!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Six different cocktails, 6 different entrees, all excellent. Our server, Julia, was especially delightful, making suggestions and answering questions. A lovely dinner!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Beautiful dining area. The sun was just setting and the air was a little crisp and cool. I wish there was a subtle cover band or singer in the corner. Would have made for an even better experience. Definitely coming back! The food was excellent!

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