Madison

4.7
642 reviews
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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
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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Hey friends! We'll be serving an AMAZING 4 course pre-fixe w/ wine AND cocktail pairings. Offerings include some delicious skirt steak & tuna tartare appetizers along with our famous pork chop entree. Vegan and GF options will be available. Drink pairings are optional. Check 𝚠𝚎𝚋𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚎 for menu!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 642 People Are Saying
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Mexico City
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Mediocre food bad bad service bad coffee not recommended better optons.........

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was incredibly underwhelming, dry and over cooked.

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San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

we had heard it was trendy and fun.
food was fine not amazing-service was wonderful and presentation was good
decor on the outside is amazing-inside not too great but it was a good experience how ever i don't need to go back

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and love their drinks. Dinner is great, service was very nice and their Sunday brunch is super 😋 yummy.

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KW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had guests from out of town and heard that Madison was really great - and it was. The ambiance was stellar. The noise level was a bit loud...music could have been turned down a notch. Food was great! You pay for the ambiance here. So, I felt a bit overpriced but this is the norm. Very good food and veg god service.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came with a baby in the stroller and they’re very accommodating

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M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

We visited during a rain storm. The roof of the dining room was partially open to the elements. Tables and floors were wet. The wind blew in so the light fixtures swung to and fro. We were offered blankets. Blankets??? Food was tepid when it was delivered. We decided to eat in the bar where it was very noisy, but marginally warmer and at least dry. The food was meh and cost too much for the meh quality. I could have done better at home. All in all, a disappointing place to celebrate my husband's birthday

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was extremely pleasant and helpful with descriptions & decisions. Music was excellent! Food just right!

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greqt drinks and food!
Mezcal mule is really good

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Got free churro waffles for a friend’s birthday, that was very nice of them.

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B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madison never disappoints. Today, we had brunch and the service was amazing at one of the booths in the bar. The food is always consistent and really good.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony gave amazing service and the food was perfect.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always have a great experience at Madison. The food is delicious and the ambience is so great. This place is great for groups, special occasions, etc.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to celebrate with a larger group

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San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem with great service and a delicious menu. We loved the carefully crafted cocktails. The intimate indoor/outdoor atmosphere provided a cool ambience. Highly recommend for a date night.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place and delicious menu! If you have special dietary needs you won’t be disappointed.

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1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary trying a new place in town and we loved Madison! Will definitely be back

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DV
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I always come here! I love it every time! My significant other and I went here the other night for a date night and were immediately sat. We both shared the brie and portobello fries and I highly recommend the brie! For dinner I gluten free ravioli and I did not even realize that it was gluten free! Amazing! Our server was adorable, unfortunately I am really bad with names so I cannot remember her name (sorry!) and very attentive! Sometimes it was difficult to re-order drinks from her but I think it was because it was a busy night -- such a fun place and we will be returning!

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LP
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks! Thanks a lot Madison Team

Great Job!

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EJ
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every plate we got for brunch was different and divine, and the drinks were equally creative! Will be back to check out that amazing happy hour and custom old fashioned menu!

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T
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding which these days is just such a treat to come by. Our girl's night out group loved the decor and the food. We will be back!

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b
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! Much better for lunch/brunch than dinner in my opinion. Really good cocktails and coffee, and the Churro Waffle sticks should not be missed.

I have been many times but Zairre was the best waiter that i have had so far. Great recommendations and very friendly. Definitely didn't feel forgotten sitting in the bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place with very friendly staff.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was awesome! She was cheerful, knowledgeable, courteous and bent over backwards to make this, our first visit to Madison, a delicious and wonderfully memorable experience.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot. Have been meaning to eat here for a while and was happy it finally happened. Great service and Cocktails. Great atmosphere in the restaurant.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. Went with my boyfriend to celebrate an anniversary and the food and drinks were amazing and the ambience was very romantic.

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l
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and cocktails. Great service. Definitely recommend Madison.

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MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Madison is stylish and energetic, with a great vibe and excellent food & drinks. On our first visit (we will be back!), we were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time. About 20 minutes after ordering, our waitress stopped by our table to ask again what we had ordered--not a good sign. In short, service seemed disorganized, so hopefully this will improve. The food and drinks were high-caliber, with a focused, innovative menu.

In brief, Madison is a beautiful addition to the University Heights restaurant scene and is well worth a visit, as long as you aren't in a hurry.

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MI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

It took close to 15 minutes for a server to stop by our table and get a drink order. Service was extretslow initially. Eventually the manager took care of us and we ended the evening on a high note.
Always one of my favorite spots in San Diego!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Family get together. Food and drinks were great! Awesome craft cocktails and great menu for individual ordering or sharing.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about it! Great food, atmosphere and service. The only thing is that there is an issue with flies

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great but the flies were kind of annoying. Not sure how that can be controlled since everything is open. Overall, we had a lovely brunch.

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San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cool place with good tapas

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Great food. Was able to book for 8 people for Sunday Brunch! Ir was also family friendly. Lots of young kids on he patio with us. The only thing that was less than perfect was the loud bass they kept playing. It wasn’t exactly Sunday brunch music.

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AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was great! The food was delicious but you had to eat it before the flies landed on it. The staff were very friendly.

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KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madison was amazing! We had a large group of 9 people and they easily accommodated us. We went for an early Sunday brunch. The food and drinks were so delicious and they had some really cool/yummy options on their menu. Service was great and attentive. The atmosphere was REALLY cool. You can tell they put a lot of thought into it for their customers. Overall, it was wonderful!

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San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and hip interior but if you want a place for quiet conversation, this isn't it! There were several large tables that were very boisterous until their food came. Nonetheless, Madison is a fun place with good food and an interesting cocktail and wine list.

Generous portions and an excellent value. They don't hover over you and we had a leisurely Saturday night dinner with friends and had no pressure to leave.

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MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melea was fabulous! She took great care of us as we celebrated our bride to be! The food and ambiance was outstanding. I’ll be daydreaming of the churro sticks for days! To die for!

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great service and the atmosphere is so chik. We will defiantly be back to Madison!

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