Madison

4.7
605 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
What 605 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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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E
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food! Friendly Staff!! Easy Parking! Interesting interior!!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would have been 5 stars overall but the portions are teeeeeeny!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well done interesting dishes. Very cool room. The flies were a bit of a bummer though.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service used to be way better. If you sit in a booth in the bar, the bartenders also service those tables and it is challenging to get their attention for service.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, the design of the restaurant is unique with an amazing wood ceiling. Amazing cocktail menu with fantastic food. Fun!

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CT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have eaten here before and it was really good. This time it was just ok, the vegetables were cold and the pork chop was almost sent back for not being done. I was disappointed.

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m
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was great, but it was SOOO loud. We went on Saturday night around 7pm.

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c
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious! I really enjoyed the gnocchi, soooo good.

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

My new favorite hot spot in San Diego! Absolutely delicious food, incredible service and fabulous atmosphere! Highly recommend it!

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RF
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The noise from the “music” next door at a different bar was unbearable. We couldn’t sit in the restaurant because it was so loud. We were seated in the Madison bar, but it was still very loud and disturbing. I won’t make a reservation again without having a backup plan for a different restaurant. The management was apparently unable, or unwilling to do anything about it.

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MW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times. Once again, did not disappoint!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for brunch during a bachlorette party and the brides name is Madison. Our service was the sweetest ever and the bartender threw together a shot and named is Madison for us. Definitely recommend to anyone! 💕

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit at Madison. It’s such a pretty restaurant, you’ll probably want pictures! The food was great both times. I most recently got the Papas Locas and they didn’t disappoint. The portions are fair and I had some left over.

My only complaint is that the fly issue is a bit out of hand. I’m not sure what they can do about this consider it’s a pretty open space. But it was distracting to be swatting away flies during my meal and conversation.

Overall a nice experience!

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c
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at Madison for dinner (have enjoyed brunch there a couple of times). Highlight was staff - delightful server, Julia, and attentive busboy (busman?) who noticed my husband could use a spoon to twirl his pasta. His meal — the special — was delicious (linguine and shrimp). I enjoyed the salmon skewers and orzo (accompanying salad was overdressed). Brie appetizer was rather unremarkable compared to Cohn Restaurant’s version. Love the atmosphere at Madison, especially after dark!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant if you are into simplistic eating. The menu is very limited. I want be in a hurry to go back. This is not a place to take kids. The design of the restaurant was nice.

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E
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful restaurant! A modern, creative design and great ambiance. Took my family visiting from out of town to dinner here and while it was a bit too loud for some of our older family members we had a perfect experience! Our server took their time going over the menu with us and gave spot on recommendations for both cocktails and dinner. Every single dish was a hit! My only comment in terms of opportunity for improvement is we had 3 family style courses, and our server did not provide fresh plates or crumb the table in between any of the courses. After a juicy watermelon salad you kind of want a fresh plate before you dig into a pork chop. An easy and much appreciated step of service. But overall, I can’t wait to come back to Madison. Honestly, one of my favorite meals to date in a San Diego!

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d
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food was very tasty. The location is easy to find, just be patient with parking. The menu is short and sweet on the list but packs a delicious punch to your taste buds!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Very unimpressed with the food and service. The bar area was great and the bartenders were very friendly. The rest of the evening felt uneventful and food lacked quality

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RG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, open & airy very good service. I will come back here.

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KS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a 13 person family reunion group for brunch. Service was accommodating and attentive. The food was really delicious and the menu was broad enough to handle several family members who had dietary limitations and concerns. Such a great find in University Heights.

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c
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Madison. Celebrating our son's new house in North Park. Loved the restaurant. Great service and the food was excellent. Very good cocktails and unique too! Place inside is very trendy and upbeat. A bit loud but what we expected.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday of mother in law

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their drinks, they are amazing! Madison is one of my favorite SD spots

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R
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fell in love with the ambience! And we were seated right on time. The food was delicious and seasoned well, too!

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RA
San Diego
107 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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CS
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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TF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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SC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch ever. Moving nearby to be closer.

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L
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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