Madison

4.6
527 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 527 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

What a phenomenal brunch spot. I had been here before in the evening and the cocktails were spectacular. So, when a friend came to town for her birthday we decided to try for brunch. I made reservations, since it was Father's day, we got right in. The atmosphere is lovely and the design of the space is enchanting. The food was mouthwatering and we ordered a pitcher of mango mint mimosas (also fabulous).

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Cozy yet fun spot for brunch! Food is creative and all of their mimosas are must-tries!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It was my birthday and Madison was accommodating. It was easy to get seated with the reservation through open table. Thanks :)

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Went here for my husband’s birthday. We got there early for happy hour beforehand. We loved the clover club gin cocktail, but could barely get down one of the speciality cocktails. Rarely the case here since we love their drinks normally. Service at the bar was ok, but great in the restaurant. Food was good and ambience was excellent. Overall, a positive experience.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I like the environment, very modern and relaxing, and their cocktail were very creative, but food is pretty small and lack of layer.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The entire evening was a WOW!!
We arrived a bit early & were able to snag a couple of seats at the bar- OMG does that bartender know his stuff- that was the best Cosmo i have ever had. My date loved her Hendricks Martini too. then we were seated and we LOVED our server. she was knowledgeable and so sweet and friendly. We took her recommendations and loved them!
Then we decided we had time for another drink prior to the show so back to the bar we went, made some new friends and met the owner- lovely man.
We announced to our friends all weekend how much we loved Madison- we will be back soon. thank you for creating such a lovely space for us to enjoy. Sincerely, Liz Jardine & Michelle Natalier

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

All the food was delicious. Service was top notch and it wasn’t as noisy as some have said. Well at least not to us.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Really good service, friendly amazing! Has a good time, food was amazing as well.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This is the second time I’ve been to Madison. Each time the service has been excellent and the food is amazing. The drinks are unique and fun and the food is always delicious. I always make sure to recommend Madison for brunch to anyone who is visiting the San Diego area!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Awesome food, ambience and service.
Highly recommended! Thank you

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This is my go to for brunch any time I have guests in town and they LOVE IT. Great service, great food, fun drinks.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Friendly staff and great food. Love coming to Madison for brunch on the weekend.

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2.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Service was very slow. It took me 20 minutes before our first drinks arrived. Food runners didn’t seem to know which table dishes were going to.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Nice place, ambiance and service.

But dining area is too loud. Everyone shouts to compensate...Not very comfortable to stay long or have a nice conversation. Room needs sound insulation.

On the other hand bar area is quieter for some reason.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Everything was lovely except the noise level, which was painful

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Madison did not disappoint! We brought friends visiting from out of town and they LOVED the brunch menu. Our server Tony was attentive and kind; we were very proud to bring our guests to such an establishment :-) We'll be back soon!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Almost forty minutes to get our food, which then arrived cold. No acknowledgement or apologies. Turkish breakfast sandwich was bland and overwhelmed by the enormous bun. And served with potatoes — way too much starch for one dish. Mango Mimosa was ok. Coffee not hot. Disappointing experience overall.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

First time there. Everything was great! Our server Tony was amazing, the food right on point. We will be back for sure

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Madison is always our go to date night spot if we need a last minute reservation! Have pretty much tried everything on the menu so it's nice to try the different specials! I always recommend to friends to try this place out!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Service and food was impeccable! Would come back again :)

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

I love this restaurant. I’ve been twice, once on a date with my husband and the other with my family and parents to celebrate mother’s day and both occasions I enjoyed. The food and drinks are fabulous and the service is great!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great cocktail and food, a little slow on the service but attentive nevertheless, the decor is outstanding. A great experience!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

On time for reservation, took 15+ minutes for drinks after ordering, 45 minutes for food after ordering, brought wrong dish for one person at table, and "Chilaquiles" dish was not good (and a joke to anyone who is familiar with the local Mexican food). Not worth another visit.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a reservation on Mother's Day. We only waited a few minutes to get seated. The restaurant is unique in that the main dining area is outside, but with an awesome vaulted cover over it. We got to enjoy the beautiful SD morning. It took a little bit to get greeted, but she apologized, and everything else was great from there. We ordered the waffled churro sticks to start, which were delicious. The 3 of us then each ordered a different brunch item, and all were very good. Would love to go and check out their dinner sometime now!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a great time. Initially the reservation was for a party of 4 but at the last minute we found ourselves a party of 6. We phoned the restaurant and were pleased that they were flexible (and willing) to accommodate the increase even though after arriving we noticed they were quite busy - thank you! Our waiter for the evening was Tyler - everyone should be so lucky. Tyler was very engaging, very professional and obviously enjoys his job. Everyone at the table enjoyed interacting with him. The food was amazing, the drinks just as good and the service was excellent. Everyone had a wonderful time and we all left exclaiming what a great dinner pick Madison turned out to be.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent food-very unique! Loved the decor and ambience. Service was excellent! A bit speedy but worth it for a special occasion. We celebrated a college graduation, and was surprised server did not offer a small dessert for celebrant. Just a suggestion, especially when we had a significant dinner and drink bill.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Drinks were great! Food was ok. Service was ok- had to wait 20 mins for our reservation.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great find in San Diego, lively, youthful and innovative restaurant! We were there to celebrate a couple birthdays, it was a very delicious and delightful evening! The staff was very attentive and made our evening even more enjoyable. A true gem in a new dining area of town! And the space was an amazing setting! Thanks Madison staff for a great time.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food was delicious, only thing to note was that Happy Hour is not valid in the dining room. Wish that was made clear to us when making a reservation as there are certain items we were looking forward to that were only available on the HH menu.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Not thrilled with Manhattan. Too much vermouth
Trying to get an entree portion of skirt steak- kitchen sent out 2 shared plates with double condiments (not sure my order was understood or translated properly)
Out of my first pick- chicken
Out of my second choice- fish from the supplemental menu

We were an early deuce at 6:00

We love your restaurant but this was not a home run.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Sarah our server was excellent. Food yummy. Very noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Super cool ambiance! I went with my mom and we both got the Paleo Bowl (mine was with chicken, my mom got carnitas) and everything tasted great. This is one of my new favorite places!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Loved the ambiance. Great spot for brunch with friends. I highly recommend the avo points to share as well as the G.O.A.T. Excellent flavors.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

It’s a very cool place. Family came in for a birthday and we wanted to demonstrate a relaxed San Diego vibe while having a great meal. Drinks are great and the food is reasonably priced for what is imaginative and of good quality. Our only issue was that the waiter seemed like he couldn’t execute or attend to anything within a reasonable timeframe. I’ve worked in restaurants for many years so I was trying to count how many tables he had, because I understand being in the weeds, but he really only visited our table and one other. Nice guy but maybe worry about side work, etc. until after we leave.

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1.0Dined on May 3, 2018

the bar reservation was not honored. we sat in the dining room and waited 25 minutes for cocktails...one of the worst martinis ever was sent back along with the appetizer. We simply requested the balsamic on the side...no way, it was drenched. Another 25 minutes for the replacement...unimpressive.It seems as though they took lavash and proscuitto from Trader joe's and called that a flatbread. And because I was starving and took a piece of the first, when they replaced it they did not bring a complete order! but subtracted the piece I had taken!!!. That must have taken some math in the kitchen...how about just reading the order and leaving off the balsamic as requested.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Food was great but there were two 20 minute windows where we were completely unattended to. Meal took over an hour and a half for two people.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Brilliant spot for casual get together or date night. Beautiful interior matched by yummy eats and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Everything was so great!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Met some friends for Sunday brunch. The cocktails and food made for a great Sunday Funday. The restaurant was more of a covered patio (very well covered but still open to the wind) so be sure to dress accordingly- they do have heaters and blankets handy shouldn’t be a problem. Would definitely go back and recommend Madison to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I went with a group of friends for brunch and it was the best part of our trip. The food is to die for and our server was so kind and helpful. Next time we’re back in San Diego we will definitely come back.

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