Madison

4.7
755 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
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MC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

The espresso machine was not working.
We couldn't get any espresso drinks during our brunch.

The service was a bit slow. It took them a while to get us our food.
Also, to get our drink order - it was very slow. It took them a while to get our drink order.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great. It’s a bit noisy but wasn’t too bad. The dining room is open on the sides so it can be cool in the evenings.

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PA
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Citrus Avocado salad had no avocados in it ... waitress needed some push more than once to make this right. Terrible service !!

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F
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a fabulous dinner when dining at Madison. The food is uniformly excellent and we love the ambiance.

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CW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The breakfast here was outstanding! Great service, really good food, and a nice crowd. Highly recommend

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d
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and creative cocktails. Service is an A+. This may be my favorite new spot right now for brunch and drinks!

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B
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great, as always. I think I've had Brie as my server just about every time I've been to Madison and she always does a stellar job. My cocktail was fantastic. The food was above average, but not outstanding. It was a bit hard to hold a conversation. It seemed much louder than I've ever experienced before, but it did seem more crowded and there was a very loud person at the table right next to us. The wood walls/ceiling probably don't do much for sound absorption either.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$9 beers and it’s not even a pint. Come on guys!

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BN
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

EXTREMELY LOUD...
DOORS open and cold.. so cold there were heaters inside...
Will never go back or recommend to friends..

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I celebrated my birthday here and everyone loved the restaurant. Definitely recommend going here!

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R
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The brunch menu was very innovative and the dishes we ordered were very tasty. I've always enjoyed Madison for dinner, but brunch has a very youthful and vibrant energy. It was just a little too noisy for my taste.

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SS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madison is a great place to have some food and drinks. The environment is very clean and trendy. I would highly recommend the portobello fries and the half chicken entree as they were both excellent! As for cocktails, I ordered the small axe (would not recommend). Overall, I had a great first experience and will be returning soon!

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and had something for everyone (gluten free, other allergies, etc). Tony was a great waiter and my friends loved the decor. Was a little loud and we had a group of 7 that was a bit crowded onto a 6-person table, but otherwise everyone had a nice time.

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LT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent noise level is high which made it difficult to have a conversation

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SP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. Beautiful ambience - We ordered cocktails and almost every small plate and shared everything and it was perfect. Will be back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to celebrate my 30th!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing but I was shocked at how rude the hostess was. She blatantly ignored us when we tried to flag her down with a question. At one point I pushed out my chair and accidentaly bumped her, she gave my the worst death stare I have seen in ages, seemed like she really disliked being there. Too bad because everything else was amazing.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us on a Saturday morning bunch. Food was excellent, and service was perfect. Definately want to go back.

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L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time and the food was amazing! There was a live jazz band that was a little too loud for quality conversation at our table. Also,the wind-tunnel effect of the dining room was in full effect, but the staff graciously provided blankets and encouraging smiles. The food is what made everything worth it...well, that and the great company!

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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the only places where the staff is legitimately sincere to you and actually treats you like a human being. I recommend Madison to everyone!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time coming time to this place coming from LA. It was once again fantastic. The service is A1, they are kind, funny, and very attentive. The ambiance is great with their beautiful location and building structure. The Chiplequles were incredible and the French Toast with Nutella! Of course you can’t forget their unbelievable mimosas. All in all, five stars for my favorite brunch place! I want to come back from dinner!

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BJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best brunch spots I’ve been to! Phenomenal customer service and great food and drinks. Will definitely be going back!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great time, every time!

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P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and amazing ambiance! The skirt steak eggs benny and churro sticks were delicious. I’ve eaten here before for dinner and the pork chop is on point! I’ll definitely come here again and recommend to others.

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PB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

We went because of a review written in the paper. The service was great! The food was good. The noise level was uncomfortably high. We had an elderly relative with us that had a hard time hearing our conversations. We were seated in the bar area, which didn't help, because it was warmer there. I doubt we would visit there again.

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KA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun place to sit and eat. It can be a little loud when it’s crowded but not so much that you can’t have a conversation with dinner companions. Drinks and food are very good and the service is excellent

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful space. Good vibe for a Friday night. Excellent cocktails

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PL
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special, not bad, just not great. had the avocado salad and the ravioli. My hubby liked the shrimp diavolo.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in San Diego!

Food is outstanding and so is the atmosphere and overall design of the place. The seasoned staff are always friendly. Overall always a good experience.

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TG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This is our second visit to Madison’s for a special occasion dinner. My husband’s pork chop was over cooked and dry, the last time we ordered it was perfect. Even though we came prepred for it to be chilly, it was uncomfortably cold even with a heater and jackets. The noise level made it impossible to hold a conversation with the other guests at our table. The waiter was wonderful.

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LL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and we love the atmosphere! We’ll definitely be back

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and a really cool atmosphere. The wooden arch architecture adds a cool touch. Though it was loud on the patio from voices, it wasn't too distracting. Would definitely recommend. Our favorite meal was the Shish Kabob.

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L
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is great and the drinks are imaginative. Unfortunately, advertise gluten free options, but there was only one item available that was deemed safe for Celiac.
I’ll come back for cocktails, but skip the food.

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M
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing find! Yummy food with a nice sized portion...not too much, not too little. It has an open ceiling and was very cold inside, fortunately we were there early enough to request a table under a heater. Dress warm if you go on a chilly night

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G
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katy was amazing! She was friendly and really went out of her way to make sure I was taken care of. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fabulous and the drinks follow suit. Worth a visit if you get a chance.

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l
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, cocktails and wine list were superb, truly an enjoyable experience.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony was an awesome server. He was extremely friendly, he checked up on his throughout our dining experience. I’ve come here many times and the service and food is always fantastic! Thank you for the great service!

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EJ
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food wasn’t all that great for the price but this is a kick back kinda of place with friends

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