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Madison's, Highlands, NC

Madison's

4.8
4.8
2127 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southern
A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant since 2005 with “Best of“ awards since 2008, Madison's wine list features an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommeliers help with selections. Please contact madisonsreservations@oldedwardsinn.com with any inquiries.

All reservations are for inside Madison's only. Seating outdoors in the Wine Garden or Rooftop Terrace is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Custom celebration cakes may be ordered for the table. 24 hours notice is required. Outside cakes may be served for a $35 cakeage fee.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (828) 787-2525
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chris Huerta
  • Private party facilities
    The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 6 to 14 guests. The Wine Room is an actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. For reservations please contact us at madisonsreservation@oldedwardsinn.com
  • Private party contact
    Group Sales: (828) 787-2525
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands / Sapphire
  • Cross street
    4th Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
    Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,127 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for business meals

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for special occasions

2,127 Reviews
  1. Grill

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There for wife’s Bday- spectacular and great service. Ordered aBDay cake as well- sooo good!!!!

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  2. cbjnsr15

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ashley was a great server and very attentive. Had a lovely meal.

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  3. DanielC

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was given the wrong drink, it tasted like ginger and my drink was supposed to be gin, blackberry, lemon, and tonic. Had 4 different staff at the table, who took our drinks was different than who brought bread who was different than who took our order who was different than who brought our food. The drink orders staff member also brought the end of night rose and puddings, but that wasn’t her specific role because she was the full server at other tables. Very confusing and disjointing. The bread service seemed surprised when we knew what bread we wanted right away because we didn’t have bread plates, and proceeded to go through the bread options again after we said what we wanted. Also, you receive way too much butter to only receive one piece of bread. Chargrilled octopus tasted more the the char and grill than the octopus. Not a bad experience but strange considering the quality of restaurant it is supposed to be.

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  4. MartinI

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good overall. Caesar salad good, but lettuce a bit watery and swamped with capers.. and I love capers. I had octopus and was top notch. My wife’s pork chop was great, requested broccolini was subbed without comment for ho hum broccoli . We were told they were out, we probably would have switched if known .

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  5. Suzanne

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere and service for a celebratory birthday lunch. Everything was good but I wish they'd change up the lunch menu as the choices rarely change. For such a high end restaurant new choices would be nice.

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  6. LynnL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely a wonderful evening. Our meals were fabulous, I had the diver scallops and my husband had the red snapper special. We will definitely go back. Our server was excellent as well, everyone was from coming through the front door .

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  7. UGABulldogschow

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our evening. Service was great staff very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. On main entree menu would like to see a roasted or prepared chicken breast. Not a fan of duck. We had a delicious New York strip perfectly cooked and scallops our meal was definitely a 10!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner. Top notch service, the meal was spaced out well nd the food is amazing.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waiter—his gentle and smart attentiveness and kindness. Made for a wonderful memory making experience.

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  10. ShannonD

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison’s was delicious and the perfect spot for lunch. Our waiter was friendly and helpful! 10/10 recommend the chicken salad!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The servers were excellent and so helpful with our kids. Thank you!!!

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  12. QuinnL

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Madison's! The menu is always changing with wonderful farm to table seasonal options that are uniquely prepared and are so well done! We loved our starters, entrees, and desserts. Service is always top notch as well! It is one of our favorites.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My hamburger was over cooked and the soup though tasty was cold. Our server was very good and the ambience was nice.

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  14. kellyp

    Western NC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok. The onions in the onion soup were not cooked well and the broth was flavorless. The meatloaf was horrible; I was sick to my stomach most of the night. The pecan pie filling was curdeled and gooey. Overall the food experience was not at good as it has been int he past. The wait staff was ok; the ambiance was tired; not the remantic dinner experience we remember having on so many occasions in the past. Probably won't be back.

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  15. BeverlyL

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison's consistently delivers a first class experience in every way!

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  16. MarkR

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    When we made the reservations, we told them we were celebrating our 40th anniversary. Unfortunately, they seated us right next to a very large, noisy group. The food itself and wait staff were excellent, but the table location greatly diminished our overall experience.

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  17. JimS

    Atlanta Metro

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful and William did a great job!! The barbecue pork sandwich is always a winner!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and ambiance were perfect like usual, but our food was below average. We asked for the foie gras burger to be cooked medium rare, and it arrived well done. Fries were overcooked, French onion soup was cold as well.
    Madison'sResponded on February 11, 2024
    Good afternoon, We would like to apologize for missing the mark on your dinner with us on Friday night. I would love to talk to you personally about your experience at your earliest convenience. We would love the opportunity to invite you back to our restaurant on your next visit to Highlands. My name is Celine Johnston. I am the Maitre D' at Madison's restaurant. My contact phone number is 828-787-2537. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Kind regards, Celine Johnston

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  19. DarylD

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great overall, couldn't ask for a better meal! highly recommend

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  20. Foodjunkie

    Nashville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food in an amazing environment. The staff was attentive and engaging. William our waiter deserves special kudos for making my wife’s birthday dinner truly spacial.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant! The temperature in the restaurant needs to be cooler. Too hot to enjoy the amazing food

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  22. SarahV

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend and I went to Madison's to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. It was hands down one of the best meals I've ever had. The pan seared scallops starter is an absolute must! He got the mushroom risotto and I had the bacon wrapped sunburst trout. I would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a special night!

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  23. Brian9672

    Atlanta Metro

    179 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t miss Madison’s in Highlands. It’s an absolute gem on the mountain. Be sure to get the chicken salad or smash burger. All entrees are magnificent. And the salads are splendid. Enjoy!

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  24. JulieH

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere and service is impeccable! Always great food, our server, Gavin, did an excellent job and presented me with a rose at the end of our meal. One of my favorite restaurants!

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  25. MaryF

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They always make the effort to make it special. We were celebrating an engagement and they gave us rose petals, wrote congratulations on our dessert and gave us a glass of champagne. Thank you; it will be a dinner we will remember

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  26. JulieM

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison's is our favorite restaurant in Highlands. The ambiance inside the beautifully decorated restaurant or outside at the Wine Garden make for a delightful and special meal. The service is spot on. Enjoy every bite!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, exceptional service, always love the stone walled sunroom.

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  28. JRMA

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Madison's never disappoints. We have eaten there for years and it has always been consistent. The service is excellent and they have an extensive wine list. We always enjoy the pimento cheese and trout dip to start the meal. We recently enjoyed the chicken salad and smash burger with fries.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and our waiter was excellent! We have eaten at Madison’s 4 times and always love the food and service! This experience….we reserved the booth in the semi private room but that is not where were seated. And one of the staff members came and asked for our wine menus (so other tables could use them) before we even placed our own wine orders. We were actually looking at the menu she was asking for at the very moment she asked if she could have them. It was odd. Other than that, we had a good overall experience. I am giving 5 stars because I don’t want to take away from the quality of the food and service we received otherwise.

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  30. kcgcps6250

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    our server was amazing, charming and so much fun to enjoy our anniversary lunch with her . We loved sharing our visits to Jamaica as well. i’m sorry but i don’t recall her name but she was tremendous and made our day. thank you our wine -kistler chard served w your fish & chips. Madison has the best wine list in the entire state!

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  31. EileenE

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner. Our server Katie and the sommelier were both excellent with their recommendations. We had a very enjoyable evening and left feeling so content. Every course was delicious and we had a wonderful dinner.

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  32. RWATL

    Atlanta Metro

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Servers at this restaurant are not great. We had trouble understanding our dinner server. Also disappointed that since I am 6’5” they stick us in a small two seat table against the window ant then seated the next several couples in 4 person booths. Hosts should pay more attention to this. Otherwise the meal was very good. Breakfast server forgot half of my order which I never received because we never saw her again until we were done eating.

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  33. Nancy616

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the wagyu steak and my wife had the octopus. We shared them and they were out of this world. Had the cookie skillet for dessert which was good.

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  34. StoneE

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my wife’s 75 birthday along with our daughter and granddaughter. The food was gourmet and delicious, especially the mushroom soup ! As always the atmosphere was outstanding……. Madison’s has been our favorite restaurant in Highlands for the last 20 years. Stone and Melly Ermentrout

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Where to begin we were celebrating our 30th Wedding anniversary and looking forward to a fine dinning experience. Instead we were subjected to a waiter in training that had no clue what he was doing. I’m sure with more time he would be wonderful but at these prices wait until he’s ready.

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  36. LesMess

    Raleigh

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is reliably good, great breads, steak, salads. Dessert selections could be improved...they are heavy. Great wine list and service.

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  37. AshaG

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I asked if we could sit near the window (there were multiple open) — and they told me — twice! — that their window tables were for reservations. I had to remind them, that I, in fact, had a reservation! Such a rude and unwelcoming start to our lunch.
    Madison'sResponded on January 6, 2024
    Good afternoon, My name is Celine Johnston. I am the Maitre D' at Madison's. I apologize for the miscommunication that was caused on your visit with us. We strive to ensure that guests of ours who had requested a specific window table in advance for their reservation are able to be seated on those tables. We appreciate your honest feedback and once again would like to apologize that you were disappointed in your seating arrangements. If you would like to further discuss that matter, I would be happy to talk to you personally at your earliest convenience. My contact number is 828-787-2537. Sincerely, Celine Johnston

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  38. LaurenP

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Madison’s every year for a girl’s lunch and always have the best service and experience.

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  39. Brit

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in highlands! The food, is amazing!

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  40. KayC

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was excellent. He was attentive and very courteous.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Madison's is rated 4.8 stars by 2127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for Madison's

445 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    4th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Highlands / Sapphire
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Southern, Contemporary American, Contemporary French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Huerta
  • Entertainment
    Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (828) 787-2525
  • Private party facilities
    The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 6 to 14 guests. The Wine Room is an actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. For reservations please contact us at madisonsreservation@oldedwardsinn.com
  • Private party contact
    Group Sales: (828) 787-2525
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