Madison's

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$30 and under
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Southern
Awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award, Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa helps define the dining scene in downtown Highlands. The talented culinary team hand crafts each dish with farm-to-table, sustainably-grown ingredients to bring out the most abundant flavors nature has to offer.

A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant since 2005 with “Best of“ awards since 2008, Madison's wine list features an expansive selection from an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommeliers help with selections. The Private Wine Cellar offers an intimate dining setting for up to 12 guests.

Madison’s Restaurant is open for breakfast (for in-house guests and Old Edwards members only), lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are suggested for lunch and dinner. The Wine Garden is open in the warmer months with no reservations available.
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JL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, classy and romantic atmosphere and our server, Murphy made our anniversary feel very special.

TK
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and superb food and service. 4 Stars !

KW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Madison’s! From the salad through the entrées and dessert, couldn’t have asked for a better meal or better service. Thank you, Jon!

WB
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, restaurant all around. Great wine list, first class.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Highly recommend! Food, service, ambience
very special and attentive.

KP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter seemed to keep forgetting about us. We didn't get beverage refills, asked for a dessert menu, never got that. He was covering a big area, out and inside. Not sure what the issue was. But not we expected at Madison's.

j
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, beautiful setting in a beautiful little town. If you are in town definitely dine at Madison’s

ES
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional, upscale experience and our server, Molly was delightful! Wonderful place to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

RG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive wait staff, did not hover. Very good meal. Felt the price/value was very reasonable. Overall a great experience. We made reservations several months in advance to make sure we could get in. Recommend you do the same.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Server did not place order to kitchen. Lunch took 1:45 hours. No manager apology except for 2 appetizers once he realized the error after I inquired about the delay. I believe there should be better supervision of the servers until they gain needed experience in such a great highend property.

l
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice ending to a perfect Labor Day weekend. Comfy large booths and clubby atmosphere--okay with or without your blue blazer. Tomato parmesan soup super, scallops scrumptious, and trout terrific!

MH
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful first time eating here. Great ambience, outstanding service. Food selection is very southern oriented .

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went for lunch and had a warm gracious welcome; however, despite repeated clarifications requested by our server (who was friendly and seemed to be trying very hard), my food was not what I had ordered. Instead of the trout entree with a side salad to share, I received trout on a salad. Not really a terrible thing but how the mistake could ensue was a mystery....and the trout was bland. I didn’t bother to point the error out as my expectations for correction were low.
On a happier note, we enjoyed our Prosecco and finishing with Pavlova for dessert.
Lastly they forgot to charge us for the Prosecco and when my husband pointed it out they didn’t charge us. All in all a strange unexpected service experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Madison's for my wife's birthday. Afterwards she said it was the best birthday dinner she had ever had. Hew steak was the best that I had ever tasted. The mashed potatoes were unbelievably good.
We had a souffle with house made ice cream that was GREAT. Overall this was a great experience.

CP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent; the service was odd. The servers were very polite and attentive, but seemed a little confused about some of the food and about how to serve it. The decor is new and comfortable. The background music was odd for a place that presents itself as posh; it sounded like an oldies station, ranging from quiet background music to bouncy pop. Desserts were great!

L
Jacksonville
68 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Also on a nice day eat outside in the wine garden. Eating at Madisons is a must on our visits to Highlands.

MC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed in so many ways.
Heard meatloaf was supposed to be really good. Meh!
Told server Matt I was on low carb food plan& wanted very small amount of potatoes & lots of veggies. He acknowledged at order time.
Plate comes out with LOTS of mashed potatoes and minuscule amt of broccoli & carrots. He even commented on how the kitchen got it mixed up.
Husband got rib eye. Meh again. Cooked rare of one end and med on other end. He wanted med rare. Flavor was boring for rib eye.
All 4 in party were disappointed in quantity of food. We were all hungry when we left.
Both couples ordered soufflé for dessert.
Waiter ruined the puff it by cutting it open at table and inserting cold ice cream!!!!!!
Souffle was ruined. Again, very small dessert portion.
I had planned to return in a month to celebrate my birthday with friends, but cancelled our reservation.
Very poor all around. Rip off, even for Highlands.

MS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Madison's is a lovely restaurant, the food is very good, as is the wine list. Getting seated was a bit of a mess, which may be attributed to their having a new hostess. There was a couple who had reserved a table for two at noon on a Wednesday, but were made to wait because "the table wasn't ready." They also turned away a party of five who had been told by the outside hostess they had room in Madison's.

They really need to make sure there is good communication between their restaurants and that front of the house personnel are fully trained before they interact with clients. Once seated we wanted a rose we had ordered before at their wine garden eatery. Instead they offered a very expensive alternative. We asked if we might have the one served outside and they accommodated us and brought in a couple of bottles. It was an awkward exchange but they ended up being very accommodating. Again, there should be better interaction between their facilities.

I had booked the table as a birthday celebration which I had noted in the reservation but of which the waiter was not aware. I mentioned it and she did bring a beautiful slice of chocolate cake with a candle. Again, better communication would have avoided this misstep.

TE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We both were disappointed in the lack of flavor of the main course. Both were flat tasting. I had the meatloaf and expected a savory delight. It was beautifully presented, but missed on taste. My wife felt the same way about her pork tenderloin. Everything else about Madison’s was wonderful. The staff was excellent, the ambiance also delightful. We did not have a long wait for our table. An enjoyable night, but not great food.

HD
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Lamb, Ribeye, and Tomato Soup were fantastic. The service was exceptional along with the ambiance. I recommend that you come early to Hummingbird's Lounge for a cocktail before dinner.

l
Miami
83 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I have dined at Madison's many times and it has been a delicious, wonderful experience. This last time was horrible. After 1 hour and 20 minutes and no food, we got up and left. I guess anyone can have a very bad day so we will be back again.

MA
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was really good. Service was good once someone got to us. Slow at beginning.
Trout was delicious! Quail is more sausage and not so much quail. Grits were yummy and also field peas! We will definitely go back! Very good!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for our anniversary. They could only give us a reservation for 6 pm, but we really wanted to try it, so we took it. We got the charcuterie board and beef tartare for appetizers. Both were spectacular. For our meal, I had the 6 oz filet and roasted vegetables and he had the buffalo spare rib. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious. The service was impeccable. It said upscale so my husband wore a suit and I wore a nice dress. I’m glad we did. There was no dress code, but everyone was well dressed.

N
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Hostess was attentive but very generic- Smith (et al) party of 2? C’mon!,, Rather than ...Smith? I am ready to take you to your table. Or something a little more classy for a classy place! Felt like I was being seated in a meat and three. Food wax OK. Pork tenderloin offered as “fork tender large slices.” Pieces of pork, not slices. Butt end pieces of tenderloin at best. Tasty,but far from exquisite. Presentation good on pork, but bland on trout. I am glad this was just a regular meal for me and my wife, because there was nothing that would have made this an exceptional dinner. We had drinks in Hummingbird before dinner as well as the night before prior to dining locally elsewhere. Now that experience was classy! Will consider all options next time I visit Highlands, but would not have wanted to have been in charge of choosing the dinner destination for a party of 4 or more. Get your stuff together!!

B
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Madison's is always a great experience.

s
Jacksonville
91 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and well prepared food. Hope to return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we were provided excellent service. Everyone was friendly and attentive. Callum, our server was especially exceptional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

BM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food outstanding, service discreet and highly professional. Excellent steak tartare. Wonderful ambience.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service staff were excellent. The food was delicious and prepared perfectly. My only issue was the garden salad wasn’t really described adequately on the menu. It was mostly kale, which I am not a fan of. I would not have ordered it had I known that. The dressing was delicious, however.

We would definitely eat there again.

T
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Sunday lunch. They were not offering a brunch that day. Everything was as we expected from anything Old Edwards Inn does. The service was excellent. I had their version of fish and chips which was excellent. The fish had a light batter, we clearly fresh fish and not greasy. My wife had a chicken salad salad which she said was also excellent.

TB
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very pleasant experience. The food and service were great. Would highly recommend the Madison

SC
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our server was so attentive. It was a fantastic evening. The Buffalo short rib was delicious!

DR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great farm to table food; lovely biscuits w/cheddar & bacon, and our salads were delicious!

KC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal at Madison’s. The service was exceptional and the ambience very comfortable. The food was very good, in particular the soup, bread service, and drinks. I would go back!

JH
Western NC
44 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the fine dining restaurants in this area. Great atmosphere, extensive wine list, great service, and delicious food. Excellent is the word.

WU
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have been to Madisons every time we visit the Highlands. The food has always been great. I didn’t care for the Lamb dish I had but my husband raved about his steak! Service is superior and we will be back.

GN
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife ordered the a la carte ribeye medium well, I ordered the ribeye on the menu cooked medium. The chef must have confused the orders. Mine was very done and my wife’s was a wonderful medium. Mine was served in a sauce, so I was able to eat it and I helped my wife with hers. Mine was not worth the price, my wife’s probably was.
There was a large party in a private dining room and everything in the restaurant seemed to be about them. We had a very attentive server .

KH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, top notch service and delicious food!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only thing missed was my rose at the end. The waiter forgot to give it to me.

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