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Madison's, Highlands, NC

Madison's

4.8
4.8
1553 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. The Private Wine Cellar offers an intimate dining setting for up to 12 guests. There is a $40 corkage fee.

Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis for hotel guests and members only.

We welcome all for lunch and dinner and strongly encourage reservations. No-shows or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance will be subject to a charge of $25 per person.

Reservations are for inside Madison's restaurant only. Seating outdoors in the Wine Garden is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Custom celebration cakes may be ordered for the table. 24 hours notice is required. Prices range from $64 to $132. This does not apply to wedding/elopement cakes. Outside cakes may be served for a $35 cakeage fee.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Contemporary American, Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am 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.

  • 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

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What 1,553 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Overall

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Best Ambiance

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Romantic

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Special Occasion

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  1. JN

    JackN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience !!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were so friendly. It was a lovely dining experience. I would suggest opting for the bread service because you get a choice of rolls and biscuits and they were so delicious. We shared the linguini and fish and chips and they were both so yum. I would definitely return. It was the perfect ladies lunch for my mom and I.
  3. KR

    KyleR

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely lunch from beginning to end. Atmosphere, service & food were all superb! I highly recommend it!
  4. MB

    MicheleB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    ordered tenderloin medium rare, after cutting into steak was rare, seared only, they insisted on taking back the whole plate to redo order. When steak returned missing the portion I cut, potatoes were cold and so were sauces, the plate was not redone as promised. After second complaint, they redid plate to our satisfaction.
  5. AP

    AndrewP

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, get a booth as the two tops are really small and are where the air vents are located
  6. P

    georgeP

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the top of our dining list anytime we are in Highlands. Worth the trip all by itself.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for our 10-year wedding anniversary and Madison’s made it super special with rose petals on the table and impeccable food and service. Upon leaving they handed me a gorgeous long-stem rose!
  8. f

    foodie

    Western NC

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was overall terrific, but, just a tiny bit too creative in some cases. The Caeser salad did not need the balsamic. It eliminated the taste of the anchovies and was not listed on the menu and made the salad just a salad. One orders Caeser because of the taste. The plate for the thick burger was too small. That required a knife and fork, but the space was too limited to cut neatly. The pavlova was lovely, but the menu should list that there are two on the plate. Much too big a dessert for one person. The espresso creme brulee was yummy, but again the plating was a bit off. Too full of whipped cream to be able to pour the chocolate sauce.
  9. GD

    GregD

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great anniversary lunch. The location, service and food was wonderful. We will differently return.
  10. C

    Cobb

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Wine list needs updated. Took 3 tries to get something they had in the cellar.
  11. e

    eveo

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly great service. Food was very good as well. Had a salad because I was not that hungry. I plan to go back and have the linguine.
  12. JF

    JackF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Madison's is superb! The last two times we have been there, Coombs has been our server. He is EXCELLENT! Very attentive and so very nice!
  13. LR

    LauraR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were incredible! Great part of our honeymoon experience!
  14. R

    Roberto

    Orlando

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Although it is a limited lunch menu, the food was excellent and the service was outstanding!
  15. JF

    JackF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Madison’s! Food is outstanding! Service always excellent!!
  16. L

    Lexy35

    Western NC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner at Madison's for John's birthday. We brought a bottle of 2002 Silver Oak Wine for a cork fee of $30. Every dish was excellent, as well as the service from the staff! We finished off with the chocolate souffle that came with spearmint chocolate chip ice cream! We had a wonderful evening!
  17. N

    Nevalou

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a very good and enjoyable waiter——wonderful experience——looking forward to my next visit—-
  18. DR

    DustinR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited Old Edwards In. To celebrate our 14th Anniversary and made a reservation for dinner at Madison’s. The food and service were outstanding to say the least. Our server was Corina and she was wonderful and never made us feel rushed and was there for anything we needed. Great food and great atmosphere!
  19. BF

    BethF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful! It's always a treat to go to Madison's.
  20. JF

    JackF

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was outstanding! Our server was Coombs and he was excellent! So very nice and efficient! I was a wonderful lunch!
  21. PH

    PamH

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Endi, was knowledgeable and accommodating. It was a lovely lunch outing with a beautiful view of the garden and water.
  22. g

    glenda

    Austin

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent I every way
  23. EB

    EBGat

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great selections of wines, mixed drinks etc. Very classy setting. Would have enjoyed a few more choices of sides with main courses. Great service, reasonable prices given the menu.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mains were okay. Soufflé was a showstopper
  25. CJ

    ColinJ

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    First time eating at Madison’s and whilst the service was excellent the food was disappointing, my wife’s lobster ravioli was stodgy, the vegetables with her fish were on the cold side, my lamb main was dry and somewhat tough and our soufflé was over cooked.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance.
  27. AS

    AllanS

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good. Setting was nice. Server got busy so a wait to get check. There was also a distinct odor like a horse barn or something. Not pleasant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable and setting beautiful.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    A lot of the wait staff has changed a lot at Madison’s, and it’s lost some of its luster. They lack the Southern professional touch we where accustomed to. For the price it’s lost some the value and special touch. The food was good, but one of our guest’s steaks was only on par with something you can get at any cheap steakhouse, so for them their meal was a big disappointment.

    Madison'sResponded 1 day agoThank you for your feedback. Training is of the upmost importance to us here and we will continue to work to meet that hospitality you are accustomed to. Our beef comes from Painted Hills Farms in Oregon. They only practice sustainable ranching and their cows are never given antibiotics or hormones, all natural and all vegetarian grass fed which we then trim and cut in house. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again.

  30. V

    Valeri

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Madison’s is beautiful and the food is consistently delicious. But this recent experience left much to be desired. We asked for a window table and were denied because we were a party of two and the window seating was for 4. We were then seated at an undesirable table - which also seated four. We had to flag down a manager 20 minutes after being seated and ask for a waitress. A large family with small children was seated beside us and the kids refused to stay seated, cried several times and did not use their inside voices. Madison’s is expensive and this was supposed to be a special celebratory lunch. Disappointing.
  31. C

    Catiecsmiley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect of our meal, service, and evening was exceptional. The scallops were absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked, and the cherry compote soufflé was the best ending to our meal: warm, tart, and melt in your mouth delicious!
  32. KJ

    KimberlyJ

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and amazing service along with fabulous food! Definitely recommend.
  33. DD

    DianeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I enjoy coming up from Atlanta for dinner. It has been a traditional first choice for his birthday. I have often come for lunch with friends. Places like this are few and far between. The atmosphere is lovely, the food and service never disappoint. My most recent trip was with my 13 year old granddaughter who loved it and wants to come back at Christmas when the decorations are up.
  34. N

    Nevalou

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great experience ——excellent in all areas!!! Will continue to dine there—-
  35. C

    Charles

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were very disappointed
  36. AP

    AnnaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Madison’s is my husband and I’s favorite restaurant to dine at when we’re in Highlands. We would recommend to anyone looking for an eloquent and tasteful dining experience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and beautiful restaurant! Will definitely be back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing food with great service. Wonderful experience.
  39. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and service in beautiful Higlands, North Carolina.
  40. HD

    HealthyDiner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While on vacation in Highlands my husband and I had one of the best dining experiences we have ever had at Madison’s. The food, service, and ambiance were outstanding. Cannot rate it highly enough.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Madison's is rated 4.8 stars by 1553 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Madison's

445 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Highlands / Sapphire

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Group Sales: (828) 787-2525

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