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Recently 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, sustainable ingredients to bring out the most abundant flavors nature has to offer.
A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant for the past five years with “Best of“ awards for the past two, Madison's wine list features an expansive selection from an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommelier—or “Wine Navigator” as he introduces himself—helps with selections. The Private Wine Cellar offers an intimate dining setting for up to 12 guests.
Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are suggested for lunch and dinner. The Wine Garden is open in the warmer months. All major credit cards are accepted.
Highlands, NC 28741
Southern, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00 am - 10:00 am; Lunch Daily: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm; Dinner Daily: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Overseeing the culinary program at Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, as well as the Rooftop Terrace, Spa Cafe, Pool Cabana and catering, is executive Chef Chris Huerta. Huerta says, “The constant research of selecting the finest products in the region, as well as globally, has become my ultimate passion. To nurture, develop and create sustainable, healthy cuisine that is uncompromising and environmentally responsible continues to be the essence of my culinary philosophy."
Private Party Facilities:
The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our 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. The Wine Room is a special experience and comes with a handcrafted menu prepared especially for you by our Chef. We offer the chance to design your own perfect culinary experience with our chef. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever. For reservations please contact us.
Private Party Contact:
Group Sales: (828) 787-2525
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Escape to the Four-Season mountain town of Highlands nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains for enchanting destination weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family events, corporate events or any special occasion.
With multiple event venues, the Old Edwards full-service professional event staff will help ensure a smooth, flowing, fairytale event. You’ll just feel the memories being made, as you, your family and your friends join together in authentic surroundings where magical moments emerge from every experience.
The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our 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. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever.
Madison's Ratings and Reviews
We expected a high quality experience at the famous Old Edwards Inn to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were very disappointed. We each ordered the ribeye dinner and shared a salad. The salad was good, and service was very good. The steak was cooked to our requests, but was the worst steak I can remember from a good restaurant. It was thin, and about 50% was fat and grizzle, hard to cut, and heavily salted. A real disappointment. We also ordered a "triple chocolate mousse plate" for dessert. It consisted of two chocolate candy size pieces, two small (1") broken pieces of chocolate cake, and two Pepperidge Farms cookies and one small spoonful of mousse for $13. They did write Happy Birthday with chocolate sauce on the plate.
They asked how we liked our dinner and we told them. They offered us a free meal the next evening, but we were leaving town the next day. So they comped us for two glasses of wine and our dessert. Unfortunately it was a low point of an otherwise nice visit to Highlands.
Great ambiance, terrible service, so-so food. We have been to Madisons several times for lunch when we visit Highlands and always have a meal at this spot. This time was our last time. Terrible unresponsive service and “nothing special” food with small portions. Adds up to low value with service I expect at a diner.
Madison's unfortunately is hit or miss as of late. We celebrated a Christmas Eve lunch here and while the restaurant is beautiful and the management very gracious, the lunch was terrible. Our server began by pouring water on the table after attempting to fill out water glasses and never came to clean up the spill which was a small puddle. Then she did the same with the wine after trying to finish the bottle into four glasses all at once. We were surprised at her lack of wine pouring experience: she did not present the bottle, she had difficulty removing the glass cork and she did not even let one of us taste the wine before pouring. Once the wine was poured, it took sometime for the server to come back around to take the order. Once the order was taken, it took 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive. In between, placing the order and receiving the first course, we never saw the server. The first course was fine, pimento cheese dip and soup. The second course arrived 30 minutes later which was 3 caesar salads and one steak salad. The caesar salads lacked flavor and the steak salad was horrible. This salad was supposed to be topped with steak cooked medium-rare, but it came out as medium-well roast beef. It was very strange and totally unappetizing. We never saw the server to express our issue with the salad. Management finally came around during the second course to inquire about our meal and we expressed our disappointment both in the server, the wine service and the food. The did remove the steak salad from our bill and apologized for the server's faults. We have eaten at Madison's many times in the past and while we used to have very good service and food, the last couple of times both have suffered. We hope they get back to four or five stars as we've enjoyed dining here in the past.
It is the quintessential Highlands experience. Lovely in every way. From the ambience to the food and service, it’s why we drive up to the NC mountains to dine. We brought 6 people who had never experienced Madison’s and they were in love. You never fail to blow us away, Madison’s! Thank you for a wonderful early Christmas celebration with family. ❤️❤️❤️
Madison's was perfect. The service was phenomenal. We had the potato soup and it was an incredible presentation and very filling and full of flavor. Also had the braised short ribs which were so tender and the seasonal greens were perfectly seasoned. My husband had the mushroom pasta and loved it. Wine list is incredible. Highly would recommend to anyone ! Worth every penny.
We were treated to a wonderful experience at Madison's last Friday. We were celebrating our friend's birthday and the staff could not have been more attentive and gracious and generous. By the way, the hanger steak entree was a real winner in our book. Very tender and flavorful!!
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