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About Madison's

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.

445 Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
4th Street

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 787-2525

Website:
http://www.oldedwardsinn.com/dining

Entertainment:
Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Catering:
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."

Executive Chef:
Chris Huerta

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

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Notable Wine List (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Business Meals (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Seasonal (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Fun (5)
Scenic View (5)
Authentic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Absolutely the best dining in Highlands. The pimiento cheese to begin with is divine. Try the house salad with homemade buttermilk dressing. Amazing. Then you can only improve from there with any entree and dessert. Wonderful!

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious food and helpful advice from Chloe(?), our waitress

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

One of the best meals we have ever had and a great way to end our Honeymoon!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Second time at Madison's and the food and service was great. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Service was great. Food prepared as requested. Expensive for portion sizes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a beautiful evening celebrating our
40 th Anniversary at Madison's. The service and cuisine were outstanding.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

We love the atmosphere and food! The chicken salad is great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Love the service and fine dining experience. We go for lunch and enjoy the menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a great time celebrating our anniversary! The food and service were great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent food served with great service and attention to detail. Worth every penny for a special occasion or decadent treat.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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. ❤️❤️❤️

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Three of us ate very different kinds of meals plus the charcutterie and all three were superb. Particularly impressive with mine was the way all elements of the meal truly complemented one another, from taste to appearance.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food and service. The waitstaff was exceptionally attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Madison's is always a special treat. This historic venue never fails to disappoint - service, food, ambiance - always first rate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our feedback was not accepted well, food wasn’t well seasoned. Very disappointing desert.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Awesome atmosphere, service, and food!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Cameron was wonderful she made sure our anniversary lunch was special.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great environment and service. Lovely lunch on a date with my wife while in Highlands.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Madison's never fails to deliver!! The ambiance, service, food, and presentation are always outstanding. My husband and I had the trout which was delicious. Wonderful place for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and ambiance

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Beautiful restaurant! Perfect for a special occasion. Staff was great and accommodating. The food was good but maybe not as great as the prices. Would go back again regardless.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Best meal ever. The people that work there are amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We felt a bit rushed at dinner because it was the end of the evening. Otherwise food was great as usual!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of our favorite places for leisurely, elegant dining. Attention to detail is superb. Beautiful presentations and everything is sumptuous and fresh.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing restaurant. Get the foie gras!!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Anniversary dinner

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was great. Flavors

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall a pleasant dinner. The service was great and the food was good. We will go back again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

As always exceptional

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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!!

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

A very cozy Country Inn with friendly service , a lovely creative menu and really wonderful for
a special occasion !

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Outstanding in every respect. Food wttle bit loud.as well prepared and served. A li

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The staff was very attentive and polite.. we loved our time at Old Edwards Inn.. it was fabulously relaxing!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Dinner was average and ambiance was nice. The table was too small and there were many larger tables available. I was disappointed based on reputation. It is probably better for lunch or quick bite.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Really great food in a lovely setting. Good service as well. Highly recommend.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food - we had the mushroom pasta, hazelnut trout and pumpkin souffle. Wine list and cocktails were very good and the service was perfect. Nice comfortable but upscale atmosphere. Great for a special occaision.

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