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Madison's

4.8
826 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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 sommelier 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 (for in-house guests only), 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily for in-house guests only 7 - 10 am
Lunch Daily 11:30 am - 2 pm
Dinner Daily 6 - 9 pm
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Phone number
(828) 787-2525
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Huerta
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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.
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Private party contact
Group Sales: (828) 787-2525
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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."
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Cross street
4th Street
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Entertainment
Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 826 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service. Wonderful atmosphere. Excellent food.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We were celebrating my daughter's birthday therefore splurged on a fancy lunch. The breads were fantastic with great choices, the sandwiches were awful, fishy tasting fish so definitely not fresh, my husband's BBQ pork was so very dry. After we complained they made it up by giving us desserts that we took home and those were very good so if you're looking for bread and dessert they're great but the sandwiches were definitely very mediocre.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

This was our first time at Madison. We found the food to be fresh and creative and the service impeccable. We had read reviews about what a wonderful place it was and we were not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Madison's, and the evening was excellent. She just had a salad and the gnocchi first course as a main, plus the hazelnut dessert soufflé. Salad was full of interesting things, and the gnocchi were wonderfully light and served with a nice sauce including fresh morels. Only issue was that there weren't very many of them (about 6). That's fine for a first course, but the waiter assured us they could be served as a main, and when ordered that way the portion wasn't any more generous. But she's a gnocchi lover, and these were outstanding. I had the steak tartare (fine) and the "mountain paella", an interesting dish with a piece of rabbit loin on top of spicy Carolina Gold rice with some confit of rabbit leg mixed in. Quite nice, and a creative touch. We also had a very good Provençal red wine recommended by the wine steward.
Service was very attentive: indeed, pretty much my only complaint was that it was a bit too attentive. Our waiter insisted on providing extremely prolix explanations of everything, including how to compose a dinner of two courses and dessert! They should really tone this down a bit. And also, while describing in minute detail each of the ingredients in my Manhattan, one thing he didn't mention was that my choice of a special bourbon would raise the price to $26.
These were comparatively minor issues, though. Overall it was an outstanding dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday. Food delicious and loved the booth

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Excellent ambience and very good service and food

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

It was our 33 Anniversary and we could not have been more pleased. When we arrived our table had rose petals scattered in celebration of our anniversary. We ordered the duck and braised short ribs and they were both fantastic. They offered a complimentary appetizer along with wonderful artisan breads. For dessert we had a delicious raspberry lemon souffle. They have an extensive wine list along with specialty cocktails. Our server was excellent and very knowledgeable about the wine list. Madison's is our favorite restaurant in Highland's and we could not have picked a more perfect place to celebrate our special day.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

What a beautiful place and wonderful staff! That being said, the food did not deliver. I’m a vegetarian and my only choice was a veggie burger. It was wet and mushy and had an overwhelming taste of mushrooms. It was covered in a mountain of alfalfa sprouts that only further amplified the earthy/ wet soil flavor and aroma. This was accompanied by hand cut salt and pepper potato chips. They were soft, not crunchy and had such a light dusting of salt (no pepper) that they were tasteless. We ordered an appetizer of hummus that was so thick and dry it fell off the pita chips it was served with. Again, there was an over generous pile of sprouts and greens covering it. However, my husband’s trout salad was perfection! We had the Pavlova for dessert and it was delightful. In summary, Vegetarian food doesn’t have to bland and challenging. I’m sorry that we drove an hour and a half on our anniversary for such a let down. Our server, Ishmael, was simply wonderful and as I did not complain, he had no idea that we were dissatisfied. The food was not a reflection upon him and he deserved, and received, a generous tip.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Great meal and best service. Delicious food and drink.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The food was excellent and we felt well cared for all evening, which made for an exceptional honeymoon dinner!

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Madisons and it was very good food and service. The atmosphere is very comfortable.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Impeccable service, attention to detail, and locally sourced, superbly prepared food. It was a beautiful evening!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Service and food outstanding.Would recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Excellent in every way! Quality food, beautiful presentation, impeccable service and they took great care of my wife whose diet requires gluten free.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Fabulous food, ambience, manager check-in. The waiter was curt - not particularly friendly or informative. Had a great time overall!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We celebrated Mother's Day there. There is a gorgeous view from the dining room windows. The food was excellent. I ordered the rib eye and my husband ordered Sunburst Trout. Just the right amount of food. Pete was our server and we shared a few laughs with him. Memorable evening.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A BEAUTIFUL HOTEL WITH A FABULOUS RESTAURANT. A CREATIVE KITCHEN AND SUPERIOR
PRESENTATION. THE SERVICE STAFF IS EXCELLENT AND PROFESSIONAL

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Exceeded all expectations. Amazing service, and extremely high quality food.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Excellent in all respects! We've been dining here on our anniversary for the last 5 years and have always had a perfect meal and service in a beautiful elegant setting. Madison's is a very special dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Madison's offers both indoor and outdoor dining currently as we are in the late spring and summer months. Guests have a choice--we chose indoor because there was a breeze and indoor dining includes fine china/silver and elegant table cloths. Food is typically well prepared; it was again. Service is generally provided by younger people who are recruited and effectively prepared to perform their responsibilities. Tables always include fresh flowers. It is true that while this facility caters to the older generation of people, you often see newly married people there, too. Menu items do vary substantially; therefore, you are wise to review their online menus on a weekly basis. Serving portions, even at lunchtime, are quite generous. Cost is reasonable. That's especially surprising because this is a resort type of facility at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. Reservations are not required; however, they are mutually desirable. You expect a first-class experience at Madison's and this restaurant delivers it.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was excellent and the restaurant was beautiful. Will be back soon!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food and service was good.
Wait staff brought bill-then ticket to sign. I was overcharged. They apologized and brought another check-I was told the first ticket would be deleted. It was not. Now I have been double billed and will have to deal with credit card people. That does not suit me!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Madison’s is a wonderful restaurant. The pimento cheese, bread, salad, entree (red fish special), and soufflé were all excellent. Our server and all staff members were warm, professional, and kind. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in Highlands.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

My husband and I were vacationing in North Carolina. Madison’s was recommended by our hotel staff and by other avenues. We were not disappointed. My entree was the pork chop from the grill with a mushroom-Marsala jus and farm vegetables. My husband chose the ribeye special.
Our server was delightful and very attentive to us. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone wanting a special evening.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

My wife and I had dinner at Madison's while staying at the Old Edwards Inn. The dining room is very cozy with low ceilings. It has that old but elegant look with lots of wood molding, both painted and natural (stained dark), and also a stone wall toward the back of the restaurant which might have been an original outside wall at one time. There are lots of windows which let in a lot of natural light, so great for daytime dining (night too!). The food was very good all around. My wife had a mushroom pasta entree and I had a special fish-of-the-day entree. Everything was excellent. We shared a souffle for dessert which was superb. And, the prices are really quite reasonable for a high-end establishment (member Relais & Chateaux). Everything is relative, of course, but I think this was a good value for a high end restaurant. We would definitely go there again if/when in Highlands, NC, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking a higher end dinner option there.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The best in town!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Madison's as usual did not disappoint. Food, service, ambiance outstanding. They acknowledged the birthday being celebrated, everything is above and beyond. One thing that pleased me and this is likely a fluke, but in a previous visit I remarked that they went to a lot of work to prepare an excellent meal and served it on a cold plate. This time the plate was nice and hot that really makes the meal so much more enjoyable. Great drinks, wine, can't give enough accolades.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Truly excellent, creative, mostly locally sourced food. Impeccable service. Perfect for a special occasion or just for an excellent meal without TVs, blaring music and noisy groups.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were there for lunch on our anniversary. The restaurant is lovely and it was very quiet. Our server, Anna Marie, was outstanding. We each had a glass of Cabernet to start, and the wine was very good. My husband had the cheeseburger which he said was excellent . I had the fish and chips—the fish was good, but nothing special. The fries, however, were super good, crispy on the outside and soft ins—yum! Anna Marie brought us meringue chocolate kisses to have with our coffee and a rose for our anniversary—very nice and thoughtful.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent service. We were running late getting into town and missed our reservation. We called to cancel and they said they’d keep the kitchen open for us. They had our food out in less than 20 minutes and it was excellent. The braised short ribs were easily the best I’ve ever had. Our server, Robert, provided excellent service and even gave us complimentary dessert to take back to our room. We’ll definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Madison's never disappoints..food, service and ambiance is always just perfect!
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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Was a late dinner and had hoped to have a quiet one with nice wine. We were seated next to a large table with multiple small children. Requested a different table and were seated next to the kitchen door! Was very loud and we heard it ever time the waiters went in and out of the kitchen!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Service was outstanding and food was awesome. This is truly a five star restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Perfection as always. We love everything about Madison’s. Everything except not knowing when we will get to dine there again.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Excellent food & service!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The service was top-notch. Our waitress went above and beyond to accommodate my needs and was so pleasant throughout .. checking in to make sure we felt good with our dish selections. The ambience was just gorgeous. Being there with my husband and getting to spend such a romantic night made it all worth while. Overall, everyone made us feel very welcome and treated us with so much respect ... I will go to Madison’s over and over again when we go back to be Highlands - good food, great atmosphere and quality service and workers ..

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary at Madison's on Sunday evening the 18th of March. Our waiter was Jamie & he was divine. The food was excellent, however they do need to add a really good Moscato to the wine list. Overall our experience was awesome, we have dined at Madison's previously & will certainly again. We enjoyed talking with Garrett the manager as well .

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Birthday
Vegetarian not an option!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had an excellent lunch here. Thanks to servers Gemma and Ann and hostess/manager Sandra. All treated us like royalty. The food and service was superb!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This is a wonderful restaurant and one of our favorite destinations. When we are in Cashiers and Highlands we always eat at Madison's in the Old Edwards Inn at least one time. This past St. Patrick's weekend we ate there twice. Dinner was fabulous and the service was superb. We had our favorite server Pete who had actually been our server exactly one year earlier when we were at the restaurant in 2017. He is fantastic and made our special occasion even more special. if you go on Friday night to this restaurant you should ask for him although I think all the servers are excellent. We also had lunch at Madison's on Sunday which was equally fantastic with servers Gemma and Ann. New at Madison's is the dinning room manager Sandra Stefani. An Italian native she adds a definite European flavor and expertise to the restaurant. She is truly wonderful and very detail oriented. She will insure that you have a fabulous dining experience. Sandra is a real asset to a wonderful restaurant, establishment and dining experience. One word of advice. Reserve early. Madison's books up at least 2 weeks in advance for weekend dining.

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