Madigan's Waterfront

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Madigan’s Waterfront is a locally owned and operated seafood and steak restaurant located on the Occoquan River in historic Occoquan, Virginia. As you browse our menus, experience all the expertly prepared foods created by our skilled chefs and served by our friendly and courteous staff. At Madigan’s Waterfront every dining experience is special and unique. Dine by candlelight or the shimmering stars in season. While we offer formal dining at our waterfront restaurant, our guests can also kick back for some casual waterfront dining on our Topside Deck. Also visit our Topside Tiki Bar in the summer months.

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vipSilk48
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was my first visit to this restaurant. The service was so poor I actually left without eating dinner. They attempted to serve my dinner twice; first time crab legs were cold and second time sent it to the wrong table without the any of the requested sides. It’s unfortunate since it was a nice atmosphere in a beautiful location. I’ve learned my lesson with this experience, take the Open Table reviews seriously.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place is a great spot on the water with great food and ambiance. The drinks were worth the price, the food was really good and fairly priced, and the scenery was great. The service was not great, our waitress was MIA a lot (don't know if she just wanted us to have privacy or she was inattentive), but I did see other servers around more than our (thought about giving 4 starts for that). In the end the entertainment (dueling pianos), drinks, food, ambiance, and service were great. Parking is not great but but will definitely be going back.

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Hopewellhokie
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

There was four of us that went in last night for dinner, I made a reservation since we are from out of town and not familiar with the area. When we arrived, I soon realized a reservation wasn’t necessary but never mind that. We were sat in the bar area, which we requested and the bartender came over and took drink orders. Drinks were good so no issues there. I ordered the 12oz prime rib with mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. My prime rib was cooked correctly but it tasted like pure fish and had at least 6ozs of fat on it. The potatoes weren’t too bad and the medley was not very good. Another one of us got crab legs and they were drenched in old bay and the smallest/thinest crab legs I’ve ever seen. Needless the both of us left hungry after a $35 meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went for Birthday lunch and weren’t really impressed. This place has great potential but today must have been an off day. The bathrooms were dirty with an awful smell.

On the plus side, the wait staff was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Madigan’s. Our server was amazing. The only downside was that it was karaoke night in the bar and it was not closed off to the dining room. When I’m paying $200+ for a family dinner and drinks I’d rather not be serenaded by the local talent (or lack there of). This is coming from someone who loves a good karaoke night. Fortunately this only impacts a portion of our experience.

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DonnaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve-great service, delicious food and reasonably priced. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Do not go! When the server arrived after we’d been seated for about 20 minutes she was barely coherent and would disappear for long periods. She had to be reminded of our orders multiple times. The side vegetables and mashed potatoes were cold, and the salads were wilted. The prime rib was barely edible and over cooked. When we asked to speak to a manager an assistant cook came to speak with us. He said he needed to talk to the manager after hearing our concerns. The manager never appeared but they did comp one of the four meals. Terrible service, disgusting food, and no management oversight.

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Mark
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was a decent change of pace. Not crowded for a Friday. Karen gave us great service but the food was only average.

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George
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Menus were stained and dirty. the soup ordered never arrived. The four meals that were served were very average. No ambience at all, no-one at the desk when we arrived, had to go to the bar-tender to ask for service.

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Eric132
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I really cannot understand why it took 10 minutes to seat us when the place was 90% empty. The hostess was more concerned with balancing guests among servers than with the fact that two of our party were over 80 and using canes - she walked us back and forth three times trying to make a simple decision on a table.

The service was slow and inattentive. Given that the place was nearly empty, I cannot explain this.

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MontiC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Madigan's deck is a nice place to dine in October. There was a live band playing on the deck that we enjoyed. The server was new, but pleasant and attentive. We just had soup and an appetizer, so I can't comment on the dinner values. I ordered the crab appetizer with crabby tots, crab dip, and crab cakes. The crab cakes were good. Putting crab on tots is a waste of crab and the dip was the same as the crab chowder my friend ordered. I wouldn't order that again, but I would order the crab cake dinner. Lovely view, sitting right at the river's edge.

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StevenC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I am not going to completely bash this place. They tried, but not hard enough. They seemed to be busy with two homecoming parties and a wedding reception upstairs. Unfortunately this was our six year anniversary. We wanted to eat at the place we had our wedding reception....bad Idea i guess

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vipNancyR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible! This restaurant needs new management. It is very sad that such a wonderful building in such a lovely place would offer such poor food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

DO NOT order the avocado toast for brunch. It was a very thin spread of avocado, very very very thin.

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Loyalcustomer
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. Was not disappointed. Great food and service at a beautiful setting on the river.

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DaveJ
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was bland and boring. Totally straight from the freezer, reheated through whatever method and onto the plate. Fish was over fried and dry, French dip was overcooked and NEEDED the gravy. Super difficult finding a parking spot as well. Only redeeming factor is the service. Our last time here for eating for sure.

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LissaW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The fish tacos were light, airy and tasty. Nice view.

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JohnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan was our server. He did a great job! All aspects of the meal were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Not quite fine dining but food was great. Everything was very casual

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vipTangowood
Washington DC
151 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food was good. Service? Well, the welcome by the hostesses seemed genuinely warm and friendly. But we had the worst waiter I can remember; indeed, my guests and I went from rolling our eyes to openly laughing to agreeing this Waiter C. should be fired. "Attitude" is vague and subjective but, as my daughter said, "This guy thinks the job is beneath him. He just doesn't want to work here." Specifics: He didn't greet us, give his name or make eye contact. I ordered a rum and tonic "with lots of lime;" my guests each said "I'll have the same," but -- after a long wait -- only one drink came with extra limes. We shared what we had, then with dripping, sticky fingers noticed we had no napkins; we asked Waiter C. and he brought them...maybe five minutes later. We also had to ask for water to be poured. And had to ask Waiter C. to please remove our dirty appetizer dishes. When we needed refills, it was a long wait for him to pass by, and twice he ignored/didn't see me waving my glass in the air. At the end of the meal, I tried to hand him my empty plate, which he refused to take: "Let me get your dessert orders first," he said, then took the two orders without writing them down...so why couldn't he have listened and at the same time taken the plate I was holding in the air? "Now he's into a power struggle," my daughter suggested. I routinely tip 20%, more for good service; I left less than 15% for him...and felt I was being over-generous. "How about zero percent?" my son-in-law suggested. Oh, and I should mention another waiter who dropped several plates or bowls that shattered on the floor next to me but, mercifully, just missed hitting me with flying food or shards of china. Next time? Maybe; the outdoor Tiki Bar looked like fun, my daughter said, so maybe we'll try that...unless we notice Waiter C. and so would have to worry what's happening to our food out of our sight.

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Brunch
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Meal was good, seafood was fresh and seasoned well. Service was a little slow; probably due to understaffing for a Sunday.

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KKent
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server was slow on drinks. Didn’t explain that rice was included in entree. Got them as a side. Didn’t clear table. Left finished plates at table

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Knowing that our reservation wouldn’t get us outdoor seating would have been nice.

Our first choice wine was out of stock. We had to ask for utensils and for salty and pepper. The crab and avocado egg rolls had no avocado. I never got my salad. The steak was drowned in garlic butter. Our waiter was very nice, but inept and couldn’t open a bottle of wine. It became funny after a while, but we didn’t stick around. We went down the street for dessert. Not your typical anniversary dinner.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

I called and left a couple messages for the owner we were reviewing the restaurant for possible rehearsal dinner. No one ever called me back. Upon arrival I again informed them of this; nothing. The reception was confused, the kitchen was backed up and the food arrived an hour after our reservations and burnt scallops! The presentation was terrible! The bar has limited choices. And the owner doesn’t seem to care.

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vipVirginiatravelers
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed a nice, quiet lunch on the outdoor space looking out onto the Occoquan River.
Their menu has expanded, and the door was tasty. Solid bar/drink menu.
Will be back!

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ShannonK
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant on the river. Went with my husband as a date night and enjoyed the view. The wait staff was kind and courteous. The food was on par and the ambiance made our night.

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Customer
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was below average and not worth the price. Mash potatoes were not home made and the 12 ounce prime rib was 50% fat. I did receive a 20% discount on my food due to my displeasure.

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SalahUdeen
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. Hunter was a very helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. I wanted the banana cake for dessert, but he informed us that the owners daughter didnt make any and referenced the Madigan Montain (I believe), very tasty and nice presentation, but the sugar was alot. Lol. Could use a banana in it as well. He recommended peel shrimp as well which my girl loved.

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BusyMom
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I was really disappointed with the service and the food from Madigans. The waitress was a little disorganized. We had to remind her of items. She mentioned kitchen issues, which honestly were a big deal. It took an hour to get our food on a Monday night. They didn't appear to be super busy, but I couldn't believe it taking that long (hubby got fish tacos, i got pasta, kids got pasta and chicken nuggets). I ordered a salad with my meal and never got it. It was a really disappointing experience. I wish we went down the street to the Secret Garden Cafe instead.

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YaunW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The restaurant is pretty nice and I think one of his biggest selling points is that it's on the water. Only problem I had was I've never been there before and made an online reservation but needed to have specified sitting on the deck right on the water. That needs to be more clearly communicated somewhere on the website. The woman who greeted me and the entire wait staff was amazing! I did have a problem with my food. I ordered something that is usually prepared raw but I asked to have it cooked, the chef said they would, but the food came back raw anyway. So I did not enjoy my meal at all. The prices are high, but you seem to get a good amount of food.

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SingGinaSing
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We made a reservation and requested to sit outside, and were informed upon arriving that they did not take reservations for outside. This resulted in a nearly 30 minute wait. If it were not for the very nice host, I might have left. They did give us a great table. The food is decent but not wonderful - consistent with other reviews. No real complaints. The waitress Amber did a good job, and being outside on a beautiful evening with a beautiful view pretty much saved it for me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, but limited gluten free options.

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vipjwatchley
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good restaurant for the family with good food and great sevice

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vipChrisM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The only reason I gave 1 star for food and service is because I couldn’t give a zero. The ONLY good thing about this restaurant is the location. Good for a drinks out on the patio but the food is awful. Our waiter ignored us for 15 minutes. Then we had to ask for drinks, bread, refills, our check. It’s like we didn’t exist. He wasn’t busy!! There must have been a ten waiters and waitresses there and I don’t even think each one had more than two tables. My salmon was so over cooked it was shoe leather. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to someone I didn’t like much less a friend. It’s not cheap either!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Sat in a back corner facing a wall and next to the kitchen even with reservations. Asked for other options to be moved. Our happiness was clearly not a priority. Mediocre food.
Peas, carrots, beans and corn in cream of crab soup...odd

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a great time. Food and service we're good. The live music wasn't to my taste, but the others enjoyed it.

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DrRK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food is good but the service is adequate at best. We had to ask for things. I get that my salad was a “side”, but I have always thought that salad comes out first. I guess we have to ask.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

So obviously being right near the water is what drew me to choose this for date night. However, the food was mediocre at best. The bread was stale, cold and the butter was cold so I couldn’t spread it easily. The salad was gross.. the croutons (which they forgot and I had to ask for, were stale as well) some of my cucumbers we brown on the edges. I ordered a steak and it was ok... but not worth the 18.99 price point as the mashed potatoes had no flavor and I had to request butter for them and had to salt them.

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MartyF
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood! Enjoyed the visit and the live music was wonderful!

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vipDisappointment
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food overall. Service runs slow to good at times. Reservations recomnended

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