Madison Bistro

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773 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
For fine French bistro cuisine in a romantic and elegant setting, be sure to visit Madison Bistro and enjoy Chef, Claude Godard's updated traditional bistro fare. Enjoy a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $29. and Dinner 3 course prix fixe $46.
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LO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. Very enjoyable

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J
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Solid, tradional bistro cooking

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful location for a large group to celebrate a birthday!

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f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is always top notch here. We had a price fix dinner and a grilled salmon dinner. The wait staff is very good at explaining things and distinguishing rare, pink and then oh no well. One of the best wait staffs in NYC.

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good location , good table spacing, good food preparation though modest selection for prices makes it suitable for business lunch.

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WH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated quickly. We were helped by the bartender in the upper room. The menu was spot on and the cook on the entrees was great. The side dishes were adequate and the desserts were good.

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DB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Should be better than it is. Needs a makeover. Kind of middling at best.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent. The menu is not very French but the food is excellent.

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c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very reliable place with a nice menu and pleasant ambiance. Staff is attentive but not in your face. I’ve been for business and socializing with friends and have always had a good experience

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S
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great hanger steak and they pour a terrific beverage.

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CL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Outstanding service by a very professional waiter. Very good food! We're adding it to our list of restaurants for a family event in NYC.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've eaten at Madison Bistro many times and always enjoy the experience.

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Austin
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, intimate setting. Excellent moules frites and tuna tartare.

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BG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a very pleasant lunch. The mussels were tasty!

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JJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Classic, inviting, the artwork alone is worth the visit! Talent in both cuisine and medium. Thank you!

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience here. The hanger steak was really good

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place is fantastic but my one criticism is the compactness of the dining area. It's overly tight and you are essentially sitting on top of your neighbor which can make having a private conversation overly challenging.

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GS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to NYC should include a meal at Madison Bistro. This is the French Bistro where the locals dine. Lunch time prix fixe is reasonable priced and the food and ambience are excellent.

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E
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband enjoyed his prix fix dinner. I found my chicken dry. I was not happy that the staff did not know how to use my open table reward.

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LM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I returned to Madison Bistro after long period away, with a French friend, and the 3 of us were delighted with every aspect of the dining experience. The Dover sole meunière was absolutely delicious, well-conceived and perfectly executed. Our friend, a Strasbourgoise, was quite pleased with the
Alsatian tart. Everyone in NYC does mussels, but my wife said it's been many moons since she's enjoyed them as much. Finally, Omar, the Francophone maitre-d'hote, took excellent care of us, pouring our wine
which has sadly become rare to non-existent in NY restaurants.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Yiu should offer decaf coffee and have skim milk...they do in Paris

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DI
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The bar was full of loud drunks
The food was incredibly ordinary

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E
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ambiance is great, service terrific. Loved the lunch specials options either at the bar or at a table for a prixe fixe

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P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Elegant menu, well-prepared. Prix Fixe an added incentive to dine there.

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E
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Madison Bistro for lunch. It was a really good experience. Food was lovely and the service was attentive and professional. Right in the heart of midtown Manhattan, a cozy French restaurant. We will be back many times.

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GW
New England
78 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Booked by accident on the way from the office. Great steak tartare prepared by the table side to your liking. I’m not a huge desert guy, but their soufflé is a must! They’ve very good, despite being relatively short, wine list. Quiet place that is great for both friends/colleagues get together to a date.

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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We needed a spot for dinner close to our off-B'way. venue. Not knowing restaurants in the area, we choose this one from the reviews and proximity to the show. It's name online is the Madison Bistro. The name on the awning of the restaurant is Cafe Francais. When we each mentioned this, there was surprise that we didn't know the correct name. It looks like a neighborhood bar/restaurant. We had the price fix dinner At $48 (6)? We each had a glass of wine, and ended up spending $75 each. for good food, but not interesting or worth the price. The wait staff was patient and attentive. I was disappointed and will not return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice and comfortable restaurant. Uses tablets to order food. Good variety of food. The steak and fries were delicious.

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DR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

overall good experience. omelette could have been a bit larger, but it was tasty. slow on the coffee, could have offered a refill.

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GJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I try to come in every year during our Christmas shopping. The atmosphere is cozy, the food is yummy and the service is friendly and attentive.

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JB
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our dinner- the food was great and the service was terrific. Loved the bistro atmosphere- just wish it had been a little quieter. Hate having to struggle to hear my dinner companion

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EA
Atlanta
114 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very convenient to the Morgan Library. The French onion soup was superb and my vegetable omelet was excellent. very friendly service too.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

One of the better Madison Avenue , E 30’s restaurants. Very good food and competent, friendly wait folks.
Very good business lunch venue.

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R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is excellent, if a bit overpriced. There are very few bottles of wine for less than $50; most are in the $65 and higher category. Service was somewhat casual.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a gem! I consider this restaurant to be one of those rare finds that surprises and delights. Attentive staff, cozy atmosphere, wonderful selection of food and beverage. Will return with friends to enjoy the experience once again.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Waiter was very friendly and attentive — if he took care of us from the very beginning. I would give this place a perfect score even if the food was mediocre. The person who sat us and also who took our order was meh. She didn’t wow us. When she took our appetizer order, she asked us to repeat because she has a “seat number” — take the order next time and figure who’s who instead of asking us to repeat in order of how you want it.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although we ordered only a light lunch for four of us, food was delicious and the wait staff was very accommodating, allowing old friends a chance to catch up. A fifth person joined us for a short time and again wait staff did not miss a beat or blink an eye. A place was set and a fifth lunch was served at the same time. A return trip is certainly a good idea!

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We 5 met for a family dinner with conversation, and the food, ambiance and prices were perfect for this. One foodie wasn’t that happy with the lobster lasagne, which he thought was dry and not of the highest quality. Everyone else was more than satisfied with the food.

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b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The place is very quaint, however food was overcooked and quite salty.

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b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good, however too pricey for breakfast

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