About Madison Bistro

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 $28. and Dinner 3 course prix fixe $45.

238 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, French American, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 3:45pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
37th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 447-1919

Website:
http://www.madisonbistro.com/

Catering:
Chef Claude Godard can provides with all range of proposal in your place or anywhere you like.

Parking Details:
Parking available on 37th street between Madison and 5th Avenue and 38th street between 5th and Madison or Street parking allowed after 7 PM

Public Transit:
4,5,6 to Grand Central
F, M, B, D Bryant Park

Executive Chef:
Claude Godard

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Madison Bistro is available for private parties. Whether you would like to plan a casual cocktail & hors d’oeuvres party, or a larger full dinner party, Madison Bistro will accommodate you. Private room or entire restaurant available.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Gather your loved ones, and spend Christmas Eve at Madison Bistro! Enjoy our beautiful 4 courses Christmas Eve Prix Fix menu at $85. Friends or Family celebration around traditional and seasonal dishes. Chef Claude Godard will makes you remember this lovely season.

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Sat 8:45PM - 10:00PM

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Madison Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (9)
Casual (7)
Cozy (6)
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Authentic (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Haven't been there in a couple of years as we have moved away. Coming back to NYC, We were looking forward to a quiet dinner but it was so noisy we gave up hope. Food was great as usual but ambience was not.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Price fixe lunch prices were great for the food quality. The steak and fries were delicious and the service was excellent. Overall a great experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I went for the set Thanksgiving dinner - turkey etc. It was nice enough for a single diner on a festive day. The staff were particularly helpful.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We visited Paris 6 months ago with friends and wanted to get together with these friends and reminisce about our trip over French cuisine. We knew nothing about this restaurant other than that is convenient to where all of us live. What an unexpected surprise! It was charming inside, the food delicious, and the service was wonderful! Our only complaint is that we ate way too much as it was too fantastic! We will definitely return!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was really good with authentic French flair. Nice wine list that wasn't over-the-top with respect to price. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the quaint atmosphere of the bistro.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service and an unrushed meal. Food was very good and fairly priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Madison Bistro is near my office -- and convenient to Grand Central -- but I've never visited. Will definitely be back. The food was wonderful, loved the table side service for some of the main courses, and the wine was fantastic. Will return!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fabulous deal. Bar menu for lunch and table service price fix. Excellent value. Delicious food. Generous portions

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The salmon entree is extraordinary. !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Dining room area lacks any warmth. Not destinctve at all. Bartender and wait staff look like off duty models rather than professional waitstaff. Strange uniforms, if they were uniforms at all. No feeling of Frenchness to the space at all. The food was cooked properly, hot and was served in a timely manner. They need to work on their ambiance and put the wait staff in some sort of uniform rather than just street clothes.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Just a standby lunch location near the office.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was poorly prepared and tasteless. 😞

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

There was less on the actual menu than was advertised on the website. The food was ok, the service a bit rushed, though the restaurant was half empty. The whole place felt tired. It was a decent meal, but I could eat better elsewhere for the same price.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent value in a prix fixe lunch, and their steak/frites is delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great find when attending events at Morgan Library. Price fixe had great choices and good price. Can get pricey when you add wine.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 18, 2017

It was French food but nothing about the place, service or ambience felt French. There was a bit left to be desired there. The attention to detail that the French put towards everything was certainly missing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This was our first visit. My wife and I both had marvelous appetizers and entrees for lunch. They were fixed price lunch combinations at a very reasonable $26 and you could choose whatever you wanted without any extra charges for certain dishes. We also had very nice glasses of wine. The waiter was superb. He was very helpful, had a very nice personality and was there when you needed him. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We would love to try diner next time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Food exquisite, service overly casual and basically inattentive. Though the person who actually took our order was very good.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Food is usually better and the server was not polite. I was disappointed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I went to the Madison Bistro for an early dinner after visiting an exhibit at the Morgan Library across Madison Avenue. We sat in the main dining area, behind the bar. At that early hour it was quiet, but my guess is that it gets fairly noisy when it's busy. It's a clearly a neighborhood favorite--a good sign, in my opinion. The food was quite good, but I think the prices are a bit high for this type of restaurant. It is, of course, in an "up-market" neighborhood, so the prices go with the territory. The service was good and the staff were friendly and attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Enjoyed the food; service was efficient; nice and typical bistro; good location.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Why go anywhere else in east midtown for delicious, authentic French bistro fare. Lunch prix- fixe is a bargain and a delight. Seasonal cold cherry soup dessert was divine!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Good French lunch menu. Solid place for business lunch.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Felt like royalty with the way we were treated. The food is fantastic. Every person working here is fantastic. Nothing can go wrong here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I have been here many times for cocktails but never to eat. I will not return. Food was terrible - bare bones in my mashed potatoes- out of mussels etc. now I know why the dining room was empty!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Very well impressed with this small bistro, great service that makes you feel welcome and appreciated, well chosen menu woth good value.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Thought the food was very ordinary and overpriced. Except for the bar area, which was very loud, there were few other diners. I hadn't been in about 15 years when I had worked in the area. Not much has changed in decor. It is very tired looking, definitely needs a facelift. I was really disappointed and won't be going back anytime soon.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We were in New York for a week and met relatives two nights. Went back both nights because the food and service was really good. Went back to NY last week and met at the same restaurant because we all liked it so much.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 17, 2017

My first tartar steak, and it was fabulous(*^ω^*)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This was the best meal I've had in the city in a long time. Everything was perfect. The service was fantastic--so attentive! The menu was on an iPad and each item--including drinks--had an accompanying picture and description. Everything looked good on that menu. And everything ordered was delicious. I highly recommend the chocolate soufflé. So so so SO good. We already are planning our next visit here

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

French food was delicious but this place showed aging and one can see they are refurbishing with the rest rooms. Service was fine but they forgot that this get together was to celebrate a birthday. Guests enjoyed the special soft shell crab appetizer, skirt steak done to liking and the lobster spinach casserole was ample. It is a good alternative to dining near the Morgan Museum and Library.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We had such a good experience we we went back the next night!

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Waiter very nice and answered all
Our questions and made good suggestions

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Nice atmosphere, food and service is very good. Gets a bit noisy at lunch. I like the place.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great food, prix fixe option was great! Back room was good for our +15 group and service was good

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Cancún)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Very consistent experience - good food, good service- a place you know you can count on

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Great food. Great service. Celebrated a special birthday and it was everything we wanted

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Good food, quiet on a Sunday evening, good service

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Best value for the buck. Prefix menu is the best choice.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The service was excellent as well as the food. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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