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 $29. and Dinner 3 course prix fixe $46.

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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Sun 8:45PM - 10:00PM

Sat 8:45PM - 10:00PM

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Madison Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Cozy (10)
Good for a Date (9)
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Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Romantic (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great Beer (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for French bistro food, and French bistro food is done very well here. For dinner I had a hanger steak with fries cooked to perfection, followed by a chocolate souffle, which was excellent. My wife had a lobster lasagna, which she very much enjoyed. Service was great and food came out quickly. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely delicious food on the prix fixe Valentines Day menu, and we'll definitely be back to try the regular menu at some point as well.

My one drawback: The servers were slightly hard to flag down or even make eye contact with from the very dim side room once our meal ended, and I did find that they (incorrectly) assumed my boyfriend would be handling the V-Day check and so did not check on us until he returned from the restroom - after an extended amount of time had passed since we turned down coffee/tea, finished our dessert course & had our plates cleared. But it is a French bistro, so a more laid back meal-ending was to be expected.

Oh, and the iPad menus were insanely bright compared to the dimness of the side room - my eyes took a while to adjust back once we'd ordered wine & food. It would be nice if the brightness of the screen were set a little lower at least for that back room.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food is amazing and the ambiance is great. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful. My wife and I have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed by the delicious food.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food.
Noisy, close bar.
Relatively expensive.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I found this little French bistro completely by accident as I was walking around in the neighborhood with my fiance and boy oh boy - we will be back! When we entered the restaurant we were greeted by the chef at the door who kindly showed us to a perfect little table to the far right of the restaurant with a view of the entire floor. I wasn't long before the waiter came to take our order wine and food. Not knowing much about wine ourselves, we asked the waiter for his recommendation, and he proposed a perfect bottle of white for the two of us which was both inexpensive and sophisticated. We started our meal with the cheese board and some escargot before ordering the braised short ribs and the lobster lasagna - WOW! Everything had so much flavor, was well seasoned, and the portions were very generous which completely broke the stereotype of other French restaurants we had previously been too. The ribs were even served in front of us by the waiter, which definitely got the attention of the rest of the floor. We ended with the creme brule and chocolate cake which were both also divine and made for great Instagram pictures. All in all, lovely experience and would absolutely recommend to those looking for a casual great tasting dinner. Great discovery - I will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Nothing special. Average restaurant, food is ok, but again, not impressive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

overpriced bland food They might do a lunch time business, given their location, but there is no reason for them to be open for dinner. Virtually no one in the restaurant. Nothing exciting on the menu, and the food is tasteless. I will not come back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

First bistro meal of 2018 : exactly what we would have encountered in the 4me or 5em arrondissment. Pure pleasure, fine onion soup, great ambiance, good lunch crowd!
Godard is special!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

An excellent dinner on New Year's Eve. I had an excellent Docwr Sile fillet. Kathy a well orepared hangar steak. The cherry giboullee for dessert was perfect.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined here for New Year’s Eve. They had a great NYE special menu, and it wasn’t a pre-fixe so there were a lot of options. Portions were perfect, not to little, not too much. We tried the cheese platter, rack of lamb, short rib, and the warm chocolate cake. All were delicious! Service was good, we were served quickly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fantastic food, presentation, and service. iPad menus are a bit unnecessary though.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Visiting a relative in NYC. Have been here before. Food is always excellent. Service great. Very accommodating for our arrival mid afternoon. Always a pleasure!

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

The service and food is absolutely perfect. We come here semi/regularly; it's been a few months since our previous visit. Since our last visit the waiter still remembered our order! Such personalized service. So friendly and kind. The food is fantastic. Ambience is lovely. Everything about this restaurant is perfection.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Tasty food in a great location. Highly recommend for small parties.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food. The atmosphere, decor and equipment is a bit grundgy, but the prices are OK and the service is fine.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great neighborhood find. Very nice food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The service was just awful— after sitting there for about 15 minutes, we were finally given water by one of the hostesses. After next 15 minutes, a busboy noticed that we were waiting and he became our server . As we were eating, waiter came by, aggresively butting into conversation to “apologize”. That was the last of him, until he brought the check. Food was unimaginative but ok.

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

Madison Bistro is one of those places that you know what to expect before you walk in to this establishment.
Good Food and good value.
Been going there for many years and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

A perfect spot for dinner. The food is consistently great and the service is perfection. Try the chicken dish. It’s pure comfort food - just missing your Mom serving it. Great place for many years for us

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 on December 8, 2017

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 18, 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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 (Houston)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Washington DC)·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 24, 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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