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Madison, San Diego, CA

Madison

4.6
4.6
2286 Reviews
$30 and under
Modern European
Mediterranean-inspired fare and elegant cocktails are served in sleek surroundings at this modern, airy University Heights hangout. ~Zagat

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Californian, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 269-6566

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mario Casseneri

  • Private party contact

    info@madisononpark.com: (619) 269-6566

  • Neighborhood

    University Heights

  • Cross street

    Madison Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Night Latin Jazz

    Multiple dates available
    Every Sunday night on our indoor patio! 5:45-8pm. Eat the eats and sip the sips while Irving Flores entertains with Kaylee Daugherty on vocals. Space is limited so do not wait! Regular menu available. Please make reservations for 'Regular' to hear/see the music. =)
  • 𝐉𝐚𝐳𝐳 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 - Tuesday Nights

    Multiple dates available
    Every 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 on our indoor patio! Eat the eats and sip the sips while John Reynolds entertains with different ensembles throughout Southern California. 6:45-9pm. Space is limited so do not wait! Regular menu available. Please make reservations for 'Regular' to hear/see the music. Music can also be heard from our 'Bar' booth seating as well as some front outdoor patio tables. Call us with questions!

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What 2,286 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MB

    MeganB

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant - the gnocchi were one of the most delicious entrees I’ve had in a while. Loved it!
  2. ML

    MichelleL

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant from service to ambiance to quality of the food and recipes it’s all really really good, one of our favorites in SD.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Cold food , missing items on dishes
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great environment. Good food. Cute neighborhood.
  5. JM

    JillM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food did not disappoint. I’m already looking forward to going back to try brunch or other items on the dinner menu. Portion sizes were just the right size and everything was cooked to perfection. I appreciate that the menu is not overwhelming and yet still provides great variety.
  6. HS

    HSanz

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We sat outside the street patio. The set up was done nicely. We sat close by the University Heights sign. They turned on the heater right away to keep us warm. One complaint about sitting outside was the odor coming from the gutter below. Since the planks closed off the gutter, there could be gunks stuck that needs to be removed. Maybe I just have a sensitive nose but there was a foul odor coming from there. The owner of Madison might want to power hose underneath to get rid of whatever’s stuck under there. As for dinner, we ordered skirt steak for starter. The plating was cute. It had 3 side sauces but it also needed some starch to go with it (either bread or tortilla maybe?) For main course, I had an avocado salad and added seared ahi. The dressing was delicious. I loved the pumpkin seeds and garbanzo beans but the seared ahi was okay. I didn’t know what I was expecting but it definitely wasn’t it. I think the avocado salad would have been better paired with skirt steak rather than seared tuna. My partner ordered Gnocchi. Amazing! The gnocchi melted in your mouth. The sauce was creamy and smooth. It was seasoned perfectly. I would go back to Madison for their Gnocchi dish alone. The service was okay. We kept waving for our server to get his attention but I don’t blame him, he was the only server helping the patrons sitting outside. We would go back again for the ambiance and hang out inside instead. I saw they have live music on Sundays and Tuesdays. Next time we come back, we would bring friends and go for drinks (and maybe some gnocchi).
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going to the theater. Fantastic ambiance. Great cocktails and the house Tempranillo is very good
  8. SD

    SDfoodie

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service was a bit slow but otherwise solid place with good food and vibes. Went on Jazz Tuesday so it was definitely busy.
  9. MH

    MarkH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, ambiance and music. It’s a triple play!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The waiter spilled a sugary drink on my husband’s expensive suede shoes. It took 1.5 hrs to get our food. When we asked for utensils and glasses since our table was missing for a party of 6, the manager was very rude. By the time we got our food and almost finished, they brought out my 5 yr old’s food and not the way we had requested. It was very embarrassing and such a horrible experience since we were hosting our friends from out of town.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    They sat us 30 mins after our reservation & sat everyone else who came after us before us even though we had 2 babies with us. The server was nonexistent & it took over an hr for him to take our order. The food was great but the service was terrible.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere and the food/drinks were phenomenal!
  13. KD

    KatieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Skirt steak Benedict was so good! Such a cute little brunch spot
  14. PR

    PeggyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    PARKING is a nightmare! Been there for brunch and dinner and that is a real drawback! Noise level was high, so we ate in the bar. Food was good but not as great as brunch. Service was excellent. Going to try Madi next...
  15. s

    suzanneh

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed dinner here, cozy atmosphere, nice cocktails dinner very tasty. All of my group enjoyed.
  16. RM

    RachelM

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Beautiful setting with good food. Service was quite slow. Online menu is not current. 3 of 4 in party had our eye on items not offered 😔
  17. HC

    HeidiC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food came out fast but cold and our server was really awkward and didn’t pay much attention to us. The drinks were good and also the Brie probably wouldn’t come back though one time thing for sure.
  18. MP

    MichelleP

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were really good. We were sat before our reservation.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Food was top notch, drinks were creative and delicious, service was exceptional and the ambiance was awesome! Danny and Jesse took great care of us and made sure everything was perfect. Highly recommend food and drinks here!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the experience on this restaurant. Good is delicious!! :)
  21. D

    Diegonv

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Cool ambience. Good food. Friendly service. Perfect date place.
  22. M

    Mimycalifornia

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    I got the steak benedicts and the steak was not good. It was very chewy. The service is also not the best. I was very disappointed.
  23. ML

    MLNado

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went for brunch. Really good, and service was fantastic. Interesting menu with original items---not the same old brunch items. The churro waffle sticks were delish (and I usually don't like sweet stuff.) My son ordered the carnitas bowl with waffle. I think the waffle was supposed to have some kind of cheese with it. Couldn't find the cheese. My friend ordered a breakfast sandwich that was supposed to have some kind of special cheese on it. Again, cheese was MIA. She said that the ham on the sandwich was cold (on a warm sandwich)--would be better to throw the ham on the grill for 30 seconds. The potatoes were very yummy! I usually push them aside, but we ate them all. I had shakshuka. It was very good. Will definitely return.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night with my hubby… delicious! Date night with hubby at Madison… extra delicious! Watermelon salad was to die for, my husband said the pork chop was “the best I’ve ever had!” And I’ll be dreaming about the churros for the rest of my life.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks! Great ambience, pleasant and timely service. Food.. I wish I would’ve loved it. Both apps were just ok (ceviche and tomato/mozzarella salad, that was part of a special), veal was good, local fish (halibut?) was dry. I will go back and try it again as other tables seems to have enjoyed their food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, amazing food, everybody nice, attemptive and professional. Their Brie cheese appetizer is delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The food was very bad. Save your money and go else where. The waiter forgot multiple times what we wanted to order for brunch. It was just overall terrible experience. Maybe terrible food is a common thing of San Diego. That’s def not related to anything in Los Angeles. Hopefully people will save their money by not coming here. The food was cold, served late, the mimosas were not good and full of 100% juice with no champagne. I would stay away from the Kale mimosa and Spurlina mimosa (blue drink). Also this place is not enclosed at all, so make sure to bring a jacket or you are going to be freezing your entire brunch experience inside the restaurant. The space heaters they use are terrible and provide not warmth. STAY FAR AWAY!
  28. KV

    KelseyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious and a super positive vibe! Comin’ back for sure.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brush with friends.
  30. ML

    MLNado

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great service and food. Highly recommend. Will return
  31. KL

    KarenL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service!
  32. j

    jem813

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Unique atmosphere, excellent jazz. It was my friends birthday and she had a great time which is the most important part. She ordered a cocktail that included a tarot card reading which was fun. Not a huge fan of the 90-min time limit but the servers kept things flowing so we barely noticed, however only 15 minutes to enjoy the gratis dessert!
  33. DC

    DianaC

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went on Tuesday Jazz night. The music was great! Service was outstanding! The food was pretty good, but loved that it wasn’t overpriced. We had the portobello mushrooms - yum, the skirt steak was great, too! Our party ordered the pasta special, burger and veal. All were a 4/5. Drinks were good! Next time we would sit a little bit further back from the band - just so we could hear each other a bit more. But loved the music. Loved the service! Your water glass was always being filled and your table bussed. The best think was the free desserts from the Yelp check-in. We will be back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Way too loud. Switched tables to bar area near outside. Much better.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! So glad we could bring our doggies on the patio, that was the best part.
  36. GA

    GinaA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The breakfast menu had a good selection. We made sure to order different things so we can have a little taste of everything and all was delicious! We went with another family with teenagers and everyone loved it!
  37. DG

    DinerGirl

    San Diego

    107 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We are big fans of Madison and have been dining here for years. However, last night was a huge flop - service was terrible although the food was good. Waiter was friendly, service was bad. It was a slow night for Madison as well - and there were like 20 minute intervals from the time we sat down to receive a waiter, to drinks, to appetizers, to entrees and thirty minutes to receive the check. Last night was unacceptable.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved this place. Food and ambiance was amazing! It’s a cool building and we will be back for our next trip to San Diego!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I like where is located and we were able to sit in the patio on the street so we were on the middle of everything. Our waiter was super nice and helpful with suggestions. Food was a little bland for my taste and my friends and the 2 steaks were over done (we asked for medium rare and medium) but still tasted good. I wish they would close later than 10 though. Dessert was delicious. I would definitely come back.
  40. M

    Micheleme

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants nothing bad to say about it at all

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Madison is rated 4.6 stars by 2286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Madison

4622 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Madison Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    University Heights

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:30 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern European, Californian, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mario Casseneri

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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