The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel

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693 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Wharf Restaurant is located inside Madison Beach Hotel, a AAA four diamond rated property. Enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island Sound while seated in the comfortably elegant dining room or covered porch. Porch seating is available year-round overlooking the Sound. Classic New England dishes are prepared with a fresh innovative flair. Come and experience the genuine hospitality that is the foundation of our service!

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Annual Thanksgiving Day Brunch. Book early for the best times.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are always open for Christmas Eve featuring menu specials throughout the night.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What 693 People Are Saying
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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, and the presentation was creative. We enjoyed lunch this time but will plan to return for dinner for a special occasion.

C
New England
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent brunch, well worth its high price, not least for the shellfish.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A idyllic day for a Sunday brunch overlooking the shoreline--matches with exceptional service, a lovely table on the Porch, and delicious selections. While the buffet space is quite compact, the dessert table was dazzling, a few other entrees tucked in niches might have been missed. Was there any bread for the cold salmon? any baquettes to accompany other dishes? I would recommend this Sunday brunch.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful place always! Took my sister to brunch with our husbands and they didn’t believe us how good it was until they got there! Amazing food, beautiful place, delicious food, friendly service. My third time since March to have brunch and I will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met long distance friends for a catch up dinner on a Saturday night. Excellent table seating, beautiful views, chef accommodated a special food request and the service team was gracious and very kind allowing us to linger to chat.

SB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wish the menu included a few more choices for those that don’t eat seafood. 1 chicken dish, 1 meat not enough. I understand it’s a shoreline restaurant but another choice or 2 would be perfect.

G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although the food was good, my friends raved about the mussels, service was incredibly slow. A half hour wait for cocktails is way too long. The restaurant was crowded and noisy and some of the waitstaff were practically running as they delivered the food. People at the bar were two and three deep and it looked like they had only two bartenders, and that clearly didn’t work. We probably should have expected the crowds and noise at a beachfront restaurant in the summer on a week night. Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable and the delays were not his fault. He did tell us that there were long delays at the bar and that we should order appetizers ASAP. The first martinis we ordered came in short martini glasses that were not even 3/4 full. The second ones came in the regular tall stem glasses and were filled to the brim, as they should be. They were delicious! Perhaps they should have more bar staff, and even special staff just to deliver drinks. The manager and the staff tried their best and I respect that. We might return in the fall when it’s less hectic.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

fish overcooked and dry 3 salmon 1 swordfish...bad for place you can see the water from...did tell waitress who was pleasant and professional....no response from management .....Risotto was fine.....

SA
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely views of the Sound from the porch. Excellent service by our personable server, Amy. Due to over cooked salmon and swordfish, food is rated average.

AP
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor service. The food was very below average.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful time with great friends! Good very good. Service very good. Would certainly go back.

w
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect place to have brunch with great ocean view. My husband and I really enjoyed being there.

FT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice steak, actually impressed!

AC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Th food, the view of the beach and Long Island Sound, the wait staff. Will definitely come back.

B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food and wine were good, but not great. The menu could be more expansive. The oyster appetizer and mousse for dessert were both wonderful. The service was attentive and manager was really interested in what we thought about our meal. The ambiance is terrific-- lovely, romantic view.
Been there for lunch and the lunch offerings are really wonderful.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from the Valet to dessert table...the property is gorgeous...the hotel lobby and dining room are lovely...GREAT for pictures! Sit outside on the rail and enjoy your raw bar while watching the sailboats go by.

The buffet itself is expansive (lots of selection) and delicious! The hosts and staff were attentive and friendly...

I really can’t say enough about what a perfect brunch we had. I HIGHLY recommend going before the summer ends! :)

JG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wine market up at 400% is really unacceptable.
My sword fish was delivered warm and not hot, but since everyone.else was served I did not want to make a.fuss.
I think the menu could have.been more expansive.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was not very good and the food was just ok

MA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

GIVEN THE LOCATION I WOULD GO AGAIN BUT WITH THE EXPECTATION THAT THE SERVICE IS CONSTANTLY LACKING. THEY CAN NEVER SEEM TO HAVE ENOUGH WELL TRAINED PEOPLE DURING THE BUSY MONTHS AND EVEN OFF SEASON THEY STRUGGLE. BARTENDERS ARE ALWAYS GREAT!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience - we sat on the porch looking over Long Island Sound. Food is good, but not inexpensive.
Service was a little slow but the restaurant was busy. Waiting was ok since we were outside enjoying the view.
Valet parking was a must since the parking lot was full to capacity.

Definitely recommended for that special occasion!!!

C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved sitting on the porch and enjoying lunch. Had a really nice waitress and lunch was excellent.

t
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Outside seating, good menu, good food, good service overlooking Long Island Sound

TC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I chose "No", that I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend, because "Not Yet" was not an available choice. It was a Monday evening and we found The Wharf-Madison Beach on Open Table after a very nice day at Hammonasset Beach. The ambiance and setting (by the ocean) were excellent, the limited wine menu included some excellent selections, and the service was very good. Our entrees, however, were somewhat disappointing. My wife found the Pan-Seared Scallops to be bland and unimaginative; I had the Summer Shrimp Linguini and found the pasta to be overcooked and the sauce too soupy/watery. The overall experience was positive enough, however, that we will go back - likely on a different night of the week - and give the kitchen another chance.

CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was overpriced and not that great. Service was slow. Eating out on the deck was enjoyable

OT
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit, birthday brunch with our friend visiting from Canada. Staff were exceptional! Food was outstanding! Gorgeous location. It may have been our first visit and we plan to return soon! This hotel will be great for a weekend get-away. What a gem!

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, delicious food, and outstanding service.

K
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We thought everything about this place was amazing. Courteous, professional service, a gorgeous interior and view, and very, very good food.

SG
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were fortunate to get a table on the porch and it was exactly the shoreline dinning experienced we craved. The view of the LI Sound, the sand, the reeds- it's just lovely. The summer menu is varied and everything we ordered was fresh and delicious (salmon, pork, short ribs). Not as pricey as similar shoreline restaurants and I truly hope it stays that way or we couldn't afford to come back. The service was a little slow and there were so many different servers coming to our table that it was a little confusing - who do you ask when you need something? But the truth is, no matter who you flagged down, they were all polite and helpful. Plan on an unhurried, relaxed dinner.

TS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and a beautiful view of Long Island Sound.

CT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience were all superb.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Sunset dinner with view of water. Wait staff all friendly and attentive. Food and and service above par. Definitely return for nice dinner out

FR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the few on-the-water dining opportunities along the CT shoreline, this restaurant has matured since it first opened about 7 years ago and has really gotten its act together. Valet, hostess, bussing and waitstaff were all excellent. The food is creative, well-prepared and exactly the kind of cuisine one would hope for in this beautiful, summer setting.

OD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

food was not good and not representative of the menu descriptions. Clams on the half shell were butchered and dried out. Menu indicates pork tenderloin yet they serve pork loin. 'ice box cake' was nothing conceivable associated with this dessert as it was a frozen ice cream dessert.

DO
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate. The service was outstanding. The food was good but a little under- seasoned. We plan on coming back.

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent breakfast and great service Not our first time here and we have never been disappointed. Looking forward to coming back for dinner

OT
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor patio and view! Good Cobb salad! Service was good as well.

C
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Sure you want to sit outside and see the view even if it includes the parking lot. With only a few tables for four, it is inside for large parties. The wait staff leaves something to be desired. It is not fun to chase down your server in a sparely occupied room. Sure it may only be a summer job but customers should not have to wait over forty minutes to order their meals. The food is good and well prepared.

DL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Calamari and cod dinner were over cooked. Brussel sprouts were under cooked. Broccolini was bitter. Had to remind waitress a few times for things. Short ribs were very good. Mussels were good. Tuna tartare was ok. Sounds like things are hit or miss. Not sure I will go for anything other than the bar menu again.

CJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful evening to have an outdoor meal overlooking Long Island Sound. Food and service very good. Good cocktails too. We have never been disappointed at The Wharf.

c
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch, although a little bit overpriced. Great food with wonderful views.

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