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The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel

4.6
1267 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
**We are currently closed for "winter break". Reopening at noon, Friday, February 11, 2022. Accepting Reservations online for Valentine's Weekend.**

Year-round dining overlooking the Long Island Sound. Outdoor dining available year-round. Full-Bar Service. Progressive American Cuisine.

Experiences

  • Blues Festival Weekend with Ramblin' Dan Stevens

    Mar 11, 2022 only

    Winter Blues Festival Weekend, March 11, 2022. Rambin' Dan Stevens will entertain from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in our Blues Unplugged Series. The Wharf dinner menu will be available along with bluesy themed menu specials. Advanced reservations required. Minimum food & beverage spend of $50 per person applies. Ramblin' Dan Stevens performs a mix of traditional finger style blues, americana and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the United States, Germany, UK, Canada and US Virgin Islands. His unique style of "bottleneck" slide playing popularized by early Mississippi Delta bluesmen includes use of a homemade, three stringed "Cigar Box Guitar" and one stringed "Diddly Bow", both primitive blues instruments. Must be seated by 7:15 p.m
  • Celebrate LOVE Valentine's Weekend at The Wharf

    Feb 11 - Feb 13, 2022

    Menu Specials available all weekend to Celebrate LOVE with Chef Love's Menu Specials. A la carte: BAKED BLACK MISSION FIGS Manchego, Speck Prosciutto, Pomegranate Glaze DUCK CONFIT SALAD Crisp Frisee, Pickled Red Grape, Grape Tomato, Medjool Date, Chevre Goat Cheese, Crispy Shallot, Champagne vinaigrette MARCHO FARMS GRILLED VEAL CHOP 14oz Grilled Veal Chop, EVOO Whipped Potato, Grilled Asparagus, Rainier Cherry, Ginger Gastrique NEW ZEALAND ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, Rosemary Dusted NZ Rack of Lamb, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Baby Spinach, Port Wine Demi-Glace From our Pastry Chef Sylvain Pett: COEUR CHOCOLATE Chocolate cake, Chocolate mousse, fresh raspberries RED VELVET CLOUD coconut cream cheese mousse, strawberry mousse, serves two

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1267 people are saying
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PatB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Years Day Brunch ! Food was excellent and staff were friendly and very accommodating.

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BonnieK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Perfect for a romantic celebration. Everything was delightful from the beautiful holiday decorations and valet service that greeted us to all the staff working together as a lovely team with just the right amount of checking in on us. The ambiance was festive but not too loud and the music was a great blend of old favorites.
The food was very good. My husband enjoyed his rack of lamb and I had a clam cake and a lobster roll. If I have one suggestion it would to add be a special fish dish - not lobster in a shell which is too messy for fine dining.
I’m so glad we chose the Wharf for our first night out in months. It was just perfect!

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely experience. The food, drinks, quality of the service and general vibe were just right. In addition, we deeply appreciated the staff wearing masks and having the tables appropriately separated. Thumbs up all around.

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vipAsd25
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and Gualberto and Joelene both made it really special. This was our first time at Joelene’s table and she was fantastic, but Gualberto has been a highlight of every meal we have had at the wharf (and there have been many!). Looking forward to our next visit.

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georgeb
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Some items overpriced. Most fairly priced.
Music too energetic and loud.
Beautiful surroundings and ambience.
Wait staff attentive and informed but not excellent.
Excellent chef. Food well prepared and seasoned but not overpowering.

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Ieatanddrink
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Bartender did not know how to make an old fashioned, muddled an orange and used a lot of small ice cubes, and loaded with simple syrup. Second one came out much better. Food was decent, menu is really small and left a lot to be desired. Small wine list for a nicer restaurant.

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vipGeorgesays
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Wharf provides a reliable dining experience in comfortable surroundings. The wait staff is well trained and responsive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, the plating and presentation of the desserts was particularly notable. The service was friendly and attentive. We always enjoy our visits here for a meal.

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Emilia
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very relaxing Christmas Eve lunch on the porch. Warm, quiet and excellent service. The humus+ appetizer was insanely delicious and the butternut soup very, very good. Like my special cosmo as well and it packed quite a punch! I had the salmon encrusted sandwich on brioche. It was okay in that the salmon was on the dry side, cooked a little too long. The icecream cookie sanwich was delicious and enough for the two of us. Thank you and a Merry Christmas!

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Visitors
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable Pre-Christmas lunch. Our waitress was attentive and the food was excellent.

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PaulP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a lovely evening for dinner with my daughter. It wasn't crowded, so it was relatively quiet and the service was excellent. Food and drinks were really good as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim was amazing as our server.

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DianeK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables far apart- thank ye!

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OffalCook
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best lobster tail I have ever eaten and I have eaten a lot of lobsters!

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SandraB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I should have asked them to move our seats because it was a bit cold being near the door to the outside. That was my fault. Otherwise, it was a lovely experience.

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JamesC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to The Warf and it was every bit as good as our first visit. The food was delicious and Martha provided excellent recommendations and superb service. We will be back!

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PrincessBelly
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant several times over t

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Lbmadison
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was extremely expensive and had small portions. The food was good, but for the price I would have thought the food would have been even better. We cannot afford to go back unfortunately.

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vipMack
London
51 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

With such a beautiful setting on the Sound and with such a handsome dining room and attractive porch, why is the menu so limited? The lobster rolls were good and the oysters fresh but there was little else to tempt us. The wine list is by contrast compact and rather good. The limited menu rather cuts against a return visit which is a pity and would not inspire us to take guests there. Can we liven up the kitchen even in these difficult days of staffing?

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Gwyneth
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wharf was amazing. The food was great, the service was great and the view was stunning.

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vipBabs
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was a lovely evening; the service was outstanding and it was quiet and beautifully decorated for Christmas.
My only disappointment was that I had gone specifically for their signature duck dish
which I have had several times before and was on their on line menu but wasn't available that evening. Their food is good to very good but I was disappointed.

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JodyM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wait staff, delicious food, great water views! ( Even in winter!) Festively decorated for the holidays!

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Madisonvisitor
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This review is for the Thanksgiving buffet only. I’ve eaten many times at this restaurant and enjoyed every meal. The Thanksgiving meal was way over priced for what it was. Desserts tasted like they were bought at a grocery store, the traditional dressing was tasteless, the cocktail sauce was just ketchup, the rolls were cold. Small details but for the price it should be better. How hard is it to warm the rolls!
Roast was raw. We were at the end of the day so maybe that was the problem but it was very disappointing and won’t go back for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really nice Thanksgiving buffet. Will definitely be back next year.

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Atlas
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new chef! A gem in Madison. Perfect location.

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Lovefinedining
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, great service, delicious food. Perfect for lunch.

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ShorelineGirl
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , service , and the view was amazing . I eat here often and it never disappoints. They have wonderful heaters in their porch , so we can eat here year round .

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vipSuzyT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kevin the waiter was great. Very attentive but not intrusive. Nicely paced meal - never felt rushed.

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karen
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and very well equipped for handicapped. Brought my mom and Aunt who is handicapped and we were treated exceptionally. I even left my credit card with my receipt and the waiter found us to return the card. 😊 left a wonderful impression on all us and for someone who doesn’t get out much. Great memories.
Great food and ambience. Will return

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Mojito19
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The setting, food and service at the Wharf never disappoints so we decided to visit for a "Ladies Lunch" before the very cold weather sets in for good. We opted to dine outdoors for "Covid Safety" and it was very pleasant, until the sun came down and the wind kicked in. So, just be sure to dress appropriately if you decide to do the same. I believe there are heaters in some areas but not all sections.

The menu provides a nice variety with daily specials but I opted to repeat the Chicken Waldorf Salad with Lemon Chiffon Cake & Cappuccino for dessert-PERFECT!! In fact, we all did!!

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MaryEllenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always interesting and delicious. We had a very nice and efficient wait staff person. Sorry to learn of food shortages and subsequent amended menus. But we all ate deliciously and thankfully nonetheless.

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RichardT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful night on the deck. Heaters, view made for comfortable setting. Jamaican Pork special was the best pork dish I ever had. Waitress was pleasant and accomodating.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the ambiance great also.

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BethB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food in a beautiful setting. A truly romantic evening!

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Lovefinedining
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views and excellent food coupled with attentive servers and other staff.

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vipReginaW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yay! Great! we love The Wharf! Went this time with two friends who have never been to Connecticut and they truly enjoyed everything about it!❌⭕️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Beautiful space, makes one expect (and pay for) an upscale experience, but service is always short of the mark, and atmosphere lacking.

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SilverFox
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So much fun....always! The Wharf is always our go-to...

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kiwi
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was pretty good but lunch menu seemed a little limited. Service and location was very good and what food we ordered was fine.

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AnneF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice dinner as we were staying at the hotel and a nor’easter came through. We enjoyed it, the waiter and busser were attentive and sweet.

FAQs

The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 350-0014.

The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel is rated 4.6 stars by 1267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.