The Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel

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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

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We are always open on Christmas featuring menu specials throughout the day.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

We are always open for New Year's Eve featuring menu specials throughout the night.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 718 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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K
New England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the Osso Buco braised low and slow so the meat is "fall-off-the-bone" tender. My girl had the Halibut which was also outstanding.

The food is usually good and consistent

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure dining at this restaurant. It consistently provides deliciously prepared food in an elegant but casual seaside environment.

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

Fabulous restaurant with great service

BK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I made a spontaneous Sunday Brunch date at the MadisonBeach Hotel. We were so pleasantly surprised by the Brunch. The variety, presentation, ambience of the dining room, staff and view made it a memorable meal. Gorgeous carving tables, salads and the plentiful raw bar was a stand out. I will never forget the dessert table filled with such an attractive array of desserts - including chocolate covered strawberries! Such a beautiful facility where you are able to stroll seaside and sit on the deck to enjoy the unobstructed view of the ocean. We will definitely be returning!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I would Highly recommend the Wharf-Madison Beach Hotel Restaurant. The dining room is elegant. The menu has a wonderful variety. The food was delicious and plentiful. The value was incredible.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good especially dessert!

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new chef is absolutely incredible. He made a vegetarian meal for my husband that was exceptional!!!!!!! Can’t wait to go back

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing all around!

K
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, on the expensive side, great bartenders

EP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I love sitting outside to enjoy the view and to be able to hear my companions. Inside is unbearably loud. The food,was good but not great. The service was a little slow, but there was a wedding that night. It was expensive. I would go,there again but not often.

K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Totally disappointed. Very unorganized. Had the wrong appetizers, meal and drinks delivered to our table. The crab was on toast that was so dry you could not eat it. Not the first class restaurant it used to be.

MC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a nice dinner with another couple. We sat outside on the deck and it was a nice evening and the meal was very good. Service was excellent.

EM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been visiting the Madison Beach Hotel and dining at its Wharf Restaurant for over 60 years. It has grown in several stages from a huge shack to a minor palace on the best beach location in CT. Food, service, and accommodations are all excellent. The Sound is beautiful, and the town is wonderful. I urge you to visit there; you'll love it!

ST
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was truly fabulous!! Will go back again and again!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a lobster roll and fish and chips... nothing else was on the plate. The service tried but was not trained. The new round top glass is difficult to drink from and the chairs are too low for the tables.

KB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate enough to be able to eat outside on the beautiful deck the scenery was breathtaking and the night was perfect. Our waitress was wonderful she was courteous she didn’t rush us she let us take our time. And the food was out of this world

SS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for romantic dinner. Dining room perfect with exception of noisy party at high top near bar. Food excellent. Staff very accommodating. Would return again.

PZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Reservations were easy. The outdoor setting is beautiful. The staff is excellent. The service was very good. The watermelon salad exceptional. The halibut was perfectly fresh and very well presented; but lacking flavor. The diver scallops were not fresh and very improperly garnished for flavor though presented well. Presentation must be hand in hand with freshness and flavor.

GW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Was never told it was a brunch buffet only....it was good, but not what we were looking for. Parking was only valet, not my style. Drinks were flavorful, but pretty much non-alcoholic....we got comped on those. Great views....we’ve had other great experiences....today wasn’t on of them.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

The good: The view from the outside seating on the deck is lovely, especially at sunset, and the addition of outdoor heaters made it very comfortable after sundown. The service was attentive and pleasant. The not-so-good: I found the menu a bit dull and the food wasn’t great, especially for the price. I had three courses (watermelon salad, scallops with a very dry polenta “tile”, and the little shot glass dessert special of the day) and didn’t really enjoy any of them. My dining partners all had the Peruvian fish/saffron stew and liked it, so perhaps I ordered wrong. Still a lovely evening by the water.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Have eaten here a number of times, and the food was great. This last time some of the food was subpar. The scallop entree that I ordered was not cooked well, and the polenta was cold and hard as if it was made a few days ago. I found this very
inconsistent, since I want to be a regular patron.
The service was excellent.

e
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food and a lovely view if you are lucky enough to get a table outdoors for dinner.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Wharf turned out to be the perfect choice for our 4th wedding anniversary! We both loved our dinners and the presentations were impressive. Our experience was greatly enhanced by the very attentive and friendly waitstaff, and we were thrilled with a memorable dessert that celebrated our special occasion. We'll be back!

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
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 on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
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 on August 18, 2019
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 on August 17, 2019
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
5 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
13 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
New York Area
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! :)

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