Madison

4.7
1665 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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1665 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, great prices. Cute ambiance.

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vipKymberly
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

My friend and I ate outside the restaurant. Too close is a bar. So our dining area was engulfed in cigarette and pot smoke. The food was good. The wine list was fine and the cocktails looked amazing. Parking is a challenge but worth it.

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VanessaV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Its a very nice, hip place. The ambience is nice and the interior is fabulous. The food was good but a bit overpriced for the quality. We went for brunch so I can only speak for that. I had a drink with Mezcal which was very good but a bit small for the price. We for an appetizer (goat cheese with jam) which was our favorite part of the meal!! Very tasty with a kick! For our main dish we got the Shakshouka, overall it was missing some flavor (spices) to the sauce but the carnitas were good.

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JenA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Madison was such a cute restaurant! Our server Martina was the absolute sweetest! She was super attentive, knew the menu very well (gave some great dinner suggestions), always made sure we were doing ok and was overall a wonderful server. Our food was delicious and came out in a good amount of time after our drinks, which were also delicious btw! The whole ambiance was super fun and delightful. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good! Had a great birthday dinner with fam. Very accommodating for us

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vipCatherineC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and ambience. Our waiter Toni is great too!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Mostly good. Pork chop was overcooked, but they did remove it from the bill.

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AlfredoE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience4

Pedimos una chuleta de cerdo que es el plato mas reconocido y vendido según nos dijeron. Lamentablemente estuvo muy dura, tanto que incluso cortarla con el cuchillo se hacía difícil. El sabor de la chuleta estaba bien, pero muy dura. cuando hicimos el reclamo el salonero nos dijo que podíamos cambiar, que no lo hicimos...

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OrivalG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice ambience in a small local restaurant. Server, Kirby?, was very professional. It was an overall enjoyable meal.

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viptylerd
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really am surprised at this restaurant.

The menu was extremely reasonable for the quality of food.

They didn’t play up cliche fine dining like most San Diego restaurants.

Ambiance was so cool

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MONIUXS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience at Madison was fabulous! My favorite cocktail was the amethyst cocktail with a palo Santo stuck! The food was delicious! We had the gnocchi, parpadelle and roasted chicken! We will definitely go back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server was very attentive and polite 🙌🏽

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vipTerriP
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They seated us on time even though they were busy. Tony was a great server. Didn’t rush us and had a great personality. Specialty cocktails were great. Pork chop was a fav along with avocado citrus salad and jambalaya. Cool atmosphere. We’ll be back next visit to Dan Diego.

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catelynL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

The cocktails, appetizers and desserts are good. The main courses are bland and lacking. They need more of a punch because they are underwhelming.

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MarneeS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Gnocchi and portobello mushroom fries were delicious, service was fast, and loved the ambiance. Give yourself extra time to park. Would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This place has been on my que to visit- DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Loved the food, drinks, and service.

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vipSaraB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was excellent and made my daughters birthday brunch very special!

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Jason
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice little restaurant for brunch with good service, fair prices, and great good. The morning cocktails were really good also. The decor was really up-to-date and we enjoyed our visit.

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RandyS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Great food. Great staff
Every time I’m here I have a great experience. Awesome for a date or just by yourself. 2 thumbs up.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for accommodating my group so well and making my celebration so special!

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Marie
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love Madison. One of my favorite places to celebrate and bring friends when they come to visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jazz night, sat in a booth, it was just perfect setting for a nice date night. Enjoyed several craft cocktails, ceviche to start, main course Pork Chop was amazing and the carrot cake was a very nice finish. First timer for dinner and will come again soon.

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DouglasJ
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved Madison. We already have reservations to return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kirby, our server was perfect for our group. Excellent in fact

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KojoK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice place for brunch. I'd definitely go back again.

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VERONICAT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing food! Have been here twice this month and going back again this week. Their cocktails are delicious and fancy looking! SO fun!

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dmbfankcco
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Great cocktails, attentive service. The food was good, not great. Space is very cool, tho. We’ll go back again.

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vipMeridith
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cool atmosphere - loved the decor. Ate outdoors with great heat lamps. Delicious cocktails. Menu was not full of the same entrees you find everywhere. They seemed more creative. Food was delicious! Loved the portobello fries! Menu was well priced. Service was very attentive. No beer menu though if you like beer.

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vipMarciaB
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Madison, the food is excellent, staff wonderful and ambiance is quiet and cozy. A great place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Love the ambience, the food and the cocktails. Not sure being visibly mistaken for a cougar while having dinner with my son is a good enough reason to wait 25 minutes before taking our drinks order, let alone food.

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vippreciouspie
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was fabulous! Loved the waffle churro sticks and sauces! The breakfast tacos were bomb!

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Marklikesbrunch
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent!!!! The only place I can get a side car that tastes like
It should . If they had them Togo I would hahah. Service was great and genuine
This is a family favorite

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience3

We went to celebrate a friend’s promotion.
Our reservation was for 5:30 and they were running late due to rain traffic and they accommodated us. Very nice host. Getting our drinks and food took a little longer but we had a great time. I orders the queen drink that came with the tarot card, it’s entertaining. It’s accompanied with a book to help you understand the card’s meaning.
We all had a really good time.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great date night spot! Amazing cocktails and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

music a little loud for talking but amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Madison. Food is solid! Delicious, clean flavors, fresh seasonal ingredients and such a cute, fun space!

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vipRyanM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch vibes

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CherylL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had friends in from out of town, great outdoor seating

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vipAlexis
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! I recommend the bar area for an intimate date night and very personal service. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Very slow service.

FAQs

Madison does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Madison is rated 4.7 stars by 1665 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.