Recently awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award, Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa helps define the dining scene in downtown Highlands. The talented culinary team hand crafts each dish with farm-to-table, sustainable ingredients to bring out the most abundant flavors nature has to offer. A Wine Spectator award-winning restaurant for the past five years with “Best of“ awards for the past two, Madison's wine list features an expansive selection from an extensive wine cellar. Madison’s sommelier—or “Wine Navigator” as he introduces himself—helps with selections. The Private Wine Cellar offers an intimate dining setting for up to 12 guests. Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are suggested for lunch and dinner. The Wine Garden is open in the warmer months. All major credit cards are accepted.
Southern, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00 am - 10:00 am; Lunch Daily: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm; Dinner Daily: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music in the Hummingbird Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 pm to 10 pm.
Overseeing the culinary program at Madison’s Restaurant and Wine Garden, as well as the Rooftop Terrace, Spa Cafe, Pool Cabana and catering, is executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr. Klapdohr says, “The constant research of selecting the finest products in the region, as well as globally, has become my ultimate passion. To nurture, develop and create sustainable, healthy cuisine that is uncompromised and environmentally responsible continues to be the essence of my culinary philosophy."
Private Party Facilities:
The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. The Wine Room is a special experience and comes with a handcrafted menu prepared especially for you by our Chef. We offer the chance to design your own perfect culinary experience with our chef. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever. For reservations please contact us.
Private Party Contact:
Group Sales: 8287872525
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Escape to the Four-Season mountain town of Highlands nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains for enchanting destination weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, family events, corporate events or any special occasion. With multiple event venues, the Old Edwards full-service professional event staff will help ensure a smooth, flowing, fairytale event. You’ll just feel the memories being made, as you, your family and your friends join together in authentic surroundings where magical moments emerge from every experience. The Wine Room is the perfect place for a special dinner for 8 to 12 guests. The Wine Room is our actual wine cellar and has an old world charm where you will dine by candlelight in this elegant venue surrounded by some of the world’s best vintages. This Wine Room creates the perfect opportunity to share an evening with friends and family that you will remember forever.
Madison's Ratings and Reviews
The entire staff was very pleasant and a ...
The entire staff was very pleasant and accommodating. We arrived on time for our reservations and were seated promptly. My wife and I were celebrating a special wedding anniversary, and were greeted with happy anniversary wishes by each employee and also by the manager, who came to our table personally. The food was prepared as requested and our entire meal was very enjoyable. Madison's Restaurant and the Old Edwards Inn staff were very gracious and made our visit a very special treat.
Madison's is our favorite restaurant in ...
Madison's is our favorite restaurant in Highlands. We have a house in town and eat out at least 3 times a week when we are there. We carried 4 friends to dinner last Saturday night for their 1st visit to Highlands. All of the ladies loved their meals, Two chose the trout, my wife had a salad & the crab cakes. Our other guest had the meat loaf. We had an exceptional server who was friendly, knowledgeable and did not hover over us. My wife & I had a mixed drink, our entre, a glass of rose and split a dessert and with the tip it camp to a little over $150. Madison's is a beautiful restaurant
Amazing-had my 60th Birthday Lunch with ...
Amazing-had my 60th Birthday Lunch with my wife and started with a "Sir James Cup" and ended with Shrimp and grits. My partner had the smoked trout BLT and is still talking about it 3 days later! Service and ambience was unreal!
Wonderful food. We loved the south Afric ...
Wonderful food. We loved the south African style lamb sausage starter the most. The wine selection was quite nice as well. As for the quality of the flavoring & food in all, this is often judged by how you feel after the meal. It was clear you seasoned for flavor and not just with salt, which was greatly appreciated the next day when we were pool side in bathing suits.
Due to food allergies, my wife ordered p ...
Due to food allergies, my wife ordered plain grilled fish. She found it to be quite dry and overcooked. When this was mentioned to the waiter he said it was because there was no sauce on it. My meal was duck breast. The meat was fine but the vegetables with it were pretty well overcooked and not very good. However, the blueberry cobbler for dessert was very good.
If you like a snooty restaurant with less than average fare, this is the place for you.
Arby's caliber food in a much nicer sett ...
Arby's caliber food in a much nicer setting. When we arrived there was only one other occupied table, a very loud party of 8 (how could 8 people have 3 simultaneous loud conversations for so long?) and we were seated right next to them. Upon realizing we would never be able to have a conversation, we asked for a new table and the atmosphere improved significantly. The service was good except for that inexplicable seating, but the food looked much better on the menu than it came out on the plate. Usually when I choose a restaurant on open table I find food I'd definitely return for, but in this case not so much.
I love coming to Madison's for the wonde ...
I love coming to Madison's for the wonderful setting at the Old Edward's Inn. However, the menu is limited and doesn't have many options for people who don't eat meat or want to eat healthier food. When we visited Madison's for our anniversary, there was only one fish option as they had run out of the other special fish. The chefs are also not accommodating to prepare the dishes to the customers taste. A bit disappointed in our experience.
My husband and I have been to Madison's ...
My husband and I have been to Madison's many times, breakfast and dinner. We are normally there during the July 4th holiday and some time in the fall. The food and wine have always been excellent and it is normally a relaxing experience. This time was different. The food was good, not great. The Sommelier we have known for many years was gone and so was most of the usual staff. It was very busy and loud with a table filled with kids next to us. The waiter was ok, but not as professional as in the past. Our experience was good, but just not as personalized and special as many visits before.
We had Supper for my Wife's Birthday and ...
We had Supper for my Wife's Birthday and the table was covered in Roses. We returned the next night to eat in the Wine Garden on the patio. Both meals were outstanding and the Service was wonderful. We returned again for Breakfast on our final day and it too was marvelous. The Servers were gracious and energetic. We will be staying at the Inn again in August and will certainly eat here again. The restaurant and patio are absolutely gorgeous and romantic.
My husband and I visited Highlands this ...
My husband and I visited Highlands this past week and enjoyed our dinner so much at Madison's the first night we were there, that we had breakfast twice and lunch once (in the Wine Garden) the following two days. The crab cake appetizer and sweet potato vanilla soup were outstanding followed by the Pecan Crusted Springer Mountain Chicken. The herbed turnip and potato gratin, and honey roasted baby carrots and turnips were the perfect flavorful accompaniment to the chicken. Our breakfasts and lunch were equally delicious and the service was outstanding, friendly and attentive. We could not have asked for better dining experiences and are looking forward to a return trip to once again enjoy the cuisine at Madison's.
I had dinner with my wife and 11 year ol ...
I had dinner with my wife and 11 year old daughter on a Sunday evening. The wine list is superb and the sommelier was charming and helpful, regaling us with stories from his childhood in France. I would definitely go again.
We had the trout. I had the trout dinne ...
We had the trout. I had the trout dinner and my wife had the trout ala carte. Both were mediocre and not the quality we expect from north carolina trout. We have had trout in this area before and it was always fresh and succulent. This was neither. A big disappointment.
It is a restaurant where our party of 3 ...
It is a restaurant where our party of 3 dined two nights in a row while staying at the Old Edwards Inn. And we also had a large breakfast there three mornings in a row. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked each time. Our service was excellent and atmosphere relaxing and beautiful. I live in California and will definitely return!
Dined for lunch on a Saturday. Service ...
Dined for lunch on a Saturday. Service is always impeccable. Ordered the smoked trout dip - good, but crackers are 'doughy' and should be something crispier with more flavor. Made the dip almost bland. Also ordered the grilled chicken/ham panini - not much flavor until I added my own mustard. Also ordered the beet salad which was very good. It would only take a few minutes for the chef to actually taste the items leaving the kitchen to see that they need just a little 'something'.
Everyone, especially our server, Nina, ...
Everyone, especially our server, Nina, was extremely courteous and friendly. The seating in the sofas/booth was extremely comfortable. The service was prompt and the food delicious. The assortment of breads and the pimento cheese appetizer started things off on a lovely note.
We had absolutely no complaints. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.
Madison's for lunch was a lovely end to ...
Madison's for lunch was a lovely end to a fabulous Highlands weekend. The staff was attentive and kind to our well-.behaved one- year-old.
The food was outstanding as well. Beautiful surroundings add to the exceptional experience.
We came to stay at the inn and made reservations at Madison's. The food was excellent without being overly contrived. The white asparagus soup with trout caviar and poached egg was terrific. We vowed to make the inn a yearly tradition as the hospitality of all of the staff members was exceptional. Highlands is a gem.
The service was impeccable; there were m ...
The service was impeccable; there were multiple wait staff who checked on us in timely ways. The food was exquisite, and the complimentary rackers with pimento cheese and truffles for dessert were a wonderful touch!
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