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.
Highlands, NC 28741
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: (828) 787-2525
Banquet, Bar Dining, 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
My husband and I had a date for lunch at Madison's yesterday and it was a great date! We were greeted warmly by the hostess and staff. Chef Tim Vos came out to say hello as we know him from way back. They sat us at a cozy table for two. We started with the mussels special which was over the top good and may have been the best mussels we have ever eaten. The mussels were very flavorful with a delicate sauce and homemade crostinis. Then we had the always spectacular trout dip and our final course was the caesar salad all paired with a spectacular burgundy. The homemade breads that were served were divine as well as the final butter cookies. Everything was delicious!! Our server was good, but was a little slow with the wine service. We had our food long before we had our wine. All in all, Madison's did an excellent job taking care of us and we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch date.
This was a perfect spot to celebrate a birthday with a romantic dinner. The food was outstanding. Each bite had special flavor and the dishes were prepared with such flair, perfectly and beautifully laid out. Our server, Nikki, was attentive when necessary and very knowledgeable about all aspects of our dinner. The entire staff was pleasant and aware of how best to keep everyone happy while not being invasive. I highly recommend this fantastic and special place to anyone looking to enjoy every minute and every bite.
My wife and took a little road trip to Highlands for her birthday and we decided in advance to have lunch at Madison's. We had high expectations and Madison's did not disappoint. The ambience was great, the food was outstanding and the staff was very forthcoming, friendly and attentive. We will be back for other occasions!
Six of us were at OEI for a girl's weekend. We were on an all inclusive package which included 3 meals at Madison's. We never tired of being there. The staff was professional and accommodating as well as personal and friendly. The food and choices were amazing. The atmosphere was comfortable and provided the perfect setting for memorable times at all 3 meals. Thank you Madison's for helping to make our weekend so special.
Chef Timmy created a delicious scallops entree with red Brussels, kale chip! The pimento cheese tasting was presented as we were seated, followed by bread bites , flavorful entrees with exceptional presentation. We concluded our dining with a treat made from pastry chef Vincenzo . Epitome of excellence in dining at Madison's in Old Edwards Inn , Highlands, NC.
Make s reservation well in advance.
Enjoyed a stay at Old Edwards Inn and the restaurant, Madisons was the best thing about the stay. Three meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner - were phenomenal. Highly recommended whether staying at the Inn or not. We will return for lunch or dinner even if hoteling somewhere else.
Great food - amazing service from Pete - phenomenal wine list!!!
Lamb and feta sausage appetizer - amazing
Ceases salad with fresh withe anchovies - excellent
Filet with creamed greens was buttery and perfect
Double large lamb rack chops with truffle mac n cheese - YUMMMEEEEE!!!!!!!
Highly recommend for a dinner whilst in Highlands.
Madison's is an elegant dining experience, and it never fails to please. There is always a sommelier to assist with wine questions----something that indicates an establishment with fine dining. Their emphasis is often on local, fresh ingredients, and they easily acommodate special dietary requests. I highly recommend Madison's !
The place, food, service are all outstanding but we felt "punished" for using Open Table...only ones there, then only a few others arrived before we left. Had no later options when we made reservations 2weeks out. I will skip the OT site in the future when this appears to be the situation.
We had a wonderful dinner at Madison's on the first night of our stay at Old Edwards Inn. The atmosphere is very upscale but not stuffy. The service was excellent...friendly, informative, checked on us alot but not too much. The food was delicious as well...all in all, a great dining experience! Highly recommend, especially if you are staying at the inn.
Madison's represents the "gem" of the mountains in Highlands, NC. Overall, it is a good value when one considers the quality of food, service, and ambience. Reservations are important and valued by the staff and they will acknowledge you by name. Food service is not rushed because management wants you to take in an enjoy the environment and your guests. Access to this restaurant is not via four-lane highway. One has to negotiate mountain terrain to arrive. However, you will soon forget the driving challenge because your will be treated to a memorable experience. And, you'll most likely return again as do we.
Really enjoyed the atmosphere and outstanding service of Madison's on a rainy day in Highlands. Great food even though we only had a simple lunch of soup and salads. Looking forward to our return this spring using an Old Edward's Inn pkg. deal of 3 meals with a hotel room stay.
Very enjoyable evening with excellent cuisine although not quite 5 star, and pricey. Nice touch to allow us to bring in a special bottle wine--$30 corkage fee is fine/typical. Good cocktails. Only mild annoyance was tried to seat 4 of us along hall where moderate foot traffic. After some persistence and wait - not busy at 6 pm. - then seated at wonderful table with a view. Nice young waiter was a little pushy to get us to order but then saw we going at OUR pace and was very nice.
Always a nice time at Madison's. The food, wine and service were very good. My husband had the bolognese and I had the guinea hen which were both delicious. It is good value for an excellent meal with a reasonable wine. It is a little cold in the dining room, so wear socks and bring a sweater.
Out of 6 meals in Highlands recently, this was the only one that was not excellent. The food, which we had enjoyed a year ago (along with their excellent wine list), was sub par. A tri tip sandwich was at least good, but a flat bread was poorly executed. The worst was a chicken with ham sandwich that was bone dry to the point of being inedible and they had a piece of Bentons ham that covered 1/3 of the sandwich...we left 2 of the 3 entrees nearly untouched...no management inquired as to why.
Exceptional service. Very attentive, caring, informed. Willing to prepare gluten-free breads for a special needs dieter. Food excellently prepared and beautifully presented. Extensive wine list. Sommelier helped select a delicious wine perfectly matched with our meal. Would definitely highly recommend to anyone wanting a first-class dining experience in Highlands, NC.
Madison's will not disappoint, menu, service and food are all second to none. Starting with drinks from the bar through dessert it all was exceptional. My wife had pork loin off the menu and I had halibut from the specials. Whether you're staying at The Old Edward's Inn or just visiting Highlands for the day, don't miss Madison's.
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