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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/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
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.
Best meal we had in Highlands! Perfectio ...
Best meal we had in Highlands! Perfection! Service and food were exceptional.
Our waiter Pete was great The souffle wa ...
Our waiter Pete was great The souffle was delishhhhh !!
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!
Excellent dinning experience
Food was excellent. Great service and atmosphere. Really enjoyed our dinner. Provided that extra touch.
Very enjoyable and memorable! We enjoye ...
Very enjoyable and memorable! We enjoyed the surroundings, the staff, the menu, and wine list.
Delightful evening in every way. Best sh ...
Delightful evening in every way. Best short ribs we've ever had!
Not worth the price
Very attractive setting and acceptable food. Given the price point we found the service to be less than it should be. Our server was pleasant but was not well trained. She had little idea of what was available from the bar or many details about the menu. Also, we had an early reservation (6 pm) and still waited for a table in a mostly empty dining room. While waiting the hostess asked if we would like a drink which we ordered. We didn't hear anything more about our drinks until we were seated at which point the server told us they didn't have the Scotch my husband had ordered. She then had to go find out which brands they did have. Pace of service was not what it should be either. Waitstaff would come by multiple times in a short period and then not for extended periods. Again I find this to be a training issue as everyone was pleasant. As mentioned, food was ok but not special.
Of course Madison's is always a good spot for a romantic night out or a special occasion, but if you just want to pop in (with a reservation) for their dinner burger... it is delicious and paired with thinly cut, handmade truffle fries. The new fun and personable som, Phillipe, will find an affordable bottle of wine too to go just right with those burgers.
We absolutely loved Madisons
We are considering buying a second home in North Carolina and focusing on the Highlands area. We received great recommendations about the Old Edwards Inn and all of their facilities, including a few great restaurants such as Madison's. We were not disappointed. Everything from the wait staff, the music, the room, the fresh bread and homemade butter, the greats salads, and the steak and fish were all outstanding, it really made our trip so thanks!!
My husband and I went to the Old Edwards Inn for a weekend getaway. We had dinner at Madison and enjoyed every-bit of our experience. The dinner and wine menu were spectacular!! Thank you!!
My husband and I wanted our last night i ...
My husband and I wanted our last night in Highlands to be memorable so after a fabulous Mother's Day brunch at Madisons we decided to return for dinner. Everything was wonderful with only one exception but in our opinion it was an important exception. Our server, while very pleasant rushed us through every course from beginning to end. She literally could not have brought each course and the check out faster. I couldn't tell if they were just wanting to turn the table or if she had been trained (since she was doing her internship there) to move at this speed but unfortunately it impacted our experience as we felt like we had to eat fast and and make room for the next party wanting our table.
Our Dinner experience was excellent. Ser ...
Our Dinner experience was excellent. Service was very good, food excellent and the setting was beautiful and comfortable. Highly recommend this location when dining in the Highlands.
The special for the evening was halibut ...
The special for the evening was halibut which was wonderful. It was NYC top restaurant level quality.
Exceeded my expectations!
Exceeded my expectations!
The best in HIghlands
We have a home in Highlands and are there four nights a week most of the year. We have tried all the restaurants, most several times. Madison's stands above the rest. The hotel and the restaurant were built out at the highest quality level, creating a warm, sophisticated ambiance. Food is consistently outstanding, including a nice freeby to start and great jalapeno cornbread rolls. Service is excellent. The wine list is outstanding, though pricey. And there are several killer deserts. Prices are fair for the quality of the experience. It's actually a good place to have a great burger when not in the mood for a fancy meal. Book early. It's always sold out on weekends all summer.
A good lunch
We enjoyed our first visit. The lunch menu was good; it was a pleasant dining experience. Our server, Julian, seemed met our needs but was a bit slow in (1) being available, and (2) beinging our orders.
Twice in a weekend
We ate here twice (dinner and brunch) and it was outstanding both times. I really appreciated the fresh, local ingredients and the wonderful atmosphere and wait staff.
Great lunch following an excellent dinne ...
Great lunch following an excellent dinner. Duck and lamb bollonesse was superb, as was chicken entree. Sommelier was very knoedgeable and helped us pick a great match to our taste (and not the most expensive).
Great Food, Just Takes a Long Time
We have eaten at Madison's a number of times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food is always outstanding as it was on this lunch visit. Servers are impeccably trained. One recurring theme though on all visits is it just takes forever to have a meal. Maybe this is by design because people in the area make an entire day or evening of having a meal. But to me over an hour and half for even a leisurely lunch when the reason it took too long isn't that you wanted to talk but the food took that long, is excessive. We had an appetizer, chicken sandwich, pasta dish and dessert but it had to be 20 minutes between courses. We caught on ordering dessert and wouldn't let the very pleasant server leave until we chose something asking for the check at that time as well and also kept her there when she brought it. We weren't looking for fast food by any stretch but this is a recurring theme with all visits we are not fond of.
Another great dining experience at Madison's
We've dined at Madison's dozens of times over the last 6 years and they just keep getting better. The menu is updated frequently to incorporate seasonally relevant food product that is impeccably prepared and presented. The short rib was outstanding, as was the composed sea bass and scallop entree. Chef Chris is taking the menu to new heights and the service was perfect. A "must" visit on every trip for us.
Madison's; the best in the Highlands area
Madison's is my "Go To Place" when everything needs to be just right! The food is exceptional, the wait staff attentive and well trained, the dining room is comfortable, bright and scenic. Excellent wine and it is at the Old Edwards Inn. Treat yourself; take a hike past the hotel reception desk, down the hall and up to the Hummingbird Bar. It is like stepping back in time. Beautifully appointed, with an experienced and knowledgeable bar tender, a delightful place to enjoy a drink and catch up with friends, family or a loved one. Then enjoy a delightful meal at Madison's. You won't be disappointed.
We went here for my birthday. The service was personable and professional. I had a fish and scallop dish that was delicious. My husband had a pasta dish that was great. I am gluten intolerant. The gluten free corn bread and gluten free role was such a treat, most restaurants do not have. I have to say, also, that breakfast at the Old Edwards Inn is a great find, also! You must get there before 10 am. (For that matter, lunch is great, too!)
Very reasonable prices, excellent food, ...
Very reasonable prices, excellent food, service and ambience
Fabulous food, great attention to detail ...
Fabulous food, great attention to detail, would definitely come again.
The most delicious food EVER!!!
I highly recommend Madison's! Everyone at Madison's makes you feel so special from the moment you walk in the door until the time you leave. First Class atmosphere!!! I have been going to Highlands for many years and Madison's always first on our list for dining.
Madison's is always a great choice for i ...
Madison's is always a great choice for intimate dinner celebrating most anything. On this occasion we were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary.
Amazing Food and Service
We dined here for a surprise dinner for my wife. The maitre d' was amazing. He called to confirm our reservation and without me asking he had our table covered with roses, and he gave us the same table we dined at for our engagement dinner. Our server was absolutely perfect. The food was excellent, and we will definitely be coming back again and again.
A romantic night out was what we had in mind when reserving this restaurant. We enjoyed everything from the upscale atmosphere to the delicious menu. When booking we only had the option to dine at 9pm. It gave us a chance to enjoy the lounge of the hotel. When visiting Highlands we will return again. Service was great!
This was our first time at Madison's but it won't be our last! The food and service were great and setting is perfect for a romantic dinner. The breakfast is very good as well.
My wife and I throughly enjoyed our dinner at Madisons. We appreciated the half wine bottle option so we could enjoy our own choice of beverages. The steak was incredible and my wife said the truffle macaroni was definitely unforgettable. We will be returning soon.
Another great meal at Madison's
Our experience was so good that we dined at Madison's two nights in a row. Composed seafood special, short rib and pork chop were super tasty. We'll be back on our next visit.
Fabulous Food-Service Needs Attention
The food, ambiance were as wonderful as ever. The service was a bit slow and our server apologized twice for the delays.
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