Madison

San Diego
New American Restaurant
$$$$

This University Heights restaurant serves Mediterranean fare in a sleek, cedar-walled space. There's a front bar and lounge that leads to a large, dramatic indoor/outdoor dining area. The menu is fairly small and curated, divided into shares, salads and plates. They're open for brunch as well, serving eclectic variations of classics (think grown-up beet waffles).

Available for Delivery/Takeout
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Cozy banquette seating against sleek, polished wood plank walls and a high arched ceiling provide the backdrop for an eye-popping array of mimosas, like the cobalt Blue Dream and silky, ebony Black Magic, available by the glass or pitcher. Hearty, savory dishes include White Bean Shakshuka and a Carnitas Waffle Stack with manchego, potatoes, pinto beans, and a poached egg, or indulge your sweet tooth with Churro Waffle Sticks with maple cream cheese sauce, or strawberry banana Nutella French Toast. Brunch is served weekends from 9:30 am–2:30 pm.
How to book: Reserve an indoor or patio table by calling 619-269-6566.

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Madison took to the streets, literally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding a sprawling parklet where guests can now enjoy high-quality cocktails and a small, but well-curated menu of continental and Mediterranean-inspired bites under the iconic University Heights sign. Inside, the modern interior is the ideal backdrop for Instagram portraiture, fusing elements of Norwegian and Japanese simplicity under a dramatic, arching ceiling of warm cedar cladding. Groups of up to ten can make reservations online, but private events of up to 80 guests can be accommodated.
How to book: Reservations for groups of up to ten can be made online. For larger groups, email matt@madisononpark.com.

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The Burger from neighborhood eatery Madison on Park is made with Angus beef, seared and slipped into a brioche bun. But things get more exciting from there with the addition of sharp aged white cheddar, pickled shallots and jalapeno-bacon sauce, served with waffle fries and house-made pickles. Vegetarians can sub a flavor-packed chipotle black bean patty at no extra charge.

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