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Madison's End Cafe

1108 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208
(518) 489-8859
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Ranked #21 of 591 Restaurants in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Family Fare
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
New York
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had breakfast here with our son. He comes here a lot! The place was busy but it was worth the 20 minute wait. Once we were seated the waitress took our order and made sure the coffee kept flowing. Very nice setting with outdoor seating as well.

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Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you try their "super" breakfast, you had better bring a lot of helpers. The food is well prepared and presented as fine home cooking and the service is really excellent. Nice outside setting too. Go early and plan on experiencing an ample, very tasty breakfast. No one will ever leave "unfulfilled" after experiencing Café Madison.

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Encinitas, CA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great food, pleasant location. I highly recommend the oatmeal pancakes. The corn beef hash was pretty good too. You will probably have to wait on weekends for a table but it's nice enough outside to just hang around.

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Albany, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

First of all, this restaurant is now called Café Madison, not Madison's End Cafe. This restaurant, even with the name change, has been known for years as the place to go for a delicious breakfast. There can be quite a wait on weekends. I love their choice of fresh baked breads. They've also been known for their raspberry oatmeal pancakes,although... More

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Albany, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

consistently wins best breakfast awards, also serves interesting lunch n dinner menu. small bar for cocktails. on street parking. limited parking in rear. usually a wait on weekend mornings

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Albany, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is another gem of a place that I love. It is so very consistent, and that is important in a 't be my last."restaurant. I recently took a friend there for her very first visit, but she said "it won't be my last." Everything from oatmeal raspberry pancakes(one of my faves), to Belgian waffles, eggs benedict, and of course... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The offerings are plenty & thoughtful Have the usual breakfast items (as well as lunch) but then MANY others and their own spin on the standards. Good, fresh food with homebaked breads (try the walnut wheat) in a lovely romantic setting indoors & out. Small & intimate with good prices as well. Not open for dinner. Plan to visit many... More

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Slingerlands, New York
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402 reviews 402 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

OK, the positives. It's funky. There is usually a line. The menu, even for breakfast is extensive (if you want a frittata or a tofu scramble, this is the place to come), and you can eat outside. It is crowded, cramped, and there is nothing distinctive about the food itself. I have been several times, and I will take breakfast... More

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Clifton Park, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Awesome breakfast, and excellent staff! The wait on Saturday and Sunday mornings can be on the long side, but it's worth it. Despite being so busy, the staff are all very friendly and attentive. I'd rank this in my top 3 breakfast joints of all time!!

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Sarasota, Florida
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115 reviews 115 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We've breakfasted here before with complete satisfaction, although not in a couple of years (we’ve retired to Florida), and TripAdvisors reviews also led us to believe the place was still very good, but our breakfast today was awful, and that's generous. We arrived at the noon hour and found the place busy, so we waited at the bar and had... More

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