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Madison's End Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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American, Coffee Shop, Family Fare
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1108 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208
(518) 489-8859
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Yummy food

This place has been here for along time,under different name and owners, but the food has always been great.I havent been here in years so I was eager to have lunch here with a friend. It was a weekday so I think less crowded then for Sunday brunch, so we were seated quickly and the service was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
bluesmama11
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Albany, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Albany, New York
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This place has been here for along time,under different name and owners, but the food has always been great.I havent been here in years so I was eager to have lunch here with a friend. It was a weekday so I think less crowded then for Sunday brunch, so we were seated quickly and the service was prompt and friendly.... More 

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Albany, NY
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150 reviews 150 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Whether I'm here for brunch on the weekend or lunch during the week, I never seem to get out as fast as I'd like to. I suppose if you expect to wait for a table and your food, you'll be more satisfied with your experience.

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New York
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180 reviews 180 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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500 reviews 500 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1108 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: (518) 489-8859

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?