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Madison's Cafe

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Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse, Eclectic
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216 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101-3230
+1 573-634-2988
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Madison's Café, a ‘Jefferson City Tradition’ since 1982, offers casual...
Madison's Café, a ‘Jefferson City Tradition’ since 1982, offers casual, relaxed, yet elegant dining, with a focus on northern Italian, American and eclectic cuisine: mouthwatering appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, hand-cut steaks, seafood, and a variety of signature dishes. Our menu changes often, reflecting use of locally sourced products: from our daily, fresh, locally baked bread, locally bred and raised Wagyu burgers, produce, to herbs from our own herb garden. Our gluten-free fare, whole wheat pasta, and a wide variety of vegetarian fare pleases the most sensitive palate. Our environment is unique and inviting—a gathering place for family and friends, or perfect for that romantic evening out. We have two excellently appointed private dining rooms for any special event or business meeting. Off-site catering services are available from small intimate gatherings to over 300. Carry out is always available. Al fresco dining on our large patio is wonderful when weather permits! Come to Madison's where you restore your spirit and share the simple pleasures with family and friends…one delicious bite at a time Located in beautiful downtown, two and a half blocks from the Capitol; a half-block from the Governor's Mansion; five blocks from the historic Missouri State Penitentiary; three blocks from the Amtrak Station; about a 1/2 mile from the bridge bike/walk crossing to the Katy Trail, and directly across the street from the Madison Street parking garage.
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Good for:
Lunch
Dinner
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best place to eat

Menu is always changing....great service and food always excellent. It is an Italian restaurant....but more than pasta on the menu. Gluten free options are available.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
grandmimi47
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Jefferson City, Missouri
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Menu is always changing....great service and food always excellent. It is an Italian restaurant....but more than pasta on the menu. Gluten free options are available.

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Had lunch there with a customer at his recommendation. Great variety on the menu. Had the luncheon special. It was very good and reasonably priced. The staff was very attentive.

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Jefferson City
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I love their food! I cannot pass up their house salad or zucchini sticks. Entrée is always a hard decision because the Chicken Marsala is so good but so is anything with a red sauce. For lunch there is still a difficult decision because their burger and fries are fantastic but the soup and salad is a great choice also.... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Many of my friends and colleagues love this local place, but I'm not a fan. They fancy themselves an Italian restaurant, but the only herbs and spices they seem to know are garlic and salt. Having enjoyed many fine Italian restaurants, I'm not impressed by this one. When importuned to eat here, I have found two dishes that I like... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Initially I wrote a review that was less than favorable, but the next day I received a response that caught me off guard. The owner personally responded and bent over backwards to make sure our next visit was perfect and up to the standards Madison's is known for. After spending most of my career in the restaurant business, it was... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The newspaper announced that Madison's had remodeled their restaurant both inside and outside. My wife and I had difficulty determining what had actually changed, because it was just an overall upgrade while maintaining the clubby atmosphere. Previous reviews for Madison's talk about the need for an upgrade ... it happened. Carpet gone, hardwood floors installed, tasteful warm lighting fixtures, new... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I was greated by the hostess, who seemed confused but pleasant. Then I was sat a table that was dirty and there was food underneath it from the night before. The waitress took my drink order and the drink I received had a ufo in it. The table across from me was propped up with week old stack of napkins.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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103 reviews 103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Madison’s is a rather high quality restaurant in the heart of Jefferson City. It has at least three rooms so it is larger than appears upon first entering. We were please to see toasted ravioli on the menu and it was very good. I ordered spaghetti with tomato with meat sauce. Unlike some restaurants, plenty of tasty sauce was provided.... More 

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Kahoka, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This restaurant has been around for ages, but the building has also. The decor & furniture & carpeting could use a major upgrade. The food is good. The steak sandwich is a deal because you get the same steak you would on the entree menu but at a lesser price & it's very good. Service is okay because they are... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The best Italian food I've had. Even better than that I've eatten on the Hill in St. Louis. The chicken marsela is particularly good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 216 Madison St, Jefferson City, MO 65101-3230
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Jefferson City
  • Phone Number: +1 573-634-2988

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse, Eclectic

Description

Madison's Café, a ‘Jefferson City Tradition’ since 1982, offers casual, relaxed, yet elegant dining, with a focus on northern Italian, American and eclectic cuisine: mouthwatering appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, hand-cut steaks, seafood, and a variety of signature dishes. Our menu changes often, reflecting use of locally sourced products: from our daily, fresh, locally baked bread, locally bred and raised Wagyu burgers, produce, to herbs from our own herb garden. Our gluten-free fare, whole wheat pasta, and a wide variety of vegetarian fare pleases the most sensitive palate. Our environment is unique and inviting—a gathering place for family and friends, or perfect for that romantic evening out. We have two excellently appointed private dining rooms for any special event or business meeting. Off-site catering services are available from small intimate gatherings to over 300. Carry out is always available. Al fresco dining on our large patio is wonderful when weather permits! Come to Madison's where you restore your spirit and share the simple pleasures with family and friends…one delicious bite at a time Located in beautiful downtown, two and a half blocks from the Capitol; a half-block from the Governor's Mansion; five blocks from the historic Missouri State Penitentiary; three blocks from the Amtrak Station; about a 1/2 mile from the bridge bike/walk crossing to the Katy Trail, and directly across the street from the Madison Street parking garage.

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