I am a foodie and always appreciate the chef owned restaurants. David, the owner of this one, goes above and beyond to be attentive to his guests, it almost feels like he's invited you to his house for dinner. Just so happens it's his restaurant instead. He takes pride in being as much about the front of the house as the back and it shows in his attention to service as well as in the quality of the food. He has been there in downtown Cambria for five years and I hope he keeps staying there b/c it's worth the trip to eat a meal there. There are specials along with the regular menu, delicious bread and coffee, always important features in any restaurant of worth. The noise level is fine and the tables arranged so that diners can visit with one another if they are so inclined. The wine list is decent, and I had a glass of wine from one of the wineries I had visited that day and had tasted. Nice echo of the day's earlier adventures. David let me visit the kitchen and on the walls he has drawings done by children who have visited the restaurant. Once the walls are full, he takes them down and his daughter Madeline (after whom the restaurant is named) puts them all into a big scrapbook. Nice personal touch, again it's the whole chef-owner thing and personal attention b/c he is the product. I am always about service, being in a service business myself, so always appreciate when I have a wonderful service oriented experience. A nice meal, a pleasant evening, would love to eat there again. Next visit, hopefully. Thanks David at Madeline's.
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