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“An almost hidden gem”

Madeline's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 50 Restaurants in Cambria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $32
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Wine Tasting Room by Day & Restaurant by Night! I think one of the best ways to get the full experience of Madeline's is to visit our open daily wine tasting room where you can try some of the best boutique wines that the central coast has to offer and then finish off your custom wine tasting with dinner in our full service dining room! We thank you for spending a few moments on our website and hope you enjoy all that the central coast has to offer. See you soon! David - Chef/Owner
Reviewed May 1, 2014

We almost passed up on this restaurant because the signage is too shiny with the floodlit sign outside. We had no idea that the food was so good and the lateness of the hour made us think about just having an appetizer. Those two appetizers were enough to convince us that we had to come back for dinner the next day. Allow me to back up time-wise.
We had come to Cambria after imaging the elephant seals just up the road from Cambria. There were over a thousand seals resting on that beach and we spent an extra amount of time imaging them. That is another review to be posted on Trip Advisor.
The next day we came back after having an appetizer dinner the evening before. We had also tried a Cabernetfranc wine from Madeleine winery in Monterey, Ca. the night before and we were impressed enough to buy another glass and eventually buy a bottle to bring home. The previous evening we both were very impressed with the menu and our server the night before gave us enough ideas to make sure we were going to check out this restaurant this evening. When we came back the following evening, the menu was pretty much the same with one or two items not on the menu. We had the California Halibut and the Fettucini Primavera. The halibut was very good and the sauce was superb. The primavera was truly excellent as the shrimp were done to perfection and were bigger than expected. Yes, we had the Cabernetfranc and chose to purchase a bottle. Yes, we are going to order a case from the winery. Overall I am quite impressed with Madeline's for the size that it is. The bill was what we expected based upon our stop the night before. As we were leaving we noticed how many people were showing up at their reserved time. There is another part of this restaurant that is a wine bar tasting area. They have a couple of tables to accommodate overflow walk-ins so we realized that Madeline's has both a tourist trade and a good number of locals. This place is on our list of places to eat in Cambria. I do recommend setting up a reservation, especially if you are going to bring a larger number than four or six. I did notice that the kitchen has a stove capable of ten burners so the owner does expect large number of patrons. Talked with the head chef and am impressed with his whole layout of his kitchen. He could be a victim of his own success if he starts getting a large summer/ vacation crowd. We were further impressed with real fabric napkins and table cloths. The spacing of the tables also allows relatively personal conversation.

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Thank 943RickR
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

We did a wine tasting and had a great experience. Very knowledgeable and fantastic variety of wine tastings. We bought a mixed case of some fabulous local and French wines. One of the best tasting experiences ever!

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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We have tried to dine here several times before but always booked. We got lucky when we decided to spend a weekend in Cambria and there was an opening!!!The wait was well worth it. The lamb that my husband ordered was perfect and so were the scallops. Besides the wondereful meal and service,we met the owner who was also doubling up as greeter and server(that night 2 people had called in sick). On top of that,he went over to the bar section and helped my husband select some wonderful wines to take home with us. We will be back!!!

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Thank nana5California
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We dined here for our friend's wedding reception dinner. Wow! Everything was fabulous! The environment is dimly and romantic. The service was great! The food was amazing!!

Thank Camille816
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Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

Best meal of our trip to California.

The restaurant was really busy so our table was not available immediately. The host could not have been more apologetic and gave us complimentary champagne at the bar.

The food was amazing. The scallops in a mushroom butter were possibly the best I've had. The chicken stuffed with Brie and nuts and spinach was to die for. The wine list was excellent and the cheque was very reasonable.

Excellent service, we were really well looked after by Oscar.

The chocolate infused port is a must to complete the meal!

Thank Ellie_CR
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