Seattle >Food & Dining > Madison Park Cafe
1807 42nd Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811247.634842 -122.278787
Neighborhoods: Madison Park, Capitol Hill
Nice menu, nice service – My wife and I really like this place. I'm not a fan of standard menus, which abound in the Seattle area, and this restaurant makes it interesting. Low key nice service, not fu-fu; our kind of place.
Exquisite dining experience! – My brother and I had an exquisite dinner at The Madison Park Cafe after my hesitation of his suggestion. He'd never been there, and I hadn't in about 3 years after my last experience in 2007. But my expectations were totally and delightfully reversed by our dinner.
From being warmly greeted by a couple of staff (one being Karen, the owner), to understandably being moved to a quieter corner because of a more demonstrative diner behind me (I'm softer-voiced and not as easily heard).
My brother and I both enjoyed a wonderful salad of arugula (which I usually disdain) and other ingredients... it was spectacular though I don't recall the other ingredients. But they did a good job of marrying those ingredients in a way which masked the often-acrid arugula flavor.
I agreed with my brother's high opinion of his Alaskan haddock special entree choice as he allowed me to sample his selection. And I dined on a Dungeness crab cake. I'm usually suspicious of most crab cakes, as I was raised on Baltimore-style blue crab cakes which are lightly-breaded and mostly crab meat, as was Madison Park Cafe's cake. It was superb! So flavorful and fresh, perfectly browned on top, it was still moist and full of flavor. And while the pomegranate seed fad has pained me, the seeds added a delightful accent to the entree.
Thank you, brother, for helping me dash my past experience (a hanger steak with pom frittes) that didn't mirror my then-recent Parisian memories.
I will return soon and recommend The MPC!
Great Place for Dinner – I just had to say I had the opposite experience of the below poster. I found the dinners there to be really *five star*. The food is tasty and thoughtfully presented. The service is warm and inviting every time I have been. The staff is always very knowledgeable and can recommend a wine to go with your dinner. Every time we have friends in from out of town, we have to bring them in for dinner, because its just such a lovely experience every time!
Brunch was a bit of a dissappointment for us after doing dinner there. Service was lousy, with our waitress kibbutzing with her freinds while we were ignored. Food was...OK. But not on a par with dinner. Do yourself a favor, dont bother with the brunch, but definately try them for dinner.
uncomfortable – Night manger or owner took menu out of my hands… I was waiting to see if they had openings for dinner at the front door and looking at the menu. The person that came to meet us at the door took the menu out of my hands as if I was stealing something. She then gave us attitude as if we didn’t belong. I could not believe someone in the service industry would treat potential customers in such a manner. DO NOT GO FOR DINNER. We had good experience with the bruch staff.
this is Karen the owner of the cafe. Your posting was on Monday Mar 8...which night did you attempt to go to the cafe for dinner? It's important that I understand your complaint since I can't imagine that this could occur. Kindly let me know which night you visited the cafe. Also there is no night manager at the cafe except me, so I'm unsure of what actually transpired. Kindly clarify
Totally Charming – I have been here for both brunch and dinner and I have never had a bad experience with either the food or service. I do know a few of the people who USED to work there, but I have been back recently and the service was still great. Very knowledgeable and professional, and they know the wine list like the back of their hand! The food is great, very traditional and delish!
Definitely check it out!
Don't go Here if You're Hungry...Poor value for portions – Don't go hear if you're hungry. You'll walk away hungry! We had the sourdough pancakes - very very small pancake with about 3 pieces of fruit on it and 2 frozen pats of butter. Also had the egg/ham dish - fine, but nothing special at all. We also had a scone - very small served with frozen butter and also had yogurt with fruit. It had total of about 2 full spoonfuls of yogurt in it! It was a parfait full of fruit. Just say that on the menu so it's clear.
We will not be returning. Yes this place is cozy. But that's it.
We paid $40 for 2 people for breakfast. That is outrageous! And we're still hungry. We are certainly normal eaters and not over-eaters - the portions are substantially small, just as many other reviewers have said. It's really a bummer to fork out that much money and be so disappointed. Especially in this economy. And walk away still hungry!
And none of the dishes come with anything. You get one small pancake for $9. That's it. Nothing else on the plate. I got a pastry with mine, big deal. Usually you get maybe a piece of bacon, hash browns, something to make you feel like you are getting good value. Since when is it appropriate to charge almost $10 for a few bites. And everything else comes a la carte. Four Seaons Hotel doesn't even do that! Isn't this a neighborhood joint that should have affordable prices and good value?
Plus when we were walking out I saw a guy cutting fruit with no gloves on, someone else leaning on the table where he was cutting chatting and laughing with the person. And a woman drying pans right near that table. Shouldn't fresh fruit be cut away from all this activity. Yuck! Maybe some gloves?
No thanks. There are other great breakfast spots in the city where you get better value and great food. We just wasted $40 and I had to make breakfast for us when we got home. Bummer.
Simply Wonderful!! – My husband and I have visited the Cafe a few times over the years, and I have to say, it has only got better with age. On our last visit there for dinner we were warmly greeted at the door, with the server taking our coats and welcoming us as if we were old friends. We were shown to our table and quickly offered drinks, which we decided would be some wine. They have a great wine list and as a wine lover I can tell you, they have some real values on the list if you know what to look for.
I have always enjoyed the food there, but I was so impressed by our food this time. There is a new chef and he is really doing a great job with the menu. My husbands cassoulet was probably the best version of the dish we have ever had--including one we had in France! The frites were just perfect too--what a combination! The desserts we had were delicious, I had a chocolate cake and he had Ice cream, and both were so good we were stealing from eachothers plates. We had a great dinner and will definately be back for more!
Do not eat here, it stinks – I am getting married and I was told by someone who frequents this place to go in and check it out, and see about having them cater my rehearsal dinner for 50 or my wedding for 200. I came in a week ago for dinner, there was not one decent server. I was sat, I was ignored. I ordered my food, given my food, ignored. The server came back and asked me if I wanted dessert, I said no they dropped off my check. The food tasted like cardboard, and the servers had the personality of cardboard. I decided to give it a try for brunch, so my fiance and I went in and tried it one more time, we sat in a young ladies section, a red headed lady sat us, and gave us menus. The young girl waited about 10 minutes to get our beverage order, but was standing at the table next to us the entire time talking to a friend, or someone who must come in often. After she took our drink orders, we asked her what the chefs choices of the day were she replied that "they were on the board" instead of telling us. 10 minutes later we got our drinks, and placed our order. We didnt see her again. A guy brought us our food, I am not sure of his name, but he was bald. He refilled our coffee, he asked us how our breakfast was when he passed by us. We tried to get a hold of her to bring us our check, so we got up and found her, she was talking on her phone around the corner, so the young man got us our check for us, and the nice older lady charged our card. If it wasnt for the two of them, I would have nothing nice to say about the cafe at all, well the food was very good for breakfast, but overall, the two servers could not make up for the awful girl, or the awful dinner food. It is a shame though, my friend convinced me this would be the perfect place to cater for me! I warn everyone, think twice about going here! you might as well go to McDonalds for dinner!
Great Place – I recently referred my best friend to eat here, she checked out the review marked "an experiement" . I am a proud black woman, who has eaten at this cafe many times, and lived in MP almost my entire life, and the last thing I would call this cafe or the employees there is discriminating. I think what we have is a man living his life as a black man, instead of just a man, accusing everyone around him as discriminating against him, which makes me sad because it makes us all look that way. I will tell you that the food at the cafe is good, they have their up and downs with consistancy, the baked eggs are never the same, egg dishes never the same size, but ive never had a bad experience there with food (either brunch or dinner). The staff is a whole other story. Thee was recently a change in staff and some of the long time servers are no longer there, which is a huge shame because they were excellent and I miss sitting in their sections. There are 2 new men working there and I have sat in both of their sections, usually the one wearing a hat. I like sitting outside, thats why I have frequented this place so much, and it is refreshing to socialized with the nice staff, I am a single lady so its nice to chit chatl with them. I am normally in the guys section, I think he has been there longer then the other servers, he is always friendly and provides the best service, probably the reason I continue to come back, he can always make me laugh, but most important he is professional and the service is always speedy. Sometimes I sit in the older ladies section and she is excellent as well, not as social as the others, but very good service and speedy, she is always buzzing around like a bee. There is a younger girl that works there as well, and I will leave before sitting in her section, she totally ignores your tables if she knows someone else who is in the cafe, and when she does help you, she is rude and forgetful, if it werent for the other two people I wouldnt return.
an experiment – it's fairly well known in the black community that this place is not friendly to minorities. I had always heard this from friends who had visited the restaurant but decided to check it out myself. I'm white but I went to Madison Park Cafe with 3 black friends and the food was good but much to my disappointment the service was BAD!
We were not seated for a while, even though there were plenty of seats, we were ignored the whole time, and the servers were rude.
I went back the same day with a white friend. This time it was even busier but we were seated promptly, the service was much better, and the staff was attentive. It's a shame that I have this to report when the food is so good.
I can't say for sure it was due race but it sure confirms similar stories I've heard about the place.
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