Portland >Food & Dining > Madison's Grill
1109 Se Madison St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512932 -122.654607
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
It was ok. – Yes, the ruben was good, but the meat was dry and the server got our salad order wrong, and we had to pay more. Te big thing 3was ordering fruit instead of fries.. the fruit was at room temperature!!!
Would NOT recommend – I booked a party with Madisons Grill and have to say at first I was very excited to have my gathering at this location. Had made all of the plans about 2 months in advance, and found out 3 days before the party that THEY double booked their venue, and I had to move my party. They did take the step to find me another place, but was not what I had planned on. I paid for a dance floor and did not have one at the new location. They never offered to take any type of discount off of my price which was very high already. Instead they threw in some extra food, which consisted of fruit and bread with dip. The buffet style dinner was not all that great either. Greenbeans were hard and not cooked, the pesto cream sauce was like water. Toward the end of the party I heard a couple of my guest tell the waitstaff as they were taking their drinks from under them that they were not done yet. Felt very rushed to be out of this so called venue (furniture show room) by the staff.
So I guess my suggestion is if you are thinkin of booking this place, make sure you call them weekly or daily to make sure no one else has booked YOUR room. I will not use them again!!
amazing caterer – Madison's has catered two events for my organization, one large (500 people) and one small (75 people). I did a survey after the large event and 99% of the people responded "loved it!" about the food - no kidding. Madison's uses local food, stays within budget and gives unbelievable service. I know I can call them for any event and be confident that my guests will by happy. They're spectacular.
Fabulous Event Center – I have been a fan of Madison's Grill for a while, what, with their fabulous bottomless mimosas on the weekend and their $2 dollar Tuesday's, how could one say no? I love their outdoor patio to lounge with a group of friends and their staff is over the top nice and ready to serve.
I recently attended the Bikestravaganza event at Madison's. It was a celebration of the fabulous Elly Blue and crew's bike tour. The event was held in Madison's event room, which I never even knew existed, as it is separate from the restaurant. The venue is huge, with a full bar, projector and large space for mass people to gather.
As a portland native I am familiar with what restaurant venues have to offer, it is rare to find a awesome restaurant who does everything from restaurant service to catering to hosting large parties. Well, I found the spot...
Madison's rocks, I will be no stranger to this corner gem in SE PDX.
Hit n Miss - Sometimes Good, and then... – American fare and a bit pricey for what you get. Also from observation it seems if you know the barkeep then maybe you get a good pour. It's got a great location, a nice pool table upstairs, but the value proposition seems a little upside down. The quality and the quantity does not demand the pricing they ask up and down the menu. And the wait staff can be just as up and down, some attentive, some not so much.
Not Recommended – I am a food critic and very particular about the food that I consume. We were going to lunch the other day (BTW...I eat out EVERYDAY) and was planning to take a friend to East Burn and sit in the great patio area they have. Unfortunately, this establishment is closed on Monday for lunch. So, we took off from there and decided to find a place we had never eaten before on an impromptu basis (which is the best sometimes!). In this case, not at all. I had never even heard of Madison's but the building looked extravagant and the parking lot was full (turns out that most were associated with the office building next door). We were greeted right away and have to admit that the service was OK. However, I asked the waitress her opinion on some of the menu items and her comment was "everything is good here". I decided to get one of the "hand formed" burgers which she said was very high quality meat. For $10 you would expect a great bistro burger. Ordered it medium and when it arrived it was like shoe leather. I stomached a couple of bites and then the waitress checked back with us. I expressed my discontent with the quality and all I received was an apology. I then stated, "well, guess I will just get a box and carry the rest home to my dog". Then, when we were ready to check out, the manager came over and asked if he could take the bill. I said, "Yes, no problem. But I did want to let you know that the chef should realize when you order a medium burger it should be pink in the middle and not charred to shoe leather consistency". He said, "Absolutely, I will let him know right away". I heard him chastising the cook but that is the last contact I had with him. No offer to recook the burger nor any other type of compensation. Needless to say, I will never go back to Madison's nor will I recommend it. With the economy the way it is, wouldn't you try and retain as many repeat customers as possible? This is very bad business. I hope that the owner reads these comments and takes my post to heart. Not good customer focus at all.
Good experience all around – Went here in search of a gigantic hamburger known as the "Ridiculous Burger", a one pound beef patty stuffed with prosciutto, salami, blue cheese and topped with three kinds of cheese, bacon, mushrooms, peppers, onions, DELICIOUS tomato aioli, and a portabella mushroom. Boy did it deliver. Forgot to ask what kind of beef they used but it was hand formed and delicious. Carries a hefty $17 price tag but could easily feed two. The fries are perfect (for my taste at least) thick, golden and very crispy. The service was solid, greeted right away and well taken care of. The only complaint I had was that they don't serve appetizers during brunch hours, yeah kinda lame. But overall, I'd recommend this for burgers and fries, not sure about the entrees but I plan on trying them when I go back.
Good brunch – I come here quite often for brunch with my son. They have a good kids menu, and the menu has lots of variety. Service has always been good, and the food is always delicious. It seems like in Portland there aren't a whole lot of kid friendly restaurants, so it's nice to find one that is.
Best food and atmosphere! – I felt compelled to write a review to let everyone know how much I love this place. The food is amazing and the staff makes you feel so comfortable when you get there. And the owner Steve will come over and talk with you, even steal a fry off your plate! Joking, it's a great place and they just improved their menu, try the blackened salmon burger or the spaghetti and meatballs!
best brunch- have to try the hashbrowns – I took my husband for brunch and there is a big variety, we loved it , price was great and service was fast , there were a few people there at the tail end of brunch and people outside too. I do think this place is underrated because each plate looks so good and you can figure out what you will want to order the next time you go, so brunch was successful! We took my mom for lunch (she lives on coast) the following week she loved lunch too. I had 1/2 of buffalo burger and 1/2 shrimp po'boy (made husband 1/2 with me) I would say we will be going back a few more times until we've had everything on the menu . we will try dinner soon too. I have seen this place all the time im glad we tried it! it will be one of our fav places, so far the hashbrowns are sooo good , french fries the good comfort kind and shrimp po'boys are crunchy juicy shrimp , best pancakes!
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