We are very proud and humbled by the honors we have received; remain most thankful to our guests, and; committed to the community through our personal involvement in and our strong support of numerous organizations throughout the Jefferson City area. Our service has never been limited by the walls of our building or the borders of our property. Since Madison’s exists within the context of a larger Jefferson City community, we have always reached out into our city to serve and support those in need.
2019, Missouri Life Magazine voted Madison’s, Best Cocktail, and our “Oh Sweet Mystery of Life at Last I’ve Found You Martini” Best Martini in the Best of Missouri Life Awards
2019, Madison’s was named a Historic Landmark through the city of Jefferson. The Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission, the Historic City of Jefferson and Jefferson City Council named Madison’s – 214 and 216 Madison St.- a Historic Landmark in early May, 2019. To quote from the City of Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission and the Historic City of Jefferson: “The two buildings exemplify the cultural, political, economic and historic heritage of the city.”
2019, Trip Advisor for Business awarded Madison’s the 2019 Certificate of Excellence which honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service. This designation is presented to the top performing 10% of total businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor and is our eighth year receiving this award. Madison’s also received the Trip Advisor 2019 Hall of Fame Award for having received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the last five years…..and the Trip Advisor 2018 Hall of Fame Award for having received the Certificate of Excellence every year since 2011.
2019, Madison’s voted Most Romantic Dining by the Jefferson City News Tribune Readers Choice Awards.
2019, Madison’s was a featured article on the website Low Carb JC. To quote from the article; “This is a legendary local restaurant in Jefferson City. A lovely place to go on a date night, or casual enough for the busy downtown lunch rush, Madison’s has a separate Gluten Free Menu, and there are plenty of great items on their regular menu that could also be low-carb. Their steaks are legendary, their daily specials of chicken dishes could be ordered without the toppings or sauces, grilled seafood like salmon and other fish, a seafood special every day, burgers (without the bun) could be ordered customized to come low-carb. They have plenty that is Keto friendly like “The Burnt”, one of their signature sandwiches. It’s a butterflied 8 oz. filet mignon with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and melted provel cheese. Order it without the bun and fries, of course, and their House Salad as a side, and it was SO good -Keto friendly!”
2018, Madison’s was named as one of the ten best places in Missouri for Toasted Ravioli by Only in Your State. To quote from the article: “Madison’s Cafe serves fine American, Italian and eclectic cuisine in a comfortable but upscale environment. Madison’s is the go-to destination in Jefferson City for a special night out or celebrations. Madison’s toasted raviolis are so tasty. Not only are they meat stuffed but they’re also served with their own meat Bolognese sauce.”
2018, Madison’s is officially designated a “Cyclist Friendly Business” by the Capital Region’s Medical Center’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities, an initiative of the Missouri Foundation for Health.
2018, TripAdvisor for Business awarded Madison’s the Certificate of Excellence for the seventh year in a row. This prestigious award again places Madison’s in the top performing 10% of businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence recipients – located all over the world- reflect those that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
2018, Madison’s received First Place Most Romantic Dining in the Jefferson City News Tribune Readers Choice Awards.
2018, One of Madison’s signature desserts, our made-from-scratch Bread Pudding drizzled in whiskey sauce, was featured in the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau Blog entitled Dangerous Desserts in the Capital City “…will tempt your taste buds.”
2018, Madison’s al fresco dining on our patio was noted in the ‘Jeff City Blog’, Where to Eat and Drink on a Patio in Jefferson City, MO
2017, Full Service Restaurant (FSR) Magazine, a national publication, named Madison’s Café to the Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the Nation. ‘The FSR annual Top 100 report salutes restaurants that are legends and landmarks – standing the test of time. This collection of Top 100 Independents pays tribute to some of the industry’s oldest and most esteemed operations. “We’re the ‘youngest’ restaurant listed – now into our 36th year! We are honored to be included in such esteemed company, ” said Rob Agee, owner -Madison’s.
2017, The Little Theatre of Jefferson City (TLTJC), TLT News featured Rob and Madison’s in their article: In the Spotlight – Focus on Rob Agee highlighting Rob’s support of The Little Theatre for many years, his community involvement, support for the arts in general, and his various donations, either through dollars, gift certificates or food in-kind to innumerable organizations and efforts throughout the community.
2017, TripAdvisor for Business awarded Madison’s the Certificate of Excellence for 2017, for the sixth year in a row. ‘Your Certificate of Excellence alerts travelers – both around the corner and across the globe- that you’re committed to delivering a superior customer experience.’
2017, Madison’s received the Jefferson City News Tribune Readers Choice Award, voted Most Romantic Dining.
2017, Madison’s was named as one of the “11 Missouri Restaurants with the most Amazing Outdoor Patios You’ll Love to Lounge On” by Only in Your State.
2017, Madison’s received The Talk Award for 2017- an Excellence in Customer Satisfaction National Award. ‘Madison’s Café received our highest rating-five stars- an honor for the sixth consecutive year.’
Jefferson City Magazine “City’s Best” 2016 poll voted Madison’s Café First Place in seven categories:
#1 BEST RESTAURANT
#1 BEST APPETIZERS
#1 BEST PLACE FOR ROMANTIC DINNER
#1 BEST PLACE FOR A POWER LUNCH
#1 BEST SALAD
#1 BEST OUTDOOR DINING
#1 BEST ITALIAN FOOD
2016, Full Service Restaurant (FSR) Magazine, a national publication, named Madison’s Café to The Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the Nation’s State Capitals. Excerpted from the FSR article “Declaration of Independents” (FSR’s annual list of Top 100 Independents highlights leading operators in the state capitals): “Put political buzz and party affiliation aside – this year the spot light focuses on the top independent operators in state capitals throughout the U.S. A number of factors contributed to the reasons these restaurants were recommended: Food, beverage, and hospitality were clearly considerations, as were community engagement and giving back to the industry. In most cases we received a long list of worthy contenders. Curating the list down to the 100 most notable was a labor of love and arduous research, but the end result is a collection of notable restaurants. All of these restaurants are strong players in their cities and have garnered local, regional, and, in some cases, national recognition. Madison’s Café: Open for 34 years, Madison’s Café offers relaxed yet elegant dining, which features Italian and American fare with global influences. The menu changes often to reflect seasonable availability and the restaurant’s long-established relationships with local growers and farmers. In addition to using locally sourced products, Madison’s Café uses herbs from its own garden. The restaurant only serves sustainable fish, and offers gluten-free fare and a wide variety of vegetarian choices. The newest menu item, Cioppino, has been added to its signature dish listing. Among other awards, this year the restaurant received the national Talk Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction for the fifth consecutive year; a Jefferson City Magazine poll voted it first place in seven categories; Jefferson City News Tribune named it the city’s most romantic restaurant and the best lunch spot in town, and it was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor for the fifth straight year.”
2016 Jefferson City News Tribune Readers Choice Awards voted Madison’s #1 Most Romantic Dining.
2016, HER Magazine, highlighted two Madison’s dishes in their March “Flavorful Food Showcase” article. “Madison’s Spiedini, an Italian specialty, takes time to prepare properly. Marinara and bread crumbs create a unique filling for the wrapped filet mignon, seared then baked – a special offered throughout the year. Madison’s Candied Pecan and Sundried Cranberry Salad, a new menu favorite, blends the sweet and savory by adding gorgonzola and parmigiana cheeses to pecans and sundried cranberries in a bed of mixed greens, tossed in Madison’s own scratch-made balsamic vinaigrette.”
2016, TripAdvisor for Business awarded Madison’s the Certificate of Excellence for 2016 – an honor Madison’s has received for the past five years. This prestigious award again places Madison’s in the top performing 10% of businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor.
2016, The Culture Trip, a one-stop website for the best global art, food, culture and lifestyle for every country, again named Madison’s one of the top restaurants in Jefferson City, MO. “Madison’s has a loyal clientele who come for its delicious cuisine and warm ambience. The varied menu is updated frequently to reflect seasonal available ingredients. Try their new seafood addition- Cioppino, or the wild mushroom and veal stuffed ravioli in brown butter sauce with basil, pine nuts and Fontinella cheese, or their filet mignon topped with garlic steak butter. If you’ve got space, house-made desserts include crème brûlée , or bread pudding drizzled in whiskey sauce. The Café also has a full bar, with a wine cellar, Martini Menu and Specialty Spirits menu. Al fresco dining is available in spring, fall and summer.”
2016, Madison’s received The Talk Award for 2016, an Excellence in Customer Satisfaction National Award . “Madison’s Café received our highest rating, a national honor for Madison’s, for the fifth consecutive year, determined by data collected from online customer reviews, surveys, blogs, social networks, business-rating services and other honors received to be named in the top consumer-rated businesses across the United States and Canada.”
2016, Madison’s was highlighted in a March article by Travel Writer, Blogger, Traveling Mom, Becky Davenport about her Amtrak trip to Jefferson City, and visit to Madison’s. ” Family Friendly, Food Fun Trip to Jefferson City: Italian Feast at Madison’s Café: Located in the heart of historic downtown Jefferson City, Madison’s is casual yet elegant norther Italian fare at its best. I have eaten Italian before, In fact, I have eaten at Madison’s Café before. Yet, this is the kind of restaurant you can go to over and over and try something new every time. Our family is on a mission to sample new dishes, step outside our comfort food world, if you will, so we ordered mussels, with some coaxing from the owner, Rob, and we liked them so much! Madison’s serves authentic Italian food, but the food is equal to the wonderful service! Eat Drink and Be Merry – if you are not merry when you arrive, the staff will make sure you are before you leave! They greet you with a smile, spoil you with good food, and even the owner makes his rounds to check on his guests – I dig that! Madison’s could be considered upscale, but I felt right at home with a 12 year old and 8 year old in tow, casually dressed after a train ride to Jefferson City.”
2016, HER Magazine, featured Madison’s Chocolate Madness Cake as one of their picks of the tastiest chocolate treats from Central Missouri in their article “Sinfully Sweet”.
2016, Madison’s new seafood offering, Cioppino, was featured as “The Dish” in the January/February issue of Jefferson City Magazine.
“A classic Italian-American seafood stew, served in a rich broth with fresh tomatoes, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, butter, oregano, basil and a dash of crushed red pepper, served with mussels, cod, scallops, squid, ocean clams, large shrimp and King Crab Legs. Accompanied by olive oil grilled sourdough bread point-a seafood lovers dream.”