We always enjoy Madigan’s. Our server was amazing. The only downside was that it was karaoke night in the bar and it was not closed off to the dining room. When I’m paying $200+ for a family dinner and drinks I’d rather not be serenaded by the local talent (or lack there of). This is coming from someone who loves a good karaoke night. Fortunately this only impacts a portion of our experience.
New Years Eve-great service, delicious food and reasonably priced. Will definitely be back!
Do not go! When the server arrived after we’d been seated for about 20 minutes she was barely coherent and would disappear for long periods. She had to be reminded of our orders multiple times. The side vegetables and mashed potatoes were cold, and the salads were wilted. The prime rib was barely edible and over cooked. When we asked to speak to a manager an assistant cook came to speak with us. He said he needed to talk to the manager after hearing our concerns. The manager never appeared but they did comp one of the four meals. Terrible service, disgusting food, and no management oversight.
It was a decent change of pace. Not crowded for a Friday. Karen gave us great service but the food was only average.
Menus were stained and dirty. the soup ordered never arrived. The four meals that were served were very average. No ambience at all, no-one at the desk when we arrived, had to go to the bar-tender to ask for service.
I really cannot understand why it took 10 minutes to seat us when the place was 90% empty. The hostess was more concerned with balancing guests among servers than with the fact that two of our party were over 80 and using canes - she walked us back and forth three times trying to make a simple decision on a table.
The service was slow and inattentive. Given that the place was nearly empty, I cannot explain this.
Madigan's deck is a nice place to dine in October. There was a live band playing on the deck that we enjoyed. The server was new, but pleasant and attentive. We just had soup and an appetizer, so I can't comment on the dinner values. I ordered the crab appetizer with crabby tots, crab dip, and crab cakes. The crab cakes were good. Putting crab on tots is a waste of crab and the dip was the same as the crab chowder my friend ordered. I wouldn't order that again, but I would order the crab cake dinner. Lovely view, sitting right at the river's edge.
I am not going to completely bash this place. They tried, but not hard enough. They seemed to be busy with two homecoming parties and a wedding reception upstairs. Unfortunately this was our six year anniversary. We wanted to eat at the place we had our wedding reception....bad Idea i guess
The food was terrible! This restaurant needs new management. It is very sad that such a wonderful building in such a lovely place would offer such poor food
DO NOT order the avocado toast for brunch. It was a very thin spread of avocado, very very very thin.
Went for our anniversary. Was not disappointed. Great food and service at a beautiful setting on the river.
Food was bland and boring. Totally straight from the freezer, reheated through whatever method and onto the plate. Fish was over fried and dry, French dip was overcooked and NEEDED the gravy. Super difficult finding a parking spot as well. Only redeeming factor is the service. Our last time here for eating for sure.
The fish tacos were light, airy and tasty. Nice view.
Ryan was our server. He did a great job! All aspects of the meal were very good.
Not quite fine dining but food was great. Everything was very casual
The food was good. Service? Well, the welcome by the hostesses seemed genuinely warm and friendly. But we had the worst waiter I can remember; indeed, my guests and I went from rolling our eyes to openly laughing to agreeing this Waiter C. should be fired. "Attitude" is vague and subjective but, as my daughter said, "This guy thinks the job is beneath him. He just doesn't want to work here." Specifics: He didn't greet us, give his name or make eye contact. I ordered a rum and tonic "with lots of lime;" my guests each said "I'll have the same," but -- after a long wait -- only one drink came with extra limes. We shared what we had, then with dripping, sticky fingers noticed we had no napkins; we asked Waiter C. and he brought them...maybe five minutes later. We also had to ask for water to be poured. And had to ask Waiter C. to please remove our dirty appetizer dishes. When we needed refills, it was a long wait for him to pass by, and twice he ignored/didn't see me waving my glass in the air. At the end of the meal, I tried to hand him my empty plate, which he refused to take: "Let me get your dessert orders first," he said, then took the two orders without writing them down...so why couldn't he have listened and at the same time taken the plate I was holding in the air? "Now he's into a power struggle," my daughter suggested. I routinely tip 20%, more for good service; I left less than 15% for him...and felt I was being over-generous. "How about zero percent?" my son-in-law suggested. Oh, and I should mention another waiter who dropped several plates or bowls that shattered on the floor next to me but, mercifully, just missed hitting me with flying food or shards of china. Next time? Maybe; the outdoor Tiki Bar looked like fun, my daughter said, so maybe we'll try that...unless we notice Waiter C. and so would have to worry what's happening to our food out of our sight.
Meal was good, seafood was fresh and seasoned well. Service was a little slow; probably due to understaffing for a Sunday.
Server was slow on drinks. Didn’t explain that rice was included in entree. Got them as a side. Didn’t clear table. Left finished plates at table
Knowing that our reservation wouldn’t get us outdoor seating would have been nice.
Our first choice wine was out of stock. We had to ask for utensils and for salty and pepper. The crab and avocado egg rolls had no avocado. I never got my salad. The steak was drowned in garlic butter. Our waiter was very nice, but inept and couldn’t open a bottle of wine. It became funny after a while, but we didn’t stick around. We went down the street for dessert. Not your typical anniversary dinner.
I called and left a couple messages for the owner we were reviewing the restaurant for possible rehearsal dinner. No one ever called me back. Upon arrival I again informed them of this; nothing. The reception was confused, the kitchen was backed up and the food arrived an hour after our reservations and burnt scallops! The presentation was terrible! The bar has limited choices. And the owner doesn’t seem to care.
We enjoyed a nice, quiet lunch on the outdoor space looking out onto the Occoquan River.
Their menu has expanded, and the door was tasty. Solid bar/drink menu.
Will be back!
Beautiful restaurant on the river. Went with my husband as a date night and enjoyed the view. The wait staff was kind and courteous. The food was on par and the ambiance made our night.
Food was below average and not worth the price. Mash potatoes were not home made and the 12 ounce prime rib was 50% fat. I did receive a 20% discount on my food due to my displeasure.
The food was very good. Hunter was a very helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. I wanted the banana cake for dessert, but he informed us that the owners daughter didnt make any and referenced the Madigan Montain (I believe), very tasty and nice presentation, but the sugar was alot. Lol. Could use a banana in it as well. He recommended peel shrimp as well which my girl loved.
I was really disappointed with the service and the food from Madigans. The waitress was a little disorganized. We had to remind her of items. She mentioned kitchen issues, which honestly were a big deal. It took an hour to get our food on a Monday night. They didn't appear to be super busy, but I couldn't believe it taking that long (hubby got fish tacos, i got pasta, kids got pasta and chicken nuggets). I ordered a salad with my meal and never got it. It was a really disappointing experience. I wish we went down the street to the Secret Garden Cafe instead.
The restaurant is pretty nice and I think one of his biggest selling points is that it's on the water. Only problem I had was I've never been there before and made an online reservation but needed to have specified sitting on the deck right on the water. That needs to be more clearly communicated somewhere on the website. The woman who greeted me and the entire wait staff was amazing! I did have a problem with my food. I ordered something that is usually prepared raw but I asked to have it cooked, the chef said they would, but the food came back raw anyway. So I did not enjoy my meal at all. The prices are high, but you seem to get a good amount of food.
We made a reservation and requested to sit outside, and were informed upon arriving that they did not take reservations for outside. This resulted in a nearly 30 minute wait. If it were not for the very nice host, I might have left. They did give us a great table. The food is decent but not wonderful - consistent with other reviews. No real complaints. The waitress Amber did a good job, and being outside on a beautiful evening with a beautiful view pretty much saved it for me.
Great service, but limited gluten free options.
Good restaurant for the family with good food and great sevice
The only reason I gave 1 star for food and service is because I couldn’t give a zero. The ONLY good thing about this restaurant is the location. Good for a drinks out on the patio but the food is awful. Our waiter ignored us for 15 minutes. Then we had to ask for drinks, bread, refills, our check. It’s like we didn’t exist. He wasn’t busy!! There must have been a ten waiters and waitresses there and I don’t even think each one had more than two tables. My salmon was so over cooked it was shoe leather. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to someone I didn’t like much less a friend. It’s not cheap either!!
Sat in a back corner facing a wall and next to the kitchen even with reservations. Asked for other options to be moved. Our happiness was clearly not a priority. Mediocre food.
Peas, carrots, beans and corn in cream of crab soup...odd
We had a great time. Food and service we're good. The live music wasn't to my taste, but the others enjoyed it.
The food is good but the service is adequate at best. We had to ask for things. I get that my salad was a “side”, but I have always thought that salad comes out first. I guess we have to ask.
So obviously being right near the water is what drew me to choose this for date night. However, the food was mediocre at best. The bread was stale, cold and the butter was cold so I couldn’t spread it easily. The salad was gross.. the croutons (which they forgot and I had to ask for, were stale as well) some of my cucumbers we brown on the edges. I ordered a steak and it was ok... but not worth the 18.99 price point as the mashed potatoes had no flavor and I had to request butter for them and had to salt them.
Delicious seafood! Enjoyed the visit and the live music was wonderful!
Good food overall. Service runs slow to good at times. Reservations recomnended
Over cooked food in a restaurant that needs to be more throughly cleaned. The plants are wilting for lack of water. Lack of ambience as the whole place echoes. Tried to have a nice quiet supper but was continuously disturbed by a loud speaker shouting trivial pursuit questions upstairs to half a dozen people.
I made reservations for 7:15 and arrived at 7:00. Understood we would have to wait as we were early. We went into the bar area to have drinks while we waited, but ultimately I had to approach staff to inquire on when we were going to be seated as it was now 7:20. We weren’t seated until 7:30. We sat and were not approached for 20 minutes by wait staff, but was told by the waiter it was a simple misunderstanding on his part and he apologized. Ordered drinks and appetizers. Appetizers arrived with one of them being the special (mussels w/lemon garlic sauce) and two other appetizers. When the mussels arrived they were cold... the sauce was delicious, but you could definitely tell they had sat for quite awhile. Steak was ordered as Med-rare. Arrived very rare and meat cut was fatty and undeniably a poor cut of meat. He ordered two sides but instead received two identical aides and had to ask for the other which was the vegetables. Another order of the admirals platter, it was cold and scallops were beyond over cooked. Didn’t receive both sides either. The other three orders were salmon, tuna and flounder. There weren’t any complaints on their meals. We were hoping to try and see if we couldn’t salvage the meal with dessert, but couldn’t find our waiter to make the order. It took a two of us to split off and try to find anyone that could help us at which time we just asked for our bill, after waiting for almost 30 minutes. We did approach the manager and expressed the dissatisfaction of the entire night, even though we were trying to be very forgiving due to their apparent shortage in staff. The manager apologized, and gave us a less than generous $30 off our $185 bill. I chose to bring my family who were visiting from out of state to a place I thought would provide at least basic service and a descent meal. All while enjoying music and the waterfront. This has been by far the lowest experience I’ve encountered at a local restaurant. Disappointed is an un
We went to Madigan's for a birthday celebration. They were renovating the kitchen which we did not know when we decided to go there. We were sat upstairs at a large round table for 10 and there were only 4 of us making it difficult to talk with each other. It took over an hour to be served our food and when it was served the rueben sandwich was burned and the crab cake was cold. When we ordered dessert the chocolate mouse was a runny sticky mess and the bread pudding was served cold without the ice cream. Our waiter tried his best but was limited. Oh and I forgot a bug dropped from the ceiling into my husbands food.
Not going again anytime soon.
Food was great, best service ever, my server was so attentive. Atmosphere was good, my ribs were a liltler bit over cooked