Madison Avenue Pub

4.5
33 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Home cooking
Come enjoy our Fall patios - with heaters! We are one of the largest options in the City, with plenty of space for physical distancing.

At this time, indoor dining is closed. We are offering outdoor seated table service with a strict maximum of 4 guests per table.

We thank you in advance for choosing the Madison, and for heeding the bylaws in this new era.

Please note, we hold reservations for 15 minutes and we do enforce a 90 minute seating limit during peak times. All guests must wear a mask when not seated.

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A little bit of our history...

The Madison started in 1983 when Dave and Isabel decided to open a small bar in the basement of 14 Madison Ave. Over the years we grew, and grew. Now we occupy 3 Victorian mansions with multiple bars and patios, all interconnected. Thanks to our unique style and labyrinthine layout, we are famous throughout the world.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 33 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Maddy is always great. They are doing their best during Covid. The patios are heated. The food is great and the staff are always friendly. It is billed as a University hang out but it is so large you can always find a quiet spot.

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very good fish tacos really enjoyed them and the sangria as well. Good patio and heaters were helpful

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Responded 4 days ago

Hi Melissa, Thanks for the review! We are happy you enjoyed our Fish Tacos and sangria. They've been a staple item on our menu for quite a while now! We are in the midst of adding and upgrading heaters to a few of our other patios as well. Hope to see you again soon! Jess - GM

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javi
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have went to the Madison Avenue Pub a few times now, and they have usually been good. The service we received on Monday November 9, 2020 was one of the worst pub experiences that I have ever had. There appeared to only be 1 server trying to service all the tables on the heated patio, she was very inattentive and did not have a great attitude. (Could possibly also just be overworked). We were a table of 4 and after a long initial wait, ordered some basic pub food along with a pitcher, 2 of us got the pub burger with poutine. The burger was alright, but the waitress gave us fries instead of poutine. We had to wait another long period of time just to get our waitress's attention and when we asked her about the poutine, she responded with "you did", and brings out cheese and gravy about 10 minutes later to create some kind of "DIY" poutine. We ordered one more rounds of drinks and everyone finished eating and yet again there was an extremely long wait to get the bill from the waitress. The entire evening was just extremely disorganized, and customer service just wasn't there. I'm sure this may be an odd one out, as the past few times we were there, the experience was usually decent.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi Javi, Thank you for your honest review. I apologize for the negative experience you had on Monday. Business has been very unpredictable with everything going on, which is why it seems we were caught short staffed. As for the server's attitude and the way the poutine error was handled; that is definitely not acceptable. I will follow up with the server, manager and cook from Monday night to rectify this issue. I would like to invite you back to the pub. Please send us an email. Jess - GM

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CathyB
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I had reserved a table for 6 at what I thought was a patio but when I got there it turned out to be inside.Some of the party had to sit at another table because we had one extra person. If I had understood that, I would have reserved a table for 8.
It is true..the rules keep changing all the time with covid, but it didn't feel safe to be inside with a lot of other diners nearby.Finally, i was charged extra for a service fee because I had brought a big party.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi Cathy, Thanks for the review. Yes - the rules are ever-changing. It's a full-time job trying to keep up! Ontario Government regulations state that we can seat 6 people per table. Bookings over 6 people automatically renders 2 (or more) tables, 6ft apart. This changes to 4 people on Nov. 14. We've had indoor dining closed since October - it's probable you were seated on our covered patio. I apologize for seating you in an area you did not enjoy. I hope you will visit again. Jess - GM

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RemusC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yes, a nice place to chill. Good place to hang out and meet new people as well.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi Remus, Thanks for the review. Hope to see you again soon. Jess - GM

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DinaM
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good time with good friends. Good affordable food. Good sized portions. In the heart of downtown

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hey Dina, Thanks for the 5-star review! We're happy we hit the mark. Hope to see you on the heated patio again soon! Jess - GM

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GrantSince80s
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food quality seem greatly improved. Fries hot and excellent also the quality and freshness of the ingredients in the BLT and burgers seemed quite good. Nice surprise.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi Grant, Thanks for the great review. I'm happy that we've improved and impressed since your last visit. We've been working very hard on our quality control, as we know pub visits aren't as abundant as they once were. We hope to see you again sooner rather than later! Jess - GM

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MaryL
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice local pub. Waiters were very nice and friendly. Food is good. Very good prices for food and drink.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi Mary, Thank you for the awesome review! I am happy that both our menu and staff met your expectations. Hope to see you on the patio again soon! Jess - GM

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PaulB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great during covid. Huge covered patio. Has lots of space between tables.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hey Paul, Thanks for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Madison Avenue Pub has become my go to place when I want to have a good night just talking with my friends. The food and drinks have a very good value and the ambiance is perfect for a casual outing.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi, Thanks so much for the review. We're happy you have a great time whenever you come by! We strive to make guests wants to come back. Hope to see you again soon. Jess - GM

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AndrewG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Given the covid climate I would say they did a wonderful job. Not busy at all, especially for a Jays playoff game but not the fault of the bar at all. The staff was wonderful and super nice. I felt safe the whole time and hope they keep afloat until we return to normal

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hey Andrew, Thanks for the review. We appreciate you stopping by for the Jays playoffs, even if they were short-lived! Please come by again soon. Our patios are nice and heated for the Winter! Jess

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Although we didn’t eat, the drinks and the service were good. I will return in the near future.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hey John, Thanks for the review. Come back again soon! We have $2.99 Amsterdam cans after 5pm daily, with a one-time $10 food purchase. Jess

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Overunderdone
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good. Typical drinks available. Large space with not enough customers made the place seem so lonely. But considering the time we live in...

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hey there, Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to leave us a review. We do have quite a large space - it can be a blessing and a curse! The upside is that there is lots of space to distance! If you prefer the patio to be buzzing, I recommend coming in the evening after 7pm, Wed-Sat. Those seem to be the busier times right now. Hope to see you soon. Jess - GM

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Grace
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came here with a party of 8 for a birthday celebration - the service was honestly outstanding. Food and drinks (cocktails!) were great too. I'd ABSOLUTELY come back next time I need to host a group. Thanks!

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 13 November 2020

Hi Grace, I apologize for the tardy reply! Thanks so much for taking the time to review your visit! I think I know exactly where you were sitting that evening. Your group was a pleasure to have. Hope you will come by again soon to enjoy some heated patio fun. Jess - GM

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Ghon
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great patio!!! Amazing food. Great pub environment.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 20 September 2020

Hi Sam, Thank so much for the review. We are so happy you enjoyed the patio and the menu. Our two main patios are heated - perfect for this fall weather! We are also launching a fall menu next week. Hope to see you soon! Jess - GM

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MohamedA
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

game night at Madison was definitely a good move !!

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 20 September 2020

Hi Mohamed, Thanks for the review! Although the Raptor's season has sadly ended, we will continue to show all Liverpool, NBA and NFL games. Hope to see you again soon! Jess - GM

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Audy
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good place to get a drink and meet up with a friend.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 20 September 2020

Hi Audy, Thank you for the review! We are happy you enjoyed yourselves at the Madison. We are launching a new cocktail menu early next week. Hope to see you again soon! Jess - GM

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1234
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

i don't want to write a review. I don't like writing reviews. However, my group liked it and that's all that mattered.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 20 September 2020

Hey there, Thanks for the review - very happy you took the time to write it despite it not being your thing! We are so glad your group had a great time. Hope to see you all again soon. P.S. - We have heated patios! Jess - GM

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Cycle2dive
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having picnic tables outside by the street where we could park our bike made it a perfect place for our cycling club after a long hot ride. The service was very good. Thanks you for stocking the chocolate milk for the non-drinker.I liked having the tip put on the bill so that I didn't have to do any calculations.

We will do this again.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi there, Thank you very much for the review! We really enjoyed having your group celebrate with us on our new Front Boulevard patio! It was the perfect day for it. We are really happy everyone enjoyed themselves. You all came on a good day too - with our First Tuesday of the month food & drink deals. We have been hosting First Tuesdays in the neighbourhood for decades, and will continue to do so. Hope to see you soon! Jess - GM

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SarahH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn't have any food but they had some nice choices. Went there to watch Liverpool v. Arsenal. Very happy with the service and the choice of viewing spots. No complaints at all.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi Sarah, We appreciate the review! We are very excited to be hosting the Liverpool games, and look forward to it every week. We are happy you enjoyed the service and that there are ample viewing spots. The big screen really helps! Hope to see you for the next match - we will have an updated menu by then for you to try! Jess - GM

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Annex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Fantastic PATIO in the Summer . The weather was perfect on last visit .

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hey there, Thanks for the stellar Patio review! We are super happy you got to enjoy in the sunshine on our patio this summer. Our two main patios on the second floor have heaters - we hope to stretch the season for as long as possible! See you soon! Jess - GM

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DaliaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we LOVED our server Kareem and the menu is great! We will be back to explore more of it.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hey Dalia, Thanks for taking the time to review our pub, and also Karim! He is one of the best! I've passed along the kind words. We look forward to seeing you soon. Our fall menu is launching later this week. :) Jess - GM

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Victoria2314
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun good spot to catch up with friends

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi Victoria, Thank for the review. I'm sure it was wonderful to catch up with friends, especially after the year we've had! We are happy you chose the the Madison to do so. Hope to see you soon! Jess - GM

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Mark
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall happy with our visit. We weren't asked for our contact information for tracing purposes though.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi Mark, I appreciate the honest review! We are happy that you are happy. I am quite shocked, and apologetic, that contact info was not collected on your visit. Collecting contact information was the main reason we joined OpenTable, as it is extremely user friendly, quick and efficient. We have been very strict on this. I am confident this was an isolated issue or miscommunication on our end. Staff have since been warned and re-trained on the app. We do hope to see you again soon! Jess - GM

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is an ok place plenty of tables and drinks were very reasonable! Service was good and no issues accommodating 8 people!

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hello! Thank you for the review. We are really happy you had a positive experience. Being the Madison, we are very well-known for having tonnes of space both outside and inside. The ideal spot for safe distancing! We hope to see you soon - come check out our new Fall drink menu launching this week! Jess - GM

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Jesse
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoy the “patio experience” at the Madison. My waitress was great! She was pleasant, attentive and helpful.
The sandwich I had was good, just what I was looking for that day.

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hey Jesse, Thanks for the positive review! We are happy you enjoyed the patio, service and food - the trifecta! We are making some changes to our menu this week. Hope to see you this Fall on our heated patios! Jess - GM

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Maurvin
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Much better experience than one back in 2018. Drinks are good, food is great, but our server Gabby was the best. Cheerful and upbeat, just what you need after not going to pubs in a long, long time. Kudos to her! The patio is beautiful, quiet and breezy!

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 6 August 2020

Hi Maurvin, Thank you for the review! We are happy to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your visit! I will pass along the compliments to Gabby. Things are quite a bit different these days, so we appreciate the honest feedback while we navigate the new patio scene together! Hope to see you again soon, Jess

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EstherC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Honestly I didn't like the food too much.
The drinks were good though.

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AshleyB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a great price! Fun, energetic place to hang out!

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hey Ashley, Thank you for taking the time to review your Madison experience! It's nice to know that you are still able to have safe, socially distant fun these days. Glad you enjoyed the menu as well. Hope you will visit again soon! Jess - GM

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AndrewG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great staff. The best server I’ve had 2020made the night great

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hi Andrew, Thank you for the awesome review. Our staff have put in a lot of work getting the Pub back up and running. We are super happy that they stay true to their great service while ensuring guests have a safe and enjoyable time. Hope to host you again soon! Jess - GM

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hudaa
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

the restaurant was very perfect for friends gathering, my friends and I had a great time and we will be back for sure. the food was amazing and the service was excellent

Madison Avenue Pub
Responded on 22 September 2020

Hey Huda, Thank you so much for the review. We love that you and your friends had a great time, and that the menu and service exceeded expectations! Please come back soon! We have a new food & drink menu launching this week. Jess - GM

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This pub has a lot of space for patio dine in. Would recommend with reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A vibe. Period Pooh.

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FAQs

Madison Avenue Pub offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 927-1722.

Madison Avenue Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.