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The Madison Diner was built in 1948 by the Fodero Dining Car Company.  It was originally located on a street corner in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania under the name Willow Grove Diner. In 1996, Al Packard, a retired airline pilot, Bainbridge Island resident and classic east coast- style diner aficionado purchased the diner and moved it to Bainbridge. The Food Network’s Guy Fieri stopped by and featured the then Big Star Diner on the show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

Wheelchair Accessibility Comments

  • Very small diner on Bainbridge Island with an interesting history and very popular.
  • Very good food and great shakes and reasonably wheelchair accessible.
  • WARNING: There are several steps at entrance but there’s a side door (usually locked) that they will gladly open and assist. You’ll need someone with you to ask the hostess.
  • There are a couple accessible tables and booths although the counter dining is not accessible.
  • No designated bar.
  • There is a wheelchair accessible restroom.
  • Because there are so few wheelchair accessible tables, I’ve always found I had to wait a bit.

Dining Experience

Wonderful restaurant

Restaurant Entrance Accessibility

Step free or easy ramped entrance

2 + Steps at entrance

Use side door for step free entry

Relatively level grade at entrance

Restaurant Overview Accessibility

Step free or easy ramps on main dining level

Many available tables

Only a few accessible tables

Restaurant Bathroom Accessibility

Step free accessible restroom

Restroom very clean

Additional Details

  • WJAR Rating:3
  • Price:SS
  • Type of Cuisine:American Diner
  • Neighborhood:Bainbridge Island, WA
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  • User Rating:4.1
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