About Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn
Enjoy an award winning dining experience, renowned for its outstanding menu and spectacular pink and gold décor. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit-barbecued steak, fresh seafood, chicken, or vegetarian entrees. Featuring a superb wine list, decadent world-famous desserts and nightly entertainment and dancing. Adjacent the Steak House is our elegant Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge featuring classic and uniquely, inspired cocktails. Boutique shopping makes for a fun experience before or after you dine with us!
Steakhouse, American, Barbecue
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 5pm to 10pm
Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Voted biggest and best dance floor on the Central Coast! Come dance to a live band Thursday through Saturday nights. No Cover Charge. On Sunday, join DJ Nancy Lara for West Coast swing, salsa, cha cha, and just about anything! Monday nights are Swing Nights with DJs from SLO Swing. Days and times are subject to change.
The Madonna Inn offers an in-house bakery & pastry shop for after dinner desserts as well as sweets for all your banquet, wedding or special occasions. Pick up only. For more information, call our bakery at 805-543-3000.
Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.
Bus stop at the entrance to Madonna Inn.
Private Party Facilities:
Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or lavish event, our Event Specialists will help you plan a beautiful, unique, and memorable experience. Please note this is a reservation request only. Kindly allow at least 5 days minimum notice for your request.
Private Party Contact:
Banquet Department: 8669431570
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews
The atmosphere and service were great. ...
The atmosphere and service were great. I brought my daughter to the Madonna Inn for her 16th birthday and it was lovely overall. We wanted to have a special meal and I wanted to have a whole Madonna Inn experience. Unfortunately, the food was very disappointing and expensive. It was basically diner food. Such a fun, beautiful place to visit but I was looking for a special dining experience as well.
Best restaurant on the Central Coast for ...
Best restaurant on the Central Coast for a steak! I love this place. The noise level rating goes up when the band starts to play around 7:30/8:00 ish so if that bothers you, go earlier. But the band is so fun to listen to and watch people dance!
Disappointed with hostess...we asked for ...
Disappointed with hostess...we asked for a booth (they had plenty available - it was 5) and she TRIED to sit us at banquette seating. When we said no...we wanted a booth she was very indignant and argued that it WAS a booth. Who wants to spend a romantic dinner sitting right next to another party? She finally sat us at one of the many available booths after rolling her eyes. Just set the whole night off! Too bad...a hostess should be trained to know the difference.
I checked in and was told to wait. I wa ...
I checked in and was told to wait. I waited 10 minutes and saw other people arriving after me and getting seated. I went to counter and spoke with a different host and she informed me the guy that took my name didn't check me in. So i can't lie -I was already annoyed going in.
the waitress forgot our soup and salad since we had ordered an appetizer. i didn't worry about that too much though because she was really good otherwise. Food was outstanding. Although pink champagne should technically be the color pink. But still very tasty.
Every year for the past few years now my ...
Every year for the past few years now my boyfriend has taken me to the Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House for my birthday. It is one of my favorite places, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is magical and if it is your birthday you get a complimentary slice of their delicious pink champagne cake!
We had eaten at the restaurant twice wit ...
We had eaten at the restaurant twice with groups, but this was the first time as a couple. The hostess and waitress were very professional and pleasant, the food excellent, including meat prepared precisely as my wife and I requested, which seems hard to find in most restaurants. My coconut cream pie was fantastic.
We came here in a group of 6 for a bache ...
We came here in a group of 6 for a bachelorette party, and it was a great experience! Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. Such a fun atmosphere, and a ton to look at which made for fun photo opportunities! They even gave us a slice of their yummy champagne cake on the house! A little pricey, but not terrible and worth it for a great experience and good food!
There are very few places like The Madon ...
There are very few places like The Madonna Inn. The décor is kitsch, tacky and truly wonderful! The band was perhaps a little too loud and made conversation a touch hard. The entrees were exceptionally delicious, though over-generous, and the service was super. We were celebrating birthdays, and were made to feel special - even got a balloon and complimentary cake. I'd absolutely recommend The Gold Rush Steak House for a special occasion since the entire place makes everything special.
Was our first time in the hotel/Restaura ...
Was our first time in the hotel/Restaurant and the place is very interesting and unique.
The restaurant is pretty, good decor and atmosphere.
About food, the only complain was the salad.. I suggest them do not put the dressing for the salad on the top of the portion, please bring it on the side!
We got our salad with a big portion of sauce on the top that doesn't look it nice presentation and tasty... we tried it but leave half portion... lot of sauce on the plate.
The Stake House at Madonna Inn was excep ...
The Stake House at Madonna Inn was exceptional!! I am dairy free and they were able to accommodate me no problem! The service was amazing. The ambiance is so perfect I couldn't stop smiling! I can't wait to go back!
The decor is very powerful. So powerful ...
The decor is very powerful. So powerful that it can either add to the experience or detract from it. In our case it was just too flamboyant. Our waitress was nice but the service was a bit slow, probably due to a week-end of College Graduations and large parties. Although the food portions were large and complete with vegetables and side dishes, we had mixed reviews in our party of seven. All in all I am sure this restaurant has it's admirers, however, it was simply too extravagant and too exaggerated for our family.
The food was great. We had fish and steak. Both were cooked to perfection. They have a very nice wine list and beer list. The mushroom appetizers were the best I ever tasted. The decor is very pink but it is what the Madonna Inn is all about. They had live music and wit was very nice to listen to.
The Madonna Steakhouse makes you feel li ...
The Madonna Steakhouse makes you feel like you are in the 1950's. Crazy pink colored booths, 50's music playing. Our server was enthusiastic, informative and very responsive. The plate of veggies, cheese and meats provided after we sat down were a pleasant surprise. Our steaks were terribly undercooked, even after being sent back to cook them further. Surprising and disappointing considering they consider themselves a steakhouse. The barbecue chicken was cooked perfectly.
Can't cool a steak, or make the right cake.
I preordered a surprise for my friends bridal dinner. They told me what the cake was supposed to be, but the whole thing was plain vanilla. They even forgot to bring it out, I had to ask after they brought some cheap piece of coconut cake for her.
I could forgive this, but my dinner was so bad they had to refund that too. I ordered a medium filet mignon for $40 and it came out dry and burnt. My friend had the same meal with the same problem. They came back with two blood red steaks...I think it was a joke honestly. I asked for the manager and he never even came. So disappointed. Stop in to buy a goblet and skip the meal.
This steak house has everything you'd want for a romantic and delicious dinner. My husband and I ordered two different steaks which were cooked to perfection. The wine and ambiance were fantastic! The service was great too. I will definitely go again for a special occasion.
Booked this together with a 2 night stay for my wife's 40th birthday. Despite saying this on the reservation, no mention of her birthday, no special service and her meal was very, very poor.
Did not enjoy this experience at all!
I have fed this back to the hotel and no response what so ever!
Great for creating a spectacular memory. ...
Great for creating a spectacular memory. The food is true to the Madonna Inn aesthetic -- it isn't trying to hop onto foodie trends, it is giving you a dining experience that has that large scale crowd-pleasing 50s-60s feel.
The ambiance of this space is spectacular and the booths are intimate and luxurious.
Great to try just once
Personally I think it is overpriced for what it is. We were there for our anniversary and was hoping for an elegant dinner. I mean, its great to try this place once but for the price we paid, we would of rather had Tahoe Joes Steakhouse. Everyone has different taste buds, I just prefer mine the way Tahoe does their steaks. And unfortunately, after staying there a couple of days, the pink colors and the flowers just start becoming overwhelming. Maybe its time for a more modern look and still keep those colors in mind. As for service being provided, it was very pleasant! Not to mention that delicious chocolate cake they give you if you are there to celebrate something special.
The main disappointment to the evening for a place that has great history and suppose to have great service was the wait at the check in. Here we had reservation we had to wait at the desk for over 20 minutes to be sat even with empty tables. The hostess did not say "it would be a few minutes and why do you not have a seat and the bar and when we are ready for you will we come and get you". And as we stood there she sat other people and was more concerned helping out a waitress that had a problem with a check. I final had to ask when we would be seated and she stated "now", but yet we still had to wait. Then finally after about another 5 or so minutes we were sat, but to our disappointment was at a table in the middle of the floor and up against a service area and path that staff used, there were a few booths open but we were not offered one. My wife was bumped a number of times by staff during our dinner.
Fancy and Fun
The Madonna Inn is beautiful and fancy. It is really fun to celebrate special occasions there. The service is great. Unfortunately, the food is awful every time I go there, and for $43, it would be nice to have a good steak. We keep going back because the atmosphere and ambiance is really special.
POOR, POOR MADONNA
Our family has been patronizing "Madonna" for many years and it was always a treat to be there. However, recent experiences there have not been good. We're big beef eaters and the quality/grade of beef they serve is poor. It's tough and doesn't taste good. It's really too bad, because one loves the kitschy surroundings and the always party atmosphere. This last dining experience will be my last. After the past few years of declining quality of food I finally complained about my filet mignon that was not only overdone but 'mealy' and of poor flavor, and a replacement piece of prime rib though cooked well had the same poor flavor. The servers, as always, were great, the surroundings, as always, enjoyable...alas if we'd only gone there to not dine, but just look.
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