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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews
Very expensive for what it is, but the s ...
Very expensive for what it is, but the servings are generous. The vegetables were overcooked and soggy, which should not be the case on a $48 steak. The greeting staff were disinterested and confused, service was just okay. It was a unique place, and convenient as we were staying at the hotel, but I would never go back again.
After cancellations for family celebrati ...
After cancellations for family celebration, we made reservations at Madonna Inn steakhouse 2 days before Thanksgiving and were able to get a table at 8 pm for 2 people. Both our filet mignon and ribeye steak were delicious. Rest of meal was simple and basic American style - potatoes, steamed beans, antipasto. The pumpkin soup was good and stood out from the rest of the meal - a little bit spicy with small chunks of pumpkin which gave it an excellent texture. The serving of toffee crunch cake was huge and indeed crunchy. This was the first time we have eaten at Madonna Inn. Decorations were western and Bavarian themed plus Christmas season and over-the-top but fun. Mostly, I enjoyed looking at the photos throughout the restaurant and I am now curious how the Madonnas are possibly related to another rancher and also botanist of southern CA Ernest C. Twisselmann although he spells his last name with two n's.
Celebrated Thanksgiving here. They do a ...
Celebrated Thanksgiving here. They do a very robust business during the holidays & of course the decor is a must-see (at least once in your lifetime.) The food was average (my lamb was very tough) the service was sub-par (I'm guessing they bring in extra wait-staff during their busy season, so service isn't necessarily high on their list of requirements) the ambience is like being in Liberace's lair, but despite all that - it was fun to experience it. We probably won't go back, but it was perfectly adequate for this special occasion.
We have always enjoyed the Madonna Inn. ...
We have always enjoyed the Madonna Inn. We usually are there for Thanksgiving and several other special days of the year.
The food is delicious and the service is unsurpassed. I'm sure we will be there again before the end of the year.
Thank you again for making it a pleasant experience every time.
We have always loved The Madonna Inn and ...
We have always loved The Madonna Inn and never have been here for a big holiday.
It was disappointing to be served old carrots/celery in the relish tray and rolls that had been sitting too long (they turned hard as soon as they cooled). I was very surprised at being served powdered mashed potatoes too.
I understand that the numbers they are trying to serve on Thanksgiving was enormous but they should be able to do it if they are filling all those seats.
The service was very good, they had plenty of coverage in the dining room.
The kitchen needs more coverage so the food can be better managed.
Service was pretty good. Took a long ti ...
Service was pretty good. Took a long time for waiter to get to table when we first arrived. Asked for our drink order, but hostess never left wine list. I ordered traditional turkey dinner. Turkey was dry, did not like stuffing, yams tasted like jarred baby food, and snap peas were soggy. Husband enjoyed his filet mignon. Ordered dessert. I have always heard people rant and rave over Pink Champagne cake. Disappointed. It has almond flavoring which I hate and it is not part of the description. Was dry and way too sweet. Husband ordered Coconut Cream Pie, and it was delicious. We are living in the area for a short time and felt we need to eat at this spot before leaving the area. Maybe holiday time is a bad time. I understand it is priced high, and that is okay if you get a good meal, but mine was disappointing.
We traveled 300 miles to this area for a ...
We traveled 300 miles to this area for a family Thanksgiving Dinner. The special Thanksgiving dinners were $40 each and that did not include desert. The dressing with the Turkey dinner was soggy, the snap peas were soft and had no snap left in them, the yams were very plain and you just can't ruin mash potatoes. For the price we were not impressed. Other people in the party did not order the Thanksgiving dinners and they were pleased with the prime rib and the lamb chops. In my opinion this was at most a $15-$20 meal.
The server was attentive and gave us good service.
Eating at the Madonna Inn steakhouse is ...
Eating at the Madonna Inn steakhouse is an experience everyone should have. It's beautiful, wild and gaudy. And super fun. The food is old-school and nothing contemporary or artisan. Basic salad with blue cheese. Basic steak. Potatoes. White bread dinner rolls. And you'll pay hefty prices. But the experience is fun and worth it for an occasion.
I have given the Gold Rush steakhouse ju ...
I have given the Gold Rush steakhouse just an average review primarily because the food was not very good at all for the price paid. The steak was very unevenly cooked and over done for the most part. Rosann who was our waitress was a saving grace behind my review for her excellent service and friendly nature. Otherwise, I would have to pass on the steakhouse if it is presented as an option again based on the food quality.
Tip: corkage fee is $15 per bottle
It was more than I had dreamed. Loved ev ...
It was more than I had dreamed. Loved everything, and the best steaks ever! We can't wait to go back. Service was EXCELLENT in the bar and the restaurant and all of the staff were very friendly. The music was wonderful in the ballroom after dinner. Will go back to stay next time.
We had a wonderful anniversary celebration with our friends! A++++
Would have loved to sit in the center ne ...
Would have loved to sit in the center near the booths (like we asked and they said they would set us in the center) but we always get set past the bar because we have a wheelchair with us. There IS access for the wheelchair to get to the center and they said they could get us in there. Instead they took us around past the bar and sat on the outside. Just ONCE we would like to sit where the booths are, but no, wheelchairs get set in the back. :( My girlfriend would like to enjoy the main center setting, just like everyone else. I'm not sure if we'll come back a third time because we never get what we request (even though I made clear we were willing to wait for an open table in the center). Bummer.
Great food, great service. Ask to sit in ...
Great food, great service. Ask to sit in Sharon's section. She is awesome! All staff are fantastic, and they are warm and friendly. It' s worth the drive from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. Order the lamb chops, or the rib eye.
This occasion was my Granddaughters birt ...
This occasion was my Granddaughters birthday,.......we both love Maddona Inn.....go there often.......everything was as expected, good food, good service, friendly staff....
The decor is like a fantasy land, we love it......
The pink champagne cake was great.......a must for dessert,
The food was outstanding, the service am ...
The food was outstanding, the service amazing. One of the kids started to fall asleep and the waiter offered to make a pillow from a napkin. And of course being in the Madonna inn classic decor is priceless. One of the last places that still has dinner and dancing to live music.
Our friendly server sat us in a private ...
Our friendly server sat us in a private booth. The decor was very impressive and there was live music. My partner ordered the grilled swordfish which was very bland and it looked like it had been poached instead of grilled. My ribeye was bland and poor quality. The salad was drenched in vinaigrette and the veggies were mushy. Please just go for cocktails at the bar and enjoy the vibe and music. Save yourself a hefty bill!!
We've enjoyed the Gold Rush Steakhouse a ...
We've enjoyed the Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn for more than 25 years. We've had most everything on the menu from the Fried Chicken to the Prime Rib and they've never disappointed. This visit, we enjoyed the Abalone and the Filet with 1/2 Lobster tail. Both meals were wonderful. We had a very comfortable booth and the service was excellent. Wednesday thru Saturday evening they also offer Live Big Band Music and dancing. Although we don't typically dance, the music in the background adds to the wonderful atmosphere of the restaurant. We plan to return again and again when we're in the SLO area.
Best service I've had in years!!! Thank ...
Best service I've had in years!!! Thank you for having such amazing servers. My son has celiac and they accommodated his diet perfectly! The band and the ambiance are awesome and you just can't beat having dinner with live music.
We dined at the steakhouse while visitin ...
We dined at the steakhouse while visiting our daughter at Cal Poly. We Sometimes visited
The Inn when I was on family road trips as a kid and the restaurant and Inn
were just how I remembered it! The food and service were wonderful and it was fun to sit in the big "pink" formal leather booth and Appreciate all the ambiance of the Gold Rush area! They still have the best Roquefort salad dressing and steaks were cooked perfectly! Their apple pie for dessert was Devine! So glad we took the time to dine there and feel a bit of nostalgia....
We stayed overnight at the Madonna Inn a ...
We stayed overnight at the Madonna Inn and made a reservation at the Steakhouse. We arrived pretty late, so our reservation was at 9pm. It was very quiet and felt intimate since their weren't a lot of people around.
The decor is gaudy & eclectic, but I ate up every minute of it! Hot pink and gold adornments and twinkle lights made the room feel magical and special. Having a huge, cozy booth to ourselves didn't hurt either.
We ate like Kings! Shrimp cocktail, Cesar Salad, Steak & Potatoes, a bottle of wine chilled table side-- it was a fun experience! The salad was overdressed, but that's my only complaint.
We were presented with the dessert tray and opted for the Pink Champagne Slice to-go because we were stuffed. Back in our room, we put on our comfy robes and ate the cake in bed.
I definitely felt spoiled and look forward to our next visit.
The decor and ambiance is amazing. The ...
The decor and ambiance is amazing. The service was unbeatable, and everyone is treated like it's a special occasion. The food was delicious and worth the cost, which was reasonable for the amazing quality. We both agreed it was the best cooked steak we've ever had. So charming and such amazing character.
This place has a ton of character. Staf ...
This place has a ton of character. Staff was friendly, attentive, and accommodating, but not pushy or overbearing. Nearly everyone there was having a birthday or anniversary, so it is a very popular place for special occasions. Not the place to go if you're on a budget, but you certainly get what you pay for.
The food and Service at the Gold Rush St ...
The food and Service at the Gold Rush Steak House has always been great. We go there every time we are in the area. We haven't had a bad service or meal yet in 11 years of going to the Steak House. We go for anniversaries or birthdays or just because we are in San Luis Obispo or passing thru. It's nice to see the same waiters and waitresses there over the years.
It's nice to listen to the band and go dancing after dinner. You need to try it once and you will probably be going back often.
First time at the Madonna Inn and first ...
First time at the Madonna Inn and first time at the Gold Rush. The service and staff were very nice, our one big complaint was there is a banquet room downstairs (where the wine cellar/store and the 'infamous public bathrooms' are) and there was a quinceañera going on and a DJ playing so much bass and loud music that it sounded like a rave. This was EASILY heard in the restaurant and was very distracting for those trying to have a nice dinner on a Sunday night.
If you know what the Madonna Inn is and what to expect you will love this. It is 'kitchy' but I loved it! The food is very 'homestyle' cooking/comfort food type and a bit over priced (it is a 'resort'). We would come back again but would hope a private event is not happening again.
On the night we were there, in the restaurant there was live band/music and people swing dancing which looked like fun but I am amazed they could hear their music over the bass.
I made a special reservation for our ann ...
I made a special reservation for our anniversary dinner. We were staying at the Madonna Inn. The first thing wrong was every other table had a special balloon for a special event, except ours. They said they were out of helium. Next they put us at the worst table in the whole restaurant. It was in between two other table and you had to put your back to hump in the booth, as if we squeezed in between two parties. We asked to be moved. Next the waitress took three tables orders at once, like a waitress at Denny's. Her first words out of her mouth was, "are you ready?" After we gave her our order, we hardly saw her again. We had to ask for everything. I don't mind this kind of service at a diner, but this is an upscale restaurant and our bill was around 200 dollars. In fact, we had much better service at the cafe in the same hotel for half the price than we did at this place. The food was adequate, but nothing special. Last thing was a free piece of cake with our special dinner. A nice gesture I will admit, but instead of asking what we wanted, the waitress gave us a piece of chocolate cake. This restaurant has 5 different kinds of cake, but I guess we didn't get a choice even though I am not a fan of chocolate. I don't know why she chose that cake; maybe it was extra. She couldn't be bothered to ask what we wanted to drink let alone what cake we wanted so I should not have been surprised. It was not worth the price, or the wait. I will never go there again and recommend no one waste their time.
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