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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!
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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: (866) 943-1570
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews
Had a great Easter Brunch with family. The staff was attentive and very accommodating. The food was wonderful and their buffet set up was easy to access. Highly recommend their brunch and appreciate the staff and all the hard work that went into this holiday. A++
This place is very... interesting. It's got tons of kitschy character, very interesting to explore, even if the "new" is worn off most of it.
The food is not really very interesting at all. The portions are a good size, but what you get is very unremarkable. The meat was cooked correctly, but the presentation reminded me of a diner.
The "appetizer" that they put on every table is downright weird: some salami and cheese stacked on top of raw scallions, carrots and pepperoncinis. No bread to go with it, and if you're on a date, stay away from everything but the carrots. The desserts have huge portions, but are otherwise unremarkable: they look like they came from a supermarket.
The prices are insanely high for what you get. The steak was good, but I've had just as good at much cheaper chain restaurants. Because the side dishes are nothing to write home about (steamed cauliflower?), it's just a slab of meat on a plate, and I can make that at home for 1/4 the price.
So I guess you're paying for the kitchy character, but as that's about 20-30 years past its prime, it's not worth the cost. My recommendation is to stop in, check out the decor, and then go somewhere else to eat.
Exceptional food, service and ambiance. You feel as if your party is the only group in the restaurant. On Thursdays-Sat/Sun there is great music and ballroom dancing. This place is unforgettable. Take your camera. Madonna in is my place for Ribeye and Pork Chops. The beef comes from Hearst Ranch. Need I say more...
It was a nice family weekend get together & was lots of fun discovering all of our different room styles. The pool was very relaxing. Over all, the scenerie is so beautiful around there this time of year with the hills all green. The cows in the distance grazing so peacefully. We all enjoyed it very much.
My fiancee and I had dinner at this steakhouse. I was disappointed. I ordered a French filet mignon with Brussels sprouts and my partner ordered a portabello mushroom with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. In total that was about 90 dollars.
The meat on my dish was okay...with part medium rare...some rare and nearly raw. I ordered medium rare. Meat was good otherwise. The sprouts were horrible...like they were boiled and lost their color. The tasted like they were soaked in vinegar as well.
My partners mushroom was under cooked...too stiff in some areas and too soft in the center. The balsamic vinegar on the mushroom was in too large of quantity...running all over the plate making everything taste like vinegar. She couldn't even taste the distinct flavor of her asparagus...without the cloying scent of the vinegar.
I do not recommend this restaurant. While the decor is unique and interesting...the food quality was poor and frankly over priced for what we received.
We have been customers here since the early 1970's. The restaurant has gone dramatically downhill recently. Service the last 2 times we came has been poor. This time, while our waitress did take note of my dairy allergy, she almost refused to show us the desert tray, strongly recommended a very bad wine (we purchased a bottle) after refusing to let us have a small taste (and both wi es we were considering were available by the glass), and said "you probably will not get anything" when I insisted on my Grand Marnier in a snifter. Also, the prime rib was tough, with minimal flavor at $43 pp.
Unfortunately I was served the toughest $46 NY steak ever! Seriously I didn't finish it. My fault. I should have returned it. It was grilled and presented perfectly. How could a cook in a world renown restaurant not recognize a totally unacceptable piece of beef?
I've eaten at the coffee shop numerous times for dinner and lunch. I love the coffee shop, but this time we decided to try out the steak house. I'm a waitress, and am forgiving of service when its busy and short-staffed. However, this was the WORST SERVICE I had ever received -- by far. We sat down at 8:30pm (our reservation time) and we were not greeted by our server for 15 minutes. The manager came by after 10ish minutes and told us the server would be right with us. At my restaurant, the manager will take care of any forgotten table and get them drinks, appetizers, anything to help out the busy server. I saw him standing and talking after he approached us. Finally, once the waitress got to our table, she muttered something under her breath and then said (in a rush) "OK, what can I get you." No apology, no introduction. She did not ID me when I ordered drinks, and I am younger-looking and always get ID'd. My steak came out UNDERCOOKED (and I ordered a 50 dollar steak). Every step of her service was extremely slow -- we saw tables across from us sit down, eat and LEAVE before we got our food!!! We were there for 2.5 HOURS and could have been in and out in an hour. It was NOT busy on a Tuesday night, and I will NOT be back. Madonna Inn lost my respect and a life-long local customer. I am appalled.
We have dined at this restaurant many times however the last two years that we have eaten here we have noticed a decline in the quality of the steaks and the service. The ambience is by far and away the most charming of any setting I have ever been in. However our waitress seemed a little off or odd or maybe even on something. My steak was ordered medium well and it came out medium rare. I also sent back my solid as it was not to my taste And it took a very long time to get my salad the way I wanted it it just seemed like it was off a bit the entire evening I would still return but next year when we go out there we are all actually planning to go elsewhere
I expected more from the dinner being as how it was on the expensive side. I asked for my steak to be rare, but it was cooked medium well in some portions and purple on other. Everything else was quite mediocre. My fiance said her pasta was "good," but I believe she was being nice. She's a real forgiving person. The band was decent...
Don't come here if you are looking for high end cooking. For a $50 steak about $20 is for the actual food and the rest you are paying for the privilege to be in their restaurant. It felt like the chef hadn't changed his cooking since the 70's. I would say come here and have a beer and enjoy the amazing decor, but don't come thinking you're gonna have a meal worth $50. The steak was ok, however my girlfriend asked for medium rear and got a very tough medium well. The second steak was better. You only get 2 very average sides. The string beans were boiled within an inch of their life and the jacket potato was just a jacket potato. Don't get me wrong, for a side of the road, mom and pop steak house this place would be great, but no where near worth $50.
Restaurant service and live entertainment were *exceptional*. However, dinner was a big disappointment. The filet mignon ordered medium rare was plated "mooing", while $70 breaded abalone was cold and mushy. The vegetables -- Brussel sprouts and butternut squash -- were overcooked, mushy and tasteless. Though dessert was delicious, as a long time patron of the Madonna Inn, we were extraordinarily disappointed in the dinner. Alex and Phyllis Madonna would have been mortified. We will be back for the entertainment but will skip the Gold Rush Steak House until we know it has returned to its reputation as a fabulous go-to place for steaks and seafood.
The service was good but the food (aside from the bread and baked potato) was marginal at best. The steaks (at $45+) were disappointing. Mine was underdone (asked for medium and it was red/raw) and my husband's filet mignon was unexpectedly slathered in BBQ sauce (who does that??) We took all the meat home and are hoping to salvage it in a beef stroganoff or something. And, to boot, they were out of cakes by 8 pm (which was part of what we were looking forward to!). We won't return. Pretty sad dinner for $160 for two people!!
While my boyfriend loved his ribeye, my filet was just "ok". I expected to be able to cut it with a butter knife, but it was crispy on the outside and rather tough and "rubbery" on the inside. I was disappointed.
It's a pricey menu and a "steakhouse" so I'd expect my steak to be 5 stars.
The champagne cake is a must do. Their house Cabernet is a good deal at $22/bottle and we enjoyed the taste.
Overall, I'd say everyone should eat here at least once, to say you've done it. We enjoyed it, but won't be back.
Busy evening so maybe part of the problem. Soup cold, salad had 2 cups dressing on it . Steaks were cooked incorrectly, one overcooked one under cooked. Crew cleaning up, moving tables and getting ready to close during dinner.........spoils the dinning experience a bit. Spent $150......would not go again anytime soon.
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