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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, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews
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.
We always have dinner at the Madonna Inn when we visit SLO. It's a favorite place that we really enjoy. The New York Steak was wonderful and so was the Halibut. The dance music in the background along with the beautiful Valentine's Day decorations all around the restaurant all made for a lovely and memorable evening.
The most outstanding feature of this restaurant was service. The wait staff was very attentive. Our drink glasses were always attended to without asking. The steak prices were very reasonable given that it was accompanied with soup or salad, starch, and bread.
We love Madonna Inn because it has sentimental value to us - we went their 40 years ago on our honeymoon. So we revisited this past week for our 40th Anniversary. The food is nothing to brag about. We have better steaks at AJ Spurs for less $. The shrimp cocktail was $20 and just plain sad. Limp, watery shrimp - nothing compared to the shrimp cocktail you can get at Custom House in Avila Beach for $13. Vegetable was mushy snap peas. The ambiance is kitschy maximum - you don't want to miss it. Nothing much has changed in that over the past 40 years. The deliciously famous Champagne Cake for dessert doesn't disappoint - well worth a visit just for this cake.
Lived on the central coast for 20 yrs and I had never been to The Madonna Inn or its steak house. We'll I've been missing out. Great service and good food. The bar was great with good seating options and stiff drinks. Attentive staff and quick service. The atmosphere is vintage but beautiful. Definitely worth a trip to eat there. The desserts are TO DIE FOR! Make sure you either save room for dessert or take some home with you.
Very bad experience on my 3rd visit to this restaurant. After waiting 1-1/2hrs for our meal to arrive (we did not order appetizers, only entrees) my order was incomplete and served with the wrong side dish. Upon addressing the manager about the issue I was treated to a condescending tone & scolded for the way that I had ordered. At that point I was so disappointed I didn't have it in me to further announce that the steak was also served cold!! I understand that mistakes happen & can easily be rectified with proper customer service, that did not happen here. Grateful that our dessert was comped, but the attitude from the manager left a bad taste in my mouth. Not cool!!
I had very poor service. I didn't get my dinner meal, forgot my dinner rolls, forgot to keep filling my drinks, also it was my birthday gave me a balloon that deflated in about two mins and didn't even ask what cake I wanted .... and the whole place had ran out of candles it was horrible
We have been there before really enjoyed ourselves. The food was fantastic loved the ambiance so unique Love it so much that i brought my whole family. This time The food was very good no it was Excellent, the waiter not so much to a very long time to get our drinks, food and desserts we had little kids with us and they were anxious from setting and waiting so long.
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