You are really just paying for the decor; the food is mediocre at best.
We were very disappointed in the food at the Madonna. We have not been here in a few years and we wont go back. I had the over priced Abalone and it was chewy and overcooked. My husband had the bacon wrapped filet and my son the ribeye, both were under seasoned and bland. We had a piece of the black forest cake and we left most of it on the table. Sad to see a place relying on its reputation and failing to deliver.
Filet mignon was pretty tough. Vegetables not throughly cooked. Asked for drink to go but couldn’t get a refill. Price was high for the value.
steak was too dry to eat
Overall a very enjoyable experience. Wait staff was excellent. Our server #137, (Ashlee B.) was really sweet and accomodating. Food was very good. A little overpriced but still very good. Decor needed to be updated cleaned Etc. This restaurant is an icon for the area but the lack of cleaning is evident. Updating old worn out decor would help ie; carpet, scratched dirty plexiglass table in front of fireplace etc.
We recently had Mother’s Day Brunch at Madonna. When we arrived there were many, many people and we assumed we would have a wait before being seated at our table. Within 10 minutes we were seated at our table. Even though there were many people going through the buffet line, we never had to wait for our food. It was amazing to see so many people eating their food without having to wait. The service was on point, coffee and tea were quickly brought to our table. I have been to many Buffet Brunches for special Holiday occasions and Inwould rate Madonna as one of the very best for service, food and ambience.
We had a lovely Mother’s Day brunch at the Madonna Inn restaurant!
This was our second time having Mother's Day Champagne Brunch and it was fantastic and delicious as the first time. Food, service, and ambience was great as always. A variety of foods to choose from plus refills on champagne if you want.
We thought the buffet area was cramped and didn’t flow very well. Selections were picked over. Salmon was two giant long pieces not sliced and once staff was alerted they solved by placing a butter knife down next to it. Surfaces and gripping utensils were sticky. Cake tongs were covered in frosting. Coffee area had water all over the counter. Overall buffet just was not enjoyable. Our table was on the main thoroughfare and my chair was continually being bumped and jostled. Also was a test of patience to maneuver our way through the tables to get to the buffet. The place is cool but we agreed this was our last holiday at the Madonna Inn.
Mother's Day brunch was great. Roast beef was spot on, the crab legs were easy to eat, the jumbo shrimp was peeled and the desserts were moist and delicious.
Mother’s Day brunch was excellent!
Very disapointing. Way too expensive for the quality of the food. Meals were very basic. Chicken pesto pasta was tasteless. Fish was fresh, but no fancy sauce and a few badly boiled/steam veggies.. Definitely not worth the +$60/ per person, and that was for the cheap items on the menu.
Most tables were empty on a Saturday night, with a fully booked hotel.. never a good sign.
Service was fine. Still NOT recommended even with the nice picturest decoration in the hotel.
Historic and beautiful, you're not just getting delicious food but also a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Loved the service and the scenery.
Yuck. Talk about gross food. While the Madonna Inn is one of the most notable spots in SLO, it’s really only worth it for a drink, some live music and dancing, and for gazing at the decor. The food was lacking flavor, yet the portions were gigantic. The Cesar Salad dressing was flavorless and my portobellos mushroom entree was mediocre at best. I was definitely disappointed, and know that going forward I do not need to eat at this establishment.
food and service excellent,we enjoyed ourselves very much and liked our server too
Not the same anymore. Food not properly prepared. Poor quality food.
Such a lovely setting. The food and service however was a huge letdown. The vegetarian food (one dish) was really boring and the meat/ fish was average. The service was ok but they removed my sons plate before he stopled eating...
First time on the property even though have starred at it for years driving by it.
Ashlee was a wonderful waitress. ...Abalone was VERY GOOD.....rare chance to have abalone. ....the Black Forest Cake and Raspberry Delight cakes were huge but delicious.
My family and I eat here very often for special occasions like birthday parties, Valentine’s Day and even holiday dinner with the family.
We were celebrating my 25th birthday and I choose Madonna because of seating and I know what to expect. There was 14 of us and our server didn’t come over and greet us right away which I thought was rather strange. Once our server did come over he had another server with him, not sure if he was training this other person or if he was just helping because of the large party. Once our order was taken we waited for a while to get our food and even our salads.
During the course of the night our drinks would continue to sit empty and did not get asked for refills very often or even see our server very often. One of my family members ordered the prime rib and it was over cooked and very dry. Thankfully the server offered another piece which was better once it got brought out.
When we finally made it to desert the bus boy ended up taking over for our cakes since our server was no where to be found. When the bus boy came back with our cakes he ended up bringing the wrong cakes. When he came back the second time he put the wrong cakes in a to go box and then dropped one of the cakes on the floor and told us he was sorry. He didn’t offer to get us another piece but instead still gave us the one in the box he dropped on the ground. It took him 4 times to finally get our order right.
When we finally paid for our meal since we all had to be on one check because of the size of the party I had everyone bring cash. Once again our bus boy took care of our bill and not the server we originally had. We told him we wanted to use the cash and then the rest split up on the 2 cards that we also provided and gave him the exact amount. He returned and used the cash to pay for the bill and didn’t remember we told him the cash also included tip.
He returned and did not put what we told him on the credit cards and started saying he was dumb
Food, service, ambiance all very good. But not impeccable (5-Star). Filet should have a sauce...like bearnaisse (got A-1). Lettuce was a bit un-fresh. Service was great, almost a 5, but it was awhile before waitress checked on us after serving meal. Ambiance is great but it’s like they can’t decide whether to go “fine dining” or “steak house” (ala McClintock’s). Suggest a dress code.
Never disappointed at the Madonna Inn when dining at the steak house. Starting with the generous relish tray, then big, well prepared steaks with just the right sides and soup or salad included for a reasonable price. Excellent service and over-the-top ambiance, we always have to eat there at least once when we're in San Luis Obispo or nearby. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
Enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner, they gifted me with a slice of their famous champagne cake and a ballon. Overall a very nice experience.
We don’t eat steak often but when we do one can’t beat your steak house. Staff appeared very professional but not overwhelming.
Horrible food for the outrageous prices. The only thing worth it was the cake. We will never return to Madonna Inn for dinner. Veggies consisted of frozen peas, bbq chicken was awful smothered in BBQ sauce no oak flavor at all. My husband's food the half lobster and fillet steak was uneventful and his rice had more variety of veggies than my dish. Very disappointed
NY Steak undercooked, Rib Eye was good, vegetables must have been from a can- slimey, no flavor and not fresh. Way too expensive for the quality of food you receive. The Madonna Inn wine was not the best either.
Really unusual decor-cherubs and there is a hanging little girl and lots of lights and a staircase from Hearst Castle. Men’s bathroom is wild with waterfall as part of urinal. Food very good- known for steaks since on a ranch. Deserts excellent as is the service. Memorable.
One of the best meals I’ve ever had!! Great food! We were there to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We were given a discount because it was our anniversary. Great food and great service!! Would highly recommend!!
Perfect place to celebrate! I had my 30th birthday at the madonna inn and everything was perfect for my fancy dinner with white champagne cake for dessert! My friends and I enjoyed the delicious food and great wine and spending time with one another!
What an amazing dinner! My daughter and I celebrated her sweet 16th birthday here! We were on a long road trip together and accidentally found this restaurant and the Madonna Hotel online. Thank goodness we made reservations so we didn't miss this! Ask for Jamie, she was amazing! She provided the best and friendliest service we had on our entire trip! The food was fantastic! I had steak and my daughter had the bbq chicken. I highly recommend the garlic cheese bread too! The ambiance is truly amazing and it all made for an incredible memory. Thank you!
One of a kind unique eccentric restaurant!! Portions were huge and prices were very reasonable.
Service is great food with great food, especially for meat lovers.
My 12 year old daughter and I stayed at the Madonna Inn during her Spring Break on our way to visit friends in Irvine.
We of course had to dine in the famous pink dining room.
We each had the filet mignon and it was melt in your mouth fabulous!
Our server was absolutely amazing and attentive.
Great ambiance as always. I wished they had more of an extensive brunch for Easter. A waffle station would be great and turkey or chicken sausage. Also roast beef or lamb sliced. Shrimp or crab legs would also be a great addition. More desserts offered as well. It's a pretty skimpy Buffett and you still have to pay out of pocket for champagne. I would prefer to up the price $5 More and add additional items including champagne.
We had such a nice time on Easter there. Staff friendly, food good, and the Peep-tini's made for smiles.
We were pretty bummed out, the menu they had posted online for the buffet food was not accurate. They posted saying the buffet included prime rib, frittatas, brie and numerous other items that weren't included. It felt more like a decent hotels nice continental breakfast, especially for $30. It was nice for larger parties but the 14 of us probably would have gone elsewhere knowing what the menu offered.
we celebrated Easter Brunch at Madonna Inn this year. I was disappointed at the quality of the food, although it was plentiful. Choices of breakfast cuisine was limited, the scrambled eggs were luke warm, and the cheese potatoes (the only ones they had available) were barely warm. Heat lights are definitely needed along with choices not normally seen at any continental breakfast at any Hotel.
Great Easter brunch!! Great service and staff. We really enjoyed and will be back.
Steaks we're either way undercooked or overcooked. Very expensive mistake.
Offered a free dessert for poor service and then forgot to bring dessert and also charged for it on check.
I had requested in writing for cake to be delivered to the table. It was a birthday dinner. I noticed 7 birthday balloons around the dining room. Ours was not one of them. Cake slices with candles were delivered to every table but ours. The Tri-Tip salad was disgusting with old over cooked meat. Service was super slow. A lot of waiting around.