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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

1793 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for Anniversaries (50)
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Steakhouse, American, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Daily: 5pm to 10pm
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Phone number
(805) 543-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jacqui Hanover
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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.
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Private party contact
Banquet Department: (866) 943-1570
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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.
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Cross street
Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit
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Parking details
Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.
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Public transit
Bus stop at the entrance to Madonna Inn.
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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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipBobbieq (San Diego)
1.0  Dined 2 days ago

Worst ever ~ tired, worn, bad service, expensive and mediocre food at best.

2.0  Dined 3 days ago

After having spent 2 weeks in California eating out 3 meals a day, this was definitely the worst one value-for-money wise. It was a fun, tacky place, but steak prices should be half of what they are. I paid almost 50 dollars before tax and gratititude for my steak and I had to spit out parts of it because I couldn't chew it. The GSM wine was decent for the price though.

4.0  Dined 4 days ago

This place is fantastic! Unbelievable ambiance and amazing service. My children (ages 7&9) had a great time. We sat at "Dolly Parton's favorite booth" and it was amazing. This is a must on your bucket list. We will be back for sure!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This is just a must try. The ambiance is one-of-a-kind, the service was exceptional, and the food was really great.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This was our second visit in as many years and it was a wonderful experience again. My wife had the lamb, I had filet, both were prepared and presented beautifully. Our server Jordan and his assistant were very attentive and took excellent care of us. If you want great food and service, then I highly recommend this steakhouse.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We love this place! The service is great, the food perfect, and the band and dancing is great entertainment.
Highly recommend this gem.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

This was the first time I have ever celebrated a Valentine's day, and the first Valentine's day with my girlfriend and the Gold Rush Steak House was the most amazing experience ever. The food was amazing, the ambiance was something from a movie I plan to make this a tradition for us.

Cherinoute (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

The decor is amazing. Definitely worth it. But the food....OMG that was horrible. I get better food for lunch at my workplace cafeteria.

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Totally exceeded our expectation! Sometimes restaurants will forgo taste for atmosphere or vice versa. But Madonna Inn Steakhouse has BOTH! Absolutely loved it!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

It was our second time coming there! I loved it the first time it was amazing and so we decided to have a fancy date night.. our server wasn’t as nice and helpful as the last lady we had before.. otherwise that food was amazing and the pink champagne cake is fabulous! Probably will be coming back sometime , but now I know what to ask for when I call for a reservation... oh also that night music was a little to loud the microphone kept doing that awful sound when it’s to loud and pierced everyone’s ears ? Maybe should keep the music a notch down but otherwise love it!

RitaB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been dining here for nearly 45 years. It looks the same but the food doesn’t seem the same. Perhaps because we decided to visit you on Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the memories!

MariaP (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Exceptional service. Food was what we expected. Jazz band was relaxing. Would definitely return to dine

RogerR (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was quite good and prepared as requested. The table service was fine, but with an advance reservation we waited 10 minutes to be seated in an almost empty restaurant. The man showing us to the table told my wife when she requested a booth that there were no booths available because we had not specifically requested one, and they now were all taken. We left 1 1/2 hours later and there were still numerous empty booths. The same man did not pull out a chair for my wife, and was very perfunctory in depositing our menus on the table. The waitress who waited on us was good. Interestingly enough, this is the third time we have dined in the restaurant at various times of the evening, and the same man has been setting up for live music. However, we have still to hear any music being played during the time we were dining, other than the canned music they play while they go on and on setting up.

Robert (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I to went The Madonna Inn for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. We had our wedding reception there in 1971. We live locally and go to the Madonna Inn for our anniversary and birthdays and we enjoy the tasty food, excellent service, and of course, the desserts! We especially like the Madonna Inn house champagne, locally produced.

This evening was a real treat for both of us. The prime rib, Caeser salad, expertly cooked sweet peas and handsomely adorned baked potatoes, with all the desired ingredients, were fabulous. Our server, Jared, was so attentive and fun and he took excellent care of us. A highlight was when a young couple near us got engaged! We watched as the man nervously spoke to his intended. She gladly put on the ring and admired it for a moment then, she immediately pulled out her phone and called friends and family. Since we were sitting behind the bride-to-be, we could watch the screen change from a delighted face squealing with joy to a close-up picture of her ring! The faces changed but the ring sparkled each time.
Another lovely occasion at the Madonna Inn!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Too expensive for bland food.