About Madera - Rosewood Hotel Sand Hill
Madera Restaurant Honored with Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2015 and Michelin Rated 2015.
A comfortably elegant ambiance, picturesque views and outdoor terraces welcome guests and Silicon Valley locals to Madera. Featuring an open artisan wood-burning kitchen and extensive wine list, Madera serves rustic American cuisine that celebrates the culinary traditions of the Bay Area
In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, Madera offers two private dining rooms with private terraces and cozy fireplaces. The Lemon Room seats up to 10 guests, and the Orange Room up to 14 guests.
This Menlo Park restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for Sunday brunch as well.
Contemporary American, Californian, American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 6:30am - 10:30am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Rosewood Sand Hill offers complimentary valet as well as optional self-parking.
Complimentary electric car charging station available.
Private Party Facilities:
Madera offers two distinctive private dining rooms to suit an array of private events. Private and elegantly detailed, both private dining rooms open onto private outdoor terraces - ideal for pre and post dining activity.
Private Party Contact:
Marissa Griffin: 8888533675
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Madera - Rosewood Hotel Sand Hill Ratings and Reviews
Service very bad! Food not good enough! ...
Service very bad! Food not good enough! Very disappointed. We waited for almost 15 mins to have our glass of water, then when we having our starter, the main already came, they didn't took our plate when we finished our starter and even we don't drink wine, the wine list still sit on the table. After we finished our main, we wait over 30 mins, still no one add water or clean the plates! After we complained still no one take care our bill and no one come to ask do you need a coffee or tea after the meal!!
I've wanting to eat at Madera since they ...
I've wanting to eat at Madera since they got the star. It was a very nice experience with my friends. But you can see why the star is gone. They forgot part of our order, they made up for it by giving us some delicious desserts. The wine recommendation was very good. The entrees were fantastic. The only complain was the lamb. We were not expecting lamb sausages.
The wait time and food was not good. Th ...
The wait time and food was not good. The drinks and bar area, great.
Exceptionally good value! We sat outsid ...
Exceptionally good value! We sat outside and witnessed an amazing sunset and full moon rise while dining. Our waiter was particularly attentive and knowledgeable about the extensive wine list. His recommendation was perfect.
We went to Madera for Father's Day break ...
We went to Madera for Father's Day breakfast. We had to ask a second time for our drinks (this really shouldn't happen for coffee and tea at breakfast). When the food arrive, though the presentation looked nice, it was cold. Cold eggs just aren't very tasty. The bacon was not thick cut and cooked to mushy not crispy. It seems to me, if you can't do breakfast well, don't do it at all. I had to ask for a refill of coffee (again, this should not happen at breakfast, let alone at a place where the coffee was $6) because nobody ever came by after the food was served to see if everything was ok. I had the polenta and sausage. The polenta was cold. The sausage seemed to pink to me so I saved it and took it home to my dog---after his first bite, he left it. Wow, sausage a dog won't eat. A very disappointing experience. I would recommend going out to a little diner (and for the price, you can go 4 times), and then taking a drive down 280 for the view (the only thing Madera has going for it).
Madera is spacious yet generates vibranc ...
Madera is spacious yet generates vibrancy and energy. The wine list was excellent and the food, well executed.
The whole experience was wonderful. It w ...
The whole experience was wonderful. It was a birthday celebration with a friend. We chose substantial three courses, but we shared every one of them, and we were more than satisfied. The flavors, the presentation and the quality of food were excellent.
Awesome experience. Wonderful meal and ...
Awesome experience. Wonderful meal and service. Thank you!
Excellent service; something about the a ...
Excellent service; something about the ambiance of this place leads to enjoyable, long meals. We were there (group of 6) for nearly 5 hours. Great time.
Great food, the Beet salad was excellent, and the halibut with fennel broth was perfectly cooked and the couple of mussels served with the dish were amazing and so perfectly cooked. the peanut butter chocolate brownie was a totally divine dessert and went down far to easily!!
My sister and I went to Madera to celebr ...
My sister and I went to Madera to celebrate her graduation. We enjoyed their Liberty Duck and dry-aged beef (ribeye and shortrib). The duck, neither too fat nor too lean, was served with puree de petits pois and apricots. The service was definitely deserving of their Michelin star. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable about their food and wine menus.
Great ambiance & view on patio
Great ambiance & view on patio
We love the food, wine selection, and ...
We love the food, wine selection, and the ambiance is terrific. However the service from the hostess on was lacking this time. They called to confirm our reservation and yet when we got there the hostess asked us to wait in the bar. So of course, we did. Then after ten minutes, I went to find out what had happened---as they weren't busy. The hostess was setting up tables. She could have easily seated us and then continued not having us wait. Additionally, we had to ask for water several times, bread, etc. Not what you expect for this caliber place.
We had lunch on the balcony with a dista ...
We had lunch on the balcony with a distant view of the hotel blocks and swimming pool and further away, the coastal mountains. Very pleasant experience. Prices are high, but they are catering the venture capital community on Sand Hill Road who are never spend their own money. An 8 oz coke is $2.50 and served in a tiny bottle (didn't know they made them so small)... no free refills...buy another bottle. Win list is extensive buy appears to have 3x (maybe more) markup vs. typical restaurant 2X.
Food, service and ambience all excellent. Wines way too expensive. $264 for lunch for two is a bit much. Obviously a place for high rollers or those on expense accounts.
Great for a special dinner
This is a hangout for Venture Capitalists - even on a Sunday night we saw one entertaining. These are the folk that fund Silicon Valley startups. So it's a really nice place to dine. My husband had been for a couple of nice lunches with VCs and we'd both had a private dinner in one of the lovely chalets on site, but this was the first time we had dined for dinner together. Initially the blinds were closed to keep out the low sun, but then they were opened to reveal the lovely hill view. The food was creative, delicious and most enjoyable. My appetizer had caviar - most delicious and delicate. I had lamb done three ways - including a home-made sausage. The desserts were really beautifully prepared - mine had a basil shortbread as a base and it remained firm and not soggy, even though it had a mousse-like creation above it. The coffee was excellent - from an artisan roaster and you could tell. The server did a great job given he was fairly new. The wine list was extensive and well-designed with prices for every purse.
You're not in the City anymore
Living in SF spoils foodies, and even just going down the Peninsula one realizes that the standard expected in SF is left at the city line. Based on reviews, Madera seems to be one of the best South Bay restaurants for something above average, but when compared to fine dining in SF it didn't quite hit the mark. All the basic visual components are in place - fancy dining room decor (Orange County style), dramatic vista (if your idea of a lovely view includes a freeway), upscale 'resort' location (I still have to wonder WHO goes to a resort in Menlo Park?!?) - but the food wasn't anything that I'd write home about - it was standard upscale menu, adequately prepared, with little to no imagination or creativity. Nothing to complain about, nothing to laud. Service left something to be desired - one entree was practically dumped on the floor when delivered to the table, and there was a brief moment when it actually looked as if the server would put the dish in front of the diner with everything fallen over and crushed to one side. He then rushed it back to the kitchen and they reassembled. Another minor gripe - two of us specifically said we were splitting an appetizer when ordering, but it was delivered to one diner with no effort to provide a plate for the other diner who was sharing. If you're in the Menlo Park/Palo Alto area and you want a place to have brunch, Madera is perfectly acceptable, a bit pricey, and many people will probably think it's wonderful. But if you're a foodie with high standards, don't make a special trip for it.
Food does not match the ambiance, servic ...
Food does not match the ambiance, service or price.
Our waitress was wonderful. The food was mixed. My wife sent back two martinis. The fir one had enough olive juice in it so that you could see the green tint. Even the waitress could see it. The second one came with far too much vermouth especially when it was ordered extra dry. The hors d'oeuvre has so much nitrous oxide on it that it cooled it down to the point of being crunchy. The main courses were good but sparse. The service was good but for the money, there are better places in the area.
Mother's Day dinner was very good. Service great! Expensive.
Mothers Day set menu
Good appetizer, main course, and desert. Great presentation. The Gnocchi second course was possibly the worst dish I have ever had in a quality restaurant. There were no discernible gnocchi. If they were present in the dish, they had been reduced to paste. The whole dish was overwhelmed by an oak smoke flavor from god knows where, which ruined the rest of the meal for me.
I have been to Madera several times for lunch. Never was disappointed. The view and setting is pleasant. Spacious and open. Food is good. The only thing I felt missed was white tablecloth! If they could put white tablecloth for interior dining and let the outdoor al fresco be bare wood, that'd be perfect for me. I would like to have lunch on a sunny day out and on colder days with my white tablecloth inside.
Mothers Day Brunch
Very disappointing. The menu had no brunch items. The prix fix menu had three choices: a salmon steak, veal chop or gnocchi for Mothers Day brunch at 10:00 AM on a Sunday morning. Bizarre to say the least.
Mother's day a day early
Couldn't get in on a Sunday for Mother's day so I took a Saturday 11:45 reservation. The waiter was nice enough to acknowledge that Sunday we were unable to make a reservation but that he would do his best to make today just as special. We went about ordering, and the waiter was very knowledge able of the menu. Our food was delivered promptly and the food was tasty. Unfortunately, questions about desert or coffee didn't happen, so we kind of felt waiting on desert wasn't worth it and their were better choices to enjoy desert and coffee elsewhere. I believe if the serving staff had been a bit more attentive and made an attempt to describe the options for desert, we might have stayed to enjoy the rest of our brunch with Madera. Instead we left after asking for the check and paying the bill to enjoy a treat and coffee at a French pastry shop in dowtown Menlo Park. I've eaten at the Rosewood hotel restaurants in London and I can say that service and food quality is definitely higher than here in Silicon Valley. That's not to say it wasn't very good at Madera, it's just that between the service and the food, it is probably more a 4 star not 5 in my book. I've heard great things about Sunday brunch and I will return to try it out. I will definitely also recommend Madera to friends, and I will certainly return. It does have a classy feel and the food is very delicious in addition to the staff being very friendly and knowledgeable.
Very slow, inattentive service, even on ...
Very slow, inattentive service, even on a slow Monday afternoon. Food was just ok, with very high prices for the mediocre quality. Very disappointing...
Can't go wrong
Dine here with frequency, never disappointed. The desserts are masterpieces.
Great View, Excellent Service, Good Food
I met two friends here for lunch on a beautiful spring day. We ate outside so that we could enjoy the view of the mountains. The setting is fantastic. The wine list is good and the menu has lots of good choices. Two of us ordered the grilled Sand Hill burger (recommended by another diner as the best thing on the menu), which was very good, and one had the Cobb Salad. We talked well into the afternoon and did not feel as though we needed to rush. The waiters were efficient and attentive when needed--and personable as well. It's a great place to meet friends for a relaxing lunch.
A magical place for a magical occasion
We love coming to this restaurant, it truly is a magical place. We went there for our 7th wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint. The service was truly exceptional, they were simply amazing and attended to our every need and even a few things that they added as a special touch. We were simply blown away by the service. The food is really good as usual and the desserts are clearly the star: works of art that taste even better. If you haven't been to this place, you have to check it out. It has a great view, great outdoor dining on the deck and a top-notch bar. We will definitely be going back again.
Great experienceas always. Good food wit ...
Great experienceas always. Good food with excellent service and ambiance. Beautiful view
Always very tasty
Lovely, lovely food. And one of the best outdoor dining areas around.
I love Madera's casual elegance. The food is beautifully prepared and presented; the service is warmly prompt. Always a treat!
Service and food were very good, but not ...
Service and food were very good, but not good enough for the cost. We expected the cost to deliver more bang for the buck.
great outdoor brunch
beautiful April day, great friends from out of town, brunch on the deck, great service, excellent breakfast, gorgeous day....what could be better!
Everything was perfect except for the service.
We went to celebrate a special occasion and splurge and were not disappointed in terms of food and ambiance. The hostess who seated us was very nice but then we had the misfortune of being seated at a section where the waiter seemed ambivalent, fake and often deliberately ignored us. I know that this is not common as we had an amazing waiter the previous time.
Too Little Food....for the price
I have not been to Madera for lunch in some time but was surprised to find the lunch menu just as expensive as the dinner menu for less food! The price range was from $27 - $33 dollars for a lunch entre. I had the scallops which were $31 and I got about 6 quarter inch by quarter inch scallops with some vegetables. I was genuinely hungry after. I also had an appetizer for approx $20 which was octopus. The food was very good just not enough. We had to order a side of french fries and dessert to just get full. The portions are too small for the price, I would have to second think going back as after paying over $50 and not being full there is clearly some thing wrong here..
Pricey but good
The food is excellently prepared, the service is impeccable. If you sit outside the view is great. But don't expect large portions. My day boat scallop lunch for $31 had two scallops.
A busy night dinner at Madera
Been here a few times, lunch and brunch are fine, this was the worst. Came in for dinner, had to adjust reservation, group size twice - Hostess was very accommodating. Restaurant is very loud when busy - it was full. The beautiful hardwood surfaces, little soft material, make for a loud atmosphere - I would not suggest a romantic dinner. Food was creative and good, but not outstanding, had Petrale sole, cauliflower soup and some fois gras - the fois was the best and least complex. Tried stinging nettle gnocchi a friend had, was not impressed, too soft and strong simple flavor, no complexity. Did not compare with a any Michelin star rated place I've been, and was not as good as last year. Service was way below expectations for a place of this caliber - server was all over the place, too busy or not paying attention, ran out of water several times, wine orders took a very long time, even by the glass. We had a bottle of champagne to start, 15 minutes to fetch. Our first courses arrived all willy nilly. One guy got his truffle custard which goes in the soup, but no soup, another dish showed up, a bit later my custard and soup simultaneously, mentioned the missing soup, runner left confused, a few minutes later, a salad arrived, tried to mention the missing liquid, the runner ran off, last gnocchi arrived, still no soup for the first guy, we yelled for attention (to get over the ambient noise), the soup part was picked up and brought over, with no apology. The waiter asked about wine, pointed out waters being empty, said we would order wine with the mains, he never comes back until mid-way through the main, attempting to get attention of anyone throughout the courses, or between was difficult. Ordered some wine by the glass, hoping to get it quickly, took 10 minutes. Attempting to find anyone to bring the check was also difficult. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, that maybe it was just a really busy night, and tipped, but service was pretty comically sad.
Delicious food with amazing views.
We enjoyed a delightful dinner and lovely brunch at Madera restaurant this past weekend. The views from the dining room were magnificent, and( weather-permitting) the outdoor bar and eating areas are really lovely.
Service could be better
Visited a couple of time and the food was very good as usual, however last visit for my husband birthday service could be better.
Nice view. Bar was packed
Nice view. Bar was packed
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