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About Madrona Manor
One mile from downtown Healdsburg, this Michelin one star restaurant is on a Victorian estate at the heart of Sonoma’s wine country. Chef Jesse Mallgren takes full advantage of a wealth of local seasonal produce, whenever possible from our estate gardens. Choose the from an extensive a'la carte menu or the Chef's tasting menu.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
West Dry Creek Road
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Convenient on-site parking is available.
Private Party Facilities:
Madrona Manor can accomodate groups up to 30 in one of our 5 private indoor dining rooms; or up to 100 on our covered Palm Terrace.
Private Party Contact:
Arielle Larson: (707) 433-1542 ext. 111
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Madrona Manor Ratings and Reviews
Overpriced, delicious, tiny portions served in a beautiful setting by cold, android-like staff. I could forgive the pretentious tone if the service wasn't so haphazard and sloppy: The inability to coordinate the wine service with the tasting menu (read: empty glasses while the entree sat cooling on the plate, or conversely, a sparsely filled glass awaiting an entree for seemingly an eternity. What little wine was portioned to us was spilled from time-to-time. Anemic servings overall. The service was absolutely clumsy and not on par with the price and expectation of a Michelin Star restaurant. Beyond disappointing. In-n-Out Burger is more graceful.
While the food was delicious, it was not worth the money. The over $450 I dropped for my wife's birthday dinner would have been better spent at Farm House Inn, Walter Hansel Wine Bistro, Chalkboard, or any number of better places in the Russian River area. I'm baffled this place has a Michelin Star.
Well Earned Michelin Star. Madrona Manaor is a beautiful late 1800s home in the Dry Creek Valley wine region of Sonoma. We experienced the tasting menu which included a delightful pork crudo and Japanese wagyu beef among other things. Everything was superbly prepared and superbly presented. Our service experience was excellent. We have dined at many places in many countries, and we would rank Madrona Manor in the top 5. While I would not describe the pricing as inexpensive, it is by comparison to comparably rated restaurants in the wine country.
Every dish on the tasting menu for the evening was excellent. Like many starred restaurants, portions are tiny...really just a couple of tastes of each course. But there were nine of them and I did not leave hungry. The chef has created very interesting taste combinations. The service was very good and not pretentious.
The food was very good so It's a shame how the service ruined an otherwise very nice meal. It's not the lack of service but a matter of untrained staff. The head waitress talked too fast when introducing the menu, felt like we were being rushed right after we sat down. The other servers who brought the food and explained the food did not show any interest in their job. Everyone just came and said the words they needed to say and left without a smile or a "please enjoy." They were so eager to "do their job" that they tried to take away my food twice without asking if I was done. One time, they actually took away my wine before it was finished. For wine pairing, other michelin-star restaurants' servers always explain the wine and how it compliments the food. The server just reads off the wine label. Couldn't get a smile from the servers except when they were talking to each other. Very disappointing experience this time around.
Very tasty, and certainly an event worth experiencing. Arriving at the Manor is an experience in itself. While the dollar signs are high in the description, the menu doesn't convey that it's 9 courses of an omnivore choice or vegetarian. The wine tasting isn't included and costs the same as the meal. It's a VERY pretty penny. The meal was an experience, but be warned that nothing is sold individually.
We stayed at the Manor and were told that you have to cancel 48 hours out or they charge the delayed cancel (the full cost of meal and tasting, which are separate costs) to the room. Had we known (our fault for not researching more) we would have probably opted out as the cost was the same as or entire hotel cost for 4 days.
Having dined at many Michelin-starred restaurants, I find it difficult to believe that this one deserves even a single star. No one offered to take our coats when we entered the building or later, when we went into the dining room. The setting was interesting at first, but the LED light bulbs in the dining room were very harsh. The service was poorly coordinated, with one waiter sometimes not knowing what the previous one had already taken care of. Some of the dishes were plated brilliantly, but on the whole the chef seemed mainly to be going through the paces rather than drawing upon any real inspiration. The chopped shrimp crudo was fresh and tasty but was served with impractical chopsticks rather than an appropriate spoon. The wine pairings were fine but unmemorable except for the over-oaked California Chardonnay that was poorly matched with the cheese course. The desserts were overly sweet and borderline bland, with few interesting flavors. All in all, you can do much better in the Healdsburg area for half the price.
I had heard a great deal about Madrone Manor so decided to try it out. The food is prepared with a great deal of imagination, different textures, contrasting flavours, and ingenious presentations. The lemon-cured scallops, the mustard foam, the cream-filled egg shell and the pork with thin crackling truly stood out. No disappointment there. What I found a real let-down were the wine pairings, no thought at all. The wines were mostly European (French, Italian, Spanish) and had that tired, old, musty"Old Country" taste to them. We have such wonderful wines in California that I was really disappointed. My suggestion is to forgo the wine-pairing and order Cloudy Bay(NZ) for the fish and a California sangiovese or tempranillo where red is de rigeur. The service , though competent at transporting plates, was not well-informed about the fare and added little to the charm one expects on such an outing.
I expected much more for what I paid.
Our visit was to celebrate a birthday. We arrived early so that we could enjoy a cocktail on the front porch. Both of us had a speciality cocktail. Is was well balanced with artisans ice. Once sat, my girlfriend was presented with a special menu to acknowledge her bday...nice touch. We both had the wine pairing which perfectly complemented our courses. Refinement with service staff regarding placement and removal of courses however needs work. Overall, we had a great dining experience which one would expect from a Michelin restaurant.
My wife and I went to Madrona Manor for New Year's Eve and were disappointed with the experience.
We were a few minutes early for our reservation, and no one acknowledged we had arrived for five minutes as they bustled about. Eventually someone ushered us to the cold back porch where a bar was set up for cocktails. Neither of us particularly wanted a cocktail, but we didn't know how long we would be back there so we ordered Manhattan's, which were okay, but before we had two sips we were seated.
Overall, the food was acceptable but the service was poor. We felt incredibly rushed throughout our meal. For example, we opted to include wine pairings, and the new glasses of wine were often brought out and poured before we finished the previous glassez (and we both generally have a tendency to drink quickly). All of the servers seemed rushed and harried. Once my wife stepped out to use the restroom and they delivered a course and explained her dish to me rather than waiting at most 2 minutes until she was back.
One item listed on the NYE menu posted online was swapped out with notice with a much less expensive item (they switched wagyu beef out and served regular steak). The two seafood courses (hamachi and lobster) also tasted distinctly fishy. The subtle accompaniments like miso broth and edible flowers were completely overwhelmed by the off flavors of the fish.
Ultimately, we were not happy with our experience. The meal was supposed to be the capstone of our honeymoon. Instead, we left hungry, disappointed, and feeling unwelcome--far from the experience we would expect based on the restaurant's reputation.
We went for Christmas dinner and the food was good, as was the entertianment. However, we have eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants throughout the world and we were a bit disappointed. My husband ordered the beef wellington and there was a piece of grizzle about the size of a walnut in it. I ordered the salmon and it was good, but by no means was it the best I ever had. It was a little bland. The food presentation was fantastic and the service impeccable, but I think they fell a little short on the food itself.
Nice meal with special seasonal entertainment. Time between some courses was too long. Service was very attentive, but also with lots of people running around doing what looked like very little. We then waited 25-30 min. for our bill... and with a 20% service charge added. Total time seated at the table was 3 1/2 hrs. OK to do once, don't think we'll go back again.
The Christmas Carolers are not to be missed! We greatly enjoy the Dickensian style 12th Night singers each year at Christmas time.The food was awesome too.My wife and I had the wine pairings with the Caviar,wonderful crab salad,winter squash risotto,salmon and beef Wellington.All were excellent.Well done!
We have been to Madrona Manor twice before. The last time was a couple of years ago and it was fantastic. We had heard about the Dickens dinners and have always wanted to do it. After I reserved a table for 4 I received a call that the price would be $170 per person, excluding beverages and service fee. I thought this sounded very expensive but figured it must be very special and hoped it would be worth it. While we had a very nice time and thoroughly enjoyed the carolers, we left with a bad taste in our mouth because we did not feel it was worth the very high price. The food was good but not great, and there were almost no options to choose from. We brought our own wine and yet the dinner was over $500 per couple. We would not return for this event nor would we recommend it to others.
Our Dickens Dinner was outstanding. The food was excellent - beautifully presented. Each course was a delightful taste experience. The courses were served with nice spacing. The Twelfth Night Singers were wonderful. The Beef Wellington was the best. You could cut it with a fork. The whole evening was a great way to celebrate our 55th Anniversary.
Madrona Manor has been one of my favorite special occasion restaurants for many years. I even spent my wedding night in their carriage house accommodations. However this year's thanksgiving day dinner was disappointing.
The restaurant is in a 100+ year old mansion over looking the Dry Creek Valley. It is spectacular. However some genius went around and changed the interior lighting to LEDs. UGLY!!! The ambiance of the dining rooms was destroyed by these overly bright, overly white, glaring, light bulbs. They looked very strange in the candelabra and sconces. And all to save a few pennies on electricity.
Then there was the egg-nog for $15. I think there was maybe 3 or 4 sips in the glass. Not a lot more than a shot of liquor. Disappointing. This is egg-nog, not a snifter of an 80 year old French brandy.
The food as usual was good but while I expect gourmet food to come in multiple courses of small amounts, these small amounts were REALLY small. Hmmmm.
But the final disappointment was when the bill came. They had included a 20% ($74) "service fee" despite their online reservation confirmation that stated that the "inclusive" flat price of $163 per person included the service. And nobody ever mentioned a service fee until the bill arrived.
Total turkey dinner for two was $557.66
This was one of the best dinners we have ever had. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. We had the Chef's Grande Dame menu and could not have been happier. Everything was beyond our expectations. Chef Mallgren stopped by our table during our last course, and was delightful!
One of the more eclectic and fun Michelin meals I've had in the Bay Area. Polar opposite of the stuffy old lady atmosphere of the b&b that surrounds the restaurant.
Pop rocks were in the Amuse bouch!
Table side sunday with nitrogen
I brought a magnum of wine only drank 1/2 - they charged me for a single corking! Classy
Our experience in the restaurant was odd. The first course is brought out by THE CHEF! But he just suddenly appeared - we were busy looking at the menu - he did not mention at all that he was the chef - of course he was dressed like one - he said the name of the first amuse bouche, set it down, and then he immediately left... I would have liked to talk to him. Oh well. That's a bad start. Overall impressions...well...why is this considered One-Star food? The third - 3RD! - amuse bouche included pop rocks. If I am ever served pop rocks in a dish again - and this is the umpteenth time it has happened - I am throwing (or spitting) it against the wall. That is not One Michelin Star cooking - it is cooking filtered through the sensibility of a 5th grader. A fifth grader! Such nonsense. We have experienced dozens of these over-priced and under-conceived chef's tastings but this one was excessive in a way that was galling. At the end we were saying - stop bringing us food. Just stop! There were three amuses bouches, two bread courses - one with homemade butter and a pretzel bread epi with mustard, 10 "regular" courses and two dessert courses followed by a plate of mignardises - there were four for each of us on the plate! - and I concluded with a very pricey glass of Armagnac. Too much food! And my dining partner just had gastric sleeve surgery a few months ago - so she was eating only a little of each - granted small - course and I was helping her to finish as well. Had I not been doing that, it still would have been far too much food. At the end of the meal she could only taste her venison course and I could no longer help finish her food. The course was cleared and a few minutes later another server come to ask if she sent back the course (essentially) uneaten because it was not cooked to her liking. She did not explain that she had just had gastric sleeve surgery, that is her business after all, but the concern of the staff and the restaurant was much appreciated.
A wonderful and eclectic menu and wine pairing, even the vegetarian version had amazingly flavorful courses like acorn panna cotta and white truffle pasta. Definitely Michelin quality and convenient to stay at the house. Very good but expensive digestivo options in front of the fireplace afterwards.
Madrona Manor was outstanding. I really was rather surprised by the excellence of the cuisine and the attentiveness of the staff. I knew there was an active and very accomplished food scene in Sonoma County but did not expect the attention to detail. We received two small and very delicious amuse bouche dishes before our nine-course tasting menu began. We ordered the wine pairings, which can be spotty, but found each pour to be very good and indeed a well-chosen accompaniment. The portion sizes were perfect--just a few bites each which is all you really want when there are nine courses. We ordered the supplement of foie gras and cheese and both were excellent. This is definitely a special occasion place but if it is a birthday, anniversary, or other nice event, I would definitely recommend this very lovely old house.
Oh my! This isnt a meal, it is a well orchestrated event. We were there for more than three hours and enjoyed every moment. Sometimes experiences like this forget about the flavor and focus on presentation. Presentation was key to be sure, but the flavors were not forgotten. We especially loved the onion valoute, salad of cucurbits, chicken thigh, trout and wagyu. Service was perfect. The only fault I found was in the wine pairing. It wasnt terrible, it just wasn't as good as everything else. Ie the tempranillo fought with my wagyu. Otherwise, I highly recommend this experience.
An exceptional experience, fantastastic for special occasions. Have been there several times to celebrate special occasions and for their amazing Christmas and New Year's Eve celebratory meal events. Eye-popping food of exceptional flavor and creativity. Cozy & romantic. Absolutly a must-stop if you are in Sonoma Wine Country.
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