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 "Chef's Grande Dame" or "A walk Thru the Garden" prix fixe menus.
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 80 in one of our 5 private dining rooms.
Private Party Contact:
Arielle Larson: 7074331542x111
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Madrona Manor Ratings and Reviews
Lovely setting and great service but the ...
Lovely setting and great service but the portions were beyond small and the wine paring pours scant. Flavors were not distinct from course to course on the garden selection. We enjoyed our time but we will not return.
This restaurant--which is rated one star ...
This restaurant--which is rated one star by Michelin--is simply superb. At $160 per person it is also pricey, but worth every cent in our estimation. The nine course "degustation" dinner was fantastic--in the combination of flavors and textures, in the beautiful presentations, and in the professional and understatedly elegant service.
We had decided on a special dining exper ...
We had decided on a special dining experience for our 53rd wedding anniversary and knew it would be very expensive. Indeed I had second thoughts before going. But the experience was well worth it. We also knew there would be many courses and we are not big eaters, so feared we would not get our moneys worth. But the portions are small but exquisite.. Every morsel was delicious and so many new things and new tastes. It was an adventure. All of the staff are very professional. We will go again for a special experience.
10 course meals (both the grande dame & ...
10 course meals (both the grande dame & a walk thru the jardin) were wonderful. highly recommended if you are into fine dining (and it was filling so... advise you come in hungry!)... meat eaters, although the wagu beef was petite was oh so good (drooling just thinking about it)... dessert prep using liquid nitro & vanilla cream was oh so awesome and delicious too...
We have been to Madrona Manor several ti ...
We have been to Madrona Manor several times over the years and usually really enjoyed the fascinating flavor combinations and unique menus. It used to be there was a choice of how many courses you would like (five or seven, I believe). Now, it's nine. What is it with this fascination of sensory overload? Of course, it's not just nine... there's always the chef's little "gifts" of an amuse-bouche and other tidbits. My choice of menu for this visit was the vegetarian theme. Unfortunately, every item had a similar flavor - salt. I think three or four of the items included mushrooms. Why not throw in a carrot dish with a little sweetness? And everything is precious. Tiny, micro-chopped, itsy bitsy morsels on a gigantic dish. The French Laundry does this type of meal properly, but it's still too much. You can hardly remember any one of the umpteen items, as they all run together in your mind and in your mouth. Less is more... and Chef, please, back away from the salt shaker.
On the weekday evening we dined at Madro ...
On the weekday evening we dined at Madrona, the restaurant offered two price fixe 9 course meal options including a vegetarian choice. In addition to the nine courses there was an optional cheese tasting and wine pairing plus half price bottles of wine from an extensive wine list. Since we'd spent the day tasting at local tasting rooms we passed on both the wine pairings and cheese selection, so I can't offer an opinion on those choices. However, in addition to the nine courses, the chef threw in a few taste surprises between courses. My wife tried the vegetarian option while I tried the traditional, which included Bulgarian caviar for starters, trout, poussin and Wagyu beef and two desserts; sorbet and ice cream churned table side. The food was outstanding, prepared to perfection. Service was exemplary, with frequent but unobtrusive attention. I'd highly recommend Madrona Manor.
if you want a colon cleansor for dinner ...
if you want a colon cleansor for dinner this is your place. a silly 9 course, 3 1/2 hour meal is forced upon you and all 4 people that ate it got sick. there is no ala carte menu. and if you show up 15 minutes early for your reservation - add another quick 100 to your bill as they stick you in the bar where every drink is $25. once a really nice place to have a quiet dinner with good variety of local dishes.
"Amazing" is the only word I have to des ...
"Amazing" is the only word I have to describe the food. They surprised us right out of the gate, and the surprises kept coming. They finished off the meal with ice cream (made table side with liquid nitrogen), candied almonds, fresh whipped cream, melted chocolate and an amazing cherry. Like every other course, it was simple in nature, but complex in the taste experiences it delivered, not to mention beautiful to look at.
We will absolutely be going back, and will happily spend the extra time on the road to get there.
My husband and I visited Healdsburg and ...
My husband and I visited Healdsburg and enjoyed a meal at Madrona Manor. We knew it was known for its tasting menu but didn't realize that that was the only choice. We were surprised as the cost is $160 each. We were already at our table and decided to enjoy the experience . We chose the non-vegetarian 9 course menu. Before the courses began we had at least four extra small tastes, such as a delicious egg sauvignon (not sure spelled right), then our courses began to come punctuated by several breads, a lemon granita and finally some sweets. All of these were beyond the 9 delicious small courses. The highlight for me was Japanese Wagyu which I hadn't had before this and ice cream made table side. When we considered that service was included, the great quality of the food, excellent service, we had one of the best meals of our lives.
Food was great and there was a trout dis ...
Food was great and there was a trout dish that just melted in your mouth and rivaled any course at French Laundry. The service was lacking for a one star restaurant. We waited five minutes and finally had to ask for a plate. Table side service had to be stopped because server was unprepared.
We were at Madrona seven years ago and i ...
We were at Madrona seven years ago and it was a magical experience. Again the creativity of the menu and tastes made the experience amazing. We were just completely caught off guard that the meal jumped so significantly in price that it was a $600 evening and only one of us enjoyed the wine pairing. We really appreciated the opportunity to select the number of courses last time and make the experience a bit more approachable. Or, I would suggest at least letting people know when the reservation is made so one doesn't have to feel so completely caught off guard.
Came to celebrate my fiancee and my 7th ...
Came to celebrate my fiancee and my 7th anniversary and had a beautiful evening. Exciting dishes on the Chef's tasting menu ranging from perfectly cooked Wagyu steak to tart and sweet tomatoes with seabeans to a soft-boiled egg served in a cup full of campfire smoke. The drinks were paired well, the service was stellar. Highly recommend for a special night out.
Amazing food deco and palate satisfactio ...
Amazing food deco and palate satisfaction.
Portion wasn't too big which was a plus; get to taste a variety of food that chef had amazed us!
Wine pairing was extremely good.
Definitely worth another visit. Highly recommended!
Madrona specializes in service. This was ...
Madrona specializes in service. This was one of the first things that I noticed at dinner. The staff is prompt and attentive as well as very nice. The food is top notch, though pricey. I've eaten at Madrona a few times and the food and service are both consistently amazing. The bar is also top notch with homemade syrups, herbs from the on-site garden and choice liquors to make delicious, flavorful cocktails.
One again Jesse's degustation was excell ...
One again Jesse's degustation was excellent. The sea bream crudo was outstanding, as was the caviar and the wild King salmon. The menu was well-balanced with delightful touches such as the oyster leaf amuse bouche. The service matched the amazing food. Thank you all for a wonderful evening again.
This was delicious. If you are unfamilia ...
This was delicious. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a "tasting menu" please do a little research first so you know what to expect; you are dining here for the joy of the experience of food as an art form, as much as anything else. If you know what to expect, and that's your thing, you will enjoy this place. This was a lovely experience. They also have lovely mixologist who puts as much care into her cocktails as the chefs (and team) do with their food. The service was good too, but honestly, not as over-the-top perfected as I have encountered elsewhere, but they were pretty good.
Terribly expensive. We came very hungry ...
Terribly expensive. We came very hungry, considering they serve a 9 course meal. I left still hungry. The steak and salmon they served was one inch long and half inch wide. When they call it a tasting menu, they sure mean you only get a taste, no more. I would not go back. Over $800 for 4 people and still left hungry!
Hubby and I chose this restaurant for a special night on our CA trip. So much went wrong (particularly considering the Michelin star/4.9 on OpenTable) it was actually funny. We considered leaving at one point, but opted to stick it out - at least it would be a great story! I will say - indisputably, the staff was friendly and the courses creative and - with the exception of some saltiness - tasty. Not the issues. We arrived early and decided to sit outside by the fountain to enjoy the grounds. It was teeming with mosquitoes - clearly a breeding ground. We fled to the manor, which is quite dated - 1980's (?) colors, clashing curtains/upholstery/carpet, with Beatles (?) muzak & an ambiance like your lonely great aunt's house. We were seated outside (which was cute) and, surprise!, mosquitoes galore. Apologizing, the waitress offered OFF - I declined b/c it stinks and we were going out later. After hubby was bit on the face and I 3x on my arm/face, we asked to move inside. They quickly put us in a room alone (didn't help the uncomfortable ambiance). We soon started perspiring due to lack of any air circulation. This distracted us a bit from the seemingly unnoticed continual ducking, swatting and slapping at critters. We asked the AC be turned on and it was, thankfully. After about 5 mins, 1 napkin was designated the "kill napkin" due to the mosquitoes/bugs who met their demise with it. When a worker came by, I pointed out a bug that fell in my wine. She ran to get a spoon & to my clearly confused face, offered to get the bug out for me...Really? I was so caught off guard, I didn't ask for a new glass and fished it out myself. We'd been there 1.5 hrs when our 4th (of 9) courses arrived. Not wanting to be there 2 more hrs, we asked if things could move quicker. It then did. Bug bites, sweat, muzak, no ambiance, slow service. Ultimately, we paid the $40+0 tab & walked our bug-bitten selves out, laughing. CA has great restaurants-for us, this wasn't one of them.
Great food but there was a very musty smell.
The food was great. Very interesting and worth the money even though it was very expensive. The wait staff was very accommodating. There is a set menu with 2 different tracks so read the menus before you make a reservation. Our biggest problem was the couple sitting next to us who were very loud in the small dining area. At one point one of the server's rolled her eyes at me as if to say "can you believe how loud they are".
The big problem was the musty smell. It was overpowering in the entryway and lingered into the dining room.
Hurry, hurry, eat here before everyone catches on!
For us, this was a dining experience in a class among greats like French Laundry and Manresa. However, you'll notice a Michelin star gap (and price gap) between those other names and Madrona Manor. If you're into the many-course tasting menu experience, get here while the getting is good - it seemed like maybe this is something of a lesser-known gem! And try to save a little room for the cheese course - we didn't manage to indulge in it ourselves, but it really looks like an amazing offer. Everything we had was excellent, but the sashimi and desserts were truly exceptional. They offer a vegetarian menu as well as the (standard, meat-enhanced) Grand Dame.
Magic and Grandeur
Very nice location in a very old yet well kept mansion. Very well executed tasting menu and superb wine pairings. Very personable and informative service. Was very quiet on a Wednesday night-they say it fills up on weekends as it should. The Wagyu beef was perfectly prepared and hand churned ice cream at the end. Very enchanting. The sauvignon blanc from Lake County was very rich and tasty. Very memorable and relaxing night of excellent tastes.
The Madrona Manor restaurant was fabulous.
The Madrona Manor restaurant was fabulous. A close to 16 course chief's menu dinner, with
multiple treats not on the menu. The service (black suit and tie) was impeccable. The caviar, quail, and venison were delicious. The ice cream was made at table side (poured cream & egg; poured liquid helium in copper bowl; a sight to be seen).
The setting is in an 1880s grand home overseeing a value.
Not to be missed.
Deserves its reputation
We had an outstanding meal here. Tried both sides of the tasting menu. As early arrivers the room (there are five total) was quiet for the first hour. The kitchen slowed a bit around 6 courses into the meal, presumably because more people had arrived, and we experienced one or two longer than ideal waits for the courses. That said, the food could not have been more unique, challenging and outstanding. As it should be, for ~$250/person or so (with wine and a cocktail). The facility is a little dated in décor, a facelift would probably add another star to the Michelin rating. However, would not avoid it for that reason. What a gem!
Special Occasion Gem
Another excellent meal and dining experience at Madrona Manor. We have tried other locations for our New Years dining, but have never had a better experience than at Madrona Manor. I have also attended group dinners here and had equally good experiences. The service is well organized, food excellent, presentation excellent and interesting and even caters to special meal requirements. Their wine paring is also highly recommended.
Sumptuous Nouvelle Cuisine
The five courses with wine pairings were sumptuous, beautiful, and unforgettable !
The chef really knows how to develop flavors and the sommelier chose perfect wines to bring out the best in the food. Only the monk fish disappointed.
Thank you Chef and staff at the Madrona Inn for making our dinner divine!
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