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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 "Chef's Grande Dame" or "A walk Thru the Garden" prix fixe menus.
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
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.
Visited for our anniversary - this was our third time back for such an occasion. It was excellent but slightly below expectations (which are sky-high for MadroneM). Used to outdoor dining, and having 8 tables in one little room (while most of remaining rooms were empty) felt crowded for no reason save server efficiency - spread tables out, please. Food quality fantastic as usual, but several of dishes haven't changed much. Staff seemed young, and they lacked a certain comfort engendered in previous visits. It was the little things - didn't check on wine levels often, pace of meal was too fast (to the point we had to slow it down), steak wasn't cooked right nor checked, etc. Amusements (little extra bites) were hit/miss (baby potato? nothing special on that spud), while others were inspired (carbonated something - awesome). Again, for almost all restaurants, you would have been delighted...the standard is higher here. At two Franklins per head plus, my expectations will remain high.
I have dined at Madrona Manor several times. Without exception, each experience has been outstanding. I take the opportunity to show friends what dining in wine country can be like, without the crowds so prevalent at more well-known Michelin-starred restaurants. The food is superb, and the wait staff, led by Eric Mercer, is excellent. Two or three hours just disappear. I have mixed feelings about submitting this review. Part of me wants to share the beauty of this place and dining experience; part of me hopes no one else ever finds it.
While the background music helped to have privacy we were not exactly impressed with the elevator style. The food is an experience, although we did not understand why the Brussels sprouts were an option to the chicken dish. The wine pairing was excellent and the ambience special.
Other than inexperienced servers who delivered the wrong food to each of us (the one with dietary restrictions receiving the food the other requested) and the fact that they completely forgot to deliver one of the courses and had to be reminded by us, it was an excellent meal. But when you charge $165 per person and add on a mandatory 20% service charge, it isn't acceptable to screw up that badly and apologize with "comped" coffee. Fortunately the ambience and food made up for the weak service.
It was our 30th anniversary and so we wanted something special, and boy did we get it! This is a price fix menu only, expensive, high quality, incredible service, special occasion place. The prices will set you back a bit, but if you can afford it it is a very special treat.
Madrona Manor charms us yet again, what a delightful evening. Outside dining with superb service surpassed only by the chef taking us on an amazing journey with each course, paired with the perfect wines. We dine here each and every time we are in the area, not to be missed.
One of a kind experience. Multi Course Tasting Menu that does not disappoint. The courses are prepared to perfection; both in flavor and in presentation. Michelin Star Chef Mallgren does pour his heart into this experience. We had a lovely dinner. The service was impeccable. Every course is served with a detailed explanation. Everyone's plate arrives at the same time. Every bite is wonderful.
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