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

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

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.madonnainn.com/
  • Phone: 8055433000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 5pm to 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Jacqui Hanover
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 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 805-784-2437.
  • Entertainment: 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit
  • Public Transit: Bus stop at the entrance to the World famous Madonna Inn property.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn
Located at Madonna Inn, Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House is unforgettable. Featuring outstanding steaks barbequed over a one-of-a-kind oak wood pit, a superb wine list, decadent Black Forest cake and outstanding service. Our menu includes a variety of fresh fish, Australian lobster, and barbequed or fried chicken dishes. The Silver Bar offers an assortment of specialty drinks along with appetizers. The Gold Rush Steak House is an award winning restaurant and recipient of the 2007 Beef Backers Award for outstanding beef entrees. We provide musical entertainment 5 days a week. Ask about our specialty packages and review our website www.madonnainn.com for holiday activities and specials…including our annual New Years Eve Party Package! For further information please call our reservations office.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)romantic (51)good for groups (32)neighborhood gem (26)kid-friendly (17)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (17)scenic view (10)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • absolutely worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While this restaurant is certainly on the high end of the price scale, the delicious food and stellar ambiance make it worth the cost. There was a live ten-piece orchestra playing, a lovely dance floor, and a beyond kitchy pink and gold decor that can't help but make you smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion
    Choosygirl
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I always choose Madonna Inn Gold Rush Steak house when I have special occasions. We go on my birthday every year. Great rib eye! Of course the desserts are phenomenal! Everyone is our party was happy with their meal. I highly recommend Madonna Inn as a choice for any special occasion. Can't wait til my birthday coming up in December
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner in Fall 2014
    Shrek
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A delight to have dinner music while enjoying dinner. There are so few restaurants left where you can dance to a live band. Lovely room with banquettes (booths).Takes you back in time to the 40's and 50's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food is pedestrian at best. Exciting place to be. Wonderful staff! Swing dancing by local college kids is not to be missed!!! Well dressed, energetic, and didn't need booze to get it on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty disappointing
    ILoveFood
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I'd been planning a trip to Madonna Inn for many months. Finally able to get the time Off I booked a room and made a rezzie @ the Gold Rush Steakhouse. We were warmly greeted, though there was a mix up with our rezzie time. Sat promptly, had a lovely big booth. I picked this place for my b-day dinner because of how beautiful the dining room is. long story short: the food was terrible, which I had been anticipating after our awful wine and cheese tasting.The waiter was attentive, but extremely sweaty which was unapetizing. Very frustrating after paying so much money over the course of one evening. All in all I WILL be returning to stay in the rooms but definitely will be dining off site.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What an experience
    JeLu102
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    You have to experience this place, if only once. The pink room is overwhelming in its opulence. Note that the steaks have a smokey taste to them, if you don't like smokey meats, order your steak down one degree for less of that effect, (I should've gone medium rare instead of medium). Their signature cakes are a must-try! Pink champagne cake was wonderful, great drink menu, wonderful wines. Will be back and be smarter with my ordering. A wonderful birthday experience, I will treasure my birthday balloon long after it looses its helium!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GAT1
    Thurg
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Always a great place to dine. Been here many times over the years and always have a good time and great meal. Very consistent. If I had one negative comment is the dance area as outsiders who don't dine here come in and take over the dance area doing dances such as the polka and if you are a paying diner and try to get the DJ to play something else, the group there makes you feel very uncomfortable as if this is their very own private dance floor. I had 11 people here and all of us felt very uncomfortable trying to use the dance floor. Management did a very good job trying to assist us in allowing us to have a little fun on dance floor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tish
    TibiVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lots of fun. One of a kind atmosphere. Delicious steak or prime rib. Weekends there is usually a live band with terrific dancers at the area adjacent. Can be noisy while dining, so ask to fit away from band if that matters.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    New2SLO
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    "Pinkly" ELEGANT. Very novel atmosphere. Somewhat aged & worn. Great dinners!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the decor
    LadyParticular
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food is not what's important here, though they mix very good cocktails. Great for a fun night out in my opinion but there were romantic couples when I was there. It's way out there and a must-see. Re the food: I ordered a plain steamed fish but there was water left on my plate. The main flavour was salt. I tried the famous champagne cake of luminous pink, it looked great but was very average. They manage to do something to the sponge that makes it lighter than air but unfortunately it's as tasty as air too. This review comes from a British person so perhaps I don't understand American cuisine. This is not the only place that serves whipped butter. I'm not sure if it's the whipping or the butter itself that renders it tasteless also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone is a special guest
    Special2us
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Special occasions are dear to most and where we celebrate has much to do with the degree of enjoyment we experience. The Madonna Inn does much to recommend a memorable event. We have celebrated our wedding anniversary here many times over the years and are never disappointed. On our recent visit, we were once again made to feel like "special guests."
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Toulouse
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The setting is amazing. It's like walking into a 70's movie set. All pink and gold cherubs. Fortunately the food is pretty amazing too. Salmon and chicken that just melts in the mouth. Delicious homemade cakes for dessert - yummy. This restaurant is a MUST when in San Luis Obispo.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LM
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A little pricey for the fare, but good. Steak was well prepared. Only minimal oak flavor I am used to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • English sceptics
    OnTour
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Having been recommended to the Inn and restaurant, we were disappointed with the food, and found the decor OTT - decidedly over the top for our tastes. But it was an experience to see it.However, overall we did enjoy the evening, redeemed by our server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night!
    VeerleBrunoFromBelgium
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We stayed for one night at the Madonna Inn to celebrate our anniversary. The Steakhouse is a truely enchanting and wonderful restaurant. One of a kind in the world. The service was excellent and all the staff was just amazing. We loved every moment we were there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Good Times
    Mickster1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service staff was prompt and frequently checked with us to ensure all was to our liking and if anything else was needed. The food was excellent from the Appetizers right through to the Champagne Cake Dessert. The live band playing in the adjoining area was pleasant and the volume was just right so as not to disrupt table conversations. We had a wonderful time and plan to return with friends in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made my Anniversary
    smsolomon13
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took my girlfriend to the Steak House for our 1 year anniversary and the service greatly exceeded expectations. We even got a free slice of cake at the end of our amazing steak dinners. I wish I had more room to enjoy it, as the majority of my stomach was saved for the French Filet Mignon (wrapped in bacon). We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Maybe too many people?
    Fred
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was big band night and the place was packed, which may have affected the food quality. The steaks were good, but the chicken was dry and the salmon was not good. Service was personable and excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our experience at the Madonna Inn steak house was great. The food and service were excellent. I would definitely recommend it & would return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food. Great service. But most of all amazing decor. The place is an experience!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bartybear
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The place was like the restaurant out of Hello Dolly. Everything was EXCELLENT.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining Experience
    Roscoe
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Madonna Inn has been a part of our celebrations for over 25 years. You can count on excellent dinners, great service, wonderful ambiance, and a worthwhile experience if you haven't been here. Thank you Madonna Gold Rush Steak House. You've done it again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy but slow
    Nimrodical1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our server was a pretty young man and he was not up to the task. He was trying and I'm sure if he continues to work at it he'll get better but for now he's struggling to provide good service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 year anniversary!
    LizRose
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went horse back riding at madonna followed by an amazing dinner at the steak house. The service was very nice and quick, simply on point. The food was perfect, great steaks! And we also ordered the chocolate cake.. YUM! So good and for such a special day for us it really was the best choice. The only issue I could possibly say is all the items in the gift shop were outrageous, which is basically to be expected. I definitely suggest anyone to come check it out. ♡
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Treat
    McBeachVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was amazing. From the moment we sat down our taste-buds were in heaven. The Pink decorations made my wife happy. They provided a sweet touch at the end to help us celebrate our anniversary. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    LoyalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We are from another state and stopped for dinner because in was convenient. What a great surprise!!! The food and service were excellent. The extra treat was the live band playing old standards. This is something rarely found in any restaurant. Also, the décor is fabulous
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner for the 2nd year in a row for our anniversary! Great food & service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Took FOREVER and noise level loud
    texaschai
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We went here for dinner for a special occasion of out of town guests. What we didn't expect was the noise level to be so high - mainly because there is a live band 100 feet from the tables during dining hours, and we also didn't expect it to take an HOUR AND 45 MINUTES to get our food once we ordered (which was about 15 min after we were seated). Since we had a 3 yr old with us, this was not ideal on both counts. The wait was absurd. I also had ordered a med rare steak and it came out like it was tartar (super rare). Once cooked a few more minutes, it was perfection as was the free dessert we received for the lengthy wait. So if you go here, expect noise, order your meat knowing it's on the rare side, and do NOT go in already hungry!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    Tourist201
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Unique and iconic hotel, great location and interior. As for the food itself, all 4 of us experienced overlooked main courses (so the food was dry and hard) and also very bland. More like the food you'd get in a cheap low-end chain. Disappointing!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing venue
    Sc23
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Don't come for the food which is nothing special and overpriced -come for the venue which is amazingly over the top and great fun Have a few cocktails take a few photos and enjoy the kitsch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • make a reservation
    cnbg
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Went to Madonna for our anniversary. So glad we made reservations 3 days before. They were booked up even for a monday and were turning away grouos5. They had great food and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    Jrdining
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fun place to check out and take the kids. Reasonably priced with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique, but only average food
    TravlinManVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Madonna Inn is an unusual place to say the least, and worth a visit. But while the steakhouse has the ambiance of 1930's Vegas crossed with a cathouse (and is quite interesting and over the top), the quality of the beef did not justify the high prices. My ribeye, which I requested to be medium rare, came medium, and covered in an unidentifiable set of grilling spices/sauce, which made it taste just bland and vaguely meatlike. My GF's filet was fairly small, highly priced (like $42), and somewhat tough (certainly tougher than a filet ought to be). Beef was definitely not Prime and didn't even seem Choice. Salad OK, veggies, OK. Service quite nice. Wines were good. Basically a moderately interesting tourist trap.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • When in Rome you'll pay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were staying at the Madonna Inn and so decided to try the restaurant rather than venturing into town. The decor is flamboyant, in keeping with the Madonna's over the top style. Our waiter was great and attentive. However, the food was just OK but way too expensive for the quality -- basically we just got an OK steak and potatoes. My party loves good food and we are certainly willing to pay for a good meal, but in this case, it really wasn't worth it. We should have ventured into town to try to find something special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kitchy romance
    kaboodelicious
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This is like going to Disney Land. If that's your kind of thing, or if you like the idea of sitting under giant flowers, cupids poised over your heads, and everything in pink, then by all means try this restaurant. The steak and potatoes were good steakhouse fare. The "Eyetalian" dressing was coffeeshop style. Food definitely does not reflect the pricing. Be prepared to spend a lot of dough if this sounds like your kind of fun.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food, only.
    vonblue
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The Madonna Inn isn't for everyone, if you like eccentricity and pink, you'll adore it here. I do. As for the steakhouse, everything we had tasted great. Just don't expect a lot of thought to go into presentation, I think the chefs are probably very straight forward people. We ordered the sausage platter, which tasted great, but was literally just a bunch of cut up sausage dumped on a white plate. I raised an eyebrow, but that's as far as it went. All the other food was delicious, as well, just not very pretty. But who cares? The dining room is a spectacle in itself, who needs fancy plating?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real California Landmark
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Anyone traveling in the central coast of California should take the opportunity to dine here. It is truly a landmark . The atmosphere is fun and unique, back to the past. The steaks were excellent and in our opinion give Ruth Chris a run for their money.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    KimmieJ
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Food was absolutely amazing, my husband said it was the best filet mignon he has ever had!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for multiple generations
    Bellanomi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We took our parents for a 45th anniversary and both the grandchildren and the grandparents where so impressed with the ambiance, then the orchestra started playing and the kids took the grandparents out to dance, it was so cute. The food was excellent and the service was impeccable. It was a wonderful experience: )
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food and special night
    sbotchmcguinn
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I went to the Madonna Inn's Gold Rush Steakhouse as part of an anniversary experience staying at the hotel. I have to say, both the hotel and restaurant exceeded our wildest expectations! Seating was lightening fast, we had a lovely table, our waitress was very friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. The abalone appetizer was a definite standout, and my French Filet and husband's sirloin were both delicious and perfectly prepared. I like my steak rare and I can't tell you how often a restaurant will take that to mean medium rare. This was PERFECT! To top it off, the lovely piece of German Chocolate cake they gave us complementary was just perfection! Thank you for making this a special day for the two of us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic