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Mountain House - Woodside
Mountain House - Woodside

Mountain House - Woodside Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://Themountainhouse.com
  • Phone: (650) 851-8541
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Wild Game
  • Executive Chef: Jerry Olson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Both of our dining rooms are available for private functions. Our Main Dining Room will accommodate up to 70 people for full service dining and the Forest Room will seat up to 40 people. We are also available for cocktail receptions and luncheons.
  • Private Party Contact: Jerry Olson (650) 851-8541

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Henrik Ibsen Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mountain House - Woodside
Whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or celebrating with friends and family, The Mountain House is your destination. Nestled in the redwoods above The town of Woodside on Skyline Blvd., The Mountain House offers a casual fine dining experience. With our wood burning fireplaces in the Rustic bar and elegant dining room or the outdoor beauty of the forest room, The Mountain House offers a variety of Meat, Poultry, Seafood and game items, such as Bison, elk, ostrich, venison and rabbit.
Just a 5.5 miles south of highway 92 on Skyline Blvd., The Mountain House is easily accessible from San Francisco, the east or south bay.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The Mountain House is and has been my favorite dining spot for a long time now. The location is beautiful, the food excellent, the staff and owners outstanding. This is where we go for all of our family celebrations or dinner with friends. The bar has a nice menu and is a friendly place to see old friends or make new ones. The restaurant has rustic beauty and an intimate feel. There are always interesting specials along with the standards on the menu."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "There is only ONE Mountain House and there are no others that have the ambiance, character and setting. It's worth the trip from anywhere in the San francisco bay area. The locals eat here too."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I took my husband for his birthday and we were pleasantly surprised at the beautiful scenery. It was a bit cold with the air conditioning blowing but luckily I had my sweater. Food was great and the waiter was awesome...so attentive and really great personality."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Made a reservation at The Mountain House for our 10th anniversary. Everyone was very attentive and had clearly read the "memo" in my OpenTable reservation regarding the occasion. They gave us a great spot overlooking the redwoods and hillside where the evening sun was streaming through the trees. Couldn't have been more beautiful. The server was very helpful, responsive and thoughtful. We had to leave before dessert because of a baby at home, but he brought us a little ice cream sundae with a candle in it. It was a nice touch. The food and drinks were really great -- definitely worth the price. Finally, we thought the ambiance was perfect -- low key and woodsy, but with a really classy charm. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Some of the finest cuisine in the BayArea. Up there with any 5 star restaurant, but at an affordable price."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I went for my birthday and had their Bison Short Ribs. They were amazing. Also, had their Caesar Salad, which was also very flavorful. Other plates I sampled at the table were the prawns and scallops and the glaze on the pork chop. Also both very good. The bar was okay. The drinks seemed to fluctuate from strong to light. We had dessert and the desserts were all very rich. A little overpowering all in all. So, for main courses and "what's for dinner," you can't go wrong. Don't expect too much from the bar or dessert. Also know the prices are high and ask to sit in the Forrest Room."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Another outstanding visit to the Mountain house. Great food, great specials, a great wine and great, friendly service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We went to Mountain House this past week. We got a little lost trying to find it and arrived a bit late for our reservations. The man handling the seating was incredibly welcoming and took our lateness in stride. He promptly seated us and even provided directions for us to get back home. The waitress was friendly and attentive. She was able to make recommendations around the dishes they served. We ordered the elk -- fabulous! It came in some kind of cherry sauce with some vegetables. The tuna taco appetizers were tasty too, if you like the raw tuna. The dessert we had was some sort of peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This was absolutely fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great fun with friends the service is AWESOME and the food delicious."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "What can I say! Keep coming back to sample as much game as possible. Elk Medallions, Wild Boar Shanks, Bison Sirloin - so far, so good! Want to try their Rack of Lamb but more exotic temptations abound! Will definitely return and either be surprised by the daily game menu or settle on an item on their standard menu. Either way....delicious! And the atmosphere of dining in the enclosed patio looking out at redwood trees is a soothing plus!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Mountain House well worth the drive. Menu speical varies and always difficult to choose. But, never disappoineted. Try It."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I took my parents to the Mountain House for the first time and they loved everything about it. We were seated in the "outdoor glassed-in balcony" area, and it was like sitting in an elegant tree house! My Dad and I ordered the Caesar Salads (with anchovy), and it had a very intense flavor but was delicious. My Mom also enjoyed her beet salad. My Dad and I also ordered the same entree: the elk medallions with garlic-mashed potatoes (and vegetables). We both adored the flavor and tenderness of those medallions, which we felt were very generous portions. My Mother thoroughly enjoyed her halibut with rice pilaf and assorted vegetables. We ended the dinner with two scrumptious desserts: blueberry turnover with lemon curd and creme brulee!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We arrived right on time for an 8pm reservation and headed to the check-in area. We waited for >10 minutes just to check in, with the host, Jerry, ignoring us on purpose every time he walked by. It was awkward and borderline rude, but the ambiance was nice and we were excited to eat -- especially since I'd heard it was quite good! Once we were seated (after a further "on deck" period to wait for our reservation to be ready), things flowed fairly smoothly. Our server, Brett, seemed like a nice guy but lacked in polish. The supporting waitstaff were attentive and quick with bread, water, clearing, etc. Food was good, but not worth the price. My elk medallions were the best, but at $37 for two small medallions they were pricey. Overall, meh."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wonderful meal, beautiful setting--a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "July 5th An 8:30 reservation. Service was poor at best. Pork chop over-cooked. Halibut was excellent. Waiter was nowhere to be found. Desert was Strawberry rhubarb was awful and portion was tiny. Not what we're accustom to at the Mountain house."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Elk was amazing. Stir Fry Lobster was great. Highly recommend the Blueberry Turnover."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have always had a wonderful experience a Mountain house. We have gone there for special occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentines Day. The menu and daily specials have a lot of varity. The staff is friendly and attentive. Don't miss the cream brûlée."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We go to Mountain House fairly often, usually for a specific event (birthdays, other celebrations). I almost always order the rack of lamb because it has been uniformly great. Tonight was different: the lamb was seriously charred/burned. Our waiter Rick offered to take it back but I decided I didn't want to hold up dinner for too long. This was a mistake. I should have sent it back and wired for a properly prepared rack of lamb. I'm not sure what our future holds regarding special dinners at Mountain House. . I'm not sure I'll order them again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "the only criticism I have, and I have frequented this restaurant on many occasions, is that the patio/garden room is a bit cool for good dining. My wife and I love having dinner in the open room with the windows but maybe space heaters provided for those people who get cool would be appropriate, because the windows tend to make the room cooler than the main dining room. Shouldn't have to eat dinner with a jacket on. other than that the food is excellent and ambiance is great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "NEVER DISAPPOINTING, GREAT AND GREAT SETTING, BRING YOUR FRIENDS"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised by this place because it's literally in the middle of the forest. I couldn't imagine we would've had such a fine dining experience! The food was amazing& the atmosphere gorgeous! it looks like a scene out of the movie Twilight"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "To start with the staff was soft spoken and very smooth and easy. All questions were answered. Menu items came in correct time intervals. The food was excellent in taste and presentation. Most important was the fact that we were give a table for 2 at the fireplace with fire burning because of my wife's birth day. The room was quiet with people conversing in low tones. This made for the evening to be most relaxing. Much more so than some places in Saratoga that are far more expensive yet are filled with screaming and loud talking young groups. Totally in appropriate. All in all, Mountain House was a great find for a relaxed dinner and possibly a drink after wards at the bar. The menu is Unique and wonderful."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is a very pleasant place for dinner on Skyline Blvd. Friendly and attentive service and lots of game on the menu. I had the Elk Osso bucco special and it was delicious. My wife had the bison steak, which she also enjoyed. (There is fish on the menu for those who are not fans of red meat). The tables are a reasonable distance apart so I never felt like I was part of someone else's conversation. I mention that because that is an issue at a lot of Silican valley restaurants these days. Thus, the whole evening was enjoyable and we plan to return."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Took the wife out for a nice dinner and we were not disappointed. Service, view, food all great. I like the secluded feel of the place in the middle of redwoods. It has a very relaxing feel."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was a place that we had passed on Skyline Dr. for many years and wondered about. My wife's office mate had said she and her husband often went there, and really liked the food and ambiance. We finally went for a special occasion, and loved it. The food and service were excellent. The ambiance was great - a restaurant in the Redwoods in the mountains. It was also quiet, which made it really nice for conversation. It's the kind of place where you can relax and enjoy a great meal and great company. It's not what has become common and somewhat cliched in the Bay Area - the high energy, noisy ultra modern decor. This definitely has the rustic mountain feel. Great game menu blended with some fusion dishes that make it interesting."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We came here for my sons B-day dinner. As usual it was great. We started offwith the tuna taco's and calamari. The calamari was very good as were the taco's. My girlfriend and I had the grilled salmon with a dill sauce and the wasabi potato pancake. it was very good. My father had the stuffed chicken, he enjoyed it as well. The birthday boy had the Bison sirloin with a pepper crust. It was awesome. I tried the bread pudding and i must say it was the best i've ever had. We will continue to come to the mountain house cause we just love this place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Charming! Wonderful service, excellent food - totally cool romantic ambiance, truly a hidden gem!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were here with 7 for a b'day celebration. Everyone enjoyed the food & service immensely. Noise level was high, unfortunately, due to another party of probably 20 in the same room. Waiter handled as best he could.pam'njay"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Took 45 min for the calamari to come. Then another 15 min for the soup to come. But what upset me the most was that the party that came after us got their food first. Although ours came after theirs, the waitress should at least switch the order. Anyways, the food was great, but we were disappointed about the overall experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A pleasant setting in the woods. Pork chop with cherry comport tasty; bread pudding a beautifully refined version that made the meal memorable. We were there on a busy Saturday evening, and the wait staff was spread a bit too thin. Understandable on a busy evening, but--next time we will try a week night."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place is about 1 hour 20 min from our house so we usually only go twice a year because it is so special. Everything; service, food, ambiance, atmosphere and view are spectacular. If you live on the SF peninsula or in Silicon Valley, I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday here on 06/05. Our guests were impressed with the cuisine. I had the Elk Medallions and they were so tender!! My wife loved the Ahi tuna."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Be prepared for a winding drive through the redwoods to get there...we see wildlife everytime! The food is delcious and the service is top notch. Two different rooms to choose from: 1) Enclosed 'sunroom' that looks out into the forest or 2) grand room with a fireplace. You can't go wrong!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great Service, good food. Will be back. Each one of our table had something different and no one was disappointed. Highly recommend the blood orange martini…refreshing"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed our visits to the Mountain House. Our recent visit was no exception. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Had the Venison, while my father had Elk. Very well-prepared. Excellent service. We were seated in the windowed ceiling/wall patio. Literally felt like you were sitting in the Redwoods. If you want to impress a girl, or any type of guest really, this place is a major find. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We always enjoy coming to the Mountain House. They have a wide selection of meats that you cant get at your regular place, Elk, Venison,Quail, Rabbit and sometimes Buffalo. I always enjoy theGrilled Salmon over wasabi potato pancake. The service is always top notch and the view from the sunroom is nice. This place makes you feel as if you've left the bay area and are out on vacation in the back country."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "For those looking to cross off Wild Game from their Bucket List, this is the place. 3rd time here. Have had Elk Medallions, Venison Filet and now Boar with a Sun Dried Cherry Port Wine Sauce, Smashed Sweet Potatoes & Sauteed Veggies. Impressive Wine List and Desserts to die for. Get there early for the enclosed patio with a majestic view of tall Redwood Trees! The ambiance is superb - as is the food & Service. Enjoy an adult beverage before dinner gazing at a wood burning fireplace in the entry-way bar. Great place. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Last year, we had for the first time, dined at the Mountain House. (My search with Open Table led me to find Mountain House). We took our friends to celebrate Nile's 86th birthday. We were thoroughly impressed!!! Our neighbor celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary---and we again felt that Mountain House would be the special restaurant to help with another celebration. (They went on a cruise to celebrate). At each occasion, our guests were very impressed with the ambiance, food and the overall decor and noise level. High commendation goes to Jerry, our waiter. He was on the "ball". He was pleasant, handled his service with dispatch and personable. We will gladly endorsed Mountain House."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I've been wanting to dine here for a long time. It's a more than beautiful setting - fittingly, in the Mountains. We sat in the atrium surrounded by glass which makes you feel like you're dining amongst the trees. The food was delicious, in particular desserts are outstanding. The service was the only drawback, and while it wasn't bad, our waitress was lacking personality. She did the job but wasn't particularly friendly or engaging - certainly not horrible service, but disappointing given how everything else was above par."
    Dined on 5/25/2014