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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.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Our entire evening was perfect. The server knew the menu and was very helpful, and the dinner was excellent. Our entrees were the special bison, the special crusted halibut, the special salmon, and a roasted chicken. You feel welcome and comfortable here; it's worth the drive."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The Mountain House is our go to restaurant for our birthdays as well as other times. We always have an excellent dinner with wonderful entree choices and great service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were at a table surrounded by glass looking out into a redwood forest. Our waitress, Rachel, was perfect. Friendly but not intrusive and a lot of fun, which we like. For example I asked if the Elk she recommended had a name. Without a second's hesitation she deadpanned, "Steve." And the food was wonderful. A terrific evening all around."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "While we frequent Mountain House, this visit was exceptional. The service was great. While the service is always good, this time it was just a little bit better. The food this time was amazing. We always like what we get, but this time it was really, really good. I had their "special" caprese salad and peppered, grilled bison. I can go on forever on how good it was. It's best to just see for yourself."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The food is unforgettable. It is so nice to have a quality restaurant in the woods in my neighbor. The ambiance, the food and the warm greeting as you meet the maître d' to the waiter to the busboy were very attentive, but most of all the food is out of this world. Our hats come off to the chef for the wonderful food that is served."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Recommended by two locals this was a great find. The setting is beautiful. The menu is interesting. The food and service were both very good. We tried the elk and the pheasant. Very tasty."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Loved the burning fireplace and cheerful greeting from staff"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Very nice setting, great service and excellent food. We celebrated our 41st anniversary there and had a GREAT time. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our family has been celebrating family birthdays here for the past several years. The staff is all friendly and aim to please. Everyone enjoyed their meal as always."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We love this restaurant but tonight our meal was disappointing. 3 of 4 diners sent their entrees back to kitchen - a unique experience for our group. However the fourth had Elk and couldn't stop raving! This is a special place and just an off night for us. Will always look forward to dining here."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "always always love mountain house. fresh local food, paired deliciously. nothing on the plate is for show - every component adds"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "It always makes a great evening when you go to a place where time at the bar is spent having fun with the bartender and enjoying the patrons who are friendly and worth chatting with, just a great time. And then the space between the tables makes for a perfect time with your date (my wife), while noticing those around the restaurant too. The service was wonderful and the food came out quick, warm, and tasty. The pepper app was excellent, and the right combination with a cab. Enjoy the evening!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We love Mtn. House, the food is always really good, great seasonal specials so you never get tired of the menu. Rock solid place and the scenery is a bonus."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Outstanding, creative, carefully prepared food. Friendly. professional wait staff."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Finally decided to take the trip up Skyline based on reviews. Wasnt worth the trip. Friendly staff, interesting location in the woods. But food varied from good to poor. Both appetizers were good, especially remember confit egg rolls. Venison was so-so, more like a hamburger that had been pre-frozen vs. the texture of venison at a good restaurant. Lobster dish was frankly horrible. Overall would not return even if there wasnt the drive."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "John & I took clients to the Mountain House to thank them for their business and to celebrate the close of their new home in the area. The drive to the restaurant was beautiful. We arrived separately and since our clients were a bit later than John and I, we started with a drink at the bar. What a great atmosphere. The bartender was wonderful introducing us to a specialty drink. When our clients arrived we were seated and there was no guilt placed on us for being late. The food was superb. We had elk, bison and seafood. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We ordered wine from a local winery and found it to be perfect with the different dishes. Our server was outstanding, guiding us through our orders. It was a 5 star experience."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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
  • "There is always something really innovative and outstanding on the menu here, often several dishes. Don't overlook the specials as these often are really unique and truly excellent selections."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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
    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