Mountain House - Woodside
Mountain House - Woodside

Mountain House - Woodside

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://themountainhouse.com/
  • Phone: 6508518541
  • 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 6508518541

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Mountain House - Woodside reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)scenic view (118)romantic (114)neighborhood gem (64)fit for foodies (62)good for groups (36)notable wine list (21)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (14)great for outdoor dining (11)hot spot (9)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (8)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Mountain House is probably one of my top 5 favorite restaurants - ever! Service that is attentive and friendly without being intrusive. A creative menu selection, magnificently prepared. A delightful and welcoming atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mt. House (formally "The Red Pump"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I really enjoyed dinner. The cracked pepper Bison was great medium rare as I ordered. Wonderful reduced wine sauses. My wife's scallops were done to perfection. That is not cooked hard, which is very easy to do. Great view into the redwoods at sunset. Dinning area glass was crystal clear for the views. A nicety required in my book. They relax and take awhile to cook things like they did in the olden days. Not this rush rush with the food. We actually had time to talk and solve the worlds problems. Thanks Mt. House (formally "The Red Pump")
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice local standard
    pir8te
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very nice place outside of the city for good food parking a bit tight
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After having eaten here in the past and having a wonderful time there, this experience was terrible. We both ordered the mussels and clams as an appetizer. The broth the clams and mussels was cooked in was sour and salty to the point of being almost inedible. We also both had the scallops and shrimp entrée, which was slightly better than the appetizer, but not much. Again the sauce on the entrée was sour and salty without any pleasant flavors. There was nothing about the meal which made us want to come back and indeed after this experience we never will.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    NancyKayRocks
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great table, great food and great atmosphere! I will definatley be back and bring my friends and family for the fabulous food and great setting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • otdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Coach
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A birthday dinner
    DaveW
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best ever!
    Demattei
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delectable
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance
    coastalgirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Loved the burning fireplace and cheerful greeting from staff
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mt. House
    1981lc
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rarely disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special place
    Luv2dineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always amazing
    TeresaPurzner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    always always love mountain house. fresh local food, paired deliciously. nothing on the plate is for show - every component adds
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just a great adventure...
    goesinwater
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy and Cool
    s24est
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Outstanding, creative, carefully prepared food. Friendly. professional wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    BaroloVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an excellent experience
    Honestbarb
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Favorite Spot
    JenD
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Glenn
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • something outstanding
    cricket
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic, hidden gem.
    unclepedro
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb First Anniversary
    RobTheMan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Some of the finest cuisine in the BayArea. Up there with any 5 star restaurant, but at an affordable price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food. Good Experience.
    Scott
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding dinner
    uomoneve
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Another outstanding visit to the Mountain house. Great food, great specials, a great wine and great, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Elk
    Angelica
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mt house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great fun with friends the service is AWESOME and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ... where the Buffalo roam!
    SFDURANGO
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still One Of The Best
    James
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Mountain House well worth the drive. Menu speical varies and always difficult to choose. But, never disappoineted. Try It.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    foodluvverVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service, overpriced
    Tris
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CJ44
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Wonderful meal, beautiful setting--a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Dinner2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice for dinner
    noname
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Elk was amazing. Stir Fry Lobster was great. Highly recommend the Blueberry Turnover.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    arts
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A mixed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet