Mountain House - Woodside
Mountain House - Woodside

Mountain House - Woodside

  • 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 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Mountain House - Woodside reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (84)scenic view (81)romantic (77)fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (41)vibrant bar scene (28)notable wine list (23)late-night find (11)hot spot (11)great for outdoor dining (10)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Fabulous in every way
    SavvyAbbyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This restaurant is a little out of the way but we will definitely be returning. The food was amazing as was the service. We were seated in the glass room, with a view of the redwoods. Beautiful. It's a comfortable restaurant with actual space between the tables. My boyfriend had the rib-eye steak while I had a salmon special. Both dishes were fantastic. My daughter, who is 4, joined us for dinner. Our server brought her a color book with crayons and she thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant as well. They have a kids menu as well. We wanted to celebrate my birthday at a nice restaurant but one that was kid-friendly. This was the perfect spot. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mountain House- Woodside
    dinewithus
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We've been going to Mountain House for 30+ years and while our server was outstanding the food was only fair. The last time we were there a few months ago (Aug) our meals fell short of all the prior times we've enjoyed Mountain House. We decided to give it once more chance because old habit die hard. The best portion of our dinner was our appetizers. The Poblano chili and Ahi Tartare tacos were excellent. I chose their Australian Barranundi, one of the seafood specials of the evening and my husband had their rack of lamb which is a favorite of his. Both main dishes lacked flavor. We were extremely disappointed. Sadly we will not be returning nor recommending Mountain House in the future.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner in the Redwoods
    TJ1977
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went to the Mountain House for dinner on Sunday. We were in the atrium, so we felt as if we were dining amongst the redwoods (which we were!). Food was good, loved the wild game options, I had the bison. If you are looking for a big steak this wasn't it, but the flavor was great. Service started out great, but slowed dramtically as the dinner wore on, we felt somewhat abandoned when it came time to order dessert and coffee. A second cup of coffee just wasn't going to happen.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • otdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A bit of a drive up the hill, but worth it. Always a good meal with good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In the Redwoods
    Sallyk
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Scenic Skyline rustic restaurant with great menu. We go for birthdays! Always an enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice change of pace
    bengolVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant is very different in that it offers a fine dining experience in a very rustic, cozy setting. Perfect for a crisp fall or winter evening! The food is very good, and the service very professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • peanut
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Everyone one at the Mountain House is very friendly and out going. It's the only one that we know that offers different selections of game meat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EastBayFoodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    An outstanding restaurant. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the next visit. Will bring a group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hideaway worth travelling to!
    SFDURANGO
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Nestled in the Redwoods on Skyline in Woodside CA is a gem of a Mountain Retreat! Mountain House Restaurant has a peaceful ambiance and comfortable feel not to mention the great food. I had the Rack of Lamb cooked to perfection (rare) and the accompanying Lemon Orzo made me looking for recipes to duplicate the delicious taste at home. My guest had the Elk Medallions, which were scrumptious! We have been there at least 6 times and look forward to more visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusual Dishes
    MountainFood
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    If you like game this is the restaurant to try. The restaurant looks the part for a mountain restaurant - large cabin look and feel on Skyline drive high above Woodside.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wade was our server and he was not only delightful, but informed and very hospitable. What a great evening and wonderful dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off the Beaten Path
    AnEdibleQuest
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Set among the coastal redwood trees, you aren't going to just stumble across Mountain House. You have to go there on purpose which is well worth doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mimi
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    As usual we had a wonderful time. We always go to the Mountain House for our anniversary and this year was no different. We really enjoy their food and the people are so nice, and the setting is beautiful. The food is always very yummy. We will be back next year or maybe even before that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place
    Tdtatum20
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Perfect place to take a loved one for a mini getaway from downtown dinning and the public. Sits beautiful in the woods. Perfect balance or ambiance, service and food quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Excellent selection food. Lovely atmosphere. Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosita
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My first time at the restaurant. We celebrated for my husband's birthday. We were at the back room where other parties were having birthday celebrations too. I am sure it is very pretty during the day. The food was vey good. I read the menu online and was set to order the pheasant. Not too many places serve pheasant. The waitress informed us the specials and I changed my mind to salmon with a pomegranate sauce. That was good. Skin burnt but I don't eat skin anyway, so that was OK. Meat was still tender inside. I gave some to my son to try and he liked it. We all ended up having the specials, petrole sole with a curry reduction and bison
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we came
    MudslideVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had not been here for several year, but wanted to give it a try for our anniversary dinner. The service, rustic venue, and excellent food made for a wonderful evening and we are looking forward to a return visit soon. The staff was very friendly and they obviously have a chef who knows his stuff. My wife had the 10 spice salmon. Outstanding. The place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual!
    ocularone
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Nestled amongst the Redwoods, the ambiance is so comfortable! The menu is innovative and delicious. The wine list is great. The service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a winner
    WoodsideFoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We've been coming to the Mountain House for years and the food is always wonderful. There are often rather unusual meats (bison, venison, etc) to complement the menu. A recent appetizer favorite of our family is the duck egg-rolls. This place is a true gem, tucked away in the redwoods. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissappointed this visit
    Restarants
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I try and eat here every 6 weeks or so but I must say this time I didn't enjoy my visit here. The service just wasn't up to par. I usually get great service but I was seated for almost 10 minutes before I was acknowledged, then when I was attended to I was asked if I had seen the specials, when I said no I was told they would be right back and I didn't see this person for another 7 minutes. I was given the list of specials we made our order then I overheard another waiter tell the table next to us the specials only there were two other items told that I surely would of gotten. Skipped dessert as we just didn't want to be here. If we come back again and are given this staff we will ask for someone else. Bummer cause we like this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hire more staff
    LuvFoodnWine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    There should be more than one bartender working for the entire restaurant. Bartender was slammed with orders from the dining area as well all seats were full at the bar. Been here twice, first time had a good experience because I didn't go to the bar, it was a clear evening and was able to enjoy the scenic view. Second time was disappointing because we chose to go early to sit at the bar. Along w long wait, our appetizer was forgotten about. Kept quiet about it, knew the bartender was slammed with orders. It wasn't a clear evening and just saw our reflection in the windows, that's fine, but when food and service is average there are easier places to get to. Elk was executed well. Ribeye needed some help starting off with quality.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • peanut
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    we have been there several times for birthdays and ann. We have take out of town guest and they really enjoy the view and restaurant and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive.
    davesnothere
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Great food, service and a romantic location. We look forward to another occasion to spend here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst Service Ever
    MSG1716
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great ambiance, scenic view, mediocre food (the pork chop was overcooked as was the seafood in the bouillabaisse, but the special fish entrees were enjoyed), and absolutely atrocious service. We were completely ignored no matter how many times we asked for our server and mentioned it to him (and he apologized and said he'd be right with us). When told we loved one of the breads, he promised to come back every 10 minutes and check if we wanted more. He NEVER came back. It took over an hour from when we ordered our main course to when we got it and many items were overcooked (probably the heat lamps). We came just ahead of another couple who had left the restaurant before we received our entree.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has a place in my heart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I started going hear when I was 16 with an uncle of mine, the food service and atmosphere have always been top notch. Anytime I fall in love this is where I take the lady! Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the BEST hideaway in the woods. Great for locals to get out of the house for the night. Food is always great. They serve a variety of game entrees and know how to prepare them to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovetoswim
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Thank you for the wonderful service and delicious food. I had a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great experience
    Gourmet
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Kudos for a menu that portrays a wide array of interesting dishes (not just 4 entrée choices, as most other higher end restaurants have deteriorated to). We love game so that is a huge attraction for us (the venison was very nicely prepared) and the rest of the menu was very appealing as well. The duck confit egg rolls appetizer were the best egg rolls we ever had. Excellent service; our waiter gave a detailed, clear and enthusiastic description of the specials that actually enabled us to absorb the different dishes we were hearing about and make an informed decision. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded our wildest expectations
    JT94061
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My honey and I went to celebrate our first anniversary. We'd never been to Mountain House before and what a great surprise! A rustic-looking restaurant with a sophisticated dining room, sumptuous fireplace, exquisite food, and outstanding service. We had dishes like cream of artichoke soup, grapefruit and avocado salad, a bison steak that was to die for, and a barramundi in a toasted hazelnut lemon beurre blanc. The wasabi potato cake that came with the barramundi is itself worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You must eat here!
    Lynnie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Beautiful location nestled in the woods of Woodside, this restaurant is great for a special occasion or just for a lovely dinner out. The food is amazing, and the service is impeccable. We had the barramundi sea bass, the ribeye steak and the sautéed scallops and shrimp. Amazing! And to top off the dinner, we celebrated my in-laws' birthday with a chocolate mousse torte. Exceptional! Eat here and you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    underwhelmedVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful setting and dining room, ambiance. Menu with good diversity and combinations. Execution was great as were the flavors. Must have the boar shank! Excellent desserts (blueberry/lemon curd turnover is a must!). Service was as good as it gets. GO!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Bella
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mt. House (formally "The Red Pump"
    BuckStops
    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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Plusses and Minuses
    johnandpop
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Celebrating my wife's b-day, we commenced with a bad start. There was a miscommunication between Open Table and the restaurant regarding the date of my reservation. When that was resolved, it seemed to take forever to designate a table even though the dining room was, at that time, empty. The server could give us detailed explanations of the ingredients of the specials but his knowledge did not carry on to knowing the prices. The final minus - our table's location (northwest in the closed in porch area) attracted flies. No other table seemed to have the same issue. Positives - food was pretty good - especially the appetizers and salads.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate