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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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Diner Reviews
  • "Elk was amazing. Stir Fry Lobster was great. Highly recommend the Blueberry Turnover."
    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."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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 have always enjoyed our visits to the Mountain House. Our recent visit was no exception. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The atmosphere is great, but the kitchen is slow and sometimes it's hard to flag down your server (they are covering too many tables). The wine list is limited but quite good. The food can be particularly good, especially the wild game. The preparations with a bit of fruit, like mango, or a sweet sauce just seem trendy and don't work. When Mountain house sticks to core wild game, traditional meat preparations, or a tasty fresh trout, you can't go wrong. The creme brulee is...perfect. If you're old school, the butterscotch pot au creme is a treat though a bit on the salty side. Cannot beat the location for escapism. Sit in the "sun room" in the summer and cozy up to the fire in the main room in the winter."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and had a wonder birthday celebration. The atmosphere was terrific. The service was superb. The food was delicious, although the meat I had was a tad under done. Great spot for a nice dinner."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great location, great ambiance, great service, great food. A rare find. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I ordered the lamb with pilaf and veggies. The lamb was covered with a sweet mint sauce that overpowered the flavor of the lamb. I never actually tasted the lamb, though it was cooked to order. The pilaf was more like mushy tri-colored pasta; I was shocked they would put that item on a plate. It tasted and looked like baby food pasta, just terrible. The veggies could have been good but the taste of cooked red bell peppers were pervasive. My kale salad was great. The fried wontons were just ok - more something I'd expect at a bar and grill for half the price though. The pork/shrimp filling was over blended so there was no texture left and the flavors blended too much into a rather bland concoction. No need to return to the mountain house. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We love the Mountain House for very special occasions. It is pricey, but the beautiful mountain drive there and home (Saratoga), the setting, the service, the ambiance, and even the cost are all part of marking the specialness of the evening. There are redwoods just outside the enclosed patio so you feel you are outdoors. The fire side room is softly lit and very cosy, or romantic, depending on your company!. The food is not the usual fare and is delicious. There are lots of choices, all presented beautifully. We also occasionally like to eat in the front room where the ambiance is casual. There is a small bar, or you can order a few items of food and sit at round wooden tables, or near the fireplace."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My wife and I had a birthday dinner there. We enjoyed the lamb and the shrimp and scallop main dishes. The kale salad was a nice way to start the meal and the black bottom pecan pie was a good way to end the meal. The pinot noir available by the glass was a particularly gem to complement our meal."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Our service and food have both been excellent every time that we have been to the Mountain house. The food selection has always been good, quantities very good also. The diverse menu has pleased us and every guest we have taken to Mountain house. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "As always never feel that I over paid for a bad meal. Friendly staff,easy to get to, food is outstanding and tasty brought the family for my son's birthday."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This time we surprised our friends who were celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary* ~ You gave us a table for four by the fireplace, our server was wonderful ~ knowledgeable about everything on the menu and passionate detail! The food was *perfection* ~ LOVED my Kale salad w/shaved parm, filet mignon was soo moist and flavorful! ..and OMG the Blueberry turnover w/lemon rind for desert was just *blissfful* ..i am apologetic as we were probably a little too loud ~ but WOW* Redwood trees all around, the smell of the air, drove home in slight fog ~ dreamy* Thank YOU*"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "If you are looking for a special dining experience that has great ambiance, excellent food and great service, this is the place!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is a popular place. Parking was overflowing onto Skyline Blvd. The Bar was busy, and all tables were full. The food had great flavor, however my wife and mother-in-law ordered the Rib Eye steaks. They arrived and were much thinner than I would have expected from a restaurant specializing in meat dishes. They had ordered medium rare, but received medium; and medium, but received well done. Fortunately, they included a sauce, otherwise they would have been dry. The other dishes were fine, and flavors were great. Service was attentive and did a nice job. I had ordered flowers through the open table affiliate, since it was a Mother's Day dinner. The flowers arrived a bit late, after we had already been seated."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great value for the quality of the food and informal but attentive wait staff. On of our two 'go to' restaurants for special occasions. A bit of a drive to get their, but pretty. Not a big panoramic views but lots of redwoods to look out on."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is the only restaurant we would trust on a holiday such as Mother's Day. They honor the reservation and provide the same wonderful service you receive on a non holiday visit."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great evening out for a first time visitor to the MH. Ambiance is exceptional, with a fire in the fireplace, beautiful dinging room, the sun penetrating through the majextic trees that surrounds you. Food quality was very good (the duck egg rolls were outstanding!). Certainly worth the trip."
    Dined on 5/10/2014