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
142 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (105)special occasion (102)romantic (97)neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (59)good for groups (41)vibrant bar scene (19)notable wine list (18)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (12)late-night find (9)great for lunch (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hire more staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • 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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    • 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.