Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

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Steakhouse
Enjoy an award winning dining experience, renowned for its outstanding menu and spectacular pink and gold décor. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit-barbecued steak, fresh seafood, chicken, or vegetarian entrees. Featuring a superb wine list, decadent world-famous desserts and nightly entertainment and dancing. Adjacent the Steak House is our elegant Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge featuring classic and uniquely, inspired cocktails. Boutique shopping makes for a fun experience before or after you dine with us!

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Treating Santa's helpers to an exquisite dining experience. Festive decor and holiday entrees are served in addition to our classic favorites. Wine, cocktails and dessert are also available. Shops open all day!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrating the season with holiday favorites, roast ham, roast turkey, and roast duck, along with our classic favorites. Wine, cocktails and dessert are also available for order. Shops open all day!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with an all inclusive gala event...glass of champagne, delicious entrees, dessert, festive decor, party favors, music, dancing and our famous midnight balloon drop. $100 - $125, per person. Children under 12, $75. Includes tax and gratuity.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2418 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sharon is our favorite server in the world! She showed us a fabulous time, the meal was delicious, and the room is beyond exquisite - and the abalone is to die for! A+++!

HG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Amazing to look at but wow that food was terrible and expensive. A hilarious evening.

L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is our annual trek to Madonna for the Christmas decorations. Our kids and now grandkids love it. The food is good but pricey and not always consistent. The filets were perfectly cooked with a smoky crust but the prime rib was chewy. Service was great although the noise was increased from an adjacent party

CL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful place to eat. Amazing ambiance. My sons were impressed. Food was DELICIOUS and prices were reasonable for an upscale place. Only sad they didn't have the desert I wanted but we had late reservations on Thanksgiving so I'm not surprised. Service was exceptional.

DA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There was so much attention to detail and everything was so ornately decorated. We were there for Thanksgiving, and everything was all decorated for the winter holidays. My kids will remember it for the rest of their life. No complaints from any of my family members. They were slightly Blown Away. It was a lot of fun

D
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

My wifes dinner.. Turkey was luke warm if that and chewy.. sweet potatoes weren't sweet..salad and the green beens were good.. My dinner... Soup pumkin spice needed to blend a little longer.. Duck was dry but mashed potatoes were good.. We took no chances on the desert... This is the second and last time going.. Total cost with drinks was over $150.00 dollars...

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very energetic place and much larger than we expected. Definitely felt very packed in but we still were well taken care of. Ambiance was great for the holiday season!

SB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved it, but prime rib was too rare and is too expensive for your average family.

PZ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It's also my Thanksgiving tradition! Everything about this place is awesome! Go and enjoy!!!

T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Maria was excellent. Even though she was very busy.

c
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Christmas ambiance! So festive! It was very busy (4:30 reservation), but was smooth. We waited about 20 minutes to be seated, but enjoyed exploring the gift shop and wine cellar, and the people watching! We chose traditional Thanksgiving dishes, Turkey and Ham. Both served in a timely manner, by our friendly wait staff. The food was very delicious, just perfect! Loved the turkey and stuffing and whipped potatoes; the snap peas could have been a little snappier, though still good. It was a lovely time for my husband, me, and our two daughters. Would definitely come back! The cakes and apple pie were all a yummy way to end the meal!!

KD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For Thanksgiving Dinner did not get yams, only mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy, beans. Then they rushed the dinner out before we could eat half our salads, You could not request all white meat.

NB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great atmosphere! Our Waitress Allie was awesome!

RS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The roast duck was dry and the snap peas were not liked by one diner. The cost of the various meals was on the high side. Menu states each dinner comes with a relish plate, however only one relish plate was served for the whole table

AP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything!!! Thank you for making Thanksgiving Great!

DP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Madonna Inn was beautifully decorated. Service was excellent. We paid $40 for traditional holiday meal, Turkey with mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, snap peas and we got salad and rolls. A lot of money for a turkey dinner but you pay for being at Madonna Inn and we didn’t mind because we didn’t have all the hassle of doing the shopping, cooking, cleaning ourselves so it was worth it. Only complaint was the turkey was very dry and had little flavor. It looked like someone grabbed a handful of bits and pieces and threw them on our plates. Not a great presentation of the meat. I will go back but not for turkey next time.

LT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Past reviews made me a little leery of making this our Thanksgiving destination. We were spending the holiday in Pismo, meeting our daughter who is a student at UC Santa Cruz. We were looking for something a little special but wanted a decent meal, as well. They did not disappoint!! The atmosphere was wonderful...it felt so festive! The service was impeccable! But the food was glorious (not a word I normally use but that was my husband's reaction to his meal and he's pretty particular). I'm not sure why there are so many negative comments on the food...everything we had was wonderful. We did not order the Thanksgiving offerings but stuck to filet, ribeye, prime rib and lamb chops and everything was delicious! Huge servings, as well! We visit the area a few times a year and we will definitely be back.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

Great service, great ambience, special place.
Food was ok

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our 7 year old daughter there for a daughter date night and she loved it! The added Christmas decor makes the place that much more warm and it was fun telling her about the restaurant and how it came about. Our server was amazing, non intrusive but always there when we needed her. She made the evening more enjoyable!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Very cool place and great ambiance. I was not impressed with the food however. Definitely not worth the high price but worth the experience .

T
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Madonna Inn is a true California Classic. The furniture, the ambiance, the food all are as wonderful as the State Of California. It has old-world charm combined with delicious food and graceful and experienced service staff. The added joy is the opportunity to dance the night away, even on weekdays. I love this place

AB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A must when you’re in the area.
The decor is over the top but that is what makes it fun. Excellent service from Ashlee, the food was delicious and they decorated for Christmas which I have not had a chance to see in person.

BF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and atmosphere was amazing! Sharon, our server, went above and beyond. Always felt attended to, and everyone in the restaurant was friendly. Food was amazing!!!! Best steak and lobster I've had in a long time. Everything tasted fresh and flavorful! Also enjoyed deliciously strong cocktails and to top it all off, the champagne cake was superb!!!!

C
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Food was good. Mood was great!

AL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents went had a fabulous time and said the steak was incredible! They would highly recommended.

B
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our wedding anniversary. Enjoyed a shrimp cocktail to start, then shared the prime rib. Enjoyed everything, including the live music a well.

JC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been here before, but wow, this place is sooo amazing. SO Pink! So pretty! Service was fantastic, food was amazing (we had filet and lobster) I have no complaints..they even gave us a piece of the pink champagne cake for our anniversary!

RJ
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Waitress was outstanding. Very good with small children. Outstanding overall.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Every person we interacted with was polite, friendly and helpful. The Madonna Inn/Restaurant atmosphere leads to many questions and the staff was more than eager to answer. The service was spot on. We were there for an anniversary and they made it special for us.

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Don’t miss it

KL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

For a steak house I wasn’t that impressed with the steak. Both my wife and I had the special which was filet minion and 1/2 lobster tail for $69.99 each. Steak didn’t have much flavor and the lobster was very mushy like it had been sitting out for awhile. The server talked my wife out of getting the fish. Won’t be back to the steak house anytime soon.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was a lot of fun and the atmosphere is exactly what you’d expect! Super fun. The service was perfect and the food was fine, not exceptional.

MK
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great steaks. Our go to place for the best meat. Had a trainee server and she was great. Her mentor has served us many times before, and she is learning from one of the best!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was not very good I had the ribeye and my wife had the filet the flavor was good but the meat quality was poor. It looked great when it got to the table but seriously it should have been put in a grinder for hamburger. I’ve never had a rib eye cut that was so tough. Our service was subpar. Barely checked on us, never asked or took a drink order. And after we finished we waited forever for his return for the check. Sadly left a bad taste in our mouth for such a cute cheeky place.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The decor is 1956 Las Vegas, if Fellini were in charge and had nothing but red fabric and mirrors to work with.

That night there was a Tango group dancing nearby. Their music alone would have been fine, but it was playing over the Rat Pack tunes on the Muzak system.
The result was a cacophony of background music.

The service was prompt, friendly and attentive.

The food was GREAT. My son had the swordfish which was moist and very tasty. I had a ribeye cooked medium as ordered, very tasty, tender and juicy.

Bottom line: go for the food, especially if you are taking your grandmother.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service

R
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

If you like pink and a lot of pazazz this is the place for you. My first time here and I loved the setting and colorful ambiance. The food was quick, hot, and quite tasty. The service was friendly and perfect. We had a great time and plan on a return trip when we are in the area.

F
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a magical and fun place to eat. The prices are higher but the quantity and quality of the food was superb.

RF
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter very nice gave great service... He made are dinner very special as it was our anniversary..

JB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered a filet and my wife got the halibut, both were ok, nothing special. The service was great and the ambiance is really neat, nice place, definitely something different than the normal. Just don’t expect much from the food.

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