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7:00 PM
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Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn

1788 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion (64)
  • Good for Anniversaries (47)
  • Good for Birthdays (44)
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Steakhouse, American, Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Daily: 5pm to 10pm
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Phone number
(805) 543-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jacqui Hanover
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Private party facilities
Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or lavish event, our Event Specialists will help you plan a beautiful, unique, and memorable experience. Please note this is a reservation request only. Kindly allow at least 5 days minimum notice for your request.
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Private party contact
Banquet Department: (866) 943-1570
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The Madonna Inn offers an in-house bakery & pastry shop for after dinner desserts as well as sweets for all your banquet, wedding or special occasions. Pick up only. For more information, call our bakery at 805-543-3000.
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Cross street
Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit
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Parking details
Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.
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Public transit
Bus stop at the entrance to Madonna Inn.
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Voted biggest and best dance floor on the Central Coast! Come dance to a live band Thursday through Saturday nights. No Cover Charge. On Sunday, join DJ Nancy Lara for West Coast swing, salsa, cha cha, and just about anything! Monday nights are Swing Nights with DJs from SLO Swing. Days and times are subject to change.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We love this place! The service is great, the food perfect, and the band and dancing is great entertainment.
Highly recommend this gem.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was the first time I have ever celebrated a Valentine's day, and the first Valentine's day with my girlfriend and the Gold Rush Steak House was the most amazing experience ever. The food was amazing, the ambiance was something from a movie I plan to make this a tradition for us.

Cherinoute (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

The decor is amazing. Definitely worth it. But the food....OMG that was horrible. I get better food for lunch at my workplace cafeteria.

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Totally exceeded our expectation! Sometimes restaurants will forgo taste for atmosphere or vice versa. But Madonna Inn Steakhouse has BOTH! Absolutely loved it!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was our second time coming there! I loved it the first time it was amazing and so we decided to have a fancy date night.. our server wasn’t as nice and helpful as the last lady we had before.. otherwise that food was amazing and the pink champagne cake is fabulous! Probably will be coming back sometime , but now I know what to ask for when I call for a reservation... oh also that night music was a little to loud the microphone kept doing that awful sound when it’s to loud and pierced everyone’s ears ? Maybe should keep the music a notch down but otherwise love it!

RitaB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We have been dining here for nearly 45 years. It looks the same but the food doesn’t seem the same. Perhaps because we decided to visit you on Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the memories!

MariaP (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional service. Food was what we expected. Jazz band was relaxing. Would definitely return to dine

RogerR (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The food was quite good and prepared as requested. The table service was fine, but with an advance reservation we waited 10 minutes to be seated in an almost empty restaurant. The man showing us to the table told my wife when she requested a booth that there were no booths available because we had not specifically requested one, and they now were all taken. We left 1 1/2 hours later and there were still numerous empty booths. The same man did not pull out a chair for my wife, and was very perfunctory in depositing our menus on the table. The waitress who waited on us was good. Interestingly enough, this is the third time we have dined in the restaurant at various times of the evening, and the same man has been setting up for live music. However, we have still to hear any music being played during the time we were dining, other than the canned music they play while they go on and on setting up.

Robert (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My wife and I to went The Madonna Inn for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day. We had our wedding reception there in 1971. We live locally and go to the Madonna Inn for our anniversary and birthdays and we enjoy the tasty food, excellent service, and of course, the desserts! We especially like the Madonna Inn house champagne, locally produced.

This evening was a real treat for both of us. The prime rib, Caeser salad, expertly cooked sweet peas and handsomely adorned baked potatoes, with all the desired ingredients, were fabulous. Our server, Jared, was so attentive and fun and he took excellent care of us. A highlight was when a young couple near us got engaged! We watched as the man nervously spoke to his intended. She gladly put on the ring and admired it for a moment then, she immediately pulled out her phone and called friends and family. Since we were sitting behind the bride-to-be, we could watch the screen change from a delighted face squealing with joy to a close-up picture of her ring! The faces changed but the ring sparkled each time.
Another lovely occasion at the Madonna Inn!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Too expensive for bland food.

TomS (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Weird decor, but adds to the charm. Old school, steakhouse menu, service. Steaks are pricey but excellent, smokey flavor, tender.

Giuliana (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

So much fun! The atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful and charming. You also get a lot of food with the order of entree. I’d say it’s worth the price. Will definitively be going again!

OpenTable Diner (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We spent the weekend at the inn and had dinner at the Steakhouse. Food was delicious, little pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for! I gave service 4 stars only because we were first seated at a small, poorly located table. With my reservations well over a month in advance and being a special occasion, I requested a new table and we were accommodated immediately. There is live music and dancing in the adjacent ballroom Wednesday through Sunday starting about 8pm so if you want a quiet dinner, you may avoid those times. Although for us it was pleasing.

Tammy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I give this restaurant 5 Stars. I Loved it! The food, service and ambiance were spectacular. Will be back!

Mikey (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Our server, Jamie, was delightful, sweet, attentive and efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.