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

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!

100 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, American, Barbecue

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 5pm to 10pm

Cross Street:
Hwy 101 & Madonna Rd Exit

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 543-3000

Website:
http://www.madonnainn.com/

Entertainment:
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.

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free private parking! Easy on and off freeway access with parking adjacent to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at the entrance to Madonna Inn.

Executive Chef:
Jacqui Hanover

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.

Private Party Contact:
Banquet Department: (866) 943-1570

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Good for Birthdays (43)
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Romantic (41)
Good for a Date (39)
Fun (33)
Live Music (33)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Groups (23)
Seasonal (23)
People Watching (16)
Cozy (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Scenic View (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 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.

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·Dined 2 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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·Dined 3 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!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 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!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 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!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Live Music, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Too expensive for bland food.

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 (San Diego)·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.

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 (Orange County)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Joaquin)·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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Jordan our server was exceptional. Food is consistently of high quality. Ambiance is always fun

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had a company dinner celebration and everyone had a wonderful time.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Disappointing at best, very disappointing considering the price.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was very slow considering the restaurant was not full

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The server was very sweet but forgot the birthday at the table. The food was very low quality fr the price. We could have eaten at a much better place fr the price....and probably will next time.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2018

we all are 2nd & 3rd generation slo grown & still love the Inn !!!! The ambiance is great the best in slo!

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We felt a little rushed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good food great service would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Every time we visit San Luis Obispo we stop and have dinner. We always feel special

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Special occasions were the norm for Alex's Steakhouse. Reservations are recommended. Food and ambiance is quite good. We ate there on a Saturday which also provided a live 9 piece band that played terrific music for our pleasure. Wonderful night!

Tags: Live Music, Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food quality is does not match the price... unless it’s the pie! Pie was fantastic!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always great food and atmosphere, can't wait to come back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Today is my birthday. Went here for dinner. We live in San Diego. Been here many times over the years. Was just here in September, plus stayed at at the Madonna Inn.
Tonight our server was awful. The busser was better.
When she came to the table to introduce herself (Roseanne), she interrupted the busser who was talking to us. My husband ordered Caesar salad, that was awful. He sent it back twice... never ate it. Caesar salad was a $1.00 up charge. Steaks were ok. I had to ask for a refill of my Diet Coke several times. At the end of the meal, she said she had something for me. She brought a piece of cake for my BD. She never asked the rest of the party if they wanted any dessert. We saw her present a desert tray to another table, but nothing to us. She brought the bill, and there was the $1.00 up charge for a salad we didn’t eat!!! We paid the whole bill. After, I went to the manager and he said he would talk to her and said they have turnover and new people.
It was not a good experience for a high-end restaurant... over $50 per person. I expect much better service.
A disappointing birthday.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very lovely. Nice staff. Great atmosphere.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 19, 2018

A blast from the past!! Dining in the 1950’s with good food and service! If you never been here, it’s a pink palace! Where can you still get crudités before your meal. Great steak and dancing after dinner. Definitely a place to stop and enjoy.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Double Birthdays of January
Madonna really has the best meat on the central coast. They overcook the veggies but the baked potatoes & meat make up for it.
It’s just fun to go there

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Friend purchased a house

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We were celebrating my wife's birthday. We both had the french fillet mignon. They were excellent!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I was entertaining relatives from out of town and wanted them to experience the Madonna inn. The place doesn't disappoint in terms of atmosphere. The food and service are subject particularly for the cost. I ordered the slider appetizer and it was terrible. The meat was so overcooked and dry. There was hardly any brie and no sauce to speak of.

Our waitress was no where to be found. Most of the time. Fortunately my guests had a great time.

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 (Cancún)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service was awful, very pricey for the quality of food, will never go there again

Tags: Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food and service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The first time we ate here was in 1979 and as it was then I would say it is now, excellent! The service and food is awesome and we'll worth the money.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Went for our anniversary, hoping to make a splash with my wife, and Madonna Inn did not disappoint. Portions were considerable food was tasty, steak cooked to perfection. Fried Chicken some of the best I've ever had. The month of January they offer a Prix fixe menu, which allowed us to sample a few things we probably wouldn't otherwise go for. Service was fabulous, and the dining area is something you really need to experience at least once in your life if your on the Central Coast. Not the cheapest fare, but definitely satisfied.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Buen experiencia pero la comida no es nada especial para el predio que se paga

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

From the moment the hostess greeted us till we left the staff was warm and acomidating

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I decided to try SLO restaurant month with my family on New Years day. Food was amazing, the waiter was absolutely amazing & very attentive to us. We loved the holidays vibes still going on along with the music. I would recommend for a special occasion such as anniversary or date.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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