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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

San Luis Obispo's most enchanting dining experience. Join us for a Filet & 1/2 Lobster Special, $69.95, and a Prime Rib Special, 39.95, and a House Wine Flight, $10.00. Also enjoy amazing Valentine decorations, nightly entertainment, and shopping. Children's Menu available.

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

3.9

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Good for Birthdays (36)
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Romantic (31)
Fun (30)
Good for a Date (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Live Music (22)
Seasonal (21)
Good for Groups (17)
People Watching (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Cozy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Business Meals (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Scenic View (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Healthy (2)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined a day ago

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 2 days ago

Friend purchased a house

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food and service.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 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 6, 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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·Dined on January 2, 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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·Dined on January 2, 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 2, 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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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I tried for 2 months in advance to arrange for my girlfriend to be celebrated on her birthday in the Madonna Inn steakhouse. Once in text with the table booking, twice by regular e-mail and once over the phone. None of the e-mails where even answered and on the phone they said I should wait for the e-mails to be answered. Once in the restaurant several tables around us had birthdays celebrated by the staff through songs, balloons and cake. My girlfriend got nothing. This is therefore a criticism on the inability to even address questions that customers have. Really unacceptable. Answering questions (especially when asked several times through several channels) is fundamental to any good customer service.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I just felt it was unfair that other guests that were celebrating Anniversary like us were recognized. I reserved it with notes stating this is for our 2nd wedding anniversary. I guess the workers (host and hostess) here dont read notes and doesnt really connect with their guests. Though the server is inviting. Still feel that the service is lacking for the price we are willing to pay.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We celebrated our 39th Anniversary here. We had a reservation, were seated immediately. The staff was friendly and made sure to acknowledge our special night. Our waitress was exceptional, bringing a special dessert once our meal was finished.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have gone to the Madonna Inn for special events over the passed 15 years. The food was not what is has been in the past. The Rib Eyes were not worth the price the other night! We took people with us and it was disappointing. The service was great , however the food was not.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was a rough start, the girls at the front were quite rude. I made my reservation on line for our anniversary and they failed to let our waiter know. It was embarrassing and I was quite upset to have to tell our waiter about our anniversary.
The wait staff was outstanding!!!! The food was excellent! There are several lights needed to be replaced.
We were actually seated at a table with a spot light on me that flickered. It only added to my aggravation to booking in advance for our special day!
Not sure if my husband would go back because of the high prices and not having personably hostesses being able to acknowledge our special day. I’m still very upset about it.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have been dining at The Madonna Inn for over 30 years, and it never fails to feed the soul and the palete. Great atmosphere, music, service, and food! Always allow 2-3 hours for dining as it should be, fun and flavorful.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Romantic, People Watching, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The only negative on our 45th anniversary celebration was the swordfish at the Gold Rush Steakhouse; it was dry - overcooked. We stayed at the Madonna Inn on our wedding night, and this was our first time back as we live in another state. My husband planned an anniversary trip that retraced our honeymoon, and this was the first location on that route.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food wasn't quite what we anticipated, average at best. The staff was nice, but we had to call them over for things rather than them checking on us. The setting was beautiful, and we enjoyed the music from the area behind us (lounge, dining?). The hostess placed a pink balloon on our table, and everyone who came to our table wished us a Happy Anniversary. All in all, we would give them another chance if we are in the area again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is quite the showpiece. However, I was disappointed that their beef doesn't come from the Hearst Free-ranging cattle up the street and the fish is "fresh-frozen", in spite of the high cost of the meals. This is an old-school steak and baked potato restaurant. Go here for a drink, then keep going for a better meal anywhere else.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

The service at the Madonna Inn was excellent and the Prime Rib is unbelievably tender and tasty. This is a place to dine for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

The Madonna Inn never disappoints when it comes to over the top fun design, ambiance and decorations. We were there for Christmas dinner. The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was festive. However our food wasn't delicious, it wasn't even very good. We ordered the turkey dinner, it was bland, looked packaged and slightly cool. While I won't eat Christmas Dinner there again, I will always continue to come to the Madonna Inn and bring people when they come to town. It's a delight of whimsy and usually I get a pretty good meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Eclectic restaurant! Great service! Delicious desserts! Great wine!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Seasonal
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Granted it was one of few restaurants open on Christmas but they were so busy. Although we were seated right away, it took awhile to place our order. The entre was good but the vegetables were over cooked and tasted terrible. The soup was very good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very chaotic. The server was good but was too busy so we had to take place settings from other tables after they brought out food. Steak was undercooked for medium and one steak was grissel. Love it there regardless.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great dinner and service

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a very enjoyable Christmas-day meal. I recognize that it was a VERY busy day for Madonna Inn restaurant, but some improvements could be made in food offerings. The biggest disappointment was that the mashed (whipped) potatoes were less than desirable, appearing to come from a box, etc., not light and fluffy WITHOUT any special flavoring. Mashed potatoes should be be just purely the potato, which we can season to our taste. We were quite disappointed in the potatoes. And the Swordfish was pretty plain, nothing to speak highly of, being dry. Service was outstanding, but sadly the food was a bit of a letdown.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Such a fun place to visit for holidays !! Decorated so beautiful for Christmas! We loved it and would definitely come back!

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Kid-friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Was disappointed in the food. Took an elderly friend out for Christmas dinner at their request to go to Madonna Inn. Turkey was dry, stuffing bland and unimpressive. Only positive was attentive service. Otherwise nothing special, crowded, noisy and very difficult for elderly to navigate through.

Tags: People Watching, Seasonal
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a wonderful time and dinner was delicious! Our waiter was gracious and attended our needs wondeully.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We recently ate at the Madonna Inn for Christmas dinner. The ambiance was fabulous and the service was excellent. I had prime rib which was probably the best I've ever had and my guest had the salmon which was excellent. The decorations were lovely and we felt very special by the service we received and the way we were treated by our waiter. I look forward to going back on another special occasion. I thought it was a little overpriced, but I will certainly return.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Something has changed. I’ve taken my family to Madonna Inn for Christmas Eve 9 out of the past 10 years. In the past while we had to deal with long waits to get our table and the noise that accompanies a restaurant the size of this one, the food was always Really good.

That was not the case this last time. The portions were small, the swordfish over cooked, and if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear the mashed potatoes were instant. Oh, and the vegetables were so over cooked they were inedible.

Our waitress, however, was great. She was on top of things and very efficient without being intrusive.

I feel like we were taken for granted. This is our last time. We will find another way to continue this tradition.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Delicious prime rib & perfect on Christmas Eve with all the gorgeous decorations .

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

If you are going to raise the prices, you should provide a better experience. No Christmas music and food was only mediocre. Service was outstanding, but food was close to cafeteria food.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family and a few friends celebrated Christmas Eve at the Madonna Inn. We all had a wonderful dinner and fantastic service. Everyone working was on top of their game and we were well-treated by all. We are planning to do it again next year!
Thank You for making it so convenient.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wonderful experience! We were staying in the Madonna Inn and had our pre-christmas dinner at the steakhouse. Lots of Xmas decorations, loved it! Live band was playing, people were dancing, good festive atmosphere. Staff was knowledgeable and courteous, food and drinks were good. Would come there again!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Steaks were surprisingly really good. Wine was pleasantly affordable. Just service took forever. All together, our reservation was for 7pm and we didn't get done until 9:30pm. We weren't in a rush, but it just seemed to take up our whole evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Good food and great service but the wife loves the décor, especially at Christmas. This is an annual "Thing" for us at Christmas but we also go in few times a year for dinner dates. A little noisy due to crowd and large group seating but the two person seating is cozy and general atmosphere is pleasing. Great steaks cooked to perfection!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Roseanne our server was amazing, she anticipated our every need! perfect service. Food was very good, a little overpriced. Seems more of a touristy trap. Staff seemed stressed.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food, spectacular venue. A+

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Fun, Worth the Drive
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