Madera - Rosewood Sand Hill

4.6
2274 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Madera Restaurant Honored with Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence 2017 and Michelin Rated One Star 2018.

A comfortably elegant ambiance, picturesque views and outdoor terraces welcome guests and Silicon Valley locals to Madera. Featuring an open artisan wood-burning kitchen and extensive wine list, Madera serves rustic American cuisine that celebrates the culinary traditions of the Bay Area

In addition to indoor and outdoor dining, Madera offers two private dining rooms with private terraces and cozy fireplaces. The Lemon Room seats up to 10 guests, and the Orange Room up to 14 guests.


This Menlo Park restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for Sunday brunch as well. We can accommodate parties of 6 or less in the main dining room. If you care to have a larger party please contact the restaurant directly.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:30 am
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–10:30 am
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Brunch
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(650) 561-1540
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Reylon Agustin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
HWY 280
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Parking details
Rosewood Sand Hill offers complimentary valet as well as optional self-parking.

Complimentary electric car charging station available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Regular ala carte menu with featured holiday dishes.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

A prix-fixe menu will be offered at $150 per guest. Details to follow at the time of making a reservation. A credit card is required for all reservations, 72hr. cancellation policy applies.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

A 5 course menu will be offered at $220 plus a 20% service charge and tax per guest. Details to follow at the time of making a reservation. A credit card is required for all reservations, 72hr. cancellation policy applies.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2274 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Family Holiday Dinner

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V
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of least pleasant dining experience. The waiter was inattentive and impatient. The vegetarian food portions were extremely small. Will never revisit or recommend to anyone.

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g
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice ambience, stratospheric prices
Madera is a fine restaurant, recently awarded a Michelin star. Not sure if it's related, but their prices recently went from very expensive to ridiculously expensive. The cheeseburger is now $25. Let that sink in for a minute. In the past several years, it's gone from 15 to 17 (I think), then 20, and recently to 25. It's a very good burger, altho frankly, at the same time the price was increased the burger changed, and the chef is now using Monterey Jack instead of white cheddar. Nowhere near as tasty. (I called the manager, in fact, to let him know the quality had dipped as the price had increased.) Other entrees for lunch are into the $30s. Wine list is very expensive. Well, you get the message. Bottom line: very good, very over-priced.

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SC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end cuisine in a beautiful and cozy setting. Price can be a little high but you get what you pay for: impeccable service, beautiful and delicious food sourced from local farmers. I reserved a table for a birthday celebration and it was perfect.

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LE
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Brunch at the Madera is for folks who have more money than good sense. While the setting is lovely and the service very good the food is average and the pricing indicates a good sense of humor on the part of the management. AVOID.....

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s
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 2

Sadly, we had a very disappointing dinner at Madera. The evening was marred by a screaming child who was having tantrums a few tables away. Unfortunately, the staff did not ask the parents to do anything, and it was allowed to continue for about an hour.
The menu was quite limited in terms of appealing healthy first courses/appetizers and the prices were very high. We finally shared an order of gnocchi, which was very good. We had a good bottle of wine. We wanted to bring a wine from home, but the corkage is a ridiculous $50.
Finally, and worst of all, we had two persons order the black cod, which was barely edible. The fish was barely seasoned. The texture was almost gelatinous and very unappealing. The flavor was just fishy. A dab of caviar and some vegetables did nothing to flavor the fish. And the cost was $39 for each entree.
Needless to say, it was a very disappointing and extremely expensive evening. We will not be back.

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent on all counts. Very delightful experience. Creative dishes, well prepared, and impeccable service. Enjoyable dining atmosphere. I would definitely go back for special occasions.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Most of the service was great but our server seemed a bit less nice compared with others working in the restaurant. The food was great as usual with only the lamb dish tasting a bit too salty. Matcha puffs were amazing and the bonbons were interesting but we all assumed they would be ice cream since the dish was called “Ice cream shop” so we were a bit sad that they were actually just chocolate truffles.

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KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our 33rd Anniversary. Patrick went out of his way to make our visit so enjoyable. The tasting menu was incredible. We will definitedly come back

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I visited Madera, one of my favorite restaurants to celebrate anniversary. This time, one of my choices was disappointing. The starter, grilled octopus was burnt. It tasted so bitter.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

food was ok !

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great! Highly recommended!
One improvement needed is the parking lot. Lights were not bright enough to walk back and forth to the restaurant at night.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday for a friend. They treated us very well:)

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great. The room was loud and the service was fine but not outstanding.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Madera is a high-end dining experience and the adjacent bar is great before or after dinner. Bonus: Free valet parking!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Noise level exceedingly high, took away the enjoyment of the dining experience and made it very difficult to converse...needs to be addressed, if at all possible.....service very good, ambiance very good....food satisfactory....

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AN
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife she I had our Anniversary here, and loved it! The food was exceptional, and the service was great.

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DH
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect spot to entertain my guest lecturer for the next day.

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ST
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at Madera - at first we had all wished we could order our own choices, but the family style serving was great - lots of variety! We also appreciated that the sommelier was so kind and helpful. We were dining with elderly parents who didn't know the difference in what they were drinking so he was so lovely in helping us find something that was modest and still fantastic.

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n
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very festive atmosphere but the food was mediocre. Sadly this is too often our experience when we have dinner at Madera. Lunch is better.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not a great value or worth it for Thanksgiving! Totally a waste.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Food was very mediocre. I eat there regularly and was disappointed for the first time.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, very attentive and accommodating staff. Food was also good (octopus, butternut squash soup and wagyu). Nice scenic view. Complimentary valet.

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JH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing! Food was also very good. We will absolutely be coming back!

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F
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise! I didn't expect to be this good as a 1 star restaurant. Everything is perfect. From the food, the service, the value, to the vibe of the restaurant! The chef is very creative with creams. Chicory Salad is wonderful (probably the best salad I have ever encountered!). The steak is excellent and the Malibu is so fresh and melting! I will definitely visit Madera more often!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Was disappointed by the service. My wife asked for a taste of a Pinot Grigio before we ordered a full bottle and was told a flat out "No". This was a first. On top of that, neither the waitress nor the sommelier could make a recommendation from the 3 Pinot Grigios on the wine list. She was only asking for a taste of the "by the glass" option so there's was no reason to say "no".

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KP
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was really good. They took my coat and checked it for me.
My friend did valet parking, I did not and I liked the option.
We split the fried gnocchi with truffles. This was divine. I ordered a glass of SA Stellenbosche which was also very good. Sorry if I spelled wrong.
The wine by the glass selection was ok.
For our entree we ordered the halibut and duck breast. The duck was a little tough . I ordered medium rare but it was very rare.
It came with palm and a 5 spice sauce( very little). The presentation was simple, elegant and on the small side.
We chose a gelee with pistachio ice cream . It wasn’t very sweet.
As it was my birthday I got a small cake with cream cheese garnish which I enjoyed more than the dessert.
On a summer night my choice would be to sit outside and enjoy the view.
During this season we appreciated sitting by the fire.
Our waitress was very friendly and professional.
A bit pricey and I wish for more variety for entrees and appetizers.

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KF
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Disappointed. Nothing really special. Waiter did not volunteer any information and didn’t even mention vegetarian tasting when we inquired about the tasting menu

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to spend our anniversary. Had some drinks at the bar first and then got a nice table in the restaurant. Fantastic food!! The Octopus starter is stunning.

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant and not wildly expensive. Very classic and classy dining room. Conversation is easy ...not a bit loud! Excellent service. The food is innovative and delicious. Great bread and an interesting butter patty with olive oil in a hole made in the top. Never seen that before! Great dessert menu as well with lots of after dinner drink options.

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VW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I were enthralled with the food: Expertly prepared and presented; flavors beautifully blended.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The food just horrible and menu too limited

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and amazing food!

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TM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The patio on a warm weekend afternoon is the nicest place for a leisurely brunch.

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DG
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Madera is always a culinary delight and we really enjoyed our lunch there. We had a bit of delay in getting our drinks but they were so nice about it and treated us extra special after that delay, that we forgot all about it. The dessert chocolates were divine an worth every calorie!

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

You could increase rating if your hostesses were more helpful. I always feel more welcome once I am seated and am with the wait staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Too expensive for the quality and quantity of did and service. Clearly aimed at large corporate accounts

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LL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible waitress, great attention to detail for special occasion

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S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

As usual the food at Madera was outstanding. We went for brunch and sat outside. The view is spectacular. The only minus was the service. It was a bit chaotic and our server did not seem to know the dishes that well. And she tended to disappear when we needed help. There were plenty of staff running to and fro - too many frankly and that was actually distracting on the tightly spaced balcony area.

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